Podcast # 520 – “Soldiers of the Empire” – 1501.04

For this first podcast of 2015 I cover a DS9 episode from season 5 called “Soldiers of the Empire” (which sounds more Star Wars than Star Trek).  I start out the show talking about my Christmas loot and fun times over the last couple of weeks.  I also talk a little about some recent movies and TV I’ve been watching.  And, later on I do a commentary on this week’s Trek episode from DS9.  It’s a solid episode, that’s mainly a Klingon tale focusing on Worf, Martok, and Jadzia on a Klingon ship and has some great moments in it and is very cool too.  It is also directed by Levar Burton and is a fun one to watch again.

I wrap up the podcast this time with a very quick review of a new item I got called “Federation: The First 150 Years.”  It’s mainly a book, but comes with a cool display pedestal too.  I play some of the audio from the collectible stand on the podcast to give you an idea of what it does.  You can find it HERE and order yourself one too.  Next week Rick Moyer will be here with a look back at 2014 for the podcast.  Until then, take care and enjoy your week back to the “real world” in whatever you do.

 

Podcast # 519 – Danny Elfman – 1412.28

As we all rest up between holidays, we can listen to Vartok’s latest musical podcast cover the wonderful music of Danny Elfman.  Here are some words from Vartok on this epic and comprehensive show he put together for us.

Vartok presents the Music of Danny Elfman covering his early Oingo Boingo band days through the very present with his most current work.  Danny has had a remarkable working life spanning really two complete careers, one as the lead singer and band leader for the Southern California band Oingo Boingo for 19 years and then as a Hollywood composer of film soundtracks for 32+ years.  What is probably most amazing is that he was a high school drop out who taught himself how to read and write music.  He as 75+ soundtrack credits to his name and is still going strong today.  Perhaps you will be surprised at all of the work you are familiar with.  Enjoy.

Big thanks as always to Vartok for this epic cast!  I will be back next weekend with the first show of 2015 looking at a DS9 episode called, “Soldiers of the Empire.”  Until then stay safe, enjoy the week ahead and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Podcast # 518 – Secret Trekmas – 1412.21

This week we have our annual Trekmas Vidcast including our Secret Santa gift exchange.  A small, but tight-knit group this year exchanged some very cool stuff and they share it here for all of you to see.  I want to thank all of this year’s Secret Santa ex-changers from the forum including:  Bryan, Mark, Chris, Pete, Rick, and me too.  It was cool to see what everyone got for each other this time out.  You guys did great!  Find Rick Moyer’s Trekmas music right HERE too.  So, a big Merry Christmas and a Merry Trekmas to all of you.  Next week Vartok will be here with a look at the music of Danny Elfman.  Take care, stay healthy and enjoy your holidays everyone!  Oh, and watch the video below too or go HERE to see it too!

Podcast # 517 – Elder Scroll Games – 1412.14

This week, we have a couple of our gaming guru’s back for a look at the long running “Elder Scrolls” game series.  Chris and Jen are back taking us through this cool series and share their thoughts on these great games.  I’m still trying to find the time to play more “Skyrim” but in the meantime we can all listen to Chris & Jen talk about their experiences as they played these awesome games.  Big thanks to them for doing another guest podcast – especially at this busy time of year.  I will be back next weekend with our annual “Trek-Mas” vidcast as we open the Secret Santa gifts and play some holiday favorite songs for everyone.  Until then take care, and enjoy the holiday shopping!

Podcast # 516 – “Demons” – 1412.07

This week I did a classic style podcast covering the 4th season Enterprise episode called, “Demons” with a full commentary.  I start off the cast talking about my trip last week out to California and getting to meet Kenny for the very first time (see pic below).  We had a blast going out to Vasquez rocks (check this link out HERE), seeing the Endeavour Space Shuttle and doing all kinds of fun things around LA.  It really was a wonderful time and a big thanks to Kenny for showing me the sights in California.  I talk a little about the recent “Star Wars” Episode 7 teaser trailer and a few other geeky topics too (like the new Trek fan film called “Mind-Sifter” you can watch right HERE).  I’m really excited for what is coming in 2015 and can’t wait!

I move on to the episode “Demons” from Enterprise that was late in the last season of the show.  This is the first part of a two-parter and show us some of the intolerance some humans have for all the aliens living on Earth in this time.  It’s an interesting episode and kind of fitting to watch again at this point in time due to some of the current immigration things going on in this country.  That wraps up the show for this week and next weekend Chris & Jen will be here to talk about the Elder Scrolls series of games.  Take care until then and enjoy the week ahead everyone!

Podcast # 515 – “The War of the Worlds” – 1411.30

This week our classic Sci-Fi film guy Mark is back with a true gem of a film – the 1953 version of “The War of the Worlds.”  This is an awesome film and everyone should give it a look if you have never seen it.  Here are some words from the man himself about this classic movie.

It’s Mark Daniels from the Great Pacific Northwest.   I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m back this week with another classic science fiction movie.  This time I take a look at one of the best science fiction movie of the 1950’s.  It’s one of the first alien invasion movies.  It’s The War of the Worlds; starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Les Tremayne.  This is a great movie!  If you haven’t seen it, shame on you.  You are missing out on a classic.
Enjoy the week ahead
This is M-5 signing off…….
Thanks again Mark for another cool podcast.  Next week I will be back with a look at the Enterprise episode, “Demons.”  Until then, take care and enjoy your week ahead.

TNG Season 7 Gag Reel

Some great video and a preview of some of the bloopers coming in the season 7 TNG Blu-Ray set that will be here next week.  Some great stuff in this short preview and it’s obvious all of these actors had a blast doing this series and loved their work and each other very much.  Enjoy the clips!

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Teaser

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The brand new, teaser trailer for next year’s new film in this series is finally here – and it’s fantastic!  Just a tease of things to come and I couldn’t be more excited.  Episode 7 appears to be in very good hands and this is taking me back to a time a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away!  December of 2015 can’t get here fast enough!  Enjoy!