Podcasts in Review

February 15, 2018 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.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 110 they kick off with the news, the Game of Thrones creators doing Star Wars movies, TV news, Solo EW coverage, and then they discuss the loves of George Lucas. I have to admit, aside from a podcast that did a biography on George, this is the first time I’ve heard a podcast focus on George Lucas’ love life. Great episode. Tons of fun.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 54 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Bright Tree Radio: Episode 27 breaks down the Solo trailer as they share their thoughts, discuss what they want and don’t want, and more. Very casual conversation with some goofing around.

Podcast Network: Bright Tree RadioRuntime: 1 hour 15 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Sophie, and Phil, Rating: Good

Children of the Force: Reaction Corps – Solo Teasers covers the Solo TV spot and the teaser trailer as they go through each one shot-by-shot. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 50 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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Podcasts in Review

February 8, 2018 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.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 109 begins with some Rob Halford love (huge props for that). Of course they dig into Solo, and really, is there any better podcast to enjoy the goodness of all the Solo content? I think not. They go over the posters, the Super Bowl TV spot, and the full teaser trailer. They talk Corellian hounds, go over the new look of the Millennium Falcon, the train, the frog guy in a jar, and much more. It’s a super fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Very Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 154 covers breakfast burritos, Oscar nominations, and they dig into Solo. They talk about the Kessel Run, John Williams doing the Han Solo theme, and their predictions. Plus there’s need’em got’em on their recent toy acquisitions. Chris is a little wasted in this episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Good

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rian Johnson & The Go! Team starts out with a 30 minute conversation with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Rian talks about how he was approached for the project, the humor in the movie, the lightsaber toss scene, and the Leia scenes. I dropped off after the Rian Johnson interview ended, so I can’t comment on the rest of the episode, but the first 30 minutes are definitely worth checking out for The Last Jedi content.

Podcast Network: NPRRuntime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Jesse Thorn, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 1, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 108 kicks off with some The Last Jedi stuff, Solo pics in France, then they get to their main topic, Leigh Brackett. They talk about her accomplishments and her career, how she wound up on George Lucas’ radar, and ultimately, they go over her first draft of The Empire Strikes Back, which at that point was just called Star Wars 2. They talk about Minch (aka Yoda), the bog planet, the asteroid chase, Luke and Vader’s mediation connection which is similar to The Last Jedi, Lando and how Hoth was Cloud City, levitating fruit, Luke’s dad not being Vader, sister mentioned, the Jedi oath, a very different Clone Wars, Lando as a clone, no Boba Fett or bounty hunters, no Han in carbonite, and many more differences and similarities to ESB. Great episode. If you’ve never read Leigh Brackett’s draft of Empire, then this is a must listen to episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Brews and Blasters: Episode 153 covers some Bob’s Burgers, Can’t Hardly Wait, toys, baby names, listener questions and they dive into Star Wars Rebels with the new trailer and the end of the show fast approaching. Fun discussions as always, be it Star Wars or off topic.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 46 covers comic news, then they review Poe Dameron #23, the latest issue of A Star Wars Comic, and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Ahsoka & Padme. Lots of good comic discussion as always.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 12 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jeff, and Matt, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

January 25, 2018 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.

Blast Points: Episode 107 goes over the Solo synopsis, the new Star Wars Rebels trailer, then they discuss Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game: Assault on the Death Star! It came out in 1996 but somehow I was completely unaware of this game. They talk about Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones returning for the role, they play audio clips from the VHS tape, and go over this much overlooked piece of Star Wars history. Very fun episode. Plus there’s an interesting listener question on what would have happened if Luke didn’t leave Dagobah.

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

Brews and Blasters: Episode 152 starts with listener emails, they joke around with lines from The Disaster Artist, they talk about The Last Jedi, The Toys That Made Us and more.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 57 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 104 features Dan and Cory. Cory talks Star Wars Battlefront 2, they talk about Star Wars gifts, Dan interviews Jay Soderberg and they talk about his issues with The Last Jedi (good discussion). Then Dan and Cory talk The Last Jedi, what it was like after second viewing, and Cory’s issues with the movie (also a good discussion). Lastly, they wrap up with their takeaways from 2017. Excellent episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi, Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Dan Z, Rating: Excellent Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

January 18, 2018 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.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 105 begins with Solo news, Episode IX news, the real story behind Black Diamond–which is hilarious–and then they go over The Art of The Last Jedi book. They highlight some of their favorite things from the book, go over some of the making of details, touch on Master Codebreaker’s original story, share their favorite art, and lament that there isn’t a Caretakers cartoon like Ewoks and Droids. They cap off with some listener feedback. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Fun

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 106 begins with Solo LEGO news, the Pikes and the Kessel Run, Mimban stormtrooper and tie to Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Rogue One, and a little Episode IX news. Their main discussion is the legacy of Jedi failure. From Palpatine’s election in The Phantom Menace without them noticing he was a Sith, to them losing their way in the Clone Wars, their hubris, and then Luke learning the lesson by ending things with his selfless sacrifice on Crait to help others.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 151 begins with Joe’s computer letting him down as the party starts. After they get done talking eggs, they celebrate being pregnant, and they touch on the importance of the number 2187 in Star Wars. They spend some time on the much loved alien Hammerhead, and they do some need’em got’em for new figures they’ve gotten. Fun episode and fun discussion. Also, a congratulations is in order for their big news. May the Force be with them.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

January 11, 2018 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.

Beltway Banthas: Episode 46 touches on Swara’s trip to Japan, then they dive into The Last Jedi as they share their thoughts on the film. They talk about the Force connection between Kylo and Rey, Stephen’s thoughts on Daisy Ridley overacting, their issues with Holdo not telling Poe her plan, why the Resistance is all the sudden a Rebellion again, and whether that might have been a real world political move. They talk about being surprised that Leia didn’t die, and much more. Lots of great discussion touching on some really nice points. Definitely worth a listen. One of the things that makes Beltway Banthas unique is their focus on politics in and out of universe for Star Wars, and with The Last Jedi, there’s plenty to touch on. It’s a great place for intelligent, in-depth Star Wars discussions.

Podcast Network: Retrozap, Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Stephen, and Swara, Rating: Great

BondCast: Dr. No, Part 1 covers the first Bond film. They talk about the magic of Sean Connery, the introduction of the character, Jack Lord as Felix, the backstory of Dr. No, the cold blooded killing of Dent, the tarantula’s death scene, the lack of gadgets and more. The BondCast is hosted by Jason and Jimmy Mac from Rebel Force Radio, and Jonathan Wilkins, former editor of Star Wars Insider, who is also a Brit which adds a nice touch to the discussion. I’ve known about the Bondcast for a while, but to be honest, I never watched any of the old Bond films…until recently, which then had me jonsing for some Bond discussion. The BondCast was just the thing I was looking for. With all the great production and audio quality of the Rebel Force Radio main show, the BondCast focuses each episode on one of the Bond films as they dive into the interesting elements of the film, lots of fun trivia, and comparisons between the film and the books. If you’re a Bond fan, you’ll want to check these out.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force RadioRuntime: 52 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, Jimmy, and Jonathan Wilkins, Rating: Fun

BondCast: Dr. No, Part 2 discusses Ursula Andress, her role as Honey Ryder, and how she stands out from the other Bond girls. They talk about Ian Fleming’s rumored cameo, the other female characters in the movie like Freelance and Trench, they touch on Sean Connery’s age and his contemporaries for the role of Bond, Quarrel, the book vs the movie, the music, boolaloops, and lots of other trivia. Excellent discussion.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force RadioRuntime: 1 hour 21 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, Jimmy, and Jonathan Wilkins, Rating: Excellent Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

January 4, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Keep in mind that at this point there may be some mild spoilers for The Last Jedi in the episode descriptions.

BlastCast: Rapid Fire Fandom Fridays Vol. 8 switches things up as Sophie and Phil from Bright Tree Radio take over to host the episode and put Bryan and Shelby in the question seat. Bryan discusses his fandom of The Dark Tower book series, and Sophie talks about her Adventure Time fandom. As usual, they compare those subjects with Star Wars which makes for an interesting discussion.

Podcast Network: Hyperspace PodBlastRuntime: 20 minutes, Audio Quality: Great, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Bryan and Shelby, Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 149 starts with some discussion of the holidays, going to see The Last Jedi again, taking others and their reactions. They discuss some of the negative fan reactions, they go over listener emails, and talk favorite ships, Luke flirting with Chewie, the use of the Force in A New Hope, difference between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, Canto Bight and lots of other stuff. Fun episode as always.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 13 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Force Material: Episode XIV is a fun discussion of The Last Jedi as they bounce around a lot and cover lots of various topics after having seen the movie. Very positive discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes, Audio Quality: Great, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Rohan, and Baz, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

December 28, 2017 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. Keep in mind that at this point there may be some mild spoilers for The Last Jedi in the episode descriptions.

Blast Points: Bonus Episode Last Jedi Listener Reviews features lots of voicemails from listeners sharing their thoughts on the movie.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Good

Bombad Radio: Episode 299 features Jeremiah and guests Adam Bray, Jason, Travis and Stephanie as they talk about The Last Jedi. Adam kicks things off with a sealed envelope that included his predictions for the film, then they share their overall thoughts and dive into what they did and didn’t like. They cover various topics from unanswered questions to comparisons to The Force Awakens and even some predictions for Episode IX. The last 10 minutes of the episode is listener feedback on the film. A little long but some good discussion.

Podcast Network: Bombad RadioRuntime: 2 hours 34 minutes, Audio Quality: Good, Editing: Great, Hosts: Jeremiah, Rating: Good

Bright Tree Radio: Episode 23 covers The Last Jedi. They talk about their viewing experience, initial reactions, not being ready for something so different, what it was like after multiple viewings, having to talk it through, what they liked, favorite battle, and the characters like Phasma, Hux, and Poe.

Podcast Network: Bright Tree RadioRuntime: 1 hour 11 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Sophie, and Phil, Rating: Great Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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December 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VIII, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 2 Comments

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review featuring lots of The Last Jedi discussions. Keep in mind all of the episodes have spoilers for The Last Jedi.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 104 breaks down The Last Jedi from beginning to end. They give some nice farewells to the characters we lost, they nickname Bootleg Asti — which is perfect, and boy did they make me laugh about the caretaker party deleted scene speculation. This episode is just the thing to bring a smile to your face. Terrific episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Brews and Blasters: Episode 148 is their roundtable extravaganza for The Last Jedi as they get into spoilers and have on a bunch of guests. Chris and Joe kick things off as they talk about the collectibles at the theater, the John Williams featurette, and their initial impressions. They play some of the soundtrack in the background, then start breaking out the guests. First up is Dennis, Taxus and Jay Krebs from Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels. Then Stephen and Swara from Beltway Banthas, followed by Mike from The Sandcrawler, Kendall, Courtney, Jay and Josh from Green Justice: An Arrow Podcast, Rich and Sarah from Skywalking Through Neverland, Becca and Devon from Kanata’s Castle, and Joey from Animanicast. Great discussions covering everything from the bomber run to the broom stick boy. It’s a long one, though.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 3 hours 33 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe and Chris, Rating: Great

Card Trader Illuminerdy: The Last Jedi Spoiler Debrief is one big, chaotic but fun discussion of The Last Jedi. The topics are random, but the conversation is entertaining from beginning to end. And it’s all The Last Jedi focused as they delve into the characters, the scenes, the music and random things like square watermelons, porg turkey legs and fun with microphones. It’s not a very polished podcast, but it’s fun.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes, Audio Quality: Good, Editing: Good, Hosts: Mike, Tommy, Rhett, and Earl, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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December 14, 2017 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.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 102 dives into the Star Wars album Christmas in the Stars. They talk about how it came about, then they do a full commentary for every track on the album as they listen to the whole thing from beginning to end. Good episode with some fun discussion. Perhaps the most enjoyable way to listen to the entire album.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 50 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason and Gabe, Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 103 is their The Last Jedi pre-show as they deal with the excitement and prepare to have their minds blown by all the craziness that’s sure to ensue. To kill the time, they briefly recap how we got to The Last Jedi, and they go over the red carpet premier event and play some of the audio from the stars. Still pretty safe for those avoiding all spoilers.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 53 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason and Gabe, Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 147 they prep for The Last Jedi with pub cheese. They have some fun with Snoke’s school photo, they talk about a Mark Hamill article, Rian Johnson’s latest comments on his new trilogy, they go on a tangent with The Room and The Disaster Artist, then they get back to Star Wars with Topps, pasta, Forcebacks, and they speculate on Leia’s fate, Snoke’s ultimate goal, Kylo Ren redemption, and then listener emails and need’em got’em. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 2 hours 20 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe and Chris, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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