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: 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: Immortality

Listen to Episode 107: Immortality

Immortality: A toy which people cry for,
And on their knees apply for,
Dispute, contend and lie for,
And if allowed
Would be right proud
Eternally to die for.
—Ambrose Bierce

Do you have inside you blood of kings? Can no man be your equal? Are you a god? (Remember, Ray, say yes!) Or have your lips recently turned blue and you find yourself with an overwhelming need to petulantly harass a balding Englishman with a French name?

Then this week’s episode is for you!

From vampires to Cylons to Q to work currently being undertaken by groups like the Immortality Institute “to conquer the blight of involuntary death,” the Admiral and Ro discuss the concepts, reality, genre representations, and general pursuit of eternal life. Who wants it? Who thinks there’s no room for it? Who’s ready with a bowl and spoon for their first heaping helping of Soylent Green? Tune in to find out!

If you are lining up for your first crack at a positronic upload or a sip of Lisle Von Rhuman’s eternal elixir, here are some tasty nuggets of geekery to fill all that time you’ll find yourself possessing:

The first look at The Amazing Spider-Man!

Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi horror genre!

That Superb Owl commercial that features all those Marvel comics dudes who got their own individual movie (or two…shout it out if you’re green and loud or a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist!)…plus that Black guy with the eye patch and the chick in the pleather onesie!

And, settle in for the long haul with this one, kiddies!

Episode Log: Noelle Hannibal

Listen to Episode 103: Noelle Hannibal.

The Admiral welcomes back to the Starbase actress/musician/demon/Vulcan/possessor of infinite grooviness, Noelle Hannibal. Listen in as Noelle shares stories about her appearances on genre fiction favorites, including her turn as a denizen of darkness on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “The Zeppo” and as the first female Vulcan to visit Earth in First Contact.

"What part of 'no autographs' don't you understand?"

Not even Vulcans can resist the charms of James Cromwell.

She also talks about “copyrighted ears,” fan mail, her convention circuit adventures, James Marsters, and the “intimate apparel” story she shares with Stan Lee. It’s a story you won’t want to miss, True Believers!

The Starbase crew encourages you to listen to Noelle’s return to the Starbase and then check out her album, Somewhere In Between, available for purchase through Amazon.com, AmazonUK, iTunes, and her Web site, NoelleHannibal.com.

Noelle continues to support the efforts of Montreal’s T3: Triple Threat.

Geek Correction for This Episode: The Starbase crew does know that it was Andrew Robinson and not Anthony Robinson who played plain and simple Garak. Sometimes, however, the hamster that runs our Trek Trivia nodule gets sleepy and simply cannot match speeds with our speech processors.

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