The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 48: Chris Claremont’s X-Men

Welcome to The SciFi Podcast, a wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

When we think of comics, the X-Men are up at the top of the list that comes to mind. We conjure images of a berserker Wolverine, Cyclops’ optic blast, a torrential Storm, and of course Jean Grey and the Phoenix. We think of these characters, and we thank Chris Claremont for bringing them to us as never before, and for creating some of the greatest superheroes since their inception.

With Chris Claremont’s X-Men we learn about the franchise and how Claremont came to spearhead a new direction for the team, taking the fabled mutants from whatever to nothing better. While the documentary might suffer from some unfortunate production issues, the material is wonderful. Check it out and let us know your thoughts in the comments section. There might even be a little give away…

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production by Mattroid; artwork by Eric Chung, altered by Mattroid.

Rating:

Mattroid – 5
Station! – 5


The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 47: Aliens: Zone of Silence and The Toys that Made Us: episode 1

Welcome to The SciFi Podcast, a wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

Hello, everyone. Welcome to 2018. The Sci-Fi Podcast crew has been preparing the schedule for the year and decided to start with a film review request and a trip into the mighty world of nostalgia.

Remember to check the show notes for a link to friend of the podcast Yo, Joe! Depot. As always, tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production by Mattroid; artwork by Mattroid.

Ratings for Aliens: Zone of Silence

Mattroid – 2.5

William – 2.0

Station! – 4.5

SHOW NOTES:

Liz’s video, Tomato, Tomato, is unavailable at this time…which is too bad because the VHS is excellent.

Find Yo, Joe! and his amazing collection of vintage toys (which you can purchase!) here.

The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 46: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Welcome to The SciFi Podcast, a wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

Finally, December of 2017 arrived, and with it the most anticipated movie in the last two years; Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The dramatic continuation of The Force Awakens finds out heroes–both new and old–banding together to escape, and if possible, defeat the First Order once and for all.

How did this movie compare to it’s predecessors? Does Finn matter? WHO IS REY?! All these things and more are discussed in a lengthy and fantastic review and dissection of the film, by Mattroid, Solo, and friend of the podcast Nick Ricci. Station! was forced to sit this one out, once again caring for a baby, but her thoughts on TLJ will be heard in future episodes.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production by Mattroid; artwork by Mattroid.

 

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The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 45: The Best and Worst Sci-Fi Worlds

 

Welcome to The SciFi Podcasta wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

Naboo! Riza! Madmax! One impressive element of sci-fi movies is the setting. Everything from stark, bleak post-apocalyptic Earth to lush and vibrant planets in distant galaxies, the environment and basic tenets of these worlds can inspire us to long for visiting or perhaps allowing us to find a great deal of gratitude for living in the real world instead of what horrors could be.

Is Star Wars really so ideal? Would Battlefield Earth be a worse place to find yourself than the Madmax universe? We want to hear your thoughts about these movies, so check the comments section and leave your own.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production by William and Mattroid; artwork by Mattroid.

Movie Podcast Network BONUS Episode 008: 2017 MeetUp Event – Better Watch Out with Director Chris Peckover

Better Watch Out - Chris Peckover

Sci-fi nerds…welcome! For those who did not get to attend this year’s Movie Podcast Network MeetUp Event in Salt Lake City, we are producing a few episodes of our coverage from the event.

Christmas came early to the safe neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah! It was an incredible event and we wish you all could have joined us. The weekend included multiple meals with hosts and listeners, trivia games, live podcasting, live music, hiking, a birthday party, group screenings of Better Watch Out (2017)—with a Filmmaker Q&A—and Tremors (1990), plus a double feature of Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1988) on the actual Friday the 13th of October 2017. Whew! Quite a weekend! You’re going to hear great live recordings from all these events in the days to come.

Here, UMC’s own Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh podcast with their MPN co-horts from Horror Movie Podcast, Retro Movie Geek, Movie Podcast Weekly and Movie Stream Cast, in front of a live audience after a screening of Better Watch Out (2017). The panel is also joined by the film’s writer/director, Chris Peckover for a Q&A with the MPN listeners. If you’re jealous of all the fun we had at the 2017 MPN Meetup Event, you’d better watch out for the next one! We’d love to see you there.

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The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 44: Blade Runner 2049 – Live Reaction

 Welcome to The SciFi Podcasta wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features four hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

In this short episode (which is really a teaser for the upcoming Blade Runner episode), the Sci-Fi Podcast is joined by Jay and Karl from Movie Podcast Weekly, and special guest Sharon Solo Jr. Together they discuss their initial reactions and feelings about Blade Runner 2049. Did it hold up to the original? Was Karl disappointed? There’s just too much to sum here, and we want to hear what you thought about it, so check the comments section and leave your own.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production and artwork by Mattroid; photograph by Sharon Solo Jr.

MOVIE PODCAST MEETUP!

The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 43: Comic Con SLC 2017 with Matt Jacobson of USA Today

Welcome to The SciFi Podcasta wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

In Salt Lake City, Comic Con is alive and well. Your crew from The Sci-Fi Podcast witnessed thousands of eager geeks prove to each other that there’s no place like a comic convention to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of America’s beloved nerd culture. Along the way, through the three-day event, we were fortunate enough to cross paths with the lovely and hilarious Matt Jacobson, who writes for The Spectrum and USA Today. We took the chance to interview him and ask a few sci-fi standard questions, and he most definitely did not let us down.

Have you been to a comic convention before? Do you read USA Today? Do you love Andy Warhol? There’s so much to discuss, and we want to hear your thoughts about these movies, so check the comments section and leave your own.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production and artwork by Mattroid.

The Sci-Fi Podcast episode 42: It Came From Planet X! – Night of the Comet

Some movies are so strange, so bizarre, so ultimately excellent that they belong in their own pocket universe of The Sci-Fi Podcast, known as Planet X! Mattroid will be joined in each of these short episodes by a special guest and together they’ll discuss a relatively unknown movie and any number of related (and unrelated) tangents.

In this fantastically manic episode of It Came From Planet X, Mattroid and new best friend Joel Robertson (Jor-el) can’t keep their ducks in a row, chatter like spider-monkeys, rarely stay on topic (STAY ON TARGET!) and very well may even manage to discuss the 1984 gem, Night of the Comet, a work of brilliant fiction.

Have you seen it?
Do you like it?
Do you own it?
Don’t touch that dial, you teenage zombie freaks! Chat about the movie in the comments section.

 

You can hear more from Joel and his studious cohorts at Retro Movie Geek, and as always make sure to check out our friends and family at Movie Podcast Network.

Podcast production and artwork by Mattroid. Music provided by TMMC.

RATINGS:

Mattroid – 8/10

Joel – 10/10

 

 

 

THE MOVIE PODCAST NETWORK 2017 MEETUP EVENT!

BEHOLD! The first annual MPN Meetup Event will be coming to SLC this October, and you are all invited! Rather than give you a load of redundant info, check out the link below to learn more about the event and ultimately to pledge your support to your favorite network of podcasts–come on, you know it’s MPN.

There are a thousand reasons why you should come out to the event; read about some of them in the link:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mpn-meetup-event-2017-movie-podcast#/

 

 

The Sci-Fi Podcast: Episode 41 – Bad Earth: Part One

Welcome to The SciFi Podcasta wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features four hosts—Mattroid, Solo, Brain, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

Every now and then a terrible sci-fi movie comes out and stuns audiences for years; sometimes a sci-fi movie comes out and polarizes audiences, leaving some dumbfounded while others are awe-struck; sometimes these movies become cult-classics and other times they are buried at the bottom of the dollar-bin at your local superstore.

Here we’ve got movies that reflect on Earth in the distant future; how things may be different, may be the same, or may be kooky as hell with weird things going on for no apparent reason. There’s so much to discuss, and we want to hear your thoughts about these movies, so check the comments section and leave your own.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production and artwork by Mattroid.

Host ratings and reviews for After Earth

Mattroid – 7

Station! – 6

William Solo Jr. – 7

Brain – 6.5

 

SHOW NOTES:

— Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 036: Now You See Me (2013) and After Earth (2013)

https://moviepodcastweekly.com/movie-podcast-weekly-ep-036-now-you-see-me-2013-and-after-earth-2013/

— Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 244: The Mummy (2017) and It Comes at Night (2017) and The Bottom 5 Worst Movie Titles Ever (Part 2 of 3)

https://moviepodcastweekly.com/movie-podcast-weekly-ep-244-the-mummy-2017-and-it-comes-at-night-2017-and-the-bottom-5-worst-movie-titles-ever-part-2-of-3/#more-5331

— Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 246: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) and Oh, Hello on Broadway (2017)

https://moviepodcastweekly.com/movie-podcast-weekly-ep-246-transformers-the-last-knight-2017-and-oh-hello-on-broadway-2017/