Slice of SciFi #53: Voicemail Show

This show is for you! We’re receiving so much voicemail and email feedback commentary that it just won’t fit in one show anymore. But that’s okay… Keep it coming!

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show alternate audio tracks, and possibly a Slice of SciFi Rocky Horror Halloween
  • Paul from Des Moines on DVD Easter Eggs
  • Is Laurell K. Hamilton scifi or not?
  • Phillip from Australia on UFO, and is hooked on Peter F. Hamilton novels
  • Brad from Podculture questions the Ghost Hunters bashers
  • Bruce from Ellicott City with the correct name of Underdog’s girlfriend
  • Coffee Jedi on Snakes on a Plane premiere
  • Kevling from UK on the Big Bad Wolf in the new Doctor Who
  • Michael in Nashville on the “Life on Mars” US remake
  • Coffee Jedi on naming rights
  • Mark in St Louis on changes in the DC Comics Universe
  • Jerry from Seattle with a Doctor Who update
  • comments on the lack of Red Dwarf knowledge on Slice of SciFi
  • Brad from Podculture on Doctor Who
  • John from KC doesn’t like the new Doctor Who all that much
  • Michael in Nashville with another Doctor Who correction
  • Cheyenne in Seattle DVRs and set designer in-jokes
  • Mark in St Louis on DVRs
  • Phillip from Australia explaines The Wiggles, and says there is no explanation for Steve Irwin
  • John in Seattle on the Hit Evo Grid suggestions
  • Brad P from NJ on Logan’s Run remake
  • Jerry from Hawaii on the Shatner DVD Club
  • Mark from Memphis

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. You can call, or email Michael with a comment you’ve recorded yourself!


  1. says

    Just to let you know, watched the first episode of Season 2 to Dr. Who, and any worries that people might have with David Tennant, don’t worry, he rocks.

    He’s different, yes, but excellent.

  2. says

    Regarding my voicemail about BSG’s Colonel Tigh.

    From IMDB’s trivia section for the series:
    “The executive officer was named Paul Tigh in original scripts, but this was changed to Saul Tigh in the final filming for legal reasons.”

    I was hoping maybe someone had an explanation though.

  3. says

    RE: Orginal Battlestar with name. Im the orignal Battlestar NO one had second names… period. Ronald D Moore mentions this on more than one occasion in his podcats, and how hard it was comming up with a 1st name for the new Battlestar.


    Just cause the rest of the world doesnt have a YANK accent when they speak english, doesnt mean its A “FUNNY” accent. We all have accents, some yank shows need subtitles on them, as the Queens english has been so basardised that no one east , west , south and North of the USA CAN UNDERSTAND YOU! For those out ther that dont like British shows cause of the accent, bild a bridge and get over it, the yest of the english speaking world has been subject to YANK accents for years in movies, TV series etc, and you dont hear us complain. Time to open your minds people :)

  4. says

    that’s right, i forgot that the culture of the original BSG didn’t have the personal/family name structure that they have in the new one.

    however: “Ronald D. Moore has indicated via the podcast commentary on the episode “Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down” that the character’s name initially was Paul Tigh. The name, however, had to be changed due to legal issues that Moore was unable to recall in that podcast.”

    in other news…. why am i wasting so much time with this…. oh yeah, cuz i’m at work and i’m BORED

  5. says

    My youngest sister is all about Red Dwarf, but I Just Don’t Get It(tm). She’s got it all recorded, she’s forced me to sit through some of the first episodes, she’s left copies for me to view at my leisure … yawn. I don’t think it’s cultural or anything, I just don’t think it’s all that funny (or even interesting). Evo, I’ll be interested in your take on things when you finally do check it out.

  6. John says

    I can understand some listeners concerns about the USA bastardizing many British shows, however to some extent I can see why they do it.

    Firstly, Many British shows usually only have a season (or series in the UK) of 6 – 8 episodes. This simply is not enough for the US market.

    Secondly, British shows, particularly those made by the BBC are either 30 minutes or 1 hour long, without ad breaks. It is probably not convenient to broadcast these longer shows in the US without destroying them with heavy editing. I suspect that Dr Who is only 45 minutes long precisely because the BBC intended to sell it to overseas markets where it would have to have ad breaks inserted.

    Finally, related to the above, because BBC shows do not have ad breaks they may not always have convenient points for US broadcasters to place an ad break.

    Life on Mars would suffer from all the above problems and in addition is set in the 70’s with many British 70’s references that simply would not be understood by many US viewers.

    The British version of Life on Mars is to some extent based on a British 70’s cop show called the Sweeney. I wonder what the US will base their version on? Starsky and Hutch? Just imagine, cardigans, empty boxes in streets, a Huggy Bear clone. Oh god you are going to ruin Life on Mars aren’t you.

    Just get the DVD’s when the BBC release them in the US

  7. John says


    If you have only seen the first season of Red Dwarf then I would recommend that you give it another go. It definitely improves.

    I am rather a humourless bastard and have rarely had occasion to laugh uncontrolably. In fact I can remember only two instances when I have found myself laughing and unable to stop.

    One of those occurred during the fifth season episode of Red Dwarf “Terrorform” when Krytons Hand returns to Red Dwarf and finds Lister at a computer console. The resulting, typed, discussion between Lister and the Cat had me in hysterics.