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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 100 – We Look Back…

SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 100

We Look Back…


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On the menu tonight:

Tonite it is all about thanking you the listeners and many people who have contributed to making us who we are.

  • The Contest; Winners Announced at the end of the show
  • Brief News
  • Two guests confirmed for Farpoint 2012.
  • Mashup
  • Our Top Interviews
  • Bumper Bonanza
  • Number of Shows we’ve touched through interviews
  • Top Moments
  • Top News Stories
  • Favorite Gafts
  • Five Things about Your Hosts You May not know
  • SciFi Five in Five from Brady Hardin


Give Away:

We are giving away three things: Top prize: $100 Think Geek Gift Certificate, Second Prize: Bonita Fredericy Signed Print, and Third Prize: Mercury Men Posters
Our Winners:
* Jen from New York: Mercury Men Poster
* Dan from Fringecasting: Mercury Men Poster
* Jay S.: Mercury Men Poster
* Kahless: Bonita Fredericy and John Billingsly Signed Print
* Mike Crate: $100 Think Geek Gift Certificate

Podcast Shout Out:

Mary the Televixen & John Champion

Chris Wood from Subspace Communique.

Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan

Kevin from Tuning Into SciFi TV Podcast

Podcaster’s Emporium

Alex Fensen New Forest Podcast

Mike Crate from The Gatecast Podcast

The Haitian Connection Network

Pressing News:

Michael Hogan(Colonel Tigh) and Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh) are two guests confirmed for Farpoint 2012.


What means more to you in a movie’s overall success? Quality or Quantity (Millions Grossed)?
What means more to you in a movie’s overall success? Quality or Quantity (Millions Grossed)?
X-Men 3 director fights back against First Class director’s trash talk | Blastr
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has been trashing 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand at pretty much every opportunity he’s had lately. But now The Last Stand director Brett Ratner is fighting back.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic- Mathers

Dr. Who renewed 6th season

Gavin wrote “Absolutely loving the current season! Shame there’ll be a break until fall, but never mind. At least for once us Brits get to see a quality show slightly ahead of our US brethren 😉 you guys make great television over there. The networks are damn ruthless though, worthwhile shows like Journeyman and Defying Gravity died too young. Love the podcast too, keep em coming.”

Captain Jack rumors

Jason wrote: “Great news. And the Face of Bow is returning. Even greater news. Can’t say that I saw the River Song reveal coming the whole time, but I had feeling. The ending of ‘The Almost People’ had me a little confused for a while. Really good reveal.”

It’s official: Eliza Dushku will star in Torchwood spinoff series


Remember how Jane Espenson teased us a couple of weeks ago with some cryptic tweets hinting that Eliza Dushku might star in a Torchwood spinoff? Well, the mystery has become a reality.

Espenson had tweeted (among other things) that she had “faith in Torchwood: Web of Lies,” which we all hoped would mean what we all thought it meant—that Dushku, the actress who’d brought the character of Faith to life on Buffy the Vamppre Slayer, would be starring in a new Torchwood series. And James Hibberd over at EW just broke the news … that she will!

According to Hibberd:

Dushku has been signed to star in an online animated “motion comic” series based on Starz upcoming Torchwood: Miracle Day.Titled Torchwood: Web of Lies, Dushku will be front and center in the short-form story, which will also have voice appearances by Torchwood stars John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper. Jane Espenson, who has worked on Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and Torchwood, is penning the series along with co-writer Ryan Scott.

The web series will be made up of 10 episodes, each three minutes long, with the first installment launching before Miracle Day premieres and the others going online after each subsequent episode airs.

Looking forward to seeing (or should that be “hearing”) Dushku saving the Earth side by side with Barrowman and Myles? We know we are. Because as far as we’re concerned, there can never be too much Torchwood!


Problems could postpone Star Trek 2 premiere by SIX months

25 May 2011
Star Trek 2 is definitely happening, but it may be happening later than anyone expected.
The second film in the rebooted Star Trekfranchise has a release date of June 29, 2012. That’s the good news. But according toDeadline, the bad news is that the film doesn’t have a script or even an official director.
While J.J. Abrams is expected to return to the captain’s ch—sorry, director’s chair, he has not said so yet in a way that Paramount Pictures can take to the bank. But more importantly, assuming that Abrams is back, he doesn’t have a script to work with yet. Apparently, all writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have to show for the last two years is a 70-page outline. All three have been busy with other projects and are waiting for Abrams to commit before they start hammering out the screenplay in earnest.
As an added twist, star Chris Pine is also slated to take over the role of Jack Ryan in a new spy thriller based on the Tom Clancy character. While Pine is probably going to end up playing Capt. Kirk again first, the Ryan film could always sneak into production ahead of Star Trek 2, giving everyone involved more headaches.
So with other summer 2012 tentpoles like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers already well into production, can Star Trek 2 go from near zero to warp nine in just 13 months? The betting money says that the studio is considering pushing Trek back from its June 2012 slot to a December 2012 release, which is kind of funny since the first one was pushed from December 2008 to May 2009 to give the studio more time to properly market it.
As for what’s in that 70-page outline … we’re certainly dying to find out.
So what do you think? Should Paramount delayStar Trek 2 and give the filmmakers enough time to get it right, or rush the production just to meet next summer’s release date?
Kinda figured it would be late with all the things JJ  is juggling.


Our Top interviews:

Edwards James Olmos
Allison Scagliotti
– Starship Farragut – John Broughton
– Dayton and Dilmore
– Televixen


– Edward James Olmos
– Dayton & Kevin
Catherine Hicks
Chase Masterson
– Sam Witwer

Kahless favorite moment: Kevin Sorbo

Brady Hardin: Edward James Olmos

Jay: Katee Sackoff interview

Number of Science Fiction shows touched on through our interviews:

  • Dollhouse
  • Charmed
  • Smallville
  • Heroes
  • Warehouse 13
  • Star Trek 11
  • Hercules
  • Stargate Atlantis
  • Stargate SG1
  • Stargate Universe
  • Star Trek Voyager
  • Battlestar Galactica (the original series and re-imagined series)
  • Andromeda
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Chuck
  • Mortal Kombat Web Series
  • Walking Dead (interview not aired yet)
  • X-files (interview not aired yet)
  • Xena
  • Riese: Kingdom Falling
  • Fringe
  • Human Target
  • Blade Runner
  • LOST
  • Babylon 5
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • The Guild
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Dr. Horrible
  • Red
  • Eureka
  • Smallville
  • The Event
  • Supernatural
  • Sanctuary
  • Caprica
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Seventh Heaven
  • Chucky
  • Star trek: The Voyage Home
  • 24
  • Heroes
  • The Green Hornet
  • Twilight: New Moon
  • Cat Woman
  • Jeremiah


Top moments: (might be a moment in an interview):

– First Shoreleave
– The Watchmen Episode
– First Listener Feedback episode
– Hanging with Mike from Browncoats
– Chilling with Felica Day and Sam Witwer
– Tori Higgenson from Stargate Atlantis calling me a F-ing Bastard

– First Shoreleave
– First Farpoint
– Spending almost 45 minutes hanging out w/ Edward Jame Olomos.
– Tori may have called Scott and Fing Bastard, but, she thanked me for calling her lovely.
– Times we just hung out w/ people like the John Broughton & Mike Bednar from Farragut and Mike from Browncoasts.


Top News Stories:

Favorite Gafts:

* Vanessa Angel
* The Puppet Master Railing Miles
* David Nykl Licking the Diner
* Kevin Sorbo – Dinner
* Talking to Christoff Laputka twice because our recorder wasn’t working.  Christoff was a good sport.


Five things about your hosts you may not know:


– I am a writer: I have three books poetry “The Soul’s Watershed”, “Imprint”, and “The Despair of Krechellia” and a collections of Science Fiction Short stories “Murdering Tranquility and other Stories”
The Soul’s WatershedEncountersThe Despair of KrechelliaMurdering Tranquility and Other Stories
Up Till a year ago, I was a worship leader in a local Vineyard church – you can find my music in itune.
– I was in a folk/celtic rock band called Efatha
Faux ReelFar, Far AwaySandbox Sculptures
– Co-owner of a bed a breakfast – some of you may know this – The Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast
– How many podcasts have I run Miles?

  1. The Fireside Book Chats
  2. Haiti in Focus
  3. So A Protestant and a Catholic Walk Into A Bar
  4. The SciFi Diner Podcast
  5. Poem of the Week
  6. Room 312
  7. Worship Podcast


– I worked 17 years at Sight & Sound Theaters, the largest Christian Theater in the country. Mostly doing back stage work.
– During High School & College one of my main hobbies was taking Shotakan Karate. I got up to a brown belt.
– I serve on leadership at my church. I’ve even taught one Sunday morning. My message can be found on the sermon archives at Calvary Chapel of Lancaster PA.
– Whenever we can, my wife and I love to go see a broad way show

Other feed back:

Scifi Five in Five: Brady Hardin

I made a Sci-Fi Five at 5 for your 100th episode.  I understand that you may have something special lined up for that episode, so feel free to use it whenever you seem fit.  Here it is:

5    Important 100th Episodes of Sci-Fi Shows

5.  X-Files: “Redux II”
Air Date: Nov 9th, 1997
Remember mysterious smoking man?  He played a huge role in this 100th episode when Scully is at the end of her life battling cancer.  The Smoking Man comes and offers to cure her cancer if Mulder agrees to work for him (yes, the man with a cigarette in his mouth is going to heal her cancer, behold irony).  In the end, Scully is healed, but how exactly?  Mystery, but some say faith.

4.    Twilight Zone: “I Sing the Body Electric”
Air Date: May 18th, 1962
This classic Twilight Zone dealt with death of loved ones in a unique light.  In this episode, a father takes his three children to buy a new robotic grandmother.  Though by many this is considered the single most disappointing Twilight Zone episode, it sparked an hour-long movie in 1982.  Interestingly, though he had written a few, this episode was the only produced episode written by the famous Fahrenheit 451 author, Ray Bradbury.

3.    Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: “The Gift”
Air Date: May 22nd, 2001
Originally, this 100th episode of Buffy was going to be the series finale until UPN picked it up for two more seasons.  The episode shows the soft heart and willingness to sacrifice Buffy has towards her sister, Dawn.  After saving Dawn, Buffy was assumed dead with her potential last words being, “Dawn, the hardest thing in this world… is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.”

2.    Voyager: “Timeless”
Air Date: Nov 18th, 1998
A message sent from the future into the past to warn of coming doom was the driving point of the 100th episode of Star Trek: Voyager.  One of the most exciting part of this episode was the guest star, “The Next Generation’s” Geordi La Forge, played by LeVar Burton.

1.    LOST: “The Variable”
Air Date: April 29th, 2009
Also dealing with time travel, this episode of LOST centers around the lovable scientist Daniel Faraday.  In conjuncture with the famous episode called the “The Constant,” “The Variable” deals with Daniel Faraday’s startling new belief that perhaps the past can in fact be changed.  Spoiler alert, the episode ends with a shocking death.

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