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  1. To date we've examined how I would bring Star Trek back to television screens and cinemas. However, through CBS All Access, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube Premium, and other streaming services, the creative minds behind the Star Trek franchise have many more outlets to bring its fans new series, characters, and situations in which to explore the endless universe of Star Trek. Beyond the above-mentioned services, one must consider what type of content to place on these digital platforms. Though Discovery is doing well on CBS All Access, I'm not sure an ongoing, multi-season program is the right fit for these avenues. Rather, I would prefer to see new Star Trek shows in the mold of the original intent of Discovery: anthology series. [ read more ]
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    Episode 575

    This week on Dread Media, we get cult. First, two brothers return to the death cult they grew up in to seek answers in Darryll and Desmond's review of The Endless. Then, Desmond goes solo on reviews of the following books, tackling toxic fandom of cult heroes: I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas and Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk. Of course, we have one of the most eclectic line-ups of songs for this weird episode: "Cult" by Endless, "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals, "Common People" by William Shatner, and "The Cult of 2112" by Perturbation. [ 1:12:43 || 35.1 MB ]
  3. Though Star Trek has its roots in television, it is the rare franchise that has successfully crossed into movie theaters. Moreover, it did so using the same actors and continuity. Without a reboot or a single recasting, in 1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in cinemas. The only real changes were updated uniforms and a redesign of the iconic Enterprise. By transitioning from small to big screen, the characters, actors, filmmakers, and franchise were allowed to grow. It's great having 45 minutes to tell a story, but give creatives 90 minutes, two hours, or more of screen time and suddenly the characters have been infused with new life. They've grown in ways episodic television rarely allows. [ read more ]
  4. Since its debut in 1966, we've been graced with seven Star Trek television shows, 13 movies spanning two continuities, countless novels and short stories, a smattering of video games, and comic books across all major publishers. This has allowed Star Trek to cross into a multitude of genres and tackle different themes. From heists to family dramas, space action to coping with PTSD, ghost stories to coming-of-age tales. The vast Star Trek Universe provides an open-ended playground for any and all types of stories. [ read more ]
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    Episode 574

    This week on Dread Media, we say goodbye to one of the great heavy metal singers of the modern era: Jill Janus of Huntress. Then we dive into a themed episode based on aged action heroes from the 1980s and 90s in modern genre roles. The case study this week is Desmond and Tom's review of Dolph Lundgren as a demon-hunter in Don't Kill It. Then Desmond gives his Top 5 old guys killing it in modern genre films. Don't miss it. The music this week: "By Demons Be Driven" by Pantera, "Don't Kill the Vibe" by Ecstatic Vision, "Old Fangs" by Black Mountain, and "Sleep and Death" by Huntress. RIP Jill Janus. [ 1:09:19 || 33.5 MB ]
  6. Donovan returns to List and Shout to embiggen Pandy and Christian's discussion of fictional news and newspeople. From the cromulent to the crapulent, it's all here! [ 1:54:03 || 58.7 MB ]
  7. Hannah and Jim are back, and this time around they discuss WisCon, Wonder Woman, The Egyptian Princesses by Igor Baranko, and more. [ 1:04:33 || 33.2 MB ]
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    Episode 573

    This week on Dread Media, we focus on brand new releases. First up, Desmond and Tom logically process the new Netflix sci-fi release starring Gary Oldman as a house: TAU. Then, Rich the Monster Movie Kid returns to review the Orwellian Purge prequel, The First Purge. Only one of these songs could actually be considered new: "New Model No. 15" by Marilyn Manson, "The Big House" by Tau Cross, "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest, and "Purge the World" by Exodus. [ 1:13:44 || 35.6 MB ]
  9. Published in 1964, Superboy Annual #1 reprinted some of The Boy of Steel's strangest adventures yet. Today, Dan and Mike are here to discuss the book entitled "An All-Star Collection of Stories featuring Superboy and his Super-Dog Krypto!" [ 1:34:40 || 48.6 MB ]
  10. In this patron-sponsored review, Dan (the patron in question) and Mike look into the 1982 crossover that set the comic book world on fire: The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans. [ 1:12:07 || 37.6 MB ]
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    Episode 572

    This week on Dread Media, we go back to basics and provide reviews of two films unconnected by any theme or connecting tissue of any kind. First, Darryll and Desmond spend their time during a blizzard drinking beers and discussing Alejandro Jodorowsky's psychedelic western, El Topo. Then, Desmond and his 12-year-old son, Cade, finish their look at the Americanized Japanese ghost series with their review of Rings. Of course, there's music: "Symbolic" by Death, "300 Rabbits" by Alejandro Jodorowsky, "I Am Rebirth" by Ancient VVisdom, and "El Topo" by Agoraphobic Nosebleed. [ 59:39 || 28.9 MB ]
  12. Waiting for the Trade returns to Earth-2.net: The Show! In this edition, Mike looks at a slew of recent X-Men comics. First he covers the Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire miniseries, then the opening issues of X-Men: Red entitled "The Hate Machine." Following on that he discusses two Wolverine stories: All-New Wolverine #33-35 ("Old Woman Laura") and Old Man Logan #39-40 ("Glob Loves, Man Kills"). [ 48:00 || 25.8 MB ]
  13. Hannah and Jim bring our Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 coverage to a close as they discuss, amongst other topics, the Deadly Class trailer and The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. [ 1:04:39 || 33.1 MB ]
  14. The interview portion of our look at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 wraps up with conversations with the Batman: The Animated Series team: Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini, Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, and Andrea Romano. [ 56:25 || 28.2 MB ]
  15. Our Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 coverage continues with interviews of the cast and crew of Riverdale: Casey Cott and Ashleigh Murray; Jon Goldwater and Sarah Schechter; KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, and Luke Perry; Mark Consuelos and Marisol Nichols; Skeet Ulrich and M├Ądchen Amick; and Vanessa Morgan and Madelaine Petsch. [ 40:15 || 21.5 MB ]
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    Episode 571

    This week on Dread Media, Tom Deja and Desmond discuss Argento's bonkers giallo / horror film, Phenomena. Topics include: a young Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasance having a lot of fun, and a chimpanzee with a razor blade. Then Desmond delivers a Dread Media Top 5 of Giallo Films Not Directed by Dario Argento. Songs include: "The Naked and the Dead" by Andi Sex Gang, "Locomotive" by Moorhead, "In the Name of Goblin" and "Phenomena" by Goblin. [ 1:16:56 || 37.1 MB ]
  17. We continue on with our Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 coverage. In this episode we hear from the cast and crew of The Death of Superman: Jake Castorena, James Tucker, Phil Bourossa, Sam Liu, Christopher Gorham, and Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romajin. [ 1:06:50 || 33.6 MB ]
  18. Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 Week continues on The Show with interviews with the cast and crew of Young Justice: Outsiders: Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti, and Phil Bourossa; Jaime Thomason; Stephanie Lemelin; and Troy Baker. [ 42:20 || 22.9 MB ]
  19. Ian and Dave convene at Ian's swinging bachelor pad to discuss another three episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). In "Paranoia," Jeff and Jeanie are hired by Douglas Milton, a man who has written a book of possibly shocking revelations because he believes someone wants to kill him and he is not wrong. In "A Blast from the Past," Marty graduates as a ghost and gains access to Limbo, but soon finds himself in danger from the ghost of a London gangster who wants revenge on Marty's dad. In "A Man of Substance," what begins as a missing person case in the sleepy village of Haydel Roxstead turns out to have major supernatural implications as everyone can see and hear Marty. They go to war with wasps, examine Marty's kill count, and are reunited with Roj Blake. [ 2:36:38 || 64.0 MB ]
  20. In this publicly released Geekly News Roundup, Dave and Mike kickoff this impromptu Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 Week on The Show. Today they cover six big trailers: Aquaman, Shazam!, Titans, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Glass, and Star Trek: Discovery season two. [ 52:35 || 26.8 MB ]
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    Episode 570

    Did you know that James Franco starred in a movie last year about a haunted bank vault? Well now you do. This week Tom Deja and Desmond review The Vault for you. Then Desmond goes solo reviewing another anthology this week: The Horror Hall of Fame: The Stoker Winners, edited by Joe R Lansdale. This episode also includes perhaps the most eclectic mix of music to ever appear on the show: "The Vault" by Naked City, "Wasting My Time" by Boomkat, "Purina Hall of Fame" by Propagandhi, and "Money" by Mindless Self Indulgence. [ 56:34 || 27.4 MB ]
  22. The guys open the episode with some Star Trek: Discovery news, then they dive into three more episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series. First, the crew find themselves talking to The Devil ("The Magicks of Megas-tu"). Then they're attacked by a two-headed dragon ("Once Upon a Planet"). And lastly, Harry Mudd's return sparks HR issues for Kirk and his crew ("Mudd's Passion"). Please pardon the slight audio issues. [ 1:20:59 || 39.3 MB ]
  23. "What's the in the sky? Is it a spy? Is it a replicant? Is it a dolphin?" No, Peter. Calm down! It's everyone's favorite Dutch actor: Rutger Hauer! In episode 55 of Hey, an Actor! The Brothers Wilson really do go from the sublime (Blade Runner) to the ridiculous (Hobo with a Shotgun) via the WWII film (Soldier of Orange). As Ian and Pandy trot down Rutger Road they find all sorts of exciting nuggets of fun, including the joys of an intermission, Chad Kroeger, how one film reminds Pandy of a sobering Julius Caesar lesson, and Ian's latest parasites. Also, a fellow Earth-2.net contributor's previous treatment is revisited, another Earth-2.net contributor is (nearly) referenced by Colin Mochrie, and another Earth-2.net contributor is outed as the show's only Patreon supporter (despite this show not having Patreon). [ 2:25:37 || 70.3 MB ]
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    Episode 569

    This week we celebrate all things zombie. We do so with two films form the continent of Australia and an American anthology. First, Darryll and Desmond review Peter Jackson's early effort of comedy gore: Dead Alive (AKA Braindead). Then, Desmond goes solo to review the book Nights of the Living Dead, edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A Romero. Finally, Tom Deja and Desmond take a look at the grim-dark, but hopeful, Australian zombie apocalypse film Cargo. Don't forget songs: "Drunken Zombies Killing Spree" by Space Chaser, "Braindead" by Zombina and the Skeletones, "Night of the Living Dead" by Michale Graves, "Suicide Carload (Drag that Weight)" by Woods of Ypres, and "Now I'm Feeling Zombified" by Alien Sex Fiend. [ 1:24:50 || 40.9 MB ]
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    Episode 568

    This week's massive episode of Dread Media features an interview with our oldest friend: David Agranoff. In it, David and Desmond discuss the horrific circumstances leading to his brand new eco-horror / cli-fi novel, Ring of Fire, and comes clean about the last solo interview David did with us. Then, David sticks around to review and pitch a prequel novel to a film that he and Desmond have talked about for years: the great dragon apocalypse film Reign of Fire. All that and music: "World on Fire" by Corrosion of Conformity, "Inherit the Wasteland" by Earth Crisis, "Killing the Dragon" by Dio, and "The Dragon Flies" by Black Tower. [ 1:52:35 || 54.3 MB ]