As you know Gerri and Eugenia love Star Trek in any of its forms! In this episode they get to interview 8 characters from them (well if you count the many versions of one of this actors parts)! So if you are into Star Trek you already know that they are interviewing Jeffrey Combs who is one of most versatile actors in Sci Fi TV today and you will have seen him in many roles that are “weird”, “iconic” or just plain “strange”. Can anyone of us forget his role of FBI Agent Milton Dammers from The Frighteners or Herbert West from the cult movie Re-animator. Combs is one of the three actors that have played two different roles in an episode of a Star Trek. In the DS9 episode “The Dogs of War”, he played both Brunt and Weyoun and shows his range. He is the only Star Trek actor to be credited for playing two roles in the titles. Gerri and Eugenia discuss Jeffrey and his many roles sans Sci Fi and they would like to thank OZ Comic Con and Blue Planet PR for the opportunity to interview him. You can check out when their next event is coming to your town at www.ozcomiccon.com and www.blueplanetpr.com.au.
Some movies are just entertainment and some movies become “icons”! In this episode Gerri and Eugenia are talking about one such movie and that is 2001: A Space Odyssey. In fact this movie is all about “icons”, based on a short story by one of the icons of 20th century SF author Arthur C. Clarke and directed by Stanley Kubrick who of course is another icon! Now considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made, every “geek” on earth has watched this movie and everyone knows “Hal”! For a Sci Fi movie this was not of the ilk that people expected to see in that era, no creepy aliens and no bad sets! For its time this movie was scientifically accurate, had pioneering special effects, used classical music and little dialogue to tell a story about humanities relationship with the universe. That Hal was damn scary though! In this episode Gerri and Eugenia get to talk to the two other icons of the movie ,Gary Lockwood and Kier Dullea, Dave and Frank respectively! They would like to thank Scott Liston of www.firstcontactconventions.com.au for arranging for the interviews and Daniel of www.supanova.com.au and Lionel of www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for hosting of the Gary and Kier on Scott’s behalf. It is not often that you get to interview “icons”, but Gerri and Eugenia are privileged to host what they think is a special episode!
We all do it, we go to the movies and watch the actors on the screen play our favourite heroes and villains and walk away saying “Gee that was good”, and “Wasn’t … brilliant”! Yes, the actors do the acting and the directors do the directing! However, we have all seen those shaky sets, ad props the bad make-up/hair and the crappy fight scenes that we all think “Give me a wet lettuce leaf and I could fight better than that!”
However, if you can get a VERY GOOD Set/prop maker, hair and make-up artist, and a fight coordinator you know that you have a VERY GOOD movie. And this is what Eugenia and Gerri have for you in this episode! From WETA they have two of the artists that made the magic of movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Elysium and the Netflix series “Spectre”. Warren Dion Smith make-up artist and hair specialist (think of all those dwarves and all that hair, Warren makes it look natural), and Mark Dewes , props artist (this man can make a bit of foam look like Excalibur). Then they have Richard Norton, stunt and fight coordinator who has worked with Jackie Chan and on movies such as the latest Mad Max! So if you want to know more about the film industry in the “antipodes”, this is the episode for you with two Kiwis and an Aussie making movies for you! Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Daniel and Lionel Supanova Expo www.supanova.com.au and www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com respectively for their interview with Richard! Eugenia and Gerri love talking with those that make the magic happen and you will too!
Now many years ago when Gerri and Eugenia started their podcast and put their names out with the publicists and media for the conventions that were happening around Australia. One of the first interviews they had the opportunity to carry out was with Richard Hatch who was a generous and gracious interviewee to a couple of new interviewers. Battlestar Galactica was one the television shows that cemented their fascination with Science Fiction and it is with great regret that they hear of Richard’s passing. With respect and In Memorial to Richard and his fans they would like to re-air their podcast from 2010.
For decades the stories of Terry Nation dominated the UK’s BBC viewing audience, he was the creator of one of the world’s greatest and iconic villains the “Daleks” of Doctor Who fame He was also the script writer for shows such as UK stalwarts, The Champions, The Avengers, The Saint and even MacGyver. He was instrumental in the creation of two TV shows those being “The Survivors” and “Blakes 7”. This program, Blakes 7 running for four seasons from 1978 to ’81 was different to everything else on TV and was also just damn well entertaining. The story of escaped rebels who after witnessing the cover-up of a massacre formed a resistance, stole an alien ship called “The Liberator” and their adventure begins. We watch as they are chased across the galaxy by the corrupt Terran Federation who tries to subdue this team of freedom fighters. It was a show praised for its dystopian themes, but it also had a sense of fun. In this episode Gerri and Eugenia have the pleasure of interviewing Sally Knyvette who played Jenna Stannis the ship’s pilot and smuggler from Blakes 7. Sally talks to them about the phenomenon that is Blakes 7, a show that still resonates 40 years on. Sally works now not only as an actor but as a theatre director and producer, bringing to the stage works of famous writers and promoting new talented writers. Gerri and Eugenia talk to Sally about her pathway to acting and her work as a director and the trials and tribulations of theatre life.
TV shows come and go! We enjoy them for the time they are on and revisit them via streaming or DVD, but overall they just entertain us! Few, if any, impact us on a personal level and fewer impact society in any way at all! Though one show has done that for many of us as well as the culture of the world and that of course is STAR TREK! This show with its utopian worldview has provided inspiration to many from human rights, social inclusion, science, space travel and has encouraged us to “boldly go where no one has gone before”. This show has forced us to look at how we, as the human race can achieve, and to consider issues that we are living through, it has made us laugh, awed us and made us look outward! How many other TV shows can claim this? In this episode Gerri and Eugenia talk all things Star Trek, from the original to the many incarnations of fan made homages to the idea and ideals of Gene Rodenberry. To celebrate the 50 YEARS, yes 50 YEARS that this show has been part of history, they have two amazing interviews with stars from the original Star Trek and they are Walter Koenig the original Pavel Chekov ,and Gary Lockwood who played Gary Mitchell in the episode “Where No Man has Gone Before”, (the first episode to been shown in the UK). Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank Lionel Midford from www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com and Daniel from www.supanova.com.au for the chance to interview these icons of Star Trek. To also celebrate the impact that this show has had with fans they also bring you interviews with Michele Specht and Kim Stinger from Star Trek: Continues, www.startrekcontinues.com a fan show with many celebrity guests from all over the Sci Fi world. Thanks again to Supanova for these interviews. Gerri and Eugenia dedicate this show to their friend Therese, who is no longer with them. This podcast exists because Therese introduced our hosts and due to that you are listening to them today! As Therese would say, keep on “Star Trekking Across the Universe”!
In this podcast Eugenia and Gerri once again discuss one of their favourite TV shows and that of course is Doctor Who! They talk abut how Doctor Who tried to up the anti and introduced what could only be called the “Girl Friday” of Doctor Who, who was trendy, and very, very talkative! This of course could be none other than the indomitable Jo Grant! Companion to the 3rd Doctor and who at the time was a member of the show as it made innovations in the use of “special effects” yes even with the use of lots of quarries, cardboard and of course monsters who even then looked, well the only word is funny! The interview in this episode is with the indomitable (in real life as well), Katy Manning, who at times calls Australia home! As Katy was in playing Jo, a bit of a talker she does not fail us now and this interview for Eugenia and Gerri is one big long one (but that means more for you) and in the listening you never know who may just pop into the interview, giving you not one but two classic series actors! Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Scott Liston from First Contact Conventions check them out at http://www.firstcontactconvention.com.au for some amazing upcoming events.