Podcasts in Review

September 19, 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 113
  2. Adolescence After Alderaan Tyrant’s Test
  3. Obroa-skai Walkers Shatterpoint – Chapters 22-End
  4. TechnoRetro Dads Travel through Time with Jovial Jay
  5. The Soundtrack Show Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (Part III)

Honorable Mentions

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Adolescence After Alderaan: Tyrant’s Test they cover the last book in The Black Fleet Crisis trilogy as they talk about what the title is even referencing, they go over the structure of the book and the use of interludes, and they have some fun discussing old crone Mon Mothma, poor Streen, dad tourist Luke, Beru and Owen getting a raw deal, and afterwards they talk a little D23 and the Star Wars news. Great book discussion. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caroline, and Meg
Rating: Fun

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 187 they go over news, Hayden and Ian hanging out, The Rise of Skywalker, then they go back to 2012, to Star Wars Celebration VI and the announcements for things that never happened as they zero in on Star Wars Detours. Even though they’re a little lukewarm on the idea of Detours ever coming out, it’s still a fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 52 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 241 begins with some movie talk, they also talk about John Wick, Dave Chapelle specials, and then they start a new discussion series “is it better than Star Wars” as they go over the movies that AFI ranked better than Star Wars. They start by discussing Some Like it Hot. Neat idea. Hope they do more.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

ForceCenter: Episode 185 Jennifer is finally back as they talk D23 Star Wars news, The Rise of Skywalker, Obi-Wan, and The Mandalorian. They also talk about Hayden Christensen’s recent appearances, then Joseph and Ken discuss the book Black Spire.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCCXXXI features special guest Mar as Bryan talks to her about watching all of the Star Wars films for the first time and tweeting about them. She talks about what she knew about them before watching them, what the experience was like, and her initial reactions, plus her love for Anakin. There’s some minor break up on the audio, but it’s pretty good overall.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Okay

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 111 is another episode of fan fiction theater, this time they highlight Jazmin’s fanfic. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, Jasmin, and Riley
Rating: Fun

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 112 they discuss the New Jedi Order book Balance Point by Kathy Tyers. They share their thoughts on the series as a whole, then discuss the characters of the book, the story, and do a dramatic reading. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, Jasmin, and Riley
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 113 they talk about the video game The Force Unleashed, and the sequel. They go over the story, what it was like playing the games, the characters, and just how much fun they had with the games. Very very fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, Jasmin, and Riley
Rating: Very Fun

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 64 they talk about the Obi-Wan show and thoughts on what story it might follow, they talk about The Mandalorian, George Lucas writing some episodes, The Rise of Skywalker poster and the trailer.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Good

Obroa-skai Walkers: Shatterpoint – Chapters 22-End starts with some discussion of The Rise of Skywalker, marketing, and redemption, then they go over a random Wookieepedia article, and finish their discussion of Shatterpoint. Great book discussion. Ben and Cole really nail just the right elements when they recap the story and share highlights of what happened. It sucks you into the story and provides its own kind of enjoyment, even if you’re not reading the book.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Cole
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: From Modesto to The Mandalorian: STAR WARS Past & Future they do a shot-by-shot breakdown of The Mandalorian trailer, talks some about The Rise of Skywalker and take a sound of the Emperor going down the Death Star‘s shaft to the sound lab for some interesting analysis. Then they interview W.R. Miller about his book The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, which is pretty interesting. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1895 goes over the book Black Spire and how it fits into the timeline.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1896 goes over Black Spire and the state of the Resistance.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1897 goes over Black Spire and the state of the First Order.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1900 goes over hope in The Empire Strikes Back, continuing the multi-part discussion of the theme of hope in the films. Good discussion, worth checking out.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 14 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1901 is a non-spoiler review of the book Star Wars Myths & Fables.

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

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 88 announces the end of the show as Dennis takes a look back at the show and says goodbye. As a long time listener of the show, and this being one of my favorite podcasts, it’s sad to hear it’s going away. With the combination of great discussions and hilarious comedy bits, Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels was one of those rare shows that could be equally informative, thought provoking, and funny. They will be missed, but hopefully we might see the hosts return on other podcasts in the future.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Bittersweet

Talking Bay 94: Episode 45 features an interview with Jason Fry focusing on his work for the novelization of The Last Jedi, and touching on the upcoming Galactic Explorer’s Guide.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 46 features an interview with Jock, one of the concept costume designers for The Last Jedi. He talks about his work for the film, the costumes he worked on, and what the experience was like. Nice interview.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 74 they go over news, D23 stuff, then they talk about the Star Wars novel Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson. They talk about the location, the characters, whether Batuu should show up in The Rise of Skywalker and more. Very positive discussion.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Travel through Time with Jovial Jay they talk time travel jokes, news, and Jovial Jay joins them as they talk about time travel movies, the way time travel is used in them, and their favorite ones. Great discussion.

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

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 395 Dave, Mikey, and Earl are joined briefly by Pinky for the beginning of the episode, and they have on guests Scott and Garrison Ryfun. First they go over movie anniversaries, then play the Denzel game. Afterwards, they to over movies with relatives in it (ie. actors who are related to each other who were in the same movie). Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Good

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 396 features Dave, Mikey and Earl as they go over the movies they’ve recently seen like Ready or Not, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, It Chapter 2, and more, plus their top five movies of the year so far.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode 81 features guest Jake Stevens as they talk about EW’s coverage of The Mandalorian, the Black Series figure, Triple Force Friday, customizing, Jawa eyes, the Vader prototype figures and variants, toy stories, Galaxy’s Edge, and lots of other toy talk. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Fun

The Soundtrack Show: Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (Part III) goes over the in-universe music, the basket music, Marion’s music, the gusts of wind, Monarch of the Sea, the ark music, well of souls, punching sounds, and the big airfield fight. Great episode breaking down the sounds and music of the film.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

Western Reaches: Episode 41 they talk books and video games diving into some fun discussions of both. If you’re looking for some reading ideas or game ideas, good podcast to check out.

Podcast Network: Tosche Station
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Megan, and Saf
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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