Episode Log: Lemme Sum Up

So, it’s been a while, hasn’t it, faithful listeners? Here, then, is the Inigo Montoya version of what’s happened since the last time someone (*coughcough*lazy Bajoran*coughcough*) made any updates:

Listen to Episode 121: The Love Ship
Originally posted April 3, 2013

So that crazy Bajoran went and did something…crazy. She got hitched. So the Admiral thought it would be a good time to talk about some favorite Trek relationships. No, not the fanfic ones. Okay, some of the fanfic ones. Because…you know. Janeway/Seven isn’t going to discuss itself!

Listen to Episode 122: Spoilers
Originally posted April 18, 2013

Spoilers: Nerd Hurdlers Jakob and Mandi and Chief Editing Officer Mike Mould joined the crew to discuss spoilers. Are they awesome? Satan spit on the joy of viewing innocence? I’d tell you the final outcome but…spoilers.

Listen to Episode 123: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen
Originally posted May 21, 2013

The crew welcomes Chief Blogger Camille as an official member of the Starbase crew before paying tribute to the incomparable Ray Harryhausen.


Listen to Episode 124: Star Trek Into Darkness
Originally posted May 30, 2013

Richard Smith, Simply Syndicated’s Chief of All, and the Starbase crew, including the increasingly elusive Kennedy, gather to discuss the latest J.J. Abrams’ abomination addition to the Trek franchise.

[insert lens flare here]

Listen to the Admiral’s Table: Doctor Who, Series 7
Originally posted June 23, 2013

The Admiral is joined by Mary, Mike, and Shane to discuss, with many spoilers, the ups and downs of the Doctor’s latest exploits.

Listen to Episode 125: More Mailbag
Originally posted July 2, 2013

Letters! We get letters! We get lots and lots of letters! (Bonus points to all those who recognize this little late night throwback) Letters are read. Answers are provided. Jokes are made. Songs are sung. Wines are drunk. Stuff is made up. Mostly stuff in this post.

Listen to Episode 126: Man of Steel
Originally posted July 14, 2013

The Starbase crew welcomes Scott Matteson of the Through the Jumpgate podcast for a little talk of Superman, his latest movie incarnation, and his nearly 75 years of manly, steely existence.


Listen to The Admiral’s Table: Alice in Conland
Originally posted July 30, 2013

The Admiral welcomes Awesome Aussie Alice to the Starbase, to talk about the amazing things she does and the amazing people she’s met at various conventions.


Listen to Episode 127: First Contact
Originally posted August 9, 2013

Ari of Do Ask, Do Tell joins the crew to discuss first contact. No, not the movie. Actual first contact, as depicted in genre fiction. We’re saving discussion of the movie for when we’re all properly Deanna Troi on tequila.

Listen to The Little Admiral’s Table of Horrors
Originally posted August 21, 2013

The Admiral welcomes aboard Boz and Goggs of The Little Pod of Horrors to talk about their wonderful podcast.


Listen to Episode 128: Topic? What Topic?
Originally posted September 20, 2013

Back from hiatus, the Starbase crew dive into a new season with unabashed, unscripted, unpredictable glee.

Listen to Episode 129: Agents of Batwoman
Originally posted September 30, 2013

The Admiral holds onto the reins of this episode long enough to discuss with Camille their recent viewing of the new Joss Whedon show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before the Bat-crazy Bajoran hijacks things to discuss DC Comics and their bizarre relationship with two of their batty lovelies, Batgirl and Batwoman.



Episode Log: The Return of King Suzie

Listen to Episode 120: The Return of King Suzie


Gather ’round, oh ye wondering wanderers, and listen as the Admiral, UNKK, and Ro speak with the ever-enchanting Suzie Plakson about the completion and release of her story-poem The Return of King Lillian in eBook and audiobook format and in lots of online locations!

In addition, Suzie recently released the following three videos, of her reading portions of The Return of King Lillian, to YouTube. Sit back and enjoy as the storyteller spins you into her mythical world:

“Theatrical Fellows”



Once you’ve taken a listen to the show and watched the videos, follow these links to join Lillian’s journey (and learn more about Suzie!):

Episode Log: Death

Listen to Episode 119: Death

An unsettling confluence of tragedies inspired this week’s topic, as history marks three space-related anniversaries: the Apollo 1 launch pad fire on January 27, 1967; the Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986; and the Columbia explosion on February 1, 2003.

Apollo 1 astronauts Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White, and Virgil I. Grissom. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Apollo 1 Astronauts Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White, and Virgil I. Grissom. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Challenger astronauts  (back row) Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik; (front row) Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The Challenger crew: (back row) Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik; (front row) Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Columbia astronauts  Rick Husband, David Brown, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, William McCool, and Ilan Ramon. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The Columbia crew: Rick Husband, David Brown, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, William McCool, and Ilan Ramon. Photo courtesy of NASA.

In light of the real sacrifices made by these astronauts, the Starbase crew ponders the treatment of death within the fictionalized worlds of Trek and other genre fictions.

First, however, the Admiral blows off a bit more steam over the continuing Abramsgate saga. What is it this time? Abrams is now signed on to direct whatever new Star Wars movie will be coming down the pipeline. After he unequivocally stated he would not be directing the next Star Wars movie. Shocking that Abrams would lie to people, eh?

The Admiral then made the mistake of referencing one of the Bajoran’s favorite musical groups and she completely lost the gist of the conversation while this song played in her head:

Oh, those bad boys of hard rock. Those Toxic Twins. Those…woah. WTAF?


What the hell were we talking about? Oh yeah. Star Wars. And something about 3-D. And prequels. Or not. And how to bootleg 3-D movies. Or not.

Then more space talk. Iran. Iran so far away. Far enough to kickstart the American program again? Who knows?

Super Nick Cage and Amazon Wonder Woman? Emo teen Dawson’s Smallville. Arrow. CW fun. But, hey, Wonder Woman, eh?

Then comes the main event. How do some of our favorite genre shows handle (or avoid handling) death? Flippantly?


[P.S.–Want this shirt? Go see the Geeks.]

Futilely? Ham-fistedly? Snoringly? Lamely? Poignantly? Pointlessly? Eternally?

Assignment from the Admiral: Read this book. You’ll learn something valuable.

And on that note, we bid you adieu. And we salute the missing Kanadian and that animated hero Duck Dodgers with this festive one-two punch:

duck dodgers

Episode Log: We’re Back, Baby!!

Listen to Episode 118: We’re Back, Baby!!

The Admiral kicks things off with an explanation as to why this might or might not be a properly numbered episode, giving Ro cause to question his empathy for the Starbase’s OCD contingent.

[All listeners will be pleased to know that all “lost episodes” were properly retrieved and have already been posted…therefore, rejoice! This episode truly is Episode 118!]

The Admiral then shocks his crew by declaring that…he has read a book! An honest-to-goodness, paper-and-ink, checked-out-of-the-library book. The book in question? John Scalzi’s Redshirts. Listen as his book review devolves (as most discussions on the Starbase are wont to do) into talk of sweaty, sex-crazed aliens, before morphing into graphic novel talk from Ro…which was really just a rehash of a loopy lupine review already posted elsewhere.

Starbase 66: The International Polyglot Podcast!

More discourse on that ER doctor’s Disney movie, while the crew once more ponders if it would be at all possible to improve the prequels and Jar Jar. I think we know what the answer is. Oh yeah, Disney owns the Dark Side now. Or maybe the Dark Side has finally just reclaimed its long-lost Sith. We’re not quite sure. We do know that George Lucas might still be a questionable writer and director, but he’s now officially off-limits for life for this small act of kindness.

[Oh, and there’s also some obviously now outdated speak of Abrams douchery of old, which has now been replaced with Abrams douchery of new, specifically pertaining to switching franchise loyalty. The Bajoran wishes him godspeed and good riddance. May the Force be with him as he eviscerates someone else’s franchise.]

So what does the Disney purchase mean for the future of Star Wars? More movies? Post-quels? Will that television show finally happen? Are the other Disney princesses ready for this particular rabble-rouser?

Image courtesy of UPROXX

Image courtesy of UPROXX

The Admiral then puts to recording one of the most dangerous questions imaginable.

Hobbit speak ensues briefly before the Admiral drops this “special” surprise on Ro, which admittedly leads to a bit of confusion at first for the Bajoran. Things made exclusively for women and called something like “floral kiss” do not automatically make her think of netbooks. Just sayin’…

Will there even be a market for any netbooks anymore? Is it necessary to have a special PC for women? Why not? There’s a special Diet Dr. Pepper for dudes!

Hey, have you seen this? Now you have:

UNKK then launches into his list of things that he believes will become obsolete in 2013. What’s on the chopping block? What might survive the year, just in a diminished capacity? What might continue to flourish? What might make a rebound? What do the other crewmembers think? What do you think?

Ro follows up with some of the movies of 2013 that might actually lure the curmudgeonly crowd-hating Bajoran out into a theater to see. Lots to see, some to avoid (along with another one of those unexpected Admiral AdmissionsTM)…and one movie glaringly missing from her list. Guess which movie that would be…

There’s a stupid filter? Give it a go, yo!

And, in conclusion, we’ll just leave this clip to amuse you. Sempre vive, listeners!

Episode Log: Kennedy’s Back (Again)

Listen to Episode 117: Kennedy’s Back (Again)

Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the episode that originally posted on January 28, 2013.

Looks like Dave accidentally left the docking bay doors open again…the Kanadian found his way back onto the Starbase! Lucky for him, the Bajoran was off on retreat…hey, anyone else notice that the Kanadian and the Bajoran are never on at the same time anymore? Can anyone say “Karennedy”? The transporters have never worked quite right on this station…

There’s really no topic for this week’s episode…it’s just three dudedly dads shooting the shit about all things geeky. Clickable, downloadable, viewable highlights include mention of this groovy time lapse video of Endeavour’s final journey, through the streets of Los Angeles, to its new home at the California Science Center:

P.S. California Science Center, 1997 called and is looking for its Web site design.

UNKK talks science news, Kennedy talks books and movies, Rick finds himself very alone in his South Park love…and both Rick and Kennedy fail to remember the groovy South Park-inspired avatars that the lovely Amy (@amezzeray) designed for the Starbase crew. Good thing the Bajoran blogger’s got their backs…and she’s still got access to those avatars:


Kennedy found a really good haunted house movie to plug and UNKK revisited a couple of PC games that have killer soundtracks: The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour:

The Bajoran can’t help but notice that the soundtrack to The 7th Guest sounds a bit like the one from Phantasmagoria:

Baby talk ensues, followed by Trek talk, complete with a plug for the Mission Log podcast, and ranting and joy in copious measure for the impending Abrams Trek sequel, the strangely colon-less Star Trek Into Darkness…you know, because removing the colon will keep the movie from being full of shit.

/ whinyhate

Something about Star Wars and Petulant Canaries…no, that’s not right…Irritated Ornis…no, no, Angry Birds. Darth Vader? No, Darth Equis. Not to be confused with The Most Interesting Redshirt in the Galaxy. Rambling? Not even close…

UNKK says all geeks should own a copy of The 10th Kingdom. We’ll just leave the trailer right here, to help you decide if he is correct:

This somehow leads into a discussion on the recent surge of fairytale-centered movies and television shows and the Admiral’s overriding unease with the darkness of the original stories. If he thinks those are…Grimm, he should really stay away from Struwwelpeter, a 19th century German children’s book that depicted such things as this rather aggressive solution for thumb-sucking:


What would a visit with Kennedy be without some comic chatter? New 52, new movies for Superman, Thor, Iron-man, Captain America…Avengers, woohoo. None of the guys have seen Looper? Guess what? Ro has. And she thinks this How It Should Have Ended movie is spot-on. And hilarious. And wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.

Believe it or not, there’s still so much more not even mentioned here! That’s what happens when Kennedy’s back. Again. He might not always be on the Starbase, but when he returns, he crams as much geekery into one episode as he possibly can. That’s what makes him The Most Interesting Kanadian in Podcasting.

Stay listening, my friends.

Episode Log: City of Heroes

Listen to Episode 115: City of Heroes

Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the episode that originally posted on October 24, 2012.

On August 31, 2012, NCsoft Corporation terminated its software development subsidiary Paragon Studios. With this act came the end of City of Heroes, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) loved and played by the Admiral and several of his IRL friends.

[That’s right: The Admiral has figured out a way to be a geek and still have real-life friendships. This is why he’s the Admiral, listeners.]

In response to this announcement, the Admiral invited his friends and fellow “heroes”—UNKK, LOTR Scholar Keith, Dave (not in the brig), and Steve—onto the Starbase to sing the praises and swan song for this most beloved game.

First, listen in on UNKK-inspired space chat, odd plans to steal one of the shuttles (with a submarine?), Abrams-inspired spleen venting (and the Bajoran wasn’t even on the base this episode!), aircraft falling implausibly from the skies!, Blossom’s Big Bang Theory, and astronaut screaming?

Then listen as friends say goodbye to a game that played a large role in re-solidifying friendships and allowing middle-aged dads to don tights and undies on the outside, even if only in the safety of a virtual realm.

Finally, here is a fan-made tribute video. It’s possibly adequate…possibly not. However, it includes songs from two Joss Whedon shows, which seems like something a lot of you like. So, there you go.

Episode Log: Requiem

Listen to Episode 114: Requiem

Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the episode that originally posted on September 11, 2012.

It’s a bit of a potpourri maelstrom at the beginning of this episode, as the Admiral is joined by UNKK and Ro for a bit of catch-up followed by a bit of commemoration.

First, belated birthday greetings to the Starbaby, who advanced to Level 2 since the last episode! Then a bit of convention chatter regarding all the TNG:25 appearances by the entire cast, which somehow morphs into discussion about Robert Beltran’s whining versus Avery Brooks’s…er, whimsy, including his rather unique performance in the Shatner documentary The Captains (which you all really need to watch if only for Brooks).

P.S. – That YouTube video makes the Bajoran love the Emissary all the more. Viva la difference, Captain.

Throw in a plug for a bit more Common Sense followed by Coronal Mass Ejection (which would make a cracking band name), the Admiral’s inevitable encounter with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (people eyes and terrible CGI and all)…

We interrupt these show notes with a very important announcement: The Bajoran has finally figured out why there would be a chimpanzee refuge anywhere in the United States. True, it’s not San Francisco…actually, wouldn’t this have been that much better a film if it had taken place in Louisiana? Chimps on the loose, finding their way down to the Big Easy? Chimps on Bourbon Street? Who’d be able to lead an uprising when there are Jägermeister shooters and strippers?!

Ro refuses to watch Prometheus after teh Interwebz crushed her enthusiasm, but the Admiral couldn’t wait to fire up Netflix on a recent Bachelor’s weekend to watch…the new Conan movie? Really? You had him at Mamoa? Ro will stick with her recent viewing of Underworld: Booty Call, thank you.

Then it’s time to shuffle off the mortal coil once more as we pay tribute to this year’s departure of some of the influential genre pioneers of both fiction and non, without whom the stars twinkle a little less brightly. Among the roster of those we mention are Neil Armstrong (not Neil Young, NBC), Sally Ride, Ernest Borgnine, Phyllis Diller, Davey Jones, Richard Lynch, William Windom, Jerry Nelson, Ray Bradbury, Maurice Sendak, and Tony Scott.

Oh, and one more thing. Borg Nine. Heh.


Episode Log: Here Goes Nothing

Listen to Episode 113: Here Goes Nothing

Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the episode that originally posted on June 17, 2012.

A long, long time ago on a network far, far away, two groovy British cats named Boz and Casey, hosts of the forgiven but not forgotten Here Goes Nothing podcast, came up with a brilliant fundraising idea for Simply Syndicated: Have a bunch of the network hosts play a bit of switcharoo on listeners and record their takes on other shows. Logistics complicated the fundraising aspect, but several of us still popped out our takes on the classics.

This is the Starbase crew’s attempt to emulate the inimitable stylings of Boz and Casey’s Here Goes Nothing. No real show notes for this one. It kind of defies them. Lots of rambling. Lots of reminiscing. Stories. Beer. Burping. Haiku. And a better understanding of why this blurry image perfectly captures the Bajoran’s first encounter with Bourbon Street.

No, those aren’t cigars.


Episode Log: News Potpourri

Listen to Episode 112: News Potpourri

What’s that delightfully nerdy scent, wafting through the Starbase? Why, it’s the latest batch of News Potpourri!

There is, indeed, no dearth of nerdy news niblets this week, listeners! The Admiral kicks things off by whipping out his big…bragging rights, as he can do whenever he likes. He is the Admiral, after all.

Congratulations are then in order, for our favorite Vulcan/Klingon/Q/Andorian hybrid and all-around awesome Human, Suzie Plakson! She was successful in reaching her Kickstarter goal, which means that we can look forward to soon experiencing her fantabulous tale, The Return of King Lillian! Join the journey now by liking the Official King Lillian Facebook page and be sure to keep watch at KingLillian.com!

The crew then play the latest subspace communication received from loyal listener Josh (@king_follower on Twitter), whose question hearkens back to the previous episode’s discussion of “Geek Chic” and geekery’s changing role and acceptance in society.

This launches our intrepid crew into a discussion of the successful SpaceX Dragon mission and two unique guests to hitch a ride on the unmanned rocket.

From the final frontier, we travel back to Earth and the real-life Bionic Woman who recently completed a London marathon thanks to a “ReWalk” exoskeleton. What implications does a suit like this hold for paraplegics and quadriplegics? And is this technology already obsolete before it even hits the mainstream market?

We hit a bit of a rough patch at this point as someone came close to sinking our Battleship…which, of course sparks a spate of horrifying discourse on future board game-based movies, none of which come close to sounding as awesome as this movie poster looks.

Join us now as we offer a 21-click salute to Eugene Polley, inventor of the television remote control, who passed away on May 22.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled venting, already in progress. Seems there’s a guy out there who believes that we can Build The Enterprise. Forrealz. And only for (insert Dr. Evil Voice) ONE TRILLION DOLLARS! UNKK informs us that it’s not a completely stupid idea (although it’s pretty darn close), while the Admiral averts an internal breach by venting his spleen over how ridonculous the entire proposal sounds. Oh, and, yes, the Admiral did indeed say and mean “centrifugal” in his rant. Do not doubt him, for he is the Admiral.

Switching over to the horror world for a moment, we debate the continuing merits of “found footage” movies, the Admiral ruins Apollo 18 FOR EVERYONE ON BOARD THE STARBASE WHO HASN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET, UNKK reveals what he thinks is a worse space movie than Armageddon right before breaking the universe with his recommendation for a new sci-fi movie channel, and Ro brings up boobs. In 3DD. As she often does.

Speaking of boobs, new technology makes it possible to track eye movement as a means of determining things like how men and women view certain images differently. Makes the question “Were you looking at her? Or her? Or her?” even more dangerous than ever…

The ever-fantastic Boz (@cartbozman on Twitter) then chimes in with a voice mail question regarding the Starbase’s recent Borg episode that leads to Mr. Blobby-induced screaming from the Admiral and this handy little “Know Your Borg” chart from the resident “crinkle nose”:

We would have turned Mr. Blobby into a Borg for Boz, but we feel that: A) Mr. Blobby is terrifying enough in his own squishy right; and B) Not even the Borg would assimilate this:

Finally, the BBC see barcodes at birth in our future. Ro sees an endless stream of fundamentalist panic regarding “The Mark of the Beast.” She’s more concerned about recent news regarding hackable medical implants anyway. Captain Picard is now hackable? Don’t piss off Beverly, sir. You know she’s got a computer wiz for a son…

Episode Log: Should Geeks Be Chic?

Listen to Episode 111: Should Geeks Be Chic?

If you think that putting on a pair of thick-rimmed glasses and a “Bazinga!” T-shirt is all you need to do to transform yourself into a “geek”…well, you’re about to hear an earful from the Starbase crew!

This week, crew rotations bring us a new permanent officer: UNKK! (Trademark symbol shall no longer appear as all permanent crew members are protected by the trademark umbrella of Starbase 66TM)


Also, we welcome aboard returning guest, the U.S.S. Philadelphia’s valiant Chief Blogging Officer, Camille! Camille accepts a temporary reassignment from her blogorific duties at CamilleReads.com to discuss the concept of “Geek Chic.” Is it really cool to be a geek? Or is it just cool to look like a geek? Why? Why not? What is The Guild attempting to do with their latest song, “I’m The One That’s Cool” (besides break Ro’s inner English major geek)? What is the point of all these questions? And what exactly is an asshat?

Oh. Ew.

Prior to the Geek Chic dissection, listen in as the crew gushes like…geeks about that little independent movie that just came out…you might have heard of it…The Avengers? Apparently, everyone liked it. Even the whiny hater. Although…still waiting for Steed and Peel to show up…

That’s much better…

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