Slice of SciFi #71: Voicemail Show

This is the show for our fans and listeners! 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!

Michael, Summer and Joe happily jaunt through a new batch of voicemails!

  • Mark from Memphis nitpicks USA’s “Psych”
  • Tony in KC: Red Bull was not an intentional product placement in Snakes on a Plane
  • Paul from Elk River on more product placement
  • Mike from the Riverbend Podcast on product placement
  • Brad from Podculture Podcast on the SG-1 cancellation, and fan activity at Save Stargate SG-1 and Save SG-1 Community
  • Tom from Wake Forest: what was up with those SG-1 200th episode inside jokes
  • Rapid Eye in NC with Armageddon clarifications on oil platforms and firearms, and amateur astronomers finding cosmic events
  • Dani in NC: what Podcast Ready really is
  • Doug Kress: Trivia bonus answer: Doug recorded the show drink
  • Indiana Jim on SoaP
  • Brian from DragonconTV: fake PR announcement about SciFi Channel becoming SurgeTV
  • Chris from Indy is surprised we aren’t loving “So You Want to Be A Superhero?”
  • Ari from Boston: advertising alternatives in TV shows
  • Scott in Tucson comments on direct to video subscriptions
  • Paul from Des Moines: direct to DVD might be cost prohibitive
  • Ben from Chapel Hill: be careful with the spoilers for Doctor Who Season 2!!
  • Darren from St Louis: see “The Second Coming” with Christopher Eccleston!!
  • Joel from CA: why SciFi Channel might want live viewers to see the ads
  • Tom in Wake Forest: TV show availability
  • Enormous in Australia on online distribution and DRM; trivia ettiquette, and a guess about what Doug’s bonus trivia might be
  • Joel from CA on Invasion
  • Jeremy from Seattle: Bad Intros for scifi shows

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. You can now leave a voicemail comment in the comments section of the show, or call, or email Michael with a comment you’ve recorded yourself!


  1. says

    Hey gang!

    Although I haven’t been keeping up with SG-1, your description of episode #200 sounded really familiar.. A little research revealed that it was, in fact, a sequel to their 100th episode, “Wormhole X-Treme!”, episode 12 of season 5.

    That was one I actually saw.. And it wasn’t all that great the first time.

    I look forward to catching up to SG-1, now that it is no longer a moving target!

    Keep up the good work,
    the Encaffeinated ONE

  2. says

    I caught bits and pieces of the 200th and yeah I wasn’t a fan of it either after I caught what they were doing with it I was on to another show. I was flipping channels at the time so I did catch a few of the ‘mini-stories’ but on the whole *yawn*.

  3. says

    You guys are just nuts – Episode 200 rocked.

    First, I had to start the slap an Evo meme. Now I’m going to have to start one for Mennenga as well, it seems.

  4. tllgrrl says

    I’d like to add my thumbs up to SG1 “200”.
    The marionette treatment was brilliant. It actually made me laugh out loud.
    Though I don’t have Showtime, I think it’d be nice if the show went back to cable.

    And Psyche is wonderful.
    Mark in Memphis is spot on with his description of the “Psyche”.

  5. tllgrrl says

    And once more thing…
    There’s a little teaser USA has for Psyche, Monk and Dead Zone where, at a diner, Sean’s telling Johnny how easy he’s got it with the visions thing, Johnny’s telling Sean how it was because of a coma. Sean talks about his crappy father.
    Then behind them, Monk is counting and lining up the kernels of corn on his plate, giving the waitress the spare 3.
    Sean says something to the effect of “At least we’re not *that* guy.”
    All of these characters are compelling and intriguing in their own way.

  6. says

    I thought the Stargate SG-1 200th-episode was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw it. Well, except for the last bit where the Wormhole X-Treme guys got interviewed. Anyway, too bad you didn’t find most of the inside jokes funny. But then again, it was aimed more toward fans of the show, I thought. Still, great podcast, guys. :)

  7. tllgrrl says

    One more thing…I swear…
    Regarding product placement in tv and movies, how about the digital vid cam in the remake of War of the Worlds.
    The holder of the cam gets blasted by the alien ship, the cam falls to the ground and there’s an ECU of the vid screen still taping.
    I can’t remember the brand, but it was visible.
    (I guess if I could actually afford a digital vid cam, I’d probably remember the name…but alas…)

  8. says

    Speaking of product placement….it is really nothing new. My wife and I saw this old silent era movie(not documentary) about life in the plains States back in the day, and in one scene there was a stack of Wonder Bread loaves and the camera continued panning between them and the actors on the other side of the room. It was quite blatant. The bread had absolutely nothing to do with the story except that the actors were shooting the scene in a local store in this small town.