Saturday, December 13, 2014

Podcast 140: Menos Christmas!


Ugh. It's the 21st century and you wouldn't believe how many stupid variables there are nowdays for posting a stupid podcast. Things should be easier than they were when we started this thing. Alas, 'tis not the case. We did try a recording through the YouTube option of Google Hangouts, so the quality may sound a little more phone-y than usual in case you're wondering.

Merry Christmas peeps! We've provided two gifts this time around. The first gift is that we start talking Star Trek IMMEDIATELY. Fun stuff with Klingons and sickbay and Vulcan mind games and... communicators.

Our second gift is a labored and ignorant discussion of our favorite Christmas albums.

Podcast breakdown:

0:00 -- nuqneH (ACL, chat welcome, general sub intro)
2:05 -- "A Night in Sickbay"
23:12 -- "Marauders"
36:47 -- "The Seventh"
48:41 -- "The Communicator"
58:58 -- Awards and rankings
1.06:07 -- Viewer mail (HIMYM, next movie podcast discussion, viewer catch-ups, Star Wars teaser).
1.20:17 -- Other stuff, James Bond, nog
1.22:27 -- Top 5 Christmas albums
1.38:28 -- Next episode predictions
1.46:05 -- Qapla' and outtakes

Click here for the AWESOME definitive ending to How I Met Your Mother (Thanks David)!

Turns out it's GEORGE Handel. Not Joseph.

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A Killer Among Us -- Characters die one by one and nobody knows who among them is the killer (Murder by Death, Clue, Ten Little Indians, The Thing, etc.)

Alien Invasion -- Self-explanatory (Independence Day, Mars Attacks!, etc.)

That's Not a Dress -- Audrey Hepburn movies (Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Always, etc.)

Skynet -- Man vs. machines (Terminator; I, Robot; The Matrix; Superman III; etc.)

Did You Hear that? -- Anachronistic movie music (Ladyhawke, A Knight's Tale, etc.)

So What Happened? -- Ending left open to interpretation (Inception, Blade Runner, Donnie Darko)

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This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Vince Deadrick Jr. (1954- ). He's not dead. He does have a cool name though.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Podcast 139: We Have Romulans Yet Again


Yep, this one's late again. Hey, we're working with better hardware that picks up far more flaws. Give us a break.

So where were we with Enterprise? Ah yes. Starting season 2. The Romulans are back. Well, they're "introduced" anyway. So does the Enterprise creative team pull off the introduction? We gotta keep in mind that they're handicapped by a few things that were established "later" in TOS. They can't show the Romulans themselves, they can't acknowledge the Romulans are related to Vulcans and they can't show the cloaking device at work (fine, one cheat out of three ain't bad).

All this plus a few mild bonuses! Listen to us list off the ten saddest songs ever. If any of your sad songs overlap with any of ours, I'd be very very surprised. It can be argued that neither of our number one sad songs qualify to be on the list for completely different reasons.

Podcast breakdown:

0:00 -- nuqneH (ACL, chat welcome, general sub intro)
2:16 -- Top 5 sad songs
16:13 -- J.R. talks about How I Met Your Mother
22:54 -- Jon's computer woes
26:32 -- Halloween
28:50 -- Pandemic
31:52 -- "Shockwave (Part II)"
53:11 -- "Carbon Creek"
1.07:42 -- "Minefield"
1.22.00 -- "Dead Stop"
1.35:04 -- Awards and rankings
1.45:15 -- Next episode predictions
1.54:50 -- Movie podcast prep
1.58:43 -- Qapla' and outtakes

Btw, when Jon was joking about a different version of "Winner Takes it All," he was probably thinking of the Sammy Hagar version from the Over the Top soundtrack.

J.R. referred to the singer from Yaz as a "he." This, of course, is silly since the lead singer of Yaz is Alison Moyet.

Speaking of Yaz (Yazoo in England), the album You and Me Both opens with Jon's #2 sad song, "Nobody's Diary" and then the second track on the album is J.R.'s #5 sad song, "Softly Over." Could this be the saddest two-song opening of any album ever?

Here's a link to a YouTube clip comparing The Twilight Zone and Futurama's Scary Door episode about the last man on Earth at the library!

Contact us and vote for one of these categories for the next movie podcast:

A Killer Among Us -- Characters die one by one and nobody knows who among them is the killer (Murder by Death, Clue, Ten Little Indians, The Thing, etc.)

Alien Invasion -- Self-explanatory (Independence Day, Mars Attacks!, etc.)

That's Not a Dress -- Audrey Hepburn movies (Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Always, etc.)

Skynet -- Man vs. machines (Terminator; I, Robot; The Matrix; Superman III; etc.)

Did You Hear that? -- Anachronistic movie music (Ladyhawke, A Knight's Tale, etc.)

So What Happened? -- Ending left open to interpretation (Inception, Blade Runner, Donnie Darko)

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This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Mike Nichols (1931-2014).

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

J.R. and Jon's Austin-tacious Journey Vol. 2



Here's the second bit of correspondence from the Austin trip. This time it's on the way out of the city during a dark and dangerous night.

Besides a band by band recap of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we also went into detail about the incredible Franklin Barbecue and the Master Pancake version of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves at Alamo Drafthouse.

Btw, the drummer for Spanish Gold is in My Morning Jacket I think. On the podcast I thought it was Drive-By Truckers. I knew it was some critically acclaimed band with a lousy weird name.

We almost died by running through what we thought was a yellow light in the middle of nowhere. Later, we almost died again when we nearly hit a deer.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

J.R. and Jon's Austin-tacious Journey Vol. 1


So J.R. and I met up IRL to go to the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas. This little recording is just what we talked about on the way to the city. There's very little Star Trek talk, so if that's your thing, you may not enjoy this. Actually, I don't know what your thing even is if you enjoy this at all, but it may help pass the time (or perhaps make time slower).

Some stuff mentioned:

Weird Texas stuff, Star Wars stuff, new Star Trek movies, Jon's non-date in Austin, J.R.'s future, nearly getting hit by cars, Halloween, Austin City Limits preparation, New Order, Veronica Mars, Charisma Carpenter, J.R. nearly runs a red, costumes, scary movies, happy birthday Bill, heads blowing up, The Shining book and movie, ereaders, Hunger Games books, haunted houses, Parks and Rec, various other.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Podcast 138: Sub Standards


It took a long time to watch all these submarine movies. It took a long time to record this podcast. It took a long time to get around to posting this podcast. I'm not going to bore you with a long paragraph now.

We took a break from Star Trek to hit up something sort of similar to Trek, in that it's a bunch of people in a metal tube floating through a space-like area. Smellier though. The movies in our submarine discussion are Das Boot, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and K-19: The Widowmaker. Listen for incredible music undertones (one of which is called "Black Widow" and not "Widowmaker" -- still, it's Iggy Azalea for the win).

Podcast breakdown:

0:00 -- nuqneH (ACL, chat welcome, general sub intro)
13:06 -- Das Boot
48:41 -- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1.14:48 -- K-19: The Widowmaker
1.40:49 -- Submarine movie awards and rankings
2.08:01 -- Next Enterprise episode predictions
2.18:05 -- Future movie podcast ideas
2.37:18 -- Qapla' and outtakes

Click here for a relevant Sarah Brightman video!

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This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Peter Lorre (1904-1964). Would you believe that Kirk Douglas is still alive? You go, man!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Podcast 137: The Dark Nights Risa


Sorry everyone who emails in, but we did a sort of impromptu recording without sending out the notice email. Hopefully you don't mind too much if you're still listening.

This is our first Enterprise season wrap-up and it's full of the mildest surprises ever. For instance, one episode made one of our top five and the same episode made the other one's bottom five. Enterprise is pretty good, but it does have the problem of a forgettable consistency. Also, please try to live in the 22nd century instead of the 24th, Enterprise! Don't worry, the same complaints are in the podcast. J.R.'s having way more fun with it, so that's really what matters.

Full disclosure. At one point I (Jon) uttered a major grammatical error while discussing "Word Crimes." I was going to own it and call it out, but I chickened out and just edited it out of the recording entirely (because I can and because I'm ashamed). No doubt there are several other errors though. See how many you can find.

Stay tuned to the end because we have a major discussion about the weird format of our next episode. IT AFFECTS YOU!

Hey, btw we tried out a new microphone arrangement and it seems to have really fixed the disparity between our volumes. Plus, it only takes an extra 20 minutes to set up every time, so yay!

Podcast breakdown:

0:00 -- nuqneH (lack of chat, Austin City Limits again, Bendin' in the Wind)
11:10 -- Top 5 "Weird Al" Yankovic songs
33:46 -- "Fallen Hero"
46:02 -- "Desert Crossing"
57:53 -- "Two Days and Two Nights"
1.11:00 -- "Shockwave"
1.20:40 -- Podcast awards and rankings
1.33:17 -- Season awards and rankings
1.54:15 -- Haphazardly planning for the movie genre podcast
2.04:04 -- Qapla' and outtakes

Click here to watch a shred version of the Beach Boys!

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This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Kellie Waymire (1967-2003) again.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Podcast 136: Blunderwear


This took a weekend longer to get live than I thought. Lots to speak of this week. What, with World Cup action, continued planning for Austin City Limits, chats with listeners and non-White Stripe music to go through it's amazing we got through it in under three hours. Most people would swim through this stuff like Michael Phelps, but we tend to wade through it like that chubby guy at the beach who goes into the water with his shirt on. BONUS: we also talked a little bit of Star Trek: Enterprise!

Could it be that Enterprise has jumped the shark already? I mean, we start things right off with the 22nd century crew meeting 24th century Ferengi. Deplorable, right? Apparently, not for both of us. Also, new ground for both Reed and Mayweather! All this and one, count 'em, ONE girl! It is very cold in space.

Podcast breakdown:

0:00 -- nuqneH (Weather, World Cup, chatroom, TV watchin' stuff)
10:33 -- Top 5 non-White Stripes Jack White songs
27:04 -- Facebook discussion
28:06 -- This week's Hangout invasion
32:32 -- Jeopardy! report
37:03 -- Weird nightwear topic
42:17 -- "Acquisition"
1.08:20 -- "Oasis"
1.22:47 -- "Detained"
1.38:38 -- "Vox Sola"
1.56:03 -- Awards and rankings
2.13:12 -- Future episode predictions
2.21:36 -- Andrea's happy words and movie planning
2.27:41 -- Qapla' and outtakes

Click here to watch a video Jon made that uses "Salute Your Solution" to beg for gifts (it's not super good)!

Click here to watch a video of Clint Howard's return as Balok!

Click here to learn about a real life Vox Sola creature here on Earth (weird)!

Click here to watch Chubby Rain!

Click here to watch a bunch of teen nerds epically fail at Voyager trivia on Jeopardy!

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This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Elaine Stritch (1925-2014).

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