This is the collective feed for the Podcasting Gear Show, The Dune Saga Podcast, the SciFi Diner Podcast, and the Haiti in Focus Podcast. These shows are hosted by Scott Hertzog, Miles. P. McLoughlin, David B. Moulton, Jim Arrowood, M. Sieiro Garcia, and Kristen Hertzog

Anson Adams Mount IV (born February 25, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as fictional character Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, Jim Steele on the short-lived NBC series Conviction, the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in Marvel's Inhumans, and Captain Christopher Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. He also appeared in the film Tully (2000).

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Tonight's Menu: On this episode of the Diner, we remember Aron Eisenberg (Nog from Deep Space Nine), we discuss the impact Star Trek The Motion Picture had on future Star Trek, and we celebrate Lost in Space turning 50.

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a television series launched in 2008 picking up the story of Sarah and John Connor following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Series producer Josh Friedman considers the series a separate timeline that ignores the events set into motion in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In this way, the series is an entirely new version of Terminator 3 and continues on from the movie chronology of the first two films. Originally planned for a 13-episode first season, production of the series was suspended after the ninth episode because of a strike by the Writers Guild of America that lasted from November 2007 to February 2008. Following the end of the strike, production did not resume (unlike other series). The Los Angeles Times categorized the series as "on the bubble" (in danger of cancellation) because of declining ratings. The final two produced episodes were broadcast by Fox on March 3, 2008, and this was promoted as a season finale. The network then announced that the series will return for a second season and approved a second season of 13 episodes. Season 2 was started on September 8th 2008 and aired between 8:00 and 9:00 pm on Monday nights. The second half of Season 2 in 2009 was moved onto Friday nights.

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Tonight's Menu: On this episode of the Diner, we discuss the 2019 line up of Fall TV shows and what we are looking forward to. Some of those shows include Black Lightning, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Carnival Row, The Mandalorian, and Undone.

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Background One year previously, as depicted in the movie Stargate, Colonel Jack O'Neill led a team through the Stargate to the planet Abydos. After killing the Goa'uld System Lord Ra with a nuclear bomb, O'Neill returned to Earth with two survivors of his team, Charles Kawalsky and Louis Ferretti. They leave behind Dr. Daniel Jackson, with his new love Sha're (called Sha'uri in the movie) and her brother Skaara. Part 1 The series starts in the empty Embarkation Room of the empty Stargate Command which has been left almost completely empty as a result of the Stargate Program being shut down. In the Embarkation Room, four male airmen, two of whom are Airman 1st Class Fryatt and Staff Sergeant McAfee. The four are joined by Senior Airman Carol Weterings and despite the game going, Weterings expresses doubt about being in the room. Seconds later, the Stargate apparently activates on its own, and the Goa'uld System Lord Apophis and several Jaffa soldiers come through to the Stargate Command base at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. Weterings is rendered unconscious while her four colleagues including Fryatt and McAfee are killed in the ensuing firefight. The attacker then depart through the Stargate after General Hammond and his soldiers secured the room. Soon after this event, O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) is re-called to Cheyenne Mountain by Major General George Hammond (Don S. Davis). He is questioned along with his former teammates Charles Kawalsky (Jay Acovone) and Louis Ferretti (Brent Stait), about their mission to Abydos. When they refuse to reveal anything other than what is in their reports, General Hammond chooses to send a nuclear bomb through the Stargate to Abydos, believing that the aliens could only have come from Abydos and hoping to destroy whoever came through. O'Neill reveals that he had lied about using the bomb to destroy Abydos. He admits that while the alien Ra was killed, the people of Abydos are still alive and Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) is living among them. After talking to his superiors, Hammond allows O'Neill to send a tissue box through the Stargate. The box is returned, proving that Jackson is alive and well, O'Neill is recalled to active duty, regains his rank of colonel and is given permission to take a team through the Stargate to Abydos to investigate the alien invaders. A team is assembled which includes O'Neill, Kawalsky, Ferretti, and Captain/Dr. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), along with several others. When they step through the Stargate, they find a group of Abydonians waiting for them, armed with military weapons from Earth. Daniel leads O'Neill, Kawalsky, and Carter to a large cavernous room that has innumerable hieroglyphs on the walls. Jackson reveals that he believes that the hieroglyphs of the cartouche match the various symbols on the Stargate, leading him to believe that the walls are actually a map of the coordinates of a vast network of Stargates across the galaxy. While O'Neill and the others are away from the Stargate, the base camp nearby is attacked by the same invaders who attacked the SGC earlier in the episode. The leader's eyes glow, causing many of the survivors to believe that he is Ra. The invaders take Sha're (Vaitiare Bandera) and Skaara (Alexis Cruz, from the 1994 film) with them. Determined to save his wife and brother-in-law, Daniel accompanies O'Neill and his team back to Earth. When the injured Ferretti is able to reveal the symbols that the invaders used to leave Abydos, General Hammond is given permission by the President of the United States to form nine teams who will use the Stargate to gather information about threats to Earth. O'Neill is given command of the team designated "SG-1", with Carter as his second-in-command and Jackson accompanying him. Kawalsky is given command of SG-2. Part 2 On another planet, SG-1 encounters a group of monks who escort them to the town of Chulak. They find out that Sha're has been possessed by a Goa'uld, and the team is taken prisoner. The team finds Skaara inside the prison. Jackson explains that it was not Ra who attacked them, but Apophis. Before Skaara and SG-1 can escape, Apophis and the possessed Sha're enter with several guards. Several prisoners are chosen to become hosts to the "children of the Gods". Skaara is among the chosen and is dragged away, screaming frantically for O'Neill. Apophis orders that the rest of the prisoners be killed. The guards prepare to execute his orders, but O'Neill desperately convinces Teal'c, Apophis' morally conflicted First Prime, that he can save his people. Teal'c turns on his fellow guards, helping O'Neill and the other prisoners escape. O'Neill, Carter, Jackson, and Teal'c lead the prisoners away from Chulak toward the Stargate, with guards pursuing them. Teal'c shows O'Neill that he has a Goa'uld inside him, much to the shock of the others. Near the gate, SG-1 is pinned down by a Goa'uld troop carrier that has transformed into a death glider. (This transformation and the troop carrier appear only in the pilot, and were not continued into the series proper; the 2009 DVD version replaces the transformable ship with a trio of ships that match the later series continuity.) They are rescued by SG-2, who destroy the ship with a rocket launcher. At the gate they find Apophis' troops leaving with the prisoners. O'Neill gains Skaara's attention, but Skaara is already possessed by a Goa'uld. Skaara uses a hand device to knock down O'Neill and escape through the gate. As a battalion of Jaffa attacks their position, Jackson opens the Stargate and leads the prisoners through it. Before Kawalsky steps through the Stargate, he is invaded by an infant Goa'uld, unknown to the others. After the battle, Jackson and O'Neill reaffirm their determination to find Sha're and Skaara and rescue them. O'Neill asks General Hammond to make Teal'c a member of their team, but the General says it is not his decision. As everyone leaves the gate room, Kawalsky's eyes glow like a Goa'uld.

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Near the border between two kingdoms, a vessel full of innocent passengers is destroyed. While the extent of the impending retaliation is unknown, its inevitability is not. Galactic war is approaching. In a seedy bar in a distant corner of the solar system, a knight clad entirely in green armor puts forth a grisly challenge. The only person to accept the knight’s game is a woman who spends her time drinking and thieving. These two acts, occurring in different parts of the galaxy, both lead to the same spot: the planet that will soon fall under attack. Welcome to Space Lore, where Arthurian legend meets Star Wars. Epic space fantasy will never be the same.

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Dune Saga Podcast #29: Dune 2020 News & Discussion

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Tonight's Menu: On this episode of the Diner, we discuss Picard, the Discovery shorts, Top Gun: Maverick, Orville moving to Hulu, season 3 of Stranger things, Shore Leave 41, and the Stargate pilot we will be rewatching in two weeks.

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Tonight's Menu: On this episode of the Diner, we analyze the Star Trek upcoming shorts; Stranger Things Season; rumors of a Matrix 4 movie and what we want to see in it (and should it even be made); The Batman casting; the demise of Dark Phoenix, and more.

Tonight's Menu: On this episode of the Diner, we analyze the Star Trek upcoming shorts; Stranger Things Season; rumors of a Matrix 4 movie and what we want to see in it (and should it even be made); The Batman casting; the demise of Dark Phoenix, and more.

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Aaron Ashmore is known for playing Marc Hall in Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story. Since then, he has appeared in the films Safe, A Separate Peace, and A Bear Named Winnie. He has also had guest roles on television shows such as The Eleventh Hour, The West Wing, and 1-800-Missing. Ashmore played the recurring role of Troy Vandegraff on the UPN television series Veronica Mars, as well as the role of Agent Steve Jinks on the Syfy show Warehouse 13. He was cast as Jimmy Olsen, first love interest of Chloe Sullivan, for the sixth season of Smallville on the WB television network and continued to play him into its eighth season. Two years after leaving the show, Ashmore returns to play his character's younger brother on the series finale. Coincidentally, his friend Sam Huntington played Olsen in Superman Returns and the two have both appeared in Veronica Mars. Ashmore's twin brother appeared on Smallville in earlier seasons, and he was offered by director Bryan Singer to play Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns before Huntington. Besides his recurring role on Smallville, Ashmore had roles in the 2007 films Palo Alto, Privileged, The Stone Angel and The Christmas Cottage. Aaron starred in the horror film Fear Island, with Haylie Duff in Vancouver. MTV.ca announced on October 6, 2010, that he will have a role in Maple Pictures comedy film Servitude, which stars Joe Dinicol, Lauren Collins, Linda Kash, and John Bregar. In 2010, Ashmore starred as Marcus, one of the three journalists who investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice in a small town in Poland, in the horror film The Shrine. He also starred Eric in the romantic comedy Conception. In 2011, Ashmore joined season 3 of Syfy series Warehouse 13, in which he played the role of ATF agent Steve Jinks, a human polygraph of sorts – who has the unique ability to discern whether someone is lying or not. In 2014, he starred as Ray in the rom-com thriller I Put a Hit on You co-starring Sara Canning. In 2015, Ashmore had a supporting role in the thriller film Regression. He also starred as Nick Hopewell in the Lifetime original movie Swept Under alongside Devin Kelley. In summer 2015, Ashmore began his role as John Jaqobis in the Syfy original series Killjoys. The show was renewed for a fourth and final fifth season by Syfy in september 2017, where he is continuing his role. He plays the role of one of the three interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. In December 2015, he starred as Jesse in Christmas themed lifetime movie Wish Upon a Christmas co-starring Larisa Oleynik.

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Ethan Peck is an American born actor, best known for his roles in the movies The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), and In Time (2011), and the ABC series 10 Thing I Hate About You (2009). He has also made recurring appearances on the ABC television series Madam Secretary (2016-2017) and the CW Seed series, I Ship It (2016- ). In addition to movies and television, Ethan has done work on video games voicing Gabriel Thorne in Halo 4 (2012) and Halo 5:Guardians (2015), as well as various voices on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013). This season, Ethan takes on the iconic role of Spock on Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access (2019).

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Dune Saga Podcast #28: Dune 2020 Movie and The Sisterhood TV Series News

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Nemesis Games is a 2015 science fiction novel by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, and the fifth book in their The Expanse series. It is the sequel to Cibola Burn. Synopsis The Rocinante is down for long-term maintenance after the events of Cibola Burn. Three crew members decide to take care of some personal business during the down time. Amos Burton heads to Earth when he learns someone important from his past there has died, to pay his respects and to make sure no foul play was involved. Alex Kamal heads to Mars in the hopes of getting closure with his ex-wife and to see Bobbie while there. Naomi Nagata heads to Ceres station, when she receives a message that her son Filip is in trouble. While Jim Holden supervises repairs to the Rocinante, he is enlisted by Monica Stuart to investigate disappearing colony ships. Facing collapse by the exodus of colony ships through the rings, militant factions of the OPA coalesce into a Free Navy and simultaneously wreak havoc on Earth as they try to kill the Martian Prime Minister and Fred Johnson. Amos survives the attacks on Earth, to then free Clarissa Mao and escape back to Luna with her help and the help of Baltimore thugs from his old life. Alex meets up with Bobbie on Mars and together they investigate missing Martian military equipment and ships, which leads them into the middle of the attack on the Prime Minister's life. Naomi is kidnapped by her ex-lover Marco - leader of the Free Navy - but manages to escape; Alex and Bobbie rescue her. The crew reunites on the Rocinante. What's left of the Earth, Mars and the non-militant OPA government meet on Luna. Naomi finally tells Jim about her violent past. Amos asks that Clarissa stay as his apprentice. The Free Navy has encamped past the belt and is preventing anyone from going through the rings. Who is really behind the attacks, is it Marco? Or is it a renegade faction of the Martian military?

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Tonight's Menu: On this rewind, our discussion of Star Trek: Beyond, our discussion of the motivation of the villain, the great chemistry of the core cast, the homage the movie made to the original series, and more. Scifi Diner Rewind 363 - Star Trek: Beyond (Our Expectations and the Best of the New Trilogy) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Star Trek: Beyond Three years into its mission, the USS Enterprise arrives at Yorktown, a massive space station, for resupply and shore leave for its crew. Struggling to find meaning in their endless exploration, Captain James T. Kirk has applied for a promotion to vice admiral; he recommends Spock as his replacement. Meanwhile, Hikaru Sulu reunites with his family, Montgomery Scott works to keep the ship operational, and Spock and Nyota Uhura amicably end their relationship; Spock also receives word from New Vulcan that Ambassador Spock, his counterpart from the original timeline, has died. The Enterprise is sent on a rescue mission after an escape pod drifts out of a nearby uncharted nebula. Its occupant, Kalara, claims her ship is stranded on Altamid, a planet in the nebula. As the Enterprise exits an asteroid field within the nebula, a massive swarm of small ships ambushes and quickly overwhelms the starship, severing the ship's warp nacelles in a matter of seconds. The swarm's leader, Krall, and his crew board the crippled Enterprise, capture and kill many crew members, and recover a relic, the Abronath, that Kirk had recently obtained. Scotty manages to restore enough power for the ship to attempt to flee, but Krall orders his swarm to destroy the Enterprise, and they smash the ship in half. Kirk, having recovered the Abronath, orders the crew to abandon ship, leaving the remains of the Enterprise to crash on Altamid. On the planet, Krall captures Sulu, Uhura and other survivors. Kirk and Pavel Chekov, accompanied by Kalara, locate the Enterprise's saucer section. Realising that Kalara knew they would be attacked, they trick her into revealing herself as Krall's spy. To escape Krall's soldiers, Kirk and Chekov use the ship's thrusters to flip the saucer over, and Kalara is killed in the maneuver. Elsewhere on the planet, Dr. Leonard McCoy and a wounded Spock search for other survivors. Spock explains to McCoy that the tension he witnessed between him and Uhura at Yorktown was due to his intention to leave Starfleet to help the Vulcan survivors, and continue the late Ambassador Spock's work. Jaylah, a scavenger who previously escaped Krall's encampment where her father was killed, rescues Scott and takes him to her makeshift home, the grounded USS Franklin, an early Starfleet vessel reported missing over a century earlier. Scott is reunited with Kirk, Chekov, McCoy and Spock. Threatening to kill the crew, Krall coerces Ensign Syl to hand over the Abronath that she had concealed for Kirk, then uses it on her to demonstrate an ancient bioweapon that can disintegrate any humanoid. With the device complete, Krall intends to kill Yorktown's inhabitants, then use the base to attack the Federation. Kirk and the others free the crew as Krall launches into space with the bioweapon, leading his drones to Yorktown. As the Enterprise survivors power up the Franklin and launch her in pursuit of Krall, they deduce that such a massive swarm must coordinate its attacks via radio signals, specifically in the VHF frequency band. Scott transports Spock and McCoy into one of the swarm ships to seize control of it. Matching the swarm's frequency, they jam and disorient the swarm by broadcasting the 1994 song "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, destroying almost the entire fleet. Krall and his three surviving ships, one of which contains Spock and McCoy, are chased by the Franklin through Yorktown. The chase ends at the station's headquarters, where the Franklin's sudden appearance causes the three ships to smash into it. As Krall flees into the starbase, Uhura and Kirk discover from the Franklin's logs that he is actually Balthazar Edison, former captain of the Franklin. A pre-Federation human soldier, Edison rejected the Federation's principles of unity and cooperation with former enemies like the Xindi and the Romulans. When he and his crew were stranded on Altamid by a wormhole, the three survivors used the extinct natives' technology to prolong their lives at the cost of the others, and re-purposed the ancient race's dormant drone workers into the swarm. Thinking the Federation had abandoned them, Edison planned to destroy the Federation and resume galactic conflict. Kirk pursues Edison into Yorktown's ventilation system, where Edison activates the bioweapon. Before it can spread, Kirk ejects it and Edison into space, where the weapon kills Edison. Using the alien ship they commandeered, Spock and McCoy save Kirk moments before he is also blown into space. In the aftermath, Commodore Paris closes the files of Captain Edison and the USS Franklin crew. Kirk decides to keep his position as the Enterprise's captain; Spock chooses to remain in Starfleet, and begins to renew his relationship with Uhura. On Kirk's recommendation, Jaylah is accepted into Starfleet Academy. As the crew celebrates Kirk's birthday, they watch the construction of their new ship, the USS Enterprise-A—and when the ship is completed, they resume their mission. (Wikipedia)

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Tonight's Menu: Mike Schilling and I discuss the process of developing a convention and why go to a convention year after year. We also talk about the awesome people and events happening at Shore Leave 41. Scifi Diner Podcast 362 - The Process of Conning and Shore Leave 41 (An Interview with Mike Schilling) - Nichelle Nichols, Michael Shanks, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, John Glover, Aaron Ashmore, and More. This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Shore Leave BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! PERSONAL APPEARANCE BY Nichelle Nichols AT SHORE LEAVE 41 JULY 12 -14, 2019 THE HUNT VALLEY INN-MARRIOTT DELTA HUNT VALLEY, MD. Michael Shanks Stargate's Dr. Daniel Jackson; Smallville's Carter Hall; Saving Hope's Dr. Charlie Harris Lexa Doig Andromeda's Andromeda Ascendant; Stargate SG-1's Dr. Carolyn Lam; Smallville's Dr. Christina Lamell Anson Mount Star Trek Discovery's Captain Pike;Inhumans' Black Bolt;Hell on Wheels' Cullen Bohannon Appearing Sat. and Sun July 13-14th Only! Ethan Peck Star Trek Discovery's Spock; Halo 4 & 5's Gabriel Thorne; 10 Things I Hate About You's Patrick Verona Appearing Sat. and Sun July 13-14th Only! Nichelle Nichols Star Trek's Cmdr. Nyota Uhura; Heroes' Nana Dawson; Gargoyles' Diane Maza Photo ops and autographs only. John Glover Shazam!'s Doctor Sivana; Smallville's Lionel Luthor; Batman: The Animated Series' Riddler Erica Durance Supergirl's Alura Zor-El; Smallville's Lois Lane; Saving Hope's Dr. Alex Reid Aaron Ashmore Killjoy's John Jaqobis; Smallville's Jimmy Olsen; Warehouse 13's Steve Jinks Laura Vandervoort Supergirl's Indigo; Smallville's Kara/Supergirl;Bitten's Elena Michaels ALEX MALLARI JR Dark Matter's Four, Insomnia's Ken, andTrue Justice's Hiro Shore Leave is a 3-day festival that celebrates the best in science fiction and fantasy, past and present,with genre enthusiasts from all over the world in attendance! Special events include Q & A and autograph sessions with our guest stars, an Art Show and Auction, a costume contest, a Saturday night dance party, a Friday night meet-and-greet with our writer and scientist guests, a Red Cross blood drive, weekend-long gaming, a special science programming track, children’s activities, teen writing workshops with established sci-fi authors, screenings of popular fan films, and so much more! For additional information please visit our official website, www.shore-leave.com. For press inquiries, contact Publicity coordinator Michael Schilling at publicity@shore-leave.com. Shore Leave is an annual fan-run convention that takes place in Baltimore, MD (USA). It was founded by the Star Trek Association of Towson which continues to run it. The first convention took place in 1979; 2011 marked the convention's thirty-third year. The con's focus was initially on Star Trek, but it has since broadened to include other science fiction media. The programming includes guest appearances by actors, writer/creators, and scientists, a dealer's room, an art show, a film and video festival, children's programming, workshops, and a cosplay show/contest.

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Tonight's Menu: On this podcast, we share our Farpoint interview with author Jay Smith (award-winning author, audio dramatist, and podcaster responsible for the acclaimed audio horror series HG World and the pulp super-heroine radio serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries) Scifi Diner Podcast 361 - Our Interview with Jay Smith (award-winning author and audio dramatist HG World and Hidden Harbor Mysteries) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Jay Smith is an award-winning author, audio dramatist, and podcaster responsible for the acclaimed audio horror series HG World and the pulp super-heroine radio serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries.   The Winston Casey Adventures is a 5-part mystery geek noir series available from Bathorian Books starting in 2016 beginning with the weird tale The Resurrection Pact. Jay other works include the short story collection Seven til Sunrise, and the gamer-geek satire Rise of the Monkey Lord  Jay appears on various podcasts including Behind the Screams, The Chronic Rift, and The Batcave Podcast. Jay holds a Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University's innovative Writing Popular Fiction program. CREATOR/WRITER/PRODUCER RADIO-FREE GOZERIA - A Ghostbusters Fancast (2016) • Creator/Writer, 3 episodes ​HG WORLD - A full-cast audio drama series (2009 - present) • Creator/Writer, 53 episodes • Engineer on Season Zero, Episodes 1-4 • Editor on Seasons Zero and One HG WORLD presents THE DIARY OF JILL WOODBINE, audio novel (2011 – 2013) • Writer/Editor, Episodes 1-27 HIDDEN HARBOR MYSTERIES, full-cast audio drama (2014) • Writer; produced by Lincoln Audio BLUE COLLAR GODS, audio novel (in production) • Writer; produced by Gypsy Audio WRITER ONDER LIBRUM/WONDERTHING STUDIOS (2015 - 2016) • Audio Drama based on worlds created by Ed Greenwood • "Your World Is Doomed!" by Ed Greenwood, Audio Drama Adaptation QUIRK FICTION/KEVIN DAVID ANDERSON & SAM STALL (2010) • Pilot audio drama scene   "Night of the Living Trekkies" Chapter 4 PRODUCER/CONTRIBUTOR/HOST HG WORLD AFTERPARTY (2009-2010) • Podcast featuring voice actors, novelists, celebrities in the horror/zombie genre; • A behind the scenes recap of HG World episodes BEHIND THE SCREAMS WITH BRYAN LINCOLN (2010-2011) • Podcast focusing on authors, performers and fans of the zombie genre. ​CONTRIBUTOR/HOST/INTERVIEWER/MODERATOR THE BATCAVE PODCAST (2014-present) • Contributor, with host John S. Drew discussing the classic 1960's television series. THE SCI-FI DINER PODCAST (2013) • Contributed segments interviewing actor Dan Aykroyd; profiled actors from the zombie film genre. THE CHRONIC RIFT (2008-2010, 2014) • Contributed a pop culture segment “My Guilty Pleasure”; hosted guest segments on pop culture segments; interviewed guests. ​EDUCATIONAL AND POP CULTURE ACTIVITIES •    Author Guest, ChessieCon (2016,2017) •    Panelist/Moderator/Presenter, Philcon (2003-2014, 2016-2017) •    Author Guest, TusCon 43 (11/11-13/2016) •    Author Guest, Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend,      Orlando. (2014) •    Attending Professional, DragonCon (2012, 2014) •    Guest/Panelist, Farpoint, Baltimore (2011-present) •    Guest/Panelist, Balticon (2011, 2012, 2014) •    Guest, "InfectScranton" (2012) •    Participant, Shore Leave, Baltimore MD (2011, 2012) •    Panelist, WizardWorld Philadelphia (2013) •    Speaker, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (April 2013)

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Dive into a world of pirates, plunder, and peril with this novel based on Rare’s thrilling adventure game, Sea of Thieves. Long ago, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy, the infamous pirate Ramsey and his shipmates sacrificed everything to embark on an impossible journey into the Sea of Thieves. In the present day, Larinna, an ambitious stowaway determined to leave her mark on history, joins forces with a wild and adventurous captain seeking the greatest treasure ever buried. Separated by time but united by their drive to uncover the secrets of the Sea of Thieves, both crews will face tricks, traps, and malevolent horrors unleashed from the depths of the sea as each draws nearer to Athena’s Fortune. Take a deep breath and dive into an epic story based on Rare's thrilling shared-world adventure game Sea of Thieves, where aspiring pirates can set sail on exciting voyages. Discover the tales of famously fearsome pirates whose legends endure and whose plunder still lies buried, ready for the taking.

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It's been a long time and we miss you all. David, Scott and Jim have have been doing the Orbital Sword Podcast. But we are back to discuss the news on the newly anticipated Dune movie, coming out in November of 2020. We talk casting news.

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In 2259, Captain James T. Kirk is removed from command of the starship USS Enterprise for violating the Prime Directive after exposing the ship to the primitive inhabitants of the planet Nibiru in order to save them, and Spock, from a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Admiral Christopher Pike is reinstated as commanding officer with Kirk demoted to the rank of Commander and first officer. Commander Spock is transferred to another ship. Shortly after, the Section 31 installation in London is bombed by renegade Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison attacks Starfleet Headquarters in a jumpship during an emergency meeting about the situation, killing Pike and other senior officers. Kirk disables the jumpship, but Harrison transports to Kronos, homeworld of the hostile Klingons. Admiral Alexander Marcus reinstates Kirk and Spock to Enterprise with orders to kill Harrison using a new long range stealth photon torpedo. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott objects to allowing untested torpedoes on board the ship without knowing their specifications; when he is overruled, he resigns. Kirk assigns Pavel Chekov to replace Scotty. En route to Kronos, Enterprise's warp capabilities become disabled. Kirk leads a team with Spock and Uhura onto the planet in a small landing craft, where they are ambushed by Klingon patrols who order them to land. Uhura leaves the landing craft to talk to the Klingons. They decide to kill Uhura, but Harrison suddenly appears and kills all the Klingons. After the battle, Harrison demands that Kirk tell him the number of torpedoes on board the Enterprise, surrendering when Spock tells him. Dr. Leonard McCoy and Marcus's daughter, Dr. Carol Marcus, open a torpedo at Harrison's behest, revealing a man in cryogenic stasis. Upon further investigation, all the other experimental torpedoes are revealed to similarly contain cryogenically frozen humans. Harrison is taken to the ship's brig, where he reveals his true identity as Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman awoken by Admiral Marcus from centuries of suspended animation to develop advanced weapons. Khan reveals that Marcus sabotaged Enterprise's warp drive, intending for the Klingons to destroy the ship after it fired on Kronos, creating an act of war by the Klingon Empire. Khan also gives Kirk a set of coordinates. Kirk contacts Scotty on Earth and asks him to investigate. Scotty discovers the coordinates lead to a covert Starfleet facility near Jupiter. Enterprise is intercepted by a much larger Starfleet warship, USS Vengeance, commanded by Admiral Marcus. Marcus demands that Kirk deliver Khan, but Enterprise flees to Earth to expose him. After Vengeance disables Enterprise near the Moon, Carol reveals her presence aboard the ship. Marcus forcibly transports Carol to Vengeance before ordering Enterprise's destruction. Kirk offers Khan and himself for the lives of his crew, but Marcus rejects Kirk's offer, revealing he never intended to spare them and orders Vengeance to attack. Vengeance suddenly loses power after being sabotaged by Scotty, who infiltrated the ship. With transporters down, Kirk and Khan, with the latter's knowledge of the warship's design, space-jump to Vengeance. Spock contacts his older self, who warns that Khan is ruthless and untrustworthy and that Khan's older self was only defeated at a terrible cost. After capturing the bridge, Khan overpowers Kirk, Scott and Carol, kills Marcus, and takes control of Vengeance. Khan demands that Spock return his crew in exchange for the Enterprise officers. Spock complies but surreptitiously removes Khan's frozen crew from the torpedoes and arms the warheads. Khan beams Kirk, Scott and Carol aboard Enterprise, but betrays their agreement by attacking Enterprise; however, Vengeance is disabled when the torpedoes detonate. With both starships caught in Earth's gravity, they plummet toward the surface. Kirk enters the radioactive reactor chamber to realign the warp core, sacrificing himself to save the ship. Khan crashes the Vengeance into downtown San Francisco in an attempt to destroy Starfleet headquarters. Khan escapes the wreckage so Spock transports down in pursuit. McCoy discovers that Khan's blood has regenerative properties that may save Kirk. Spock pursues Khan through the city and is about to kill him, but Uhura stops him. Khan's blood revives Kirk. One year later, Kirk speaks at Enterprise's re-dedication ceremony. Khan is sealed in his cryogenic pod and stored with his compatriots. The Enterprise crew embarks on a five-year exploratory mission.

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Tonight's Menu: On this podcast, we share our Shore Leave interview with Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on Deep Space Nine and our Farpoint 2019 interview with Wallace Shawn, who played the Grand Nagus in Deep Space Nine and who played Vizinni in the Princess Bride. Scifi Diner Podcast 359 - Two Ferengis Walk Into A Bar (Our Interviews with Aron Eisenberg (Nog) and Wallace Shawn (The Grand Nagus) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Aron Eisenberg (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor and filmmaker known for his role as Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Eisenberg appeared on TV shows including Tales from the Crypt, Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, The Wonder Years, and General Hospital. He guest-starred in "Motherly Love", an episode of Brotherly Love. Eisenberg had a repeating guest star role in the '90s TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack, in which he played the character Jerry. He appeared in films such as The Liars' Club, Puppet Master III, Streets, and House 3. Eisenberg played the Ferengi Nog, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Although the part called for him to appear under heavy makeup to appear as a Ferengi, he appeared without makeup as a news vendor in the episode "Far Beyond the Stars". He later guest-starred as a Kazon, called Kar, on "Initiations", an episode of Star Trek Voyager. Eisenberg has also performed on stage in such productions as The Indian Wants the Bronx, On Borrowed Time and Minor Demons. He has occasionally directed for the theater, as in the recent production of The Business of Murder at the Conejo Players Theater. Wallace Michael Shawn (born November 12, 1943) is an American character actor, voice actor, playwright and essayist. His film roles have included those of Wally Shawn (a fictionalized version of himself) in the Louis Malle directed comedy-drama My Dinner with Andre (1981), John Lahr in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987), Mr. James Hall in Clueless (1995) and providing the voice of Rex in the Toy Story franchise. He also plays Dr. John Sturgis on the television series Young Sheldon. He has previously appeared in a variety of television series, including recurring roles as Grand Nagus Zek in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Manny in the game Kings Quest (1993–1999) and Cyrus Rose in Gossip Girl (2008–2012). His plays include Obie Award winning Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985), The Designated Mourner (1996) and Grasses of a Thousand Colors (2008). He also co-wrote the screenplay for My Dinner with Andre with Andre Gregory, and he scripted A Master Builder (2013), a film adaptation of the play by Henrik Ibsen, which he also starred in. His book Essays was published in 2009 by Haymarket Books. Shawn was born in New York City, to a Jewish family. His parents were William Shawn (1907–1992), the long-time editor of The New Yorker, and journalist Cecille Shawn (néeLyon; 1906–2005); his brother, Allen, is a composer. Shawn attended The Putney School, a private liberal arts high school in Putney, Vermont, and graduated with a B.A. in history from Harvard College. He studied philosophy, politics and economics, as well as Latin, at Magdalen College, Oxford, originally intending to become a diplomat. He also traveled to India as an English teacher, on a Fulbright program. He then taught Latin in Manhattan but, since 1979, has made a living primarily as an actor. PLAYWRIGHT Shawn's early plays, such as Marie and Bruce (1978), portrayed emotional and sexual conflicts in an absurdist style, with language that was both lyrical and violent. In a conversation with Andre Gregory, parts of which were used to create My Dinner with Andre, Shawn referred to these plays as depicting "my interior life as a raging beast." Critical response was extremely polarized: some critics hailed Shawn as a major writer, while John Simon called Marie and Bruce "garbage" and described Shawn as "one of the unsightliest actors in this city." His 1977 play A Thought in Three Parts caused controversy in London when the production was investigated by a vice squad and attacked in Parliament after allegations of pornographic content. He was also awarded the Obie Award for best playwrighting in 1974 for his play Our Late Night. His later plays became more overtly political, drawing parallels between the psychology of his characters and the behavior of governments and social classes. Among the best-known of these are Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985) and The Designated Mourner (1997). Shawn's political work has invited controversy, as he often presents the audience with several contradictory points of view, such as Aunt Dan and Lemon, which Shawn described as a cautionary tale against fascism. The monologue The Fever, originally created by Shawn to be performed for small audiences in apartments, describes a person who becomes sick while struggling to find a morally consistent way to live when faced with injustice, and harshly criticizes the record of the United States in supporting oppressive anti-communist regimes. In 1997, Shawn discussed the political nature of Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever and The Designated Mourner in an interview in which he talked extensively about the thematic developments between the three plays, as well as his own views on Marxist, communist and socialist politics, their relevance to American liberalism, and how government and individual responsibilities for finding solutions to the dichotomy between rich and poor in the world take hold in the characters presented in his plays. Aunt Dan and Lemon earned Shawn his second Obie Award for excellence in playwrighting in 1986,  and The Fever won Best American Play in 1991. Shawn's four plays have been adapted into films: The Designated Mourner (basically a film version of David Hare's stage production), Marie and Bruce, My Dinner with Andre and The Fever. Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave stars in The Fever (2004), which first aired on HBO on June 13, 2007. Shawn has also written political commentary for The Nation, and in 2004 he published the one-issue-only progressive political magazine Final Edition, which featured interviews with and articles by Jonathan Schell, Noam Chomsky, Mark Strand and Deborah Eisenberg. Shawn is credited as translator of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, which opened at Studio 54 in Manhattan on March 25, 2006. He appears briefly in voice-over during "Song about the Futility of Human Endeavor". He published his first nonfiction work, Essays, on September 1, 2009. It is a collection of essays that expresses his perceptions of politics and other subjects that reflect an aspect of his life. ACTING Shawn's involvement with theater began in 1970 when he met Andre Gregory, who has since directed several of his plays. As a stage actor, he has appeared mostly in his own plays and other projects with Gregory. He made his film debut in 1979, playing Diane Keaton's former husband in Woody Allen's Manhattan and an insurance agent in Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. His best-known film roles include Earl in Strange Invaders (1983) and Mr. Hall in Clueless(1995). After seeing his performance in My Dinner With Andre (1981), casting director Janet Hirshenson was so fond of his delivery of the word "inconceivable" that she cast him as Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987). Other roles include Baron Von Westphalen in Southland Tales, on Gossip Girl as Cyrus Rose, and in The Haunted Mansion (2003) as Ezra. His rare non-comedic film roles include two collaborations with Andre Gregory and Louis Malle: the semi-autobiographical dialogue My Dinner with Andre, and a combined production-and-backstage-drama of Uncle Vanya titled Vanya on 42nd Street. Shawn quite often appears on television, where he has appeared in many genres and series. He has had recurring roles as the Grand Nagus Zek in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Stuart Best in Murphy Brown, Jeff Engels in The Cosby Show, Dr. Howard Stiles in Crossing Jordan, Arnie Ross in Taxi, Charles Lester in The Good Wife, and a reprisal of his role as Mr. Hall in Clueless (based on the film). He appeared in the 1985 music video for Chaka Khan's "This is My Night". On February 4, 2010, Shawn appeared as Alan Rubin in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He appeared in Vegas Vacation (1997) as Marty. One of Shawn's latest films opened in his birthplace in New York in June 2014 titled A Master Builder. In 2018, he joined the cast of Young Sheldon in the recurring role of Meemaw’s boyfriend and Sheldon's physics professor, Dr. John Sturgis. Shawn was honored in 2005 with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist. VOICE ACTING Shawn is also a voice actor for animated films and television series, including Rex in the Toy Story franchise and Kingdom Hearts III, Mr. Gilbert Huph in The Incredibles, Principal Mazur in A Goofy Movie, Bertram in Family Guy, Munk in Happily N'Ever After, Purple Pirate Paul in Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers, and as a caricature of himself in BoJack Horseman. In The Fox and the Hound, he was originally going to voice Boomer, but dropped out and was replaced by Paul Winchell. In Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Shawn replaced Jon Lovitz as the voice of Calico. Coincidentally, Lovitz and Shawn both appeared in I Could Never Be Your Woman.

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Tonight's Menu: On this episode of the Diner, we analyze the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, the Joker trailer, Star Trek Discovery (and Dave's love of the Blue Crystals), and the Game of Thrones season Premiere.  Scifi Diner Podcast 358 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The Joker, Game of Thrones, and Star Trek: Discovery. This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page.

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Tonight's Menu: On this podcast, Chrissie sits down with Jim Territo to discuss the Space Rock Opera "The Daedalus 2 Mission". When does Artificial Intelligence stop being artificial? Follow a team of A.I. space probes on a journey of discovery, loss, and affirmation at the edge of space and time. SciFi Diner Podcast 357 - Our Interview with Jim Territo (Composer/Creator of the Science Fiction Rock Opera "The Daedalus 2 Mission") This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Jim Territo (Composer, Music Director) has BMus and MMus degrees in composition and education from the University of Michigan (2001, 2008). He taught high school and beginning band at Detroit Country Day School from 2002-2014, worked as a theatre composer and music director in New York City, and taught music at Roeper Lower School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Since 1999, he has been an active commissioned and published composer/arranger, music director, clinician, and freelance rock and jazz pianist. His first original musical, Justice in Dusty Junction, premiered in MI in 2012 and was published in 2014. His next musical, The Other Direction, premiered at 54 Below in Manhattan in 2015. His latest, The Daedalus 2 Mission, premiered at the Crofoot in MI in 2017. jimterrito.com The Daedalus 2 Mission: A Space Rock Opera To find out more, please visit: The Daedalus 2 Mission

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Tonight's Menu: On this rewind, our discussion of Star Trek: 2009 analyzes whether this might be the best Star Trek movie ever, its role in getting Discovery made, its impact on the many new Star Trek shows on CBS, and more.  Chrissie shares her Zenkaikon review, M talks about JoCo Cruise 2019, and then shares her review of Captain Marvel. Scifi Diner Rewind 356 - Star Trek 2009: The Best Star Wars Film :^) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Star Trek: 2009 In 2233, the USS Kelvin, a Federation starship investigates a lightning storm in deep space, which the crew soon realizes is a black hole. A massive Romulan vessel, the Narada, emerges, creating an alternate timeline. Possessing advanced weaponry, the Narada opens fire on the Kelvin, inflicting heavy damage. The Narada's first officer, Ayel (Clifton Collins Jr.), hails the outmatched Kelvin and demands that its captain, Richard Robau (Faran Tahir), come aboard the Narada via shuttlecraft. Captain Robau agrees and hands command of the ship to his first officer, George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth). Robau orders Kirk to wait fifteen minutes for his signal and evacuate the ship if he does not make contact. Meanwhile, Robau is taken aboard the Narada while the crew of the Kelvin monitors him. Ayel interrogates him first about a particular ship, which Robau does not recognize, and then about the whereabouts of Ambassador Spock, with whom Robau is also unfamiliar. The Narada's captain, Nero (Eric Bana), sits in the background, saying nothing. Upon citing the stardate, Robau is impaled with a teral'n, a pronged bladed weapon, by Nero, and the display of his vital signs on the bridge of the Kelvin instantly flatlines; Robau is dead. Kirk orders the Kelvin to open fire. As the situation worsens and he realizes that the damage to the Kelvin is compromising the lives and safety of everyone aboard, he orders the crew to escape pods and shuttles, including his wife Winona (Jennifer Morrison), who is about to give birth. Kirk tries to plot a collision course with the Narada, but autopilot navigation is offline; he will need to control the Kelvin himself. He orders his wife to leave on the shuttle without him. She protests, but Kirk knows that he has no choice but to stay behind and continue the attack in order to protect the others who are leaving on escape pods. On the shuttlecraft, Winona Kirk gives birth to a baby boy. As the Kelvin destroys the missiles aimed at the shuttles, Kirk can hear his newborn's cries but realizes that he will never meet his son. Just before the Kelvin collides with the Romulan vessel, Kirk asks Winona what they should name their son. She suggests naming him after George's father, but he laughs the suggestion off and says that "Tiberius" isn't much of a first name. They decide to name him "Jim", after Winona's father. Communication is interrupted as the Kelvin smashes into the Narada, crippling it briefly and giving the shuttles time to escape. Approximately ten years later on Earth, in Iowa, a young boy recklessly drives his dead father's antique Corvette (which his stepfather is selling while the boy's mother is off planet). The stepfather (Greg Grunberg) calls the young boy on a built-in phone to warn him against getting even one scratch on the car. The boy ignores the warning and drives down the road blasting 20th century music (the Beastie Boys' song "Sabotage"), passing his older brother Johnny while honking the horn to get his attention. A policeman on a flying motorcycle orders the boy to pull over, but he instead turns onto a road leading to a stone quarry. He destroys the car in the deep pit, jumping out moments before it slides over the edge. When the policeman asks the boy his name, the boy defiantly says "My name is James Tiberius Kirk." Meanwhile, on the planet Vulcan, a young Spock is being tormented by bullies who tease him about his mixed heritage, calling his Vulcan father a traitor for marrying his human mother. The three have previously failed to evoke an emotional response in Spock by stirring his human side (exactly 34 times previously, according to Spock himself), but this time they take it too far, calling his mother a human whore. Their plan backfires, and Spock knocks one of the older boys into a learning pod and beats him in an emotional rage. He is later admonished by his father, Sarek (Ben Cross), who is disappointed at his son's lack of emotional control and informs him that he has a path to choose and that only he can make the decision. Several years later, Spock (Zachary Quinto) is conflicted about whether he should participate in the kolinahr, the Vulcan ritual aimed at purging all emotions. He talks to his mother, Amanda Grayson (Winona Ryder), and she says that she will always be proud of him, no matter what he decides. Later, Spock stands before the Vulcan High Council. The chairman comments on Spock's perfect record in his attempt to gain entry to the Vulcan Science Academy, saying that his only flaw is that he also applied to Starfleet Academy. Spock explains it was logical to explore all options, which the others agree was logical but unnecessary. They accept him into the Vulcan Science Academy despite his disadvantage of being half human. Upon hearing their decision, Spock declines the appointment and states that he will enter Starfleet Academy instead. Commenting on the fact that he is the first Vulcan to reject an appointment to the Vulcan Science Academy, he sardonically informs the committee that their record is still perfect since he is, in fact, part human. Meanwhile, in a late-night bar in Iowa, a young Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) meets up with some friends. As they order drinks, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), somewhat inebriated, introduces himself to her and offers to buy her a drink. He unsuccessfully tries to learn her first name and flirts with her, even though she is plainly not interested. Kirk reveals he is intelligent, but another Starfleet recruit has concerns for Uhura. He and three other recruits start a fight with Kirk and beat him up before a senior officer, Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), enters the bar and ends the altercation. Pike sits down with Kirk and informs him that his own dissertation was on the USS Kelvin, Kirk's father's ship. Pike attempts to speak some reason into the rebellious young man and to persuade him to join Starfleet, firmly believing that he can do more with himself than be the only genius-level repeat offender in the Midwest. Kirk does not want to hear it and laughs at the idea of joining Starfleet. However, Pike reminds him that his father saved 800 lives in just 12 minutes of command, and challenges Kirk to do better. Pike also predicts that Kirk could attain the rank of captain and have his own ship in only four years. Early the next day, Kirk heads to Riverside Shipyard, where the USS Enterprise is being built, and thinks about what Captain Pike has told him. He makes the decision to join Starfleet. Pike is surprised to see Kirk turn up to join the new recruits. Giving his motorbike away to the first person who compliments it, Kirk passes Pike, saying "Four years? I'll do it in three." He boards the recruit shuttle, surprising Uhura and the recruits whom he fought with the night before. Another man, Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban), also boards the shuttlecraft, arguing furiously with a cadet who repeatedly commands him to sit down. Taking a seat next to Kirk, the somewhat nervous doctor starts ranting about what could physically happen to them should anything go wrong with the shuttle's systems. Kirk is amused and tries to remind him that Starfleet works in space. McCoy explains that he has nowhere else to go; having lost everything he had in a divorce, the only things he has left are his bones. The two become instant friends. Three years later, the Narada is waiting in an remote part of space. Having lost part of his right ear and has bites wounds on his head since his arrival in the past, Nero is called to the bridge by Ayel. Suddenly, a temporal disturbance (another black hole similar to the one the Narada appeared from in the past) appears and a small starship, the Jellyfish, flies out. Nero recognizes the ship, welcomes the appearance of Ambassador Spock, and orders the ship to be captured. Meanwhile, at Starfleet Academy, Kirk informs McCoy that he is taking the Kobayashi Maru test again the next day, and is certain he will pass it this time. McCoy is shocked--nobody passes it, and nobody even repeats it, much less takes it a third time, as Kirk is about to do. Kirk then leaves to study, which actually involves sexual foreplay with an Orion cadet named Gaila (Rachel Nichols) in her dorm room. Suddenly, Gaila's roommate enters, and Kirk hides under the bed. Her roommate is Uhura, who talks about a message she decoded about a giant spaceship destroying dozens of Klingon warships in Klingon space. Uhura then hears someone under the bed and outs him. Angry that her roommate brought yet another guy to their room, and even angrier that it's Kirk, she kicks him out. The next day, Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and a few other Starfleet recruits are in the simulator room, undergoing the Kobayashi Maru test on Kirk's third attempt. Kirk takes a comically casual approach to the test, much to everyone's bewilderment. Everything goes as planned when, unexpectedly, the power systems momentarily fail, the attacking Klingon warships' shields go down, and they are promptly destroyed. From the viewpoint above the simulator room, a technician asks an officer how Kirk was able to beat this test. The officer turns, revealing himself to be Spock. During an official inquiry, the Starfleet Academy brass informs Kirk that they have received evidence that Kirk entered a subroutine into the computer making it possible for him to win in the simulation, and accuse him of cheating. Kirk faces his accuser, Spock, and tries to defend himself, stating that no-win scenarios are a ludicrous training tool. Spock counters that it's a test of character, not of tactical ability. The hearing is suddenly interrupted when the committee is informed that the Federation has received a distress call from Vulcan. With the primary fleet occupied in the Laurentian system, Starfleet is forced to commission the Academy cadets and dispatch ships immediately to begin a rescue mission. Academy cadets are assigned to ships based on their aptitude, with the most capable cadets assigned to the USS Enterprise, a ship completed so recently that it hasn't even been christened yet. Uhura is initially assigned to the USS Farragut, but complains directly to Spock, citing her numerous commendations and recommendations (many from Spock himself) and insisting she has earned an assignment to the USS Enterprise. Spock replies that he wanted to avoid the appearance of favoritism, but ultimately relents and reassigns Uhura to the Enterprise. Kirk has been grounded pending a ruling on his inquiry, and is not allowed to board the shuttles and join the mission. However, McCoy takes him to the medical bay and injects him with a vaccine, making him temporarily sick. Consequently, he is allowed to bring Kirk aboard the Enterprise on medical grounds. The Enterprise leaves for Vulcan, but not before helmsman Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), replacing Ensign McKenna, who is sick, disengages the external inertial dampener, which had been preventing them from going to warp. Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin) uses the comm system to inform the crew about their first mission. There is a massive lightning storm above Vulcan's upper atmosphere, followed by strange planet-wide seismic disturbances. Their orders are to investigate the seismic disturbance, and assist in evacuation of the planet if necessary. After hearing the announcement, Kirk suddenly recognizes the lightning storm detected near Vulcan as exactly the same occurrence the Kelvin encountered 25 years earlier. Realizing that they are running straight into a Romulan trap, Kirk rushes through the ship to Uhura, despite suffering a bad reaction to the vaccine McCoy gave him: huge, swollen hands and a numb tongue. He asks her about the Klingon distress call she deciphered earlier, and she confirms that the attackers were Romulan. The recovered Kirk then rushes to the bridge to inform Captain Pike. At first, Pike is skeptical, but after hearing about the distress call Uhura picked up, Spock concludes that Kirk's logic is correct. Uhura is stationed at the communications console on the bridge as, unlike assigned communications officer Hawkins, she can distinguish Romulan from Vulcan. As they disengage the warp drive, the Enterprise finds herself in a debris field--it's the remains of the seven Starfleet ships which arrived shortly before they did and were immediately destroyed by the Narada. With Pike's direction, Sulu is able to navigate through the debris with minimal damage. The Narada attacks the Enterprise, which takes heavy damage on the first volley of torpedoes, destroying the sickbay and reducing shields to 32%. Just as they are about to fire again, Nero recognizes the Enterprise and orders a stop to the attack. He hails the Enterprise and identifies himself. Seeing a Romulan, Pike accuses him of an act of war, but Nero says he is a renegade from the Romulan Star Empire. He pointedly greets a confused Spock and orders Pike to come aboard via shuttlecraft, just as he ordered Robau to do 25 years before. Pike asks if there are any hand-to-hand combat-trained officers on the bridge. Sulu volunteers. Pike gathers Sulu, Spock and Kirk and heads for the shuttle bay. Pike promotes Spock to captain and puts him in command of the Enterprise. He also commissions Kirk, naming him first officer, much to Spock's chagrin. Pike outlines his plan to do two things at once: from the shuttle en route to the Narada he will drop Kirk, Sulu and chief engineer Olsen into an orbital skydive. They will land on Narada's drill platform, which is deployed into the Vulcan atmosphere and is drilling a massive shaft to the core of Vulcan, causing the seismic disturbances that prompted the original distress signal. The drilling beam's signal also blocks any communication with the planet, as well as transporter beams. They will disable the drilling beam and then contact Starfleet to inform them of the incident. If all else fails, they are to fall back to the primary fleet at the Laurentian system. If Pike does not come back, they will also need to rescue him. Spock returns to the bridge and checks in on sickbay. He is surprised to hear Dr. McCoy instead of Dr. Puri, the chief medical officer, who was killed in the attack. Spock formally names McCoy chief medical officer, a duty McCoy had already assumed as he works in the sickbay, heavily damaged and inundated with casualties. Pike arrives on the Narada after Sulu, Kirk and Olsen begin their descent. Sulu opens his parachute first, followed by Kirk. Over-enthusiastic and wearing a red space suit, Olsen waits too long to activate his parachute, falls under the drill, and is instantly incinerated by the beam. Kirk lands hard on the platform and proceeds to fight the first Romulan who attacks him. He reaches for his phaser pistol, but the Romulan quickly knocks it out of his hand, forcing Kirk to use his helmet as a weapon. As Sulu approaches the platform, a second Romulan with a disruptor rifle emerges, and Kirk grapples with him. The resulting disruptor fire shoots holes in Sulu's chute, and he too nearly falls victim to the drill's beam. He uses the parachute's repacking mechanism to pull himself onto the platform, then uses his retractable sword to cut it off to avoid being pulled onto a flame vent and incinerated. Sulu engages one Romulan in blade combat while the other goes hand-to-hand against Kirk, who is knocked over and left hanging on the edge of the drillhead. Sulu knocks his adversary onto a vent, killing him. He then stabs the other one with his sword and pulls Kirk to safety. Olsen had the explosives they were going to use to destroy the platform, so they take the Romulans' disruptor rifles and fire on the drill, disabling it. Meanwhile, Ayel reports the drill's sabotage, but informs Nero that the shaft had reached Vulcan's core. Nero orders the release of a small amount of red matter and the return of the drill. Chekov discovers what the red matter is doing: creating a black hole in the middle of the planet. Vulcan will be destroyed in a matter of minutes. Just as Kirk and Sulu are to be beamed off, the drill shifts and Sulu falls. Kirk jumps after him. Catching up, Kirk activates his parachute but, unable to support the weight of two people, it snaps off. The Enterprise can't get a transporter lock on moving targets, so Chekov races to the transporter room and mathematically works out how to do it. The two officers are rescued just before they hit solid rock and arrive on the Enterprise's transporter pad. Right after Kirk and Sulu are beamed aboard, Spock beams down to save the Vulcan High Council, which includes his parents, Sarek and Amanda, in the ketric arc inside a mountain and unreachable by beaming. As they run outside, several of the elders in the High Council are killed by falling rocks and statues, but Spock gets five of them outside, including his parents. As the transporter is about to pick them up, the rock ledge his mother is standing on collapses, causing the transporter to miss her. Spock stands on the Enterprise's transporter pad in shock, having lost his mother. The Enterprise crew watch in horror as Vulcan implodes into oblivion. Spock records his log entry, stating that over six billion Vulcans perished, and only around 10,000 remain. He notes he is now a member of an endangered species. Still a prisoner of the Romulans, Pike is officially listed as the hostage of a war criminal. Nero demands Pike turn over the security codes to defense systems around Earth, but Pike refuses to give them to him, disgusted by Nero's act of genocide on Vulcan. Nero speaks about how the Narada, in his time, was a mining ship, and he was laboring to support his wife, who was expecting his child until she died in the destruction of Romulus. Nero placed blame on the Federation for doing nothing to save his planet, and accused Spock of betraying them, promising himself retribution. Pike pleads that Romulus still exists, but Nero only knows that his world, the Romulus of the future, was destroyed, and he intends to destroy every world of the Federation so that others will know his pain. Forcing a Centaurian slug down Pike's throat to coerce Pike to reveal the security codes, Nero orders the Narada to continue to Earth. In command of the Enterprise, Spock leads the bridge crew in trying to understand what happened. They have determined that the Narada is heading for Earth. Based on their red matter black hole technology, Spock reasons that the Narada must have traveled back in time from the future. He asserts that the Enterprise must regroup with the fleet, but Kirk says that in order to stop Nero, they must go after him first. Kirk believes that any delayed action will result in Earth being destroyed. An argument ensues which ends in Spock ordering Kirk's removal from the bridge, but Kirk fights off his security escort. Spock ends it by delivering the Vulcan nerve pinch to Kirk and ordering him placed in an escape pod. The pod is launched and Kirk awakens to find himself on a snow-covered world known as Delta Vega, another planet in Vulcan's system. Picking up his gear, Kirk heads for the Starfleet station 14 kilometers away. He is chased down by a polarilla, which in turn is attacked by an even larger insectoid animal. It chases Kirk into a cave, and when it finally attaches a tendril to catch him, it is spooked off by an elderly man wielding a lit torch. The man reveals himself to be Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Kirk's old friend, but the latter is skeptical. Spock mind-melds with Kirk to make Kirk understand why he is there. He explains that 129 years in the future, in the year 2387, the impending supernova of the star Hobus threatened to destroy the homeworlds of the Romulan Star Empire and throw off the political balance of the galaxy. Spock developed a stockpile of red matter, a substance that can be ignited to form a singularity--a black hole capable of absorbing the matter of a supernova. However, while he was en route, the star exploded much earlier than he had predicted and Romulus was destroyed. Spock launched the red matter from his ship, the Jellyfish, to prevent further destruction to the galaxy. Immediately, Spock was confronted by a surviving Romulan mining vessel, the Narada, captained by Nero. Spock tried to escape, but given by the mass of the supernova, the resultant black hole captured both the Jellyfish and the Narada, creating a disturbance in the space-time continuum which sent both ships into the past. The Narada exited over 150 years in the past, where it confronted the Kelvin. Spock's ship entered moments later, but what appeared as moments to him was 25 years for the Narada. Nero captured Spock's ship when it finally appeared but kept Spock alive, marooning him on Delta Vega so that he could witness the destruction of Vulcan, just as Nero had to witness the destruction of Romulus. Kirk explains he was left on the planet by the Spock he knows, who is in command of the Enterprise. The elder Spock is surprised, knowing that Kirk should be in command of the ship. It is then that Spock realizes that when Nero exited the wormhole and confronted the Kelvin, he altered history and created an alternate reality. However, Kirk asks Spock whether his father survived in the original timeline. Spock confirms that George Kirk saw his son take command of the Enterprise. Spock leads Kirk to the Starfleet base where they meet this timeline's Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg): an engineering genius who was also exiled to Delta Vega along with his alien assistant, Keenser (Deep Roy), after beaming Admiral Archer's beagle to an unknown location during a transporter experiment. Spock informs Kirk that he must relieve the Vulcan's younger self of command by provoking him and showing everyone that Spock is too personally and emotionally compromised as a result of Vulcan's destruction and the loss of his mother to lead the mission and command the ship (Starfleet regulation 619). Giving Scotty the mathematical formula for transwarp beaming, an operation originally devised by the older Scotty, Spock sends Kirk and Scotty to the Enterprise. After rescuing Scotty from the Enterprise's coolant system, the two are spotted and almost immediately captured by security personnel, led by the man who got into a bar fight with Kirk three years previously. They are taken to the bridge where an astounded Spock demands to know how the two were able to transport to the Enterprise while it was in warp. Kirk refuses to answer and recommends that Scotty do the same. He asks why Spock does not feel any anger or have any emotion over the destruction of his planet and the death of his mother, who was murdered. Kirk keeps pushing and provoking Spock until he finally snaps and starts beating Kirk, strangling him to the point of nearly killing him, before he is stopped by Sarek. Realizing how far he has gone, Spock relieves himself of duty and leaves the bridge. Kirk assumes command. Following his outburst, Spock returns to the transporter room, where Sarek speaks to him. Spock feels a rage he cannot control over the death of his mother. Sarek says that his mother would have said not to bother doing such, and admits that he married Amanda because he loved her. Meanwhile, on the bridge, Chekov devises a plan to get the Enterprise close to the Narada without the Romulans detecting them: they can follow the Narada and stop at Saturn's system, remaining undetected in the shelter of magnetic field of the moon Titan. Spock returns and endorses the logic of Chekov's plan. He offers to beam over to the Narada to get the black hole device and save Earth, the only home he has left. Kirk says he will go as well, to rescue Pike. The Romulan ship deploys its drill directly over San Francisco and begins to bore into the planet near the Golden Gate Bridge. Warping into Titan's atmosphere, the Enterprise indeed remains undetected, and Kirk and Spock beam over to the Romulan ship--Scotty thought he would be beaming them to a remote and empty part of the ship, but it turns out to be an occupied portion. After a brief firefight, Spock uncovers the location of the black hole device and Captain Pike by melding with an unconscious Romulan. When they board the Jellyfish, she recognizes Spock as her captain. The Vulcan finally figures out what's going on when the ship's computer confirms her stardate origin as 2387. As Spock uses the Jellyfish to blast his way out of the Narada, Kirk runs into more trouble when he finds the Romulans' bridge, where Nero and Ayel are waiting. Spock destroys the drill before it can reach Earth's core, then goes to warp, and Nero orders pursuit. When Ayel holds Kirk by his throat over a deep drop, he grabs Ayel's pistol and kills him. He heads off to rescue Pike. Meanwhile, the ships drop out of warp and the Jellyfish turns to intercept and collide with the Narada. Nero orders all weapons to be fired, even though the ship still has red matter aboard; with his plan for revenge ruined, now he only wants to kill Spock. The Enterprise arrives on the scene and destroys the missiles, allowing Spock to carry through with his plan to collide with the Narada. Inside the Narada, Kirk finds Pike, alive but injured due to his earlier torture. Scotty beams Kirk, Pike and Spock from their different locations right before the Jellyfish collides with the interior hull of the Narada and explodes. The explosion of the Jellyfish ignites the entire stockpile of red matter on board, creating another black hole. Kirk offers to rescue the Narada but Nero refuses, defiantly stating he would rather watch Romulus die a thousand times than accept his help. Kirk orders the Enterprise to open fire, blowing the ship apart with phasers and photon torpedoes. The Narada is finally destroyed, but the gravitational pull of the black hole begins tugging on the Enterprise, keeping her from escaping, even with her engines running at warp speed. In a last-ditch effort, Scotty ejects the warp core and detonates it near the black hole. The resulting explosion pushes the Enterprise to safety, and the black hole implodes. On Earth, Kirk is commended and given command of the Enterprise. He relieves Pike, who has been promoted to Admiral and is now in a wheelchair. The elder Spock meets with his younger self and informs him that he helped Kirk directly so the two would form a friendship. The elder Spock raises his hand in the familiar live-long-and-prosper gesture, but notes that the unusual circumstances do not lend themselves to the famous greeting of the original series, so he simply wishes his younger self "Good luck." As the elder Spock leaves to help the remaining Vulcans establish a colony, the younger Spock returns to the Enterprise and asks Kirk if he can serve as his first officer, to which Captain Kirk agrees and the Enterprise warps away.

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In this episode, we talk about visiting  the various farmers markets in Lancaster County has to offer. While there may be others, we look at the big four: Green Dragon Farmers Market, Roots Country Market and Auction, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, and Central Market, This show is sponsored by the Hertzog Homestead LLC and by Performance Coach Kristen Hertzog. Lancaster County has a diversity of farmers' markets.  There are those markets that contain auctions, indoor and outdoor vendors, which are still entrenched deeply and closely to Lancaster County farm culture.  Other farmers' markets are entirely indoors. These are still connected to local community, yet contain a much more affluent atmosphere. These too have rich histories and a deep connection to Lancaster County. Probably the one that tops my list is Green Dragon Farmers' Market.  This is not because it's necessarily better than any of the other; rather it holds a special place in my heart because every Friday, the only day Green Dragon is open, my father used to take us to this market.  I loved going there as a kid because I would often end up with a pack of baseball cards (wanted no only for the cards, but also for the gum inside) and a few Hardy Boys novels I could pick up for a few quarters. Over the years I begin to appreciate Green Dragon and all its variety. From the small livestock auction to the grain and hay auctions that took place in the parking lot to the various stands selling ice creams, meats, vegetables, plants, quilts, and more. And there were many, many antiques. Friday was not Friday without going to Green Dragon.  Perhaps the thing that impressed me the most as a child was when we entered Green Dragon off 272 entrance.  There was and still is a Green Dragon literally perched atop a sign.  This harkens back to its days as a speakeasy during the prohibition.  As a kid I was fascinated with the fantasy of it all. Now when I drive by, I just wonder how the the dragon got an arrow in it throat. Another market that I frequented a bit less, most likely because with was a bit further out-of-the-way from where I lived was Roots Country Market and Auction. This was perhaps also because my father worked 12 to 14 hours days during the week and since this market was only open on Tuesdays, as it still is today, we never went. In a lot of ways reminds me of Green Dragon. It is an older market than Green Dragon; in fact, the owners' of Roots helped establish Green Dragon.  Roots actually started in the 1920s about 20 years prior to Green Dragon. Root's Market features its produce auction as well as fresh meats, deli, bakery items, flowers, handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles and household items from over 200 standholders. Perhaps the smallest farmers' market on my list is Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market. Nonetheless, it is an important stop when visiting Lancaster County especially if you want to take home something that is definitely representative of Lancaster County and the Amish and Mennonite culture. It offers fresh meats, cheese and produce, a wide variety of baked goods, chocolates and candies, bulk foods, spices, coffee and loose leaf tea, locally made chips and hard pretzels, hand-rolled soft pretzels, fresh-squeezed lemonade, apple cider, made-to-order subs, fried chicken and rows of homemade canned goods. It's not that the other farmers markets offer these things, and perhaps in greater variety.  Beut if you are visiting Lancaster county for the Amish experience, this farmers market is located in the heart in the Amish corridor; buggy rides, Amish shops are only a short walk or drive away. This market is also indoors which makes it more pleasant when raining, cold, or extreme heat. In an earlier podcast, I discussed my of what Central Market has to offer.  Like Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, it is indoors.  Of the markets, it has the most diversity of food represent=in g the city in which it exists. It is also the oldest, harkening back to the 1730s. Have you ever visited any of these farmers markets? What did you think of them?  I want to hear from you. Email me theroadappleguide@gmail.com , visit us on Facebook, or message us on Twitter. If you are traveling to Lancaster County and looking for a place to stay, the Hertzog Homestead is offering 20% off your room when you book your stay with them.  When you reserve your room, use the code: roadapple. And remember, as your traveling, watch out for those road apples!

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Tonight's Menu: Miles was a part of a panel at Farpoint 2019 discussing the movie "Aquaman". SciFi Diner Podcast 355 - Aquaman (A 2019 Farpoint Con Panel) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page.

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Tonight's Menu: Miles was a part of a panel at Farpoint 2019 discussing the state of Fan Films along with a little bit of how -to mixed in. SciFi Diner Podcast 354 - The State of Fan Films (A Farpoint 2019 Con Panel) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page.

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It's been a long time and we miss you all. David, Scott and Jim have have been doing the Orbital Sword Podcast. But we are back to discuss the news on the newly anticipated Dune movie, coming out in November of 2020. We talk casting news.

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Tonight's Menu: Dave, M., and Miles recorded live from Farpoint 2019. SciFi Diner Podcast 352 - Live from Farpoint 2019! This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page.

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Tonight's Menu: On this rewind, our discussion of Star Trek: Nemesis explores the phycological aspect of nature versus nurture and whether this alleviates Shinzon of responsibility, reinterpreting the mind-rape scene of Deanna Troi in light of the "me too" movement, and other struggles we had with the film.  We also some hilarious and favorite moments from the Farpoint 2019 Con. Scifi Diner Rewind 351 - Star Trek: Nemesis (Better with Romulan Ale) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Star Trek: Nemesis On Romulus, members of the Romulan Imperial Senate debate whether to accept the terms of peace and alliance with the Reman rebel leader Shinzon. The Remans are a slave race of the Romulan Empire, used as miners and as cannon fodder. A faction of the military is in support of Shinzon, but the Praetor and Senate are opposed to an alliance. After rejecting the motion, the Praetor and remaining senators are disintegrated by a device left in the room by a military-aligned senator. Meanwhile, the crew of the USS Enterprise prepares to bid farewell to first officer Commander William Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi, who are being married on Betazed. En route, they discover a positronic energy reading on a planet in the Kolaran system near the Romulan Neutral Zone. Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Lieutenant Commander Worf, and Lieutenant Commander Data land on Kolarus III and discover the remnants of an android resembling Data. When the android is reassembled it introduces itself as B-4. The crew deduces it to be a less advanced, early version of Data. Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway contacts Picard and orders the Enterprise on a diplomatic mission to nearby Romulus. Janeway explains that the Romulan Empire has been taken over in a military coup by Shinzon, who says he wants peace with the Federation and to bring freedom to Remus. On arrival, they learn Shinzon is a clone of Picard, secretly created by the Romulans to plant a high-ranking spy into the Federation. The project was abandoned when Shinzon was still a child and he was left on Remus to die as a slave. After many years, Shinzon became a leader of the Remans, and constructed his heavily armed flagship, the Scimitar. Initially, diplomatic efforts go well, but the Enterprise crew discover that the Scimitar is producing low levels of thalaron radiation, which is what had been used to kill the Imperial Senate and is deadly to nearly all life forms. There are also unexpected attempts to communicate with the Enterprise computers, and Shinzon himself violates Troi's mind through the telepathy of his Reman viceroy. Dr. Crusher discovers that Shinzon is aging rapidly because of the process used to clone him, and the only possible means to stop it is a transfusion of Picard's blood. Shinzon kidnaps Picard from the Enterprise, as well as B-4, having planted the android on the nearby planet to lure Picard to the Border. However, Data reveals he has swapped places with B-4, rescues Picard, and returns with Picard to the Enterprise. They have now seen enough of the Scimitar to know that Shinzon plans to use the warship to invade the Federation using its thalaron-radiation generator as a weapon, with the eradication of all life on Earth being his priority. The Enterprise races back to Federation space but is ambushed by the Scimitar in the Bassen Rift, a region that prevents any subspace communications. Two Romulan Warbirds come to the aid of the Enterprise, not wanting to be complicit in Shinzon's plans, but Shinzon destroys one and disables the other. Recognizing the need to stop the Scimitar at all costs, Picard orders the Enterprise to ram it. The collision leaves both ships heavily damaged and destroys most of the Scimitar's primary weapons. Shinzon orders the Scimitar to back away, then activates the thalaron weapon. Picard boards the Scimitar to face Shinzon alone, and eventually kills him by impaling him on a metal strut. Data jumps the distance between the two ships with a personal transporter to get Picard back to the Enterprise and then sacrifices himself when he fires his phaser at the thalaron generator, destroying the Scimitar. The crew mourn Data, and the surviving Romulan commander offers them her gratitude for saving the Empire. On the Enterprise, now back at Earth drydock for extensive repairs, Picard bids farewell to the newly promoted Captain Riker, who is leaving to command the USS Titan and begin a possible peace negotiation mission with the Romulans. Picard meets with B-4, and discovers that Data had downloaded the engrams of his neural net into B-4's positronic matrix before he boarded the Scimitar. Picard leaves B4's quarters walking down a corridor smiling, knowing that one day, Data will return.

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We celebrate 10 Years of the SciFi Diner Podcast. On the show, we share what is going on in our SciFi worlds, how we got involved in the Diner, the top most downloaded episodes of the Diner, top flub ups of the Diner, our favorite moments and more.

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Tonight's Menu: On this podcast, Scott sits down at Zenkaikon 2018 and chats with Anime Voice Actor Quinton Flynn  (Metal Gear, Digimon, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII, League of Legends, and More) SciFi Diner Podcast 349 - Our Interview with Anime Voice Actor Quinton Flynn  (Metal Gear, Digimon, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII, League of Legends, and More) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Quinton Joseph Flynn (born October 10, 1964) is an American voice actor, who is most notable for providing the English voices of video game characters such as Raiden in the Metal Gear series, Marcus Damon in Digimon Data Squad, Lea and Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, Reno in Final Fantasy VII and its sequels and prequels, and Henry in No More Heroes. He is a frequently recurring actor in the video game series Crash Bandicoot. He also voices Jhin from League of Legends.

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On this very exciting episode of the Orbital Sword, we enter the reading room once again to discuss Terry Brooks' Angel Fire East. Findo Gask returns looking for the Gypsy Morph and poses what is Nest and John's biggest challenge of the three-book Word and the Void series. There is no shortage of action in this one. Join David, Scott and Jim as they break it down into bite-sized chunks that even a Feeder can digest.

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Tonight's Menu: On this rewind, our discussion of Star Trek: Insurrection takes us into the psychological look of relocating people for resources, Asimov's laws of robotics and governing AI, and much more. SciFi Diner Podcast 348 - Star Trek: Insurrection (Amish in Space) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Star Trek: Insurrection Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) is temporarily transferred to an undercover mission observing the peaceful Ba'ku people. While on their planet, he malfunctions and reveals the presence of the joint Federation–Son'a task force observing the Ba'ku. Admiral Matthew Dougherty (Anthony Zerbe) contacts the USS Enterprise-E to obtain Data's schematics but adamantly states the presence of the Enterprise is not needed. Captain Picard decides to ignore these orders and takes the Enterprise to capture Data. After stopping Data, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) becomes suspicious of Dougherty's insistence that the Enterprise is no longer needed. His crew investigates the cause of Data's malfunction. They discover that the Ba'ku have advanced technology, but have rejected its use to live simpler lives. Due to unique radiation or "metaphasic particles" emanating from their planet's rings, they are effectively immortal. Dougherty's allies, the Son'a, are a decrepit race who use medical techniques to prevent death; their excessive use of cosmetic surgery gives them a mummified appearance. The Enterprise crew also begin to experience the rejuvenation effects of the planet: Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge(LeVar Burton) finds his eyes have regenerated and he no longer requires ocular implants; Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) rekindle their long-abandoned relationship; and Picard develops a romantic relationship with the Ba'ku woman Anij (Donna Murphy). Data and Picard discover a submerged and cloaked Federation ship containing a gigantic holodeck set up to recreate the Ba'ku village. Data's malfunction stems from a Son'a attack, received when he discovered the vessel. Picard confronts Dougherty and learns that top Federation officers and the Son'a secretly planned to deceptively move the Ba'ku to the ship and forcibly relocate them to another planet, allowing the Son'a to collect the rejuvenating radiation (but poisoning the planet in the process). Dougherty orders the Enterprise to leave. Picard states the rejuvenation benefit of the radiation does not justify Dougherty's plans for the Ba'ku and violates the Prime Directive. He plans to alert the Federation of the forced relocation. Picard is joined by some of his crew to help the Ba'ku escape from being abducted while Riker takes the Enterprise to a transmission range and communicate the violation to Star Fleet. The Son'a send robotic probes to locate and capture the fleeing Ba'ku. The Son'a leader, Ahdar Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham), convinces Dougherty to allow two Son'a ships to attack the Enterprise. Riker defeats the attacking ships and the Enterprise escapes. Their plan exposed, Ru'afo insists upon harvesting the radiation source immediately. Picard, Anij, and several Ba'ku are transported as prisoners onto the Son'a ship. Picard reveals to Dougherty that the Son'a and the Ba'ku are the same race, and the Federation is involved in their blood feud. The Son'a are a splinter faction of Ba'ku who gave up their bucolic existence a century earlier to embrace the use of technology. They attempted to seize power but failed, and the Ba'ku elders exiled them from the planet, denying them the rejuvenating effects of the rings. The Son'a developed an artificial and imperfect means to extend their lives at the cost of disfigurement. Ru'afo kills Admiral Dougherty when he backs out of the plan and Ru'afo proceeds with his plan. While Picard is escorted to be executed, he convinces the Son'a Gallatin (Gregg Henry) to help him stop Ru'afo. Picard masterminds a ruse to transport Ru'afo and his bridge crew to the holoship and shut down the harvester. Ru'afo discovers the deception and transports to the radiation harvester ship to manually restart the process. Picard follows and sets the harvester to self-destruct, which kills Ru'afo while Picard is rescued by the Enterprise. The remaining Son'a are forgiven and welcomed back by the Ba'ku. Picard arranges a meeting between Gallatin and his Ba'ku mother. The Enterprise crew take a moment to enjoy their rejuvenated selves before returning to their previous mission.

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Tonight's Menu: On this podcast, Scott sits down at Zenkaikon 2018 and chats with Anime Voice Actor Jessica Calvello (Attack on Titan, New Cutey Honey, Excel Saga, Queen's Blade, Maria Holic, and More) SciFi Diner Podcast 347 - Our Interview with Anime Voice Actor Jessica Calvello (Attack on Titan, New Cutey Honey, Excel Saga, Queen's Blade, Maria Holic, and More) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Jessica Calvello (born August 8, 1973 in Webster, Texas, United States) is an American voice actress and production assistant primarily known for her anime voiceover work, particularly with ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, DuArt Film and Video, Media Blasters, Funimation, Central Park Media, Headline Sound Studios, New Generation Pictures, NYAV Post, 4Kids Entertainment and also known for her non-anime voice work on a number of animated shorts by, Cyanide and Happiness. Some of her more well known roles are Excel in Excel Saga, Nanael in Queen's Blade, Kanako Miyamae in Maria Holic, Zoe Hange in Attack on Titan and Honey Kisaragi in New Cutey Honey, in which she was personally cast by the creator of the Cutey Honey franchise, Go Nagai, as the Lovely Warrior herself, Honey Kisaragi. Jessica says that in all of her years of working in the industry, this is her most cherished and honored accomplishment.

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Tonight's Menu: On this podcast, Scott sits down at Zenkaikon 2018 and chats with Anime Voice Actor Jad Saxton (High School DxD, Fairy Tail, Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Log Horizon, and More). SciFi Diner Podcast 346 - Our Interview with Anime Voice Actor Jad Saxton (High School DxD, Fairy Tail, Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Log Horizon, and More) This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Jād Brennon Saxton is an American voice actress who works for Funimation and Sentai Filmworks. Her name is an acronym of her parents' names, Jimmy and David, and is pronounced as Jade. Her singing led to her first voice role in Sasami: Magical Girls Club as Eimi Mori, and her first major voice role was Masako Hara in Ghost Hunt. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2005. Some of her other major roles in anime include Akatsuki in Log Horizon, Carla in Fairy Tail, Hatchin in Michiko & Hatchin, Sena Kashiwazaki in Haganai, Haruna in Is This a Zombie?, and Koneko Tojo in High School DxD.

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Tonight's Menu: On this show, Scott, Dave, Miles, and Chrissie share their top five geek moments from 2018 and their top anticipated moments from 2019. We would love to hear yours! SciFi Diner Podcast 345 - Top Moments from 2018 and What We Look Forward to in 2019 This show is brought to you by Patreon Supporters: Jame Husband Mike Crate Support us on Patreon Special thanks to Lee Kemp who manages our Facebook page. Chrissie: 2018 Favorite Geek Moments: Star Trek bachelorette party - pin the kiss on Captain Kirk Seeing the actual Enterprise in the national air and space museum 3. Joining this podcast 4. Doing a space race themed party with my sister; my team didn't win, but the games were a blast. I am still disappointed I didn't get extra points for my team by bringing a towel 8^). 5. The new WoW expansion, 2019 Top Anticipated Moments: Space X is set to launch its first commercial space flight - so maybe by the time I am 50, it will be affordable and I will be able to experience space flight. The Dark Crystal sequel coming to Netflix Going to Philadelphia for a Japanese tea ceremony and art museum  (more nerdy than geeky, but I love Japanese culture and art). I highly recommend the annual Japanese culture festival in the spring. My first con as an adult; I went to a couple when I was really young. I think they were like gaming cons. Blacksmithing with my sister - I will be making a knife. Scott: 2018 Favorite Geek Moments: Avengers Infinity War Solo: A Star Wars Story Playing Lord of the Rings Online Watching all of Doctor Who with my son Delving into the Expanse universe Honorable Mention: Ready Player One 2019 Top Anticipated Moments: Star Wars Episode 9 Avengers: Endgame Captain Marvel First Commercial Spaceflight Helping my son stream content on Youtube Dave: 2018 Favorite Geek Moments: 5 - 2 new Star Wars movies - Loved them both! 4 - Marvel: Infinity Wars 3 - New Star Trek on TV - Discovery, Orville 2 - Coming onto the Sci-Fi Diner Podcast 1 - Going to my first Cons and getting to meet and interview some of my “heroes” in the Sci-Fi world. 2019 Top Anticipated Moments: 5 - Closing the next Star Wars trilogy with Episode 9 4 - Finishing the Avengers saga with Endgame 3 - Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn 2 - Star Trek on TV: Season 2 of Star Trek Discovery, the new Picard series, Orville S2 1 - Continuing to attend this year's Cons (Farpoint/Shore Leave) and hanging out with my fellow sci-fi friends here at the Diner! Honorable Mentions: Dave - Tabletop gaming (ST: Ascendency, Star Wars Armada, Firefly: Adventures) Miles *Honorable Mention: With very little Star Trek novels to read this past year, I’ve been reading several time travel novels. 2018 Favorite Geek Moments: 5. Elseworlds on the CW was probably the best crossover yet with the CW DC superhero shows. 4. Really enjoying reviewing all the Star Trek movies this year and talking about it with our co-hosts and guest hosts. 3. Hitting Farpoint and Shoreleave and seeing our old friends, meeting celebrity guests and making new friends. 2. Star Trek coming back to the small screen.  I think Discovery is a worthy member of the Star Trek universe. 1. Meeting and getting a picture of William Shatner himself.   Captain Kirk was really my first superhero and Star Trek was my first foray into sci-fi.  The meeting was brief but very pleasant. 2019 Top Anticipated Moments: *Honorable Mention:  Orville Season 2 5.  The new Star Trek Jean Luc Picard show. 4. Movies: Avengers Endgame,  X Men Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel,   Shazam 3.  Going to Farpoint and Shoreleave. 2. Continuing to record the Sci-Fi Diner PodCast and geek out about our favorite sci-fi that we enjoy. 1. Star Trek Discovery: Season 2.  This looks like it will even be more enjoyable than season 1. Sci-fi Diner Top 5: 5. Cons 4. Star Trek to the small screen 3. Star Wars Solo 2. Avengers: Infinity War 1. Adding two new cohosts Biggest disappointments  this year: * That Solo didn’t do better * Second Pacific Rim * Netflix canceling Marvel Shows * Visiting a larger con * Timeless ending

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