Both wacky and invasive! Another considerably over-length stroll through memory lane; this time, instead of the odd jobs, a very candid and personal discussion of possibly the one and only job where I was ever firing on all cylinders. Also: lots of musings on a Star Trek Section 31 series (including how it might actually work), a wrap-up of the thirteenth Doctor’s first season on Doctor Who, the Orville, Short Treks, and soundtracks, plus some shutdown shout-outs, an attack of the killer gall bladder, and much more. (2:37:37)
Fall Preview Special! Live (at the time it was recorded) from Utah! An even longer-than-usual ramble about moving, working, not working, working some more, getting shot at (while working), playing impressive new Atari homebrew games, looking forward to an expanding galaxy of Star Wars and Star Trek spinoffs on TV, recent developments in space exploration, and why neither Doctor Who nor anything is being “ruined by the SJWs”. Really. (2:05:35)
Second movement! Did you miss us? A lengthy, low-key, late-night ramble through the latest sci/tech/space exploration news, thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery, Black Mirror, The Last Jedi, Stargate Origins, and the Doctor Who Christmas episode, news from New York Toy Fair, what we found under the tree in 2017, and why I’m moving to Utah this summer. (99:00)
The missing August episode! The new Doctor Who is a woman. The lead of the new Star Trek series is a woman. The new Jedi apprentice is a woman. Why is this a problem for some people? Why is this threatening to some people? Also: loads of news and reviews, a Pokestop in my back yard, thoughts on getting old, and help wanted. (51:21)
Tornadic tales, from growing up vaguely worried in Tornado Alley, to taking shelter, to working the weather in TV and radio, to the big one that landed right down the street in 1996. Also, handy tips on how to do Tornado Alley weather when you cut the cord, and how to learn the lyrics to “One Night In Bangkok” over spring break. Stay tuned to Don’t Give This Tape To Earl for later statements and possible warnings.(1:27:13)
If you don’t want to hear about space, this is not the podcast for you. This month, I tell you what there was to like about Hidden Figures (spoiler: a lot of things), and reveal the perhaps slightly embarrassing movie tie-in that turned a young sci-fi nut into a lifelong lover of space exploration. Spend an hour spacing out with me. (53:17)
Not mentioned in this podcast because they happened after the recording date: Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who, the Star Trek: Axanar lawsuit settlement and the death of John Hurt. I simply ran out of time to record an add-on for the news section, so we’ll discuss these at a later date.