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.

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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.
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


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!

Podcast # 486 – “Kir’Shara” – 1405.04

This week is back with a classic style cast with a look at the 4th season Enterprise episode called “Kir’Shara.”  But to start, I talk a little about “Star Wars” and the big May the 4th celebration today.  There’s been some recent news about the EU books (now dubbed ‘Legends’) and also about what is canon in the SW universe and what isn’t.  As far as the casting of Episode 7 we now know officially that all the original stars will be back (except Billy Dee Willians as Lando it seems).  I like the fact that they seem to cast mostly unknowns for the other roles.  It looks like we should start getting semi-regular news about this next chapter in the ‘Star Wars’ continuing saga.  Then on move on to this week’s Trek episode.

The Enterprise episode “Kir’Shara” is actually the second part to a two-part story during season 4 of the series.  It involves Archer trying to get an object called the Kir’Shara to some Vulcans that contains the writings of Surak.  There is also the possible war brewing between the Vulcans and the Andorians too.  There is a lot going on in this episode and I really enjoyed watching it and commenting on it as I watched it once more.  Hope you like it too.

That’s about all for this week.  Next week Rick Moyer and Sebastian Prooth will be here to discuss Sebastian’s “Continuing Mission” project he recently revived.  I will return in two weeks with a video report from the Motor City Comic Con.  Until then take care and enjoy your week ahead.

Podcast # 485 – Brian Tyler – 1404.27

This week, Vartok is back with another musical podcast.  This time out he covers musical composer Brian Tyler.  I didn’t know his name very well prior to this cast, but I’ve loved his music for a very long time.  Here’s more from Vartok on his new podcast for this week.

Vartok talks about the music of American composer, producer, conductor, and performer Brian Tyler between 1997 and 2013.  Brian has scored over 60 films and yet is only about 41 or 42 years old today, an age when most composers are just starting to get recognition.  He is known for his scores to motion pictures such as Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Eagle Eye, The Expendables franchise, several of the Fast and Furious franchise films, Final Destination 5, Rambo, Battle: Los Angeles, and video games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, & Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.  And in 2013 Brian won Composer of the Year at the Cue Awards, and has been nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Award.  In 2010, Tyler was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

An amazing amount of music from Brian Tyler and another terrific cast from the music master, Vartok.  Thanks very much to him for putting this show together with very short notice for this week.  Next week I will be back with a look at the Enterprise episode, “Kir’Shara.”  Take care until and enjoy your week ahead.

Podcast # 484 – Genre Universes – 1404.20

This week, Rico & Chris cover the megasized subject of genre universes that we love.  Things like Marvel, Firefly, Tolkien, Harry Potter, etc. are looked at and discussed.  We cover a few others and talk about how we got introduced to the various genre areas, what we like about them and some of the things we don’t like too.  It’s the golden age of geek entertainment out there and we cover some biggies this week.  We intentionally skip “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” since they are covered often, but we do talk a little about the recent Trek films toward the end of the podcast.  I also play a promo for the Anomaly Podcast’s upcoming special “May the 4th” release of their show covering women in the “Star Wars” universe.  Take care, enjoy your week ahead and a Happy Easter to all (if you celebrate it).

“Love Me Again” – music videos


I’m a big fan of John Newman’s “Love Me Again” song.  I am also a fan of music videos made by fans using certain songs in conjunction with shows I like.  So, here below are a few music videos set to John’s great song.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.  And make sure to check out John’s original song and music video right HERE too.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – ROCKS!


Ok, if you haven’t gone out to see this movie yet what are you waiting for?  This is not only one of the best of the Marvel comic book films, it’s just a great movie for everyone.  It’s got action of course, but there’s a solid story, good acting and some wonderful character moments too.  I urge you to go see one of the coolest films of the year so far.  I promise that you will definitely enjoy it and have a very fun time.  Also, make sure to stay until the very end as there are two little scenes during the credits to enjoy.  Have fun!