Slice of SciFi #86: Voicemail Show

This is the show for our fans and listeners! We’re receiving so much voicemail and email feedback commentary that we can’t even fit all of it into it’s own show anymore. But that’s okay… Keep it coming!

SPOILER ALERT!! SPOILER ALERT!! Here There May Be Spoilers for “Battlestar Galactica” and “Heroes”… proceed at your own risk!

Michael, Summer, Joe and Jack Mangan tend to the voicemails this week:

  • Scott from Tucson smurfed at the drive-in with the new James Bond and Stranger than Fiction
  • Jim in Cape Cod on Canadian Sf series that we haven’t heard of
  • Tom in Wake Forest wonders about new rerun schedules compared to the older ones
  • another comment on the BSG vs Trek debate: wouldn’t the Cylons eat the Enterprise alive?
  • Mark from Memphis chimes in on the sexy zombie topic
  • Zombie Channel!!
  • Mark from Memphis notes the similarity between Eden’s power voice and the Bene Gesserit voice from “Dune”
  • Mark from Memphis wants Joe to honor the return of the Smurfs with his own name
  • Indiana Jim suggests Robotech vs Cylons
  • Eric in Sydney rags on the events in the “Heroes” mid-season finale
  • Eric in Sydney on pizza delivery inside online games
  • Rick from Houston wants the BSG vs Trek debate to die. Now, please.
  • and now, more Duel of the Fates fodder for Jack: BSG regulars vs Trek regulars
  • Nitrous from Australia on BSG vs Trek, noticing that SG:Atlantis crew would whomp both of them at the same time and keep on going
  • Andy notes that the trivia clips he submitted were re-used. And wonders why we got the same ones wrong. Again.
  • Tricia Helfer appreciation time
  • Bruce in Gilbert offers Summer his help in upgrading her TiVo
  • Radik in Syracuse on BSG’s “Unfinished Business”

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. MarkA says

    Regarding ‘The Collector’ (, I did catch a few eps now and again when it was on, but I’m not sure the religious undertones would fly as well elsewhere.

    Synopsis: You make a deal with the devil for 10 years. At the end of 10 years, your soul is collected. The devil employs ‘collectors’, people who made deals earlier and now work for him, effectively immortal, to do this. Morgan Pym, a collector for the Vancouver area, added this clause: if the client can right the wrongs made by the deal in 2 days before the deal is up, the client walks away clean.

    Not everyone walks away at the end, though. There also is an overall arc concerning Morgan’s past, Mia, the waitress, and Gabe, the seemingly autistic boy…

  2. Brian from Winnipeg says

    When I was in university we debated “one Borg Cube versus one Shadow Vessel”. I was one of the few people who thought the Shadow Vessel (from Babylon 5) would win. Their organic technology seems so much more advanced than Borg cybernetics.

  3. fred says

    If a cylon happen to be assimulated by the borg nanites, and died. Wonder if the borg personality would be resurerected? Another thing to consider cylon “sleeper” borg agents.

  4. nlowell says

    ReGenesis season one looks interesting. The first episode is a tad stiff. The premise is vaguely “House”-like with the wise-cracking genious. Episode 3 (one and two are together) sees the cast beginning to settle in and the chemistry is working. There’s some potential here and while it’s not as edgy as Torchwood, it’s still a compelling story.