PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Black Ops Episode 9 – You Are Not a Mistake

In what is an ultra-MEGA-sized two-and-a-half hour episode, exclusive to our Patreon supporters, we really run the gamut.

First, we talk about  popular culture we loved as kids, but are afraid to revisit, because we fear it won’t survive adult scrutiny. In Mike’s case that means a series of epic fantasy novels that he suspects both really hold up in some way, and really really really don’t in other.

We then talk about the evolving nature of stand-up comedy and the divergent attitudes of comics like Jerry Seinfeld, and Hannah Gadsby — and how many older comedians seem to desire to be “above” politics or social commentary. Is that even possible or desirable?

Do genre stories like science fiction and superheroes have a responsibility to touch on questions of social and cultural importance? Why do the calls for political neutrality usually seem to mask a right-wing agenda?

We get into bad movie theater experiences that stretches Mike’s aversion to confrontation to the breaking point, and dive into the thorny issues of intellectual property and online piracy.

And finally, things get a bit emotional when we talk about how profoundly powerful and deeply intimate the new documentary about Mister Rogers is.

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Mike Is on the First Episode of Cheers Cast!

Mike make an appearance on the pilot episode of Ryan Daly‘s podcast tribute to the classic 1980s sitcom, Cheers Cast!

We look at the 1982 pilot of the show, set in a downtown Boston bar, that would become a television juggernaut. Mike sits down with Ryan and fellow guests Rob Kelly and Omar Uddin to dig in and talk about a piece of TV history.

Does the show hold up? Does it hit the ground running in the pilot? Is it really funny? Not to be a total spoiler, but yes, yes and yes.

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PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Vote for the First Panel Episode Topic of 2019!

On our current episode schedule, we produce two full panel episodes of Radio vs. the Martians! every year. Casey moderates one of these discussions, and Mike moderates the other.

In April, Mike moderated a talk about the manga epic, Akira. Later this year, Casey will do the same for another topic to be announced soon!

For our first panel episode of 2019, Mike will be moderating again. And we’re letting our supporters on Patreon choose what we’re going to talk about!

 

Our patrons will be able to choose from:

 

SPIDER-MAN – Marvel’s classic web-slinging superhero in all of his incarnations, including comic books, animation and six feature films! Angst, superheroics and plenty of quips!

 


 

FRIDAY THE 13TH – The iconic 1980s slasher film series about Jason Voorhees, everyone’s favorite machete-wielding maniac, terrorizing the residents of Crystal Lake, Manhattan and even outer space! Novelty deaths, boobs and plenty of blood!


 

HARRY POTTER – J.K. Rowling’s extremely popular fantasy series about a British boy wizard who discovers his destiny at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and in battling a long-thought dead evil wizard who murdered his parents.


 

JOE DANTE – The director of such cinematic classics as Gremlins (and its sequel, Gremlins 2: the New Batch), The ‘Burbs, Matinee, Explorers, Innerspace, and the Howling!

 


 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS – J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels about hobbits, wizards, rangers and an evil magical ring — and the movies that they inspired!

 


 

PREACHER – The 1990s DC/Vertigo comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon about a West Texas preacher, his assassin ex-girlfriend, and an Irish vampire on a literal roadtrip to find God hiding on Earth. Full of graphic violence, blasphemy and dark humor.


 

JOHN WOO – The legendary Hong Kong action director famous for his extremely fluid and over-the-top visual style, who brought us the Killer, Hard Boiled, Face/Off, Hard Target and Broken Arrow. Expect plenty of people wielding two guns at once, doves, and explosions!


It’s not too late to become one of our Patreon patrons and get in on this action! Join us! Even just a buck a month makes you eligible to vote!

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Black Ops Episode 8 – This Is Not Funny, You’re Not Funny, and I Don’t like You

In our newest episode, exclusive to our Patreon supporters, we talk more with Patrick Johnson about video game violence and how it does — and mostly doesn’t — apply to real life.

We take a long hard look at the trainwreck that is the filmography of Adam Sandler, why his movies are so ugly and stupid, and struggle to say something nice about him. We explore the wide pendulum swing of the quality of Netflix’s original programming. And finally we dig into their poorly realized original film, Bright and wonder what could have been.

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PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Black Ops Episode 7 – The Twilight of the Pamphlet

In this extra-sized episode exclusive to our Patreon supporters, we talk more with View from the GuttersTobiah Panshin about the past, present and possible future of comic books as a medium and an industry.

We talk about how old Marvel letter columns reveal both angry letters from Tobiah’s mom, and how Wolverine was initially the least popular X-Men character. We react to the puzzling tirades about “SJWs” taking over superhero comics, and reflect on how we can balance the toxic attitudes of creators like Frank Miller and Dave Sim against their groundbreaking work and where he puts them in comics history.

And finally, we wonder if it’s time for American comic books to abandon the floppy monthly issue format and fundamentally change if Marvel and DC are going to survive for future generations

To hear this episode — and many more! — just support us on Patreon with at least one measly dollar a month!

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For Our 5th Anniversary: Announcing Terminator Month!

Duh-dun dun duh DUH!!

January 2018 is the fifth anniversary of Radio vs. the Martians! and we’re doing something big.

This January, we’re launching what we’re calling Terminator Month! We’ll highlighting all four of the Schwarzenegger-led films in the science fiction/horror franchise franchise that made him a household name: Terminator.

Every Sunday in the month of January, we’ll be back with a new episode of our Arnold Schwarzenegger podcast celebration, Podcasta la Vista, Baby!

  • January 7th: The Terminator with Matt Goodman
  • January 14th: Terminator 2: Judgment Day with Joe Preti
  • January 21st: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines with Dave Brouillette
  • January 28th: Terminator: Genisys with Sam Mulvey

It will be a month of explosions, time travel, post-apocalyptic wastelands, killer robots, helicopter crashes, catch phrases, murder, catch phrases and total vehicular mayhem!

So, come with us if you want to live!

Mike Makes a Guest Appearance on the Give Me Those Star Wars Podcast!

Mike took a moment to make a contribution to the latest episode of Ryan Daly’s Give Me Those Stars podcast!

In the countdown to the release of Star Wars: the Last Jedi, Ryan is asking eight past guests — Mike included — to make a prediction for what may or may not happen in the upcoming movie.

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PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Black Ops Episode 6 – The World Outside of Travis Bickle’s Car

In an episode exclusive for Patreon patrons, we look at the perhaps-necessary anachronism of period stories where the protagonist has strangely modern social attitudes. Does anyone really want the cowboy you play in a video game to be casually racist for the sake of accuracy?

And we look at the way that outlier characters like Jonah Hex, John Constantine, and the Punisher nominally co-exist in a shared universe that they’re mostly incompatible with.

To hear the episode, subscribe to us on Patreon and pledge at least one tiny dollar a month!

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Join Us for the Second Annual Captain Picard Day Celebration!

It’s Back! So Tug down your on shirts and put your party shoes on!

Join Mike and Casey for our second annual Holiday Season gathering!

We’ll be at the Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife, in their Rainier Room for good food, good conversation, general cheer, and nerdity.

Where: Poodle Dog Restaurant in the “Rainier Room”
1522 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424

When: Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Be There and Be Square!

We’re Building Our Own Recording Studio!

We’ve hit that point in our show’s life cycle that it’s time for us to stretch our wings!

For the last four and a half years, we’ve recorded with the support of friends with professional equipment and studios, like Rich Lyons, Jeremy Whitman and especially the supremely generous Sam Mulvey.

Our fans have already been awesome with their support for us on Patreon, but audio equipment is expensive. When the Elwood Blues said that he’d traded in their car for a microphone, that was hardly an exaggeration.

With your help, our show is now able to pay for its own graphic art, web hosting and even bought us an awesome Rob Kelly-designed banner for the next Captain Picard Day celebration at the end of the year!

Now help us go super saiyan!

We’re looking to buy microphones, mic stands, an audio mixing board, a decent laptop to record on, sound proofing foam for the walls, chairs that don’t squeak and a good solid table. This will probably run us a few thousand dollars, something a bit out of our current budget range.

Help us make our dreams a reality! Click the Support Us on PayPal button on our front page, and kick in a little dough. If you like what we do, and would like to give us more flexibility and independence to make more of it, then please consider helping us out.

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Black Ops Episode 5 – What is the Zombie Version of Deep Space Nine?

In an episode exclusive to Patreon supporters, we continue to shake our canes at Hollywood blockbusters, spin offs, crossovers and shared universes, as Mike explains his rocky relationship with Fear the Walking Dead.

What motivates the creation of a spin-off? Are they doomed to be pale imitations? Is the massive blockbuster franchise bubble heading for a burst?

To hear the episode, subscribe to us on Patreon and pledge at least one measly dollar a month!

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Mike Makes a Guest Appearance on the Sci Fi Nomads Podcast!

Mike sits in with Lauren Studley and Dustin Williams of the Sci Fi Nomads podcast to talk about all things Predator!

From the creatures’ roots in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic to their battles with everyone from Danny Glover, Adrien Brody, and even the Alien xenomorphs, we dig into all aspects of franchise.

Are the Predators really the galaxy’s greatest warriors, or just a bunch of rich assholes with expensive hunting gear? Do the sequels hold a candle to the original? Are the Alien vs. Predator crossover film worth watching?

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Because Sometimes Life Happens

As the title of this post implies, the complications of life sometimes drive us to make adjustments. Well, life happens.

Oh, don’t worry. Nobody is dying. Nothing is on fire. Nothing is fucked.

But we’ve found that with the growing complications of adult life, it can be a lot more difficult to spend a couple months trying to consume all the media you can find about a pop culture topic like Batman or Star Trek, composing our thoughts in interesting and funny ways, and producing a 90+ minute podcast about it.

We don’t say it a lot, but it’s a lot of work. It’s work we adore, but work nonetheless.

Sometimes it means months of prep work and dozens of hours of writing and research going into our full panel discussion episodes. And it’s time we simply don’t have to produce the panels as frequently as we’d like.

First, the bad news is that for the time being, you won’t see nearly as many full panel episodes of Radio vs. the Martians! as you’ve grown accustomed to.

Starting this month, we will produce approximately three panel episodes a year. We’re going to make them count, and make them good.

Now, the good news is that our monthly “Fun Size” episodes are going nowhere. We will continue to put them out as scheduled in the last week or so of every month.

What this means that you will see a lot more episodes of our sister podcasts Podcasta la Vista, Baby! and Hex & Violence to fill up our dance cards.

For most of the year, expect those two shows to alternate from month to month, only to be interrupted tri-annually for a full panel episode in the classic style.

So, breathe and relax. We’re not going anywhere. Some things are going slower. Some things are speeding up. And at the beginning of next year, expect one giant surprise we can’t wait to share with you.

Thanks for sticking with us, listeners. We’ll make it worth your while!

 

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Black Ops Episode 4 – Death is Kinda Stupid

In a bonus “Black Ops” episode exclusive to our Patreon patrons, we sit down with Sean Duncan and Sam Mulvey to dig into the concept of immortality.

From Doctor Who to Highlander, we look at the trope of the ageless person who mourns their own lack of death and ask each other, is the trope of sad immortal nothing but bullshit?  Shouldn’t never dying actually be pretty great?

We get into armchair biology, the continuity of consciousness, loneliness, the ability (or inevitability) of change over time, theological questions, muse on transhumanism and the ability to opt out of immortality at any time.

Does death serve any useful purpose? Are we really the same person throughout our lives? Would you really want to live for thousands of years. Would you really be sad or grumpy if you had all the time in the world? Aren’t vampires really kind of stupid?

Who, truly, would want to live forever?

This and three other “Black Ops” will available to all Patreon subscribers who donate at least one dollar a month! Check it out!

Mike Makes an Appearance on the Hands Free Football Podcast!

Even though he knows next to nothing about sports, our good friends Dave and Carol Brouillette have invited Mike to join them on their Hands Free Football podcast!

Mike mostly asks questions about the game, and test the limits of the hosts’ Seattle Sounders fandom with weird hypotheticals. And finally, we talk about a 1981 soccer movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pele…where they do battle with Nazis.

Really?

Check it out!