Podcasts in Review

October 12, 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. There’s some pre and post-trailer release episodes in here.

Blast Points: Episode 94 dives into The Last Jedi trailer. Gabe and Jason keep it fun as always. From the AT-AT farm and Kylo’s space band-aid, to Phasma’s toothpick and the Rey vs Snoke showdown. They speculate on whether the Kylo/Rey scene is a fake out, the lack of Hux, and more. If you’re hunting down trailer discussions, this one is definitely worth putting on the playlist.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 55 minutes, Rating: Great

Bombad Radio: Episode 288 kicks off with a discussion of the book Star Wars Made Easy. They talk a little about Inhumans, and then they get into their main discussion which is their recommended movie and television show picks for streaming services Amazon Prime and Netflix. If you have either service, and you’re looking for some recommendations on what to watch, this episode is worth a listen. Afterwards the fire up the porgs and top things off with a porg song. While the porg count has been retired, there are a lot of porgs in this episode.

Podcast Network: Bombad RadioRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Rating: Okay

Brews and Blasters: Episode 137 opens with Chinese food, magic potions and beefcake tomatoes. They have a non-spoiler discussion of It, talk about Harrison Ford punching Ryan Gosling in the face, the Toys R Us bankruptcy, they discuss the upcoming trailer drop for The Last Jedi (this was recorded pre-trailer release), and there’s even some audio from their first episode. They also discuss Star Wars Rebels Season 4, speculate on the fates of the characters, there’s some listener emails, and need’em got’em.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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Why is Luke Scared?

October 11, 2017 at 9:48 am | Posted in Episode VIII, Ewok Corner, Movies, Opinion, Regular Feature, Star Wars | 1 Comment

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

Those words from Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi trailer are haunting. In a time of such great chaos against a threat like the First Order, we are all expecting Luke to be our bedrock. He’s the Jedi who brought his father back to the light, helped kill the Emperor, and saved the galaxy. Now he’s the last Jedi, and he’s scared. But why? Continue Reading Why is Luke Scared?…

Around the Web

October 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • DK Books is running a contest for a bunch of free Star Wars books. Just enter here before October 15th.
  • StarWars.com has an interview with Del Rey Editor Elizabeth Schaefer who talks about From A Certain Point of View.
  • There’s a cover now for Tastes Like Chicken the latest in Kevin J. Anderson’s zombie PI series which is on track for a November release. If you haven’t checked out the series, they’re fun books.

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Podcasts in Review

October 5, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Beltway Banthas: Episode 40 covers Abrams directing Episode IX, they get into some current affairs with the similarities between Roger Stone and Palpatine, they talk Russia, and for their main discussion, they speak with Star Wars author Chuck Wendig. That discussion leads to politics, Star Wars, the Aftermath trilogy, a few spoilers, his ideas for Mon Mothma and her decisions, and how The Force Awakens has shown some things that are currently going on in the world. Afterwards the interview they talk a little about The Night Of and Kubo and the Two Strings. For those who have read the Aftermath trilogy, this one is definitely worth a listen. I really enjoyed the interview with Wendig.

Podcast Network: Retrozap, Runtime: 52 minutes, Rating: Good

Blast Points: Episode 93 starts with news as they talk about The Last Jedi wrapping, Ron Howard tweets, runtime for The Last Jedi, and new Forces of Destiny trailer. For their main discussion, they talk about the weird relationship between MTV and Star Wars. There’s plenty of audio clips as they cover the progression as MTV covered the prequels, and they cap things off with the Master P interviews.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Rating: Good

Bright Tree Radio: Thought Bombs with Mike Moriarty is hosted by Sophie and Phil and features special guest Mike Moriarty (Home One Hangout) as they drop some thought bombs on him. They talk about whether Qui Gon was the best example of a Jedi, whether Anakin was a good example of a Jedi before his fall, does Star Wars need an enemy like the Yuuzhan Vong, does Snoke fill that role, and whether we will we see Chiss. Nice episode with a lot of fun discussion. Note this was my first time checking them out and I was impressed. Good hosts, good audio quality and an interesting guest.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 50 minutes, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

September 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, IDW, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Video Games | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • USA Today has an audio excerpt of John Ham reading Paul Dini’s short story from From A Certain Point of View.
  • StarWars.com has an interview with author Claudia Gray covering her book Leia: Princess of Alderaan.
  • Edelweiss has two new interesting Star Wars book entries. On is for an untitled Jason Fry hardcover that’s 96 pages long and will be out March 27, 2018. It’s listed as a “replica journal” and “juvenile fiction” so this might be similar to the Rey journal that was done for The Force Awakens.

Follow the next adventure in the Star Wars saga in this first person narrative. This book for tweens will feature a first-person account from one of the main characters of the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Format includes foldouts.

There’s also a book called Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Registro de Vuelo by Michael Kogge that is specifically for Spanish speaking fans.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Registro de Vuelo
Michael Kogge
March 6, 2018, Hardcover, $11.99, Juvenile Fiction, Ages 6 to 8, Grades 1 to 3
96 pages, Series: Replica Journal, Full color, 8.3 in H | 5.8 in W | 0.6 in T

Filled with dossiers, pilot profiles, and now translated for Spanish-speaking fans, here are Poe Dameron’s files, collected into one flight log.
Translated for Spanish-speaking Star Wars fans! Learn what the best pilot in the galaxy’s life was like before joining the Resistance; get complete details of his mission to Jakku; and read the harrowing account of Black Squadron’s daring attack on Starkiller Base!

  • Sequart is putting a book called A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato, this book will contain essays that talk about the Star Wars Expanded Universe, aka Legends. It also includes a foreword by Timothy Zahn and an essay by Rider Windham.

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Podcasts in Review

September 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.

Blast Points: Episode 92 returns to Droids as they do commentary for The Pirates and the Prince which includes IG-88 and a character with a name similar to Kylo Ren. You can listen along to the Droids cartoon while hearing Jason and Gabe share their their thoughts and observations.

Porg Count: 4, Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes, Rating: Good episode

BlastCast (Hyperspace PodBlast): RFFF Vol. 5 is one of their Rapid Fire Fandom Fridays featuring several guests. Emma comes on to talk Star Wars and Harry Potter. Mike comes on to talk Marvel comics and Star Wars. And Jason comes on to talk Star Wars and video games.

Porg Count: 6, Runtime: 30 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Brews and Blasters: Episode 136 covers the weather, a new drink they invented, and then they talk about their experience at HASCON. They talk board games, M.A.S.K., GI Joe, Transformers, the issues with the Captain Rex exclusive figure, Star Wars props that were on display, diorama, talking with Hasbro, new figures on display, and the photo real decos coming in 2018. Afterwards they talk about J.J. Abrams directing Episode IX, who Paul Bettany might be, Dolph Lundgren questions, listener emails, and Need’em Got’em for the 3-3/4″ Snoke and Praetorian guard.

Porg Count: 0 (porg free), Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes, Rating: Fun episode Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

September 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Del Rey has released the rest of the From A Certain Point of View “social cards.” You can check them out here.
  • The Verge has an interview with author Martha Wells covering her new novella series The Murderbot Diaries which includes the cover for the second novella Artificial Condition. On top of that, TOR.com has a look at the cover for the third novella in the series, Rogue Protocol.
  • Christie Golden has written a short story tied into an upcoming VR videogame called ARKTIKA.1. You can read an excerpt here which includes pre-order links for the short story.

Convention & Event News

  • Salt Lake Comic Con is September 21 to 23 in Salt Lake City, UT. Star Wars guests include Timothy Zahn. Tim will be at Booth 519. You can check out his schedule here.
  • Cincinnati Comic Expo is September 22 to 24 in Cincinnati, OH. Star Wars guests include Caroline Blakiston, Joe Corroney, Julian Glover, Jason Isaacs, and John Ratzenberger.
  • New York Comic Con is October 5 to 8 in New York, NY. Star Wars guests include Katie Cook, Jim Cummings, Kieron Gillen, Mark Hamill, Felicity Jones, John Jackson Miller, Skottie Young and more.

For more events, check Star Wars Actor Appearances. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Podcasts in Review

September 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 2 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. There’s also a new porg champion this week.

Beltway Banthas: Episode 39 goes from discussing a living constitution to Force Friday. They discuss Trevorrow being fired (pre-J.J. announcement), then they talk about the novel Inferno Squad. They do go into spoilers, so fair warning. One thing that makes their discussion unique is some of the real life comparisons they make to extremist groups around the world.

Porg Count: 4, Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 34 features guest Craig Miller as Jamie talks to him about his work on Star Wars. Craig talks about meeting Charlie Lippencott, marketing the film at conventions, Kenner and the empty box, marketing tricks, leveraging the comics, seeing a rough cut in November, directing the Star Wars episode of Sesame Street and operating R2-D2, the 800 number for Empire, overloading AT&T’s system and leveraging that for extra marketing, what he’s doing now and other stories. Great interview.

Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Blast Points: Episode 91 starts out with the J.J. Abrams news, then they dive deep into Star Wars by taking a closer look at the sound mixes for A New Hope. They discuss the different sound mixes and go through the history of all of them, from the theatrical release all the way to the Blu-ray. They compare the Dolby mix to the Mono mix and play audio clips to illustrate the differences. You might be surprised which ones your more familiar with.

Porg Count: 1, Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes, Rating: Fun episode Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

September 14, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Plenty of Force Friday coverage in these, and lots of discussion on the Trevorrow being fired situation, but too soon for J.J.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 35 kicks off with all their porgs. They talk a little about the Leia: Princess of Alderaan book, the Forces of Destiny shorts, their Force Friday experiences at Target in Arizona and the Disney Store in Ireland, Force Friday product availability, and they go over the Star Wars Rebels Season 4.
Porg Count: 80, Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Blast Points: Episode 90 starts with Trevorrow being dropped, thoughts on whether Rian should replace him or J.J. Abrams (which is funny considering J.J. did end up replacing him). They talk about the new trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 4, then they get to their main topic, the Star Wars Adventures In Colors and Shapes book and record from 1984. The go over the book, the story, play audio clips and explore something I didn’t even know existed. Listen in and you too can hear Han Solo chew out Anthony Daniels for grabbing the wrong part for the Falcon. Plus you get to hear the voice of the Falcon‘s central computer and the book name drops hoojibs.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 58 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Bombad Radio: Episode 278 covers Disney XD’s reboot of DuckTales. They talk about their memories of the original show, the movies, the new show, and how they compare. If you’re a fan of DuckTales, this one is worth a listen.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 53 minutes, Rating: Good episode Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

September 8, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, IDW, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Art News

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