The Shazam/Isis Podcast: Episode 0 - Shazam!

Our zero episode is a reposting of The Chronic Rift episode that started it all.

There are many television shows that when we watched them as kids, we thought they were the greatest thing since sliced toast (if you're into sliced toast, that is). Then as adults, we wonder what we were thinking. (CHiPs anyone?) Thank goodness that was never the case with SHAZAM! The show was on the air for three seasons and had a change of actor midway through. It also spun off another show (ISIS). And now, nearly forty years later, it's finally come to DVD thanks to the Warner Archive. In this Roundtable episode, John and Paul K. Bisson discuss the series, the good and the bad, with fan (and co-host of the Shazam/Isis Podcast) Richard Lee and the first actor to play Captain Marvel in the series, Jackson Bostwick.

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Saturday morning's Shazam! brought the world Jackson Bostwick as Captain Marvel. Bostwick's era as the Big Red Cheese began in the early 1970's and is only the second guy in history to play Captain Marvel. Tom Tyler was the first in 1941 in the old Republic Studios serial "The Adventures of Captain Marvel." Bostwick became very good friends with C.C. Beck, the artist of Captain Marvel from the Golden Age of comics. He was the original Captain Marvel on the live-action TV show, and set the standard for the highly-rated children's series, which ran for several years.

The actor says his audition was a very low-pressure situation. "I had just signed with a commercial agent, and a week later he sent me out on an interview. I thought it was for a Captain Marvel cereal, like Captain Crunch, because he was a commercial agent. So, I went out there in a white T-shirt, jeans and cowboy boots, thinking it was a general cattle call at Filmation Studios. They had done the Lone Ranger cartoon, which was their big claim to fame before Shazam! I walked in and met the producer, Bob Chenault. Bob told me later that he knew when he heard my voice and saw my smile that I would be their Captain Marvel. I didn't realize that they had been looking for more than four months! They had narrowed it down to four people, and had gone from actors who were athletes to athletes who were actors. Now they were back to actors who were athletes."

Bostwick approached the role of Captain Marvel in much the same way that his friend, legendary actor Clayton Moore, approached the Lone Ranger. "Being a fan of the Lone Ranger, I wanted to give the kids something to lookup to like Clay gave me to look up to. And I hope I did that. I know how critical kids are, and I wanted to make sure I was presenting myself right, and not putting my hands on my hips and preaching to them.

Bostwick has always been inclined toward the arts, ever since childhood in Alabama, where he was also a comic book reader. His favorite? Captain Marvel, of course! "Captain Marvel was always a hero of mine when I was growing up with comics. My mother, God love her, threw out all my comics when I went to college, thinking she was doing me a favor. The would be worth a fortune today.

The actor still reports that he's still recognized today for his role in Shazam! "Most of the time it's, "I know I've seen him--no, you ask him!" And once they find out, then everybody knows! It loosens them up. Then it's "I knew you looked familiar!" My dad told me that he knew I was doing all right when they went to the country club and it was no longer "Dr. & Mrs. Bostwick," but "Captain Marvel's mom and dad..."

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The team behind the new Maryland-based DOCTOR WHO convention, (RE)GENERATION WHO, join Scott and Arnold for a chat about how to bring an event together when you have all of time and space as your subject!

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The Weekly Podioplex: January 27, 2015


American Sniper continues to take out the box office competition, but more importantly - if there's something strange in the neighborhood, who're ya gonna call?  Michael Falkner has the answers and much more on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

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Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 27, 2015


Opening Clip: Black or White

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – American Sniper [Even]
#2 –
The Boy Next Door
#3 – Paddington [Even]
#4 – The Wedding Ringer [-2]
#5 – Taken 3 [-1]
#6 – The Imitation Game [

#7 – Strange Magic
#8 – Selma [-3]
#9 –
#10 – Into the Woods [-3]

(New Release) [Change]

Tops From the Past

2009 – Avatar
2004 – Hide and Seek
1994 – Legends of the Fall
1984 – Beverly Hills Cop
1974 – The Towering Inferno

Box Office Premieres for the week of January 30th, 2015


Black or White – [PG-13]

Project Almanac – [PG-13]

The Loft – [R]


Amira & Sam – [NR]

Timbuktu – [NR]

Girlhood – [NR]

Home Entertainment for the week of January 27th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Fury – [R]

The Book of Life – [PG]

The Judge – [R]

Before I Go to Sleep – [R]

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Downton Abbey: Season Five (2014)

Blu-Rays From the Past

Pork Chop Hill (1959) – [Approved]

The Usual Suspects (1995) – [R]

Podcast Promos

Generations Geek

Generations Geek is a family-friendly celebration of geekdom by a father/daughter crime-fighting duo. Okay, perhaps they don’t fight crime, but they are two generations of geek. In every monthly episode they talk about stuff like books, movies, comics, games, and any other geeky thing they think of.

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Ghostbusters reboot cast
Mission: Impossible 5 moves up


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SciFi Diner: Conversations Ep. 241 – The Capaldi Conundrum

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Much of the conversation in tonight’s show revolves around what we thought of Peter Capaldi in the role of Doctor Who this past season. We also discuss Arrow and The Flash as being two of our favorite shows.

We pose a question for you listeners: If you could date any SciFi Alien, who or what would it be? We’ll discuss this on some future show.

The Chronic Rift In Review: Emperor Gordon of Gotham


As part of our commitment to bring you 52 episodes of The Rift this year, here's the first of our monthly In Review episodes!  John is joined by Keith DeCandido and Michael Falkner to ramble on about the latest in pop culture happenings and to opine on them.  There's more convention news from Keith, progression on Mike's Doctor Who watch and great enthusiasm for Marvel Phase 1 from John.  Plus, there's reviews of the latest on television and the Flopcast podcast and much more.  Take a listen and take a moment to chime in with your thoughts on what we're talking about.

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Segment One: Bringing it to the Table

2:10 - Keith is the author guest of honor at GalaxyFest.

5:00 - Michael is reaching the end of his run on William Hartnell for his Classic Doctor Who Watch and talks about his appreciation for William Hartnell and Jackie Lane.

13:30 - John loves his Marvel Phase 1 Blu-Ray movie collection.  Click the image to get your copy of these great films via Amazon and help support the podcast.

20:58 - Promo for the Handsome Timmy D Express podcast.


Segment Two: Reviews

23:45 - Keith reviews a collection of current TV offerings - The Librarians, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, The Big Bang Theory, and Gotham. Plus, Keith is thrilled that The Venture Bros. is back.

35:30 - John shares the love that is The Flopcast.

38:50 - Promo for the Generations Geek Podcast.

59:45 - Promo for The Weekly Podioplex Podcast.

Segment Three: Pop Tops

41:00 - We discuss:

Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: "The Winning Smile"


The "Darling Effect" is in full effect as Jennifer Darling returns to guest star in a new adventure.  Callahan has been accused of giving OSI secrets to enemy agents, placing a noted scientist in danger.  Is Callahan a spy or a pawn in a bigger game?  What ever else you can say, at least you know she has "The Winning Smile".  Joining John and Paul to discuss this winning episode is's webmaster, Joe Burns and Six Million Dollar Man Time Life DVD Collection chief consultant Matt Hankinson.

With a special guest appearance by the Bionic Blonde herself, Betsy Dodd, as she offers her opinion on the episode and her thoughts on Callahan's wardrobe.

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Bionic Wiki entry

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Joseph Burns was born in Washington D.C., and grew up there until his family moved to California in the late 70's. A film and TV buff, he attended the Film/Video program at UC Santa Cruz, getting his bachelor's in 1996. After Film School, Joe moved to LA and worked in Post Production. He is the editor of "Skywalker: The David Thompson Story," a one hour sports documentary which aired on NBA-TV and was distributed on DVD by Image Entertainment.

In addition to video editing, Joe has developed websites, interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs. He operates the SMDM fan website "The Six 1973" and is a major contributor/admin at The Bionic Wiki. In 2010, he was recruited to advise Time-Life on The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection, and was interviewed for the set at the Pasadena Rock N' ComiCon last Spring.


Today Joe lives in San Francisco and is the owner of a very large cat named Fritz.


Matt Hankinson writes, "Besides the Time-Life DVD release of SMDM (for which I served as "chief creative consultant"), I had previously worked with Herbie J Pilato on his long-in-development The Bionic Book, and served as consultant and wrote the episode copy for Rittenhouse Archive's 2004 Six Million Dollar Man trading card series.

I also attended both Bionicon conventions (2006 & 2007) and several of Lindsay Wagner's fan events. With the exception of Lee Majors, I've been fortunate to have met all the cast members and producer Kenneth Johnson. I've known both Paul and Joe from our years at the online forum, and have met Paul in-person at the Bionicons and Lindsay's events.

I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've been a HUGE fan of both bionic shows since I first saw the SMDM pilot movie when I was seven years old. It's literally been a life-long fascination and dedication for me. Getting to work so extensively on the SMDM DVD release was like a dream-come-true, and being able to bring a few friends along for the ride made it extra special."

The Batcave Podcast: The Penguin's Nest/The Bird's Last Jest


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The Penguin has set up shop once again.  This time he's playing the restauranteur, but he has an unusual system of placing an order at his high priced establishment.  What is his game and why is he so eager to get back to prison that makes a lame attempt at lifting Aunt Harriet's bracelet?  Batman and Robin have their hands full with this caper.

Joining John to figure out the Penguin's scheme is Geek Radio Daily's Billy Flynn.


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The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) radio station personality at WLEE in Virginia.   He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at (ding!).

Presenting the Transcription Feature: OUR MISS BROOKS/THE LONE RANGER


We return to good old Madison High for more of Eve Arden as Our Miss Brooks.  This time, the sardonic English teacher gets caught up in a protest over the school’s dress code.  Girls in slacks and guys in dresses!  What is the world coming to?  It’s a farce of the highest order.  Then return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as, for the first time, we present The Lone Ranger.  Thrill as the Lone Ranger and Tonto help a young man and his widowed mother recover a small fortune left to them.  The secret to the location is in a very special saddle.


Our Miss Brooks

“Dress Code Protest”

April 24, 1949


The Lone Ranger

“The Saddle”

June 5 1946



Generations Geek: Episode 28 - ART IN SPACE


Episode 28, Art in Space

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome Hugo-award-winning author and space artist Ron Miller to talk about his new book The Art of Space, as well as his love of Jules Verne novels, working in Hollywood, and watching bad sci-fi movies.


Intro :30

The Art of Space and Chesley Bonestell 1:00

Loving Art and Space 2:45

The Art of Space and Space History 4:03

Chesley Bonestell and the Romance of Space 5:42

Three Illustrations by Ron Miller 10:09

Jules Verne and Black Cat Press 15:57

Jules Verne Translations 22:55

The Grand Tour: A Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System 25:20

David Lynch’s Dune 26:46

David Cronenberg’s Unmade Total Recall 28:00

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos 29:30

James Cameron’s Unmade Mars Movie 30:29

George Miller’s Unmade Contact 31:57

Favorite Space Movies 33:00

The War of the Worlds 35:20

Art and Being an Artist 37:05

Enjoying Bad Movies 42:57

Low-Budget Movies 44:05

When the Wires Show 46:20

The HTD Express: #24 - The Creative Soul: An Interview With Dan Mason


Here's how Tim describes this episode:

"The Handsome Timmy D Express is back for 2015. And we’re kicking the New Year off with a great show. I’m delighted to welcome veteran DJ and radio program director Dan Mason to the Express. Dan began his radio career immediately after college programming a radio station in Augusta, Maine. This type of ascension is just about unheard of in the radio business. Dan has built upon that opportunity to create a long and fruitful career in radio in markets such as Sacramento, Cleveland, Miami and Boston. He’s currently the Operations manager for a network of three stations in the Tampa Bay area.

Dan gives us a rundown of why the radio industry refuses to not only die, but continue to thrive, despite numerous predictions of its doom. But this episode is about more than radio as Dan takes us through some of the best ingredients of the creative life. I wanted this show to be about getting screenwriting advice sometimes from non-screenwriting sources. Dan summed that up perfectly as this is a great listen for everyone trying to come to terms with their artistic side. Enjoy."



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“THE END OF THE WORLD” has arrived, but how will Earth fall? In more ways than you’d think! Thanks to developers Tim Cox and Andrew Fischer, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES is releasing a series of books that give RPG fans the chance to play out a variety of apocalyptic scenarios, and naturally the first volume just had to feature ZOMBIES! Roll a D6 or two and join Arnold and Scott as they chat with Tim and Andrew about how the game was designed and written, what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse, and if Scott will make it up that rickety ladder to safety!

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

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The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Nick Cole on APOCALYPSE WEIRD


The first Spotlight episode of the new year sees John sitting down with author/actor Nick Cole.  Nick is heading up a collaborative literary effort called Apocalypse Weird.  He joins John to talk the writing process and how the reader can help in developing this shared world experience.

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Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found as a guard for King Phillip the Second of Spain in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera or some similar role. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army.

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The Dan & Travis Show: Episode 055


Show 055! Handsome Timmy "NostroDavis" joins us to recap his 2014 predictions and make some new ones for 2015. Also, Travis gets a big holiday wish and takes The Announcer Test, plus we share more robot warnings and finally bring back May I Suggest... to review Run Ronnie Run. Ring in the New Year with some hilarity! Listen, Subscribe and Share!

Check out all the fun of past episodes by visiting them on the web.



  • Holiday Recap: Kringle Delivers…a mortgage
  • 3 Robots to Watch For




  • “NostroDavis” revisits his 2014 predictions and makes new ones for 2015



  • Bye Bye Booby (Trap)
  • Finally, a belt with a brain
  • Adventures of a Scottish Space Hopper






  • Run Ronnie Run (Redux!) and the new suggestion


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Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: Critical Assignment - The Bionic Woman Preview


John returns with another Critical Assignment as he is joined by Jim Sherrard, Betsy Dodd (The Bionic Blonde), and Rod De Luca to give our listeners a little preview of The Bionic Woman before John and Paul review the series.  What should the two consider when it comes to reviewing this show?  What episodes, besides the iconic ones, should the two look out for in terms of good or bad?  What memories are there when it comes to this series?  It's a little primer to get us all excited for the next phase of Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast.


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James Sherrard is a first generation fan of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. A collector of all things Bionic as a child, his interest in the shows was reignited when the first Bionic reunion movie was produced in 1987. The following year he met stars Lindsay Wagner and Richard Anderson for the first time through Lindsay Wagner’s Official Fan Club.

In 1998, James reworked the Bionic Woman episode guide booklet that he had produced for the club into The Bionic Woman Files website…the longest running Bionic Woman site on the web!

Over the years, James has contributed his Bionic knowledge to various books, articles, websites, and television productions. He has also amassed an amazing collection of Bionic memorabilia, from common toys to one-of-a-kind production items. Most recently, James has contributed to the 2010 DVD releases of The Bionic Woman Season One and The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection. James resides in New York where he is employed by a non-profit organization.


From Betsy Dodd's page:

Growing up in a one-TV household, I had 3 brothers who surrounded me in age—who often teased me for being a “sissy”—and who usually controlled the voting majority for which channel to watch. Back in the 70s, our whirling TV dial was pretty much destroyed because we fought over it so often. One night while the substitute pliers were pointed to their choice of The Six Million Dollar Man(again), suddenly there was OMG ...cue angelic chorus... Jaime Sommers, the world’s first Bionic Woman. Yes!!! Score one for us sissies! I was totally hooked. And the love story between Jaime and Steve was the best. Ever. But then they killed her the following week.

Why did I idolize Jaime Sommers so much? Just as the final season was being released on DVD in the fall of 2011, I stumbled onto some internet bionic fan forums and started posting these offbeat episode reviews.

I’m not sure, but when some members encouraged me to go start my own blog, I think it may have been the equivalent of being politely shunned by the Bionic Amish community— puritans of the franchise. (Really, I’m kidding. They’re all fun people and super nice. And they even let me use electricity to sign onto the internet.) Once about ten years ago, I belonged to an online fan “cult” that was framed in a similar style of farcical humor about The X-Files, so to me, this is all a completely normal approach to a television drama.

These days, I am a freelance copywriter, graphic designer and video editor living in Tennessee. No, I am not a blonde, but I am threatening to become one soon if these little gray hairs don’t stop surfacing. I must confess I also did not actually keep a diary in the 70s, but wish now that I had, so I could remember the real reason why I missed so many episodes of my favorite 70s show. For now, I’m blaming my brothers. For everything.


Rod De Luca is a long time Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman fan who runs the Bionic or Bust: Locations of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Bionicon 40.0 The 40th Anniversary of the Bionic Woman pages on Facebook. Rod will be appearing on future podcasts discussing various episodes of both shows.

The Chronic Rift Roundtable: DragonCon 2014: Land of the Lost 40th Anniversary Panel


A new year brings with it a new round of Chronic Rift episodes.  Our resolution to you is to present at least 52 episodes of the podcast in 2015.  To start things off, here is the first in a series of Roundtable episodes from DragonCon 2014.  John, Keith, and Mike attended the con this year and participated in a number of panels.  We begin with a look at the 40th anniversary of the NBC Saturday morning show, Land of the Lost.  It's time for Chaka, and Sleestaks, and colored crystals and Marshall, Will and Holly.  Strap in and hold on as the rapids take us a thousand feet below.

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