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Binary System Podcast #35 – WTNV #87 “The Trial of Hiram McDaniels”

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Binary System Podcast #35 – WTNV #87 “The Trial of Hiram McDaniels”

The long awaited trial of Hiram McDaniels has finally arrived. Aaaand now it’s done. That was fast.

We didn’t get to see much of the trial (Mayor Cardinal took the charge to “Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” a little too seriously, and they had to clear the courtroom), but the results were exactly what we WEREN’T expecting. Justice in Night Vale isn’t for wimps. Or anybody, really.

And weirdly, on the eve of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War we somehow ended up giving a little love to DC and the handful of shows and animations that they’ve done well. This was after we made snarky comments about Batman v Superman and Convergence, but the love got in there eventually.

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 14: Robot Love

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 14: Robot Love

This week Elizabeth and Leland get down and dirty and talk all about all the love being given to robots/AI. Yup, we go blue right up top. Because, why not. That’s the fun stuff. Whether it’s a sexy AI voice you fall in love with, a creepy sex-bot, or something as strange a having relations with your computer, they discuss it all. So please download and enjoy.  Read On

Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 12: Guinan

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 12: Guinan

This week Leland and Elizabeth talk all about Star Trek’s favorite bartender, Guinan. Played by Whoopi Goldberg on Star Trek: The Next Generation off and on from season 2-6. She was mysterious, funny and full of all sorts of wisdom. Guinan was the glue that held that ship together! So please download, sit back and relax as we give tons of love to Guinan.   Read On

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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