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Star Trek IV – The Journey Home: whale margarine, transparent aluminum, and time travel

Star Trek

Best Star Trek movies. Liking things because they are familiar. The odd-even Star Trek movie rule. Mathematical proofs. Dismissing the reboots.

Cosmic horror

Giant cylinders and plumbuses. Finding out you are as an ant in the universe. Spreading across space and building giant robot suits to fight the larger incomprehensible creatures.

Time travel

Using time travel to solve problems despite the consequences. Time travel anachronism stories. Bad time-travel sales pitches. The Mooreeffoc Effect. Would you go to the future? Only going forward because medicine in the past is always so bad. Time travel vaccinations.

Whales

The possibility of cetacean “language.” “Save the whales” in the 80s. Whale oil being supplanted by kerosene as industrial fuel. Stinky whale candles. The Napoleonic origins of margarine and the economics of fuel and margarine. Industrialized whaling. “Factory ships.” Realizing we are running out of whales. Continued industrial whaling, namely by Japan and some of the Nordic countries.

Links

A bunch of Wikipedia articles: Whaling | Whale Oil | Margarine
Moby Dick by Herman Melville: iTunes | Amazon

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (feat. Fraser Cain of Universe Today) : Episode 125

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (Episodes 1-3)

What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse
Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson

Featuring guest co-host
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Nothing but GIFs, all day – Q&A #2 – Episode 124

Q&A #2

What: Our second Q&A episode, wherein we ask our friends to help us answer the the MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS FROM THE INTERNET!
Featuring our friends: Adrian Falcone, Daniel James Barker, Fraser Cain, James Peterson, Nick Farmer

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Star Trek Beyond (feat. Jolene Creighton of Futurism) : Episode 63

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Star Trek Beyond

What: Star Trek WITH EXPLOSIONS for the third time
Directed by: Justin Lin
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella

Featuring guest co-host
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Jolene Creighton, managing editor at Futurism.com

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Star Trek – First Contact (feat. Jolene Creighton of Futurism) : Episode 52

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Star Trek VIII: First Contact

What: The enterprise does time travel and Picard intimidates the borg with his massive guns (biceps).
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

Featuring guest co-host
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Forbidden Planet (feat. Chris Noessel, UI Expert) : Episode 36

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Forbidden Planet

What: Leslie Nielsen and crew stop on an alien planet to investigate a previous mission and find only two survivors. With secrets.
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis

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Chris Noessel
Chris Noessel, User Interface Expert from Sci-Fi Interfaces

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Top 5 Science Fiction TV Shows : Episode 18

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What: Our combined top 5 science fiction TV shows. Spoiler-free as much as humanly possible?
How: The main criteria: “what would you recommend to someone else?”

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Galaxy Quest

What: A really loving tribute to Star Trek and Star Trek fandom. The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.
Directed by: Dean Parisot
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Richman, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Enrico Calentoni

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