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Episode 135 – The Discovery of Star Trek – Rekha Sharma

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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.

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Episode 134 – Transformer Trio – Julie White, Garry Chalk & Mark Ryan

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issuu podcast 134In 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.


Episode 130 – Get Smart with Barbara Feldon & Bernie Kopell

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 In the 1960s, TV shows mixed it up and Get Smart was one of them! Was it a Spy show, a Sci Fi show, or a comedy? Get Smart was all of them with a little bit of social change chucked in as well! As you can see by the image, Eugenia and Gerri are talking Get Smart, that Sci Spy Fi Comedy show, where technology ruled. Who didn’t want a “shoe phone” or a “Cone of Silence” and the smartest person in the room was Agent 99, a women who always saved the day and the boys! All the characters of this show are iconic, from Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, to the previously mentioned 99, the girl with no name and of course one of the agents of KAOS “Siegfried” the one with many names! Of course this show is all about the standard story of “good vs evil” or ‘control vs chaos”. Funny, pertinent, up-to-date with all the gizmos and social happenings of its time Get Smart, still is all of those things today. So who are Eugenia and Gerri talking to? Two of the icons of the show, Barbara Feldon and Bernie Kopell Agent 99 and Siegfried respectively. They would like to thank Culture Shock Events – Rob and Sandra find them at www.cultureshockevents.com for Bernie and for Barabra Feldon Daniel from www.supanova.com.au and Lionel from www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for the chance to interview these icons! Eugenia and Gerri get all the fun!


Episode 128 – X-Files, The Truth is Out There – Dean Haglund

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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


Episode 127 – Do you Recognise this Man? – Jeffrey Combs.

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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.


Episode 126 – Vampires and Fighters – Gunn and Harmony

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Remember Angel the TV show!  Whilst it has not been on our television for many years it was one show that is hard to forget!  Not only did it entertain us, but it taught us as well!  The main theme of the show was about “good v evil”, but there was also an underlying theme of “yes you can overcome your base” and you can aim to change the way that you interact with the world!  So what do Eugenia and Gerri have for you in this episode?  They talk about Angel the show with not one, but two vampires who got their “humanity” back!  Angel and Spike who could want more, well we could, do more episodes if that is possible “Josh”!  This show still stands up today and could be said that it and Buffy changed the way that we look at female heroes, not only are they brave but like Fred they can be smart too!  So in this episode Eugenia and Gerri get to talk to J. August Richards and Mercedes McNab.  The guy from the hood that is good (Gunn), and the vampire who tried to be better (Harmony).   This show had a darker, more grown-up theme than Buffy, however it did have a lighter side!  Who can forget Muppet Angel, well Eugenia and Gerri can’t!   Just do a Google search, it still makes them laugh!

They would like to thank Daniel of www.supanova.com.au and Lionel of  www.lionelmifordpublicity.com  for their interview with Mercedes and Oz Comic Con  www.ozcomiccon.com   and Sophie Blue of www.blueplanetpr.com.au  for their interview with J. August. 


Episode 123 – Battlestar Then and Now

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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.