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Lost In Sci-Fi: Episode 7: BullS**t Science

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Lost In Sci-Fi: Episode 7: BullS**t Science

This week Elizabeth and Leland open up the world of BS science that movie/book/games and TV love to use to explain away plot issues and such. Nothing that hurts the medium, but things if you really looked at make no sense and are really funny. So please sit back and download as we discuss some of our favorite BS tropes.  Read On

Movie Issues: Star Trek: First Contact

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: First Contact

This week the crew sits back and enjoys Star Trek: First Contact. Or as most people will know it as, “The one with The Borg”. Yes, that one. We follow Captain Picard and crew as they go back in time to stop The Borg from changing the past to ensure their win over humanity in the future. Considered one of the better Trek films in the franchise. So please download and enjoy! Read On

Review: Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

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Review: Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

Fans of Star Trek: The Original Series will remember the episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”. Fans of Harlan Ellison will probably remember that he wrote the teleplay, which was then altered by several writers. In 2014, IDW published a five-issue version of Ellison’s teleplay, adapted by Scott and David Tipton and with art by J.K. Woodward. My lucky find at this year’s San Diego’s Comic Con was a hardback graphic novel that collects all five issues, with forward and afterward by Ellison. This is an author who gives praise sparingly, so you know he means it when he says he’s “over the moon” with the adaptation.

I re-watched “The City on the Edge of Forever” so I could compare the TV version with the graphic novel. The episode is an amazing adventure, full of time-travel hijinks and romance and tragedy, definitely worthy of winning the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1968.

I think Harlan’s original teleplay is better.

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Two Geeks and a Podcast #Four – The Great Debate

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Two Geeks and a Podcast #Four – The Great Debate

We’ve been talking about it since our very first podast and now the day have finally come.  The two greatest space epics of cinema and the small screen have always been put at odds, it would seem there’s only enough room in all of the universe for one, the Trek or the Wars.  Who has the better statships? Who’s had the larger cultural impact?

It’s Star Wars vs. Star Trek in this week’s podcast as we’ve taken our sides and we’re ready to throw down in our first Great Debate of Two Geeks and a Podcast!

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Review: Spock’s World

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Review: Spock’s World

“Go maire tu’ I bhfad agus rath!”

 Old Irish wayfarer’s blessing: “Live long and prosper”

It occurred to me that I haven’t reviewed a Star Trek book in honor of Leonard Nimoy yet. No excuse for that, really, since I read a lot of Star Trek back in high school. Star Trek: TNG was my drug of choice, but I read several novels based on the original Star Trek series as well. By far my favorite of those – the one I’ve reread the most times – is Diane Duane’s epic story of Vulcan, Spock’s World. 

A Vulcan anti-human movement has been growing for decades, based on fears of the damage that illogical, emotional, and violent humanity can cause. Word comes to the Enterprise that several clandestine organizations on Spock’s homeworld have now pushed the government to hold a planet-wide vote to secede from the Federation. Faced with the threat of having to either give up all ties to the Earth, or live in exile, Spock and his father Sarek return to Vulcan with the crew of the Enterprise to argue against secession. The story alternates between the debates (and an investigation to find out who’s been working behind the scenes to push for the vote, and why) and stories of the planet Vulcan itself, with its history of a population even more illogical, emotional, and violent than the human race that the Vulcans are trying so desperately to banish.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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Movie Issues: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

The guys once again travel beyond the stars to hang out with the crew of The USS Enterprise as they watched Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Where Captain Kirk and crew must travel back to the planet Genesis, retrieve the body of Spock, get the body and his mind, which is currently within Dr. McCoy’s back to Vulcan to save both of them before it’s to late. Of course they also need to deal with the Klingons lead by the evil Commander Kruge who wants the Genesis weapons all for his own. They guys also talk new movie news. So please download and enjoy another Movie Issues Podcast.   Read On

Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

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Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

It’s a rumor-filled podcast as the crew talks about the rumors of a new Star Trek show, a new Alien Nation, and a new X-Files mini series. (Spoilers: one of those is totally not a thing.)

After that they get into the newest Uncanny X-Men and Scott’s flip-flopping and Havok’s lack of flip-flopping. They they break down the awesomeness of Darth Vader #3 and the newest Rocket Raccoon, and how Anthony just loves reading long novels and Elizabeth loves Squirrel Girl. (Spoilers: a couple of those last ones are totally not a thing either.)

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