Gather ’round, oh ye wondering wanderers, and listen as the Admiral, UNKK, and Ro speak with the ever-enchanting Suzie Plakson about the completion and release of her story-poem The Return of King Lillian in eBook and audiobook format and in lots of online locations!
In addition, Suzie recently released the following three videos, of her reading portions of The Return of King Lillian, to YouTube. Sit back and enjoy as the storyteller spins you into her mythical world:
Once you’ve taken a listen to the show and watched the videos, follow these links to join Lillian’s journey (and learn more about Suzie!):
Apollo 1 Astronauts Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White, and Virgil I. Grissom. Photo courtesy of NASA.
The Challenger crew: (back row) Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik; (front row) Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair. Photo courtesy of NASA.
The Columbia crew: Rick Husband, David Brown, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, William McCool, and Ilan Ramon. Photo courtesy of NASA.
In light of the real sacrifices made by these astronauts, the Starbase crew ponders the treatment of death within the fictionalized worlds of Trek and other genre fictions.
First, however, the Admiral blows off a bit more steam over the continuing Abramsgate saga. What is it this time? Abrams is now signed on to direct whatever new Star Wars movie will be coming down the pipeline. After he unequivocally stated he would not be directing the next Star Wars movie. Shocking that Abrams would lie to people, eh?
The Admiral then made the mistake of referencing one of the Bajoran’s favorite musical groups and she completely lost the gist of the conversation while this song played in her head:
Oh, those bad boys of hard rock. Those Toxic Twins. Those…woah. WTAF?
What the hell were we talking about? Oh yeah. Star Wars. And something about 3-D. And prequels. Or not. And how to bootleg 3-D movies. Or not.
Then more space talk. Iran. Iran so far away. Far enough to kickstart the American program again? Who knows?
Super Nick Cage and Amazon Wonder Woman? Emo teen Dawson’s Smallville. Arrow. CW fun. But, hey, Wonder Woman, eh?
Then comes the main event. How do some of our favorite genre shows handle (or avoid handling) death? Flippantly?
The Admiral kicks things off with an explanation as to why this might or might not be a properly numbered episode, giving Ro cause to question his empathy for the Starbase’s OCD contingent.
[All listeners will be pleased to know that all "lost episodes" were properly retrieved and have already been posted...therefore, rejoice! This episode truly is Episode 118!]
The Admiral then shocks his crew by declaring that…he has read a book! An honest-to-goodness, paper-and-ink, checked-out-of-the-library book. The book in question? John Scalzi’s Redshirts. Listen as his book review devolves (as most discussions on the Starbase are wont to do) into talk of sweaty, sex-crazed aliens, before morphing into graphic novel talk from Ro…which was really just a rehash of a loopy lupine review already posted elsewhere.
Starbase 66: The International Polyglot Podcast!
More discourse on that ER doctor’s Disney movie, while the crew once more ponders if it would be at all possible to improve the prequels and Jar Jar. I think we know what the answer is. Oh yeah, Disney owns the Dark Side now. Or maybe the Dark Side has finally just reclaimed its long-lost Sith. We’re not quite sure. We do know that George Lucas might still be a questionable writer and director, but he’s now officially off-limits for life for this small act of kindness.
[Oh, and there's also some obviously now outdated speak of Abrams douchery of old, which has now been replaced with Abrams douchery of new, specifically pertaining to switching franchise loyalty. The Bajoran wishes him godspeed and good riddance. May the Force be with him as he eviscerates someone else's franchise.]
So what does the Disney purchase mean for the future of Star Wars? More movies? Post-quels? Will that television show finally happen? Are the other Disney princesses ready for this particular rabble-rouser?
The Admiral then puts to recording one of the most dangerous questions imaginable.
Hobbit speak ensues briefly before the Admiral drops this “special” surprise on Ro, which admittedly leads to a bit of confusion at first for the Bajoran. Things made exclusively for women and called something like “floral kiss” do not automatically make her think of netbooks. Just sayin’…
Will there even be a market for any netbooks anymore? Is it necessary to have a special PC for women? Why not? There’s a special Diet Dr. Pepper for dudes!
Hey, have you seen this? Now you have:
UNKK then launches into his list of things that he believes will become obsolete in 2013. What’s on the chopping block? What might survive the year, just in a diminished capacity? What might continue to flourish? What might make a rebound? What do the other crewmembers think? What do you think?
Ro follows up with some of the movies of 2013 that might actually lure the curmudgeonly crowd-hating Bajoran out into a theater to see. Lots to see, some to avoid (along with another one of those unexpected Admiral AdmissionsTM)…and one movie glaringly missing from her list. Guess which movie that would be…
Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the episode that originally posted on January 28, 2013.
Looks like Dave accidentally left the docking bay doors open again…the Kanadian found his way back onto the Starbase! Lucky for him, the Bajoran was off on retreat…hey, anyone else notice that the Kanadian and the Bajoran are never on at the same time anymore? Can anyone say “Karennedy”? The transporters have never worked quite right on this station…
There’s really no topic for this week’s episode…it’s just three dudedly dads shooting the shit about all things geeky. Clickable, downloadable, viewable highlights include mention of this groovy time lapse video of Endeavour’s final journey, through the streets of Los Angeles, to its new home at the California Science Center:
P.S. California Science Center, 1997 called and is looking for its Web site design.
UNKK talks science news, Kennedy talks books and movies, Rick finds himself very alone in his South Park love…and both Rick and Kennedy fail to remember the groovy South Park-inspired avatars that the lovely Amy (@amezzeray) designed for the Starbase crew. Good thing the Bajoran blogger’s got their backs…and she’s still got access to those avatars:
The Bajoran can’t help but notice that the soundtrack to The 7th Guest sounds a bit like the one from Phantasmagoria:
Baby talk ensues, followed by Trek talk, complete with a plug for the Mission Log podcast, and ranting and joy in copious measure for the impending Abrams Trek sequel, the strangely colon-less Star Trek Into Darkness…you know, because removing the colon will keep the movie from being full of shit.
Something about Star Wars and Petulant Canaries…no, that’s not right…Irritated Ornis…no, no, Angry Birds. Darth Vader? No, Darth Equis. Not to be confused with The Most Interesting Redshirt in the Galaxy. Rambling? Not even close…
UNKK says all geeks should own a copy of The 10th Kingdom. We’ll just leave the trailer right here, to help you decide if he is correct:
This somehow leads into a discussion on the recent surge of fairytale-centered movies and television shows and the Admiral’s overriding unease with the darkness of the original stories. If he thinks those are…Grimm, he should really stay away from Struwwelpeter, a 19th century German children’s book that depicted such things as this rather aggressive solution for thumb-sucking:
What would a visit with Kennedy be without some comic chatter? New 52, new movies for Superman, Thor, Iron-man, Captain America…Avengers, woohoo. None of the guys have seen Looper? Guess what? Ro has. And she thinks this How It Should Have Ended movie is spot-on. And hilarious. And wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.
Believe it or not, there’s still so much more not even mentioned here! That’s what happens when Kennedy’s back. Again. He might not always be on the Starbase, but when he returns, he crams as much geekery into one episode as he possibly can. That’s what makes him The Most Interesting Kanadian in Podcasting.
Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the Admiral’s Table that originally posted on January 19, 2013.
Want to know how to make the Starbase crew green with envy (and not the regular green of feeding them Dave’s special Romulan ale-soaked mushrooms)? Let them hear about Listener ExtraordinaireTM Emma Lou’s adventure at this bad boy:
That’s right, our very own resident Wholigan temporarily laid aside her sonic screwdriver, parked the TARDIS in a towaway zone, and hung out with a gazillion geeks at Destination Star Trek London, which is being heralded as the BIGGEST Trek convention ever held. Bigger, even, than Shatner’s ego. Not as big as Shatner’s libido.
Listen as she discusses the lay of the land, the merchandise, the costumes, the guests, the crowds…really, just listen to her. She’s got an amazing accent bound to make you melty. Learn how a dinosaur onesie almost became a Gorn costume. Learn which Trek captain wrote what on John Barrowman’s backside. Learn which Trek actor is teaching, which is Doctoring, which possibly fancies a bit of Borg probing, and which one traded in her crinkle-cut nose for…kitchen witchery?
Finally, end the Admiral’s Table with a bit of Who hoo-ha, as the Admiral and Emma Lou dish and diss on the most recent season of Doctor Who. Be warned: Thar be spoilers ahead.
Although, this late in the game, that’s a bit of a moo point…
Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the Admiral’s Table that originally posted on November 11, 2012.
The Admiral invites his friend and filmmaker Robert Goodrich to today’s Admiral’s Table, to discuss Robert’s new film, Ares 11. Learn about what went into this incredible labor of love, from the script writing to the filming to nearly suffocating the crew to post-production to tea saucers in space.
On August 31, 2012, NCsoft Corporation terminated its software development subsidiary Paragon Studios. With this act came the end of City of Heroes, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) loved and played by the Admiral and several of his IRL friends.
[That's right: The Admiral has figured out a way to be a geek and still have real-life friendships. This is why he's the Admiral, listeners.]
In response to this announcement, the Admiral invited his friends and fellow “heroes”—UNKK, LOTR Scholar Keith, Dave (not in the brig), and Steve—onto the Starbase to sing the praises and swan song for this most beloved game.
First, listen in on UNKK-inspired space chat, odd plans to steal one of the shuttles (with a submarine?), Abrams-inspired spleen venting (and the Bajoran wasn’t even on the base this episode!), aircraft falling implausibly from the skies!, Blossom’s Big Bang Theory, and astronaut screaming?
Then listen as friends say goodbye to a game that played a large role in re-solidifying friendships and allowing middle-aged dads to don tights and undies on the outside, even if only in the safety of a virtual realm.
Finally, here is a fan-made tribute video. It’s possibly adequate…possibly not. However, it includes songs from two Joss Whedon shows, which seems like something a lot of you like. So, there you go.
It’s a bit of a potpourri maelstrom at the beginning of this episode, as the Admiral is joined by UNKK and Ro for a bit of catch-up followed by a bit of commemoration.
First, belated birthday greetings to the Starbaby, who advanced to Level 2 since the last episode! Then a bit of convention chatter regarding all the TNG:25 appearances by the entire cast, which somehow morphs into discussion about Robert Beltran’s whining versus Avery Brooks’s…er, whimsy, including his rather unique performance in the Shatner documentary The Captains (which you all really need to watch if only for Brooks).
P.S. – That YouTube video makes the Bajoran love the Emissary all the more. Viva la difference, Captain.
We interrupt these show notes with a very important announcement: The Bajoran has finally figured out why there would be a chimpanzee refuge anywhere in the United States. True, it’s not San Francisco…actually, wouldn’t this have been that much better a film if it had taken place in Louisiana? Chimps on the loose, finding their way down to the Big Easy? Chimps on Bourbon Street? Who’d be able to lead an uprising when there are Jägermeister shooters and strippers?!
Ro refuses to watch Prometheus after teh Interwebz crushed her enthusiasm, but the Admiral couldn’t wait to fire up Netflix on a recent Bachelor’s weekend to watch…the new Conan movie? Really? You had him at Mamoa? Ro will stick with her recent viewing of Underworld: Booty Call, thank you.
Then it’s time to shuffle off the mortal coil once more as we pay tribute to this year’s departure of some of the influential genre pioneers of both fiction and non, without whom the stars twinkle a little less brightly. Among the roster of those we mention are Neil Armstrong (not Neil Young, NBC), Sally Ride, Ernest Borgnine, Phyllis Diller, Davey Jones, Richard Lynch, William Windom, Jerry Nelson, Ray Bradbury, Maurice Sendak, and Tony Scott.
Bajoran Blogger Backlog Edition: These show notes are for the episode that originally posted on June 17, 2012.
A long, long time ago on a network far, far away, two groovy British cats named Boz and Casey, hosts of the forgiven but not forgotten Here Goes Nothing podcast, came up with a brilliant fundraising idea for Simply Syndicated: Have a bunch of the network hosts play a bit of switcharoo on listeners and record their takes on other shows. Logistics complicated the fundraising aspect, but several of us still popped out our takes on the classics.
This is the Starbase crew’s attempt to emulate the inimitable stylings of Boz and Casey’s Here Goes Nothing. No real show notes for this one. It kind of defies them. Lots of rambling. Lots of reminiscing. Stories. Beer. Burping. Haiku. And a better understanding of why this blurry image perfectly captures the Bajoran’s first encounter with Bourbon Street.