Slice of SciFi #279: VoiceMail Show

This is the show where our loyal, adoring, and inquisitive fans and listeners get to hear us comment on their comments about our stories and comments… it’s the Circle of Entertainment Life!

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This week, Mike, Brian, Sam and Tim respond to the questions and comments posed by your voicemails, and remember, every time the studio gang responds to your questions and comments, you run the chance of hearing something about your favorite TV show or movie that you might not have wanted to know yet. HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!

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  1. ejdalise says

    So, The Colony.

    The thing is most of us nay-sayers should qualify our disdain as relating specifically to us, as in commenting on whether we ourselves would forget it’s not real.

    But while I am absolutely sure a large number of people (of which I am part) would never forget it is real, I also have no doubt the people who actually go onto those shows lack enough gray matter to make them susceptible to the “experiment”.

    I think Kurt called in referencing the 1971 Stanford experiment. Perhaps people might be interested in doing their own research on the experiment, and the following offers a great starting point.

    The bottom line is that we, the normal ones, are not likely to be lost in the simulation. Short of being deceived, I can’t see forgetting it’s a show.

    And as far as being really fooled, that reality show where friends fool other friends into being scared of monsters, killers, etc. (Scare Tactics) might not be a good thing to try on me since there is a very good chance the “monster” might get shot. Then again, maybe that’s why I don’t have many friends.

  2. ejdalise says

    I know no one cares, but my OC-leaning nature prompts another comment after listening to the rest of the show.

    Taking someone and having them relive homesteading days is different from closing them in a compound in a controlled (contrived) situation. I might watch Man Versus Wild, and enjoy it for what I learn as I enjoyed watching some of the Alaska Experiment. In both those cases I could see me trying to do something like that. Not so The Colony.

    I don’t want to beat this to death (but I’ll give it a go anyway) but the big hangup is guns . . . or bows and arrows, or spears, slingshots, or any kind of weapons, as in not having any. You don’t have to go up against pepper spray; you can throw something lots further than the spray.

    Plus, the plague that prompted all this; no way you would let strangers in; they may be carriers. Smart people would interact at a distance.

    Again, not knocking the show, just objecting to the “realistic” tag.

  3. ejdalise says

    . . . and another thing … what? We’re done? The horse done been greasefied?

    Darn! I had so much more to offer. Shades of nuances wrapped in a clear gauze of lucidity offering up insightful musings on things no one cares about. Oh well, let me look for another horse.

  4. ejdalise says

    The horse done raised up from the ground and trying to walk . . .

    . . . I watched the mass-attack video on the side-bar.

    Pitiful defensive tactics. Personally, I would have stood on the roof and dropped bricks on the attackers. You know those piping they had? Cut one end at an angle, and you can make good spears.

    Did none of them know how to make a slingshot?

    And the attackers . . . are they Indian or something? Why not attack at night, sneak in real close, and bash a couple of heads in with rocks. What’s with the frontal attack, middle of the day, yelling and hollering, and walking in close formation susceptible to Molotov cocktails, or even a guy throwing rocks?

    Seriously, I did not know who to cheer for; I was kind of hoping some third group would waltz in and wail on both those groups . . . OK, back in my dark corner.