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.

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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.

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MOVIE PODCAST MEETUP!

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 EP 39: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

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.

Ego’s are bruised and heroes are tested in the second move in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy. Your hosts at The Sci-Fi-Fi Podcast soar off into the black of space to search for signs of life in this movie. Do the Guardians get the job done? How cute is Groot? Is the music better than the first film’s? All these things and more, and we want to hear your thoughts, so check the comments section and leave your own.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 38: Alien Abduction Part 2 – Communion (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1993)

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Alien Abduction sub-genre in cinema? Episode 116 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST was Part 1 in a crossover with your loyal hosts here at The Sci-Fi Podcast. On that ep, the HMP hosts and special guest Mattroid, from TSFP, spent some time exploring the theme and reviewed the films Alien Abduction (2014) as well as Altered (2006). We capped off Part 1 with an excellent interview with filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez.

Part 2 of that series is now here! In this episode, HMP co-hosts Dr. Shock (known as Dave Bowman on TSFP) and Wolfman Josh (known as SpaceWolf on TSFP) join the crew of The Sci-Fi Podcast to review the creepy Communion (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1993).

Mattroid, now joined by the other TSFP co-hosts, continue the epic discussion of Alien Abduction, remembering classic movies in the genre, exploring the trope that is Alien Abduction, and utilizing our resident scientist–The Brain–as a sounding board for our hypotheses regarding the probability and plausibility of life OUT THERE and that life coming here. You also will not want to miss Station!’s hilarious review of Communion or the great discussion about Fire in the Sky.

To Probe, or Not To Probe? Let us know in the comments section.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 37: Life (2017) and Displacement (2017)

Missing William Solo Jr., fighting a small baby for command of the mic, and covering two unrelated movies? It’s all a day in the life of the Sci-Fi Podcast crew. On this episode, Ryan “Rybo” Welling pops in for a visit and discusses giving Station! a medal for winning a fight on the internet.

Mattroid and Brain discuss the recently released Life (2017) and whether or not it’ll improve or make your own life worse for watching it.

And later in the show, the two are joined by Station! and baby Ripley for a hilarious detailing of the movie Displacement (2016) and discover that the movie is tied to a very provocative cable network.

Did you enjoy either of these movies? Find them repulsive? Let us know in the comments section.

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SPECIAL FEATURES 1: 15 Film Gems That Even You Cinephiles Probably Haven’t Seen (But Should)

Movie Podcast Network Special Features Ep. 001

This episode is not a teaser… MOVIE PODCAST NETWORK presents our very first SPECIAL FEATURES bonus episode in its entirety! On behalf of the Movie Podcast Network, The Sci-Fi Podcast would like to our first Special Features Bonus episode for your vulcan ears. Here are the only three things you need to know:

1. All the individual shows on Movie Podcast Network will continue to provide FREE episode releases.

2. You can subscribe FREE to our Movie Podcast Network feed, which provides short audio teasers of every new episode released across the Network.

**3. If you like this Special Features episode, then you can subscribe for a small fee to our MONTHLY Special Features BONUS releases through our Patreon page. (Although this first episode is censored for content, the Special Features feed will be explicit.)

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