Podcasts in Review

August 8, 2019 at 12:01 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. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 107
  2. Adolescence After Alderaan Episode 42
  3. Skytalkers Yoda Three: Voices, Destiny, & Sacrifice
  4. Blast Points Podcast Episode 182
  5. Around the Galaxy Episode 25

Honorable Mentions

  • Star Wars Loose Canon Fear and Loathing in Batuu which goes over Galaxy’s Edge experience
  • Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 84 which includes a discussion of Alphabet Squadron

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Adolescence After Alderaan: Episode 42 they go over the second book in The Black Fleet Crisis, Shield of Lies, written by Michael P. Kube-McDowell. They discuss the flaws of the book, the silliness, Lobot and his legends backstory, and they have a hilarious discussion of the Jabba themed brothel described in the book. Worth checking out for that alone. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caroline, and Meg
Rating: Great

Around the Galaxy: Episode 25 features Scott Chernoff, former editor of Star Wars Insider. He talks about his participation in past Star Wars Celebrations, reading the prequel scripts before the movies came out, his experience with those films, voice work for Hot Streets, his work at Star Wars Insider, thoughts on the new movies, diversity or lack thereof in Star Wars, and some fun discussion of 2-1B. Plus the usual 10 Star Wars questions. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Making Star Wars
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Pete Fletzer
Rating: Fun

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 182 they talk about the score of The Phantom Menace with special guest David Collins. They go over Duel of the Fates, the celebration music, the Trader Federation music, Anakin’s theme, Jabba’s theme, and they do some rapid fire questions at the end. Fun episode. Great one for music lovers.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 219 they talk about Good Girls, stun levels, Disney, pizza challenge, Unicron Transformer, they go over Dresellians in the Aliens Archive book, discuss Kevin Smith’s comments on Episode IX, Sith Trooper info, SDCC toy news, Fett helmet, jewelry, SDCC exclusive figures, and some Stranger Things 3 spoiler discussion after the credits. Fun episode.

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

Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics: Episode 18 is hosted by Rich and Sarah as they go over issue #18. They talk about the title “The Empire Strikes”, go over listener feedback, discuss the story and go over the artwork. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, Sarah, and Randy Martinez
Rating: Great

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 289 features guest Drew Taylor as they talk about SDCC, Marvel news, and looking toward D23. Tom comes on for the news, and the episode wraps up with Mason who talks about The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 19.8 they talk about Galaxy’s Edge, SDCC Marvel news, Marvel TV shows, Tom Hanks and Mr. Rodgers, movie marketing, Cats, Fiege and Filoni, and they have an interview with Jill and Ally at the Her Universe fashion show at SDCC, plus other SDCC stuff, and Filoni joining Instagram. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Sarah, Teresa, and Tricia
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 234 features special guest Josh as they talk about what they’re currently into, Zombieland: Double Tap, box office numbers, Padme as Thor, then they discuss their guilty pleasure movies which they forced someone else to watch, which is a good twist. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Fun

Galactic War Report: Episode 165 they talk about Clone zetas, reworks, the road ahead, Jawa team, new ship the Vulture droid, grinding, and territory wars.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 107 is another edition of Fan Fiction Theater. Jake, Riley and Jasmin go all out with a full on audio dramatization of one of my fan fics I wrote years ago called “Late Shift” which is a noir style story about a vigilante. I have to admit, I was completely blown away by how much effort they put into it and how awesome it turned out. They do sound effects, music, voice modulation, the whole nine yards. And anyone can get in on this, you just have to submit your fan fic for them and they might do it. Hopefully everyone enjoys this episode as much as I did. I thought it was really cool. It’s also my pick of the week.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Absolutely Awesome

Hearts of Kyber: Episode 11 is a listener Q&A episode as they talk about a variety of topics like Luke’s post-ROTJ/pre-TFA story, Qui-Gon and Dooku, their favorite era of Star Wars, Snoke being a clone, the story of Maz and the Skywalker lightsaber, Thrawn, Finn comic, and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Christy, and Rae
Rating: Good

Kessel Run Weekly: Whose Falcon is it Anyway? Danny and Cheyenne talk about whether the Falcon will die in Episode IX, then go over the history of owners of the ship, delving into both legends and canon. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Anna, Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Yoda Three: Voices, Destiny, & Sacrifice they talk about Yoda in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Yoda arc in season six, Yoda’s hero’s journey, the cosmic and living Force, Yoda fighting hubris, Palpatine and the blood sacrifice, the importance of Anakin and more. Really great discussion, but with some good levity as well like George Lucas having a Joseph Campbell tattoo. Definitely worth checking out.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1856 goes over Rey’s Jedi training.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1857 goes over Sith and Dark side training and what’s left for Kylo Ren.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1858 goes over news update for D23.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1859 is a non-spoiler review of the book A Crash of Fate.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1860 goes over the latest Disney investor call, the new streaming bundle, and Iger’s comments on park attendance.

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

Star Wars Loose Canon: Fear and Loathing in Batuu Patrick and Nick host this one as they talk about Galaxy’s Edge, eventually. Nick goes over what the experience was like, the Millennium Falcon ride, the lightsabers, holocrons, droids, and more. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Alex, Nick, and Patrick
Rating: Fun

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 84 Jay talks about cosplaying as Ahsoka, they talk about what they’ve been up to, they go over the news, The Mandalorian stuff, Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars Resistance, SDCC comics and publishing news, possible names of the Knights of Ren, and then they discuss the book Alphabet Squadron. They start with non-spoiler thoughts, then dive into spoiler discussion. And they do reveal the big spoilers in the book, so don’t listen if you don’t want it spoiled. Interesting mix of opinions. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 178 they talk about Stranger Things (no spoilers) and television, what retro Star Wars figures they would want which leads to a fun little discussion of dejected characters who sit down in the films, they go over Wedge Antilles and his popularity, share thoughts on the Sith Troopers and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: MAD Magazine and “Weird Al” Yankovic they go over TV jokes, Star Trek: The Motion Picture coming back to the big screen, Commodore 64, MAD Magazine, the history of it, the covers, Spy vs Spy, the cartoons, and then they switch gears to talk about Weird Al Yankovic and his movie UHF. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Fun

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 390 features Dave, Mikey, Dr. Earl, and Pinky as they go over the movies they’ve seen recently including new films like Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Hobbs & Shaw, The Lion King plus many more. Dave also goes over his Davesplosion flicks he watched. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Fun

The Saturday Morning Super-Cast: Episode 3 features guest Tim Spaulding (Star Wars: In Character) as they talk about Kellog’s OJs cereal, then they talk about the cartoon Kidd Video, two things I’ve never experienced. Okay episode.

Podcast Network: Marvin Dog Media
Runtime: 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Cory, and Jeff
Rating: Okay

The Star Wars Report: Episode 390 Riley and Scott Ryfun talk about Galaxy’s Edge and ghost town rumors, alcohol in the parks, cheap Star Wars Kindle books, and the podcast series Inside Star Wars. Good episode.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bruce, Mark, and Riley
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 120 they talk about Galaxy’s Edge, lightsaber crystals, lightsabers, comlinks, Jedi food capsules, and other Galaxy’s Edge stuff. Then they talk about the book Alphabet Squadron (no spoilers). Afterwards they touch on Disney+, Star Wars Resistance Racer, and the TIE Dagger. Good episode.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Derrick, Ken, and Mike 
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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