Before the X-Files, there was Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Join us for a look at The Ripper, the first episode from this cult classic 1970s television series. Also includes Eric’s latest song, Little Things. This episode is brought to you by Bibliophiliacs.
From the DC Comics universe comes the CW superhero television series, Arrow. Join us for a look at the pilot episode, and our introduction to the world of Green Arrow. Billionaire bad boy Oliver Queen spends five years deserted on an island, learning the skills needed to right the wrongs of Starling City. This episode is brought to you by Scar Tissue.
For some reason, the Trek nerd in me refused to acknowledge Enterprise for a decade. I never did watch the series while it aired on television, and am just now working my way through the first season on Netflix. Having now sat through nine episodes, I’m shocked to admit that for a first season, most of these episodes are solid. How can this be? I’m supposed to hate them, aren’t I? I’ll hold off on final judgement until having seen the entire series, but right now I’m sorry for not having given it a chance…
..except for that godawful theme song. I can’t stand it. It’s been said a million times, but what the hell were they thinking?
We’ve only watched two episodes of Season/Series Five of Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith. Considering such a small sampling, I’m going to assume he will grow on me. I’m hoping he chooses to do so very soon. The entire tone, production and filming of the series has changed, and I’ve yet to embrace Mr. Smith as anything more than a manic imitation of David Tennant. I’m writing this here, so that later I can return to laugh at myself. At that time, I will most likely think Matt Smith is the best Doctor ever, and wonder why the hell I ever had a problem with him. I just want that time to come right now. Too much to ask?
The Babblers return to the TARDIS, and continue our journey with the tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Martha Jones is also along for the ride, as we discuss season three of this science fiction television classic. We recorded audio for both season three and four, but the show was so long that we decided to break it into two parts. This episode is brought to you by Getting it Right.
We are continuing our journey with The Doctor, nearing the middle of series/season three. Daleks have invaded 1930’s New York, and created a pack of pig men. Having failed to realize the “mannequin things” in the pilot episode were a version of the Autons from the classic Doctor days, we assumed these ridiculous pig people were also a version of something considered sacred by Who fans everywhere. Nope. They’re just silly pig men, originating in this two-part story arc. From now on, I’m simply going to call silly things what they are, rather than worry about their origins. Pig men are silly!
Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television show in history, but we are late to the party. We start our experience far from the beginning, and babble about the 2005 regeneration of the series. If you would like to join us, we will be in the TARDIS. This episode is brought to you by Telephones.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker was an odd beast when it debuted back in 1974. Probably too odd a beast to be successful. But without Night Stalker, there would be no X-Files, and subsequently, no Fringe. Thanks to Netflix streaming, Kolchak’s adventures are just a couple clicks away, and I’m enjoying the ride. Is it dated? Absolutely. Everything about it screams 1970s American television, yet Darren McGavin’s performance brings it all together. It’s goofy, cheesy fun, and a shame that it’s only 20 episodes long. Check it out!
Having promised a Dr. Who episode this week, naturally we will podcast about the Portal universe instead. Never fear, though, The Doctor is here, and nearly ready to be babbled about. We just haven’t seen enough episodes yet to do the subject justice. We watched four more tonight, and are inching ever closer to David Tennant. What if I’m not ready to wave goodbye to Christopher Eccleston yet? Darn it.
My latest interest is experiencing old television again. It started with a smattering of I Love Lucy, and is continuing with the original Twilight Zone. I’ve seen nearly all these episodes before, but it’s been a long time. The plots are classic, of course, but what I’ve been most struck by in this reexamination is the quality of the production. I’m streaming them on Netflix in HD, and the level of detail is fantastic. I’ve never seen these shows look better, and it’s a testament to the original production values that we have material able to shine this brightly. Big thumbs up. Can’t wait to experience it all.