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Aired January 19 & 25, 1967

The Catwoman is back in Gotham City and she's training a protegee in the form of singer Lesley Gore as Pussycat.  Catwoman's scheme is to get Batman and Robin under her control with a new drug she's designed.  With their help, she's hoping to rob the Gotham Mint.   How does this episode fair compared to other Catwoman episodes?  What did John and his guest think of the inclusion of not one, but two performances by Lesley Gore?  Just how ironic was it that Robin was hitting on Pussycat?

 

 

Joining John to discuss this episode is Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website.

 

 

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Lesley Gore.

 

 

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Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats, Lex and Zod.

 

 

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Holly is worried about her brother, Gary.  He's fallen in with the wrong crowd and doesn't know how to get out.  Can Mentor and Captain Marvel convince him in time to change his ways or will the lure of pusher Brock be too much for Gary?

The fourth episode of the first season, "The Lure of the Lost," is examined.   There are many aspects of this story worth note.  This is the first two-part episode for the series.  This is the first darkly themed episode.  Mentor's character is much more mysterious in this two-parter, something we won't see again.  The main villain isn't going to be seen until the second half.  With so much going on here, what did Richard and John think of the episode itself?

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: “When you're faced with a problem that you don't feel you can handle, running away isn't the answer. Try talking it over with somebody you can trust.”

Guest Cast

Christina Hart as Holly

Derrel Maury as Mark

Christopher S. Nelson as Gary

 

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Is it any surprise that Fast and Furious 7 made it to the top of the charts this past weekend?  And it seems most likely that the movie will have legs for a second week.  Michael Falkner has the word on this, a boatload of TV on DVD releases and more on a new Weekly Podioplex.

Comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com.



Weekly Podioplex Notes for April 7, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Longest Ride


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Furious 7
#2 – Home [-1]
#3 – Get Hard [-1]
#4 – Cinderella [Even]
#5 – The Divergent Series: Insurgent [-2]
#6 – It Follows [-1]

 

#7 – Woman in Gold [Limited]
#8 – Kingsman: The Secret Service [-2]
#9 – Do You Believe? [-2]
#10 – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [-1]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – Clash of the Titans
2005 – Sahara

1995 – Bad Boys

1985 – Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment

1975 – Escape to Witch Mountain


Box Office Premieres for the week of April 10th, 2015

 

Wide

The Longest Ride– [PG-13]

 

Limited

Ex Machina – [R]

Desert Dancer – [PG-13]

Clouds of Sils Maria – [R]

Kill Me Three Times – [R]

 

Lost River – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of April 7th, 2015

 

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

A Most Violent Year – [R]

 

Happy Valley – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Drop Dead Diva: Season Six (2014)

Barney Miller: Season Seven (1980)

Frasier: The Complete Series (1993-2004)

MacGyver: The Complete Series (1985-1992)

Matlock: The Complete Series (1986-1995)

 

The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series (1969-1974)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

Sharky’s Machine (1981) – [R]
Silent Running (1972) – [G]

 

Podcast Promo

Techno Retro Dads

 

TechnoRetro Dads share the fandom and fun of their youth with their families as they build a bridge from the past to the future through the time spent with their kids in the present. Join JediShua and shazbazzar as they reminisce about the past while exploring the future of some of their favorite science fiction and fantasy properties of their youth. Listen in to discussions about the movies, music, games, and comics of the 70s and 80s as they share the days of their youth with their own kids in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere. If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the 70s and 80s, then this podcast is for you!

 

 

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Here's how Tim describes this episode:

"Episode 30 of the Express welcomes a fearless filmmaker from a production company that’s tackling important stories head-on. Writer/Director Ramon Hamilton founded Think Ten Media Group along with his wife, Producer Jennifer Fischer. Think Ten is telling stories of very human struggles with some of today’s most important issue as their backdrop.

This week sees the launch of their new web series The wHOLE which is an unflinching look at solitary confinement. Ramon endeavors to look at all sides of an issue within his story without losing the intimate, human element. We also talk about how he embraces the limitations of shooting on a smaller independent budget. This is a very informative listen for people looking to write important dramas and for people who want to make movies but don’t have access big studio money.Enjoy."

 

LINKS

Watch The wHOLE

Learn more about The wHOLE

Think Ten Media Group

Ramon's IMDB

Ramon's Twitter

Think Ten Media's Twitter

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Welcome to a new audio drama anthology series here on The Chronic Rift Network!  David Binkley is the producer and director of the WCRS Radio Stage program.  He has always loved old radio dramas so in 2000 when Written Communications Radio Service, a radio reading service for the blind, took their studios to digital he started preparing scripts that could relive those thrilling days of yesteryear. He assembled friends and volunteers and they laid down the voice tracks with sound effects and music inserted in post production. 


The thought was to produce a half hour drama a month.  An ambitious goal considering that there was NEVER a regular radio drama series EVER broadcast out of Akron, Ohio.  Over the next twenty-four months they were able to produce twenty-two stories,  After that they put together an occasional story - mostly at Christmas.

We continue our presentations with another story from series creator David Binkley.  Davis takes his turn with the hard-boiled detective genre in the form of Brick Wall.  Brick's first case - "Mystery by Accident".


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Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension joins John to discuss the Caped Crisaders' aide in the war on crime, the Batmobile.  In this special episode, the two look briefly at its origins, its role as a parter of the two, memorable moments, merchandising, the Batman 66 comic, and personal experiences with the vehicle.  Plus, they announce the winners of the East Coast Comic Con prize package giveaway.

 


 

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We “Spend” time talking about the latest THE WALKING DEAD and watch as the group settles into life at Alexandria. A run to obtain power supplies may lead to tragedy, and Carol’s conversation with Sam may indicate that life in his house resembles that of the Peletier home from years ago. And when Father Stokes brings a message to Deanna, paradise may fall. But who’s the real snake in the grass here? Join Arnold and Scott as they smash an owl sculpture and decide what was good, what wasn’t so good, and what sort of grade the Doctor thinks the episode deserves!

ALSO: Arnold shares reviews and e-mails, talks about the new Indiegogo campaignfor the planned remake of classic 1980 zombie film NIGHTMARE CITY, spearheaded by TOM SAVINI and UMBERTO LENZI, reminds you to write in the podcast for aRondo Award, and much more!Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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

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Here's how Tim describes this episode:

"I’m very pleased to welcome fellow New Jersey native, filmmaker Kyle C Mumford to the Express. Kyle’s artistic journey through life has seen him wear many hats in the entertainment business. Kyle has extensive experience editing, sound mixing, screenwriting and is the director of several short films. His latest short, “Jamie And Jonathan” is tells the story of a failed writer driving his estranged son to a funeral.

“Jamie And Jonathan” is a drama exploring the meaning of fatherhood but is filled with lots of comedy as well. Kyle and I talk in detail about the how connected and important comedy is to drama. Kyle tells us about his experiences in various positions has helped him become a better director. And he also tells about how he became a screenwriter despite being told in his youth it was impossible because he has dyslexia. Kyle has proven it’s very much not impossible. Enjoy."

LINKS

Indiegogo Campaign

Homepage

Kyle's IMDB Page

Kyle's Twitter Handle

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A woman dies and leaves instructions in her will to destroy her horse, Beckett.  But her niece, who loves the horse, tries to stop it. Time is running out as Captain Marvel and Mentor must help her save the horse while working within the law.

John and Richard settle down to discuss the third episode of the series, "Thou Shalt Not Kill".  They look at the legal precedent set in the story by the sheriff and Captain Marvel.  They are amazed by the horse that can talk without moving its lips.  And they puzzle over the double message the Elders give Billy in their weekly meeting.

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: “It's important for us to remember that laws are made to help us, and that when they stop helping us, they can be changed, legally.”

Guest Cast

Pamelyn Ferdin as Lynn Colby

William Sargent as Sheriff Colby

John Karlen as Nick

 

RATING



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Aired January 11/12 & 18, 1967

The Joker sneaks The Penguin into Gotham City to help him with his latest scheme, a series of crimes dictated by the astrological signs of the Zodiac.  It starts with the Aries, the Ram and ends with Capricorn, the Goat.  What or who is the final target in this scheme?  What role or roles does the lovely Venus have in this scheme?  Does this episode hold up as an anniversary story, celebrating one year of Batmania?

 

The answer to these questions and more will be answered in this double length episode as John is joined by Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard, writer Glenn Greenberg, and independent filmmaker and lifelong Batman fan, Robert Long.

 

 

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Glenn Greenberg is an award-winning editor and writer. He worked extensively for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on such properties as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Superman, Star Trek, Star-Lord, the Silver Surfer, Thor, Iron Man, and Dracula, as well as Web-based tie-in projects for the film Superman Returns and the weekly comic-book series 52. His work has also appeared in such publications as TIME Magazine For Kids, Scholastic News, Time Out New York, Back Issue, and Smoke. Glenn has also written several works of prose Star Trek fiction for Simon and Schuster, and is now making the jump to The X-Files for an upcoming fiction anthology that will be published by IDW. He avidly covers all aspects of popular culture on his blog, “Glenn Greenberg’s Grumblings” (http://glenngreenbergsgrumblings.blogspot.com), and welcomes anyone and everyone to check it out.

 

Robert Long is a full time grapgic designer and independent filmmaker.  As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook.  He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past.  Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking to learn more about it.

 

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.

 

 

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