Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Episode 7: Going Where Monsters Walked

Have you ever watched a classic sci-fi or monster movie and wondered, "Where the heck did they film this?" If so, this is the podcast for you! This episode the crew -Larry, Bob, and Karen - have a sit down with Gail and Ray Orwig, authors of the terrific book, Where Monsters Walked: California Locations of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1925-1965. Gail and Ray discuss what drove them to write the book, the secrets to finding so many filming locations, and the many adventures they had along the way! What was the hardest, but most fulfilling movie location to find? You'll have to listen to find out -but it involved some enlarged critters...

Ray, Gail, Bob, and Larry
To get your copy of this marvelous book, check out Amazon or the publisher, McFarland.

Ray and Gail will be appearing at Creatures Con, on August 12th, in San Ramon, California. For more information, visit Be sure to stop by and say hi, and get a copy of the book!

Your Planet 8 crew -at least Commander Larry and Engineer Bob - will take some shore leave and  also attend Creatures Con! Come by their table and get some goodies, and you may wind up on a future episode!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Episode 6: Robots Invade Planet 8!

It's all about robots in this episode! Yes, robots, helpers or horrors? Will mankind wind up with friendly assistants like R2-D2, or are we more likely to create the Terminator? Join your Planet 8 crew Larry, Karen, and Bob as they discuss some of their favorite robots and androids from movies, TV, animation, and comics. We'll look at Data from Star Trek, a number of super-robots from Japan, The Vision from Marvel Comics, and well, a few more obscure characters. As usual, don't be surprised if the crew goes off on some tangents...including a discussion of Popeye? Be sure to tell us about your favorite robots in the comments section, or come over to our Twitter or Facebook pages:

For our Sensor Sweep, Larry looks at the 1000th issue of Action Comics, featuring 11 stories about Superman by a virtual who's who of comics creators. Larry particularly enjoyed "Never-Ending Battle" by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, where the Man of Steel travels through time -and the different incarnations of Superman in comics and other media - to  return home to Lois. This special 80-page issue was released in June with at $7.99. It may still be available at your local comic shop. A number of variant-cover editions were published. 

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Episode 5: Ant-Man and the Wasp Get Small and Go Infinite

Good things sometimes come in small packages. Is that the case with the new entry from Marvel Studios, Ant-Man and The Wasp?  Hear what your Planet 8 crew thought of the movie, as well as how it fits into the larger context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How does this connect with Avengers: Infinity War? As always, it's a SPOILER-FILLED discussion, so make sure you see the movie before you hop into the podcast! Then share your thoughts in the comments section, or head over to our Twitter or Facebook pages:
This episode's Sensor Sweep is presented by Chief Engineer Bob. He reviews a fascinating book, Where Monsters Walked: California Locations of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1925 - 1965 by Gail and Raymond Orwig. It is a must-have for anyone who is a genre film buff that always wondered where classic and cult movies were filmed. The Orwigs tracked down scores of locations in California, and the book has photos comparing then and now. Famous sites such as Bronson Caves and Vasquez Rocks are included, along with many lesser known gems. It's a perfect companion for a California road trip. This book can be found at or from the publisher, McFarland Books.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Episode 4: It's Incredible, Too

It only took 14 years, but Pixar is back with the next amazing entry in the life of the Parr family. Tune in and hear what your Planet 8 crew thought about Incredibles 2! Be warned, Larry, Karen, and Bob will engage in a spoiler-filled discussion.

This week, Karen performs a Sensor Sweep on Hot Toys' Thor: Ragnarok Thor Gladiator Sixth Scale figure! Known for their amazing detail, this Hot Toys figure looks like it stepped right out of the Marvel film! Get all the details in this episode.

Thor hanging out with some friends.
Gorgeous psychedelic box.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Episode 3: Going Solo

Ready to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? Strap in with the Planet 8 crew of Larry, Karen, and Bob as we take a look at the latest Star Wars film and offer our thoughts. Is this "origin story" for Han Solo a worthy addition to the franchise? And what about that surprise cameo, listen to the episode to find out who! Then come back here, or go over to Facebook or Twitter and let us know how many deathstars you give it.

For our Sensor Sweep segment, Chief Engineer Bob presents Devilman: The Classic Collection, Vol.1 from Seven Seas Entertainment. This is a hardbound, 680 page collection of the classic Go Nagai manga series. Check your local comic store, or purchase from Amazon.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Episode 2: Desert Planet Picks

Stranded on a desert planetoid, you are able to salvage only two ancient TV series and five films to keep you entertained until the space patrol arrives to rescue you...whenever that might be. What are your selections?

Tune into this episode to hear what the Planet 8 crew of Larry, Karen, and Bob would grab from the wreckage of their spacecraft to keep them company. You might be surprised! Then please share your picks with us here, or on Twitter or Facebook.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Episode 1: Infinity War spoiler-filled breakdown!

All right True Believers, Avengers: Infinity War is here, and it's huge! Join your hosts, Larry, Bob, and Karen, as we discuss and dissect this mega-blockbuster in a spoiler-filled podcast. After 10 years and 18 previous films, this is a massive effort - we'll talk about what worked for us, what wasn't as effective, what surprised us, and what we expect from Avengers 4. Please listen in and then share your thoughts here, and/or join us on Twitter and Facebook:

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In our Sensor Sweep, we examine the amazing new Planet of the Apes Lawgiver tiki mug from Mondo! That's right, now you can bless your abode with the stylized image of the legendary orangutan, the Lawgiver, available in four different glazes. Check out to get your very own. Below are images of the Planet 8 crew's Lawgiver mugs in their crew quarters!

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