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…

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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…

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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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December 7, 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.

501stCast: Episode 106 kicks off with Joe’s new TIE pilot costume. As of this month, the 501st Legion is at over 11,000 members and 22,000 costumes. They go over Star Wars news, the Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy, charity events and troop reports.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 41 minutes, Rating: Good

Bombad Radio: Episode 293 features an interview with Nathalie Cox. Jeremiah and Kaela talk with Nathalie about a bunch of stuff. They start out with some general chit chat, then they get into what she’s been working on, Formula One game, working with green screen and motion capture, acting not pretending, and UK spelling. Fun interview.

Podcast Network: Bombad RadioRuntime: 56 minute, Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 146 starts with BB-8 gumballs, global shout outs, Batuu info, excitement for The Last Jedi, crystal fox info, TV spots, and the EW article on Snoke. They wrap up with toys as they do need’em got’em and cover the Amazon exclusive First Order stormtrooper and Praetorian guard, the Star Wars Battlefront figure, and Force ghost Obi-Wan.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 9 minutes, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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November 30, 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 101 starts out with a little discussion of Thanksgiving, then they delve into the TV spots for The Last Jedi, all fourteen of them. They also touch on the international TV spots, the new magazine covers and articles, and the Disney park updates. Then it’s the main discussion – Ric Ollie. They talk about the other movies Ralph Brown (the actor who played Ric) has been in, they go over every line of dialog by Ric Ollie from The Phantom Menace, and they wrap up with listener feedback. I have to admit, I really like the character focused episodes as they are a lot of fun.

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

Brews and Blasters: Episode 145 kicks off with their recap of Rhode Island Comic Con. They talk about meeting Dolph Lundgren, the Blood Sport guy, Steve Blum, Newbacca, Andy Serkis, and Evil Lyn. Afterwards they talk news and get into some speculation on the Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 23 minutes, Rating: Fun

DorkLair: Episode 15 covers the new S.H. Figuarts figures that have been revealed, Vader and Luke, plus some more tips on where to get the figures and perhaps who to stay away from. Then they review the phase two Clone trooper.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 46 minutes, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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November 23, 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.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 99 starts with the Rian Johnson trilogy news, the live action TV show news, and they discuss what could be next for animated shows. Their main topic is the old Star Wars fan film Hardware Wars which was one of the most profitable films ever made at that time. They talk about how it came about, who was in it, how it was released, how it ties into Poggle the Lesser, and they watch it and provide a commentary.

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

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 100 celebrates their 100th episode by watching all six Star Wars movies at once via the overlay video which, if you haven’t checked it out, is pretty bizarre and awesome. They sort of do a commentary for it, while also tackling listener emails and voice mails. At over 2 hours, it’s a lot of fun in one episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 2 hours 26 minutes, Rating: Fun

Bombad Radio: Episode 290 features an interview with author and game writer Jeff Grubb. Jeremiah talks with Jeff about the differences in writing for different worlds and franchises, short stories vs novels vs comics, working with artists, his Forgotten Realms comics, writing for video games and the team effort, Guild Wars, PVP, PVE, text and socializing, the various aspects of gaming, the different types of writers in games now, planing out voices, amount of material you’re given to work with, and roleplaying books. Nice interview and a very interesting conversation that includes a lot of game designing stories.

Podcast Network: Bombad RadioRuntime: 1 hour 1 minute, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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November 16, 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.

8 For VIII: Episode VIII covers Kylo and redemption, Rey falling to the dark side, directions Rian Johnson can go and other speculation.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 14 minutes, Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 95 is an older episode, but I’ve finally finished From A Certain Point of View so I came back to it. They start out with news (The Last Jedi and trailer observations), then they go through every story in From A Certain Point of View with a summary and a rating. It’s not super spoilery, but it’s a little spoilery so I’d recommend checking it out after you’ve read the book. The discussion will probably resonate with you more if you read the book first. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Rating: Great

DorkLair: Episode #13 starts with a little bit of discussion about the Praetorian guards and what their role in The Last Jedi might be. Then they review the S.H. Figuarts figure pack of the First Order Executioner, Resistance BB droid 2BB-2 and the Praetorian Guard. They cover the pros and cons of each, and this one in particular would be worth checking out before buying the figures as there are some issues with them.

Podcast Network: RetroZap, Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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November 9, 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.

8 For VIII: Episode I covers Snoke. In this series of special episodes for Talk Star Wars VIP’s, Marc focuses on a specific character or topic all related to The Last Jedi. The character episodes cover what we know about the characters and what may be in store for them in the upcoming film. This one in particular touches on the possibility of the Snoke/Kylo relationship being an alternate take on the Palpatine/Anakin relationship.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 12 minutes, Rating: Good

8 For VIII: Episode II covers Kylo Ren with some speculation on what might have happened to Kylo to lead him down the path he is on.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 12 minutes, Rating: Good

8 For VIII: Episode III focuses on Leia and covers the idea of her being exiled.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 12 minutes, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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