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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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276: It’s Me Mickey Mouse! (Empress of Mars)

Since Disney owns nearly everything I can’t imagine this crossover is far behind.

Given how many times Mars has appeared on the show it should be pretty easy to assemble some sort of timeline of the Martian Empire right? Also, wasn’t that killer water that killed everything it ever touched in the polar ice caps? The one we learned about in Waters of Mars? Shouldn’t the gang be violently ill and trying to consume each other during almost the entirety of this episode? It’s Empress of Mars, written by Mark Gatiss and aired on June 10, 2017.


Show-notes:


4:22: Scratchman was “co-written” by James Goss. And by co-written I mean it was probably mostly written by him.
4:36: “With exclusive commentary ‘He Did It’ by the Goldman Family”
21:30: Pretty sure it was Zulu Dawn. And here’s a short description of the Great Emu War from Australian Geographic.
25:03: Here’s a pretty good (but poorly formatted) list of periods in British history.
33:28: John Cena’s theme


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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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274: Are We Not All Just Fleshy Meatbags? (Oxygen)

This sounds like a shitty Rocky spinoff.

Sometimes, when I can’t breathe, I wonder what it would be like if I had to pay for my next breath. Like, if I was dying right now would I be willing to fork over the money required to keep on living? It’s a really interesting thing to think about, but also kind of horrifying. Is your life worth that much? It’s Oxygen, written by Jamie Mathieson and aired on May 13, 2017.


Show-notes:


0:30: The “Damn Daniel” meme came out about 3 and a half years ago, possible a little more. Because Internet is a new book from Gretchen McuCulloch, one of the hosts of the Lingthusiasm podcast.
3:30: It was The Pursuit of Happyness, but as usual I got what it was about wrong.
7:06: Check out Inevitable: A Classic Sci-Fi Podcast, a new podcast we started to discuss classic sci-fi.
9:32: It was Clive.
22:36: Check out Zenith, our Blake’s 7 podcast.


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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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273: Only Kids Love Bugs (Knock Knock)

Sorry entomologists, I really hate to break this to you.

I always thought it was going to be four knocks, you know? Like, knock knock knock knock. At least that’s what that weird fortune teller told us it was going to be. But I guess the Twelfth Doctor only requires half as many knocks. I wonder what that says about him.  It’s Knock Knock, written by Mike Bartlett and aired on May 6, 2017.


Show-notes:


3:35 I think this is the album version of Song for Ten. This is the tv version for comparison. Also I can’t believe the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon was also officially released.
4:33 Reach across the stars with our new science fiction podcast Inevitable. We’re watching Star Cops for season 1.
5:25 Palm Jumeirah is a series of artificial islands made to look like palm trees.
10:24 For our first watch of Troll 2, check out our Triple Play episode on the Troll “series”
16:59 It was way more than $600.
17:27 I guess Van Halen really didn’t like brown m&ms.
24:49 Yeah they eat wood.
31:58 It was Disturbia.
36:52 More on the Trump Nickelback meme fiasco
45:31 Here’s our Star Wars Holiday Special episode if you’re interested.
50:01 Children of the Stones intro


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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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Inevitable: Episode 0

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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