Podcasts in Review

July 25, 2019 at 12:10 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Inside Jaws Episode 8
  2. The Sandcrawler Episode 78
  3. Brews and Blasters Episode 218
  4. Inside Psycho Episode 1 through 6
  5. Inside The Exorcist Episode 1 through 7

Honorable Mentions

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

501stCast: Episode 117 Joe, Nicky, Marcus and Todd go over costume updates, troop reports, the new Weird Al tour, and the Star Wars screening of A New Hope in San Antonio. Then Todd talks with San Diego Comic Con coordinator Leslie who talks about coordinated events for the 501st and they go over some of the events for the con. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A 
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Joe, Marcus, Nicky, and Todd
Rating: Good

Adolescence After Alderaan: Episode 41 they start their discussion of The Black Fleet crisis novels with book one in the trilogy. They talk about the book, the treatment of the characters, Luke, Streen, the worldbuilding and writing style, Han and Leia being terrible parents, Luke’s indifference to helping them with their kids, the cover, and the various issues with the book. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caroline, and Meg
Rating: Fun

Around the Galaxy: Episode 23 features Joseph Scrimshaw (ForceCenter) as he talks about his podcast, Star Wars, thoughts on the movies, special editions, toys, trivia, Star Wars Celebration, fandom, future Star Wars storytelling and thoughts on where things are heading, Star Wars therapy, and the usual round of Star Wars questions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Making Star Wars
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Pete Fletzer
Rating: Good

Behind the Scenes: Stranger Things 3: The Starcourt Mall is a podcast hosted by Dan Taberski that covers Stranger Things Season 3. This episode focuses on the mall and includes audio clips from the cast and crew. It goes over the idea of the mall, the negative effects of malls, creating the mall, the kids, the relationships, and the clothes. There is some adult language if that’s a concern. There’s a lot of recapping of what happens in the show, but not a lot of insight and behind the scenes stuff. They do go into spoilers. It’s not that great.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Taberski
Rating: Mediocre

Behind the Scenes: Stranger Things 3: The Red Scare goes over the cold war theme, the scoop troop, recapping things they did, the air duct, the Russian base, and touches on how they scripted the fight scenes. To be honest, this one was mediocre, too. Too much recapping and not enough new, fun information to make it an entertaining listen.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Taberski
Rating: Mediocre

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 180 Jason and Gabe talk with Tom Spina about Starblazer magazine and their Star Wars special which talks about Star Wars IV. They go over what the magazine mentioned, the pre-internet age, George’s plan for nine movies, and what it was like in 1985 at that time. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 218 they touch on Rip Torn’s passing, go over the Lutrillian and Givin entries in the Alien Archives book, there’s some food talk, they mention the screening of A New Hope, Galaxy’s Edge merch, Alphabet Squadron, listener voicemail, Ewok super strength, Oppo awards, and the last 13 minutes after the credits is some spoiler discussion of Stranger Things Season 3. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 287 Dan talks with Jeff McGee as they go over some of their favorite Star Wars Kenner figures. Fun toy discussion. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Doing Talking: Episode 55 goes over the Ben Solo excitement from SDCC with the comic news. Madison goes over the publishing news, The Rise of Kylo Ren, the cover art, the Knights of Ren, the Allegiance comic covers, Rey and Kylo speculation, and the Sith Trooper placard.

Podcast Network: The Audio Geekdom
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Madison Thames
Rating: Good

Faking Star Wars Radio: 1981 Star Wars Radio Drama Darth Ekim does the news, they have an Ask Sheev segment, do the Tweet of the Week, then talk about the Star Wars radio dramas. Afterwards they have a bit on Benioff and Weiss, and go over Episode IX predictions. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Storm Duper
Rating: Fun

ForceCast: Everything is Canon: Episode 2 is hosted by Steve Dunk. In this episode he talks with Elizabeth Schaefer, the creative director of Star Wars books for Del Rey. She talks about her background, publishing, writing, editing, working for Star Wars, her love for Alphabet Squadron, how the scheduling for the novelizations works, working with the authors and the story group, and more. Good interview.

Podcast Network: ForceCast.Net
Runtime: 54 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Steve Dunk
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 163 Sean and guest Pico Burrito talk about how Jawas can destroy the Geonosians, they talk about Fleet Arena versus Squad Arena, they continue discussing the bug party, and talk about Dooku and the Rocket Droid.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 1 hour
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 105 they continue their Return of the Jedi commentary. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Fun

Inside Jaws: Episode 6 goes over the Indianapolis, Quint’s background scene, the shark is working, the dead tiger shark, Robert Shaw, Spielberg’s stress, John Williams, and the murder mystery.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside Jaws: Episode 7 goes over a scene from the book, the 1st sneak preview of the movie, its success, shark mania, Oscars, Ben Gardner’s head, Robert Shaw’s passing, J.J. Abrams meeting Steven Spielberg, Spielberg’s grandfather, Ready Player One, and Mount Zion. If you like the movie Jaws, you’ll want to check out this podcast series.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside Jaws: Episode 8 is an interview with Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb who talks about his involvement with improv theater, TV writing, meeting Steven Spielberg, the other writers of Jaws, fixing the script and casting, getting Dryfuss to sign on, staying with Spielberg and doing all the rewrites, the onset tension between Robert Shaw and Richard Dryfuss, Quint’s speech and the background on how that came together, Murray’s skunk story, the success of the film, the sequel offer, and the magic of Jaws. Great interview. A must for Jaws fans.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Great

Inside Psycho: Episode 1 goes over the murder of Marry Hogan and Ed Gein, his mother, and his horrific house as the Inside Psycho podcast mini-series kicks off it’s look at the movie Psycho by first taking a look at the inspiration for the story. Excellent audio quality and production on this series, definitely worth a listen.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Great

Inside Psycho: Episode 2 goes over Bloch and Lovecraft, the Butcher of Plainfield, Psycho the story, Hitchcock buying it, Hitchcock’s death in 1980, highlights of his childhood, his movie sets and sense of humor, and his creative peak.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside Psycho: Episode 3 goes over the Psycho deal, casting, Anthony Perkins and crank calls, shooting the picture, and Hitchcock’s cameos.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside Psycho: Episode 4 goes over the Leave it to Beaver connection, the shower scene, and the music.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 26 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside Psycho: Episode 5 goes over the censors, the odd marketing release of the film, the critics’ response, the theatrical release and the crowd’s response.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside Psycho: Episode 6 goes over the success of the film but no Oscar win, what would be next for Hitchcock, his last public appearance, the sequels and reboot, the car, and the film’s influence. If you’re a fan of the film or Hitchcock, this series is worth checking out. It’s a great listen.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 32 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 1 opens with the author and the day of his death, the inspiration for the story, and touches on the director of the film with highlights from his childhood, his documentary work, as well as highlights from the author’s life. Very creepy vibe which is fitting for the film it’s tied to. Great series to check out.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 31 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 2 goes over an exorcism in The Bible, touches on possession in history, then dives into more highlights of Robbie, the boy who was possessed, Friedken, the director, and Blatty, the author. It highlights the real life exorcism, as well as The French Connection, and the novel.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 3 goes over Luke 8:27, Robbie’s exorcism, Friedken and The French Connection, the Oscars, and shopping the script for The Exorcist.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 24 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 4 goes over the room of the exorcism, casting for the film, filming the movie, difficulties they encountered, and Vinnie the drunk.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 5 goes over them shooting in Iraq, Max von Sydow, the cold set, the exorcism scene in the film, the puke, The Great Pea Soup War, the score, and the voice.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 6 goes over Robbie’s house, the film’s first preview, opening day, the extreme reactions to the film, Oscars, and tragedy.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: Episode 7 goes over Friedken and Oscar Wells, Blatty’s son dying of heart failure, Jason Miller’s death, Friedken’s fate, Linda Blair now, the shooting location in Iraq, Robbie grown up, Blatty and the 40th anniversary.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Inside The Exorcist: The Exorcist’s Legacy with Final Destination’s Jeffrey Reddick he talks about his first experience with the film, what makes it stand out, it’s impact, and his work in the horror genre.

Podcast Network: Wondery
Runtime: 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt Ramsey
Rating: Good

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Episode 20 features Dani (Rebel Order Podcast) who talks about podcasting, how she got into Star Wars, fan fiction, online fandom, escapism through Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the outside perspective of negativity in Star Wars fandom, dealing with bisexuality and body shape.

Podcast Network: Network 1901
Runtime: 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Alex, and Shannon
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 7.19.2019 they talk SDCC Star Wars Hasbro exclusives and get into some toy talk. Then they discuss the movie Corvette Summer, touch more on the weight of lightsabers, cover a behind the scenes moment on the set of Return of the Jedi, then talk with Danny Bonaduce. They talk about Mark Hamill, Corvette Summer, watching Star Wars on acid, and reminisce about the radio days. Afterwards Jason and Jimmy talk a little Stranger Things Season 3 and the Star Wars reference in it, then they talk about Star Wars films and Disney, reboots, and standalones. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Scavenger’s Hoard: Episode 110 begins with some Cats discussion, then they talk SDCC, Sith Troopers, comic news, Charles Soule’s Kylo Ren mini-series, the book Force Collector, and other publishing news. They go over some listener questions, and get into some Episode IX speculation and rumors/leaks. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Kirsty, and Rachael
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1841 goes over the SDCC stormtrooper display, the Sith Trooper and the Lucas Museum.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1842 is part one of SDCC day 2 news and recap.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1843 is part two of the SDCC day news and recap coverage.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1844 Allen talks about what we know about Project Luminous. Great recap.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1845 goes over Kevin Smith’s comments on The Rise of Skywalker and how the last scene will melt your mind.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 176 Rob, Brad and Carlos host this episode as they share quick Thrawn: Treason impressions, quick thoughts on the Master and Apprentice audiobook, they go over Vusuvi’s weekly feedback, Sith Trooper thoughts, listener questions, and some funny thoughts on the intro for The Mandalorian.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

Tatooine Sons: Is Thrawn a GOOD GUY? they share a parody idea, touch on listener feedback on Sith Troopers, go over the Sith Trooper SDCC placard, talk about The Rise of Skywalker reshoots, Kanye West doing low income Star Wars themed housing, and they share their thoughts on Thrawn: Treason.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David, Nate, and Samuel
Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode 78 features guest Jake Stevens. They talk about what they’ve been up to, The Mandalorian, John Ratzenberger, Billy Dee Williams, Carl Weathers, Rey’s dad being Dengar, Trek revenge, SDCC, Marvel news, Sith Troopers, toy thoughts on 3-3/4, Hot Toys, Power of the Jedi talk, Mac does some voice impressions and Dan shares a tattoo story. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Fun

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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