Podcast # 492 – “UFO” – 1406.15

This week guest host Don Ricardo returns to the show with a look at the 1970′s Gerry Anderson series, “UFO.”  I never really watched this series on a regular basis so I’m happy to have Don cover it for the podcast.  Here are some podcast notes from him on this cult classic TV show.

Hello, Treks In Sci-Fi fans!
  It is my great honor and pleasure to take the conn once again, guest hosting episode #492, where we will cover Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic 1970 tv series “UFO”.  I present the first episode of the show, “Identified”, as well as some behind-the-scenes clips featuring the actors and producers. Here is a synopsis of the series, from the great website ufoseries.com:
“In the year 1980, a secret military organization named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organisation) becomes operational. Its purpose is to defend the Earth from Aliens who’ve been coming to Earth and kidnapping humans. It is believed that these Aliens are a dying race, and are transplanting human body parts to extend their own lifespans.
 
SHADO’s main headquarters is hidden beneath a film studio near London England. SHADO also has a base on the moon (Moonbase) and a fleet of submarines (Skydiver). Incoming UFO’s are initially detected by an Earth orbiting satellite named SID (Space Intruder Detector). An initial interception attempt is made in space with three Interceptor craft launched from Moonbase. A second attempt is made in the Earth’s atmosphere with a fighter plane (Sky One) launched from Skydiver. Landed UFO’s are tracked down with ground Mobiles.
 
SHADO is run by the extremely dedicated Commander Ed Straker, and is overseen by General James Henderson. Straker’s seconds in command are Col. Alec Freeman, Col. Paul Foster, and Col. Virginia Lake. Moonbase is often commanded by Lt. Gay Ellis or Lt. Nina Barry. Skydiver is often commanded by Capt. Peter Carlin or Capt. Lew Waterman.
 
The episodes are typically about SHADO’s attempts to thwart the Alien invasions, and the various Alien strategies to disable SHADO or kill its commander. Recurring themes include maintaining SHADO security, keeping SHADO properly funded, and the effect that the secrecy has on the personal lives of SHADO’s operatives.”
 
So strap into your Interceptor or Skydiver and follow along as Moonbase and Space Intruder Detector (SID) track the alien menace for SHADO to seek and destroy!
 
I dedicate this podcast to my family, and good friend William Oehlmann. We’ve sought the stars together,  keep looking up!
 
Ad Aspera Per Aspera.  Peace and long life,
Don Ricardo JR
I want to thank Don for doing a guest spot this week.  I will be back next weekend with Chris Clemente and we will be covering the past TV season for all the genre shows that we enjoyed this last year.  Take care until then and enjoy your week ahead.
And here is episode one of the “UFO” series on Youtube:

Podcast # 491 – “When It Rains…” – 1406.08

This week it’s a classic style show with a look at the DS9 episode from season 7 called, “When it Rains…”  I start off the podcast talking about my recent trip to Mexico for work.  I had a nice time there and the people and food were great.  Then I move on to talking “Star Trek” and some news stories related to the next film and it seems a director has been picked – full speed ahead to 2016!  And of course, Episode VII for “Star Wars” has started filming and we are getting some pictures and little tidbits out of the JJ Abrams secrecy camp.  Hard to know sometimes what to really believe – but it certainly all is exciting!  Then moving on to this week’s episode of Trek that I covered.

This episode of DS9 called, “When it Rains…” is from near the end of season 7 for the series and was directed by Michael Dorn too.  A lot is going on in this episode but it’s fun to see all these great characters and watch it again.  It makes me miss having a new Trek episode on TV each week (or even two new episodes like we had for a little while).  This is an episode that involves almost all of the major cast and some guest actors too.  The main story involves sending Kira off to teach the resistance Cardassian’s how to work and take on the Dominion and some of their old friends still working for them.  It’s a good episode with a lot of interesting threads coming together.

That wraps things up for this week.  Next week the Ricardo family will be back to guest host and will be covering the 70′s TV series called, “UFO.”  That should be a lot of fun.  Take care and enjoy your week ahead everyone!

Podcast # 490 – “Star Wars Shop” – 1406.01

This week, Rick Moyer takes control of the podcast for a “Star Wars” centered podcast.  Here are some notes and comments from Rick about his cool cast.

Rick Moyer and Jeff Jobb talk about the upcoming Star Wars movie by discussing rumors, the franchise and the care being taken by J.J. Abrams as a fan of Star Wars.  THEN, Rick Moyer travels to the Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen WA where he interviews Don Sucher, the owner, about his love for Star Wars.  They discuss how Don got in business, what his favorite items are and the people that visit his store from around the world.  A special video version of this podcast is available on Rick’s YouTube channel right HERE (and down below too).

Big thanks to Rick Moyer, Jedi Jeff, and of course Don Sucher for doing such a great podcast.  Thanks guys!  Next week I will be back in the center seat again with a look at the DS9 episode, “When it Rains…”  Take care until then and enjoy your week ahead.

Vidcast # 489 – Motor City Comic Con – 1405.25

Last weekend I went to the annual Motor City Comic Con with my younger son Eric and had a great time.  Tons of people this year, lots of goodies to buy, great guests & panels and lots of people in costume made this a great event.  I put together a vidcast to show the video and pictures I took of the con.  Lots of cool stuff to see and do.  We were only there on Saturday but it was still a lot of fun.  I hope everyone enjoys my coverage of the 25th annual Motor City Comic Con.  I think the show will need to move to a bigger place sometime soon if all these new geeks keep coming.  Anyway, enjoy the vidcast below or CLICK HERE to watch it in a new window.

Kickstarter for “Star Trek: Phase II”

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One of the best and the longest running “Star Trek” fan film series is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete episodes, build new sets, and continue their voyages with new adventures.  This has really been a great series of fan productions with top notch quality.  I urge all Trek fans to donate what you can for this worth effort.  Every dollar donated helps and will be used to create more Trek for all of us to enjoy.  So check out the links below and donate what you can for more Phase II Trek goodness!

LINK TO THE PHASE II KICKSTARTER 

Podcast # 488 – Marc Cushman – 1405.18

This week on the podcast I got a chance to interview author Marc Cushman.  Marc is the author of a series of books on the making of the original “Star Trek” series.  The books are called “These Are the Voyages” and they chronicle in great detail the creation, production, and some amazing behind the scenes information on the making of the series and each episode of TOS.  Marc and I chatted for about an hour on how he got started on this huge project, how he gathered his information and pieced it all together to form some amazing volumes of work on just what it took to get the very first “Star Trek” series made.  It was no easy task and Marc has some great insights and shares some of what he put into the books during the interview.  Getting two big fans of the original series together to chat about our beloved series made the interview very fun and enjoyable.  Links are below on where the books can be ordered.  I urge everyone to pick the first two volumes up now (the season three volume will be out this fall).  And if you order at the top link below, Marc will sign your copy too.  I want to thank Marc for taking the time for the interview and wish him the best of luck in his future projects.

BUY “These Are the Voyages” BOOKS SIGNED HERE

“These Are the Voyages” on Facebook

Season One book on Amazon

Season Two book on Amazon

Podcast # 487 – “The Continuing Mission” – 1405.11

A very special podcast this week with two awesome guests!  I will let them describe the cool show they recorded recently.

This week on Treks in Sci fi Rick Moyer interviews Sebastian Prooth about his new audio drama that was released today!  Sebastian Prooth is a life-long fan of Star Trek and all forms of entertainment. He took that interest and applied it to working on short films, television and most recently a revival of “Star Trek: The Continuing Mission”, an award winning web audio series he co-created in 2007. He is also developing another audio series for the web entitled Pirate Chronicles, working on a couple feature films scripts and working in reality TV by day. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
 
The newest episode of Star Trek The Continuing Mission can be found here http://www.startrekcontinuingmission.com/index.php/episode-8-cathedral-void/
 
They talk about all things Trek, including the remastered projects, and memories of The Star Trek Experience.
 
ENJOY!
Thanks much to Sebastian and Rick for doing a great podcast!  I will be back next week with an interview with author Marc Cushman discussing his “These are the Voyages” books on the making of the original series.  Until then take care and enjoy your week ahead.

“Star Wars” – Episode 7 cast

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This past week the cast of actors for Episode 7 was revealed.  Almost all the original cast is back (except Billy Dee Williams it seems).  With a group of young, fresh, mainly unknown actors to take over the franchise.  All appears to be moving along and in good hands.  I’m getting excited for the next chapter in the continuing Star Wars saga – due out in December, 2015.  May the 4th be with you!