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This week, we lost one of are most dearest friends, Sacha Dzuba, an actor, musician and beloved member of the Atlanta Geek Scene. JC and Rita remember Sacha and give you some glimpses into the great man they knew and loved.

We will also be talking Doctor Strange and give you the latest on the rumors of Doctor Who.

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Earth Station One Podcast Ep 344
The ESO Science Team officers Dr. Scott Viguie and Lucas Garrett update Mike and Mike on the latest and greatest technology and inspirational programs currently underway. With all the science going on, Professor Dave Keep sneaks aboard the station for a quick pint, only to find himself in the Geek Seat. Plus, the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Show Open
0:20:25 The Geek Seat w/ David Keep
0:39:58 A Look at Science and Where We Are Going
1:38:08 A Geek Girl’s Take
1:40:42 The Khan Report
1:49:32 Show Close

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Sacha Dzuba became an official member of the Oncoming Storm just over a year into it’s existence, but he’d been an unofficial member since the beginning. He was our first ‘guest star’, completely supportive of the idea from the start, and the first person we thought of when we expandedtos-logo-ep-187 the roster. He was family, and he will be missed. This episode is dedicated to him.

Honestly, there’s not much to say this week. The Oncoming Storm has lost one of it’s own this week, and we’re devastated. Sacha hasn’t been on the show for well over a year due to his schedule and health issues, but he has remained a member of our dysfunctional family and we were expecting his return sooner rather than later. Sadly, Sacha passed away on 11/14/2016, due to complications during surgery. Episode 187 then, is dedicated entirely to the memory of Sacha Dzuba. Josh, Ashley, Rachel, and Jeff first come together to say a few things about their friend, and then because it’s what he would have wanted, they spend two hours deep in geeky Doctor Who conversation. They cover Enemy of the Daleks by David Bishop, Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris, Fallen Angels by Phil Mulryne, and in an unfair twist of fate, Absent Friends by John Dorney. The Oncoming Storm… This time, we’ve got a lot of tears. We miss you already Sacha.

Time Stamps

Tribute to Sacha – 2:28

News – 17:40

Enemy of the Daleks – 40:15

Psychodrome – 1:08:03

Fallen Angels – 1:35:45

Absent Friends – 2:04:50

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Many feature films adapted from anime and manga series are slated for release in the coming years: Akira, Bleach, and Death Note just to name a few. First is Ghost of the Shell, a science fiction film adapted from the manga of the same name which helped pioneer the cyberpunk style and become one of the most popular anime properties of all time. The film was released in Japan in 1995 and many directors and films, including The Matrix, A.I., Avatar, Surrogates, and countless others, have been inspired by its iconic visual style and themes.

A couple of days ago, we got to see our first look at the coming Ghost in the Shell feature film. The trailer we saw makes it seem like the film will be able to capture the visual elements that made Ghost in the Shell stand out: a city filled with holographic projections, technology that blurs the line between human and machine, and some amazing cinematography. Truthfully, I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. It’s basically going to be a mashup of Blade Runner and The Matrix, two of the greatest, and best looking, science fiction films of all time.

The focus of the Ghost in the Shell’s film adaption is going to be the same as the anime and the manga, a character named The Major, played by Scarlett Johansson, who is a counter-cyberterrorist field commander tasked with defeating a hacker who desires to sabotage the AI and cybernetic technology that powers The Major and most of the world. The manga and anime film use the story and setting to dive into the concepts of what makes us human and what separates us from machines and software, and I expect to see the same themes explored in the feature film.

The trailer opens with a fantastic action scene and includes many shots that appear to be taken directly from the anime, including the iconic shots of The Major falling off the skyscraper and a fight she has with a cybercriminal in the water. We are also quickly introduced to the other characters that will play a part in her story, including The Major’s partner Batou and the leader of Section 9. The trailer gives me faith that the director, Rupert Sanders, is faithfully translating the beloved anime and manga to the big screen.

Many were initially sceptical of the choice of Scarlett Johansson for The Major, but after seeing the first trailer, my fears have been assuaged, and she appears to have been a great choice. My only fear for the film is that it will be a fantastic action film, but it will lose the themes of humanity, which is what makes Ghost in the Shell so special and beloved by many. Even if the film is unable to sufficiently tackle those themes, I have no doubt it will still be exceptionally beautiful on the big screen.

Ghost in the Shell releases in theaters on March 31st, 2017.

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The ESO Network mourns the loss of Sacha Alexander Dzuba.

Sacha was born in Manchester, England, attended the University of North Georgia, and was based in the Greater Atlanta area. He was a talented actor, musician, writer, and artist.

Among Sacha’s notable film appearances were Slice 3, Jack-o-Lantern (which he also scored), Hitori, Bad Grandpa, Vacation (2015), The Nice Guys, and the upcoming steampunk re-imagining of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden by Dogwood Studios. He recorded frequently with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company and performed as a multi-instrumentalist musician with numerous bands (including The Ghosts Project, The Julia Dream, Hyperdrive, Hellblinki, This Way to the Egress, and The Extraordinary Contraptions). He participated in the improv troupe Free Kittens and his own duo, Metal Maniax. He also wrote INsite magazine along with other publications.

Sacha was a frequent guest on many shows on the ESO Network including Earth Station One, Earth Station Who, Dr. Geek’s Laboratory, The Oncoming Storm, Transmissions from Atlantis, and Seriously, Dan. He could be found at many local conventions, such as Dragon Con, TimeGate, 221b con, Anachrocon, and others.

Sacha will be dearly missed and a tribute to him will be recorded next week to air on the Earth Station One weekly podcast. If you wish to participate, please contact us. You may leave us a voice message with a favorite memory by clicking the audio feedback link on the ESO website, or calling (404) 963-9057.