Cosmic Potato: The Super Fantalk Podcast

Episode 50: Please Stop Doing The Thing!

In this episode Shawn, John, and Rick discuss just how good of a movie Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 is, if American Gods is worth spending $30, and what kind of tropes movies and TV shows do that they really should stop doing.
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Episode 49: Sci-Fighters 4--Marvel Vs. DC

In this episode we play another round of Sci-Fighters. This time we take the movie and TV versions of some of our favorite Marvel and DC comic book characters and pit them against each other until we have a victor.

We also take a few minutes to talk about the season premier of Doctor Who and Class as well as some of the other things we've been watching. Plus, we try to decide how to watch American Gods without paying an arm and a leg.

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Episode 48: Sci-Fighters 3--The Temporal Showdown

In this episode we welcome back Rick and Joe and gear up to play another round of Sci-Fighters! This time we're using characters that have traveled in time and some point in their respective film or TV series. So what happens when you pit the Borg Queen against the T-1000? Will Barry Allen be a match for Bill and Ted? Can Marty McFly outmaneuver Harry Potter? We go into deep detail and analyze all of these theoretical battles and a whole lot more.

We also give reviews of Logan and Power Rangers amidst the madness and John takes us through a new round of the Geek Alphabet.

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Episode 47: Special Guest--Ming Chen

On this episode John and I got to talk to Ming Chen. He's one of the stars of AMC's Comic Book Men which is a show that takes place in Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comic book store in Redbank, New Jersey owned by Kevin Smith. Ming is going to be one of the guests at Magic City Con this year. He came on the show to talk about his experiences with comic book conventions. We also talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to films and TV shows based on comic books.

We had a great time talking to Ming. You can find Comic Book Men airing on Sunday nights after The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. He also hosts two podcasts. I Sell Comics and The Ming And Mike Show are both available on iTunes. If you'd like to learn more about Magic City Con and possibly pick up some tickets you can visit their website at magiccitycon.com.

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Episode 46: The Millennial Falcon Crossover
In this episode we had a crossover event with The Millennial Falcon Podcast. That show is a pop culture podcast hosted by three geeky millennials...and we had two of them. We got together to talk about the movies and TV shows that each generation considers to be essential to who they are. We also talked about game changers, which are films and shows that changed the way things are made in the future.

If you'd like to learn more about The Millennial Falcon Podcast go visit their website at millennialfalconpodcast.wordpress.com.

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Episode 45: "What's In The Box?"
 In this episode we pay tribute to the late, great Bill Paxton...discuss this year's Oscar flubs...talk about why I don't think Moonlight should have won...debate the politics of the Oscars...and run down our most favorite movie quotes.

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Episode 44: The Family Friendly Experimentation

After a few weeks off John and I were able to get together with Rick and talk about our favorite family friendly programming. These are our favorite TV shows and movies that we like to let our kids watch or that we like to watch with them. If you're a parent then you might learn about a few new shows that you didn't know about before. If you know someone with kids that you think could benefit from this topic then please forward a link to the episode to them.

A few of the other things that we talk about: Ben Affleck is not directing The Batman; Kevin Smith is directing a new episode of Supergirl with special guest Teri Hatcher; Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who; James Cameron may reboot The Terminator; and Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are bringing Castle Rock to Hulu.

I also had a special interview this week with Matthew Goodson-Orr that you'll get to hear. He's one of the guys that is heading up BoroughCon in New York City. It's a brand new convention and I hope some of you guys that live in that area or that may be in that area in May will think about dropping by. If you want to find out more about it then you can go to their Facebook page here.
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Episode 43: 2017 Film Preview
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We're getting back to the basics this week as your two original hosts, John and myself, sit down to talk about a bunch of the movies that we're looking forward to seeing this year. We also glance over a few that we don't know anything about. And there is some discussion of television and things that we've watched recently.

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Episode 42: Rogue One Party (Spoilers!)
We finally made it back from a very busy and very eventful holiday break. And there is no better way to break in a new year by doing a break down of the most recent Star Wars film. So in this episode we did a very spoiler filled review of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".

Rick and Kennedy joined John and I as we talked about all of the things that we liked and disliked about this stand-alone addition to the series. We also discussed the passing of Carrie Fisher and the Doctor Who Christmas special.

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Episode 41: The Bunny Was Always In The Matrix
John and I welcomed Joe Crowe back to the podcast so that we could play another round of Sci-Fighters. This time we pitted creatures from all sorts of random film and television properties such as The Penguins of Madagascar and Gremlins against robots like Data and Terminator. This game was a lot of fun and we're pretty sure it's going to be a regular feature on the show for a while.

We also took a few minutes to pay our respects to some of the losses we've suffered in the last week or so. We paid a small tribute to Florence Henderson, Ron Glass, and the print version of Mental Floss magazine.

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Episode 40: A Visit From World War G
John and I were pleased to welcome Troy Wood and AJ Warner to the show. Troy and AJ are hosts of the World War G podcast based out of Ogden, Utah. They talk about a lot of the same kinds of things that we do and our shows are a good fit so I hope you'll enjoy this episode.

The topics that we covered include the new NES Classic mini console and how hard it is to get your hands on one, our excitement over the upcoming CW crossover, how we felt about Doctor Strange, and our thoughts on the first few episodes of this season of The Walking Dead.

You can find World War G on iTunes or on their site at worldwarg.podbean.com. They're also on Facebook and Twitter.


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Episode 39: 2016 Fall TV Best And Worst

In this episode we talk about the hits and the misses in the new line-up of TV shows this fall. We discuss the newcomers as well as a couple of returns. We also talk a little about the classic film Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Episode 38: Second Annual Halloween Episode (2016)
We've actually been around long enough to be able to carry on an annual tradition. This is our second Halloween episode. I was joined on the mic by Anthony to talk about some of our favorite horror and spooky movies.
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Episode 37: Sci-Fighters Star Trek vs. Star Wars
This may have been the most fun we've ever had recording an episode of the podcast. Rick and John were here and we welcomed Joe Crowe from the RevolutionSF podcast. Joe ran a couple of panels back in the summer at Magic City Con. We took a page from his notebook and created a fantasy draft where we pitted characters from Star Trek and Star Wars against each other to find an overall champion. There was a lot of laughing and a good time was had by all.

We also chatted for a few minutes about what we thought about some of the new shows that have come out so far this fall. A few of the ones we discussed were The Tick, Jean Claud Johnson, MacGyver, and Lethal Weapon.
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Episode 36: Best Movies Based On Actual Events
In this episode John and I played a game of Fresh or Rotten, John brags about his superpowers and then proves that they're about 65% effective, and we chat a little bit about what we think is going to happen in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead.

For our main topic we discussed movies that were based on actual events. We also figured out that Tom Hanks really likes to pretend to be real people.

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Episode 35: Coming Of Age

On this episode I was joined by Rick and I welcomed Kennedy for the first time to Cosmic Potato. Rick and Kennedy used to co-host Starbase 66 on the Simply Syndicated network back in the day. Since that was the first podcast that I ever became a regular fan of it was quite surreal and an honor to share the mic with both of them at the same time.

We shared some news about Star Trek. We talked about the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, and the news that it's being pushed back until May as well as some rumors floating around as to what the show may actually be about. We also talked about the future of Star Trek Continues and whether or not CBS and Paramount dropped the ball on the 50th anniversary.

Our main topic for this episode is "Coming Of Age". We talked about movies that deal with a rite of passage into adulthood or another phase in life.

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Episode 33: After Dark

 In this episode John and I welcome Hoai-Tran Bui back to the show...and we keep her up past her bedtime. We talk about our memories of Gene Wilder, some of the movies that we've all seen recently, the identity of a movie that I walked out in the middle of, and Stranger Things. We also talk a little about some of the shows that we're looking forward to this fall.

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Episode 33: Our Favorite YouTube Channels
On this episode John and I welcomed Kristina back to the show. She told us a little about her trip to England for Star Wars Celbration: Europe and about her visit to the Doctor Who Experience. After that we chatted about the way Suicide Squad downplayed Harley Quinn's tragic backstory to make her a strong female character and the way Batgirl was turned into someone seeking approval in all the wrong places in The Killing Joke.

For our main topic we discussed our favorite YouTube channels and why we love them.


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Episode 32: Reboots And Sequels We'd Like To See
 
Every year as of late we have been subjected to a ton of sequels...remakes...re-imaginings...legasequels...and TV to film adaptations. Most of them are not worth it though a few of them are. On this episode I sat down with Rick and Brock to talk about some of the properties that we think could actually use a remake or a sequel.








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Episode 31: Happy Birthday To Us!
 
This week we celebrate the one year anniversary of our very first episode. And there was a lot to talk about. John joined me on the show and we welcomed Scott Matteson from Simply Syndicated's Movie News as well as Next Time: The Comic Book Television Prediction Podcast. We chatted a lot about Star Trek Beyond (spoilers) and Suicide Squad (no spoilers). We also had some discussions about Stranger Things, TMNT, and Harry Potter.







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Episode 30: This Episode Is A Cult Classic


This week I had John and Rick come in to discuss our favorite movies that are considered to be cult classics. We define a cult classic as a movie that didn't really have a successful run when they were had their original run in theaters, but they've become more and more popular over time. A lot of these movies have gone on to have multiple sequels or launched the careers of filmmakers and actors due to that later success.

Some of the movies that we discuss include The Rocky Horror Picture ShowClerksThey Live, and Highlander.




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Episode 29: We Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost!


This supersize episode was a lot of fun. I had Rick and Anthony on the line as well as a special guest. From the Alabama Ghostbusters, Brock Parker joined us to talk about his organization and his involvement with the documentary Ghostheads. We were fascinated to hear the stories of his encounters with Ghostbusters royalty such as Ivan Reitman and Ernie Hudson and the director of the new film, Paul Feig.

We talked about the 2016 reboot. Some of it was gushing and some of it was a little rough. But we had a great time talking about it and breaking it down.

I will warn you that our review was SPOILER FILLED. We chatted about it as a bunch of guys that had seen it and analyzed all the cameos and the ending. So, if you haven't seen the movie yet and you don't want to be spoiled, then wait until you have to listen to this episode.

The Alabama Ghostbusters is one branch of a fan community that stretches across the world. They are featured in the documentary Ghostheads, which is available for streaming on Netflix. You can find out more about that film on their Facebook page here. And you can learn more about the Alabama Ghostbusters by visiting them at AlabamaGB.com.


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Episode 28: Pokemon Everywhere and Throwback Toys
 
This week John and I got together to talk about our favorite toys from our childhood. Some of them were action figures like Transformers. Some of them were death traps like the Slip n' Slide. And others were old school video game consoles like the TI 99/4.

We also chat a little bit about Pokemon Go and how quickly it has become so popular. We can't seem to understand why there are so many people that have to make fun of something just because they don't like it or understand it. We talk about how it's okay to not like things...but don't be a jerk about it.  You can read more about my thoughts on the subject on my blog at mykidsdadisageek.com.


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Episode 27: That Smoke Wasn't Wearing Sunglasses -or- The Tapestries of Ooo


This week I got together with John and Hoai-Tran and talked about some more cartoons. This time the floor was open to any and all cartoons from all time periods. Some of the cartoon series that we talked about this time were:

Sailor Moon
Gargoyles
ALF
Batman Beyond
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Ren and Stimpy
Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue
Adventure Time
Full Metal Alchemist
The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle


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Episode 26: Saturday Morning Cartoons of the 60s and 70s

 
We went back even further this week to talk about cartoons from the 60s and 70s. I personally saw most of these shows in reruns. But in preparation for this show I found myself really surprised at how many of these shows had an impact on me as I was growing up even though they were not of my era.

Rick joined me for this show and we discussed a lot of different shows:

But this isn't the end of the line for the cartoon episodes. We'll talk about something else next week but we'll get back to our cartoon series real soon. Hopefully we'll be able to get some of our other contributors in on the action as well. John? Hoai-Tran? Kristina?

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Episode 25: Saturday Morning Cartoons Of The 80s And 90s

We're starting a series here on the show where we're going to go back and discuss all the cartoons that we used to watch on Saturday mornings when we were kids. Some of us watched these shows when they were first run and some of us saw them in reruns after school. But it's obvious that a bunch of people who are so interested in geeky culture would have roots that are deeply embedded in the fantastical stories that cartoon brought us as children.

So, we're going to talk cartoons quite a bit over the next few weeks. We'll go off and do other topics and come back and cover different eras and different types of shows. But hopefully over this series we'll cover all of our favorites and all of the people that participate on this show will have a chance to talk about the cartoons that they loved.

This episode was kind of weird because we had some technical difficulties and had to record it over two separate sessions a few days apart. Rick and Anthony joined me to talk about cartoons from the 80s and 90s. After the first 30 minutes the computer stopped recording. Anthony couldn't make it back for the second session but Rick was here.

The cartoons that we discussed were:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Tiny Toons
Batman: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
Danger Mouse
The Real Ghostbusters
Power Puff Girls
He-Man And The Masters of the Universe
Inspector Gadget
Thundercats

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Episode 24: Is Moffat A Blessing Or Curse For Doctor Who?

When we were at Magic City Con a couple of weeks ago, Rick and I were invited to be on a panel where we discussed the good and the bad that Steven Moffat has brought to the Doctor Who universe. This is a recording of that live panel.

I want to send special thanks to Sam Albro and Scott McCracken who were also on that panel. During the show you'll hear them talk about the other projects that they are involved in. Be sure to send them your support.





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Episode 23: Live From Magic City Con 2016

This episode is a little different from what we normally do. Rick came into town this weekend for Magic City Con and we spent the last few days conducting panels together and meeting a lot of interesting folks.

Once the last panel was over, Rick and I ducked into and empty meeting room to record a little bit and share what we thought about the convention as a whole.

That's only the first thirty minutes or so of this episode. After that, keep listening because I'm sharing the recording from the panel that we did about Podcasting. It was a presentation that we put together called "Podcasting For Dummies" and it is pretty much everything that you need to know if you want to get your feet wet in podcasting. If you want to see if you actually enjoy doing it without sinking any money into it just yet then this is the place to be. We're going to tell you the basic equipment that you'll need and give you the names of some free software that will help you get started.

I want to give special thanks to the guys at the Rocket Punch podcast, and to Joe Crow from RevolutionSF Revcast. They helped with the presentation and made the conversation a lot of fun. Hopefully there will be some collaboration between us in the near future.


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Episode 22: Claim Your Seat!
 
The topic of the Screening Room technology has come up on the show before...unfortunately we weren't recording. So, I sat down this week with Anthony to talk about whether or not we would shell out $50 to watch first run movies at our home. This led into a discussion on the future of movie theaters and whether or not they'd be relevant in a few years.

We also talked about a couple of movies and TV shows that we just haven't had a chance to talk about on the show before, made some plans for a Ghostbusters themed show in the future, and what was going on with the X-Men billboard haters.

This episode is available to listen to here on the site. Or you can download it from iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker, and Google Play. Just use the links to the right of your screen. And, even if you don't get your podcasts from iTunes, please go there and leave us a 5 star review. That will be the best way to help us grow our audience.

If you'd like to tell us what you think of the show or give us some ideas of things you'd like to hear us talk about you can do that on Facebook or Twitter. Just search for us and you'll find us. You can also email me directly at shawnwray@cosmicpotato.com.

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Episode 21: Top Animated Film Picks

After a lost episode due to a Skype malfunction, we were able to get together and record this fun episode. John and Rick joined me for a discussion about some of our favorite animated films of all time. We talked about everything from Disney classics like Toy Story to more adult fare like Heavy Metal and Bakshi's Lord of The Rings.

Just a reminder...if you're in the southeast US you can meet Rick and I this weekend at Magic City Con in Birmingham, Alabama. We'll be there on June 10th, 11th, and 12th. There will be tons of panels and events to enjoy and some celebrity guests as well.

You can listen to this episode right here on the website. You can also download it wherever you find podcasts like Stitcher and Google Play. You can use the links to the right of your screen to find those. We're also available on iTunes, and even if you don't go there to get the show we would really appreciate it if you'd go there and leave us a 5 star review. That will go a long way toward helping us to build our audience.

If you want to contact us you can click on the links to the right to find us on Facebook and Twitter. Or you can contact me directly at shawnwray@cosmicpotato.com. Let me know what you thought of this episode and what your favorite animated films are.

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Episode 20: X-Men Apocalypse Reaction (SPOILERS!)



This is our landmark 20th episode and it was probably the most fun that we've had since we started doing the show. That's because John was in town to visit some family and attend his nephew's graduation. So, on Saturday we got together to do some catching up. We also went to see the new film X-Men: Apocalypse.

Back in the day when we would see a movie we would usually go sit at a restaurant or something and talk about what we had just watched in detail. So, we did that this time. Be we went to a nearby park, set up the laptop, turned on the mic, and analyzed the movie.

So, this episode is a couple of guys chatting about a movie just minutes after the end credits. Therefore, there will be SPOILERS! So, if you haven't seen it yet and you plan to then you may want to go to the theater first and listen to us later.

As always you can listen to the episode right here. You can also download it using the links to the right of your screen. We're on iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker, and Google Play.

Also, please consider going to iTunes and leaving us a 5 star review, even if you don't download us from there. That is going to help us get the show visible by as many people as possible and will do a lot toward our growth.

And you can find us on Facebook and Twitter if you'd like to contact us. Let us know what you thought of this episode and what you thought of X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Episode 19: The Return Of John Irons
 
John Irons is back in his proper seat across the virtual table. And since he was able to return this week I decided to take it back old school and just do a show with the original duo. And it was a good week to do it since we both got to see Captain America: Civil War over the last few days.
We also take a few minutes to discuss the last episode of The Flash which was directed by Kevin Smith. And I brought up the question of why Kevin Smith isn’t using his directorial talents to direct a comic book movie.
We also introduce a new segment that I call the rumor mill where we talk about things that have popped up online that have not been officially announced. This episodes rumors have to do with the upcoming Star Trek TV series and a possible return of Blade.
I have something new to announce. Cosmic Potato is now on Tumblr! All of the stories that we talked about this week are on our page as well as some of the stories that we’ll be talking about on our next episode. So go check those stories out and then let us know what you think and your opinion will be mentioned on the show. You can find our Tumblr page at cosmicpotatopodcast@tumblr.com.
You can download this episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. My email address is shawnwray@cosmicpotato.com. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter and we would love to hear from you. Tell us what you think of the show and what you thought of all the things we talked about this week.

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Episode 18: Mother's Day
 
It has been a really long time since the Cosmic Potato crew has gotten together to give you guys a show. I’m truly sorry about that and I appreciate those of you that are coming back now that we’ve got a new episode for you to listen to.
We’ve been on hiatus for the past few weeks. If you frequent our Twitter feed or our Facebook page then you know that my mother has been battling cancer for a while now. Her fight as lasted almost two years now. She was placed in hospice care at the beginning of April and I went out of town to help take care of her. She passed away on April 22.

So, now that I’m back home and trying to get back to some facsimile of my normal life, I decided to dust off the microphone and get back to something that I love doing…talking to my friends and making Cosmic Potato.
My mom was this show’s number one fan. She listened to every episode, even if she had no clue what we were talking about. A week or so before she died I turned on her tablet because she wanted to look at Facebook. When I did, I found that it loaded directly to our latest episode and that made me smile.
So, as a tribute to her I decided that our first show back should be a Mother’s Day special. Especially since that holiday is less than a week away.  I called in Rick, Hoai-Tran, and Kristina to talk about the most memorable moms in film and television. But, since we’ve been out of touch for a while we first talked about Batman V. Superman, Daredevil season 2, the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer, the potential Punisher Netflix series, and the Supergirl/Flash crossover.
You can download this episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. My email address is shawnwray@cosmicpotato.com. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter and we would love to hear from you. Tell us what you think of the show and who your favorite film and TV moms are.
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Episode 17: Time Travelers And A Few Zombies
 
This episode was a lot of fun to record. As you’ve heard me say on the show, one of my favorite Stephen King novels is 11/22/63. And I’ve really been enjoying the Hulu original series starring James Franco for the past few weeks. So, I’ve been following a great podcast that analyzes the whole series episode by episode.
It’s called 11.22.63: An Event Podcast and it is available at barrenspace.com. The two hosts of that show are Christopher Defilippis and Skipper Martin. Christopher is a journalist and radio host and Skipper is a writer and artist. We had a discussion about all of our favorite time travel movies, TV shows, and books. We also kind of got off topic and talked about zombies for a little bit. Hey, we talk about what we like!
Christopher has a website called deflipside.com and right now he is doing a rankings board that you can participate in. It’s called the 2016 Sci Fi Madness Temporal Tempest and he has everyone that you can think of from a time travel property listed. Everybody from Marty McFly and The Doctor to Hermione Granger and Wolverine. He’s down to the final eight and will be going into the championship really soon so make sure you visit his site and vote!
You can download this episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. My email address is shawnwray@cosmicpotato.com. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter and we would love to hear from you. Tell us what you think of the show and what your favorite time travel movies or TV shows are.

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Episode 16: More Golden Spud Awards
 
Rick and Kristina joined me again for this episode. We continued talking about our picks for the best and worst of 2015 and gave out some more Golden Spud Awards. We gave out the best film with no CGI, best re-use of an old character, and of course our classic picks for best actor, actress, and film.
Some of the properties that come up in this episode are Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,The X-Files, and Better Call Saul.
You can download this episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter and we would love to hear from you. Tell us what you think of the show and what your nominations would have been for a Golden Spud.

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Episode 15: Chimi-Freakin'-Changas And Award Shows


I was happy to welcome Kristina and Rick back to the show. On this episode we crushed on Deadpool, gave our fears and hopes for where the Star Trek universe is headed, and talked a little about the future of streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu. We also talked a little about the new Hulu original series 11.22.63.
We also named a few of our nominations for the Golden Spud Awards. We all know that the movies that we actually watched this year aren’t going to get nominated for an Academy Award. No one is going to nominate Age of Ultron for best picture. So, these are our pics and our ideas for categories that should be included. It is the best and worst of film and TV for the past year.
You can download this episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter and we would love to hear from you. Tell us what you think of the show and what your nominations would have been for a Golden Spud.

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Episode 14: Best And Worst Adaptations
 
There were a few kinks that came our way while recording this episode so we started out a little disjointed and not our usual selves. But we had a really good and long conversation about film adaptations of other media. Whether it be video games, TV shows, SNL sketches, or books, these are our favorite ones, and couple that we hated thrown in for good measure.
We also chatted about the revival of The X-Files without giving too much away. And we talked about how excited we are that Supergirl is going to cross over with The Flash.
I was joined this week by Anthony and Hoai-Tran. And we also welcomed a new guest. Kristina is a an accomplished designer for Express and Kristina Leigh Designs. She is a talented cosplayer and has created things for Shakespearean companies as well as Side Show Collectibles. A sample of some of her work is shown below:


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Episode 13: 2016 In Film
 
2016 is going to be a big year at the movies! It’s going to be a big year for nerds, a big year for comic book movies, and a big year for sci-fi altogether. Whether you’ve been waiting for Captain America: Civil WarX-Men: Apocalypse, or Star Wars: Rogue One, this will be one interesting year at the box office. You’re going to need a lot of popcorn.
So, for this episode Shawn, Rick, and Anthony got together to talk about some of the movies that are coming up over the next twelve months. They talked about what they’re excited about, what they’re kind of dreading, and what they hope these flicks will bring us.
They also chatted a little about the legacy of Alan Rickman, who left us way too soon this week at the age of 69.
This episode can be downloaded here on the site or you can find them on iTunes and Stitcher. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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Episode 12: Darth Vader Would Never Do That!
 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the theaters and done exactly what we all thought it would. It has dominated ticket sales for nearly three weeks now. You would have to look long and hard to find anyone that didn’t love this movie. Even if there were parts that they didn’t like, they still fell in love with it overall.
So, in this episode of Cosmic Potato, John and I were joined by Rick and we discussed the ins and outs of the movie. We talked about what we loved about it and what bothered us a little. We trashed George Lucas a little while singing his praises at the same time. We talked about what the future might hold for the franchise and our theories of what we may learn as the saga continues. I want to warn you now that this episode is FILLED WITH SPOILERS!!! So, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I highly recommend that you don’t listen to this podcast until after you have done so. There…you’ve been warned.
But Star Wars isn’t the only thing on our minds as we embark on our first episode of 2016. We also had a little chat about the Doctor Who Christmas special and the return of River Song. And, in the news we had a story about Paramount and CBS launching a lawsuit at Star Trek: Axanar. We talked about that and what it might mean for the future of Star Trek fan films.
So, enjoy this episode. You can download it from Spreaker by using the button at the top of this post. Or you can listen to us on the Stitcher app and subscribe to us on iTunes.

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Episode 11: Christmas Extravaganza!!!
 
This episode was our big year-ender. We decided to make it a Christmas special and we talked about all of the Christmas movies, TV Specials, and other holiday episodes that we remember from years gone by and the things that we like to watch year after year. Some of the things we discussed were:
Disney’s Prep And Landing
It’s A Wonderful Life
A Nightmare Before Christmas
Die Hard
Batman Returns
A Year Without A Santa Claus
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Home For The Holidays
Doctor Who Christmas Special (A Christmas Carol)
A Christmas Story
A Claymation Christmas Celebration
Special thanks to Anthony Marchiano of AM Films LLC for the special Christmas theme music that we used in this episode!
We’ve been doing this show since August and we’d like to thank everyone who has downloaded or listened to us over the past few months. We’re still getting our feet wet but we’re having a great time doing it. Be sure to check us out when we come back in January for our special Star Wars episode!

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Episode 10: Scott Bakula And Spoilers
 
In this episode we continue to talk about the TV shows that we’ve loved that we felt did not get the ending that they deserved. You could say that we mourned them quite a bit. This time we talked about shows like Chuck, Sliders, Star Trek: Enterprise, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Sliders, and Earth 2.
We also talked about our assignments which were Black Mirror and Frequencies. Shawn tried to give a spoiler free review of Frequencies but he kind of failed.

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Episode 9: AKA Sam Becket...Or Is It Beckett?
 
In this episode we were joined once again by USA Today contributor Hoai-Tran Bui as well as Simply Syndicated personality Rick Tetrault. We spent a few minutes talking about the new Jessica Jones series and what we thought about it as well as our hopes for more shows with strong female characters. We discussed Supergirl as well before we played a round of Six Degrees From MCU.
For our main topic we talked about TV shows that we loved that we felt either got canceled before their time or just never really got a fair shake. The shows that were brought up in this episode were Pushing Daisies, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, Quantum Leap, and The Good Guys.

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Episode 8: Fear The Walking Muppets


Shawn and John continue talking about all of the shows hitting our televisions this fall.  In this episode we talk about whether or not Glen bought the farm on The Walking Dead, Supergirl, Limitless, Heroes Reborn, Minority Report, The Muppets, and Once Upon A Time. Then we talk about our assignments…Attack The Block and Bronson.




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Episode 7: Are We Gonna Pay For That?


The news came out this week that there is going to be a new Star Trek series and that it will be available on the CBS streaming service. We discuss what we think this new show will be and then start talking about whether or not we would subscribe to a whole service just to watch one show. Then we talk about the future of streaming content and how we wish it would work.
After that we talk about some of the shows that are coming back this fall. In this episode we cover The Flash, Fargo, and then go back to the summer and talk about what we thought of Fear The Walking Dead.
We’re available on iTunes and would really appreciate it if you’d head over there and give us a five star review and leave us a comment. That will help us to be more visible online. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Episode 6: Horror Interview Special



This episode we go down a different road and present two interviews that Shawn did with a couple of horror filmmakers just in time for Halloween. First up is a chat with Michael Medaglia, the writer and director of the film Deep Dark that comes out next month. Also there’s an interview with Justin Price who made a werewolf film called Dark Moon Rising starring Eric Roberts. We hope you enjoy these and let us know if you’d like to hear more of these kinds of episodes.

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Episode 5: Halloween Round Table (Part 2)


This is the second part of our Halloween Roundtable discussion. Shawn, John, and Rick continue discussing the films that they love to watch around Halloween. Some of the flicks they talk about are Night of the Living DeadYoung Frankenstein, and Little Shop of Horrors. After that they discuss the assignments from last time, Primer and Moon.

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Episode 4: Halloween Round Table (Part 1)



Rick Tetrault from Simply Syndicated joins us again for our Halloween episode. We play a new game called Halloween Haiku.  We also discuss the new cable series coming later this month, Ash Vs Evil Dead and chat a little about how much we love Bruce Campbell. Shawn rants a little about why Bill Murray gave in to the Ghostbusters. Then we have a roundtable discussion of our favorite films that we like to watch on Halloween.

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Episode 3: Our Favorite "Bad" Movies



We’re back again with a brand new episode! This time we welcomed back Hoai-Tran Bui who was with us on our last show. And we also had a special guest, Rick Tetrault, the host of many shows on the Simply Syndicated network. We all came together for a late night marathon episode where we discussed our favorite bad movies. These are movies that are so terrible that they’re just fun to watch or films that we love that we didn’t think got a fair shake when they came out. On top of that we also discussed the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy line, the announcement of a fourth Men In Black film, and the upcoming miniseries of The X-Files. We had a lot of fun recording this and we hope that you enjoy listening to it.

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Episode 2: Back To School


For the second episode of our show we welcomed a guest. Hoai-Tran Bui…writer, blogger, and all around lover of all things geeky, joined us from Washington D.C.
We started things out with a retraction. The Deadpool movie is not part of the MCU as we discussed in the last episode. It is, in fact, owned by Fox and will be part of the X-Men franchise. After that we discussed what we liked and disliked about the X-Men films. After that we played six degrees from MCU and were a little better at it than we thought we’d be.
Shawn did a review of Star Trek Renegades. Spoiler…he didn’t like it. He gave a few examples of Star Trek fan films that are actually good.
Our main topic for this episode is “Back To School”. Since it’s the time of year when the kids are all heading back to class we decided to discuss the films that we love that have a theme of school or take place mainly in school.  We found ourselves going back to the 80s quite a bit but still managed to work some sci fi and fantasy in there as we usually do.

We also discussed the films that we assigned to each other on the last show.  John has assigned me to watch “Mad Dog Time” with Jeff Goldblum. I liked it and talked about how I thought Richard Dreyfus should have made a few more gangster flicks. I had John watch “In Time” with Justin Timberlake. We discussed how the concept of the movie was really good but not quite executed well enough. For the next show Shawn will watch the Netflix original series “Sense 8” and John will watch “Free Enterprise”.

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Episode 1: Here We Go!

 
Hey guys.  I’m really excited to be able to tell you that the first episode of our podcast, Cosmic Potato, has been recorded and is now available to download for free.

Our podcast is for anybody that likes stuff.  What is stuff?  TV, movies, video games, board games, comics, anime, all of that.  We’re going to be talking about it.
Who are we?
Well, I’m Shawn Wray and I hail from Birmingham, Alabama.  I’m a regular guy/husband/dad that works a lot and I like to chill out on the weekends and watch movies.  I try to see as many of the current flicks as I can but I also enjoy talking about the old ones.
My co-host is John Irons who used to live here in Birmingham where we worked together once upon a time.  Now he lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children where he works as a graphic artist.
Now you know as much about the show as you need to and you can go download and listen to it.  When you’re done doing that be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  We are truly trying our best to build our podcast audience so having you share our page with others is crucial.  Also, if you go to iTunes and give us a 5 star review it would be epic!
So here’s our first episode.  It ran a little long because this recording is actually the first time that John and I had physically spoken in about 16 years.  But I think we had a great conversation.
In this episode we talk about the awful film adaptation of Super Mario Bros, John waxes poetic, I ruin the plot twist in Terminator Genysis, and we both give tips on how to get into the movies without paying…or do we?
So enjoy it and then come over to Facebook and let us know what you think.  Thanks!

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