TV Talk: Geek Girls Roundtable Nerd Girls wax poetic over Geek TV passions, sans coffee or booze

Slice of SciFi 731

Geek Girls talking Television… all we were missing was the booze.

New contributors Jackie Zwirn and Liz Carlie join Summer to talk about TV shows and other things that excite our very own inner fangirl nerd.

The analysis covers the shirts-off appeal of “Teen Wolf”; some of the appeal of “Doctor Who” across time and generations and how everyone has their own favorite Doctor for so many different reasons, plus the awe of the Gallifrey One convention, and a little Torchwood for good measure.

We could also do another show on bad movies, and why people keep watching and how those films keep getting made.   [Listen to the show…]

“Riftworld Chronicles”: Laura Perlmutter and Erin Karpluk Epic fantasy storytelling told in engaging and funny bite-sized chunks

Riftworld Chronicles

This week, it’s all about melding comedy and fantasy. First up, Laura Perlmutter, producer for “Riftworld Chronicles” talks about how the short film “The Portal” grew into the webseries, what it took to get to the 8 episodes of Season 1 filmed and produced, and the plans that are underway to get Season 2 off and running.

Next, series star Erin Karpluk (Being Erica, Rookie Blue) talks about connecting with the life that Kim leads, playing with the humor in the story, watching how the fans have completely embraced the show and the characters, and more.

You can watch “Riftworld Chronicles” on YouTube   [Listen to the show…]

“Stitchers”: Spoilers, Secrets, Teases and More Jeffrey returns after the season finale, and talks wall-to-wall spoilers

Stitchers "Full Stop"

Summer really enjoys Stitchers… could you tell?

This week, Stitchers with show creator and executive producer Jeffrey Alan Schechter returns to talk spoilers for Season 1 and hints at what will come for Season 2. He fields questions about character observations, potential conspiracies and adversaries around the Stitchers program, and talks more about the social media snowball that the show became, and teases the upcoming special Halloween episode that’s part of ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” programming.

Yes, there are many spoilers from start to finish here, so make sure you’ve seen the season finale “Full Stop”, or that you’re ready to dive into dangerous story territory.   [Listen to the show…]

Geek Talk: William Shatner Presents “Chaos on the Bridge” A lively discussion about the enlightening new "Star Trek: The Next Generation" documentary

Chaos on the Bridge

In this special episode, Tim Callender, Jill Heller and Jackie Zwirn join Summer to talk about William Shatner’s “Chaos on the Bridge: The Untold Story Behind Star Trek’s Next Generation”.

This documentary only runs about 59 minutes, but manages to pack in a fascinating amount of background information and interviews in that short time, and we hit on most of the interesting revelations and anecdotes presented.   [Listen to the show…]

Jeffrey Alan Schechter: Creating and Crafting “Stitchers” Find out what elements go into making some of the magic that forms the show's appeal


This week, Summer talks more Stitchers with show creator and executive producer Jeffrey Alan Schechter. We go into how the idea that grew into the show came about, and about having fun with some of the winks at geek culture being slyly dropped into conversations, and about building characters that feel real.

We also tease the upsoming season finale (“Full Stop”, airing Aug 4 on ABC Family). But not too much… no spoilers here, we’re saving those for later.

Be sure to follow Jeffrey and other cast members during live Tweeting for the season finale Tuesday, via @StitchersTV and #Stitcherschat   [Listen to the show…]

Emma Ishta: The Heart of “Stitchers” The star of ABC Family's newest hit talks emotions and mysteries

Emma Ishta

This week, Summer talks with Stitchers lead Emma Ishta about the breakout new hit “scifi procedural” for ABC Family.

The chemistry between the characters and the fast-moving witty geek banter are engaging and appealing, and the additional exploration of how emotions (or lack thereof) affect people and interpersonal connections is fascinating. What remains to be seen (perhaps to be explored in the newly announced Season 2) are the bigger mysteries of the program and Kirsten’s familial connection to it.   [Listen to the show…]

Mark Edlitz: Exploring the Lives Behind the Superheroes Discovering dreams from the people who were those superheroes to us

How to Be a Superhero

This week, filmmaker and writer (and sometime “Slice of SciFi” contributor) Mark Edlitz drops by to talk about his new book, “How to Be a Superhero”, an extensive compendium of interviews covering the most popular superhero movies and television shows of the past seventy years.

Mark takes the readers takes the reader behind the scenes, through 35 penetrating interviews with actors and actresses who have played the world’s greatest superheroes, supervillains, antiheroes and sidekicks, as well as 70 photographs.   [Listen to the show…]

Natalie Burn: Actress, Writer, Ballerina, Fighter The star of "Awaken" talks about fighting and writing

Natalie Burn

This week, Summer talks with Natalie Burn about her latest project, the horror/thriller Awaken. Natalie is a Ukrainian Prima Ballerina turned action movie hero and writer, and she talks about going from ballet to fighting, about the appeal of writing and producing films, and about several of her upcoming horror projects.

Next, Noah and Daren discuss and review Self/Less, and they are disappointed about how an interesting starting premise about the existential consequences of shifting a consciousness could switch to an unsatisfying run-of-the-mill action/chase resolution.

Have you seen Self/Less yet? What did you think?   [Listen to the show…]

Jaime Murray: Fear and Loving in “Defiance” Power plays and other challenges await in Season 3

Defiance S3

This week, Jaime Murray chats with Summer about the challenges and changes facing Defiance in Season 3 (no spoilers). Jaime plays Stahma Tarr, who at the start of Season 3 is searching with her husband Datak Tarr for the missing members of their family, and picking up the pieces in the aftermath of devastation and the arrival of another alien race long-believed to have died out.

Jaime also talks about how the ritual baths became a thing, and wonders if Kevin Murphy might have some sort of fixation on water, since he did the same thing to her in Valentine, a short-lived series on The CW that he also created and produced.   [Listen to the show…]

Aaron Ashmore: “Killjoys” Down and Dirty Loyalties and secrets tie the Killjoys together through the good times and rough times

Killjoys Aaron Ashmore

This week, Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13, Smallville) chats with Summer about one of Syfy Channel’s newest space adventure series, Killjoys. Aaron plays John Jaqobis, one of a team of galactic bounty hunters, pursuing fugitives (called Warrants) throughout the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war. His character is a tough fighter but a peacemaker at heart, and in a pinch he can fix, fly or build just about anything.   [Listen to the show…]

Roger Cross: Exploring Syfy’s “Dark Matter” Roger talks about his enjoyment of roles that are action-filled and make you think

Roger Cross, Dark Matter

Roger Cross has been on so many genre and procedural shows that each time he pops up onscreen, most people say, “Oh yeah, I’ve seen him before!” Scifi fans will recognize him recently from his roles in Continuum, The Strain, and Arrow, and his previous roles in Syfy Channel’s First Wave, and the miniseries Taken.

Roger talks with Summer about his new show on Syfy, Dark Matter. This story, based on a graphic novel written by Stargate‘s Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, focuses on 6 people who wake up from stasis on a derelict spaceship, with no memory of who they are or how they got there, and their journey to find out who they really are, and what to do about their pasts.   [Listen to the show…]

David Hewlett: Talking “Debug” and Filmmaking Where science fiction, horror, art and business collide, it can get a little messy

Director David Hewlett

This week, actor turned writer/director David Hewlett (Stargate: Atlantis) chats with Summer about his latest indie scifi-thriller Debug, which stars Jason Momoa, Jeananne Goossen, Adam Butcher, and Adrian Holmes.

David talks about how increasing a movie’s budget can often result in changes in creative control, and how the compromises start stacking up, and what happens when the film you get isn’t the film you thought you’d get.   [Listen to the show…]