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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