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We’re staying in the savvy world, as we cover the first half of Scumble and follow along with Ledger Kale as he gets his savvy. Ledger’s savvy has him blowing things up and yet his irresponsible parents drive cross-country with him for a wedding. Don’t worry, we have plenty to say about that and bad parenting. Ledger and his sister then get to spen…
 
Picard Character Review: Geordi La Forge Season three of "Star Trek: Picard" will return our favorite TNG-characters to the small screen. When did we first see them? How did they change in seven seasons of Next Gen? What about the movies and beyond? The trio will be examining the character arcs of each Enterprise-D crew member - starting with Geord…
 
It's been over two years since the second season finale of Ramy and today marks the long awaited return with the full third season dropping at once. To celebrate Lee welcomes actor/director/writer/producer Laith Zuaiter who begun working in the film industry on Mike Mills's 20th Century Women before working behind the scenes and as an actor on the …
 
6 films. 5 Bonds. 3 directors. Guy Hamilton kicks off our look at different filmmakers' takes on James Bond through the decades with 1964’s "Goldfinger.” We have commentary GALORE on this seminal work. Does this Goldfinger keep its luster, or has it faded with age?The Nerd Party による
 
More Star Wars Stories. SPECIAL HURRICANE EDITION Inspired by the highly-anticipated debut of “Andor,” Matt and John discuss other characters whose arcs would be interesting to explore, and the opportunities they carry for world building with them to open the Star Wars galaxy to new viewers. Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback…
 
The craziest road trip ever continues as Mibs and colony continue to travel along in the second half of Savvy. Mibs starts to figure out her savvy and how to control it, but at this point they’ve been taken away from their parents for over 24 hours so that’s not going to end well. We follow the kids on the rest of their trip in an effort to grow up…
 
Pitching Star Trek Toys The Playmates line of Star Trek action figures and other playsets/ships/fan stuff was the height of Trek toys in the 1990s. This year Playmates has revived an initial small offering of Trek action figures, leading the trio to ask, "What Trek toys should be made for the current series?" Join us in the proverbial board room as…
 
The Houselights team celebrates 100 episodes! They decided to go back almost 100 years to celebrate 1927's "Metropolis" by Fritz Lang. Does this influential sci-fi silent feature hold up to its reputation, or is it a good thing some scenes have been lost to the ages?The Nerd Party による
 
Are the Jedi Evil? Inspired by a topic on the roster from this year’s DragonCon, John and Matt wrestle with the question, “Are the Jedi Evil?” Their debate looks at all aspects of the question, but most especially what clear indicators the story might show in one direction or the other. And they issue a challenge to listeners late in the show! Host…
 
New series time on Throwback Paperback! We are reading Savvy by Ingrid Law, and it’s a Charles pick that Asia likes. We are just as surprised as you are. The Beaumont family all have special gifts, or savvies as they call them, and Mibs is about to turn 13 and receive hers. Unfortunately a bunch of things go wrong, and Mibs is now on a bus travelin…
 
Dallas and Lee are joined by writer and director Owen Kline to discuss his debut feature Funny Pages. When Robert, a high school student and aspiring cartoonist, rejects the comforts of suburban life, dropping out of school and leaving home, he finds an unwilling teacher and unwitting friend in Wallace — a former low-level comic artist.…
 
​Derek "Midsummer" Young and Darren "Droid Pope" Moser are back! It's been a few months since the duo recapped their latest project and con visits. Since then Derek has attended and taught at MidSummer Scream in Long Beach. While Darren visited SiliCon in the Bay Area and was interviewed by Adam Savage! We can't wait to share these experiences with…
 
Dallas and Lee opt to review Bodies Bodies Bodies instead of playing it! In an isolated family mansion, a group of rich 20-somethings decides to play Bodies Bodies Bodies, a game where one of them is secretly a “killer” while the rest tries to “escape”. Things take a turn for the worse when real bodies start turning up, setting off a paranoid and d…
 
If Obi-Wan Negotiated. John and Matt ponder an interesting possibility from the “What If?” library of Star Wars possibilities and look at what might have happened if Obi-Wan Kenobi decided to “stand down” like Dooku demanded in Episode II during the duel in the hangar on Geonosis. Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: …
 
It’s time for another Neal Shusterman book as we cover Full Tilt. This book was another Asia recommendation, and once again it’s a personal recommendation from Neal directly. This book is more of a thriller, and follows Blake, his brother Quinn, and his friends. They go on amusement park rides and eventually dive into a transformative psychological…
 
Michael Mann’s The Insider saw him team up again with Al Pacino, this time as the TV producer-journalist who helped expose the deceit undergirding Big Tobacco companies’ business practices. Russell Crowe earned acclaim playing a research chemist-turned-whistleblower, and the film won numerous awards. The biggest question is whether this film is a q…
 
Deep Space Nine's version of "Star Trek: Lower Decks" As the animated series "Lower Decks" continues its third season, the trio asks: What would be the Deep Space Nine version of a "Lower Decks"-type crew? We've seen examples of the other series in (titled appropriately enough) "Lower Decks" (TNG) and "Good Shepherd" (VOY), but what about everyone'…
 
Book Club: The Only Witness. Matt and John return to Jude Watson’s prequel era books focused on Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan with the penultimate book in the series’ regular run, “The Only Witness.“ They explore Watson’s continued ability to craft recognizable and believable characters on the page, and the place that the lessons have in the larger mythos of…
 
We’re entering the life after death, as we cover Elsewhere. This time we explore another take on what happens after death. Liz, our 15 year old protagonist gets hit by a car and comes to terms with loss. This book is another tender story that both hosts enjoy. It’s an excellent book that leaves both you, the reader, and our hosts satisfied. You wil…
 
Lee welcomes Nate Jones the movie writer for Vulture and the author of The Cult of A24 article that dropped to mark the 10th of anniversary of A24. Nate shares the origin of the article, what he learned from speaking with insiders and fans, the future for A24 and independent cinema, and how he has spent the past several years working on his own 100…
 
Al Pacino. Robert DeNiro. Michael Mann cast two of the most respected actors of a generation opposite each other in 1995’s epic crime drama set in Los Angeles. A stellar supporting cast, including Val Kilmer and Ashely Judd, added more energy and anticipation. The reception was largely positive. It’s been cited as a source of inspiration for filmma…
 
TW: This episode includes topics of graphic violence, rape, and murder. Please take care of yourself and only listen if these are safe topics for you. If you need to talk to someone or need further resources, the national sexual assault hotline is: 1-800-656-4673. Please listen at your discretion.In our possibly heaviest book ever covered on Throwb…
 
The Franchyze Boyz emerge from the bat-cave to offer up their many thoughts and feelings regarding Matt Reeves' The Batman. What worked for them? What didn't work? Is this truly the best Batman movie? Is 'R-Batz' or 'Robert Battinson' the better nickname? The answers to these questions and more shall be revealed. Tune in RIGHT NOW - same bat-time, …
 
A New Star Trek: The Experience For Trek fans in the late 90s and early 2000s, there was a chance to experience our favorite franchise in person. From 1998 to 2008, "Star Trek: The Experience" lived at the Las Vegas Hilton, allowing visitors to walk through a Trek "museum", visit shops, and have drinks in a recreation of Deep Space Nine's promenade…
 
Dallas and Lee review Funny Pages the debut film from writer director Owen Kline. When Robert, a high school student and aspiring cartoonist, rejects the comforts of suburban life, dropping out of school and leaving home, he finds an unwilling teacher and unwitting friend in Wallace — a former low-level comic artist.…
 
After 1986’s Manhunter bombed, Michael Mann didn’t return to big screen direction until 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, a sweeping adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel that also served as a remake of the 1936 film. Rising star Daniel Day-Lewis was cast as Hawkeye, the adopted son of the last Mohican, swept up in the British and French’s war…
 
Star Wars Labor Laws. Matt and John tackle the question of Labor Laws in the Galaxy Far Far Away and the implications for the bureaucratic apparatus and political machines of the Old Republic, the Empire, and the New Republic. Then they dive deep into how the labor laws were used to keep the galaxy off-balance for Palpatine’s goals. Host John Mills…
 
Today we’re starting a new unit of sad fiction picked by Asia. To start off this set of four single books we’re starting with cult classic Looking for Alaska by John Green. A once controversial book for introducing young adults to young adult appropriate content, this book follows teenagers at boarding school as they rebel against a repressive syst…
 
Creating a Trek "After Show" The concept of an "after show," a panel discussion following a specific episode, became popular during "The Walking Dead" with "The Talking Dead." The concept would continue in various genre shows, eventually culminating in the current era of Star Trek with first "After Trek" and then the "The Ready Room" on Paramount+.…
 
Ditching Demme's "Beloved" due to it being horrifying, we decided to find a one-time director in Kinka Usher and his "Mystery Men." This Schumacher-esque superhero comedy failed at the box office but found a cult following. Was this a hidden gem or still just a guilty pleasure?The Nerd Party による
 
Jedi Artifact Markets. Matt and John examine the Jedi Artifact trade in the Galaxy Far Far Away and discuss its potentialities and implications for the Jedi, the Sith, and the rest of the citizens of the Republic, Empire and other eras. Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.faceboo…
 
We are finally here, at the ending of Narnia. This week we cover The Last Battle, as the last king of Narnia along with Jill and Eustace try, and fail, to save the world. This book is heartbreaking because of all of the lies and deceit, but we do get a reunion with almost all of our main characters from the last six books. Asia has a lot to say abo…
 
As a massive Meg Gardiner fan, Shawn's wife Sarah has been anxiously awaiting Heat 2. There's just one problem: she's never seen Heat. While Shawn has seen Michael Mann's classic thriller, it's been over a decade since his last viewing. How does his re-watch fare? Will the film peak Sarah's interest in reading the sequel? All these questions - AND …
 
1993’s Philadelphia was intended to make audiences examine their assumptions and perspectives about the homosexual community and the AIDS crisis. It opened to general accolades, won numerous awards, and changed Tom Hanks’ career trajectory. But is there merit to the criticisms that lauded its goals but found it heavy-handed and slow?…
 
The Continuing Character of Nyota Uhura Nichelle Nichols died in July 2022, leaving a legacy in both Star Trek and in the real world of space exploration. The documentary, "Woman in Motion," captures Nichols' legacy - which the trio explored previously in Ceti Alpha 3 - 222. In this episode, the trio examine the character of Uhura, from The Origina…
 
Hyperspace Vampires. John and Matt explore an unexpected topic spurred by the approaching Fall season: Can vampires become Force Sensitive by draining Jedi? And what are the larger implications of the answer? Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdParty/ Email: h…
 
Lee welcomes Stephen Karam who is the Tony Award-winning playwright of The Humans which he adapted into a feature film set over the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. Dallas and Lee also round up the latest A24 news.The Nerd Party による
 
We’re beginning the end of the Chronicles of Narnia as we cover book 6, The Silver Chair. This book might be Charles’ favorite while it definitely does not impress Asia. Eustace is back, with a new companion, Jill, as they quest for Caspian’s long lost son. They travel out of Narnia, and it turns out they’re both frequently stupid. We all know how …
 
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