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It's the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Five years ago, we covered the anniversary with a two-part discussion of the series with author David Mack and actress Chase Masterson.  In celebration, John brings author Julio Angel Ortiz on board to talk about the show, in particular how it stands out amongst the other Trek series and how the new Discovery is closest in tone to DS9.

 


NOTE: The episode is shortened due to technical difficulties at the start of the show.  The audio brings us into the show already in progress.

 

Contents


0:00 - Bringing it to the Table - John talks about the Batman 66 exhibition at the Hollywood Museum and Julio talks about how The Disaster Artist is the perfect movie for the political climate we are currently.

13:10 - John and Julio talk Deep Space Nine.

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Happy New Year! On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we welcome 2018 with a new champion as the jungle overtook the Jedi. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made big news for stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, but it has hairy competition this week as Paddington returns to theaters alongside Liam Neeson on a train and Taraji P. Henson as a hitwoman.

Home entertainment rings in the new year with killer clowns, Supreme Court justices, and a Scooby Doo-Batman team-up for the ages. Denise joins the party with word of Netflix sequels, Captain Marvel casting, Fox's tone in a post-Disney world, and The Animaniacs! Hello Nurse... maybe? Reboots are just about as tricky as the nations song.

We also make a couple of changes to refresh the show as we arrive in 2018 and ready to rock. This is the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

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First up, on “Dragnet,” a movie set is the scene of a murder.  Jack Webb’s Sergeant Friday hits the soundstage and talks with gaffers, best boys, and directors while investigating a murder that puts the tarnish on Tinseltown.  Then on “You Bet Your Life,” Groucho interviews two doctors -- one for people and one for the birds.  Later, there’s a woman who met her husband while selling underwear door-to-door and an engaged couple who work at the same department store.

Episodes

 

Dragnet

 

November 2, 1952

 

“The Big Light”

 

2:45

 

 

You Bet Your Life

 

December 7, 1949

 

“The Secret Word is Dust”

 

32:37

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The Chronic Rift makes a comeback in 2018! (Why not? Everything else is. If American Idol can do it, why can’t we? Don’t answer that!)

 

You can join in the fun by being a part of the chat and we may use your comments on air. Join us every Sunday, live on Facebook at 9AM EST for The Chronic Rift.  The audio from the live cast will be available on the network feed.

 

Check out the front page of the homepage, our Facebook page, or Youtube in order to watch the video of the cast.John S. Drew is joined by author and podcaster Kevin Lauderdale (Presenting the Transcription Feature) in what is hopefully going to be the first of a weekly video podcast. In the first episode John and Kevin bring some things they are excited about to the table. And then, they talk about what they are looking forward to in pop culture for 2018.

 

1:10 - Here's the Thing - John explains why a video show on Facebook.


4:10 - Kevin brings Tales from the Canyons of the Damned #19 in which he has a story in.  He relates the origins of the online magazine which Kevin has contributed to several issues.  Get your copy by clicking on the link.

 

10:48 - John talks up his Home Game Show Version Podcast and his love of game shows which you can see or listen to on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

13:30 - Podcast Promos - Geek Radio Daily, The Batcave Podcast, Generations Geek, The Weekly Podioplex

 

17:18 - What are we excited about in pop culture in 2018?

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The vid-cast is back and with a new twist for the new year.  The show is being recorded live on Facebook via the Home Game Show Podcast page.  If you're on Facebook, follow the page for when new episodes are going live.

 

In this episode, we're looking at Password.  The game has run on and off television on all three networks since the early 1960's.  And yet, it's got one of the most simple premises - guess the word via a series of one word clues.  But the real secret to the success of Password is the celebrities who would come on to play.

 

John takes a brief look at the history of the series and shows off some of the home versions that are available, including Endless Games' Second Edition of the game that will be the focus of our gameplay next episode.


Plus, we watch an episode of the 60s version with Elizabeth Montgomery and Martin Landau.

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Category:Home Game Show Version Podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm EST
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"I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle"

Aired February 22, 1968

 

We come to the last King Tut episode of the Batman 66 series and out of all the characters in the series, John has always struggled with his view of the Mad Monarch.  There is much to praise in this stand alone story, but there is also much to note as simply bad.  Tut manages to confirm that Bruce and Batman are one in the same and it's a battle royale in the Batcave to stop him from revealing it to the world.

Joining John to discuss the good and the bad of this episode, to lament the last appearance of the Batman fight theme, and to discuss the possibilities of a fourth season are writers/editors Robert Greenberger and Jim Beard of Gotham City 14 Miles.

 

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

 

Greenberger was born in Brooklyn in New York City, the son of Edwin L. Greenberger and Joan Greenberger. A lifelong fan of comic books, comic strips, science fiction and Star Trek, he drifted towards writing and editing, encouraged by his father and inspired by Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent.

While at SUNY-Binghamton, Greenberger wrote and edited for the college newspaper, Pipe Dream, moving from general assignment writer to Arts Editor, Managing Editor and ultimately Editor-in-Chief.  He served an internship at Gannett’s Binghamton Sun-Bulletin as a feature writer and reviewer.

 

Upon graduation, he worked for Starlog Press as Managing Editor ofFangoria.  He was also an Associate Editor for Starlog and while there, created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips and animation.  The magazine lasted 11 issues before its first cancellation at which time Greenberger went to work on their sports magazines.

 

In 1984, he joined DC Comics as an Assistant Editor, working with Len Wein and Marv Wolfman on DC’s Golden Anniversary projects Who’s WhoandCrisis on Infinite Earths.  He went on to act as assistant editor to numerous titles for each editor until he was promoted to editor.  During his tenure, his titles included Star Trek, Suicide Squad, Warlord, Doom Patrol, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files and others.

 

By 1990, he had given up editing to become the company’s Editorial Coordinator, helping grow the Editorial Administration department.  When he left the company, he was Manager-Editorial Operations.

In March 2000, he left DC to become a Producer for Gist Communications, television news and listings web site. After ten months there, he learned some new skills and got out before the dotcom bubble burst.

In January 2001, he joined Marvel Comics as Director-Publishing Operations.  During his year with the company, he oversaw editorial schedules, Production, Manufacturing, the Print Library, and other departments.

 

In January 2002, he left Marvel and rejoined DC in May 2002 as a Senior Editor-Collected Editions.  He helped grow that department, introducing new formats and improving the editions’ editorial content. He also managed DC’s ElfQuest publishing program.

He left DC in January 2006, becoming a freelance writer and editor.  His clients included Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC and Marvel. By June, he was offered the post of Managing Editor at Weekly World News where he helped transition the newspaper from being produced jointly in Florida and New York to just NYC.

When the paper folded in August 2007, he resumed his freelance career which continues to this date.  Along the way, he helped revitalize Famous Monsters of Filmland and served as News Editor at ComicMix from August through December 2008.

 

He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.  He served on the final Nebula Short Fiction Jury.

 

 

His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure.

Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.

 

Websites

http://www.facebook.com/thebeardjimbeard

http://www.sgtjanus.blogspot.com

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"DEADLINE FOR DEATH"

AIRED: DECEMBER 2, 1966

John and Jim are back to being at odds with this episode.  Mike Axford is accused of a murder he didn't commit and the Hornet has to prove his innocence.  John found that the episode was slow to start, but picked up in pace greatly as it moved along.  Plus, it has another challenge for the Black Beauty and Kato gets to use the Hornet's Sting.

The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson is a reference work we're consulting as we move through the series.  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.

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For New Year’s, we sum up all of 1939.  First it’s “Information Please” from January of that year.  The guest is Alexander Wolcott, the inspiration for the titular character in our previous episode, “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”  The panelists take questions from columnist Walter Winchell, make up poker hands from Mother Goose, and identify famous generals.  Then on the “The Jack Benny Show” it’s New Year’s Eve.  Jack has a date, but forces conspire to prevent him from keeping it.  Western star Andy Devine drops by to talk about taking his parents to Phil Harris’ wild late show.

 

Episodes

 

Information Please

January 10 1939

Guest:  Alexander Wolcott

2:22

  

The Jack Benny Show

December 31,1939

“Gladys Zybisco Disappoints Jack on New Year’s Eve”

33:19

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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we close out the year with a triple header and the return of the Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi set a lot of second place records... and a lot of fanboy teeth on edge. Whichever way the lightsaber cuts, it's a win for Disney. This week's premieres, including the third outing for Pitch Perfect's bellas and a remake of Jumanji, will try to unseat the box office champ, but will the Force be with them?

 

Home entertainment brings several big titles home in time for the holidays, including Dunkirk, LEGO Ninjago, Blade Runner 2049, and The Mountain Between Us. TV on DVD visits Duckburg with the new DuckTales, as well as the last season of Dirk Gently. After that, Denise gives you news of Night Vale on TV, Watergate on Netflix, The Rock on the walk, and Sir Ian McKellan on the prowl.

 

From your friends at The Weekly Podioplex and The Chronic Rift Network,

have a happy, warm, and safe holiday season. We'll see you in 2018!

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for December 19, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Pitch Perfect 3

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – [New Release]
#2 – Ferdinand – [New Release]
#3 – Coco – [-2]
#4 – Wonder – [-1]
#5 – Justice League – [-3]
#6 – Daddy’s Home 2 – [Even]

#7 – Thor: Ragnarok – [-2]
#8 – The Disaster Artist – [-4]
#9 – Murder on the Orient Express – [-2]
#10 – Lady Bird – [-1]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2007 – National Treasure: Book of Secrets
1997 – Titanic
1987 – Eddie Murphy Raw
1977 – Saturday Night Fever
 

Box Office Premieres

December 22, 2017: Wide

Pitch Perfect 3 – [PG-13]
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [PG-13]
Downsizing – [R]
Father Figures – [R]

December 22, 2017: Limited

The Post – [PG-13]
Happy End – [R]

December 29, 2017: Wide

The Greatest Showman – [PG]
All the Money in the World – [R]

December 29, 2017: Limited

Molly’s Game – [R]
Phantom Thread – [R]
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – [R]

January 5, 2018: Wide

Insidious: The Last Key – [PG-13]

January 5, 2018: Limited

None

 

 

Home Entertainment

December 19, 2017: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Dunkirk – [PG-13]

mother! – [R]

The LEGO Ninjago Movie – [PG]

Stronger – [R]

 

December 26, 2017: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

The Mountain Between Us – [PG-13]

Flatliners – [PG-13]

Manhunt: Unabomber – [TV-14]

 

January 2, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

American Made – [R]

 

December 19, 2017: New Releases on Digital Video

American Made – [R]

 

December 26, 2017: New Releases on Digital Video

Blade Runner 2049 – [R]

 

January 2, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Geostorm – [PG-13]

 

December 19, 2017: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Ducktales: Volume One – Woo-Oo!  (2017)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season Two (2017)

 

December 26, 2017: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Acceptable Risk: Series One (2017)

 

January 2, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

None

 

December 19, 2017: Blu-Rays From the Past 

The Kentuckian (1955) – [NR]

 

December 26, 2017: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Fletch Lives (1989) – [PG]

 

January 2, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) – [PG-13]

 

 

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 Holly Frey.

 

Earth Station Who
Earth Station Who is a show dedicated to the culture around the BBC icon Doctor Who. Join Mike F, Mike G, and Mary Ogle as we explore the 50-year history and fandom surrounding the Doctor with reviews, interviews, and general discussions about the show. Be prepared for surprises, though; you never know WHO might pop up as a guest on Earth Station Who!

 

 

Quick Flicks

Welcome to Night Vale moves from podcast to television
George Clooney and Netflix ponder Watergate
The Rock gets a Hollywood star
Sir Ian McKellen is possessive of Gandalf

 

Links

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

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We present two Christmas-themed comedy programs this time.  First up, on “The Bob Hope Show,” guest Gregory Peck debates with Bob about who’s the handsomer.  Then Bob tries to buy a cheap Christmas tree.  On “The Great Gildersleeve,” Gildy spends considerable time and effort selecting just the right present for his old pal Fibber McGee.  Enjoy these broadcasts – which aired exactly seven years apart, as it happens – while trimming your tree or wrapping your gifts.

 

 

Episodes

 

The Bob Hope Show


December 21, 1948

 

Guest:  Gregory Peck

 

4:15

 

 

 

The Great Gildersleeve

 

December 21, 1941

 

 “Christmas Gift for Fibber McGee”

 

 35:51

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