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"FREEWAY TO DEATH"

AIRED: DECEMBER 16, 1966

The Hornet and Mike Axford teaming up?  How is this possible?  When Britt orders Mike to work with the Hornet in order to bring down a construction racket, Mike has his own ideas that could threaten his life.  John and Jim are in agreement that this is a "Must Watch" episode, but they're not entirely sure why.  Is it the appearance of Jeffrey Hunter?  Is it the Black Beauty versus three bulldozers?  Is it the Hornet Mortars?  Is it the Hornet and Mike working together?  Take a listen and maybe you can help them figure it out.  Also, the two take a moment to talk about the late Van Williams and his legacy of The Green Hornet.

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.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_013.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT
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"The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra"
Aired March 7, 1968

It's the penultimate episode of the series and it seems to lack any spark or energy to it despite featuring Ida Lupino and Howard Duff as alchemist Dr. Cassandra and her groovy husband Cabala.  That alone should make it exciting, but then add Batgirl in the Batcave and a prison break featuring six of the villains from Batman's Rogue's Gallery and you should have a classic - and yet, nothing.

Joining John to discuss an episode that's only thing that makes it stand out is the sexual innuendo is writer/editor Jim Beard of Gotham City 14 Miles.

NOTE: Thanks to listener David Maska for supplying us with the PSA that is featured at the start of this episode.

  

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.

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

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_Episode_68.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT
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Recorded on Facebook Live on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

 

The first season of Star Trek: Discovery is in the books and enough time has passed that we can have a spoiler filled discussion of what worked and what didn't.  John and guest, writer Julio Angel Ortiz, get into their favorite moments, episodes, and characters as well as discuss the fan reaction to the new series overall.  In addition, they offer their suggestions for a second season in 2019.  

 

Julio Angel Ortiz is a writer in both print and electronic media. Julio has had an audio drama released for the original sci-fi series The Dome and short stories published in collections by Obverse Books featuring Iris Wildthyme and Señor 105. He also has several eBooks available for Kindle via his Vox Camera imprint. When not banging his head against his notebook in order to string words together, Julio works in Information Technology during the day and is also active blogging, posting on Twitter, and working at his photography.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_007.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT
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On “The Great Gildersleeve,” Gildy receives a visit from his old friends (and stars of their own radio show), Fibber McGee and Molly.  Knowing he’s in for some ribbing, Gildy tries to hide the fact that he’s engaged to be married.  Then on “X Minus One,” we have an adaptation of a classic bit of science fiction by Fredric Brown, “The Last Martian.”

 

 

Episodes

 

The Great Gildersleeve

January 10, 1943

“Fibber McGee and Molly Visit”

2:48

 

X Minus One

August 7, 1956

“The Last Martian”

32:45

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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it took three new releases to dethrone the jungle. The king and queen are the torrid pair of Fifty Shades Freed, but they have only a mere week to enjoy their reign. Next week, we visit Wakanda and King T'challa, better known as the Black Panther. It's shaping up to be a big, marvelous adventure.

On the home entertainment front, physical media brings both Wonder and Roman J. Israel, Esq, while digital goes to Coco and the Justice League. TV on DVD explores the New York City sex industry with Deuce and time and space with the Peter Capaldi run of Doctor Who. After that, zombies gotta eat as we revisit the Night of the Living Dead. Finally, Denise wraps up the show with Game of Thrones and Star Wars, the end of the line (maybe) for Thor, and an update on the scandals rocking Hollywood.

Enjoy the journey, because it's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

This week's promo is for Geek Radio Daily.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for February 13, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Black Panther

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Fifty Shades Freed – [New Release]
#2 – Peter Rabbit – [New Release]
#3 – The 15:17 to Paris – [New Release]
#4 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [-3]
#5 – The Greatest Showman – [-1]
#6 – Maze Runner: The Death Cure – [-4]

#7 – Winchester – [-4]
#8 – The Post – [-3]
#9 – The Shape of Water – [Even]
#10 – Den of Thieves – [-2]

 

Box Office Premieres

February 16, 2018: Wide

Black Panther – [PG-13]
Early Man – [PG]
Samson – [PG-13]

February 16, 2017: Limited

Aiyaary – [NR]
The Party – [R]
Loveless – [R]
Nostalgia – [R]
Oh Lucy! – [NR]
Double Lover – [NR]
Tehran Taboo – [NR]
The Boy Downstairs – [PG-13]
The Monkey King 3 – [NR]
Mind Game – [NR]
Western – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment

February 13, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Wonder – [PG]

Roman J. Israel, Esq. – [PG-13]

 

February 13, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Coco – [PG]

Justice League – [PG-13]

 

February 13, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Doctor Who: The Peter Capaldi Years (2014-2017)

The Deuce: Season One (2017)

The Lazarus Man: The Complete Series (1996)

 

February 13, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Night of the Living Dead (1968) – [NR]

 

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 sometimes 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

Uma Thurman and Kill Bill
The State of New York vs Harvey Weinstein
Star Wars meets the producers of Game of Thrones
Chris Hemsworth is done with Thor (no he’s not)

 

 

Links

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex021318B.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT
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Isis

"Lucky"

October 18, 1975

Randy is getting ready to enter high school and he's looking forward to it, even though it means leaving his dog Lucky behind during the day.  When Lucky drowns in the ocean during a beach party, Randy struggles with his loss.  And when he questions Isis for not using her powers to revive Lucky, Isis must teach him a lesson on life and death.

In the most heartwarming and heartbreaking episode of either series, John and Richard discuss the dealing with loss in one's life.  Plus, they also look at the first issue of DC Comics' The Mighty Isis comic book and rave about Joanna Cameron's acting in light of her performance in this episode.  In the end though, is this one of the best, if not the best episode of the series?  John and Richard are of mixed thoughts about this.

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: "Losing something we love is never easy, but it's a part of growing up.  Growing up doesn't mean just getting bigger and older, it means learning and understanding about life.  The cycle of life is all around us.  If you look, you'll see it everywhere - flowers, people, animals.  But remember, every ending is a beginning full of hope and promise and new life."

Guest Cast

John Doran as Randy Martin

Brian Nash as Glenn

Robert Forward as Dr. Herb Rogers

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_36.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT
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Recorded on Facebook Live

February 11, 2018

 

It’s the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie Groundhog’s Day. There is something about a time loop that fascinates most everyone, be it for the comedy or drama potential. We’re going to discuss just what makes a good time loop story and of course talk about Groundhog’s Daywith The Podcast Cowboy Clay Dugger and Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_006.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT
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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the jungle returns as Winchester debuts in third place. This week, three differing genres will compete against the board game that will not die: Historical drama in The 15:17 to Paris, family comedy with Peter Rabbit, and thriller with Fifty Shades Freed. They get one week before Marvel arrives, so they have to make it count.

 

On the home entertainment front, Batman goes Victorian in Gotham By Gaslight. We also see Bad Moms surviving Christmas, the Darkest Hour on digital, and a plethora of retro classics on TV. We wrap up the home entertainment slate and the show overall with the HD debut of the adorable mutt Benji. 

 

Enjoy the journey, because it's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for February 6, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The 15:17 to Paris

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [+1]
#2 – Maze Runner: The Death Cure– [-1]
#3 – Winchester – [New Release]
#4 – The Greatest Showman – [Even]
#5 – The Post – [Even]
#6 – Hostiles – [-3]

#7 – 12 Strong – [-1]
#8 – Den of Thieves – [-1]
#9 – The Shape of Water – [-1]
#10 – Paddington 2 – [-1]

 

Box Office Premieres

February 3, 2018: Wide

The 15:17 to Paris – [PG-13]
Peter Rabbit – [PG]
Fifty Shades Freed – [R]

February 3, 2017: Limited

Aiyaary – [NR]
Padman – [PG-13]
Before We Vanish – [NR]
La Bode de Valentina – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment

February 6, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – [R]

A Bad Moms Christmas – [R]

Only the Brave – [PG-13]

 

February 6, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Darkest Hour – [PG-13]

 

February 6, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Homeland: Season Six (2017)

Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series (1980-1982)

The Guardian: The Complete Series (2001-2004)

Duckman: The Complete Series (1994-1997)

The Ren & Stimpy Show: The Mostly Complete Collection (1991-1996)

War of the Worlds: The Complete Series (1988-1990)

 

February 6, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Benji (1974) – [G]

 

Podcast Promos

Tuning in to SciFi TV

Tuning in to SciFi TV is the genre fan's weekly guide to science fiction and fantasy television. Think of us as the viewer’s digest, tour guides or sherpas for the genre rather than critics. We’ll always share our honest opinions but we also plan to keep things fun.

 

 

Quick Flicks

None

 

Links

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
Listen on Stitcher Radio

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: Podioplex020618.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT
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"The Joker's Flying Saucer"

Aired February 29, 1968

The final Joker episode for Batman 66 is not exactly a fan favorite, but there are things of merit in the episode that are worth discussing. There were missed opportunities in a story that went beyond even the insanity of Joker surfing by having Joker build an unidentified flying object to terrorize Gotham City. And who is Verdigris?  Is being a Martian his shtick?  Is he just a bomb expert?  Or is he a bunko artist?

Joining John to discuss what could have been a two-part story based on the high concept ideas expressed but never fully realized is writer/editor Jim Beard of Gotham City 14 Miles.

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

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. 

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

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_Episode_66.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT
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"THE SECRET OF THE SALLY BELL"

AIRED: DECEMBER 9, 1966

The Sally Bell returns to dock after having mysteriously disappeared.  There's only one survivor who is now injured thanks to a Hornet's Sting.  With the aid of a doctor, the Hornet tries to protect the man from his comrades who are all trying to discover the secret of the Sally Bell.  John and Jim are back to being at odds over the merits of this particular episode.  They do both agree though that the character of Honey Boy is absolutely useless.  Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_012.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT
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