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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

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.


  • 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

Hello Kitty Terminator and the End of Time - 237

Hello Kitty Terminator and the End of Time - 237

March 10, 2019

Hello Kitty, Star Trek, Terminator, The Orville, Blade and the end of time!

  • Marvel's Captain Marvel is breaking box office records despite the evil plot of the lonely fanboys to spoil the film,
  • Star Trek Discovery brings back the Talosians and has the best 'previously on' segment of all time. Of all time. Like ever, in the history of television. Like it's so good you guys, it gave me goosebumps.
  • The Orville is maturing into a great sci-fi series of its own. Yes, it still copies everything from Star Trek The Next Generation, but it's really fun stuff.
  • Arrow to end after season 8,
  • Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy since 1984, announces he has stage 4 Pancreatic cancer, but vows to fight it. He still has 3 years left on his contract.
  • Robert J Sawyer's WWW trilogy of books to be adapted into a television series. Says more of his work is set to be adapted. May give up writing books next year.
  • Hello Kitty movie in the works from New Line after Sanrio gives them the license for Kitty and other characters,
  • Blade - an R rated film from Marvel Studios is rumored to be in development with Wesley Snipes still the titular character,
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has seen 15 minutes of footage from Terminator Dark Fate. Says it's really good.
  • Star Trek Picard series casts Michelle Hurd and Santiago Cabrera,
  • X-Men Dark Phoenix international trailer looks way better than the domestic trailer,
  • Brightburn trailer - a look at evil Superman,

Rest In Peace:

  • Keith Flint 1969 - 2019,
  • Luke Perry 1966 - 2019,
  • King Kong Bundy 1957 - 2019,
  • Jan-Michael Vincent 1945 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

The Circular Logic of Flat Earth - 236

The Circular Logic of Flat Earth - 236

March 3, 2019

Star Trek news, movie trailers, and circular logic of the Flat Earth Society!

  • Canada partners with NASA's Lunar Gateway project to send humans to the moon on a permanent basis starting in 2022,
  • Behind The Curve - the Flat Earth documentary on Netflix presents some interesting ideas on the flat earth theory...the Rusty crew has a lot to say on this topic,
  • The Dragon Prince - this Netflix cartoon is impressive for its portrayal of lesbian inter-racial romance, but we are concerned by the 'bury your gays' trope,
  • Critters The New Binge - coming to Shudder on March 21, this television series promises all the low budget horror and humour you'd expect from the Critters movie series,
  • Hellboy red band trailer - we are tentatively excited about the new film,
  • Dark Phoenix trailer - the trailer makes the film look like crap, but we are going to see it in theatres anyway, because it is an X-Men film. And this leads us into a discussion of Hugh Jackman (a handsome, handsome man), and who should play the character in future films,
  • LeVar Burton to be honoured with the Inamori Ethics Prize for his outstanding global ethical leadership as an advocate for such important and worthy causes. First awarded in 2008, the prize honors outstanding international ethical leaders whose actions and influence have greatly improved the human condition,
  • Rambo: Last Blood gets a release date and plot synopsis,
  • Edge of Tomorrow sequel news,
  • Manfred Saves the Day graphic novel news,
  • RIP Katherine Helmond 1929 - 2019


  • Hanelle Culpepper is the first female to direct the launch of a Star Trek series as she will be responsible for the first 2 episode of the Picard series,
  • Picard series plot details and character breakdowns,
  • Star Trek Discovery renewed for season 3,

This week's podcast promo: Myopia Defend Your Childhood

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