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Isis

"Rockhound's Roost"

October 11, 1975

 

Kevin is a young student who tries to avoid any of his responsibilities at any cost.  But he goes too far when forges his father's name on a permission slip to avoid a cleanup job at home.  On the trip, Kevin continues to shirk his responsibilities and decides to run away before getting caught.  The problem is he brings along a fellow student named Fabian.  Will the two become lost or even worse or can Isis find them in time?

 

John and Richard discuss this episode in detail and also talk about how the episode is important for today's youth who many do not accept their responsibilities.  Plus, what is the deal with the bear?  It's pretty bad, even for Isis/Shazam standards.

 

 It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.  Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

 

Moral: "Being responsible means knowing the right thing to do an doing it."

Guest Cast

Steven Paul as Kevin McCauley

Thomas Carter as Fabian

Bill DeLand as Mr. McCauley

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_34.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 6:27pm EST
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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it's all quiet before the return of the Jedi. Coco is your champion once again with the limited newbies making a decent but not Top Ten worthy showing. This week, Coco faces off against The Shape of Water and Just Getting Started in one last bid for box office superiority. In home entertainment, Despicable Me returns alongside The Simpsons, Fargo, and Twin Peaks. After another holiday horror from the past, Denise brings it all to a close with news of Tarantino, Abrams, and Meyer on Trek, Johnson on Wars, and House of Cards without Spacey.

 

It's another short release list, but it's still here for you on a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for December 5, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Shape of Water

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Coco – [Second Week]
#2 – Justice League – [Even]
#3 – Wonder – [Even]
#4 – Thor: Ragnarok – [Even]
#5 – Daddy’s Home 2 – [Even]
#6 – Murder on the Orient Express – [Even]

#7 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – [+3]
#8 – Lady Bird – [+3]
#9 – The Star – [-2]
#10 – A Bad Moms Christmas – [-2]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Skyfall
2007 – The Golden Compass
1997 – Flubber
1987 – Three Men and a Baby
1977 – The Goodbye Girl
 

Box Office Premieres

December 1, 2017: Wide

The Shape of Water – [R]
Just Getting Started – [PG-13]

December 1, 2017: Limited

I, Tonya – [R]
November Criminals – [PG-13]
Big Sonia – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment

December 5, 2017: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Despicable Me 3 – [PG]

 

December 5, 2017: New Releases on Digital Video

Stronger – [R]

 

December 5, 2017: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Simpsons: Season Eighteen (2006)

Fargo: Season Three (2017)

Twin Peaks: Season Three – A Limited Event Series (2017)

 

December 5, 2017: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) – [R]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Dead Robots Society

The Dead Robots’ Society was created by Justin Macumber in an effort to offer advice and support to other aspiring writers. All the hosts, current and former, have writing experience of some kind. They gather on a weekly basis to share stories of their individual journeys and discuss topics important to the world of writing. Occasional forays into the territories of brown dragons, taco eating cowboy space ninjas, or random discussions involving monkeys are all considered rumor at best and none of the hosts are willing to admit any of that actually happened.

 

 

Quick Flicks

Quentin Tarantino meets Star Trek?
Nicholas Meyer is actively pursuing a new Star Trek project
Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars trilogy not the Knights of the Old Republic
Bryan Singer fired from Bohemian Rhapsody
House of Cards continues, but without Kevin Spacey

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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Direct download: Podioplex120517.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 11:16am EST
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“The Man Who Came to Dinner” was a 1939 Broadway comedy written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.  It has since become a classic.  When radio commentator and professional wit Sheridan Whiteside is visiting a prominent family in a small town in Ohio a few weeks before Christmas, he injures himself and is confined to their house for a month.  He may be stuck but the show must go on.  “Sherry,” as his friends call him, continues to run his business, see friends and associates, and drive his nice suburban hosts crazy.  This one-hour adaptation stars Clifton Webb and Lucille Ball.

 

Episodes

 

Lux Radio Theater

March 27 1950

“The Man Who Came to Dinner”

5:58

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On a this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we return to a world where the Justice League almost made it two for two, but the superior power of Disney and Pixar is hard to beat. Coco is your champion, and with only limited releases on the slate for this week's newbies, there's hardly any stopping a repeat performance. Home entertainment is equally sparse, highlighting Logan Lucky, Get Out, the second installment of the Kingsman adventures, and the return of the Gilmore Girls.

 

To wrap it all up, Denise talks Tolkien in a Lord of the Rings-apalooza! It's a short slate, but it's still a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for November 28, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Disaster Artist

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Coco – [New Release]
#2 – Justice League – [-1]
#3 – Wonder – [-1]
#4 – Thor: Ragnarok – [-1]
#5 – Daddy’s Home 2 – [-1]
#6 – Murder on the Orient Express – [-1]

#7 – The Star – [-1]
#8 – A Bad Moms Christmas – [-1]
#9 – Roman J. Israel, Esq. – [+28]
#10 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – [-1]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
2007 – Enchanted
1997 – Flubber
1987 – Three Men and a Baby
1977 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
 

Box Office Premieres

December 1, 2017: Wide

None

 

December 1, 2017: Limited

The Disaster Artist – [R]
Wonder Wheel – [PG-13]
Padmavati – [NR]
The Shape of Water – [R]
The Tribes of Palos Verdes – [R]
Love Beats Rhymes – [R]
Gangster Land – [NR]
Another WolfCop – [NR]

Naples ‘44 – [NR]

Slumber – [R]
Drawing Home – [NR]

Shadowman – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment

November 28, 2017: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Logan Lucky – [PG-13]

Get Out – [R]

 

November 28, 2017: New Releases on Digital Video

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – [R]

 

November 28, 2017: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)

 

November 28, 2017: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Misery (1990) – [R]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Geek Radio Daily

Geek Radio Daily is a place for geeks and stealth geeks alike to hang out and talk about a variety of geeky topics. Check out the somtimes weekly podcast…..sWeekly, if you will.  The GRD sWeekly ‘cast is usually available on Mondays, and if you are new to the show, just jump right in!

 

 

Quick Flicks

The Lord of the Rings-apalooza!

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
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Leave a review on iTunes:  The Chronic Rift

Shop the Rift’s Best Bets or search our Amazon Store. 

 

Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex112817.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 3:25pm EST
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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.

 

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

HunnicOutcasts offers a variety of podcasts.  Whether it's unscripted/off the cuff or an in depth discussion, regarding T.V. films, literature, and/or video games.  

 

Learn more at 

 

https://www.facebook.com/hunnicoutcasts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hunnicoutcasts/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hunnicoutcasts/id913787694?mt=2

http://www.spreaker.com/show/hunnicoutcasts

Twitter @hunnicoutcasts

http://www.geekcastradio.com/show-guide/syndicated-shows/hunnic-outcast-podcast

http://tangentboundnetwork.com/network-shows/

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_64.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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