This podcast recorded part way through the series has Gerri and Eugenia speculating who the Captain of Discovery was to be! This incarnation of Star Trek is a darker, grittier version. No mention of “The Prime Directive” and of course all that technology that we never saw on the USS Enterprise. Have those that believe Star Trek canon should be followed to the letter accepted this new version of the franchise? As we have moved on with our own technology, so has the film industry and it would be “silly” to use the production values or props of the 1960’s in the telling of these stories. Discovery does however (BTW it seems that the show title has been shortened to Star Trek: DSC to fit in with the shortened form of the other shows), give nod to a least the sounds of the 60s with the noticeable hisses of the doors and the tinkle of the transporters and of course the flip communicators, paying homage to The Original Series. Star Trek again looks to the world that we live in with xenophobia being central to current story lines and a retelling of the Mirror Universe, first seen again in TOS. So whilst being new it acknowledges what went before. So far Gerri and Eugenia like the show and look forward to the development of a new history that adds to the mythology of one of their favourite franchises. Don’t forget to check back through their catalogue to re-listen to their episodes covering all of the Star Trek incarnations and even some fan made shows. In this episode Gerri and Eugenia pull an interview from the archive with Rekha Sharma who played Security Chief, Commander Landry. Recorded before the making of the new series, Rekha has been a fan of the show from a child having watched it with her father. Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank Rob and Sandra from Culture Shock Events who gave them the opportunity to interview Rekha. Check out www.cultureshockevents.com for their upcoming shows.
In this episode Eugenia and Gerri have been able to “transform” a one interview episode into three!!! How did they do this? Whilst looking into their vault of interviews for a topic they found that they had three interviews about the transformation of an 80s cartoon series into a live action movie franchise! So, what is this episode about, well it’s about Transformers of course. The cartoon series that captured the imagination of many children and when they also got the toys that “transformed” from cars and trucks into ‘super beings’, who could blame them? They also discuss how CGI can enhance or take away from the storytelling of a movie. The interviews they have in this episode transport us from animation to live action and include, Garry Chalk, the voice of the 80s Optimus Prime ( Colonel Chekov in Stargate SG-1). Tony Award winner, Julie White , who played Julie Witwicky from the live action movies. Last, but not the least of them, Mark Ryan who voices the much loved Bumblebee. Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Culture Shock Events www.cultureshockevents.com for the interview with Garry. Bill and Adele from Armageddon New Zealand www.armageddon.com for the interview with Mark and Daniel from Supanova www.supanova.com.au and Lionel from www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for the interview with Julie.
In the early years of Doctor Who companions dying was not common as in recent years. So when Adric, from planet E-space (a parallel universe) Alzarious was killed stopping a freighter from crashing into Earth, it was a shock (Earthshock in fact)!!. Adric’s loss was compounded when the ending credits screened in silence over the top of his crushed star badge. In this episode Gerri and Eugenia interview Matthew Waterhouse, who played the mathematical genius Adric alongside Doctors 4 & 5. Matthew a fan of Doctor Who long before joining the cast still loves recording Doctor Who, “Target” audio Books. He is also an author including writing his autobiography ‘Blue Box Boy’. Find out more about Matthew Waterhouse at www.matthewwaterhouse.com But, wait there’s more! As a bonus Gerri and Eugenia have added an interview with Rupert Young, Sir Leon from Merlin. So why Rupert you may ask? Enjoy as you listen to Rupert explaining how he has never appeared in Doctor Who even though his IMDB states that he has. Gerri and Eugenia thank Scott Liston from First Contact Conventions www.firstcontactconventions.com.au for the interview with Matthew plus Daniel from Supanova www.supanova.com.au and Lionel from Lionel Midford Publicity www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for the opportunity to interview Rupert.
There are some movies that are just movies, they entertain us and we go on our merry way! However, occasionally there are some that are just either too ridiculous (funny) to forget or just too much fun to not want to watch again! In this podcast Eugenia and Gerri discuss one of each of the above. The first is Galaxy Quest! Anyone who has been to a Sci Fi convention knows the truth of this movie, OK, not the alien and real space ship thing, but everyone of us that goes to cons knows someone who knows the intricate details of what is not “real“ (like a spaceship) and lives as if it is!!! However, it is a very funny movie and is a representation to non-con goers a way to understand the world of the Sci Fi fan. The other movie is Space Milkshake, a funny, weird and quirky space adventure with the most amazing sets for such a low budget movie. It stars some of Sci Fi & Fantasy’s icons including Amanda Tapping and Kirsten Kreuk, actors that have given us long time entertainment in their respective shows.
Eugenia and Gerri would like to Oz Comic Con, www.ozcomiccon.com and Blue Planet PR www.blueplanetpr.com.au for arranging the interviews with their guests. So, who do they interview in this episode, none other than Billy Boyd, who will be known to many as Pippin from “The Lord of the Rings” and plays Captain Anton in Space Milkshake and Sam Lloyd, better known as Ted from “Scrubs” who was Neru in Galaxy Quest. Interesting trivia about both is not only are they actors, but singers and musicians as well. Billy composed and sang the end song for the movie “The Hobbit” and Sam is a member of the A Capella group “The Blanks”. In fact for listeners enjoyment, Sam has given Eugenia and Gerri permission to include one of the group’s works, ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ in this episode. Check out their website at www.theblankswebsite.com and iTunes for more of their work.
Whilst the first ever full length feature film as made in Australia (it’s true, Google it!) the Australian film industry has had its up and down times. Recently that has been changing with the making of major films in Australia and what appears to be a robust “independent” film industry resurgence. In this episode Gerri and Eugenia talk about two of these “independent” films that have been made in Australia. Australian Stories told by Australians with international casts. These actors are from some of Sci Fi’s favourite shows such as Stargate SG-1 and The Hobbit, Star Wars and Mad Max.
Blue World Order www.bwomovie.com is set after a nuclear war has decimated the northern hemisphere, and the surviving population in the south become desperate. Society crumbles and an infectious bacteria threatens to destroy those who remain. Some of the films well-known actors include Steven Hunter from “The Hobbit “ and Billy Zane of “The Phantom”, Bruce Spence from “Mad Max” and Jack Thompson of Star Wars. Movie written, directed and produced by Ché Baker. In this podcast Gerri and Eugenia interview actor Stephen Hunter and writer/director Ché Baker.
The second Project Eden Vol 1, www.facebook.com/projectedenfilm/ is a dramatic thriller about a young woman who, aided by an ex-military officer, becomes an unwitting fugitive after she discovers her son’s catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy. The film stars Cliff Simon, Eric Avari and Mike Dupod all from Stargate SG-1. Directed and written by Ashlee Jensen and Terrance M. Young.
Gerri and Eugenia interview Cliff Simon and Terrance Young.
As you can see, Gerri and Eugenia have a lot for you in this episode. Please support Australian films and industry by going to see them when released in a cinema near you.
The truth is out there! Well, where have you heard that before? Eugenia and Gerri get to talk about the truth of The X-Files and the impact this show had on the psyche of Sci Fi fans. Well written, with two of the most memorable characters to appear in a TV show and to make it even more memorable was that the skeptic and rational one was a women!!! Who does not know the theme to this show and thinks of the many strange and weird ideas it discussed! So who are they talking with in this episode? One of the shows stand out characters, Dean Haglund who played Richard “Ringo” Langley from the group called “The Lone Gunmen” (they even got their own show!). Dean also has a “podcast”of his own and you can catch him at www.chillpakhollywood.com
The X-Files was a show that paved the way for many of the genre that are on TV now such as Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Torchwood and even Buffy! This show was scientific, fantastical and just right out there at times! It is one of those shows that we still look forward too when we hear that a new movie or series many be on the way! Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Scott Liston of First Contact Conventions for the opportunity to interview Dean. Find out about shows coming to you at www.firstcontactconventions.com.au
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.