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History of the Future - 247

History of the Future - 247

June 16, 2019

Retro futurism and the history of tomorrow! The future is here!

The Wandering Earth is this year's Chinese sci-fi smash hit. It's on Netflix and we give the film an in depth review.

Starfleet on Mars? There is a dune on Mars that sort of looks like the symbol of Starfleet from Star Trek. It's all over the news and geek sites. So naturally, we talk about it too!

Tarantino's Star Trek! This time we cover the non-news of Tarantino's R-rated Trek film. Yes, there's a script. No it hasn't been given the greenlight from Paramount. No one knows what it's about or who is in it.

The golden age of futurism. Our UK correspondant gives us a great look at the optimism of the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Techno utopian dreams,
  • flying carpet cars,
  • the classroom of tomorrow - distance learning,
  • CCTV and the police state,
  • electric and solar cars,
  • self-driving cars,
  • wall-to-wall TV, unlimited media and more

Other topics of discussion include mass transit systems, Lucifer, Jessica Jones and David Brin's Uplift series of books.

This week's podcast promo: Caster Quest

 

The Kitty Cat Distraction - 246

The Kitty Cat Distraction - 246

June 9, 2019

Trailers, toys and movie reviews! And a cat who wants to be a podcaster...

Godzilla King of the Monsters review,

X-Men Dark Phoenix review,

Detective Pikacho review,

Marvel Box Sets,

X-Men Animated series to get possible continuation,

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer,

Ad Astra trailer,

Lego Lunar Lander set,

Lady Jason PVC statue,

Sexy Halloween costumes,

The Mid Winter Witch comic

This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos

Splitting Timelines - 245

Splitting Timelines - 245

June 2, 2019

This week we are splitting the timelines and everyone is becoming Sam.

John Wick 3 - Shawn has seen the film and gives you a spoiler-free review and rating.

Detective Pikacho - Josh tells us that his wife has seen the film and enjoyed it.

STAR TREK: The Picard series teaser trailer has been released and we break it down and discuss our thoughts and speculations. There is a rumour that Brent Spiner may somehow reprise his role as Data. And we have release date details for the Deep Space Nine documentary, What We Left Behind.

X-Men's Dark Phoenix will be released next week, and Godzilla King of the Monsters is out now and we talk about its Rotten Tomatoes score and box office so far.

Terminator Dark Fate - the trailer is out and we have some thoughts on where they are taking the franchise next.

Rambo Last Blood - the first trailer for John Rambo's last adventure has been released. We have some mixed reactions but believe it is going to be full of action.

Future Travel - our UK Correspondant has a report on the future of planetary rocket travel and the hyperloop.

Masters of the Universe - we have a teaser poster and possible release date for the film.

Quantum Leap - long lost footage of the series finale has just surfaced.

Alien - Ridley Scott is writing the script for an upcoming Alien prequel.

This week's podcast promo: Nerd Bliss Podcast

It’s Only Leaking Sunshine - 244

It’s Only Leaking Sunshine - 244

May 12, 2019

Mothers of science fiction and fantasy. We start out the episode with a look at some good and some bad mothers in our favourite genres. Who makes the lists? Well you're going to have to listen to the podcast to find that out silly! But stay tuned for the huge discussion we have regarding Sarah Connor, the mother of John and the human rebellion against Skynet.

Star Wars and Avatar. Disney has announced the upcoming release dates well into the end of the next decade. We speculate on the stories these movies are going to tell.

NASA is working on soft robots to do the dirty work in space. They could soon be on the surface of the moon and Mars.

Star Trek cats! That's right, Chronicle Collectibles has released their line up of 3 Star Trek feline statues. You can pre-order them now if that's your thing.

Mumm Ra and Cheese. Shawn and Kitty talk about their emotional upheavals and their connections to strange things like cheese and toys.

CBS has created the Star Trek Global Franchise group to expand the Trek brand. We will be getting all kinds of neat things like podcasts and an updated website. And probably lots of other things that we do not know about yet. Maybe Star Trek concerts!

Upcoming movies:

Men In Black International trailer 2

Spiderman Far From Home trailer 2

John Wick 3 has a near perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes

This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

Chewbacca, Twinkies & Comic Books - 243

Chewbacca, Twinkies & Comic Books - 243

May 5, 2019

We lost Chewbacca, but we got free comic books. It's not an even trade, but you have to find the good where you can.

Peter Mayhew 1944 - 2019 (RIP Chewbacca)

Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day were both held on May 4th and we have the info, the details and the excitement.

TV Stuff: talking about the season 2 finale of The Orville which resulted in quite the discussion about robots such as Cylons, the Kaylon, the Borg, Cybermen and Daleks. Game of Thrones is in the middle of season 8 and we touch on this briefly as neither host has watched it yet. Naturally we discuss many aspects of Star Trek including several of the movies, in addition to the various television series. We also wrap up season 8 of Voltron and we decide that giant fighting robots are awesome.

Captain Picard Facepalm Bust. New from ThinkGeek. This thing looks amazing and we nearly order one during the episode.

Josh has seen Avengers Endgame and gives us a spoiler-free review and reveals his surprising rivet rating for the film. Shawn watched Prospect on Netflix. We played the trailer about a month ago and our review is here.

Sonic The Hedgehog trailer. We talk about the timing of the film and the controversy regarding the rendering of the character.

We finish off with a fun discussion regarding the upcoming Dora the Explorer movie. We have some concerns about Dora's mental health.

This week's podcast promo: Soul Forge Podcast

Star Wars, Dinosaurs & End Games - 242

Star Wars, Dinosaurs & End Games - 242

April 28, 2019

Spoiler-free discussions about all the pop culture things! We have robots, dinosaurs, Star Wars, Star Trek Discovery, Anime and more this week.

So the universe is not as old as we thought. And it's expanding faster than expected.

Free Comic Book Day is on Star Wars Day this year (May 4th)

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. The trailer was releases a couple weeks ago. We have some ideas, speculation, and things to say about this upcoming film that is set to end the Skywalker saga after 42 years.

Avengers: Endgame breaks all the records as expected. Other endings this year include Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, and Santa Clarita Diet.

Star Trek News: Discovery finishes up season 2 with a bang, a cliffhanger of sorts, a look at beardless Spock and fans clamoring for a Captain Pike series. Nickelodeon has plans for a CG-animated Star Trek show based on a group of lawless teenagers who discover a derelict Starfleet vessel. No name or release date as of yet.

What We Left Behind. The Star Trek Deep Space Nine documentary will be released to theatres for one day only on May 13th. Looks like a great, informative film.

Shane Rimmer. Our UK Correspondent Paul Wright gives us some amazing background on an actor we lost late last month.

The Velocipastor. This trailer looks insanely funny, crude and amazing. A definite B movie, but seems like a great time at the theatre.

Lost In Space comes to DVD on June 4th.

We wrap up with a chat about Anime. Josh has multiple recommendations this week.

This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon

Kittens Are Better Than Movies - 241

Kittens Are Better Than Movies - 241

April 7, 2019

Kittens are better than movies according to Kitty. Do we believe her? You'll have to listen to find out!

This week we record a quick and dirty episode...it's getting late and there's no time for a major editing job. This is the raw version of the Rusted Robot Podcast. Get ready to hear us like never before!

Star Trek: we talk about First Contact Day which as everyone knows is April 5, 2063 when the Vulcans came to Earth. This leads us to a fun theory about the 3rd season of Star Trek Discovery and a fun way to keep Anson Mount and Ethan Peck on the series. Could it actually happen? Probably not, but it sure is fun to speculate! We end our Star Trek chat with a look at all the upcoming Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for 2019.

Disney/Fox. Now that the merger is complete, Disney is going to keep the Fox brand alive. They will use that division for R rated films and other content that Disney cannot use. As such, we may be getting more movies in the Alien and Planet of the Apes franchises.

Shazam. A spoiler-free review of the film.

Lucifer season 4. We have the Netflix trailer and we're talking all about the series.

The Dead Don't Die trailer. Looks like a fun zombie film with a pile of A-list actors. The same kind of fun film as Shaun of the Dead.

Joker trailer. We are not sure what to think of this thing. Could be extremely weird or a heck of a lot of fun. Marc Maron is in it. So that's cool.

Threadbare. Audio book series. Josh loves it.

Mythical creatures. We have the answers to last week's hypothetical question.

This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast

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Batman, Godzilla, Robots & Apes - 240

Batman, Godzilla, Robots & Apes - 240

March 31, 2019

Batman is 80, Godzilla can save us, robots are everywhere, and apes are not monkeys. Podcoin is the new app that pays you to listen to podcasts, and we break the 60,000 download mark!

This week we're talking a lot about Batman. Detective Comics releases issue 1000. Batman turns 80 years old, and to celebrate, Fathom Events is re-releasing the Batman films from the 80s and 90s for one day only. We're also talking about Gotham City and the difference between that and other superhero home towns.

Netflix shows: We have a bit to cover this week as we discuss Umbrella Academy, Big Mouth, Castlevania, and The Dragon Prince. We love cartoons!

We touch briefly on Star Trek Discovery and The Orville, but the big casting news is that Sonequa Martin-Green has been added to the cast of Space Jam 2 as the wife of Lebron James.

Also covered this week is time travel stories, Planet of the Apes and the difference between monkeys and chimpanzees, the Transformers films, and the new TMNT Shredder cheese shredder. Have you checked out the posters that Marvel releases for the Avengers EndGame film? Have you seen the parody memes?

Godzilla King of the Monsters trailer.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer.

We wrap up with a chat about Which-a-Way and Choose Your Own Adventure books. Your childhood was not complete without them!

This week's hypothetical question asks you what mythical beast would you choose as your faithful companion. Email your answers to therustedrobot@gmail.com

RIP Shane Rimmer 1929 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

Red Angel / Black Impala - 239

Red Angel / Black Impala - 239

March 24, 2019

The Red Angel, the Black Impala and third installments!

  • Bill and Ted Face The Music. We are finally getting the 3rd film in the franchise, and it's coming in 2020.
  • Star Trek Discovery reveals the identity of the Red Angel. They faked us out and turned a crappy concept into something amazing. Karen talks about her guest spot on the Women episode of DiscoTrek.
  • Supernatural is ending its run after its 15th season. Shawn learns about the series and the importance of the black Impala.
  • Lucifer. Great TV series with humour. Shawn has just discovered it on Netflix.
  • The Disney / Fox merger is finally complete in a deal worth $71.3 Billion. This doesn't mean too much other than massive layoffs for the moment. But the good news is that Ryan Reynolds will likely get to continue playing Deadpool while all the other X-Men characters will be re-cast.
  • Sliders may be going through a potential series revival according to star John Rhys-Davies. This leads us into a cool discussion about parallel dimensions.
  • Stranger Things season 3. The trailer has been dropped and we are looking forward to this season which debuts on July 4.
  • John Wick 3: Parabellum. The newest trailer for the 3 installment of the franchise looks violent. We can't wait to see what John Wick gets up to next. All because they killed his puppy.
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The 9th film from Quentin Tarantino gets a trailer and it looks like a lot of insane fun. May be a definite theatre watch.
  • Chugga debate. It's all over the internet. People want to know how many 'chuggas' before the 'choochoo'
  • Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game. Looks like fun, and you get to play as John McClane and try to save the hostages.

This week's podcast promo: ESO Patreon

Love Death and Robots - 238

Love Death and Robots - 238

March 17, 2019

From Captain Marvel reactions to robots, turtles and trailers, we have all your geeky pop culture news this week!

  • Captain Marvel - Josh and Kitty have watched the film and we have their reactions in a non spoiler review. Find out what they think of this movie.
  • Love Death and Robots - it's everything we enjoy. It's the new animated NSFW series of shorts from Netflix. It's an amazing show, but don't watch it with kids.
  • Cigars, pipes and tobacco - this week's podcast promo leads us down a short rabbit hole discussing smoking which is unusual for us.
  • Transformers - they are more than meets the eye and there are more sequels in the works from Hasbro and Paramount.
  • Alien - the Alien film franchise is having its 40th anniversary this year. As such, they are releasing 6 short films to celebrate. We have the details right here this week.
  • Batman - fans are demanding a Michael Keaton film in the Tim Burton movie universe, but directed by Ben Affleck. Will this be a Batman Beyond type film? Will it even happen?
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Disney has re-hired James Gunn to write and direct the third film in the franchise. But he's also working on Suicide Squad 2. What's going to happen? Idris Elba is replacing Will Smith as Deadshot.

TRAILERS:

  • Avengers End Game - the third and final trailer is here, and it's really good. The film is coming soon and we are so excited. The trailer doesn't tell us much but it's amazing nonetheless.
  • Aladdin - the first trailer is here, and it's racially appropriate. We approve. We don't care for musicals but it looks decent
  • Prospect - an excellent trailer made in the style of 1990's era VHS tapes. A cool indie sci-fi film about survival.
  • Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Batman and the Turtles are teaming up in an all-new animated film coming this spring. Nothing more needs to be said. We are excited!

Star Trek Discovery season 2, episode 9 - fun, sad, illuminating episode. We laughed, we cried, we learned a lot about Ariam and Section 31. If you're not watching, you're missing out on great Trek.

Comics news - Kitty tells us all about Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight one shot comic and Auric's 5th issue is released at Toronto Comic Con this weekend.

This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast