Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures – The Ravelli Conspiracy

dwea0303_theravelliconspiracy_1417_cover_largeBlurb: When the TARDIS lands in a house in Florence, Italy in 1514, it isn’t long before the guards of Guiliano de Medici arrest Steven and Vicki. To rescue them, the Doctor has to employ the help of the house’s owner – one Niccolo Machiavelli. But can he be completely trusted?

Guiliano confesses to his brother Pope Leo X that he has angered the wealthy family of Ravelli and believes the newcomers may be part of an assassination plot. But when the Doctor arrives an already tricky situation starts to spiral out of control.

As the city rings with plot and counter-plot, betrayal and lies abound. The Doctor and his friends must use all their ingenuity if they’re not to be swept away by history.

This conspiracy is about to get complicated…

Review: Big Finish pulled a surprising turn with their latest installment of The Early Adventures. In the past, the Companion Chronicles, Early Adventures, and Lost Stories had always treated stories in history as dramatic tales that were taken fairly seriously. Yet, in William Hartnell’s time as the Doctor that often wasn’t the case. The second script writer for the series, Dennis Spooner, loved comedy as did Hartnell. Quite a few of the best remembered stories in William’s Hartnell’s time as the Doctor were comedies or at least had fairly sizable comic content. The Ravelli Conspiracy belongs to that line of story. It was, perhaps, a tad mischievous on Big Finish’s part not to hint that this would be something different from the typical, dramatic stoyline that one had come to expect from their historicals, but it certainly made for a nice surprise and allowed Big Finish to try it’s capable hand at recreating another style of story from the classic era in audio. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures – The Ravelli Conspiracy” »

The Earth Station One Podcast Episode 347 – ESO Book Club: The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes

Earth Station One Podcast Ep 347Step aside, Oprah. The ESO crew is reaching out to literary lovers everywhere. Mike, Mike, Montgomery Lopez, Kevin Eldridge, and Alan OW Barnes discuss the massively influential first storyline in The Sandman saga. Plus, we interview the impressive young writer/artist of the SuperCheese comic, Aaron Berube. All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Geek Girl’s Take, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!
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TV review: BBC’s ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’ chronicles the real-life ‘Game of Thrones’

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HBO’s “Game of Thrones” may be fantasy, but it’s no fairy tale. This gritty, violent fantasy universe is filled with warring families and political betrayal, where even main characters are not immune from a sudden, grisly death. However, England’s real-life history is actually just as shocking and violent. The infamous Wars of the Roses more than match the level of betrayal and scandal found in “Game of Thrones” and actually served as part of the inspiration for the fictional series.

Shakespeare dramatized this bloody period in his plays “Henry VI” and “Richard III,” which have been adapted by the BBC and released as “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and a number of other prestigious actors. The series will air on PBS starting this Sunday, Dec. 11. It’s shot as a film using actual sets such as castles and battlefields, rather than as a traditional stage play. It’s a lavish, well-acted dramatization that’s perfect for any fan of history, Shakespeare, or medieval period dramas like “Game of Thrones.” Continue reading “TV review: BBC’s ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’ chronicles the real-life ‘Game of Thrones’” »

CasterQuest Ep55 Over The Garden Wall: “Babes in the Woods” & “Into the Unknown”

otgwMandy and Xavier return to our recap of “Over The Garden Wall” featuring episodes 8 & 9 “Babes in the Wood” and “Into the Unknown“. Mysteries unravel and darkness looms ever closer, interwoven with more fantastic music and child like wonderlands. We talk mixtapes, sibling rivalry, young love and much more!


Cigar Nerds Podcast Episode 58: 2016 Cigar Nerd of the Year

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Cigar Nerds Podcast Episode 58: 2016 Cigar Nerd of the Year. Its that time again when we honor an actor that has made an impact of cigar culture with there works. The 2016 Cigar Nerd of the Year is Sylvester Stallone. This week we discuss his most smoking roll, that of Barney Ross in The Expendables. In science we discuss profiling AI, cat bondage, Chernobyl, and poop in space. In news we discuss Netflix downloads, Nintendo Park, Guardians of the Galaxy games, Marvel vs Capcom, Aquaman, and Disney gets a Death Star. When you wish upon a Death Star should be the new theme. We also review the Check Six by Camacho and Triple Burner by Brooklyn Brewing.
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The Earth Station DCU Episode 25 – Invasion: The Big CW Crossover

Join Drew Leiter and Cletus Jacobs as we discuss…

DC News

Superman Annual #1

Batman Annual #1

Supergirl S2 EP8

Flash S3 EP8

Arrow S5 EP8

Legends of Tomorrow S2 EP7
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Flopcast 239: Thank You, Ninjas

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Flopcast episode 239! A trio of festive concert reports this week: Kornflake journeyed to a casino in the middle of Rhode Island and finally saw The Monkees (parking was tricky, but the view of Peter Tork was outstanding); meanwhile, Kevin and the Mayor were in Boston for the long-awaited return of Letters to Cleo (for the record, Kay Hanley remains our favorite singer in the universe); and once again we dodged flying undergarments at Niki Luparelli’s annual David Bowie tribute concert and burlesque show. We also celebrate the 100th birthday of Mr. Peanut (the secret of eternal youth — wear a top hat, a monocle, and nothing else), and remind everyone to appreciate ninjas. Especially coffee ninjas.

Episode 239 complete show notes and links at!


Pop Culture Cosmos Episode Fourteen


On today’s program, Josh Pederson, Chris Bahner and Gerald Glassford talk about the rising costs of the comic book industry and ask if it’s getting to be too much for those who want to dive into the world of heroes and villains. Kevin from the Flopcast stops by to talk the latest candidates for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and discuss who is a sure thing to get in and others who we feel are just as worthy. Then Mike Crockett and “the Kingpin” Brian Milonas from a Wrestling Podcast About Nothing return to talk the independent wrestling scene and why the world of sports entertainment is just as interesteing outside of the WWE. Then Douglas Houghaboo from Retro City Games checks in to talk the Last Guardian for the Playstation 4 FINALLY hitting retail shelves. After so many years in development, will gamers still find the game a worthwhile experience? All this plus a taste of the latest Gamercast with Jay, Rob and Glenn,  an e-sports short from the Battle on the Strip and Amazon Appstore’s Champions of Fire Invitational and a highlight from the latest ESO holiday gifts podcast. It’s another jam packed for you today as we delve once again into…the Pop Culture Cosmos! (1:02)


The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Heroes vs Aliens: Invasion


This is it. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. 4 DC Shows over 4 nights to battle 1 major villain – The Dominators.  Continue reading “The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Heroes vs Aliens: Invasion” »