Chris Boucher

Star Cops 5 – This Case to Be Opened in a Million Years

When I first read the title of this episode I genuinely thought it would be a briefcase.

It’s actually kind of surprising the speed at which we’re burning through these episodes. Considering there’s only 9 of them it really feels like we just recorded episode 0 the other day, and in reality we actually just recorded episode 7. Which means in just two short weeks we’ll have watched and recorded an episode for every episode of Star Cops already. It’s also weirdly interesting that an episode that deals with radiation, and thus obliquely a half life, is halfway through the season. It’s This Case to be Opened in a Million Years, written by Philip Martin and aired on July 27th, 1987.


Show-notes:


1:17: Check out Zenith: A Blake’s 7 podcast if you like Blake’s 7.
2:30: A stormtrooper bumped his head on a door in episode IV. According to the Star Wars wiki this was a mistake that made its way into the final movie.
15:39: The Euro got its start in the late 90s and early 00s, but had been in the planning stages for way longer.
21:21: Gallery of Piet Mondrian paintings
29:25: It was from Bad Dudes.


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Star Cops 4 – Trivial Games and Paranoid Pursuits

Star Cops is anything BUT trivial.

I used to play Trivial Pursuit actually, my family owns the movie trivia one. Which was really hard to play back in the day when I was a wee lad who didn’t know anything about anything because I was like 12 and hadn’t seen bloody Gone with the Wind. Although I still haven’t actually seen it, so I suppose I still fall into that boat weirdly enough. It’s Trivial Games and Paranoid Pursuits, written by Chris Boucher and aired on July 27th, 1987.


Show-notes:


7:24: Also Sprach Zarathustra
10:43: They won’t.
36:29: Who Framed Roger Rabbit came out in 1988.


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Star Cops 3 – Intelligent Listening for Beginners

Personally I never intelligently listen.

My computer pretty much never listens to me. Although I know my personal FBI man is sitting somewhere, staring at me typing this feeling rather insulted. Then again, if he lets me create and release this podcast into the world maybe he deserves a gentle ribbing every now and then. It’s Intelligent Listening for Beginners, written by Chris Boucher and aired on July 20th, 1987.


Show-notes:


2:49: The Sick Rose by William Blake
10:54: We mention the Anorak Zone site a lot, so here’s their page for this episode if you wanna see it.
17:49: It was Harold Godwinson.
19:20: It’s a bit from Brian Regan.
25:09: Wikipedia has a list of all (or at least a lot of) the organization that called themselves “Black Hand”
31:27: Unfortunately I can’t find the site again, but I’ll put it here if I end up finding it later.
32:51: Check out Zenith, our completed Blake’s 7 podcast.
42:25: That gif of Jordan Peele sweating

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Star Cops 2 – Conversations With the Dead

You might say we’re mediums then.

This new podcast is really taking off, mainly just in my mind though. It’s like how Nathan kept taking Lee to that same shitty Chinese place she hated. We keep making content people just kind of shrug at but we keep doing it because we find it absolutely bloody hilarious. It’s Conversations with the Dead, written by Chris Boucher and aired on July 13th, 1987.


Show-notes:


5:00: Example of Freelancer
22:33: I guess this BBC article provides a broad overview of gun laws in the UK. It’s like 10 years old but probably mostly still current. And skimming Wikipedia for 3 minutes it seems like gun regulations were strengthened throughout the 20th century.
31:19: Check out Zenith, our completed Blake’s 7 podcast.
44:00: Check out Trust Your Doctor, our Doctor Who podcast.
46:44: Check out all the different permutations of the name “Turlough”
48:15: It was The Thick of It.
50:20: Wiki Quote lists the “When you have eliminated all which is impossible …” quote as coming from The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier. Quote Investigator has a pretty interesting (tldr) page detailing the history of the “Elementary, my dear Watson” quote.
51:09: Apparently this line is a reference to a 1950 movie called Sunset Boulevard.
53:15: The actual story is actually fully written out on the wiki page for The Exegesis of Phillip K. Dick. The story Dick wrote for Harlan Ellison was The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison’s Anthology Dangerous Visions.

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Star Cops 1 – An Instinct for Murder

Welcome, we hope you enjoy your stay.

This is the very first episode of a brand new podcast, only the fourth time that we’ve done this! We should be experts at this by now, and yet somehow I still didn’t set any of this nonsense up until the night before it was supposed to be released. An Instinct for Murder, written by Chris Boucher and aired on July 6th, 1987.


Show-notes:


0:00 Before we even get into anything, check out our other podcasts, Trust Your Doctor (where we watch all of Doctor who in order), Zenith (where we watch all of Blake’s 7 in order), and Triple Play (where we watch movie trilogies).
6:58 Space Fall is a currently ongoing Blake’s 7 podcast. They’re pretty great, so check them out. Flight Through Entirety, similarly, is a great ongoing Doctor Who podcast that you can check out.
8:45 Big Finish has a few Star Cops offerings these days.
18:56 Reminder that this masterpiece plays in its entirety in this episode.
25:54 Star Trek Enterprise started in 2001. Here’s what the intro sounded like.
30:13 Henry David Thoreau. My bad.
34:25 More about the first crime committed from space.
37:28 Her full name is Pal Kenzy. We get it right in later episodes.
58:56 More on the Rolex murder mystery.
1:06:52 I was thinking of Ian Cuthbertson.


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0: Intro

This week we have something new for you.

This is Episode 0 of our new podcast, Inevitable. Because, as we all know, we’re basically suckers for attention and so as soon as someone mentioned we should watch even more sci-fi everyone has to have known that this would be inevitable. Inevitable will be available on your favourite podcasting platform on October 18, 2019!

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Episode 40: Throttled by Colin Baker Ft. Making Blake’s 7 (Rescue)

They’re not good people apparently but I’m a bit concerned actually.

The final season of Blake’s 7 beings, and so too begins the final 13 episodes of Zenith. Bit of a sad thought that, but on the bright side we get joined yet again by Jon, of Making Blakes 7. What better way to start off our farewell tour so to speak? It’s Rescue, written by Chris Boucher and aired on September 28, 1981.

Oh yeah, by the way, Jon sings at about 1:45:00 ish. Just wanted you to make sure you hang on until then. 🙂


Show-notes:


2:11 Jon runs the amazing Making Blake’s 7 twitter account, detailing the production of Blake’s 7 in real time +40 years. And the good news is he’s decided to continue posting for the time being.
6:41 It’s ok that Jon hasn’t seen any of the K9 tv show considering how horrendous they made K9 look. (I think the human character in this screenshot expresses my disgust pretty well.) And I’m not holding my breath that the new series will do any of these characters justice either.
13:43 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 1979 tv series based on a 1974 book. It’s only seven episodes long so it’s now high on my list of old British stuff to watch. Also apparently is has Alec Guiness in it. There’s also a movie version, which came out in 2011.
14:03 Here the title sequences for Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Day of the Triffids, When the Boat Comes In (not sure whether this was the series 4 intro that Doug Bird did, or the original series 1-3 intro, but this was all I could find), and Triangle.
1:06:47 Kaldor City is an audio series by Chris Boucher. It ran from 2001 to 2012. It combines a bunch of of concepts (and sometimes actual characters) from Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who.
1:32:47 John Clute is a Canadian writer and theorist who writes a lot about “genre” fiction like horror, science fiction, etc.
1:41:53 If you’ve ever wanted to sing along to the Blake’s 7 theme, here are the lyrics to Distant Star (with bonus lyrics for Dayna’s song from Sarcophagus).


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Episode 38: Steven Pacey and the Rules of War (Death-Watch)

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 34: My Day is Ruined and My Disappointment is Immeasurable (Rumours of Death)

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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Episode 32: When Does Murder Become Genocide? (City at the Edge of the World)

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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