Saturday, May 11, 2019

StarPodLog Solo: A Star Wars Story

In 2018 the whole world saw the Han Solo prequel movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Was it everything you hoped it would be? Were Chewie and
Lando the best sidekicks ever? Listen to our discussion of this younger, more brash Han Solo before he met Luke and Leia!

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog

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Star Wars
Han Solo

Publication date-Stardate 2019.05.11

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

StarPodTrek Episode 6

Nayr and Kavura travel to another dimension both of sound and of mind as they discuss Star Trek and Twilight Zone's numerous commonalities. Then they visit the mirror universe in IDW Comics' Star Trek Succession. Star Trek artist Kavita Maharaj talks about what makes her and Star Trek tick. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop, StarPodTrek!

The Orville episodes:
Sanctuary
Tomorrow and Tomorrow 
        and Tomorrow
The Road Not Taken

Star Trek Discovery episodes:
Such Sweet Sorrow parts 1 & 2

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, sci-fi conventions

Tags:
Star Trek
Comic Books
The Orville
Twilight Zone
Conglomeration

Publication date-Stardate 2019.05.07
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

StarPodTrek: Where No Man Has Gone Before

"Have I ever mentioned you play a very irritating game of chess, Mr. Spock?"

"Where No Man Has Gone Before" was Star Trek's second pilot. It was the first time we saw Captain Kirk, Scotty, and Sulu. Not to mention the enigmatic human-turned-supergod Gary Mitchell. This story spawned several prequels and sequels in comics and fan films. Join us for a discussion of Kirk's first fight and his first torn shirt!

Topics: geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Star Trek, comics

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Star Trek
Comic Books


Publication date-Stardate 2019.04.28
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Monday, April 22, 2019

StarPodLog #8

Rod Serling's Twilight Zone ran from 1959 to 1964. This monumental show is still wildly popular today. We discuss its many facets as a sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and suspense TV milestone. We remember the Hobbit board game that came out in 1977. Swamp Thing by DC Comics was more than just a monster. Hear from our listeners who went to Star Wars Celebration!

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog, games, comics, Star Wars, Swamp Thing, Twilight Zone, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings


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Swamp Thing
Star Wars
Comic Books
Twilight Zone
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings
games

Publication date-Stardate 2019.04.22
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

StarPodLog Revenge of the Sith

This is StarPodLog Special Number 3! We all saw Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the third prequel in the Skywalker saga. What was your initial reaction? How well does it hold up as a Star Wars movie? Hold on to your seats as Nayr and Kavura give their reviews of George Lucas' epic space opera!

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Star Wars

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Action figures
Star Wars
Jedi



Publication date-Stardate 2019.04.16
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Monday, April 8, 2019

StarPodTrek Episode 5

It's the Star Trek episode you've been waiting for! Ray Tesi of The Neutral Zone Studios talks about his fan film studio and its upcoming Open House. We discuss IDW's epic Saru comic. Ladies Trek Library returns with the novel Captain's Table: Christopher Pike by Jerry Oltion. We have all the latest in Star Trek news, The Orville, and Discovery. So beam on over, ganglia or not, and join us for fun and adventure!!

**Note: We apologize for Nayr's flub. The Neutral Zone Studios is in Kingsland, GA not Queensland!

Topics:
Star Trek, Star Trek books, Star Trek comics, fan films

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Star Trek
Star Trek books,
Star Trek comics,
fan films

Publication date-Stardate 2019.04.08
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

StarPodTrek: Star Trek (2009)

Have you had your share of lens flares? Join us as we discuss everyone's favorite reboot movie Star Trek 2009. The movie was made even better by IDW's stories to fill in the gaps. We take a look at the prequel comic book miniseries Star Trek Countdown and its followup miniseries Star Trek Nero.

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Star Trek, comics, TOS, Star Trek comics, IDW

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Star Trek
IDW
Comic Books
TOS

Publication date-Stardate 2019.03.26
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

StarPodLog #7

Nayr and Kavura bring you our 007th episode! We discuss the legacy of Bond. James Bond. Spice is life. Our conclusion of Frank Herbert's Dune. DC Comics' superhero Shazam! is a conglomeration of the gods.

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog, Dune, James Bond, Shazam!

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James Bond
Ian Fleming
Shazam!
Comic Books
Frank Herbert
Dune

Publication date-Stardate 2019.03.19
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

StarPodLog Attack of the Clones

This is StarPodLog Special Number 2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the stunning second prequel in the Skywalker saga. With action and romance, did it live up to fan expectations? How was the villain? Was Anakin the best hero ever? Our review will not disappoint!

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Star Wars, toys
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Action figures
Star Wars
Attack of the Clones
sci-fi

Publication date-Stardate 2019.03.10
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

How Star Trek: The Next Generation Changed Television Forever

              It was very successful in syndication, paving the way for other sci-fi shows in syndication. Hercules, Xena, War of the Worlds, Superboy, and the first few seasons of Babylon 5 all gained success as syndicated shows after TNG. And doing a new version of an older show, which Star Trek did first, also caught on with other sci-fi shows like Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who. Of course audiences still complain that nothing new ever comes out of Hollywood. But bringing back the classics, when done right, can be a wonderful thing. Later on, when all the Star Trek TV shows and movies were referred to as a "franchise", it was the first time the word "franchise" was used to describe a TV show and its offshoots.
              David Gerrold had a monthly column in Starlog magazine reporting on TNG before it came out. He was one of the writers on the show during the first season. David is the one who wrote the scene where Picard first talks to Riker in which Picard mentions Riker's refusal to let his previous captain beam down on an away mission. I remember reading this in Starlog and thinking  this scene shows that the characters would be edgier than before. Well, maybe they didn't quite stay that way, but it was a good start. Riker not wanting Picard to do away missions became one of the staples of the show. It was one of the things David Gerrold had previously discussed in his 1970s book The World of Star Trek, that the captain should not be the one beaming down into dangerous situations all the time.

              TNG was considered a hit after one season, even though looking back, the first season pales in comparison to the later seasons. From what I read in interviews with Gene Roddenberry, it was a risky move putting the show in syndication instead of trying to sell it to a network. It had to be sold to independent TV stations who would show it on a different day and time in each area. So the only way you could know when it was on was to check you local listings in TV Guide or the Sunday paper. Remember, this was 1987. Pre-internet. Plus, it meant they would have a lower budget. But, as Gene said, the original series flourished in syndication, not while it was on a network, which was a good indicator that this new series would have a good chance. Oh, and when I say- quote- "the original series"-unquote-, of course that refers to the original Star Trek. When the next generation started, I remember hearing people stammer when deciding what to say when referring to the -quote-"old" -unquote- Star Trek. Worse, what to call the "old" actors. I remember seeing Nichelle Nichols at a con, and hearing her say that she did not want to be called an "old" actor. So finally, the media came up with the term "The Original Series" or the abbreviated form "TOS", and that stuck. The term "The Original Series" was invented for Star Trek, so to me it can only refer to Star Trek. When the Battlestar Galactica reboot came on, I heard people call the old Battlestar Galactica the "original series". I was like, NO, even though I love Battlestar Galactica, the phrase "original series" refers to Star Trek and only Star Trek.

                 I remember when TNG started in the fall of 1987. I was in college, living in a dorm. In my area, it came on Sunday night at 11:00. Obviously, the local station didn't think much of it. Some TV exec must have said, "we'll buy the show, but let's put it on at an out of the way time when nobody watches TV". But I stayed up and watched it every Sunday night. I preferred to go to bed at that time, but in another way it was convenient, because no one would be asking me to go out to eat or see a movie that late at night on a Sunday. So I could be in my room by myself (I had a private room that year, and I didn't know anyone else who wanted to watch it with me) and happily watch Star Trek. Imagine seeing Q for the first time. A godlike being who didn't like humanity at all. He was a much better character later on when he had a sense of humor. I would have never guessed from the beginning that he would grow to be one of my favorite characters.



Star Trek, of course, wasn't dead before TNG. The Trek movies had been doing well. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was a huge hit in 1986, and TNG premeired the following year in 1987. So for Trek, a new series might have seemed like a natural progression. You know, I wouldn't have minded seeing the original actors come back in a new weekly show. But, you know, they are aging, and TV shows want younger stars. Wait, Patrick Stewart wasn't exactly a spring chicken. That was another, as I've read in interviews with Gene Roddenberry, risky move. Casting a man who's not only more mature, but also bald, didn't fit the bill of your typical leading man. I'm so glad that Gene and producer Rick Berman chose to go with Patrick Stewart. I think they saw that his acting ability and charisma were enough to carry the show. And besides, they had Riker to be the handsome leading man type. But I'm sure even Gene and Rick were surprised by how popular Patrick became. Patrick Stewart actually did become the male sex symbol of the show. What can I say? Captain Picard was a great leader. A man of compassion and yet a man of great inner strength and dignity. He could be a good leader without being stale or militaristic. If you go back and look at Patrick Stewart's work before TNG, such as David Lynch's Dune, you'll see he was always a great actor. It's like he was destined for the role of Picard and the fame it brought him. Michael Dorn at a con once referred to Patrick by saying, "he's god." That pretty much sums it up. He'll even be coming back, starring on his own series on CBS. Remember hearing his voice for the first time doing the opening monologue "Space the final frontier". Ohh that voice! Star Trek: The Next Generation. A continuation of Trek. A representation of the best that Trek can be. It brought many new fans to the franchise, and still does. It will live on forever!

by the Honorable Kavura

Monday, March 4, 2019

StarPodTrek Episode 4

StarPodTrek is back! We're getting our Trek on for another fun episode! "Let's Make a Deal" Star Trek style! From The Mind of Kavura: How TNG Changed TV. And finally, IDW's first Discovery comic "Light of Kahless". Star Trek is our passion! It is our way of life! You can never have too much Trek!

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Star Trek, comics, Klingons, Star Trek comics

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Star Trek, sci-fi, fantasy, comics, Klingons, Star Trek comics

Publication date-Stardate 2019.03.04
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

StarPodTrek: Star Trek - The Cage

"The Cage" was the original pilot episode of Star Trek. It was the first look at Captain Christopher Pike (the captain of the Enterprise before Kirk), the female first officer Number One, science officer Spock, and a whole turtleneck-wearing yet-to-be-known crew. Listen to Nayr and Kavura on their first special Star Trek rewatch podcast for an enlightening look at this cerebral episode and Star Trek: Early Voyages comic series that stars Captain Pike and his Enterprise crew.

Musical interludes by The Spockers (search for them on Facebook) and Five Year Mission http://fiveyearmission.net/

Topics: Star Trek, TOS, Captain Pike, comics, Discovery

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Star Trek
comics
Captain Pike
TOS
Discovery

Publication date-Stardate 2019.02.23
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

StarPodLog #6

Join us for a discussion of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on its 30th anniversary! Merlin, the handheld electronic toy, was the most fun we ever had with beeps and blinking lights! Full-scale adventure with Captain Marvel and the Kree-Skrull War!

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog, Indiana Jones, comics, toys, games
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Indiana Jones
Starlog
toys
games
comic books
Captain Marvel




Publication date-Stardate 2019.02.16
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

StarPodLog: The Phantom Menace

In this special episode, we discuss Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This is the beginning of our countdown to Star Wars Episode IX. On each of these countdown episodes, we will be joined by Lee Red 2. Here is our breathtaking analysis of the beginning of the Skywalker saga.

Tags: Star Wars, sci-fi, movies, collectibles, Kenner action figures

Publication date-Stardate 2019.02.09
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Monday, February 4, 2019

StarPodTrek Episode 3

Welcome to StarPodTrek Episode 3, with your hosts, Nayr and Kavura! 
Our interview with IDW Comics artist JK Woodward is out of this world!
Introducing our first Ladies Trek Library with special guest Jen Foley with a review of Final Frontier by
Diane Carey! 
We had a blast at the "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds" exhibit at the Indianapolis Children's Museum! 
And finally, hear what we think
about Discovery season 2!

Publication date-Stardate 2019.02.04
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

StarPodLog #5

Welcome to StarPodLog! We are Nayr and Kavura. In this episode we discuss Babylon 5, Doom Patrol comics, and Book Two of Frank Herbert's Dune. Join us on our historic and fantastic journey through geeky days past!
Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog, Babylon 5, Doom Patrol, Dune, George Perez

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Starlog
Comic Books
George Perez
Doom Patrol
Dune
Babylon 5



Publication date-Stardate 2019.01.23
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

StarPodTrek Episode 2

Nayr and Kavura are back with our new all Star Trek podcast. In this fantastic second issue we discuss Star Trek: Discovery Short Treks, the Discovery panel at Hypericon, the original Harry Mudd, and Waypoint Special #1.

Topics: geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek, comics, sci-fi cons

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Star Trek
Comic Books
sci-fi cons





Publication date-Stardate 2019.01.05
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

STARPODLOG #4


Nayr and Kavura are back with our classic sci-fi and fantasy podcast! In this special Holiday issue we cover the Star Wars Holiday Special, DC World's Greatest Superheroes by Mego, comic books of 1968, and our listeners' childhood holiday memories.


Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog, sci-fi conventions

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Action figures
Star Wars
Buck Rogers
Starlog
Comic Books
Sci-Fi Conventions



Publication date-Stardate 2018.12.22
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

StarPodTrek Episode 1

Welcome to StarPodTrek!

This is an all new podcast by Nayr and Kavura devoted completely to Star Trek! 
In our fantastic first issue we discuss Starbase Indy 2018, The Romulan War fan film, and Mego Star Trek toys!

Topics Star Trek, sci-fi cons, Starbase Indy, Mego Romulans, fan films, geeky
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Star Trek
sci-fi cons
sci-fi
geeky
fan films
Romulans
Mego
toys


Publication date-Stardate 2018.12.09
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

STARPODLOG #3

Welcome to StarPodLog!
Nayr and Kavura are back! In this episode, we discuss the movies of 1988, Frank Herbert's Dune part 1, and a Stan Lee Tribute.
Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, Starlog
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Starlog
Stan Lee
They Live
Beetlejuice
Alien Nation (1988)
Willow (1988)
Big (1988)
Scrooged
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Dune
Marvel Comics

Publication date-Stardate 2018.11.20
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