Alienating the Audience

Keeping up with the Cardassians

Cardassians include some of Star Trek’s best characters and plot, from Elim Garak (the best character ever) to Dukat (single greatest villain) to Orwellian illusions and Holocaust analogies.  Scottish scifi aficionados Dickie and Stone Lynch…

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Waterworld is an Aquatic Western

“Waterworld” depicts a post-flood dystopia of psychos on jet skis and Kevin Costner with gills.  John DeVore, celebrated writer for “Humungus” joins to discuss its deeper meaning, and how it’s ultimately a Western–only wetter.

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What Makes a Terrible Sidekick

What qualities define a sidekick? What makes a good one or a cringey one? Tom Brennan and Jeremiah Johnson join to discuss. 

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Plot Holes!

What’s the difference between a gaping plot hole, vs mere shoddy writing or poor character decisions? Scottish science fiction enthusiasts Stone and Dickie Lynch join the show to discuss.

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Scottish Starfleet Draft Picks

Stone and Dickie Lynch return to play Starfleet Draft Picks–which captains and officers do you recruit to build your own starship and crew?

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It’s Time to Watch Babylon 5

Babylon 5 has a magnificent plot arch, solid writing, and vibrant characters. If it weren’t for the low budget and 90s CGI, it would have been massive cultural sensation–bigger than Game of Thrones!  John Krikorian and Cameron Riddles join to…

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Children of Men

What happens to society when everyone on Earth goes sterile, and there’s no future generation to hand things off to or better the world for? Andrew Young and Josh Jennings join to discuss the film “Children of Men”. 

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We Are Legion, We Are Bob

Dennis Taylor’s “Bobiverse” comedically follows the exploits of an engineer whose mind is uploaded into a self-replicating probe, which becomes its own civilization of Bobs.  Tom Merritt joins to discuss the implications of immortality, and when…

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The Giant Universe of Doctor Who

Justin Robert Young comes on to discuss “Doctor Who,” arguably the most successful science fiction program (along with Star Trek) in history, and the most popular scifi program in Britain.

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Jordan Morris on Satire in a Dome

Jordan Morris is the author of “Bubble” and the co-host of “Jordan, Jesse Go!” on Maximum Fun. He joins the show to discuss culture and economic satire… in space.

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