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Episode 39: Spoilers Find a Way

Well, at least Kiyan doesn’t really care about spoilers anyway.

We made it! Almost. We reached the original end of this show. But then, well, it was such a big success so they decided to do another season because I guess why not? Also, if the show is good, why not make more? Although there is an argument to be made to end it when it’s still good. It’s Terminal, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 31, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:46 Making Blake’s 7 is a Twitter account that’s been detailing the production of Blake’s 7 for the past year and a half-ish. It’s going on indefinite hiatus soon, but might be back some day.
17:10 Here are just a few of the weird things slime molds can do.
44:17 Person of Interest isn’t a tv show that ran from 2011-2016.
46:30 This is official apparently. Just wait until we get to Series D.


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Episode 38: Steven Pacey and the Rules of War

Rule 1. We only allow clones of Steven Pacey in our army.

This week we time travel back to Ancient Rome, or we would, if this was Doctor Who. Instead we bring Ancient Rome into the future, because this is Blake’s 7 where everything is in the FUTUREEE. It’s Death-Watch, written by Chris Boucher and aired on March 24, 1980.


Show-notes:


9:55 Well the New York Times seems to think its a problem.
19:34 Why is the Princess Bride such a cult hit? It’s not even that good.
28:04 The Purge is a pretty recent movie franchise that asks the question “What if crime was legal for 24 hours?” It’s really not as interesting as it sounds. We discussed it a couple months ago for our movie trilogy podcast, Triple Play.
50:16 Flight Through Entirety is a Doctor Who podcast that does the same thing our Doctor Who podcast does (watch all of Doctor Who in order), only much better.


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Episode 37: Blake’s 7 Version of Drax

Drax the Destroyer obviously, the Marvel one.

Wow kind of weird how many computers we’re starting to get on this show isn’t it? Orac, Ultra, Moloch, Zen. That’s four already right there, two of which were introduced in the last two weeks. Weird. It’s Moloch, written by Ben Steed and aired on March 17, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:43 Moloch looks like a pretty cool bull just hanging out in the desert.
2:35 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a tv show based on a book Douglas Adams wrote like 600 years ago.
3:46 This is a Thing.
21:51 Here’s that listicle.
38:18 Moore’s law, also I quoted it as 5 years but Moore’s law actually indicates it as 2.
47:37 Orwell, I guess named after George Orwell.


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Episode 20: Bicep-Off

Pew pew check out these guns.

In space no one can… wait. No sorry wrong 80’s action/horror franchise. What’s the slogan for the Predator movies? Honestly don’t even know. Get to the chopper? If it bleeds we can kill it? Wow these suck. It’s Predator, released in 1987, 1990 and 2010. How does that make sense? Because we watched Predator, Predator 2 and Predators.


Show-notes:


3:02 The Southern Reach trilogy is a book trilogy written by Jeff VanderMeer.
5:09 The Most Dangerous Game is a pretty famous story from 1924.
7:32 Lethal Weapon, like Predator, is another well-known movie from the late 80s.
8:49 The Nice Guys came out in 2016.
25:40 Behold. The majesty of the original Predator suit.
43:45 Sin City is just a movie man I don’t know it’s late.
48:07 The Darjeeling Limited and The Pianist were two 2000s movies with Adrien Brody in it. Too bad Brody is stranded on the Predator planet now.
57:39 Script supervisor or continuity supervisor.
1:08:07 The Women Men Don’t See is a 1973 story by James Tiptree Jr.
1:14:05 Black Hole looks really interesting.

Sources and other stuff:
Making of Predator, Predator 2, and Predators
The oral history of Predator – some (mis)remembrances of Predator


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Episode 36: Comedy Pyrite

Well it’s like, sort of gold looking right?

This week we dive into a massive… brain? Well that’s just completely disgusting honestly. I mean good god, have you actually seen a brain? It’s horrifying. Legitimately horrifying. It’s Ultraworld, written by Trevor Hoyle and aired on March 10, 1980.


Show-notes:


0:55 The Blake’s 7 books that Paul Darrow wrote are Avon: A Terrible Aspect and the Lucifer series available from Big Finish here.
12:14 Is Ultraworld spikier than Spaceship Earth? You decide, cause I don’t care enough to.
22:18 I think the Freaky Friday we know is the 2003 remake of the original 1976 original. There’s also a 1995 tv movie and the original 1972 novel, so this is a bigger franchise than I thought. It even goes back to 1882 (kind of) with the novel Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers, which has a similar concept.
28:27 Macross is a Japanese animated tv series from 1982. It became one of the seasons of Robotech when they brought it to the US.


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Episode 35: All the Cool Kids Have Green Eyes Ft. Argy

Scientific fact that green eyes are cool.

Argy is legitimately the first female guest we’ve had on every single podcast we’ve ever done. That is… quite an achievement, perhaps, but at the same time… I don’t know where this is going honestly. It’s Sarcophagus, written by Tanith Lee and aired on March 3, 1980.


Show-notes:


3:23 It was The Leisure Hive.
22:36 There are a bunch of configurations of complementary colors, but green and orange usually aren’t complementary. Here are some examples.
47:58 We keep mentioning Making Blake’s 7, which is a twitter account that has a ton of behind-the-scenes info and pictures that have never been seen before. John, the guy who runs it, was also on our Harvest of Kairos episode.
1:24:31 This Blue Peter “make” from 1978 tell you how to make a teleport bracelet. The presenter is Lesley Judd.
1:30:14 Josette Simon has had plenty of recent roles in both movies and tv shows.

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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 34: My Day is Ruined and My Disappointment is Immeasurable

The only thing that could possibly improve my mood is watching Blake’s 7.

We are quickly moving towards the end of this podcast. Can you believe it? Zenith will end at some point, it will actually be the first of our podcasts to end. Brilliant! Wait, no. Also, did you know, the title of this story and the quote in it are from Mark Twain? “The reports of my death was an exaggeration.” Which often gets misquoted as “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” It’s Rumors of Death, written by Chris Boucher and aired on February 25, 1980.


Show-notes:


12:44 Something tells me he’s the senate.
14:27 Not the new, good Ocean’s 11. The old, bad one.
16:38 I know you want to wash down these creme de menthe frosting brownies with a nice swig of amarula.
58:04 NASA first became NASA in 1958.
58:27 Example of a P-59.
58:45 BAM. It’s called a “gothic delta.” Thank me later for that juicy bit of info.
59:54 Launching the Pilot does review pilots and first episodes. Here’s their Podbean page.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 33: The After Aftermath

Basically every episode after aftermath is the after aftermath.

I cut out a 40 second argument about the introduction this week, can you believe we actually argued about how to introduce the show this week? Ok it wasn’t really an argument, more of a humorous discussion. But anyway, it’s Children of Auron, written by Roger Parkes and aired on February 19, 1980.


Show-notes:


9:41 Ginkgo biloba is a plant from east Asia that has been used to improve memory. Dunno if it actually works though.
12:02 Yzma is the villain from the Emperor’s New Groove, a documentary about llamas.
22:34 It was Star Trek v: The Final Frontier
23:47 Check out Trust Your Doctor, our Doctor Who podcast.
47:56 NASA was officially founded as NASA in 1958.
48:46 You can google Blake’s 7 scripts and find them. I did. Here’s the script for Dawn of the Gods. It’s spelled “herculanium.”


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 32: When Does Murder Become Genocide?

Pretty much right about now I think.

Have any of our listeners watched City at the Edge of Forever? I’m actually curious to know, I’m sure we have at least a few Star Trek fans in the audience, there has to be at least one. I’m sure of it. Come on. Just send us an email. It’s City at the Edge of the World, written by Chris Boucher, and aired on February 11, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:59 City at the Edge of Forever is Star Trek episode. Never watched it or any episode of Star Trek actually but some of the imagery from the wiki page looks pretty cool.
4:18 Top Gear isn’t a tv show, it just means the topmost gear on any shelf. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a tv show. If they do, they’re lying.
18:27 Check out Trust Your Doctor if you like Doctor Who. Please.
19:30 Both the White Guardian and the Black Guardian were played by the same two actors in all their appearances on the tv show. Cyril Luckham played the White Guardian and Valentine Dyall played the Black Guardian.
30:34 Here you go. Knock yourself out. Didn’t even bother to read this article. Welcome to Zenith episode notes.
35:49 Josette Simon was born in November 1960, so she was actually only 19 when this aired, and probably 18 when it was made.


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Episode 19.5: Tigger has Glocks

Honestly surprised Hollywood hasn’t made a gritty Pooh reboot.

This week we purge our bad feelings about podcasting. We just kind of vomit it all out into the recording and then boom it kind of just happens. You know. We purged, so all our episodes should be good for the next year now I think. It’s The First Purge, written by James DeMonaco, directed by Gerard McMurray and release on July 4, 2018.


Show-notes:


6:54 Gone Girl is an ok movie with Ben Affleck in it. Also it was directed by David Fincher.
11:20 CheckOutTrustYourDoctorOurDoctorWhoPodcast
17:19CheckOutZenithOurBlake’s7Podcast
19:27 UFO is UFO.
20:57 Destroyer is pretty awesome. Dietrich Smith did the illustrations.
23:46 The Bluest Eye was Toni Morrison’s first novel.
25:17 Best Mark Twain.
28:51 Before the Law by Franz Kafka.
39:30 Wow can’t believe Children of Men was a box office failure.
51:38 Danger 5 podcast never.


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