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Harley Quinn & Heavy Metal He-Man - 279

Harley Quinn & Heavy Metal He-Man - 279

February 16, 2020

From Batman to chewing gum, and robots to cartoons. This week your favourite podcast covers a little bit of everything.

Kevin Smith reveals the voice cast for the upcoming animated Netflix series, Masters of the Universe.

Star Trek Picard episode 4 reveals Jeri Ryan's 7 of 9. We discuss how the Borg work as an entity. What is the difference between a Commodore and an Admiral? Star Trek has always been a response to the time period in which it is produced.

Batman The Animated Series will be returning in comic book form.

Stranger Things releases its first teaser trailer for season 4.

The Iron Mask trailer teases us with dragons, Jackie Chan and Arnold!

The God Jesus Robot from Bandai. Produced in 1984, Uranai Robo is a fortune telling robot. It has been some time since we had a robot profile of the week, and this is really something!

Other random items we discuss include: chewing gum, other podcasts, Harley Quinn, and Down-Under Dick.

This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos

Fumbling Towards Utopia - 278

Fumbling Towards Utopia - 278

February 9, 2020

Birds of Prey, Picard, Hollywood and comic movies!

The Golden Age of Hollywood becomes a rather fun discussion because we have recently lost some of the very last actors from that era.

Star Trek Picard episode 3 review. We're talking about how much we don't know about the future. Romulans in control of the Federation and Starfleet? Borg, AI, the haves and have nots in a post scarcity utopia? So many questions.

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey movie review. It was a movie, that's for sure.

X-Men in the MCU? Rogue may be part of Captain Marvel 2. Could this be how they introduce mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Mary Elizabeth Winstead wants to see a sequel to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. Set about 10 years after the original...will it happen?

Sam Raimi may be the new director of Doctor Strange 2. Bruce Campbell cameo? Will they collapse the multiverse?


Orson Bean 91

Kevin Conway 77

Kirk Douglas 103

This week's podcast promo: Nerdlanta

Saving Hollywood with Robots & Dinosaurs - 277

Saving Hollywood with Robots & Dinosaurs - 277

February 2, 2020

Throat-Punch Katey is here! We've got all the latest pop culture news, reviews, and more!

Star Trek Picard episode 2 review

Lethal Weapon 5 is coming to theatres....perhaps

Transformers reboot in the works with Beast Wars

Netflix talk: Stranger Things, You, The Witcher, Sabrina, Nightflyers

Baby Yoda toys are coming

The Wonderful Agretsco comic

Fast and the Furious 9, Mulan live action remake

Fantasy Island trailer

RIP Mary Higgins Clark, Alan Harris, Marj Dusay

This week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss



January 26, 2020

Star Trek Picard is here! Join us for the latest Trek news, reviews, opinions, and more!


PICARD returns us to the life of our beloved captain. Retired from Starfleet, he's a man without a purpose. The series picks up on the eve of his newfound purpose. We talk about where the show could be heading and give our thoughts on the premiere episode. We are also happy to announce that season 2 has already been announced. Is there such a thing as too much Star Trek?

Discovery has not yet released season 3, but season 4 has been announced.

Section 31 is in pre-production.

2 more live action series are in the works!

Other Stuff:

Sony announces Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse sequel

Crisis on Infinite Earths review

Dawson's Creek and pointless drama

Bloodshot trailer review

Morbius trailer review

Vivarium trailer review

Dan Hitch gives us his work / spaceship scenario

RIP Terry Jones 1942 - 2020

This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks

Two Girls, One Mars - 275

Two Girls, One Mars - 275

January 12, 2020

Pure silliness this week as brother Robin fills in for a sick Josh. We are talking all the latest in pop culture, including some topics we rarely, if ever, touch upon.

Star Trek Picard and the connection to the latest Short Trek "Children of Mars" in which we learn about the rogue army of synthetics.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker could be getting a 3 hour director's cut.

Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover even is wrapping up this week.

Disney+ news includes The Mandalorian, the upcoming Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor and featuring Jar Jar, and the new Jeff Goldblum show.

FOX is open to returning to the universe of Firefly. Could a renewal/reboot be on the horizon?

Dr. Strange 2 has a shake up on set as the original director steps down.

Undone on Amazon Prime is a weird series involving time travel and dead people.

Jaoquin Phoenix wins Golden Globe for best actor in Joker, and Jared Leto is cast as Morbius in Sony's spider-Man universe.

Stranger Things 4th season has begun filming, but the release date has yet to be determined.

LeVar Burton releases a video series on racism called Black in America.

Wrestling is discussed as Robin is a huge fan. He also really enjoys the latest song from Ozzy Osborne.

The New Mutants trailer is released. After being pushed back multiple times, it will now apparently be released on April 3.

Color Out Of Space is the new film from Nicolas Cage. It's based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and could be the first in a series.

Star Trek's Noah Hawley says the next movie will be a return to form and may not include the cast from the last few films.

RIP Neil Peart 1952 - 2020

This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast

Six Year Anniversary Show - 274

Six Year Anniversary Show - 274

January 5, 2020

Celebrating 6 years of podcasting in the Rusted Robot tradition. It's our super special six year anniversary show! Join us for a look back at the major movies and events in the world of pop culture.

We have been podcasting since the beginning of 2014. So this week, because the pop culture landscape is currently a barren wasteland, we break down what happened year by year.

Some of the items we touch on include:

  • Charlie Sheen reveals he has AIDS
  • the #metoo movement
  • Trump is elected president
  • tide pods
  • Harry and Meghan's royal wedding
  • the Kardashians
  • Toys R Us goes bankrupt
  • Greta Thunberg tries to save the planet
  • storming Area 51 and more...

Josh explains some of the political stuff behind the possibility of World War 3 and the issue between Iran and the USA.

Star Trek Short Treks and the trailer for "Children of Mars"

A Quiet Place 2 releases a trailer.

Don't forget your submissions for our hypothetical workplace as starship scenario!

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station DCU

2019 Science Fiction Film Wrap Up - 273

2019 Science Fiction Film Wrap Up - 273

December 29, 2019

A run down of all the sci-fi films released in 2019. What did we see? What did we enjoy or hate? Which ones didn't even make our radar?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Shawn saw the film, but Josh and Kitty have not. We have our non-spoiler take on the film.

Avatar will be re-released in theatres. James Cameron is hoping to take back the top spot at the box office. We also have some sequel news.

Spider-Ham issue number 1 is now in comic book stores. Kitty has some information about this book.

Lost In Space season 2 is out. Shawn binged it all in 2 days. Hear what he thinks.

Picard tv spot trailer. It's 30 seconds. We can't wait.

2019 science fiction films. There were quite a few.

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who

Wonder Woman and the Steve/Chris Dynamic - 272

Wonder Woman and the Steve/Chris Dynamic - 272

December 15, 2019

Ghostbusters, Wonder Woman, Water on Mars, Batman, Spider-Man and more!

There's a Keanu Reeves movie showdown in the works. John Wick 4 and the Matrix 4 both starring Keanu are set to be released on the same day in 2021.

NASA finds water ice on Mars that you can dig up with a shovel. But will Elon Musk's SpaceX beat NASA to the prize?

Stargirl is coming to the CW this Spring. We have the trailer!

Ghostbusters Afterlife reveals the first trailer. It has Paul Rudd so it can't be bad!

Wonder Woman 1984 finally has a trailer. How is Chris Pine back as Steve Trevor? We wonder why only a Chris can play a Steve and somehow survivie for 70ish years.

Batman the White Knight comic presents the Von Freeze one shot. Ghost Spider and the entire universe of Spider-Man comics are discussed.

Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels have been translated to the movie screen starring Tom Cruise. Cruise is definitely not Jack Reacher.

We're also talking about the health concerns of vaping as opposed to smoking. And we have some wonderful feedback. What's the difference between a theory and a hypothesis? We have the answer!

Carol Spinney 1933 - 2019

Rene Auberjonois 1940 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

The Hype Is Real - 271

The Hype Is Real - 271

December 8, 2019

Star Wars, Apes, Star Trek, Mr. Rogers, Black Widow, James Bond and more!

The hype is real when it comes to The Mandalorian. Both Josh and Shawn have seen all the episodes that have been released. Shawn was late to the party but now he has jumped on board the baby Yoda bandwagon. An engaging discussion follows in which the hosts debate the merits of the show, and the controversy surrounding baby Yoda and Rey.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie review. While the film is pretty decent, it is not what you would expect based on the trailers. Tom Hanks does a good job portraying Fred Rogers, but he never transcends the role.

The Boys releases the first teaser trailer for season 2. It looks like a great deal of fun. There will be drinking and blood, and fighting and chases.

No Time To Die is the latest film in the Bond series. This could be Daniel Craig's last outing as Bond. The trailer is not very coherent.

Black Widow is coming to theatres in the Spring. Looks to be a passable film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will it be good? Have to wait and see.

The Watchmen is on HBO. Josh has seen it. He is not sure what he is supposed to take from these first few episodes.

Planet of the Apes may be coming back to theatres. Now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, they want to start using the properties. Will it be a continuation or a reboot? No one is saying.

Viacom and CBS finalize their merger. All the Star Trek properties are under one roof again. It's exciting.


Robert Walker Jr. 1940 - 2019

Dorothy D.C. Fontana 1939 - 2019

This week's podcast promo: Double Edged, Double Bill

Baby Yoda in the Space Western - 270

Baby Yoda in the Space Western - 270

December 1, 2019

Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, Star Trek, TMNT!

Baby Yoda is here. The memes are everywhere. Werner Herzog is in love with the Yoda puppet. The Mandalorian is a space western. The merchandise is about to invade and everyone wants a baby Yoda plushie!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be here in a few weeks. The latest teaser clip shows us flying stormtroopers. Yes, they can fly now!

Star Trek's latest comic book is Picard Countdown. The first issue is out now and we know where Geordi Laforge has been. Section 31 has assembled its writer's room. We talk terrible plot points in Trek movies, Josh complains about Section 31 and the ideals of the Federation. We contrast Star Trek with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The humpback whales are making a great recovery. Thank you Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home!

A Play On Nerds podcast is changing its format. A great shout out to Steve and Jarman!

This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast