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Episode 53—Return to Ragnarok

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and cohost Ella Pearson rescue a lost episode! First begun in the wee hours after the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, after catching up on sleep they somehow never got back to wrapping up the recording. Now they finally return to Ragnarok to add final thoughts after having watched it many times.

 

Segments

Intro :28

First Thoughts 1:13

Cameos in the Play 11:57

Let’s Talk About Loki 12:45

Just Goldblum It 14:43

Digression: Kiwi vs. Aussie Accent 15:05

Let’s Talk About Valkyrie 15:45

Digression: Eye Lines, Film Class, and Holtzmann 17:53

Back to the Valkyrie and Fan Fiction 20:02

Taika and Indigenous Peoples 24:27

Maori Humor 26:43

The Hulk 29:04

Trailers versus Spoilers 29:37

Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye 33:27

Hela, aka Bad Galadriel 35:44

Gods and Mythology 36:42

Sibling Tropes 37:36

Suppressed History 38:44

The Warriors Three and Sif 39:40

Where Are the Women of the MCU 41:32

Comic Book Costumes 44:46

The Elevator Scene 47:37

Last Battle and Redemptions 48:50

Favorite Characters in the MCU 49:58

Favorite Bits 51:19

Loki and Thor and Odin 53:19

Loki and Doctor Strange 57:29

Chris and Taika 60:32

Banner Still Banner 62:07

What Happens Next in the MCU 62:44

Digression: Ella Dunks on Comic Books 68:32

Back to the Infinity Stones 70:21

Epilogue: Return to Ragnarok 71:05

Direct download: GG_Episode_53.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT
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For the 100th episode of “Presenting the Transcription Feature,” we present two of the best programs from the radio’s golden age:  “Dragnet” and “The Jack Benny Program.”  First up, detectives Friday and Romero track a hold-up man all around town, using brains and patience while ducking bullets and punches.  Then Jack and the cast have lunch at a drug store, providing plenty of opportunities for cheapness, mispronunciations, and a visit from entertainment legend Eddie Cantor.

Dragnet

December 14, 1950

“The Big Break”

02:53

 

The Jack Benny Program

May 8, 1949

“Jack is Upset with the Cast”

33:20

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Isis

"Girl Driver"

November 29, 1975

 

Freddie is running for president of the Auto Club, but faces strong opposition from Mack.  The two agree to a Relay Race to settle who would make a better president, but Mack has plans of his own on how the race should be run and won.

We continue our reviews of the DC Comics 1970s run of The Mighty Isis, looking at the penultimate issue, a story that really takes the series in a new direction, both story and character-wise.  

 

Next, it's a look at the episode, "Girl Driver".  Among the topics discussed are the progression of Cindy Lee as a character from the start of the series to now, why a general election wasn't held to determine who would be president of the club, Sid and Marty Kroft versus Filmation live action shows, and the new outfits everyone gets to wear in this episode.

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: "In today's story, Mac learned that Freddie can drive just as well as he can, even though she is a girl. Not too many years ago, there were a lot of jobs that people thought were just for men.  But times are changing, and today there are no jobs that are not open to qualified people, whether they be men or women. Each of us should have the chance to do whatever we dream, be it mechanic, astronaut, or President of the United States."

Guest Cast

Susan Lawrence as Feddie Charlton

Steve Doubet as Mac Lennard

and

Albert Reed as Doctor Barnes

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_42.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT
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"The Power Pirate"

Aired: September 8, 1973

The premiere of The World's Greatest Super Friends Podcast debuts with a look at the very first episode from 1973.  Strange power drains have the Super Friends gathered to investigate and help in rescue caused by the power failures.  What is causing it and how does Sir Cedric Cedric of Scotland Yard fit into all of this?

John is joined by 13th Dimension webmaster Dan Greenfield to discuss each and every episode of The Super Friends from 1973 to its conclusion in 1985 (strangely enough 93 episodes in total).  In the premiere podcast, the two discuss the voice actors involved in the show, the tonal shift of Olan Soule and Casey Kasum in playing Batman and Robin compared to their run on Filmation's 68 Batman show, and the iconic theme song that still gets the heart racing with it plays.

 

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.

 

Links

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Direct download: Super_Friends_-_Power_Pirate.mp3
Category:The World's Greatest Super Friends Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EDT
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After World War II, there was a severe housing shortage that criminals took advantage of.  In this episode of “Boston Blackie,” our hero tries to right that wrong.  Then on “Vic and Sade,” first young Rush wants to invest in a lifetime pass to the movies, then Vic is delighted to learn that his face will be on the cover of his industry magazine.

  

Episodes

 

Boston Blackie

September 17, 1946

“The Apartment Swindler”

1:47

 

Vic and Sade

December 17, 1940

“A Bijou Lifetime Pass”

 

May 2, 1941

“Vic’s Picture on Quarterly Cover”

30:13

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It’s the battle of the sexes on “The College Quiz Bowl,” with women’s college Mt Holyoke vs. then-men’s college Colgate (Colgate went co ed in 1970).  How well do you know your famous men nicknamed “Fox,” Greek myths, and British poets?  Then on “Our Miss Brooks,” Connie has to work hard to get her beau, Mr. Boynton, to ask her out for Valentine’s Day dinner.

 

Episodes

 

The College Quiz Bowl

November 9, 1955

“Mt Holyoke vs. Colgate”

01:44

 

Our Miss Brooks

February 19, 1950

“Valentine’s Day Date”

26:02

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Episode 52—Into the Trek Zone

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson welcomes back fellow sci-fi scribe William Leisner for the second part of his interview to chat about his books, including his original works, Star Trek stories and novels, upcoming projects, and other geeky things. Plus, Ella checks in with an update from across the pond in London, including her visit to Sherwood Forest!

 

 

Segments

Intro :28

Geek Roots: Star Trek 1:10

Other Sci-Fi 3:25

Birth of a Comic Strip Writer 4:51

Birth of a TV Writer 6:04

Trying to Break into Hollywood from New York 8:25

Pitching Star Trek Spec Scripts 9:17

Fan Fiction and Strange New Worlds 14:15

Called Up to the Show 18:05

Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon 18:50

Slings and Arrows: The Insolence of Office 21:05

Myriad Universes: A Less Perfect Union 23:40

Losing the Peace 24:50

Shocks of Adversity 25:55

Favorites and Dream Trek Projects 26:40

Original Projects: A Dimension of Death 30:28

Self-Publishing 33:54

The ReDeus Series from Crazy 8 Press 34:54

A Return to the Ur-Bar 39:03

Period Pieces 41:30

So, You’re a Writer! 42:30

Current Projects 45:10

Contracts, Deadlines, and the Writing Game 47:10

Closing Comments 50:46

Ella Skypes in from London:

Hitchcock Films 52:00

Sherwood Forest 56:32

The Nottingham Caves 1:03:12

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub 1:05:45

Notting Hill 1:07:45

Elizabeth 1:12:05

Star Trek: Discovery Season Premiere 1:13:38

Discoverage and Short Treks 1:16:40

Generations Geek in London 1:18:02

Direct download: GG_Episode_52.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT
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Let's start the new year with an episode of “Information Please.”  It's 1939, and we're still in the middle of the Great Depression.  Do you know your “Gulliver’s Travels,” love songs, and baseball pennant-winners?  Then we’ll return to Wistful Vista for another visit with “Fibber McGee and Molly.”  It’s a new year for them as well, and they’re planning to host a sleigh ride.

 

 

Episodes 

Information Please

April 18, 1939

"Guest:  H. V. Kaltenborn"

1:43

  

Fibber McGee and Molly

January 11, 1949

“Organizing a Sleigh Ride”

30:26

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"Little Orphan Airplane"
Airdate: February 22, 2018
Written by Elroy Schwartz
Directed by Reza Badiyi

 

Synopsis: Steve travels into a war torn African country to retrieve spy film.  But he discovers that he is bringing back more as the pilot who took the pictures is alive and being kept safe by two missionary nuns.

 

John is joined by artist and longtime fan Jerry Lange and Geek Radio Daily's Billy Flynn to discuss this fifth episode of the series.  They discuss the great dialogue used in this episode, the enthusiasm in Greg Morris' performance, and how this should have been the pilot episode for the show.  Plus, Jerry shares his Discovision disks and explains how this was the only home video release of either show for some time in the 80s and we play a Guest Starring themed game of This or That.

 

It's the return of the podcast as a Facebook Live show.  Join us Friday nights at 9:30EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN's first season with two fans as well as featuring commentary from our viewers.  This audio will be available shortly after in the OSI Files feed.

 

 

BIONIC OPERATIVES

 

Billy Flynn - The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) radio station personality at WLEE in Virginia.   He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!).

 

Jerry Lange - Based in Buffalo, New York. My personal and client works are created using traditional media including pencil, ink and watercolor and digital software Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. I try to bring a dramatic visual narrative to my work through a mix of loose and tight media application and mark making technique. Website

Direct download: The_OSI_Files_008.mp3
Category:The OSI Files -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT
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We transition from Christmas to New Year’s in this episode.  First Sherlock Holmes spends the season investigating the mystery of The Blue Carbuncle on “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”  Who stole the valuable gem and how did it end up in a Christmas goose?  This incarnation of the Great Detective stars two of the finest actors of the 20th Century:  Sir John Gielgud as Holmes and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson.  Then on “The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show,” Phil is trying to help his pal Elliott with a New Year’s Eve party.  Nothing could possibly go wrong, right? 

March 13, 1955

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

“The Blue Carbuncle”

3:14

 

December 28, 1952

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show

“New Year's Eve Party At The Harrises”

30:39

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