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Episode 219: Babblin’ About Babylon 5

It’s Drew’s birthday! In celebration, he challenged us to watch the two hour pilot and first episode to an old favorite show of his: Babylon 5! After some Talk Nerdy To Me, we discuss the merits of the science fiction cult classic, and why it still works over twenty years later. Listen here: Fortnight’s Challenge:Watch Season 1 of Stranger Things on Netflix.

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Episode 177: Back to Back to the Future Part II

GREAT SCOTT! On October 21, 2015, Marty McFly is opposed to arrive from 1985! In preparation, Drew, Myles, and Patrick take a look at the classic sequel, Back to The Future Part II. We discuss the film, but, more importantly, compare and contrast the visions of what writers from the 1980’s thought what 2015 would be like. Listen here: Next challenge: New York City Comic Con Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

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Episode 175: The Martian

Trapped on a desolate planet, with nothing but their wits about them, Drew, Myles, and Patrick should be using their only communications to summon a rescue party. Instead, they use their dying signal to talk about Andy Weir’s wildly successful science fiction novel, The Martian. There’s even just enough power left for a little Talk Nerdy To Me, with Myles talking about seeing previous guests, Crunk Witch last week! Listen here: Next challenge: Play Borderlands: Zer0 Sum Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

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Franchise Fatigue: Alien

A more appropriate tagline: “Sorry we’re not sorry.”

Despite my love for creatively independent, original properties and stories, I’m a huge fan of franchises. As someone who has consumed massive amounts of horror films and video games, it’s in my DNA to at least be okay with the idea. While we’ve been blessed over the last few years with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight trilogy, and last, but certainly not least, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, franchises tend to not have the best reputations. Franchises usually to go like this: a fantastic film is made followed by a competent, or, in rare cases, superior film. Cue the Benny Hill theme because this is when the studio, having made vaults and vaults of Scrooge McDuck money from the first two films, begin running around, having suddenly becoming creative geniuses by wedging in their association to this new franchise, and generally doing everything humanly possible to screw things up for the creators for the sake of the dollar. Continue reading Franchise Fatigue: Alien

Episode 71: Starcrash – Space Ben Kingsley

In this week’s episode, Mike and Drew watch Starcrash. I’d say more about it, but it extra explanation wasn’t worked into the budget for this bad, cult sic-fi movie. Listen to the episode here on the site or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. Talk Nerdy to Me: Mike sells all his worldly possessions to buy a 3DS and plays more Mice and Mystics. Drew did some stuff, but for the life of me right now I can’t seem to recall what any of it was! AND WE ALSO GET TO MEET PATRICK. This week’s Third Nerd! This week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Catherine in St.…

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Episode 67: Fringe – Friends

In this week’s episode, Mike and Drew dabble with psychotropic drugs and parallel universes with Fringe. Listen to the episode here on the site or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. Talk Nerdy to Me: This week Mike and Drew get sneaky with Dishonored, talk Star Trek, The Hobbit, Assassin’s Creed 3, and PlayStation Plus This week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Bjorn) Watch select episodes of TV show Fringe! Next week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Sarah) Watch Batman Returns for our holiday special!

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Episode 63: H.P. LoveCraft – Nerdthulu!

In this week’s episode, Mike and Drew read the a collection of the works of Horror and Science Fiction master, H.P. Lovecraft Listen to the episode here on the site or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. Talk Nerdy to Me: This week Mike and Drew chomp at the bit for Assassin’s Creed 3, talk shop about Bioshock, get goo goo over baby Steve Jobs, and more! This week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Andrew) Read a collection of Lovecraft stories. Next week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Christian) Watch Weird Al’s cult 80’s comedy, UHF! The Call of Cthulhu:http://www.hplovecraft.com

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Episode 51: Ender’s Game – Mike and Drew Talk About Bugs

In this week’s episode, Mike and Drew come up with a zero-g battle plan to read Orson Scott Card’s Science Fiction classic, Ender’s Game. Listen to the episode here on the site or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. Talk Nerdy to Me: STEAM SALE! Also, Drew plays Lego Star Wars: Episode One and The Force Unleashed 2! Mike watched Troll Hunter and The Big Year and plays XBLA’s Spelunky! This week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Geoffrey in WV) Read Orson Scott Card’s book Ender’s Game! Next week’s challenge: (Courtesy of Amanda) Watch Repo: A Genetic Opera. As always, be sure to like us, follow us, and subscribe so you…

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