Episode 4

Fresh off our invasion of Earth Station One – we’re back on the underwater continent with prisoners! Mike Faber, creator of Earth Station One, joins us for an interview during our Transmissions Received segment. We also review Disney/Pixar’s new hit animated movie, Brave.

Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan has reached 30 years. We talk about our favorite moments in Khan and discuss the original crew movie franchise in general.

We do an autopsy on Sanctuary, we put Eureka in hospice and we lament the decline of Sci-Fi Channel since it became SYFY.

We asked the questions – Why did John Carter fail and Why do you hate Walking Dead’s little Huck Finn, Carl?

News of the weird gives us another example of the oncoming Zombie Apocalypse while letting you know that we may also have an Alien and Vampire Apocalypses as well!

More after the jump!

Rita’s Reading Review notes a big anniversary in the world of Harry Potter and we also preview Ascendio 2012.

We have major spoilers in our Doctor Who segment and we also mourn the loss of Caroline John, the actress who dazzled us as the 3rd Doctor companion Liz Shaw. We also pose the question – since the universe was remade after the Big Bang – does the Human 10th Doctor and Rose still exist? Is the 11th Doctor now the 1st of a new regeneration cycle?

We’ll also give you our review of True Blood Season Five, Episode 3.

What are you waiting for – transmitting……now!


4:56 – Review of Disney Pixar’s Brave
9:47- Star Trek II Wrath of Khan memories
21:24- Death of Sanctuary. Eureka and other SyFy Programs
33:38- Why John Carter Failed?
41:48- The Walking Dead – DO YOU HATE CARL?

News of the Weird
45:49 – Mysterious building older than the Pyramids!
48:07- Another Florida Zombie Attack
49:53- Vampire Attack in San Diego
51:01- Prisoner in Texas loses rights to practice Vampiric beliefs
51:53- Vampire graves found in Bulgaria
52:49- Nobel Prize Winning Economist says Alien Invasion could save the US Economy
53:59 – Jorge Garcia (LOST) Pleads with our future Alien Overlords
55:14- UFO writer wants to be the DJ of Doomsday

Rita’s Reading Review
57:23-Harry Potter Anniversary

1:01:18-Ascendio 2012 is coming soon

Transmissions Received

1:05:15-Transmissions Received – Mike Faber, Earth Station One

Doctor Who
1:25:52-Caroline John – Liz Shaw dies
1:31:13-Steven reveals new monster
1:32:59-Sources reveal Neve McIntosh (Madam Vastra) will be reprising roll in series 7 (Plus more interesting spoilers)
1:38:08-MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!! DALEKMANIA on the Series 7 Opener!
1:41:19- Do Rose and the Flesh Doctor still exist and is the 11th Doctor actually the First Doctor?

1:48:26-True Blood Episode 3 review



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  • June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Three words for the failure of John Carter – “Mars Needs Moms”

    So what does “Mars Needs Moms” have to do with the failure of John Carter?

    Absolutely nothing, and everything. Last year Disney released the animated feature “Mars Needs Moms”, written by Berke Breathed of Bloom County fame. Mars Needs Moms is listed by Wikipedia (so, take this with a grain of salt, of course) as the biggest box office bomb in history assuming figures aren’t adjusted for inflation. Thus, due to the failure of Mars Needs Moms, along with the failure of other more recent Mars-based films like Mission to Mars and Red Planet, the decision was made to excise all references to Mars from the marketing of John Carter. This was done on the belief that the reason that those films didn’t work was because they took place on Mars. Of course, the first Total Recall film, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a huge hit back in the Nineties and much of that film took place on Mars.

    John Carter was always going to be a tough sell, as it was based on books that were written prior to the Space Age. The Mars that Edgar Rice Burroughs writes about in the John Carter books doesn’t exist, so there has to be some suspension of belief by the audience in order for the film to work. This isn’t to fault Burroughs at all, after all he didn’t have the information about Mars that we have today.

    The marketing of the film chose to ignore the Mars aspect of the film, the logic being that Mars Need Moms (along with earlier films like Mission to Mars and Red Planet) didn’t work because those films took place on Mars. It’s much the same logic that was used back in the days prior to the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. The last two pirate-centric films prior to the first POTC film were Cutthroat Island featuring Geena Davis and Treasure Planet, a Disney animated film, both colossal flops at the box office. The logic, therefore, was that pirate films just don’t sell, though I believe there were other reasons for both of those films failing at the box office other than the fact that they were pirate films.

    However, Disney was so sure that the first Pirates film would be a flop that they wouldn’t even put their own logo on the front of the picture, like they do on the vast majority of films. Of course, the first POTC film was a huge hit and ended spawning a film franchise. The first POTC film was a hit, in many ways, not because of anything that Disney did marketing-wise, but because the movie going audience embraced the film in spite of Disney.

    Of course, we’ll never know if John Carter, had it embraced its Mars-ness, would have been a hit for Disney. But the plain fact of the matter is Disney believed this film would be a flop because the last three Mars-centric films were flops, and sure enough John Carter was a flop at the box office. I think Mark Andrews is absolutely correct, Disney had no faith in the film and unlike the first POTC, the audience just never embraced the film because I think unlike POTC, no one really knew what John Carter was about. At least with POTC, you knew the film would have pirates in it.

    As always, another good episode! 🙂

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