The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Scifi News for 2/17/2017

Before jumping into this week’s Scifi News, I started to talk about my beef with Hulu and a quick review of The Great Wall with Matt Damon.

For this week, my BIG 3 scifi news items are:

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Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – Home Truths

Home_TruthsBlurb: There’s a house across the waters at Ely where an old woman tells a strange story.

About a kind of night constable called Sara Kingdom. And her friends, the Doctor and Steven. About a journey they made to a young couple’s home, and the nightmarish things that were found there. About the follies of youth and selfishness. And the terrible things even the most well-meaning of us can inflict on each other.

Hear the old woman’s story. Then decide her fate.

Review: Of all the companions that Big Finish could work with, Sara Kingdom was the most likely. Since she only appeared in the final nine episodes of a single serial, The Daleks Master Plan, it didn’t seem possible for her to have any unseen adventures with the Doctor and Steven. Yet, Big Finish decided to exploit the fact that episode seven of The Daleks Master Plan does not contain a cliffhanger for episode 8. With Sara’s characterization changing somewhat in the later episodes, it seemed possible that maybe she did have a few more adventures with the Doctor and Steven than what had been seen on TV. It created a great opportunity for Big Finish, since Sara has a tremendous backstory to exploit. She started as a blindly obedient agent of the futuristic Space Security Service who doesn’t even question the order to murder her brother, Bret Vyon, when it’s given by the Guardian of the Solar System, Mavic Chen. Her obedience leads her to do the deed and to hunt the Doctor and Steven as criminals until they prove to her that Chen has sold out the human race to the Daleks. Then she swears vengeance on Chen even as she travels with Steven and the Doctor to protect the taranium core that the Daleks covet. Writer Simon Guerrier who had written a short story for Sara Kingdom was asked to write the story, and Big Finish prepared to reintroduce the character to modern audiences with Home Truths. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – Home Truths” »

The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – The Lego Batman Movie

Could The Lego Batman Movie be the breakout movie of the year? Mr. Gene and I are back to give our reviews of this latest Lego movie.

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Movie review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ offers plenty of colorful, entertaining mayhem

We’ve seen many incarnations of Batman since he first made the jump from the comic book page to the screen. He’s been both campy and gritty, animated and live action, and occasionally cringe-inducing (yes, I’m referring to you, “Batman and Robin”). He also ended up stealing the show in tiny brick form in 2014’s unexpected hit “The Lego Movie.” Will Arnett’s Lego caped crusader quickly emerged as a fan favorite from that movie, and he’s now been given his own standalone feature, out in theaters this past weekend. Although it can’t quite top the original “Lego Movie,” it’s a fun, colorful adventure with plenty to keep both adults and children entertained. Continue reading “Movie review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ offers plenty of colorful, entertaining mayhem” »

Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures – The Sontarans

SontaransBlurb: The TARDIS arrives on a moon-sized asteroid orbiting two gas giants. With an amazing view, it’s a chance for the Doctor, Steven and Sara to unwind after their recent adventures.

But they quickly find themselves in the midst of battle – on one side: a familiar group of space-suited soldiers – members of the Space Security Service. On the other: strange, squat aliens in body armor.

Surviving the initial hostilities, the Doctor and his friends discover that the SSS squad is on a terrifying mission. With many lives at stake, they have to venture deep inside the asteroid in search of a hideous weapon. But who can they trust in the battle against these Sontarans? Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures – The Sontarans” »

The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Scifi News for 2/10/2017

Another week has passed and another Scifi News Podcast has arrived. Here’s the big 3 scifi news topics:

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The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Green Lantern 2011 Re/watch

Welcome my new re/watch series!!!

This is the first of many new segments I’m hoping to produce this year. The idea about the re/watch series podcast is to look back at a movie especially one that I hated at first viewing. The goal is to do research about the production and get behind the scenes information about the movie and then to re/watch it with fresh new eyes.

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‘Circle City Shakedown’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

CIRCLE CITY SHAKEDOWN
(A Phillip Chandler Mystery)
By Bill Craig
Whiz Bang LLC
274 pgs

Bill Craig can knock out a half dozen crime thrillers faster than most established writers can do one. The amazement is, they are all damn good books. With “Circle City Shakedown,” first released in 2014, he starts a brand new series featuring a former U.S. Deputy Marshal named Phillip Chandler who has come to Indianapolis to start his new career as a private investigator.
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Myopia: Defend Your Childhood – Mission Briefing: Goldeneye (1995)

Out with the oldish, in with the Irish! We watched Goldeneye for this Mission Briefing. I know what your are thinking, didn’t they already nostalgia all over this? Well, you are keen and thanks for listening! We did it again with the Mission Gaze! Pierce Brosnan replaced Tim Dalton! Nintendo 64 is mentioned, duh!

Host: Nicolas Hoffmann

Panel: Steven, Matt, Jon, Thomas

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Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – The Anachronauts

AnachronautsBlurb: An experimental timeship smashes into the TARDIS, and the crews of both ships wake up on a desert island. Has the TARDIS been destroyed? And why doesn’t the Doctor want to escape?

Then, Steven and Sara find themselves on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall in 1966. And their only way back to the TARDIS is to betray the Doctor.

Review: Big Finish had wanted to reunite Peter Purves and Jean Marsh in an audio adventure for some time. Both Purves and Marsh had had successful trilogies in The Companion Chronicles range written by Simon Guerrier. With Purves expressing interest in working with Marsh again, it seemed obvious to put the two together sooner rather than later. A double-length Companion Chronicle was commissioned, but the author was unable to meet the deadline. Instead, fan favorite Simon Guerrier was asked to create a replacement at the last minute. The result was The Anachronauts. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – The Anachronauts” »