Episode 157: Watching Star Trek With Noobs

November 8, 2012

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It’s quite easy to understand why a lot of people don’t like Star Trek. Even at its best it’s kind of cheesy. There’s spaceships, robots, green-painted women and a noticeable lack of contractions in speech. But part of the reason so many people dislike it is simply the law of averages—absolutely everyone has seen it.

Everyone, that is, except Victoria (aka Bella Fox).

Well, her and a few other people. But she’s the only one we know who’s actively into a plethora of really nerdy things and yet hadn’t sought it out.  Impressively, she managed to avoid it during  its near 24/7 syndication reign in the late 1990s and early 2000s. A near impossible feat regardless of whether you wanted to watch the show or not.

So, feeling her nerd cred was suffering, she asked us to help her (and Måthìaş who had seen a little Star Trek 15 years ago) boldly go where so many people have gone before…

Episodes watched: “The Pegasus” and “Homeward” from season 7 of The Next Generation.


July 28, 2012


This episode is a little of the ol’ rough and tumble through the pages of fanfic turned “mommy porn” sensation, Fifty Shades of Grey, with fan-favourite co-host, Kathie (What Introduced Mandi to Fanfic, Apparently). She’s back and ready to dominate us as we delve into fifty shades of tangents while putting our hard limits to the test. All without agreeing on a safe word before hand, mind you.

Unless you’ve been under a rock for six months, you will have noticed a lot of chatter on the interwebs about a Twilight fanfic turned international best-seller. Some call it sexually liberating, some call it misogynistic drivel. Most just make reference to the tampon scene. (Of course, there’s a long history of menstrual sexiness. The fanfic writes itself in these ads from the 1950’s).

As with any book that so divides public opinion, there must be something to it, right? Well… there’s certainly a lot of ellipses.  We were actually a little surprised to discover how little there was to get upset about. In some ways, less then in Twilight. Sure, it’s the old girl meets boy, girl is emotionally controlled by boy, girl decided she can change boy story. But there’s a distinct lack of substance. It’s sort of like getting angry with marshmallows for lacking nutrition.

If you still don’t know what all the fuss is about, this tells you pretty much all you need to know.

And if you like the sounds of this…

…then you’re going to want to stick around for the easter egg where we’ve uncovered the encrypted holodeck logs of a certain Starfleet Captain.

And before you ask, no, we didn’t know about this video before naming the episode.

Episode 123 – PEANUTS – Why Grief is Good

August 5, 2011

Listen to episode 123 - Charlie Brown

For a comic strip so overwhelmingly popular (over the course of 50 years it became a $1 billion empire), it’s relatively rare to find someone who will admit to enjoying Peanuts, much less love it devotedly.

I am that person.


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Episode 122 – Summer Bummers

July 29, 2011

Summer is a terrible time of year. According to Jakob.

Links: Ogopogo.

Episode 114 – Wil Wheaton Special

May 27, 2011

Wil Wheaton. AKA Wesley Crusher. AKA @wilw. AKA the king of the nerds. Hated by Trekkies, loved by Mandi. And now loved by everyone (1,825,339 people on Twitter at least). As a popular internet fauxtivational poster meme states, never has public dislike been so good for an actor’s career.

The man truly is a testament to nerd pride. Loathed by proxy due his spot-on portrayal of a 24th century nerd, I think pretty much everyone had written him off as a has been once he left Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Wesley Crusher in LederhosenThen something amazing happened. Wil Wheaton let his nerd flag fly on his blog, and then Twitter, and people began to love him for all the same attributes they hated Wesley Crusher. He was smart, earnest, geeky, awkward, a little conceited at times, a little cripplingly self-loathing at times and simply someone nerds could relate to.

Though the character Wesley might have been too close to home—too much of an unforgiving  nerd mirror—for many Trekkies, Wil Wheaton was able to be openly nerdy and help others proudly exit the nerd closet.

Nearly two million people follow him on Twitter now and I would think none of them do so for the same train wreck voyeurism they were hoping to get from Charlie Sheen‘s feed. Instead, it’s because Wil really is (to quote the title of his book) just a geek. When an @wilw tweet shows up in your feed, it’s probably no different from the tweets of any of your nerdy friends. There are times I forget I don’t actually know him.

And now, in an unpredictable coupe, Wheaton is the go-to cameo actor for any show trying to gain geek cred. From The Guild to Big Bang Theory, Wil’s coat-tails have been well-ridden of late. If you’d asked me in 1987 if this would ever come to pass, I’d have chortled mightily.

Actually, I’d have thought the concept there could even be a “king of the nerds”, and not just the butt of jokes (i.e., Revenge of the Nerds), would’ve been an absurdity.

We’ve come a long way, baby.

She’s Having a Baby (his first cameo?):

On River Phoenix’s death:

Episode 112 – Sexy Hurdles 3: Fetishes

May 13, 2011

From fishnets to furries, this week we talk fetishes.This is a dirty, dirty episode. That’s all I have to say about it. Except, here’s the photoshop mash-up of Annie Lennox and David Bowie that Mandi wanted to see.

Well, she probably wanted to see a good one. I used up all my shopping energy this week on Jean Luc Simmons up there.

As if this week isn’t sexy enough, also released is our guest appearance on Do Ask, Do Tell. The LGBTQ podcast from the Simply Syndicated network. Listen to find out about our thoughts on being bisexual. Also, you’ll find out what I really sound like when I’m not in control of editing out all my “ums” and long, uncomfortable pauses.

EPISODE 100 – Nerd Hurdles vs. Starbase 66

February 4, 2011

It was bound to come down to this eventually. That’s right… Episode 100!

What better excuse to decide the question on everyone’s lips: Nerd Hurdles and Starbase 66… Which podcast is the bigger hurdle?

Klingon Commander, Kennedy “Kenny G Gordon storms the Hurdle Hut with his bat’leth to defend the Starbase’s honour. Jakob and Mandi use their Kirk-Fu against him.

Three nerds enter, three nerds, uh, leave. Pretty much unscathed. The Hurdle Hut isn’t exactly Thunderdome.



The Ultimate Hurdle Cage Match Round 1: Star Trek Vs. Star Wars

December 3, 2010

What was meant to be a one-time debate to determine what the biggest nerd hurdle ever is, got derailed when we only made it through the first two fandoms on the list. To be fair, they’re two of the biggest. To be even more fair, tangents got in the way. So instead here is the first in a series of “Cage Matches” pitting fandoms against each other to eventually decide, once and for all, what is… THE ULTIMATE HURDLE.

Future fandoms will include: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Buffy, Firefly, Tabletop Gaming, Console Gaming, and… YOUR SUGGESTIONS! Email us, comment here or tell us on the forums what you think should be in the running for the big prize!

Also up for discussion, nerdy Christmas gifts from our past and eating at McDonalds. The latter of which we haven’t done since New Years Day 2010 while brutally hung over. What is it about the McDonalds cheese burger that neutalizes a hang-over? Though I seem to remember it didn’t actually work and I just wanted to die a little more.


Episode 86 – Slasher Flicks (Halloween Special 2010)

October 29, 2010

Halloween is as good a time as any to watch a good, cheesy horror film . Arguably, there isn’t any cheesier horror than a slasher flick horror. Especially that Nightmare on Elm Street with the faces in the pizza. That was pretty cheesy. Actually, Freddy’s face pretty much looks like pizza cheese anyway.

But of course literal cheese isn’t what makes your average slasher flick cheesy. It’s the predictable, over-used clichés and the truly terrible, but not terribly realistic, gory kills. Do film-makers really think anyone believes blood looks like ketchup or is that intentionally part of the fun?

If you’re squeamish though, even the worst slasher flick can provide some chills. Here’s a few things to keep in mind so you don’t jump out of your skin.

  1. If someone opens a door to a closet or fridge, and it blocks the audiences view of the rest of the room, when they close it, the bad guy will suddenly be standing there ominously.
  2. If it’s dark in the house and a character is creeped out and tip-toeing around and the music is swelling then something jumps out at them… relax. It’s just a cat. Or maybe a meat cleaver. But probably a cat or a broom falling out of a closet.
  3. Don’t relax if it’s the first time they’ve killed the bad guy. He’s not dead yet. He’ll get up at least two more times.
  4. Teenagers having sex will be killed. Don’t get attached to them. Probably easy to do as they’re usually total douchebags anyway.
  5. The characters are going to do something stupid that makes no sense. Like going into the abandoned house instead of… doing anything else that isn’t going into the abandoned house. Just accept it.

I hope I didn’t spoil any of the Jason, Freddy or Michael movies for you there. I just wanted you to be prepared.

Since it’s our annual Halloween special, we do something a little special and talk to best-selling sci-fi author David Weber about vampires. Mostly about a certain Vlad Dracula who unexpectedly appears in his new alien invasion novel Out of the Dark.

Does David think Drac sparkles and tries to pick up girls his great-great-great-great granddaughter’s age? You can probably take a wild guess at that one, but you’ll have to listen to find out what the creator of the Honor Harrington series says about vampires, guerilla warfare, star-faring races and kinetic weapons.

Episode 85 – Actor Hurdles

October 15, 2010

Mandi can’t tell Al DeNiro apart from Robert Pacino.

We all have them. Our “deal-breaker” actors who keep us from giving a film a chance. There’s the classic universally vilified actors (the post-scandal Hugh Grants and Mel Gibsons) and the more personal choices (Seth Rogan). This week we try to round-up a list of our most hated thespians.

Top Deal-Breaker Actors:

1: Tom Hanks. His smarmy mug ruins any chance of us ever watching another one of his films. That and the fact he keeps making Dan Brown films.

2: Kevin Kostner. Terrible acting, self-righteous arrogance and really tight jeans are a killer combination.

3: Mel Gibson. Batshit crazy misogynist and racist statements aside, he took a turn for the Costnerian school of acting at some point. Somewhere in the middle of the Lethal Weapon series, I think. When he grew the mullet.

4: DeNiro/Pacino. Seriously. Have either of these guys really put in a good performance (not just playing a caricature of their early roles) since the ’80s? If you said “yes”, remember that lying is a sin. Even if you’re only lying to yourself, you’re going to burn in Hell. But you’ll have company. Pacino and DeNiro are going to be right beside you for their  sin of sloth. Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson will be there too. It’ll be like a party of old, lazy, living cartoons.

5: Will Smith. Not mentioned on the show but a classic example of an actor hurdle. Whereas the other people on this list are “unhurdleable” in most cases, Smith’s performances (like Tom Cruise’s or Bruce Willis’) are usually genuinely enjoyable if we actually force ourselves to watch the films. Which is a very rare occurence.

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