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.


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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Mike wake up. The engines are kicking in.
Don’t be stupid. It is four days to the correction point.
They are firing now. Can’t you hear them?
Christ! Override them. Override them.
I already tried. I think we’re dead Mike.

Nathan says to Patan that it will be 8 years before they can recover the craft and if the crew are dead he will be charged with murder. And if they survive there will be other charges and possible the crew will sue.

We don’t see Patan again after this episode so it is probably a safe bet he got fired.

I feel obligated to point out that the Sherlock Homes quote appears first in The Sign of the Four (“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, HOWEVER IMPROBABLE, must be the truth?”) and is also in The Beryl Coronet (“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”). The quote from The Blanched Soldier appears much later in Conan Doyle’s stories than the previous two examples (“That process,” said I, “starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”).

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