RevolutionSF Podcast: We Heart Wheaton

Wil Wheaton. Everything he touches turns to gold, from books to guest spots on some of TV’s biggest shows to YouTube series with thousands of followers. And convention sutograph lines that stretch for hours. But why? Why is the former Wesley now so popular? What is it about him that draws the geek?

Join Deanna Toxopeus, Gary Mitchel and Tegan Hendrickson as they analyze the magic formula of Wil’s popularity. They laugh about the good bits, cry about the sad bits and marvel at the awesome bits. It’s Wheatonerific! Download it right here.

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Most Surprising SequelsNext week, Earth Station One takes a look at Surprising Sequels: Movie Sequels That Surprised Us. Has there ever been a sequel that surprised you by being as good as or better than the original like Spider-Man 2 or Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back? Perhaps just different enough to surprise you like The Dark Knight or Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Or any movies that surprised you by heading off into strange directions like Highlander 2 or Pirates of the Caribbean? And yes, even those sequels that didn’t quite work like Ghostbusters 2 or Star Wars Episode One? Plus, movies that we always thought should have had a sequel, but didn’t. These are the movies we’ll be discussing on ESO episode 140.

Then, ESO sits down with Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation writer Scott Tipton, who also takes a turn in The Geek Seat. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we take a look at the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead as it heads into the fall finale. All that plus the usual rants, raves, shout outs, and the ever-popular Khan Report! It’s going to be another action-packed episode of Earth Station One you won’t want to miss.

ESO wants to hear from you. What movie sequels surprised you? What did you think of the latest episode of The Walking Dead? Have you visited a convention or planning one? We’d love to hear from you at, email us at, or call 404-963-9057. We might just read yours on the show. Follow ESO on Facebook and Twitter.

Earth Station One Podcast Episode 119: The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Earth Station One Episode 119: Amazing Spider-man reviewThis week, the ESO crew went to the movies and witnessed the restart of the webhead’s franchise. And where better to get together than a comic shop? Odin’s Comics in Lilburn, GA played excellent host to Mike, Mike, William, Peter Cutler, Anthony Taylor, and the award-winning artist Mark Maddox, as they discussed The Amazing Spider-Man. Speaking of amazing, back on the station we had the honor of chatting with the artist of the new Star Trek/Doctor Who comic crossover, J.K. Woodward. All this, plus the usual Rants, Raves, Shout Outs, and Khan Report!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: The Amazing Spider-Man Review
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Israeli scientists develop prototype of Geordi’s Star Trek VISOR

Star Trek Visor coming sooner then you thinkBy Trent Moore, Source:

You may not have to wait until the 24th century to see a working version of that sweet VISOR worn by the blind character Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

A team of Israeli scientists has developed a prototype device that can tap into the visual cortex of blind people and serve as a makeshift sonar system to let them “see” shapes and objects around them.

Dr. Amir Amedi in Jerusalem is working to use sound to activate the visual cortices of the blind. The idea is that the visual cortex breaks information into two parallel pathways. One processes form and identity, while the other coordinates with the body’s motor functions. Continue reading

SCOOP: Doctor Who/Star Trek – The Official Crossover

Doctor Who / STNG HELL YES!!!by Rich Johnston, Source: Bleeding Cool

Make it… geronimo!

Bleeding Cool has squirrelled out news of an upcoming crossover that might send certain minds reeling. That in May, IDW are to publish a Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossover series. Featuring The Doctor, Rory, Amy, Captain Picard, Worf, Data, Geordie LaForge, Deanna Troy, Will Riker and the rest. And that this art, featuring the Doctor, Rory and Amy on the bridge of the Enterprise is a cover that will be used in the series. Continue reading

Star Trek: TNG getting HD conversion even though it’s impossible

Star Trek TNGBy Evan Ackerman,

Star Trek: The Next Generation is one of the very few shows that I would personally fork over a bunch of money to own in HD on Blu-ray, as soon as they get around to it. There’s just one problem with my awesome plan: an HD conversion of the TNG episodes simply can’t be done.

The issue with converting TNG to high def is that while all of the actors were filmed at a quality that’s just dandy for HD, all of the editing and post-production work, which includes every single special effect, was done on standard definition video. This means that there is no higher definition source for much of the TNG material, and the only way to create an HD version of the series is to go back and completely re-do every single freakin’ special effect by hand. Continue reading

How Star Trek: Nemesis almost happened without the Next Gen cast

Almost No Pickard and Crew for NemisisStar Trek: Nemesis, the last film featuring the Next Generation cast, is perhaps best known for killing Data, having that Picard clone (played by then relatively unknown Tom Hardy) and a bunch of ugly Remans as the Big Bads of the film. But what’s really shocking is to learn that Nemesis almost happened without any of the TNG cast.

Read the interview with Rich Berman here

Earth Station One Episode 45: Mr Data, Return us to Titan Games and Comics, Warp factor 5, Engage!

Earth Station One Episode 45: Mr Data,  Return us to Titan Games and Comics, Warp factor 5, Engage!

This weeks episode of the ESO podcast, we come to you once again from Titan Game and Comics in Duluth, GA. Where we will be going back to the Star Trek universe and this time talk about Star Trek the Next Generation, and while we are are the same theme we will be getting a preview of the upcoming Trek Trax Atlanta coming the Weekend of February 18th – 20th at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter.

Join us for another fun filled podcast that we like to call Episode 45: Mr Data, Return us to Titan Games and Comics, Warp factor 5, Engage!

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:02:21 Rants & Raves – Wizard Magazine / The Fantastic Four / Scifi Channel /The Cursed Hobbit Movie
0:30:25 The Geek Seat w/ Kevin Parker
0:40:55 Trek Trax Atlanta Preview
0:56:46 Star Trek: The Next Generation
2:07:23 Show Close

Show Links
Trek Trax Atlanta
Titan Games & Comics Duluth

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Patrick Stewart on the abandoned 5th Next Gen film we never saw

Could we have seen Captain Pacrd again? Maybe it's for the best.

The last we ever saw of the Next Generation crew was in 2002′s Star Trek Nemesis—but that wasn’t supposed to be the end of it. According to Patrick Stewart, there was to be a fifth film, one that would have been “a real farewell” to Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.

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Erth Station One Episode 10 – Darn, That’s the End!?!

Erth Station One Episode 10

Erth Station One returns this week with our news commentary and a review of Cold Blood the ninth episode of series 5 of Doctor Who. Then with the end of the 24 and LOST we decided to talk about our favorite and least series endings. Join our regular crew of Mike, Dan, Judy & Jennifer you never know what might come up.

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