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"The Great Escape/The Great Train Robbery"

Aired February 1/8, 1968

 

It's the final two-part story for Batman 66.  It's also the final appearance of Cliff Robertson as Shame.  And it's a shame, really.  (Pun intended)  This episode has almost all the elements that make it feel like a second season episode rather than a third.  The only thing missing is a proper death trap.  So why did it take so long to come up with something like this?  Was it the fact that it was an established character that had proven popular?  Was it Stanley Ralph Ross' writing?  And what was with Adam West's poor man's Gary Cooper impression?

 

Joining John to discuss what worked and what didn't work in this story that made us long for the good old days is podcaster, The Hunnic Outcast.

 

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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_64.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT
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The Web Planet

Production: N

Airdates: February 13 - March 20, 1965

The TARDIS materializes on the planet Vortis, a world with a rarified atmosphere and a population of alien insects.  The time travelers are drawn into a conflict with the inhabitants, all being manipulated by an outside force.

This six parter was a tough one to get through and John isn't shy to point this out, but that's about all he can say about it.  What do you think of the story?  Perhaps you have a different opinion.  Leave your thoughts here and perhaps you can show John the error of his ways.

Current Rankings

1 - Dalek Invasion of Earth

2 - Marco Polo

3 - The Daleks

4 - The Aztecs

5 - The Romans

6 - An Unearthly Child

7 - The Reign of Terror

8 - Edge of Destruction

9 - The Rescue

10 - Planet of Giants

11- Keys of Marinus

12 - The Sensorites

13 - The Web Planet

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Web_Planet.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 6:00am EDT
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"THE HUNTERS AND THE HUNTED"

AIRED: NOVEMBER 25, 1966

 

John and Jim find themselves reaching for things to even talk about this episode.  A group of wealthy industrialists gather to hunt the most dangerous game and they've set their sights on the Hornet and Kato.  It sounds like a great plot, but the execution leaves much to be desired.  Instead, the two spend more time talking about the salary disparities of the cast members of the show and those of Batman thanks to some trivia from The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson.  Pick up your copy by clicking on the link and getting it today.

 

Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_010.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 9:35am EDT
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We present two comedies, both Thanksgiving-themed, and both featuring the perils of trying to save money by buying a live turkey.  First on "Our Miss Brooks," teachers never have enough money, so Connie tries to work herself and her date into a big dinner with all the fixings at her principal’s house.  Then on “The Jack Benny Program,” you can trust Jack to try to save a few pennies by getting his turkey the hard way.  And it turns out to be even harder than he anticipated.

 

 

 

Episodes

 

 

Our Miss Brooks

 

November 19, 1950

 

“Thanksgiving Turkey”

 

2:01

 

 

 

The Jack Benny Program

 

November 29, 1953

 

“Thanksgiving Dinner”

 

32:40

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On a special double digest edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we welcome the Thanksgiving holiday with two weeks in one show. This week's newbies were neck and neck, but they couldn't defeat the power of Thor and Ragnarok. This week, the marvelous God of Thunder faces off against DC Comics and the Justice League. If they're not enough, perhaps the heart-touching Wonder can sway the Odinson. Or perhaps, if they fail, Pixar and the tale of Coco? We shall see.

 

Home entertainment goes wild with Atomic Blonde, Valerian, Doctor Who and the final adventures of the Twelfth, Red Dwarf. TV also goes old school with the Dukes of Hazzard, The Incredible Hulk, and the last edition of the classic MST3K. Keep circulating the tapes.

 

After that, Denise covers the plethora of Disney and Star Wars news, says goodbye to Higgins, and almost dies from laughter as the mummy kills the monsters. It's showtime on a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Podioplex111417.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:59pm EDT
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On The Weekly Podioplex, the start of the holiday movie season was welcomed with thunderous acclaim as Thor: Ragnarok shook the box office and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This week, the son of Odin and his compatriots will hold the line against the star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express and another shot at Daddy's Home. Can Thor withstand the power of Hercule Poirot?

Home entertainment revs engines from top to bottom with Cars 3 and Speed Racer. The middle of the pack includes Valerian on digital, The Crown and Westworld, and a megapack of DC original animated movies. After that heart-pounding excitement, Denise gives us word of several exciting television prospects, including a Paperback Princess and a return to The Lord of the Rings. Altogether, it's brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Podioplex110717.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:12am EDT
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Real-life bandleader for “The Jack Benny Show,” Phil Harris, and his wife, Alice Faye, had their own sitcom radio show during the 1940s – 50s.  Accompanied by his pal Frankie Remley (or is that Elliott Lewis?  Listen and all will be explained.), Harris would stumble into problems surpassed only by the team of Flintstone and Rubble.  This time around, it’s the infamous traffic in Los Angeles that will be the guys’ undoing.  Then it’s time to see what you remember from school.  On “College Quiz Bowl” we cover music, witches, and international capitals.

  

Episodes

 

 

The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show

 

November 27, 1953

 

“The Traffic Problem in Los Angeles”

 

4:56

 

 

College Quiz Bowl

 

November 27, 1954

 

“Minnesota vs Smith”

 

34:59

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Episode 44—Special Order 937

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, revisit the original Alien (1979) as they continue their epic review of the entire Alien movie series. Scott tries to live in a world where the prequels don’t exist, but Ella’s love of Walter keeps Covenant alive, making some comparing and contrasting with the classic film unavoidable!

 

Segments

Intro :28

Nothing Happened Before Alien :55

Opening Shots 1:30 

Real People, Real Scary 2:20

Creepy Sounds 4:24

Wakey, Wakey 5:15

Model Landing 6:15

Are There Other Aliens? 7:12

That Is NOT a Spacesuit 9:59

Don’t Stick Your Face in That Thing 10:38

Listen To Ripley, People 12:35

Introducing Sigourney Weaver 13:35

Facehugger 15:40

Chestburster 18:50

Space Monster Context 19:29

Alien as Slasher Movie 21:03

Part of the Ship or Dolly Track? 23:08

Brett and Jonesy and Dallas 24:30

Ash Freaks Out 27:37

Lambert Has a Bad Day 29:20

Watching for Decades 30:23

Okay, There Were Prequels 31:37

What Makes an Alien Movie? 36:25

Questions You Didn’t Ask, Answers You Don’t Want 38:10

Imagine a Sensible Prequel 38:56

Could You Have an Alien Film Without the Alien? 40:02

Daniels and Walter in Covenant 42:45

Run, Ripley, Run 44:04

Slasher’s Last Slash 44:51

Our Cat Cameos as Jonesy 45:48

Life Cycles and Cocoons  45:52

Direct download: GenGeek44.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT
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On The Weekly Podioplex, it was another slow week at the box office, but that was okay for audiences who wanted scares because Jigsaw was ready and willing. It wasn't pretty, but it did the job. This week should see a turn on those low receipts with the return of the god of thunder Thor as he faces Ragnarok.

 

Home entertainment takes a trip to The Dark Tower, ventures down Wind River, and brings complete sets of Orphan Black and Sherlock. It's a good week for television from the BBC. After that, Denise brings us word of meaty Aquaman tales, Stranger Things producers on the CW, a monsterpalooza, and a drain on your wallets. There you have it: A brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

(Good luck all you crazy NaNoWriMo challengers! We salute you.)

Direct download: Podioplex103117.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:18am EDT
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