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Episode #536
« on: October 17, 2015, 11:59:25 AM »
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Alice Catherine Evans; News Items: Stellar Mystery, Hallucinations; Who’s That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Core Sci-Fi; Science or Fiction
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 12:23:39 PM »
One advantage to being swamped with work and feeling as if I can't get done what I need done in the number of days available, is that suddenly there's another SGU episode available. Already? Yep, it's already been a week.

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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2015, 01:33:07 PM »
You're all dead to me.  All of you.  Star Trek didn't crack the top 5?

May you all die in an antimatter explosion!
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2015, 04:17:41 PM »
Steve is dead for me for shitting on Spaceballs.
"It had one funny joke" is something you say about a stand-up show, a comedy movie (especially a parody) is not about "jokes", it's about situational absurdities and genre deconstruction, of which Mel Brooks is the absolute master.
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2015, 04:18:51 PM »
You're all dead to me.  All of you.  Star Trek didn't crack the top 5?

May you all die in an antimatter explosion!
To be fair, the Star Trek franchise's core was on TV. The movies - not so much.
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2015, 04:32:14 PM »
You're all dead to me.  All of you.  Star Trek didn't crack the top 5?

May you all die in an antimatter explosion!
To be fair, the Star Trek franchise's core was on TV. The movies - not so much.
This is absolutely true even if you are absolutely wrong about space balls.  Not great Sci fi or parody.  Unlike most of his earlier films, I don't think Brooks really cared much for sci fi and is shows in one of his weakest works.

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2015, 05:47:32 PM »
You're all dead to me.  All of you.  Star Trek didn't crack the top 5?

May you all die in an antimatter explosion!
To be fair, the Star Trek franchise's core was on TV. The movies - not so much.
This is absolutely true even if you are absolutely wrong about space balls.  Not great Sci fi or parody.  Unlike most of his earlier films, I don't think Brooks really cared much for sci fi and is shows in one of his weakest works.
I'll grant that my love of Spaceballs is personal and nostalgic and it's far from Brooks' best, but it holds a space in my heart almost as dear as Star Wars itself. I can quote the entire movie,  beginning to end, and it still cracks me up.
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Re: Episode #536 "foley"
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2015, 06:45:57 PM »
Hey guys,

Just here to represent the pedants - when you were talking blasters, you referred to it as "foley".  Foley usually refers only to sound created by people - footsteps, clothing etc.  Blaster noises would be considered "sound effects."

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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2015, 08:43:07 PM »
I didn't know that, bennybrady.  Thanks!  I enjoy random learning experiences.
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2015, 05:30:06 AM »
Have you ended the "What's the word?" segment?

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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2015, 07:41:08 AM »
How much better would the sci-fi movie discussion have been with Rebecca to laugh and joke at all the geekiness. ;D Never enough geekiness for me.

"Planet of the Apes" and "12 Monkeys". I don't see any movies about birds. Monkeys/Apes 2 Birds 0. Perry would be proud of you.  ;)

It is always interesting (and slightly bemusing) how language can have totally opposite meanings in people who speak the same language.
The emailer said he "lucked out" having a father who like science fiction movie nights. To me and most Australians this would mean he was unlucky and didn't like sci-fi. Obviously he meant he lucked in and enjoyed sci-fi. Weird how language can take on different meanings.
I have had this discussion with non-Aussies and it seems to be regional even in the UK and the US. I can't even imagine how "lucked out" could even change to a positive meaning.

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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2015, 10:39:05 AM »
Have you ended the "What's the word?" segment?

Kinda hard to do with Cara not in the episode. It'll be back next week, I assume.
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2015, 11:57:02 AM »
George has really risen in my esteem for pointing out that Star Wars is really fantasy. 

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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2015, 12:00:45 PM »
Sci-Fi and Fantasy aren't mutually exclusive. A film can be a bit of one and a lot of the other and still be considered as either.
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Re: Episode #536
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2015, 02:06:09 PM »
I just started this episode and appreciated the more thoughtful tone and topic. I've been listening less since the increase in pop culture references (I am not into SF), so this was a refreshing change--thanks.

 

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