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Well, it had to happen - the first story to be a disappointment and find its way to the bottom of the ranking list.  "The Keys of Marinus" is another ambitious story filled with mutiple characters and multiple locations, just as with the previous story, "Marco Polo".  Unlike the previous story, this one is complete for one to view - and that might not be a good thing.  John talks about the weaknesses in "The Keys of Marinus" that includes the introduction of the trope that Doctor Who doesn't do very well - the mini-adventures within a larger quest story arc.
 
 
 
Current Rankings
1 - Marco Polo
2 - The Daleks
3 - An Unearthly Child
4 - Edge of Destruction
5 - The Keys of Marinus
Direct download: DWMD_-_Keys_of_Marinus.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 6:56am EDT
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Christmas is over.  Its time for some Old Time Radio post-Christmas reflections and preparation for New Year’s.  We start with Eve Arden starring in Our Miss Brooks.  During Christmas vacation the sardonic English teacher has plans to exchange the dreadful presents she received for something a little more useful.  And so does everyone else.  Then on Dragnet we feature the adventure of a con racket that starts in the middle of December and goes all the way through to a New Year’s Eve party.  You’re a detective sergeant.  You take a cup o’kindness yet for auld lang syne.

 

Episodes

 

Our Miss Brooks

“Exchanging Christmas Gifts”

December 31, 1950

3:30

 

Dragnet

“The Big Betty”

November 23, 1950

34:13

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The SciFi Diner Podcast

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, M

 

Welcome to the Diner.

If you have listened to the show for sometime, we would love to have you leave feedback on iTunes. We know not all of you use iTunes, but for those that do, it helps us become more visible. If you don’t use iTunes, your feedback is still valuable. Visit our webpage at http://scifidinerpodcast.com and leave a comment on the show notes or email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com We want to know what you are thinking about what we are saying and what shows you are watching.

 

 

Interview: David Nykl

 

Nykl was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to a nurse mother and a structural engineer father. After the Soviet invasion in 1968, he and his family left then-Communist Czechoslovakia for Canada. Upon arriving at Victoria, British Columbia. Nykl attended the University of British Columbia, where he majored in liberal arts.

 

Nykl has appeared heavily in Vancouver and Prague in dozens of theater, film and television productions. Known for his versatility and depth as an actor, he has also produced theatre and film projects, and in 1994, he co-founded Prague’s Misery Loves Company Theatre with Richard Toth and Ewan McLaren.

 

He is known to science fiction fans as the recurring Stargate Atlantis character of Dr. Radek Zelenka, a Czech scientist on Earth’s expedition to the “lost city” of Atlantis. His character often provides a foil to the main scientists, who forget the limits of their situation.

 

He is fluent in Czech, English, French and Spanish. Though his character on Stargate Atlantis speaks English with a Czechaccent, Nykl normally speaks with a Canadian accent. Whenever Zelenka spoke Czech in Stargate Atlantis, Nykl was given the lines in English, and he translated them.

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Was it any surprise that Star Wars: The Force Awakens did as well as it did at the box office this past weekend?  And it certainly looks to hold that spot this weekend despite there being four new movie releases to challenge it.  Just how far can this movie got when it appears to be so universally accepted as a proper sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy?  Michael Falkner has all this, some DVD releases, and a look at January movies that could challenge The Force Awakens on a new Weekly Podioplex.
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for December 22, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Joy

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens [New Record]
#2 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
#3 – Sisters
#4 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 [-3]
#5 – Creed [-1]
#6 – The Good Dinosaur [-3]

#7 – Krampus [-2]
#8 – In the Heart of the Sea [-6]
#9 – Dilwale
#10 – Bajirao Mastani

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – Little Fockers
2005 – King Kong
1995 – Toy Story
1985 – Rocky IV
1975 – The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother


Box Office Premieres for the week of December 25th, 2015

Wide

Joy – [PG-13]

Point Break – [PG-13]

Daddy’s Home – [PG-13]

Concussion – [PG-13]

 

Limited

The Hateful Eight – [R]

The Revenant – [R]

45 Years – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of December 22nd, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

War Room – [PG]

Pan – [PG]

Pawn Sacrifice – [PG-13]

Project Almanac – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Defiance: Season Three (2015)

Dominion: Season Two (2015)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962) – [Approved]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Earth Station One 

Earth Station One is a pop culture podcast & blog celebrating our love for all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics & much, much more.

 

Quick Flicks

 

Coming Attractions for January 2016

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

 

 

Direct download: Podioplex122215.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT
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Just in time for Christmas Day, we present a Chrsitmas tale written by series creator David Binkley.  A woman wakes to find herself on a bus headed for Cleveland - where she had run away from 18 years before.

Direct download: Rstage12_homeForChristmas.mp3
Category:WCRS Radio Stage -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT
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AN ALL STAR LINEUP FOR YOUR HOLIDAY ENJOYTAINMENT!

Join Dan and Travis and their guests - Gabe, Tim, Jules, and Matt the Cat, as they make baby name suggestions, do more searching for Rhode Island's Child, and play a rousing game of "Christmas Movie or Not". Also, check out some BLAST-FROM-THE-PAST Old School D&T clips at the front and end of the show! It's a Christmas Miraculuscious Delight of a Treat! BONANZAGANZA!

Direct download: In_A_Style_Such_As_Christmas_2015.mp3
Category:The Dan and Travis Show -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT
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Taking a break from the screenwriting world for a second to talk about an important and all-too common issue. The holiday season is for some the most joyful, fun and carefree time of year. For others, the holiday season can be a genuine struggle with depression, addiction and suicidal tendencies. The battle for mental health is one of the biggest and most important challenges of anyone’s life. Yet far too often we feel helpless to fight our own demons or don’t know how to help loved ones with their torment.

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I’m joined by Elizabeth Lombino. In addition to being my friend for 30 plus years, Elizabeth is a licensed clinical social worker and writer on the subject of depression. In this interview, she goes over some of the why’s and how’s of why the holidays can be so hard. We also talk about real, practical ways one can help themselves and how you can you help others. There’s no clear cut answer to these very real dangers people struggle with – but there are ways to help. I hope this insightful interview offers some light in the storm to those who may need it: 

For those who need who help or want to help those in danger of suicide, don’t hesitate call this number:

1-800-273-TALK:

For more on the suicide prevention hotline:

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

For more on Elizabeth and her writings:

http://elizabethlombino.com/

Elizabeth’s Suicide Is Not A Choice piece:

http://elizabethlombino.com/2014/08/12/suicide-is-not-a-choice/

My own thoughts on mental illness and suicide:

http://handsometimmydexpress.com/2014/08/13/the-crazy-ones/

Direct download: HTD_SPECIAL_3_ELIZABETH_LOMBINO.mp3
Category:The HTD Express -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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The Doctor and his companions wind up at the top of the Himalayas, "The Roof of the World", where they discover the TARDIS has lost all power.  They are saved from a frozen death by traveller Marco Polo and his caravan.  He is intrigued though by the Doctor's caravan, the TARDIS, and seizes it in the name of Kublai Khan in the hopes he will be released from his service.
 
The story is one of the first we will be covering that doesn't exist in a moving image form.  It was reconstructed using audio and photos from the episode.  Despite this, this story has to be one of the best of William Hartnell's era and deserves a careful viewing, even by the casual fan.
 
 
 
Direct download: DWMD_-_Marco_Polo.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 8:11am EDT
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The Force is strong in Michael Falkner as he presents a new Weekly Podioplex.  The Hunger Games gets its last grasp at the number one spot at the box office as the world prepares for the release of The Force Awakens.  The real question that the Las Vegas bookmakers should be taking a piece of the action is: "What movie will take The Force Awakens place at the box office in January?  Stay tuned for Michael's look at upcoming movies in January in a future episode.
 
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Weekly Podioplex Notes for December 15, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 [Fourth Week]
#2 – In the Heart of the Sea
#3 – The Good Dinosaur [Even]
#4 – Creed [Even]
#5 – Krampus [-3]
#6 – The Night Before [Even]

#7 – Spectre [-2]
#8 – The Peanuts Movie [-1]
#9 – Spotlight [-1]
#10 – Brooklyn [-1]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – Tron: Legacy
2005 – King Kong
1995 – Toy Story
1985 – Rocky IV
1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Box Office Premieres for the week of December 18th, 2015

Wide

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – [PG-13]

Sisters – [R]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – [PG]

 

Limited

Son of Saul – [R]

Extraction – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of December 15th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – [PG-13]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – [PG-13]

Ted 2 – [R]

Fantastic Four – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Marco Polo: Season One (2015)

Extant: Season Two (2015)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Car (1977) – [PG]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Full of Sith

The Full of Sith Podcast is a show dedicated to bringing the most interesting Star Wars conversations in the galaxy with hosts Bryan Young, Tha Mike Pilot, and Bobby Roberts.

 

Star Wars Stacks

The Star Wars Stacks is a Star Wars Expanded Universe Bookclub. Once a month, we get together to discuss a different novel from the Star Wars EU.

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Leave voicemail toll-free: (844) 674-3453
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Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift and The Weekly Podioplex
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Shop the Rift’s Best Bets or search our Amazon Store. 

 

Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

 

 

Direct download: Podioplex121515.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:23am EDT
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Are we saying “Adios, Muchachos” to La Reina, Escorpion, and Dr. Kurian on Z NATION? Arnold and Scott chat about the second part of an epic two-part journey south of the border on the Syfy zombie show, and watch “The Killer of Killers” at work in a Deadite-infested diner on ASH VS. EVIL DEAD! PLUS: It’s a return to the show for Z NATION‘s Addy Carver herself, Anastasia Baranova, as she catches us up on everything she’s been doing on the show’s exciting second season! Finally, Arnold and Scott share stories of recent visits to the WALKER STALKER convention and the home of Z NATION and SHARKNADO, Asylum.

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto and “Anastasia” by Slash covered by Karl Golden, Sandra Szabo, and Lionel Das Neves

We welcome all feedback at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com, contact@g2vpodcast.com, or on the G2V Facebook page! Find the show on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead!

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