THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 30: Arrival (2016), Hard Sci-Fi Vol. 1

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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, Brain, 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.

This episode we begin the Hard Sci-Fi volumes with our fist entry: vol. 1. We review and cover Arrival (2016), and elaborate on the concept of Hard Science-Fiction and it’s importance in the genre. Did your expectations arrive, or did this movie leave you wishing you could change your destination? Let us know!

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 29: Doctor Strange – LIVE!

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.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ever expanding, and after more than a dozen movies we’ve finally entered the mystical side of Marvel! Ushering us into the unknown, Doctor Strange joins the likes of Captain America and Iron-Man with his first entry into the MCU. How does it hold up against the other films? Do we finally get a decent Marvel villain?

In this episode, your faithful sci-fi crew brings you their review – LIVE! – right after their viewing of the film. What did you think about the Doctor Strange movie? Let us know in the comments section.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 26: Coherence and an Interview With Jim Byrkit

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 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, 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.

In this special episode, Station! and Mattroid briefly provide comments on the thriller sci-fi/fantasy film Coherence, before interviewing the hilarious and insightful writer and director of the film, Jim Byrkit. What did you think of Coherence? What color is your glowstick? Let us know in the comments section, below. And don’t miss the epic Coherence episode of TSFP sister show Movie Stream Cast where SpaceWolf and Cody Clark review the film before Brain brings it with his typical physicist-ish-insights knowledge.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 25: Ghostbusters (1984) vs Ghostbusters (2016)

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Who you gonna call? The question should probably best be posed differently: When you call the ghostbusters, will you use a payphone or a smartphone? In this spooky episode, Brain, Station! and Mattroid discuss the differences between the original Ghostbusters movie and the recently released, female-fronted version. Which do you prefer and why? Let us know 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 and artwork by Mattroid. Additional tracks by Infectious Grooves. Check out Stewart Craig’s amazing artwork at www.stewartmortimer.deviantart.com.

THE SCI_FI PODCAST EP 24: The Predator Franchise Part 2 – Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010)

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Sequels! A bizarro follow up to the iconic Predator, Predator 2 departs from the norm to deliver us action on top of sloppy social commentary. Is it terrible? Terrific? Does it compare to the third, Predators, wherein we find ourselves tailored well and suited up to be a true sequel to the original? If it bleeds, kill it in the comments section, below.
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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 22: Independence Day Resurgence – LIVE!

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It’s been 20 years since aliens landed on Earth and picked a fight with Will Smith and the rest of the human species, and since our victory they’ve been plotting and scheming on returning to our planet to finish the job they started in the 90s. Does humanity prevail? Is a Will Smith-less cast strong enough to hold up such a huge sequel? Did you like this movie or not? Let us know in the comments section.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 20: The 25 Coolest Sci-Fi Movie Weapons

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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.

For this episode, we invited Sci-Fi fanatic and professional photographer Ryan Welling to join us in discussing the 25 coolest weapons found in Sci-Fi movies. What do you think about the list? Let us know in the comments section.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 19: The Martian (2015)

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This episode we bring back our real life friend and a real life physicist, Brian “The Brain” Patchett, to get his insights on the use of science in Ridley Scott’s latest, The Martian. Just how scientifically accurate is this movie?! You’re about to find out.

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THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 14: The Science of Star Wars

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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.

This episode we bring back our real life friend and a real life physicist, Brian “The Brain” Patchett, to get his insights on the use of science (and pseudo-science) in the Star Wars saga. Brian teases lightsabers and gives us a full rundown on speeders, blasters, warp drives, deflector shields, The Death Star and more.

We also officially welcome Brain into the fold, updating his status from “special guest” to “contributor” … but contributing what, exactly? Well, besides guesting on great podcasts like this that will melt YOUR brain, OUR Brain writes incredibly-interesting essays for the site about the real science behind filmic fiction. If you haven’t read his “Brain Blogs” you are truly doing yourself a disservice. The most applicable to this week’s episode is his most recent essay, “Laser vs. Plasma, Sword Battle of Doom!,” or as Matt says “All About Lightsabers,” but they are all great.

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BRAIN BLOG: Laser vs. Plasma, Sword Battle of Doom!

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1 STARKILLER AND HIS TRUSTY LAZERSWORD

Stories abound on the internet these days about early drafts of the original Star Wars trilogy. Lucas made the move from Starkiller to Skywalker, from Bogan to The Dark Side, and since when is Biggs Luke’s brother? But most importantly for this essay, he went from Lazersword to Lightsaber, (check out starwarz.com for more). Both of which are terrible misnomers, even though the latter is far cooler sounding. Unfortunately both regular light and light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation are completely useless as a weapon, or a tool, or anything beyond a fancy colored flashlight for finding your way through a dense jungle cavern. So let’s do this . . .
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