This will be a general thread to discuss Star Wars podcasts.
To kick things off, lately I've started listening to Star Wars podcasts on my drive to work. After a couple weeks of listening to various podcasts, I've found a few I'm definitely going to listen to on a steady basis. I also found a few I couldn't make it through the whole program without skipping it. Sometimes it's a matter of the host's voice (which I would say is very important), and sometimes it's just a matter of the subject matter.
Overall though, there are three things I came away with that make a podcast enjoyable to me.
1.) Positive discussion: there was one podcast that went into a discussion of The Clone Wars, they had about four or five hosts, and only one of them liked the episode. Now I have no problem with people discussing some criticism of an episode of the TCW, but I also have no interest in listening to about an hour of three or four people bashing an episode while one person defends it. It just wasn't entertaining or even bearable. In fact it affected me so negatively, I'm not even sure I want to give that podcast another chance.
Another thing I ran into was a podcast that ended their episode with a depressing rant. It was an awful way to end the show. On the other hand, I've heard other podcasts do rants that were done very well. They didn't sound like they were ticked off or overly invested in the issue they were ranting about. They kept the tone light enough that it was the sort of rant you could enjoy.
When I listen to Star Wars podcasts, I find that positive discussions are much more enjoyable. Perhaps the old adage "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" should be kept in mind.
2.) Host Chemistry: most podcasts have several hosts, and I've found that hosts that have a really good chemistry together, who seem to get along really well and communicate between each other a lot just makes for a better experience. Some podcasts will heavily delegate certain sections to different hosts to where it's like they are taking turns rather than both of them staying involved in the discussion. Some hosts also don't seem very interested in the discussion. Overall, this is probably the hardest factor to define and more or less is something each listener will find on their own. You'll either like who your listening to or you won't. Some people click, others don't.
3.) Sound: obviously a podcast is pure audio, so if it doesn't sound good it's going to suck. However, the sound of a host's voice is also important. I found a couple podcasts that I didn't like the sound of the host's voice. One had a very heavy accent that I just couldn't take. Another had a very soft voice that was hard to hear. I found that a bad voice could definitely turn me off of a podcast very quickly.
All that aside, I did find a few new podcasts to listen to: Star Wars Book Report, Dark Empire Radio, Star Wars Action News, and for the interviews, The Force Cast and The Force Cast: Jedi Journals.
I liked the chemistry, the discussion, and the interviews on Star Wars Book Report. I think the two hosts are entertaining and work well together. Plus the episode I listened to had some fun interviews.
Dark Empire Radio is a little odd because the host does the podcast semi in-character. It has a Palpatine theme and is the official podcast for The Dark Empire, the official Dark Side costuming group. While the in-character aspect can be kind of corny, it's also entertaining for the same reason, so I'm going to listen to it some more.
Star Wars Action News caught my interest because the hosts are a husband and wife duo with a really great chemistry. They're fun to listen to and they work really well together. It makes for a good setup for Star Wars discussion. I'll definitely be listening to more of this podcast.
The Force Cast and Jedi Journals, however, don't have very good hosts. Plus their discussion can get boring or even irritating. The problem is they have some really good interviews, so I want to listen in for those.
Alright, enough of me. Feel free to add your own observations about Star Wars podcasts, your recommendations, or discuss something else about them
Edit: added "Book" to Star Wars Report. Oversight on my part. (2/19/12)
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