Slice of SciFi #286: 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!

We do want to hear your comments and feedback… No, really, we do! Pay no attention to how much Mike grumbles about them — you know, that guy sitting in the dark corner with all of the blinky lights, the knobs and the scotch.

This week, Mike, Brian, Sam and Tim respond to the questions and comments posed by your voicemail submissions, and as always, BEWARE SPOILERS!!

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  1. tensaibaka says

    Okay, I gotta give props to the guy from Chicago (sorry I couldn’t catch the name) who called in to promote the Star Blazers live action film. I’m in Japan so I’ll definitely be going to see the film, and give a full review over on the forums.

    But guys, one thing that is sort of a pet peeve of mine is the Western pronunciation of some very common Japanese words. I hear so many people mispronounce manga, that I suddenly get a craving for mangos. The “a” sounds are not pronounced the same way you’d pronounce mango, but are pronounced like the “a” in yawn. Both of the “a” sounds in manga are pronounced like this. If you’d like a more accurate pronunciation of the word, mawngah. /rant

  2. ejdalise says

    loosing virginity is like soccer – really?

    How many guys will have the stamina at the end of the event for a series of penalty shots at the goal? How many goals would be left standing afterward?

    If the guy is the virgin, the penalty shot phase would serve no purpose other than to beat a dead horse . . . so to speak.

  3. ejdalise says

    Mike sounded fairly rabid there. I don’t feel as bad now about my own reaction to the inconsistencies in almost every movie and TV show, even the ones I like. I hate sloppy story telling.

    As for NOF:
    – he can catch a bullet fired from a gun? That is a speed issue, not a feat of strength, unless the bad guy aims at his hand to begin with.
    – he jumps a quarter mile and lands on the back of a moving car in an alley he can’t see? How does that work exactly? (Sam already covered the roof structure issue)
    – he gets hurt when shot from up close versus 10 feet away? It’s also implied a point blank shot would do real damage. First, there is negligible loss of energy between the distances mentioned. Second, with the gun right up against the neck of the “strong man”, the gun would likely damage the shooter (obstructed barrel).
    – she starts running and because she is distracted she finds herself running on a highway? I lost count of the number of times that has happened to me. When she stops, none of the cars even slow down or swerve.
    – When she is running it’s implied she can see what is happening to individuals around her. Shouldn’t they be blurs to her? If you go 100mph in a car, it does seem as things around you are standing still, but it does not help you see them any better. Quite the contrary.
    – she takes off inside a lab, and her “local field” doesn’t knock anything over? And her assistant is not affected by the “air traveling with her” continuing on as she stops? 70mph wind is enough to push someone over, let alone 600mph+.
    – running at supersonic speeds inside the house and no sonic boom? no blowing out of windows from the change in pressure? No ripping the carpet or burning the floor from the reaction to the sudden acceleration?

    Strangely those are things I could overlook . . . if the story was decent.

    – you get superpowers and the first thing you do is tell your marriage consular? How did they not get locked up, and have their kids taken away from them?
    – you have a dysfunctional family, and getting superpowers all of a sudden makes you care about each other? Is this saying that most strained relationships are doomed unless the parties gain super-abilities?
    – of all the bank robbers you get the one that also has superpowers? Well, OK, that’s a given in fantasy, comics, and pretty much anywhere. You need something to balance and provide a threat.

    Anyway, I never made it past the first episode.

  4. says

    Oh but Tenn-say-bacos! We’re INFAMOUS for mispronouncing things.. in fact it’s ONE of my favorite things to bait our listeners with! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!