Podcasts in Review

November 21, 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. University of Coruscant Class 1:1
  2. Wookiee Radio Episode 134
  3. Blast Points Podcast Mandalorian Chapter 2
  4. Blast Points Podcast Episode 195
  5. The Palpacast Episode I

Honorable Mentions

  • Kessel Run Weekly Episode 134 good discussion of chapter 2 of The Mandalorian.
  • Once Upon a Time in the Outer Rim Episode 1 good discussion of chapter 1 of The Mandalorian.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 195 is their Mandalorian episode. First they talk about Disney+, the maclunky edit, 4K version of Star Wars films, and deleted scenes. Then they go over chapter one of The Mandalorian, their initial thoughts, the music, the spoiler and more. Fun discussion.

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

Blast Points Podcast: Mandalorian Chapter 2 is a Patreon only episode as they discuss chapter 2 of The Mandalorian. They talk about the Trandoshans dropping from heaven, baby Yoda, how there are no visible humans in this episode, the idea of a noble bounty hunter and how he’s like Indiana Jones, the Jawa action, chasing the frog, Yoda clone theory, the hairy egg, and whether we’ll see Kuiil again. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 305 features guests Clayton Sandell and Tom Gross as they talk with Dan about The Mandalorian chapter one, their initial thoughts, criticism, things they loved, the tone, observations, and more. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 120 goes over The Mandalorian chapters one and two as they discuss whether it could be Yoda’s kid, the feel of the show, the music, Star Wars toilets and more.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, Jasmin, and Riley
Rating: Good

Kessel Run Weekly: Episode 133 Danny, Anna, Sheyenne and Grace share their thoughts on chapter one of The Mandalorian. They speculate about Herzog, the stormtroopers and the scientist, and they discuss baby Yoda.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Anna, Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Okay

Kessel Run Weekly: Episode 134 is hosted by Danny and Kristen as they talk about chapter two of The Mandalorian. They share their thoughts and breakdown the episode. Pretty good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Anna, Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Good

Obroa-skai Walkers: Interlude #8 they go over a Wookieepedia article on an alien, they talk Star Wars books, defending books, the KJA books, Mandalorian, IG-11, feel of the show, chapters one and two, baby Yoda, Jawas, the planets, the tech, then they talk about Thrawn. Lot of topics in this episode. Felt a bit too long.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Cole
Rating: Okay

Once Upon a Time in the Outer Rim: Episode 1 kicks off a new podcast by What The Force? that focuses on The Mandalorian. It’s hosted by Marie-Claire and Alex as they share their thoughts on the show, they go over chapter one, and dive into some of the mythology like the forging of armor, the Athena symbolism, and found baby mythology. If you’re looking for something that goes a bit deeper, this is worth checking out.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Alex, and Marie-Claire
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Mandalorian After Show #1 goes over chapter one of The Mandalorian. They talk about the other Mandalorians, their culture, they go over the other characters in the show, and they have on some guests and listeners to dive deeper into the episode, plus there’s a tangent on the maclunky edit.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Mandalorian After Show #2 Jimmy, Jason and Billy Mac talk about The Mandalorian chapter two, the Super Nintendo Super Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Adam West Batman vibes, just how much fun the second episode was, getting to see more of the Jawas and the sandcrawler, the way the credits are done, the music, the mudhorn, and listeners call in for even more discussions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Rogue Podron: Mission 14-5 features Ash from The Skyhoppers podcast as they go over parenting advice for Heath who will be taking a leave from the show and will be temporarily replaced by Ash. Very little Star Wars discussion in this episode. If you’re not a regular listener, you’ll probably want to skip this one.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Danny, Heath, Meg, Saf
Rating: Skippable

Skytalkers: The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 Reaction they talk about watching The Mandalorian, their observations, appreciating the goofy elements, the masked element, and more.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: The Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Discussion they talk about Disney+ a little, then chapter two of The Mandalorian. They go over the short length of the episode, baby Yinnie, Force healing, questions, the music, comparison to Lone Wolf and Cub, comparisons to High Noon, and they try to draw some parallels to the Mandalorian delivering the egg and baby Yoda. They also bring up the egg prophecy. They talk about the Mandalorian finding his feminine side in the cave and with the egg, which seemed like a stretch to me. Plus some Mandalorian Q&A stuff.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skywalker Through Neverland: Episode 265 is split roughly between a pre-Mandalorian release discussion and a post Mandalorian release discussion. First they talk a little bit about the maclunky edit, then Tricia joins them for their pre-release discussion. Tricia was at the Mandalorian press junket so she shares a bit about that. Then they have a round table with various guests for their post-release discussion. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Skynet
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1957 goes over the Star Wars comic Allegiance #4.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1958 is a non-spoiler discussion of The Mandalorian chapter one.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1959 goes over Star Wars Resistance “From Beneath.”

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1960 goes over The Mandalorian chapter one with a focus on the main character.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1961 goes over Allen’s planned TEDx Talk.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1962 goes over lessons learned from Allen’s TEDx Talk.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1963 goes over The Mandalorian chapter 2 “The Child.”

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1965 is the Mandalorian Force sensitive?

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Streaming Star Wars: Episode 2 is hosted by Pete and David as they talk about Disney+, Clayton Sandell joins them as they share their thoughts on The Mandalorian episode one, the familiar sounds, the music, thoughts on the directors, easter eggs and more. Clayton is on for roughly the first 50 minutes. Afterwards they talk more about The Mandalorian and some stuff about episode two. Now something to consider is these Streaming Star Wars episodes are taken from a livestream video recording, so it’s not exactly a podcast. As such, this episode felt really long and not that tightly focused.

Podcast Network: Making Star Wars
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: David, and Pete
Rating: Okay

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 79 they talk about what they’re excited for, weekly releases for shows and the advantages of that, Ewan stuff, Hayden rumor, director stuff, then they discuss the Aftermath book trilogy and how that could tie-in to The Rise of Skywalker. They hare their thoughts on C-3PO and memories, the serpent’s puzzle, and more. This is part one of their discussion and it’s a good one.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 80 goes over their excitement for The Mandalorian, they talk a little Star Wars Resistance, then there’s part two of their Aftermath/The Rise of Skywalker discussion. They talk about Palpatine, the Knights of Ren, Rey, the return of Wedge, and whether we’ll see Nora. Good episode.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

The Palpacast: Episode I is a podcast entirely focused on Palpatine. In this one they talk about their first exposure to the character, their thoughts on him, the TROS trailer, how he’s a pure bad guy, why they love villains, and speculation on his survival. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Adrian, Ash, Ben, and Swara
Rating: Fun

The Palpacast: Episode II they talk about Palpatine in The Phantom Menace, book content and the movies, they go off on a Rogue One tangent and how you have to consume both the books and the movies in order to get the whole story, then they talk books and authors, and get back to Palpatine and his role in AOTC and ROTS. Plus a little discussion on Master & Apprentice. Not as tightly focused.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Adrian, Ash, Ben, and Swara
Rating: Okay

The Sandcrawler: Episode 85 features guest Jake as they talk about the maclunky edit, Disney+, what they’ve been watching, Jedi Fallen Order, new on writing credits for The Rise of Skywalker, recent acquisitions, conventions, Rhode Island Comic Con, cost of toys, toy info, Astromechs Anonymous, and The Mandalorian. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 21 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Good

The Star Wars Toy Podcast: Vintage Empire Strikes Back Line starts off with some info on Star Wars toy auctions, then goes over the Empire Strikes Back Kenner toy line, the variations of the figures, and a history of Palitoy. Very informative.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Darth Marc 
Rating: Good

University of Coruscant: Class 1:1 kicks off a new podcast with a very interesting format. It’s an in-universe lecture style podcast as if you were in a university lecture hall and listening to a professor talk about Star Wars topics. In this case the professor is Dr. Ravencourt. In this episode he goes over lightsabers, their legends origins, the Rakata, the Jed’dai, and corded lightsabers. It’s extremely high production value and very well done. I highly recommend checking it out. Great first episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dr. Ravencourt 
Rating: Great

University of Coruscant: Class 1:2 continues the discussion on lightsabers going over the blades, weight, crystals, what they can’t cut, and getting crystals. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dr. Ravencourt 
Rating: Fun

University of Coruscant: Class 3 goes over blasters, different types, and some of the people who used them. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dr. Ravencourt 
Rating: Fun

We Have Spoken: A Mandalorian Podcast: Chapter One: Pew Pew Pew is a new podcast from Children of the Force focusing on The Mandalorian. In this episode they go over chapter one, they share their thoughts on the show, the main character, the making of the armor, baby Yoda, the music, and question whether it’s Yoda’s kid.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

We Have Spoken: A Mandalorian Podcast: Chapter Two: You Speak Terrible Jawa they go over chapter two, sea monkeys, the Jawas, the egg, cadburry eggs, Kuiil and more, plus a tangent on candy. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 134 is hosted by Ken and Mike as they talk with actor Kevin Thompson. He talks about acting, playing an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, working on the set, as well as the Ewok films and he shares some great stories. Great episode.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Derrick, Ken, and Mike
Rating: Great

Wookiee Radio: Episode 135 they go over some Star Wars Resistance, they talk Disney+, the maclunky edit and the deleted scenes in A New Hope, the Fett looking Mando in The Mandalorian, and they go over episode one of the show.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Derrick, Ken, and Mike
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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