Although the special effects are now somewhat dated, the “Star Trek” original series has always occupied a special place in my geeky heart. What the show may have lacked in budget, it more than made up for with great characters and good storytelling. Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Dr. McCoy, Scotty and the rest of the original Enterprise crew have become some of science fiction’s most beloved characters. Though we never got to see the end of their five-year mission, they’ve never completely faded from pop culture.
However, back in early 2009, the “Star Trek” franchise as a whole wasn’t faring too well. The most recent film “Star Trek: Nemesis” wasn’t a huge hit, and the most recent TV show “Star Trek: Enterprise” was canceled in 2005 due to low ratings. The franchise was in need of a shot of adrenalin — and it received a major one, thanks to J.J. Abrams’ explosive and exciting 2009 reboot, titled simply “Star Trek.” Continue reading
Who dunnit? That’s what the ESO crew investigates this week. Mike, Mike, the award-winning author Bobby Nash, new co-host Jennifer, and Van Allen Plexico seek help from some of their favorite detectives. If only ESO had a butler! Also, friends of the station Anthony Taylor and award-winning artist Mark Maddox join us to honor Ray Harryhausen, Steve Charleson previews the upcoming Alabama Phoenix festival, and our new co-host finds herself in The Geek Seat! All this, plus the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report and Shout Outs!
Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Everyone Loves a Mystery
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Tagged Alabama Phoenix Festival, Anthony Taylor, Bobby Nash, Detectives, Earth Station One Ep 163, Jennifer Hartshorn, Mark Maddox, Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, Ray Harryhausen, TV, Van Allen Plexico
This is a big day for me. My first book, Archaeology In Fiction, is now available via Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. I have taken my popular Archaeology in Fiction discussion which I have presented at various sci-fi and fantasy conventions and transformed it into an in depth discussion of Archaeology as it is depicted in fiction.
What is the truth? In this book we will explore:
• The fictions surrounding archeology
• Why we love and perpetuate those fictions
• What the truth behind the fiction really is
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Come along and explore both.
Print Version Kindle Version
This week, the ESO crew begins reviewing the summer movies with one of the most anticipated films of the season, Iron Man 3. Mike, Mike, the award-winning author Bobby Nash, Tara Lynn, and Jennifer Hartshorn form a think-tank of their own and discuss the movie in detail. They also talk about the other geek-related events of the weekend, particularly the phenomenon known as Free Comic Book Day. Also, writers Charles and Beverley Connor take turns in The Geek Seat and Nikki Rau-Baker reports on C2E2. Plus, the usual Rants, Raves, and Shout Outs!
Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: The Third Time’s the Charm with Iron Man 3
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Tagged beverly connor, Bobby Nash, C2E2, Charles Conner, Earth Station One Ep 162, Free Comic Book Day, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Jen Hartshorn, Marvel, Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, Nikki Rau-Baker, Tara Lynne
“You’ve got me? Who’s got you?”
We talked so much about Superman that we could not contain it all in one podcast. Co-hosts Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel join Michael Falkner, Mark Finn and Joe Crowe. We discuss the cultural impact of Superman, and Mark froths at the mouth when Deanna references Doctor Who. It is a nerdgasmic cornucopia. Continue reading
The Earth Station One crew and friends head back to the theater for a look at one of the summers most highly anticipated movies. That’s right. It’s Iron Man 3! ESO will take a look at the film, the franchise, and the comic books that started it all. Plus, as if that wasn’t enough, ESO takes a look back at this year’s Free Comic Book Day celebration.
ESO wants to hear from you. Tell us what you thought about Iron Man 3. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Are you ready for Tony Stark’s next adventure? We want to know your thoughts regarding Marvel’s Armored Avenger. Plus, ESO wants to know how you celebrated Free Comic Book Day. We’d love to hear reports from you about your comic shop.
Drop us a line at www.esopodcast.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. We just might read yours on the show.
Posted in Blog, Comic Books, Conventions, Earth Station One, Fantasy, Geek, Interview, movies, News, Reviews
Tagged Ben Kingsly, Bobby Nash, Earth Station One, ESO, ESO Network, FCBD, Free Comic Book Day, Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Jon Favreau, Marvel Studios, Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, Podcast, Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black, The Avengers
The Energon must flow! Join us this episode in discovering the origins of the Transformers! Learn about Optimus Prime and the Autobots and the unending battle with Megatron and the Decepticons that has lasted for almost 30 years! Relive the joys of being a child by unlocking the secrets of robots in disguise and then suffering a mental breakdown when Optimus dies! And we even talk about the Go-Bots and the Rock Lords (well Q talks, we just laughed at him).
As usual, tune in for our Achievement Unlocked and later on in the Clockwork Quarter hour we have a special guest interview with Tony Ballard Smoot aka Captain Anthony LaGrange of the Airship Archon.
Posted in Blog, Comic Books, Comics, Conventions, Geek, Interview, movies, Music, News, Pulp, Sci-fi, Science, steampunk, The Ratchet Retrocast
Tagged 80s, Achievement Unlocked, Airship Archon, BotCon, Cartoons, CD, Clockwork Quarter Hour, Go-Bots, Optimus Prime, Q, Ratchet RetroCast, Steampunk, Strangeway, Transformers
This weekend, the race to box office supremacy begins! Mike, Mike, award-winning author Bobby Nash, Box Office Buzz scribe Ashley Bergner, and 7th Row Center podcaster Alex Autrey survey the highs and lows of the upcoming summer movie season. However, Alex’s magic movie 8-ball cannot help him in The Geek Seat! Plus, Tara Lynne returns to the station to tell tales of the Ice & Fire Con this past weekend. All this, and the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!
Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: 2013 Summer Movie Preview
Posted in Blog, Comic Books, Conventions, Earth Station One, Fantasy, Geek, Horror, movies, News, Podcast, Rumor, Sci-fi, Science, TV
Tagged Alex Autrey, Ashley Bergner, Bobby Nash, Earth Station One Episode 161, ESO, Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, Movies, Summer Movie Preview, Summer Movies, Summer Movies 2013, Tara Lynne
By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz
Before 2008, many people weren’t familiar with the Marvel comic book superhero Iron Man. DC Comics characters Superman and Batman had long been the two most famous superheroes, and no one was expecting a movie based on Tony Stark — a snarky narcissist in a metal suit — to be a mega-hit.
However, Robert Downey Jr.’s great performance not only rebooted the actor’s own career, it also helped launch an impressive theatrical run for a line-up of Marvel superheroes, culminating in last summer’s epic mash-up “The Avengers.” Earning more than $1.5 billion worldwide, “The Avengers” established Marvel’s dominance in the cinematic superhero universe, and now DC Comics is the one struggling to catch up.
Still, Marvel is hoping this is just the beginning. “The Avengers” completed the first stage of the film franchise, and now Marvel is preparing to launch what the company is calling “Phase 2,” which features new movies about Iron Man, Thor and Captain America; an Avengers sequel; and a science fiction film about an Avengers-style team called “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Personally, I’m very much looking forward to Marvel’s new line-up of films, though I do have a few possible concerns. Continue reading
Posted in Comic Books, Fantasy, movies, preview, Sci-fi
Tagged Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Marvel, Movie, superhero, Thor
Stanley Kubrick’s directorial career only spanned 13 feature length films, but what he lacked in quantity he made up for in quality. Mike is joined by award-winning author Bobby Nash, award-winning artist Mark Maddox, and nominee for award-winning listener Dave Slotter, for a detailed look at the award-winning director’s career. Plus, the creator of Only Human graphic novel faces the intellectual horror of The Geek Seat and Marc Ballard promotes the upcoming Nashville Comic and Horror Festival. All this and the usual Rants, Raves, and Shout Outs!
Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: The Films of Stanley Kubrick
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Tagged 2001, Bobby Nash, Dave slotter, Earth Staton One Episode 160, entertainment, ESO, Mark Maddox, Mike Faber, Movies, Ordinary People, oscars, Stanley Kubrick, The Shining