Sep 07

SciFi Diner Podcast 286 – Listener Feedback: Star Trek Versus Suicide Squad at the Box Office

Tonight’s Menu: Listener’s respond to watching the Suicide Squad and Star Trek Beyond.

SciFi Diner Podcast 285 – Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter, Lost Girl, and The Listener)

A Shoreleave 38 Interview

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

 

 

Sep 01

SciFi Diner Podcast 285 – Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter, Lost Girl, and The Listener)

Tonight’s Menu: The various cons we will be attending (InterventionConWashingCon, Star Trek Mission New YorkJoCo Cruise), Stranger Things, Timeless, Young Justice, Avatar 2, Deep Space Mining, and Anthony Lemke.

SciFi Diner Podcast 285 – Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter, Lost Girl, and The Listener)

A Shoreleave 38 Interview

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

Roger Anthony Lemke is a Canadian actor. He is known for portraying Brian Becker on CTV’s fantasy drama The Listener, Dan Malloy on Bravo’s police drama 19-2, and Ryan Elliot on Hallmark Channel’s fantasy comedy-drama Good Witch. In French Canada, Lemke is known for playing David Rothstein on Radio Canada’s comedy-drama Les Hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.

He appears as Three (Marcus Boone) on Syfy’s science-fiction drama Dark Matter.

 

Aug 23

SciFi Diner Podcast 284 – Star Trek Beyond (with Fraize from ThinkGeek)

Tonight’s Menu: Our SciFi Review of Star Trek Beyond with Fraize from Think Geek

SciFi Diner Podcast 284 – Star Trek Beyond (with Fraize from Think Geek) 

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, Fraize, and M.

Star Trek Beyond: A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victims. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that’s aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.

 

Aug 19

SciFi Diner Podcast 283 – Suicide Squad

 

Tonight’s Menu: Our SciFi Review of Suicide Squad

SciFi Diner Podcast 283 – Suicide Squad

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

Suicide Squad: Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.

 

Jul 31

SciFi Diner Podcast 282 – Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

 

Tonight’s Menu: Our SciFi Review of Independence Day: Resurgence (The 2016 Movie)

SciFi Diner Podcast 282 – Independence Day: Resurgence  (2016)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott and Miles.

Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day and stars an ensemble cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward,Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and William Fichtner.

The film is set twenty years after the events of the first film. Since then, the United Nations have collaborated on the Earth Space Defense (ESD), an international military defense and research organization, and developed hybrid technology reverse-engineered from the invaders’ in anticipation that they would return. When the returning aliens again attack Earth with an advanced and unprecedented force during the twentieth anniversary of humanity’s victory against them on July 4, a new generation of defenders from the ESD joins forces with the surviving protagonists from the first film to participate in a battle to save the world from annihilation. In addition, humanity begins to explore their extraterrestrial adversary’s history and motives.

 

Jul 06

SciFi Diner Podcast 281 – Independence Day (1996)

 

Tonight’s Menu: Our SciFi Rewind of Independence Day (The 1996 Movie)

SciFi Diner Podcast 281 – Independence Day (1996)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

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On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day…

Jun 21

SciFi Diner Podcast 280 – Our Interview with Sean Maher (Simon Tam on Firefly and the Voice of Nightwing)

 

280Tonight’s Menu: Sean Maher from Firefly, The Last Ship, Wolverine, Dr. Strange, Space Pants, and NASA’s SciFi Five in Five

SciFi Diner Podcast 280 – Our Interview with Sean Maher
(Simon Tam on Firefly and the Voice of Nightwing)
A Farpoint Interview

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975) is an American actor, who portrayed Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity.

Maher was born in Pleasantville, New York to Joseph and Margaret Maher. After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997. He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods.

Maher starred as the title character, a rookie police officer, on the short-lived TV series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. In 2000 he was one of the main characters on the short-lived (dropped after seven episodes) Fox series The $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.

He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley’s Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen’s Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg’s new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian’s Song.

In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star inLifetime Television’s pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).

In 2011 Maher landed a role in the television series The Playboy Club. He played Sean, a closeted gay man who is in a sham marriage with a closeted lesbian Playboy Bunny. He appeared in eight episodes, in 2011 and 2012, in another series, Make It or Break It, as the character Marcus. He played the villainous Don John in Joss Whedon’s 2012 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

In 2014, Maher starred as Dick Grayson/Nightwing in “Son of Batman”, a direct-to-video animated film. It is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Maher and his husband Paul have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.

 

May 11

SciFi Diner Podcast 279 – 50 Years of Star Trek (An Interview with Michael Schilling from Shore Leave 38)

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SciFi Diner Podcast 279 – 50 Years of Star Trek
(An Interview with Michael Shilling from Shore Leave 38)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott.

 

 

Apr 26

SciFi Diner Podcast 278 – Our Interview with Steven H. Wilson (Prometheus Radio Theatre and Arbiter Chronicles)

SciFi Diner Podcast 278 – Our Interview with Steven H. Wilson (Prometheus Radio Theatre and Arbiter Chronicles)

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SACRIFICE PLAY is the third novel based on THE ARBITER CHRONICLES, a science fiction audio drama which has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award. SACRIFICE PLAY is scheduled for release in trade paperback and eBook this Summer from Firebringer Press. Comic book artist Caio Cacau has painted the cover.

Additionally, the cast of THE ARBITER CHRONICLES will voice a full-cast audiobook version of the novel.

The goal of the funding campaign is to pay the artists, voice actors and production staff for their hard work in creating this multimedia adventure.

On behalf of Firebringer Press and Promethues Radio Theatre, thank you for your ongoing support of our work, and we look forward to making SACRIFICE PLAY a success with your help!

Apr 11

SciFi Diner Podcast 277 – Our Interview with Voice Actors Richard Epcar & Ellyn Stern (Bleach and Ghost in the Shell)

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SciFi Diner Podcast 277 – Our Interview with Voice Actors Richard Epcar & Ellyn Stern (Bleach and Ghost in the Shell)
(A Zenkaikon Report)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and T.

Our Zenkaikon Report

download main hallOver the years the Sci-fi Diner Podcasts has visited numerous conventions: Balticon, Shore Leave Con, Far Point Con, and even at New York Comicon. Most of these conventions have been around for a long time and are well run. This year we had the opportunity to travel to Zenkaikon, our very first Anime convention. It was one of the best, well-run cons that I have ever experienced.

When one thinks of Lancaster Pennsylvania, typically the first thing that comes to mind is the Amish homage. But when we arrived at the Lancaster Convention Center in downtown Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, this scenario was anything but Amish. The convention floor was littered with all sorts of cosplay. We talked to countless Cosplayers that had spent hours developing the perfect cosplay for this event. It was awesome. In fact, I might venture to say that arriving to this convention without being in some sort of cosplay actually makes one the minority. Not that it mattered a whole lot. At this family friendly Con, everyone was welcome. T and I  chose not to cosplay for this convention. Next year might be a different story.

assassinationschoolAfter registering, we explored all four floors of the convention center to get a feel for what each level of Zenkaikon had to offer. The topmost level was reserved for people who were LARPing (Live Action Role Playing). The next level down had Anime  karaoke, Starship Artemis, a few rooms for panels, and a video gaming room. The second level also contained a gaming room, this one focused on board games, Magic the Gathering and Pokemon.  This floor also had some additonal panels and a two places ypou could sit and watch anime if you wanted. The ground floor contained the dealer’s room and the main hall where the guests of honor spoke. This year, Zenkaikon’s guests of honor were Richard Epcar, Ellyn Stern, Dante Basco, and Vic Mignogna just to name a few.

dresssWe started our day in the Anime karaoke room. I am used to hearing karaoke sung in a more bar-like setting where people who are inebriated belt out tunes of their favorite songs, typically singing them poorly. But this was not the case.  It was more like Anime American Idol where contestants sang J-pop songs and Anime songs. And they weren’t singing them poorly.   and also had the dealers roomWhat ever quest throughout the day was defined in a Chico keychain which never located. Never the last hunt was fine. We set up our interview or interview at been set up for 11 o’clock with Richard Apgar and Eileen Stern. So that’s how we got settled in weed about a half an hour to explore the dealers roomEnds also spent about a half an hour listening to karaoke.

dress2The next stop for us was the dealers room.  T decided to start a Bleach keychain collection.  What she really wanted was an Ichigo keychain, but no vendors were selling them.  Still, she ended up with four keychains from the show.  The dealer’s room had literally anything anime you could want.  Books, movies, games, cosplay outfits, artwork, food, and swords.

Each convention we have ever been at has lined up guest interviews differently.  Some conventions give us approval to do interviews but makes up seek out the guest and line up the interview ourselves, other conventions allow us to do interviews at the signing booths.  Zenkaikon took all the podcasters who wanted ichigowithswordto interview Richard Epcar and Ellyn Stern and placed them in a second floor private room to conduct the interview.  It was nicely done and yet still allowed some con  noise to filter through giving our interview an authentic feel.

After our interview, we went and listened toVoice Actor Panel featuring: Dante Basco, Richard Epcar, Vic Mignogna and Ellyn Stern. It was fun hearing them recite lines of Star Wars: A New Hope in Shakespearean language and fun to hear the voice of Prince Zuko having an argument with Edward Elric.

Since we only live about 15 minutes, my wife and gargantiason joined up for a brief lunch.  Downtown Lancaster has tons of places to eat including Asian fusion, Caribbean, a slew of pubs, and more standard fare like Isaacs and other sandwich shops. We chose to eat at a Caribbean place that we’ve eaten that a few times before. On the way back to the convention, we ran into Ichigo, or I should say a cosplayer dressed as Ichigo. My daughter was ecstatic.

Back at the convention, we sat in on Vic Mignogna’s Question and Answer panel, spent some more time in the dealers room, and also just spent time enjoying looking at all the cosplay.

japaneseZenkaikon ranks a 10 out of 10 as convention. It is clear that in the 10 years of running this convention, they have learned a lot about running such an event. It is an event I hope to return to next year.

Scott Hertzog

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