Slice of SciFi #195: Interview with Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”)

In the News:

  • Many think of Sir Isaac Newton as the “father of science.” But you may be surprised to learn about Arab-born al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham, who made significant contributions to science during the Dark Ages.
  • SciFi to SciFact: The European Space Agency is studying using brainwaves to pilot space ships.
  • We look at some of the mid-season battles for ratings and how those could affect some of our returning favorites like “Lost” and Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated new show, “Dollhouse.”

Review: Taking a look at Keanu Reeves’ “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Movie Talk:

  • Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the lead in the upcoming “Tron” sequel.
  • David Goyer talks about some of the horrible things he put his star, Odette Yustman, through directing the supernatural thriller, “The Unborn.”

Slice of Trivia: This week Kurt in St. George proves that made for TV sci-fi films don’t have to be SciFi Saturday with three new clips. Email your clips to Kurt at sliceoftrivia at Your entries could get picked and played on the show.

TV Talk: Joss Whedon says those who have written off “Dollhouse” as D.O.A. need to give the show a chance.

Interview: This week, we talk to Aaron Douglas who plays Chief Tyrol on SciFi’s “Battlestar Galactica.” Aaron will be in Phoenix in a few weeks for Phoenix Cactus Comicon. He also talks about the history of his character and his approach to playing Chief Tyrol.

Krazy Joe’s Punch in the Junk: Krazy Joe’s first punch of 2009 goes to the decision makers at D.C. Comics.

Future Talk:

  • Jimmy Haward will direct the upcoming “Jonah Hex” feature film.
  • Dolby is working to bring Digital 3-D to your home.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. Keep your comments brief, or funny, and maybe you’ll hear your message on the voicemail show!

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  1. Buzz Ryan says

    AMAZING SHOW! What a way to kick off the new year!

    Funny, thought-provoking, often ribald!

    The recess was painful, but this episode made it all worth while!

  2. Buzz Ryan says

    oh…. and the trivia rocked! I didn’t realize i was such a fan of cheese sci-fi until I got every one of those correct.. before you all did! Not that I should be bragging about it….

  3. says

    This Episode I learned:

    You don’t want to lose your toolbag so despite the risk of getting your fuzzy dice soggy, we’re gonna all be doing it in space with our minds.

  4. John says

    This Episode I Learned:

    People think Tron was a good movie and are excited about a sequel. Ugh.

    Aaron Douglas is a surprisingly down to earth guy.

    Krazy Joe’s Punch in the Junk is getting annoying. How about some people that REALLY deserve to be punched:
    – Fox for trying to delay the Watchmen release. Use it or lose it guys.
    – Frank Miller for screwing up the Spirit (two punches and a kick for this one)
    – Sci-Fi Channel for dragging out Battlestar and refusing to program decent sci-fi content
    – Tim Kring for being an a-hole
    – Hollywood in general for cranking out endless remakes and trashy films. Skip the movies and go read a book.

  5. Woink says

    Too much laughing and cutting up…took forever to get to the real content of the “show.” There’s lots of competition out there for our time…don’t waste it with yada yada yada.

  6. Semperskeptic says

    Oh, I don’t know . . . I like the banter, commentary, jokes, etc.

    I prefer to listen to people who are having fun, and these guys certainly qualify. And frankly, there are no podcasts I know of that compete directly with this one.