A podcast where geek-culture meets the real world … from the minds behind Dragon*ConTV. Everything from movies, television, science and news. Sometimes serious, mostly funny, always a little off-center.
After some seven years of podcasting, we’re hanging it up. But we didn’t want to fade away, so we’re announcing it on this episode and having one last episode that will be nothing but us sobbing sadly on air.
But before that, we’ve got Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to bang on, because it’s deadly dull and getting duller, like a penny left out in the rain. At least we have the Winter Soldier trailer to make us feel better, even if it proves that S.H.I.E.L.D. shouldn’t use any vehicle that ever leaves the ground. They need an Indestructotank. Also Thor is coming out. We only hope that Hiddleston does his Owen Wilson impression for the entire movie.
Even if Marvel’s Agents of Blah Blah Blah is boring, Arrow is knocking it out of the park, and Patrick and Stephen are in love with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Somehow Chris Hardwick found time for another show, although @Midnight is a standalone show. Crispy likes The Crazy Ones, and Sleepy Hollow is actually interesting and also ridiculous.
Despite both Stephen and Crispy having voice issues, and Patrick not being at con this year, we soldiered on! Because how else would you learn some very important things, like:
● Stephen has psychic powers where Ben Affleck is concerned.
● We gave out meth candy.
● Our DCTV logo was cosplayed.
● Speaking of cosplay, Crispy’s friends cosplayed the Marriott carpet.
● Bob and Carl can’t not think of the Mega Man theme.
● Crispy experienced Dragon Con Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.
● Stephen got Grumpy Catted.
● We all love Sylvester McCoy.
● Don’t Google “dolphin sex lives”.
Be sure to stay all the way to the end for Crispy’s surprise announcement.
So, yeah, it was another month and a half between episodes. But what a month-and-a-half it’s been! Stephen visited the Mouse, and then was between jobs for three weeks, which meant he got to watch a lot of movies and play a lot of videogames. Crispy and Brian are getting ready for Dragon*Con, which is less than a month away (panic!), so are busy herding cats.
Crispy saw Wolverine so you don’t have to. Spoilers: Peter Dinklage shows up as Trask, inventor of the Sentinels.
Stephen mainlined all of Orphan Black, which has six amazing performances by actor Tatiana Maslany. Crispy and Stephen both enjoyed this season of Venture Brothers; shame Brian hasn’t watched it yet. In fact, you should write in and help us shame him. Because that’s what being a geek is all about. Oh, and Crispy’s watching Under the Dome, and despite that fact, the show hasn’t been cancelled yet.
Crispy’s finally starting Dishonored, which Stephen’s finally finished. Stephen has started Borderlands 2, though, so his play-only-old-games streak continues! Crispy also plays new stuff, like the new Shadowrun Returns.
We didn’t mean to be gone so long, honest. It just…kind of happened. Look, it’s not you, it’s us. We’ve been off doing other things that aren’t nearly as fun as talking to you, but you know how it is when you get wrapped up–
Oh! Oh! Then there’s Iron Man 3! 37/39ths of us hated that one, though we were kind of divided on how the movie dealt with the Mandarin. If only that movie had ended like this. We did love Fast & Furious 6, though. What other movie has a title that’s so honest and on-the-nose?
Speaking of things we actually liked, Crispy’s excited about a Fables movie, Brian likes the Twivo app, and Patrick’s really been enjoying The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley. Futurama and Warehouse 13 have both taken it in the neck, and Crispy’s beloved Zero Hour will shortly be done. At least Community coming back, with Harmon once again in the driver’s seat.
Crispy could only stay for part of this podcast, which may be why Stephen felt free to claim that geek culture isn’t really a thing. On the plus side, though, it leads Patrick to recommend the documentary Merchants of Cool, which you can watch online. Thanks, PBS!
Finally, we’re sad to note that Roger Ebert has died, and cancer’s going to kill awesome SF writer Iain M. Banks in a few months. If you’ve not read Banks’s stuff, try Player of Games or Use of Weapons.
In technology we talk about how Patrick thinks he may just want a dumb phone. You’ll definitely think differently about your smart phone if you watch the short film Valibration. Also: BORG RATS. (Spoilers: they are not actually Borg rats.)
We recorded this the day before Sony held its press conference announcing the PS4, so of course we had to make terrible, off-base predictions that would be proven wrong before we posted this episode. Instead of predicting, it’s like we’re postdicting, only badly!
We got ourselves a stunt Patrick! Super-producer Pattycakes from The Sci-Fi Janitors joins us and pretty soon is arguing with our Patrick about whether or not J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot is really a Star Trek movie. You know, like geeks do. The gist of it is that Patrick hates fun.
We spend some time talking about TV. Fringe, which started life as a monster-of-the-week show with no mythology, has ended, and Crispy and Stephen make the case for everyone going back and watching it. (It doesn’t hurt that Jasika Nicole and John Noble from Fringe are attending Dragon*Con.) Community is coming back, and rumor has it that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode will have all the doctors in it (sadly, not true, as we found out after we recorded this episode).
Up in the Sombrero Tower you’ll enjoy a fine view of the empty North and South Carolina landscape. It will also give you the opportunity to reflect on other conventions that you may attend once South of the Border Con ends. We hear that our smaller sister convention Dragon*Con has a new website, and that Con co-founder Stephen will be attending Science Online 2013. Crispy, another of our co-founders, will not be attending Chattacon or Con Nooga because he will be too busy recovering from the Reptile Lagoon convention masquerade and snake bites.
If you’re more the introverted type and want to spend some time in your room in the South of the Border Motor Inn, why not relax with some video games? We have all of the latest games, from Borderlands 1 to that Walking Dead series that everyone is excited about. (Sorry, we don’t yet have Steam boxes in all of the guest rooms. We definitely will next year, maybe!) You’ll also find a complimentary copy of The Unincorporated Man in your nightstand along with the standard Gideon Atlas Shrugged.
Science! It’s what’s strange and unintuitive and often mistaken for magic, as we talk about in this episode. It’s why Stephen puts on his lab coat and scientist hat.
But there’s other stuff going on. There’s Neil Patrick Harris’s Puppet Dreams, speculation about The Hobbit, and much discussion of Wreck-It Ralph. There’d be talk about Skyfall but Stephen hasn’t seen it, thus podblocking the discussion.