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Episode 011: Deep Geek - Battlestar Galactica Episodes Favorite Season 3.5 Episodes

Episode 011: Deep Geek - Battlestar Galactica Episodes Favorite Season 3.5 Episodes

November 22, 2019

Tim and Todd are back with another deep dive into one of their favorite geek topics, Battlestar Galactica! In this episode, we'll be talking about our favorite episodes from the second half of season 3 with some slight detours into Westworld, professional wrestling, and the films of Spike Lee. Strap yourself into your Viper, grab your headphones, and get ready for launch!



- Our apologies once again to Tahmoh Pennikett for one of us spacing on his name... again. 

- The actor who played Da Mayor in Do The Right Thing was the wonderful Ossie Davis. Interesting bit of trivia, Ossie was co-starred in one of the most oddly heartwarming movies Todd has watched, Bubba Ho-Tep, where he joins forces with Bruce Campbell (playing a geriatric Elvis Presley) as they fight back against an Egyptian mummy come back from the dead. And yes, it's just as delightfully weird as it sounds. 

- The actor who played the doctor in "The Woman King" and Senator Kelly in X-Men and X2: X-Men United? That'd be the prolific Bruce Davison, who's acted in 268 films to date, including James Maine in Titanic 2. For those of you who didn't know they made a sequel to Titanic... they didn't, it's just as bad as you'd think it'd be, and you're welcome.



- TIM: The sixth season of Silicon Valley which is currently streaming on HBO GO.

- TODD: The Reboot Roadshow with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes or just check out Jay & Silent Bob Reboot at your local theater. Here's the red band trailer, so be forewarned that there's a dump truck full of bad language and objectionable material to follow. Enjoy!



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Episode 010: The NFL - The Worst & The Best

Episode 010: The NFL - The Worst & The Best

October 24, 2019

It's time to dissect one of America's favorite institutions and talk about the best and the worst of the National Football League. In this episode, we discuss all the things that make the league a fun and entertaining watch as well as all the things that bug us to no end. 



- Here's the return of the Dudley Boyz on WWE RAW in August of 2015.

- In case you're wondering who Iron Mike Sharpe is, here he is up against The British Bulldog back in 1992.

- Some documentation on the Oakland A's winning 20 games in a row during the 2002 MLB season.

- Here's George Carlin talking about the differences between baseball and football.

- For the record, Anthony Munoz retired with 4 career touchdown receptions.

- Actually, four teams have never played in a Super Bowl - the Browns, Lions, Texans, and ... the Jaguars.



- TIM: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ... which we highly recommend buying on BluRay, DVD, VHS, and Beta.

- TODD: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


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Episode 009: Deep Geek - Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 3.0

Episode 009: Deep Geek - Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 3.0

October 17, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, we hope you've braced yourself, popped some corn, and got a cold one (or two) ready... because we're back to go full-on deep geek with our favorite episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 3.0.

We both picked our favorite three episodes from the first half of the third season and run them down with all our thoughts therein. We learn some more about Fat Apollo, how screwed up Starbuck is, how many votes does a circle need for a death sentence, and more people heading out the airlock! 



- Turns out Todd was right, we did get an episode of the OG Star Trek when the Enterprise was inside the atmosphere and intercepted by some USAF fighters.

- Tim's favorite BSG reference, Battlestar Wiki.

- Here's the Wikipedia page for the 1960 U-2 Incident when pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the USSR during a spy mission. 

- And if you like that, check out this video from Simple History on the incident.

- Here's some information about the A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka "The Warthog") that Todd was talking about with specific attention to its durability.



- TIM: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is an hour-long weekly news-based radio panel show hosted by Peter Sagal out of Chicago, IL. You can listen on the NPR radio, online through their website, or via your favorite podcast service.

- TODD: Tower of Power - Soul Side of Town is the band's first number one album, released during their 50th anniversary as a band. They are based out of Oakland, CA and have been highly influential in funk, soul, and R&B. The album is available on your favorite digital platform as well as CD and vinyl.


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Episode 008: In Feige We Trust, an MCU Grab Bag

Episode 008: In Feige We Trust, an MCU Grab Bag

October 4, 2019

We're taking a bit of a breather from our EPIC re-watch of Battlestar Galactica to chat a little bit about a couple topics that popped onto our collective radar last week. First up is the news that Kevin Feige will be developing a new movie for Star Wars, and then we get into the long winding road Spider-Man has ad getting back to the MCU.

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- Here's the tweet from James Gunn regarding the lovely production gift Marvel sent him as he starts work on DC's next Suicide Squad movie

- Here's a post from writer and artist Austin Kleon talking about how everyone wasn't completely on board with the whole moon landing thing back in the day



- TIM: The album 3 Years, 5 Months, and 2 Days in the Life Of... by Arrested Development 

- TODD: Actress & all-around bad-ass Katee Sackhoff's YouTube channel


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Episode 007: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5

Episode 007: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5

September 20, 2019

You knew it was coming, but are you ready for some more deep geek with us? We certainly hope so, because we're taking a dive into the back half of Battlestar Galactica's second season and talking about our favorite episodes from one of the greatest television shows of all time. 

In this episode, we dissect and discuss what we liked about this half season, gush a bit more about the acting of the cast as well as the writing, and also bring into play Fat Apollo, Baltar's Love Nuke, and Adama's Stare of Doom. And that's all before we get to our And Another Things for this time around!



Here's the full version of the Demolition entrance theme song as well as one of their finer promos.

And while we're at it, here's the time that Ax and Smash were the first two entries in the Royal Rumble and proceeded to beat the living hell out of each other for a couple minutes until Andre the Giant came to the ring.



TIM: Clockwork Angels (book) and Clockwork Angels (the album)

TODD: John Wick 3 (trailer)


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Episode 006: Entertainment Grab Bag

Episode 006: Entertainment Grab Bag

August 30, 2019

We're taking a break from our deep geek re-watch of Battlestar Galactica to talk about some of the entertainment shenanigans that were happening last week. Kick back while we discuss the merits of tasting whiskey with and without ice, the announcement of the new Matrix movie (with Keanu, Carrie Anne Moss, and one of two Wachowskis), Kevin Smith's new Masters of the Universe anime show for Netflix, and Spidey getting yanked out of the MCU.

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- For those keeping score at home, it was Bushwacker Luke who had one of the fastest ever eliminations in the Royal Rumble, coming in one side of the ring and being tossed out the other.

- For the record, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (by Douglas Adams) is a five book trilogy.

- Here's the video of Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe announcement at Powercon.

- Here's the red-band trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (be sure you don't have your speakers cranked at work unless you want to spend the afternoon with HR).

- The brothers who wrote all those songs for Disney? That'd be Robert and Richard Sherman.

- And here's an explanation of what's going on with the rights to the Hulk, which Todd managed to butcher.



- Todd: Check out Another Life starring Katee Sackhoff - the first season is available for streaming on Netflix now.

- Tim: In line with our discussion on the Matrix trilogy, check out The Animatrix - an anthology of nine shorts that was produced by the Wachowskis. Here's the trailer.



- Intro music is "Sho 'Nuff" by Mama's Boomshack - check out their album Speed of Soul on Bandcamp


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Episode 005 - Deep Geek: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica, Season 2.0

Episode 005 - Deep Geek: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica, Season 2.0

August 23, 2019

We're back at it with our continuing "deep geek" dive into one of our favorite television shows of all time, Battlestar Galactica. In this podcast, we'll be talking through our favorite episodes from the first half of season two.

We did our best to get a handle on time by only picking three episodes each, but well... you know how these things go. At the very least, we hope that our idiocy is entertaining to you.



- This is the documentary about the making of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica pilot and series.

- For those interested, here's the Wikipedia page for BSG Season 2



- Tim: Niagara Falls

- Todd: Battlestar Galacticast podcast with Tricia Helfer and Marc Bernardin


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Episode 004 - Deep Geek: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica, Season 1

Episode 004 - Deep Geek: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica, Season 1

August 9, 2019

Well, we spent so much time talking about this show in our first three episodes that we figured why not embrace our love for it fully and spend some time talking about our favorite episodes from each season. Here, we start out with season 1, which begins after the miniseries/pilot. Each of us came up with five of our favorites and then we discussed them in series order to help keep the overall narrative clear.

Please be warned that if you've never watched the show, this sucker is SPOILER-IFIC! If you don't want anything spoiled, download the episode, binge the entire season, and then come back to listen. You can currently stream Battlestar Galactica on Amazon Prime.



- Here's the Richard Hatch helmed 1999 BSG revival attempt called Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming

- This is the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that Tim mentioned entitled "Pre-Emptive Strike"

- This is the podcast Todd mentioned called Battlestar Galacticast with Tricia Helfer and Marc Bernardin



- Tim: How I Built This with Guy Raz

- Todd - Boxing Gandhis



- Intro music is "Love Somebody" by Mama's Boomshack, which you can download on Bandcamp

- Outro music is "Paperboy" by Tumbledown Saints


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Episode 003: Reboots - The Best (Part Two)

Episode 003: Reboots - The Best (Part Two)

August 2, 2019

Does this count as a reboot of the episode? Nah. But you best believe that we're trying to cash in on some of that sweet, sweet sequel money that's been flying around over the last 20 years! This is part two of our discussion on movie and television reboots where we finally get around to talking about the things we like and our fawning admiration for things like Battlestar Galactica and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.


Tim - Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage is a documentary about the band Rush which is currently streaming on Netflix. Check out the trailer on YouTube.

Todd - The Jim Cornette Experience which can be found on iTunes and other podcasting platforms as well as YouTube. He's also a quality follow on Twitter.


Intro music is "Love It Leave It" by Mama's Boomshack (available for purchase on Bandcamp)

Outro music is "New Bad Habit" by Tumbledown Saints

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Episode 002: Reboots - The Worst (Part One)

Episode 002: Reboots - The Worst (Part One)

July 26, 2019

Reboots and remakes seem to be the order of the day for Hollywood these days - whether we're talking about trying to revive the corpse of an 80's TV show or milk some more money out of a franchise by recasting the whole thing and hoping no one will notice (we're looking at you MIB International...). One thing is for sure, the idea of reboots has been around for quite awhile and it's not going anywhere any time soon.

In this episode, we broke our own rules about podcasts and proceeded to ramble on far too long to make the episode digestible in a single sitting, so for the sake of everyone involved, we've decided to break this sucker in two. This episode will cover the beginning of our discussion on reboots in general and then get into why reboots are the worst. We'll be back next week with the second part which will cover the best.

We tried to be relatively spoiler free, but be warned that there could be some mild spoilers - however, since they're all for movies that you really should have seen by now, we don't feel all that bad.

The video Todd mentioned with Kurt Vonnegut explaining the shape of stories can be found here:

Intro music from this episode is "Love It, Leave It" by Mama's Boomshack from their album Speed Of Soul

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