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Today on Tales From SYL Ranch

The Old Fan's Review of Star Trek: Discovery (For Real!)

Last night I posted a joke review.  This is the real one.

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A Very Special Episode of Tales From SYL Ranch!

The Old Fan's Review of Star Trek: Discovery

Well, the wait is over and Star Trek: Discovery has premiered!  Listen to me dribble on about what they did good, what they did bad, and what they did just medocre.

Strap in!  It's going to be a long, bumpy ride ...

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Star Trek and Dimension X Album Art

With all the movies and serials and cartoons I've been commenting on, we've fallen behind on audio adventures.  We've got a bunch of doozies today.

We'll largely listen to Star Trek -- though probably not the Star Trek you were expecting.

Lt. M'Ress - Animated and Cosplay

 

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Mixed-in with Star Trek are two episodes of Dimension X. I'd promised to try and do one every week, and I'm very, very behind.

Let's head into the TARDIS and use the Space-Time Telegraph to listen to Star Trek and Dimension X.

 

This week's line-up:

  1. Star Trek:  "Passage To Moauv"
  2. Star Trek:  "In Vino Veritas"
  3. Dimension X:  "Report On the Barnhouse Effect"
  4. Star Trek:  "The Logistics of Stampede"
  5. Star Trek:  "A Mirror For Futility"
  6. Dimension X:  "No Contact"

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Spoilers!

(Ten points if you know what they all are.  Unfortunately, everything's made up and the points don't matter.  Yes, the points are like clothes to a green Orion slave girl:  they don't matter.)

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The Old Fan's Commentary On

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan 9 From Outer Space Newspaper Ad

This week, a descent into madness.  After spending a few weeks with fun and adventure in the black-and-white era, we're jumping ahead to 1959 for a color film -- sort of.

Yes, we're going there.

Just like The Old Fan's Commentary On The Star Wars Holiday Special, we're descending into the bizarre world of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

(more...)

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Look -- up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!

It's the Old Fan's Commentary On
SUPERMAN!

Superman

This week we flip back-and-forth between 1940 and 1948 to watch two different incarnations of Superman! (more...)

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SHAZAM!

The Dark Knight Really Begins!

Today on Tales From SYL Ranch, we slip back in time once again to the early 1940s.

Our first film is the first adaptation of any comics superhero to film:  The Adventures of Captain Marvel.

We'll then go on to the first adaptation of Batman to the screen with Batman.

The two serials are classic examples of what serials looked like before and after the Unites States' entry into World War II.  The difference is stark, particularly with respect to Batman.

Hop into the TARDIS and follow along for two hours of fun and adventure with The Adventues of Captain Marvel and Batman on Tales From SYL Ranch!

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This week, we take two time-travel trips to see two different incarnations of Flash Gordon:

  1. The 1936 Flash Gordon movie serials.

  2. The ultra-rare 1979 animated TV movie Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All.

As always, I'll set the stage.  By painting a word picture of the eras, you'll be able to imagine watching them for the first time as the original viewer.

To follow along with the Commentary, use these links.  They're all free!

Hop into the Doctor's TARDIS for two solid hours of old-fashioned swashbuckling!

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Today, we go back in time to 1956 for The Old Fan's Commentary On Forbidden Planet.

Forbidden Planet is arguably the best science fiction movie of the 1950s.  It's one of the best science fiction movies of all time.

There's no free version of this on the Internet, but it hardly matters.  No self-respecting science fiction fan doesn't own a copy of Forbidden Planet.

If you think you're any kind of self-respecting fan and don't own it, go to Amazon and get one immediately.  Your brain will love you for the rest of your life.

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The copyright trolls of Phonofile​ have fraudulently decided that they own the rights to the opening of the public-domain 1950s radio series X Minus One​.

My podcast opened with the opening of X Minus One.

Since these rat-frak-tard Phonofile dren-bags think they own it, their bots auto-filed fraudulent copyright claims on every single one of my podcasts (it simul-posts to YouTube).

Not only that, they've done it to a huge number of OTR and SF fans who posted for fun.

Phonofile is now fraudulently monetizing an unimaginably-vast number of videos. It's public domain, if you search, you'll find page after page after page. There are fans who've uploaded the entire series! That's 126 episodes right there!

And these jagon-sucking little Phonofile bloodworms are monetizong them all.

There seems to be no way to get these trolls to stop, so I'm "re-imagining" the X-Minus One opening for my own show.

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This episode, we go back farther than we ever have before, for The Old Fan's Commentary On Tarzan and His Mate.

Tarzan and His Mate is the last pre-Code Tarzan movie.  I'll explain about pre- and post-code, and as usual try and put you in the seats of the theater at its premiere.

Being pre-Code, Tarzan and His Mate is an amazing example of what filmnakers could and would do if left to their own devices.

Sometimes the results are positive.  Jane is an incredibly strong character in the film, stronger than you've seen her in any other incarnation.

Sometimes the results are very negative.  The film treats black people as little more than cattle.  The racism is rampant.  Black people watching this film have every reason to be outraged.  I ask you to watch thinking of it as a piece of history -- a window into a time when this was actually acceptable.

There are no links to an unedited copy of Tarzan and His Mate.  Many TV versions exist that were highly-edited due to nudity, near-nudity, and implied sex.

This is a pre-Code film, with all its pinnacles and pitfalls.

So find a a stream and sit back while the TARDIS takes us to 1934 for Tarzan and His Mate.

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It's Old-Time Radio day on Tales From SYL Ranch, the podcast that gives meaning to your boring, miserable existence.

This week, we travel back in time to the early 1950s.  The lineup for the week is:

  • The Old Fan's Introduction
  • Dragnet:  "The Big Man, Part 1"
  • X-Minus One:  "Time and Time Again"
  • Dragnet:  "The Big Man, Part 2"
  • X-MinusOne:  "The Seventh Order"
  • Secret musical piece

While these are only half science fiction, the two episodes of Dragnet are included as an example of what the best of the best shows could achieve.

Pop your smartphone into a good stereo and gather around the speakers.  Courtesy of the hijacked TARDIS (and wire recordings), we're going back in time for an evening of radio in the early 1950s.

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