The Rusted Robot
Two Girls, One Mars - 275

Two Girls, One Mars - 275

January 12, 2020

Pure silliness this week as brother Robin fills in for a sick Josh. We are talking all the latest in pop culture, including some topics we rarely, if ever, touch upon.

Star Trek Picard and the connection to the latest Short Trek "Children of Mars" in which we learn about the rogue army of synthetics.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker could be getting a 3 hour director's cut.

Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover even is wrapping up this week.

Disney+ news includes The Mandalorian, the upcoming Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor and featuring Jar Jar, and the new Jeff Goldblum show.

FOX is open to returning to the universe of Firefly. Could a renewal/reboot be on the horizon?

Dr. Strange 2 has a shake up on set as the original director steps down.

Undone on Amazon Prime is a weird series involving time travel and dead people.

Jaoquin Phoenix wins Golden Globe for best actor in Joker, and Jared Leto is cast as Morbius in Sony's spider-Man universe.

Stranger Things 4th season has begun filming, but the release date has yet to be determined.

LeVar Burton releases a video series on racism called Black in America.

Wrestling is discussed as Robin is a huge fan. He also really enjoys the latest song from Ozzy Osborne.

The New Mutants trailer is released. After being pushed back multiple times, it will now apparently be released on April 3.

Color Out Of Space is the new film from Nicolas Cage. It's based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and could be the first in a series.

Star Trek's Noah Hawley says the next movie will be a return to form and may not include the cast from the last few films.

RIP Neil Peart 1952 - 2020

This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast

Six Year Anniversary Show - 274

Six Year Anniversary Show - 274

January 5, 2020

Celebrating 6 years of podcasting in the Rusted Robot tradition. It's our super special six year anniversary show! Join us for a look back at the major movies and events in the world of pop culture.

We have been podcasting since the beginning of 2014. So this week, because the pop culture landscape is currently a barren wasteland, we break down what happened year by year.

Some of the items we touch on include:

  • Charlie Sheen reveals he has AIDS
  • the #metoo movement
  • Trump is elected president
  • tide pods
  • Harry and Meghan's royal wedding
  • the Kardashians
  • Toys R Us goes bankrupt
  • Greta Thunberg tries to save the planet
  • storming Area 51 and more...

Josh explains some of the political stuff behind the possibility of World War 3 and the issue between Iran and the USA.

Star Trek Short Treks and the trailer for "Children of Mars"

A Quiet Place 2 releases a trailer.

Don't forget your submissions for our hypothetical workplace as starship scenario!

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station DCU

2019 Science Fiction Film Wrap Up - 273

2019 Science Fiction Film Wrap Up - 273

December 29, 2019

A run down of all the sci-fi films released in 2019. What did we see? What did we enjoy or hate? Which ones didn't even make our radar?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Shawn saw the film, but Josh and Kitty have not. We have our non-spoiler take on the film.

Avatar will be re-released in theatres. James Cameron is hoping to take back the top spot at the box office. We also have some sequel news.

Spider-Ham issue number 1 is now in comic book stores. Kitty has some information about this book.

Lost In Space season 2 is out. Shawn binged it all in 2 days. Hear what he thinks.

Picard tv spot trailer. It's 30 seconds. We can't wait.

2019 science fiction films. There were quite a few.

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who

Wonder Woman and the Steve/Chris Dynamic - 272

Wonder Woman and the Steve/Chris Dynamic - 272

December 15, 2019

Ghostbusters, Wonder Woman, Water on Mars, Batman, Spider-Man and more!

There's a Keanu Reeves movie showdown in the works. John Wick 4 and the Matrix 4 both starring Keanu are set to be released on the same day in 2021.

NASA finds water ice on Mars that you can dig up with a shovel. But will Elon Musk's SpaceX beat NASA to the prize?

Stargirl is coming to the CW this Spring. We have the trailer!

Ghostbusters Afterlife reveals the first trailer. It has Paul Rudd so it can't be bad!

Wonder Woman 1984 finally has a trailer. How is Chris Pine back as Steve Trevor? We wonder why only a Chris can play a Steve and somehow survivie for 70ish years.

Batman the White Knight comic presents the Von Freeze one shot. Ghost Spider and the entire universe of Spider-Man comics are discussed.

Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels have been translated to the movie screen starring Tom Cruise. Cruise is definitely not Jack Reacher.

We're also talking about the health concerns of vaping as opposed to smoking. And we have some wonderful feedback. What's the difference between a theory and a hypothesis? We have the answer!

Carol Spinney 1933 - 2019

Rene Auberjonois 1940 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

The Hype Is Real - 271

The Hype Is Real - 271

December 8, 2019

Star Wars, Apes, Star Trek, Mr. Rogers, Black Widow, James Bond and more!

The hype is real when it comes to The Mandalorian. Both Josh and Shawn have seen all the episodes that have been released. Shawn was late to the party but now he has jumped on board the baby Yoda bandwagon. An engaging discussion follows in which the hosts debate the merits of the show, and the controversy surrounding baby Yoda and Rey.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie review. While the film is pretty decent, it is not what you would expect based on the trailers. Tom Hanks does a good job portraying Fred Rogers, but he never transcends the role.

The Boys releases the first teaser trailer for season 2. It looks like a great deal of fun. There will be drinking and blood, and fighting and chases.

No Time To Die is the latest film in the Bond series. This could be Daniel Craig's last outing as Bond. The trailer is not very coherent.

Black Widow is coming to theatres in the Spring. Looks to be a passable film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will it be good? Have to wait and see.

The Watchmen is on HBO. Josh has seen it. He is not sure what he is supposed to take from these first few episodes.

Planet of the Apes may be coming back to theatres. Now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, they want to start using the properties. Will it be a continuation or a reboot? No one is saying.

Viacom and CBS finalize their merger. All the Star Trek properties are under one roof again. It's exciting.


Robert Walker Jr. 1940 - 2019

Dorothy D.C. Fontana 1939 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: Double Edged, Double Bill

Baby Yoda in the Space Western - 270

Baby Yoda in the Space Western - 270

December 1, 2019

Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, Star Trek, TMNT!

Baby Yoda is here. The memes are everywhere. Werner Herzog is in love with the Yoda puppet. The Mandalorian is a space western. The merchandise is about to invade and everyone wants a baby Yoda plushie!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be here in a few weeks. The latest teaser clip shows us flying stormtroopers. Yes, they can fly now!

Star Trek's latest comic book is Picard Countdown. The first issue is out now and we know where Geordi Laforge has been. Section 31 has assembled its writer's room. We talk terrible plot points in Trek movies, Josh complains about Section 31 and the ideals of the Federation. We contrast Star Trek with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The humpback whales are making a great recovery. Thank you Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home!

A Play On Nerds podcast is changing its format. A great shout out to Steve and Jarman!

This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast

An Intro to Babylon 5 - 269

An Intro to Babylon 5 - 269

November 24, 2019

Babylon 5 is our main topic, but we are also covering Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Tesla and more!

The Babylon project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war, by creating a place where humans and aliens can work out their differences ... It became an incredible, ambitious show. The Rusted crew gives you an overview and introduction to the series which ran from 1994 to 1999. We talk about the plot, setting, characters, CGI, its realism, and the followup series Crusade.

Elon Musk recently unveiled Tesla's Cybertruck. The truck has its fans and its haters. One thing is for sure, it's getting a lot of attention.

Doctor Who! The series is returning on New Years Day. We discuss our favourite doctors and give our thoughts on the most recent season.

Star Trek's fourth movie in the JJ-verse has found its director. Noah Hawley is set to write and produce the film which will see Chris Pine return as Kirk. No word on plot or release date.

Star Wars! Jon Favreau will be directing the Star Wars universe for the forseeable future. He is set to become the creative director of the franchise, much like Kevin Feige in the Marvel universe.

Nicolas Cage is set to play Nicolas Cage. There is a meta movie coming soon loosely based on the actor's life. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent see Nic Cage trying to get into the next movie from Quentin Tarantino.

RIP Michael J. Pollard 1939 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: CasterQuest

Desert Island Star Trek - 268

Desert Island Star Trek - 268

November 17, 2019

Desert Island Star Trek. What is that?

This week, we take a look back in time. The year was 2014. The Rusted Robot Podcast was less than a year old. We were trying to make a name for ourselves by guesting on as many other podcasts as we could.

The Ten Forward Podcast is the reason the Rusted Robot exists. If not for Sina and her crew, no one would have heard of us. This episode is the second time we came on as guests. Shawn spoke with Paul and Jarman about his 5 favourite episodes of Star Trek. The 5 episodes he would take if he were stranded on a desert island...hence, Desert Island Star Trek!

Who knew that 5 years later Shawn, Jarman and Paul would have all become such amazing friends. Get ready for a trip down memory lane. The nostalgia engines are running hot! This is Shawn's Desert Island Star Trek!

This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

Why Did Earth Explode - 267

Why Did Earth Explode - 267

November 10, 2019

Humanity will always be destroyed by robots. The time lines are ragged, but there's no time for grief--we gotta live! So why did the Earth explode? Let's find out!

Terminator Dark Fate review. Shawn watched the movie and gives an in depth review of the film. There are spoilers from 9:31 until the 16 minute mark.

Josh gives us a quick round up of the Anime he's been watching.

Peter Cullen to receive a lifetime achievement award for voice acting.

Another Life gets a second season order from Netflix.

The Invisible Man trailer.

The Dragon Prince season 3 trailer.

3022 trailer.

The Batman cast announcements are coming and they're impressive.

Darkside Collectibles 1/3 scale Captain Spock statue.

This week's podcast promo: ESDCU

That Star Wars Feeling - 266

That Star Wars Feeling - 266

November 3, 2019

A heavy focus on that Star Wars feeling this week!

We have the latest news on what is happening with the Star Wars franchise. Those guys from Game of Thrones are out! And we sprinkle Star Wars references throughout the episode.

Jumanji The Next Level releases its final trailer. What do we think?

Little Joe's trailer gives us a lot to talk about. The idea brings back memories of the original Star Trek episode, This Side of Paradise.

Daybreak on Netflix has a lot going for it.

Into The Spider-Verse 2 has a release date.

Also in this episode, we chat about Hallowe'en, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, Pokemon and Magic cards and turning cards into a Turing computer. We also talk about Josh in the dating game and several other podcasts. Podcasts mentioned this week include Lore, Tales, Mission Log, Soul Forge, A Play on Nerds, and LeVar Burton Reads.

This week's podcast promo: Nerdlanta