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16
Mar

Firefly: Serenity

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown "Serenity", not the feature film, but the true pilot for the cult sci-fi series that was canceled much to soon: "Firefly". Listen as they discuss what made this different from other works of science fiction, why FOX actually aired the pilot episode last, the unique fusion of American and Chinese cultures found throughout the series, and much more! They'll also talk about the great characters, the parallels that can be drawn to the American Old West, the attention to detail in the show's look, the excellent writing by creator Joss Whedon, and why lawn chair technology evidently hasn't changed in 500 years. So sit back, gnaw on a nutritional immunization bar and enjoy this episode like a strawberry. Ooh grandpa! 

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16
Feb

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Pilot, Part 2

Join Scott and Kevin as they continue into the future and review the second part of the pilot for the highly anticipated series about a group of individuals with special abilities assembled by a time traveler from the 22nd century to stop a despotic ruler from conquering the world: DC's Legends of Tomorrow! Listen as they discuss the many issues with Hawkman and Hawkgirl's memories, the logical flaws of the "Amon dagger", the coincidences in the story surrounding alpha particles, their problems with the climactic fight, and much more! Should disruptions in the timeline happen instantaneously? Do the "Back To The Future" rules of time travel apply here? Where were the 1970's incarnations of the "Hawk-couple", and why have they neglected their son? They talk about it! So choose to fish instead of cutting bait, listen to the show, and set an alarm clock in case you pass out! 

And look for our review of Part One in last weeks episode! 

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9
Feb

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Pilot, Part 1

Join Scott and Kevin as they review the first part of the pilot for the highly anticipated series about a group of individuals with special abilities assembled by a time traveler from the 22nd century to stop a despotic ruler from conquering the world: DC's Legends of Tomorrow! Listen as they discuss, in detail, the characters in this show from their mostly golden and silver age origins in the pages of DC Comics, to their live action debuts in the various shows of the "Arrowverse". They'll talk about the troubles of trying to tell a good time travel story, what characters they liked and disliked, and the interesting acting choices by Wentworth Miller. So grab a timeship, set a course for this episode, and enjoy the show. Oh, and try not to disrupt the timeline! (Just kidding! Very few things actually bother the timeline, it seems.) 

And look for our review of Part Two in next weeks episode! 

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27
Jan

Space: 1999: Breakaway

Join Scott and Steve as they party like it's 1999 and review "Breakaway" the first episode of an oft-forgotten campy piece of 70s science fiction: Space: 1999! From its strangely placed funky theme song, to its bland, impractical uniforms, they talk about it all! Listen as they detail the adventure of the newly appointed Moonbase Alpha commander, John Koenig and Dr. Helena Russell (played by a disgruntled Martin Landau and his, at the time, wife, Barbara Bain), as they attempt to solve the mystery of the cleverly named "Meta-probe astronaut virus infection" (which also might be radiation or magnetism) and...oh yeah, while they are working on the case, THE ENTIRE MOON breaks away from Earth's orbit! They'll also discuss the show's rocky start, from personal problems among the cast and crew to technical issues in the filming and production, and how this entire series was really intended to be another season of the previously failed sci-fi series "UFO". So zip up your sleeve, grab a cup of introspective tea, and laugh at the future of 1999 with us! 

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28
Dec

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

WARNING: SPOILERS AND MAJOR PLOT POINTS ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE! MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE LISTENING! 

Join Scott and special guests Hamish and Paul for this Starkiller-sized discussion and review of the most anticipated movie of the year: "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens"! Listen as they share their own unique opening weekend theater experiences, discuss details of the movie scene-by-scene, highlight the many parallels to the original trilogy, and compare the massive hype to the final product they saw on the screen. They'll share their thoughts on each character, talk about J.J. Abrams' handling of the source material, reveal some hidden cameos, rank The Force Awakens among the other Star Wars films, theorize where the story goes from here, and much more! What questions were answered? What questions were answered? What new questions arose? Han, Leia, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, and Luke? Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Phasma, Hux, and Snoke? They talk about it all! So prepare yourself a quarter portion (maybe two), sit back, and explore the galaxy with us! 

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19
Dec

BONUS EPISODE: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Our Immediate Reactions)

WARNING: SPOILERS AND MAJOR PLOT POINTS ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE! MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE LISTENING! 

Join Scott and Shawn as they discuss their immediate reaction to seeing Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens on opening day. Shawn and Scott recorded this discussion on their ride to and from the theater to capture their initial opinions of what they just saw. On the way, they'll talk about some lingering questions they had about the film, and on the way back, if those questions were answered, and even some new ones that arose. (They'll also talk about the stern warning that the projectionist gave to the crowd after pausing the movie. That was a first.) So take a ride to the theater with us, and may the force be with you! 

For a more in-depth discussion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, check out our next episode. 

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16
Nov

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Japanese Trailer, ABC TGIT Trailer, and 30 Second TV Spot)

Join Scott and Star Wars expert Paul as they breakdown every little detail of not one, not two, but THREE new trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens! (We know, we know, we thought we were done with these too!) Three trailers that offered many new interesting clues, and raised new questions as well. First, they discuss the trailer aired that during ABC's Thursday Night "TGIT" block, (including some ridiculous testimonials by the casts of various ABC dramas.) They'll talk about Finn and Rey's introduction to one another, additional clues to Finn's origin as an escaped stormtrooper, and a new scene of the resistance base. Next, they'll discuss the Japanese trailer, including what new intriguing clues can be gathered by translating the Japanese subtitles. Especially one potentially huge line not heard in English. And finally, they breakdown the new 30 second TV spot, and how its very short scenes can still tell us quite a lot about the characters and their locations during the movie. Then, combining all of these new clues, they'll discuss Maz Kanata's role in the Star Wars saga, what her cryptic lines of dialogue mean, if Finn is the new successor to Anakin and Luke, and much, much more! (Oh, they talk about the new posters too!) Does Rey live in an old AT-AT? Do podracers' flags from The Phantom Menace make an appearance? Is our favorite fishy admiral back? They talk about it! May the sequels be with you! 

For more, check out Paul and Scott's analysis of the third trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in the Hitting Play archives! 

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28
Sep

COMMENTARY: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Join Scott and special guest, Star Wars expert Paul as they travel a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Where merchandising was scant and the "clone wars" were nothing but a couple of throwaway lines. When one stormtrooper was tall enough to accidentally hit his head entering a room because he wasn't a genetic copy of Jango Fett. When "the Force" was just "the Force", and not something that could be cleared up with penicillin. That's right, they started at the true beginning and watched "Star Wars"! (Or "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope") Listen as they give you a ton of information you may have never heard before and details you may have missed. They'll tell you what's been changed, who's who, and why this space epic is truly one of the greatest film of all time. (Oh, and Paul will tell you why R5-D4 might me the most important character in the trilogy...allegedly.) 

It's a regular episode, but as an added bonus, it also syncs up as a commentary for the movie! So, if you can, queue up your copy of the movie and watch along with us! 

28
Jul

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Pilot

Join Lily and Scott as they review the first episode of ABC's hit show about a team of special agents, specially formed to investigate the strange happenings of the Marvel universe: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Listen as they discuss the history of one of comics' clunkiest acronyms, why comic book realities don't always translate well to live-action, why DC should have tied their shows to their cinematic universe, and why the resumption of the Mike Peterson storyline in episode 10, makes this show worth watching. Hey, have you heard about Tahiti? It's a special place. 

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21
Jul

Comic Con 2015: Trailers and Sneak Peeks

Join Lily, Scott, and special guest Kevin (AKA K1 of the movie riffing group One Wall Cinema) as they review some notable trailers and sneak peeks from San Diego Comic Con 2015! Including some big 2016 summer movies, upcoming TV shows, web series, and, of course, the latest on Star Wars. What's with the look of Apocalypse? Does Daisy Ridley play Han Solo's daughter? Is anyone really asking where the Heroes went? Do we have to watch Batman's parents die again? How will Ryan Reynolds' two Deadpools differ? Who should play Impossible Man in a Fantastic Four sequel? All of these questions are discussed, and many, many more! So dress up as your favorite obscure comic book character and enjoy the show...excelsior! 

Discussed in this episode: Danger Mouse, Heroes Reborn, Fantastic Four, Con Man, Suicide Squad, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

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