The Chronic Rift In Review: I am the Master and You Will Obey Me!


The In Review gang are back after a long hiatus with an all new episode looking to find that culture in pop culture.  Keith has a new Kickstarter, Krissy's excited by new movies to DVD, and Mike's got his blog up and running with his ongoing thoughts on Doctor Who.  Plus, John is the Master, or rather he has a Masters now.  There's this and a whole lot more so listen in and laugh with us.

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Segment One: Bringing it to the Table

1:20 - John is the Master?

3:00 - Keith is running a new Kickstarter campaign to write a story set in his Dragon Precinct universe and he'd like you to help. Click the link to direct you to the site.

6:35 - Krissy is excited by the DVD releases of Jodorowsky's Dune and the Criterion release of Scanners.  Click the images to get your copy of these great films via Amazon and help support the podcast.

12:18 - Finally, Mike is watching Doctor Who from its origins in 1963 on and recording his thoughts in his blog.  Take a look and see if you agree with his assessment. In the course of the discussion, John mentions an animated version of a Doctor-less Doctor Who episode, "Mission to the Unknown".  Take a look at this little gem that is full of awesome.

Doctor Who - Mission To The Unknown - Levine... by MTTU

21:10 - Promo for the Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast.

22:07 - Promo for the Dead Kitchen Radio.


Segment Two: Reviews

23:05 - Nicolas Brendan in a movie of substance? This discussion was triggered by Dan Persons' review of the movie Coherence.  Plus, Dan looks at the latest IDW Star Trek comic and compares it with the most recent Star Trek Continues fan production.  Pick up your copy of Star Trek: New Visions by clicking on the image.  Hear Dan review movies for WBAI's Hour of the Wolf.

33:36 - John presents some of the better TV podcasts that actually deal with television.  He includes Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, Bigger on the Inside, The M*A*S*H 4077 Podcast, The Quantum Leap Podcast, and The seaQuest Podcast.

42:15 - Keith offers his thoughts on a plethora of television shows he's catching up on.  These shows include Dominion, Fargo, Justified, Rake, Killer Women, Murder in the First, and Sirens.  This leads to a discussion of television shows that one is jumping on long after the show has moved on to Netflix and Hulu heaven.

54:50 - Promo for the Generations Geek Podcast.

55:41 - Promo for The Weekly Podioplex Podcast.

Segment Three: Pop Tops

57:00 - We discuss:


SciFi Diner Podcast: Ep. 215 - Is Batman a Superhero?

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Tonights Diners: Scott, Miles, Jim Arrowood, Jim Beard, and John S. Drew

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Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen has just purchased two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Luke has been assigned to clean and maintain them. In the process of working on R2-D2, Luke discovers that his 'little friend' is carrying a secret message, delivered by a beautiful holographic woman. When Luke asks C-3PO if he recognizes this woman, does C-3PO specifically identify her?

Is Batman a Superhero?

Join this roundtable discussion as we discuss whether the Caped Crusader belongs among the legion of Super Heroes.

Guest Panelists:

Jim Beard

A native Toledoan, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.

His work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series, SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective, a giant monster anthology called MONSTER EARTH, and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure.

Currently, Jim provides regular content for, the official Marvel Comics website, is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press and has forthcoming comic and prose work from Bluewater, TwoMorrows, Airship 27 and Pro Se.

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John S. Drew: The God-Father of the SciFi Diner Podcast, John helms the long running Chronic Rift podcast and network.  He also runs the the Batcave Podcast and the Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast.

Jim Arrowood:  Hosts the Dune Saga Podcast and the Babylon Project Podcast.


Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES


This is a trivial question, but it’s been bugging me, so let me get it out, okay? Why is the sequel to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES called DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES? I mean, “dawn” suggests a beginning, right? And you can’t actually rise until you begin, right? So shouldn’t the titles of these films be reversed? Then again, that first film wasn’t really focused on the planet of the apes beginning, but on the events that eventually led to that beginning. And this newest film isn’t so much about the planet’s rise as one glimpse into how humanity loses its foothold to the newly born society of intelligent simians. But then, I guess EVENTS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING AND HAVING A DIRECT IMPACT UPON THE DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and ONE CHAPTER THAT WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES wouldn’t quite pop on movie posters, would it? Never mind.

Hm? What did I think of the film? Oh, I loved it. No, let me clarify that: I LOVED IT. But it’s not really as simple as that, so listen in to my review for the HOUR OF THE WOLF radio show to get my take on this thoroughly entertaining summer blockbuster. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the title to download.


The Cardboard Jungle: Episode 38 - Prose and Cons

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Anthony and Paul welcome author, blogger and photographer Scott King to the third chair to talk boardgames and to give convention tips.
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The Dan & Travis Show: Episode 034 - Redhead Expectation?, GENERAL HOSPITAL Travia, Robocup, And May I Suggest...A Thousand Clowns


The Chronic Rift Network is thrilled to be able to have the comedy stylings of Dan Lackaye and Travis Searle on our network. The voyage of radio genius continues with a new episode.  Starting out as The Pirate Ship in the 90s, the boys charted the rough waters of the early days of the Internet and managed to deliver comedy gold week after week.  They were one of the inspirations for The Chronic Rift becoming a podcast.  Last fall, Dan & Travis reunited with a new podcast, bringing back many of the elements of the original Pirate Ship, and John has been on their case to join the network ever since.

Redhead extinctions (and why you shouldn't believe it), Robocup (and not Robocop), and Searle's synopsis of the King James saga. It's a new Dan & Travis Show. Check out all the fun of past episode by visiting them on the web.


  • G-words on the way out? Not so fast, World Wide Netting!
  • (Plus, tips on how to avoid being duped by such bullshit!)
  • Impossible Travia – THEME: GENERAL HOSPITAL

NOTE: Little known Dan & Travis trivia fact- we used to report on the latest on all the ABC soaps back in our college days, with our “Stories Report”. So, it’s particularly embarrassing that Travis got an 0-fer on this week’s Travia segment.


  • “Disco Shit” by Yosefa (A number one smash hit on the Yosefastan Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2002!)



  • Robocup (takes place in Japan, not Old Detroit)
  • “The Idiot With The Mobile”
  • We are sadaboutwhathappened in thisstory



  • Dan: The Man – (HINT: Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz)
  • Dan said to Travis, “May I Suggest…A Thousand Clowns?” – and Travis gives his thoughts
  • Dan says to Travis, “May I Suggest… you listen the catalog of the comedy music group Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die?” – tune in a month from now to hear what Travis has to say!
  • NBA Expert Travis A. Searlesmith expounds and extrapolates on Lebron’s new home, forthwith and hence to that end


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THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 debuts in about 90 days…but what do we know? We take you through all the rumors, speculation, and tidbits from cast and crew that offer insight into what might happen when we return to Terminus and that dark train car in October! We also have a shout-out to Doctor’s Horde Twitter member 5,000 (!), recommend an Indiegogo campaign for a zombie film that has one week left to make its funding, and field a question about zombies in academia! It’s a packed episode of Walkers and witty repartee!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Additional Music: “Time of the Funk-Lords” by Abunai!

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STATE OF DESOLATION (Indiegogo Campaign)

Those American Girls (@ThoseUSAGirls, Doctor’s Horde member 5,000!)

Watching the Skies: From "Who Goes There?" to THE THING - Episode 5


I am Clay Dugger, The Podcast Cowboy, and I want to welcome you to the fifth episode of Watching the Skies:From “Who Goes There?” to “The Thing”.

This five episode mini-series will explore “Who Goes There?”, the wonderful story by John W. Campbell, Jr., and all the great entertainment that it has spawned.

In this episode, I am joined by my new friend, author Peter Watts. He and I discuss his short story, Hugo Award nominated “The Things”.

Peter is the author of 5 novels and various short stories and collections. He is also a Marine Mammal Biologist.

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Peter Watts is generally a lot more optimistic than you might expect, considering.

He has spent much of his adult life trying to decide whether to be a writer or a scientist, ending up as a marginal hybrid of both. He's won a handful of awards in fields as diverse as marine mammal science, video documentary, and science fiction. These accolades have not gone to his head since they never involved a lot of cash.

He spent ten years getting a bunch of degrees in the ecophysiology of marine mammals (how's that for unbridled optimism), and another ten trying make a living on those qualifications without becoming a whore for special-interest groups. This proved somewhat tougher that it looked; throughout the nineties he was paid by the animal welfare movement to defend marine mammals; by the US fishing industry to sell them out; and by the Canadian government to ignore them. He eventually decided that since he was fictionalising science anyway, he might as well add some characters and plot and try selling to a wider market than the Journal of Theoretical Biology.

His success has been, shall we say, mixed. His first novel, Starfish, netted a "Notable Book of the Year" nod from the New York Times, an honorable mention for John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and rejections from both German and Russian publishing houses on the grounds that it was "too dark". (Being considered too dark for the Russians remains one of Watts's proudest accomplishments, although he remains puzzled by the translation of his book into Italian.) This also marked the beginning of a diffuse cult following of angst-ridden blogging teenaged girls who identified with Starfish's central character.

Starfish was universally praised for its evocation of the deep-sea environment; the applause for its rendering of the surface world was somewhat more muted. The sequel, Maelstrom (2001, Tor), takes place almost entirely on land: it therefore avoids the elements that readers most loved about the first book, replacing them with a sprawling entropic dystopia in which Sylvia Plath might have felt at home, if Sylvia Plath had had a graduate degree in evolutionary biology. The critical response was generally as positive as it was for Starfish, which may come as a surprize to those who've noted a virtual absence of laudatory quotes on the paperback edition (someone fucked up in Production); both books received starred reviews from Booklist, and Maelstrom may mark the first time that the NY Times used the terms "exhilarating" and "deeply paranoid" to describe the same novel. Maelstrom's release did, however, mark the end of a diffuse cult following of angst-ridden blogging teenage girls who identified with Starfish's central character.

Behemoth, the concluding volume of what had inadvertently become the "Rifters Trilogy", was released by Tor Books in two volumes for industrial-policy reasons that Watts understands even though he still thinks they suck the one-eyed purple trouser eel. Even bisected, and notwithstanding a certain inevitable sense of been-there-done-that, Behemoth garnered a fair bit of critical praise (another NYT rave, starred review from Publisher's Weekly— just check out the damn blurbs page), although more squeamish reviewers grumbled that Watts had gone too far with this whole sexual sadism thing. Commercially, it tanked.

Watts' latest book, Blindsight (Tor 2006) might be best described as a literary first-contact novel exploring the nature and evolutionary significance of consciousness, with space vampires. Astonishingly, and against all expectations, it did not tank. In fact it survived rejection from half a dozen publishers, a miniscule initial print run, zero preorders from one of the continent's largest book retail chains, an absence of relevant blurbs on an otherwise questionable cover design, and a suicidal Hail-Mary act of desperation in which its author gave the whole thing away for free online under a Creative Commons license. As of this writing Blindsight is in its fourth hardcover printing, is being translated into several languages (including— at long last— German and Russian), and made the final ballot for the Hugo, John W. Campbell, Sunburst, Locus, and Aurora awards, winning exactly zero of them.

A collection of Watts's short fiction is available in obscure magazines and anthologies or bundled together into a thick pamphlet called Ten Monkeys, Ten Minutes, from Edge/Tesseract Books.



Anthony C. Ferrante, the man at the eye of the SHARKNADO storm (like a doll’s eye), joins us for a whirlwind G2V EXCLUSIVE interview that looks at the SHARKNADO phenomenon, the making of the first movie and the sequel SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE (debuting on the Syfy channel July 30!), the musical contributions to the franchise from the band Quint, and his career as film maker and storyteller. Embrace the ‘Nado with The G2V Guys in this episode, hear some of the music from the new film, and watch out – there’s a storm coming!

Music from Quint – Courtesy of Anthony C. Ferrante

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Sharknado 2: The Second One (Official Trailer)

(The Ballad of) Sharknado – Quint (Music Video)

Sharknado (Amazon)

The Batcave Podcast: From the Files of the Batcomputer 03 - First Season Overview and Lego Ideas Batmobile 66 Designer Sam Gras


We come to the penultimate episode in our weekly run of podcasts between seasons one and two of the Batman 66 series with a look back at the first season.  John quickly reviews the first season of episodes, what worked and what didn't (which was very few as it was a strong season).  He then interviews Sam Gras.  Sam has submitted a Lego design of the 66 Batmobile for consideration and needs your help to make it a reality.  Listen to the interview to learn more.

Click on the link to cast your vote to make this sweet Lego ride a reality.  Remember, you have to sign up for a free account, but when you see the other projects you can vote for there, you'll be more than happy to do it.

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Father, Cosplayer, all around Geek - Sam Gras, the original Bat-dad, and his daughter "Robin" are the Dynamic Duo.

Sam is a lifelong Batman fan and loves sharing this passions with his four year-old daughter . As an accomplished Cosplayer, Sam's builds have always incorporated his daughter's needs and ideas. His creativity and ingenuity were recognized at the 2013 NYCC when his Soundwave costume was awarded 'Most Difficult Costume' and voted Fan Favorite in the AOL competition. His latest project, the 1966 LEGO Batmobile, was inspired by his daughter's desire for a Batmobile in which Robin and Batman could ride side-by-side. He is currently gathering supporters in hopes that Lego will make his daughter's dream come true.

The Weekly Podioplex: July 15, 2014


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes managed to blow away all competition at the box office and looks to do well this weekend despite the multiple releases thanks to great word of mouth.  Michael Falkner talks about this as well as a Labor Day anniversary release for Ghostbusters on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

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The CFQ Interview: RIGOR MORTIS Director Juno Mak


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Even in the anything-to-get-your-adrenaline-pumping world of Hong Kong cinema, RIGOR MORTIS stands out. The story of a famous actor, Chin Siu-Ho (played by actual famous actor Chin Siu-Ho — your heard us), who has to contend with a seedy apartment building whose walls reverberate with echoes of his most famous film, the hopping vampire horror-comedy MR. VAMPIRE — including mysterious spirits, a mystical warrior-cum-resterateur (played by MR. VAMPIRE cast-mate Anthony “Friend” Chan), and, yes, a hopping vampire — the film plays as both a tribute to, and a dark and dizzyingly intense reimagining of, a beloved sub-genre. Director Juno Mak makes his feature film debut with this visually stunning, shockingly violent, and at times surprisingly moving, effort, and we were eager to discuss the roots of the project in the legendary MR. VAMPIRE franchise, and the challenges of creating this effects-laden feast. Click on the player to hear the show.

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Presenting the Transcription Feature: YOU BET YOUR LIFE/YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR


The latest episode of Presenting the Transcription Feature brings you the one, the only . . . Groucho Marx. Groucho’s finest turn in the world of radio was as the host of You Bet Your Life. Ostensibly a quiz show, the quiz portion was almost an afterthought.  The real fun was in Groucho doing the pre-quiz interviews, during which, if the contestants said the secret word, they could win a little extra cash. Groucho’s whip-smart wit could take the blandest of comments and spin comedy gold from it. Secondly, on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, actor Vincent Price guest-stars as himself.  In an episode that plays on his public persona as an art aficionado, Price hires freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar to track down a painting that’s been stolen from his collection.  Price then insists on joining Dollar each step of the way.




You Bet Your Life

"Secret Word: Ink"

November 9, 1949



Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
"The Price of Fame Matter"
February 2, 1958


Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: "Target in the Sky"



Steve is sent in to a lumbercamp to investigate the odd report of an OSI agent who has now gone missing. There, he finds a missile launcher targeting an approaching plane carrying VIPs.

Joining John and Paul to discuss this episode is The Six Million Dollar Blog author Alex Green.

Special thanks to Robin Spanell for supplying us with the audio for the television ad for this episode featured at the start of the podcast. Check out Robin's music, some which has also been featured on the podcast, at his homepage.

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Bionic Wiki entry

The Six Million Dollar Blog entry

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Alex Green was born in San Diego where he has lived his whole life, rarely venturing outside the safe confines of Southern California. Growing up, his parents tried to persuade him that the funny man running in slow motion on the television wasn't worth watching, but he knew better. He knew much, much better.


A lifelong fan of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Alex hadn't been an adult for very long (some would say he still isn't) when he started making several trips a month up to Los Angeles to attend toy and collectibles shows in order to amass a huge collection of Bionic memorabilia. A vast collection that he no longer possesses due to an accident involving a pencil, a rabid weasel and a rapidly descending elevator (Actually, the advent of eBay in the late 90's took the thrill of the hunt out of it for him, so he gave it up).


Currently working out of his modest two-bedroom apartment (or twelve-bedroom mansion as he refers to it when describing his digs to people who’ve never visited him at home), Alex is a free-lance web designer and the webmaster of The Six Million Dollar Blog. The newest Bionic site on the web except for all the others that have come after. He hopes one day to meet his hero Lee Majors in person and his biggest regret in life is that he no longer fits into his Six Million Dollar Man jammies.

Dead Kitchen Radio: Episode 41


Keith reads "Stone Cold Whodunit," his latest short work in his Super City Police Department universe.  The story is publishing in the soon to be released With Great Power anthology by Dark Quest Books.

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The Cinefantastique Spotlight: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION



165 minutes! That's two and three-quarter hours! That makes TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION the ultimate epic of explosions, brought to you by director Michael Bay, the man for whom too much is never enough. Is this outrageously elongated toy commercial an audacious triumph of style or substance, or is it indulgent garbage? Listen to Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French debate the pros and cons of this 3D IMAX extravaganza in the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, Volume 5, Number 24.

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