Friday, November 8, 2019

Episode 38: Party Beyond The Stars!

Bob, Larry, and Karen live at 7 Star Bar & Grill

Through the miracle of audio recording, we transport you now to our first ever listener's party! Held on October 20th, 2019, at the 7 Stars Bar & Grill in San Jose, Commander Larry and Engineer Bob were live, in-person, while Recon Officer Karen was beamed in via the interociter. We were joined by a few dozen friends and fans to celebrate our first fun year of podcasting. It was a chance to hang out, listen to tunes, enjoy some food and drink, and even do a show in front of a live audience! And that's what you're about to listen to now. Many thanks to the 7 Stars Bar & Grill for hosting us.

Sean and Jessica from the South Bay Lightsaber Club
First up we have Sean and Jessica from the South Bay Lightsaber Club, who show off one of their cool lightsabers, one that was made at the Star Wars Galaxies' Edge park at Disneyland. Sean shares some tips and tricks about how to make a lightsaber at the park.

Ensign Jasmine gets promoted
Newly-promoted Lt. Debby celebrates 
This celebration was also a momentous occasion: Planet 8 crew members Ensign Debby and Ensign Jasmine were both promoted to Lieutenant for all of their help with the podcast, and keeping everything running smoothly on Planet 8! Congrats to Debby and Jasmine.

Don Bishop shows off his prize
Cosplayer Don Bishop shares his know-how on putting together fantastic sci-fi costumes and discusses the most complicated outfits he ever assembled, including the Mugato from Star Trek! Don was dressed as Taylor from Planet of the Apes while visiting our Planet 8 fest!

Joe Tarquini and Mike McCreery from Mantiques
We had a chance to speak with Joe Tarquini and Mike McCreery, co-owners of Mantiques, the store with everything a geek could ever want, in Niles, California. Mike was also the DJ for the day! If you're looking for something unique for your collection, you need to pop into Mantiques.

Gail and Ray Orwig return!
Finally, friends of the show Ray and Gail Orwig, authors of the wonderful Where Monsters Walk, made a return appearance and told us about their upcoming book which will focus on sci-fi and fantasy serials from 1919 to the 1950s, about 50 different ones in all. This is another labor of love for the couple and is sure to be as entertaining as their first one!

Your crew gave out a bunch of prizes to folks who were brave enough to spin the Planet 8 Wheel of Fate. For all of you who couldn't attend but are listening, consider yourself honorary Planet 8 No-Prize winners!

Thanks for being such a great bunch of listeners! You are the reason we do this crazy podcast! You can give us feedback, criticism, or even kind remarks in the comments section here, or at our other haunts:
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Episode 37: Halloween on the Small Screen

It's that time of year again, when creepy and scary stuff abounds! Besides all the great horror movies out there this time of year, there are a ton of great TV show episodes that either focus on Halloween or have themes that fit the holiday. We talk about some of our favorites ones on this episode.

Larry discusses a few classic Star Trek episodes with spooky themes, including the eerie "Catspaw." Did you catch the Cthulhu references in the episode? Did you know it was written by Robert Bloch of Psycho fame? We look at a couple of Next Generation episodes too.

Karen reminisces about The Simpsons'  Treehouse of Horror specials, and focuses on a few favorite segments. So many of these were take offs or homages to classic sci fi and horror films or shows, especially The Twilight Zone.

Bob shares a classic Halloween episode of Route 66 -Lizard Leg and Owlet Wing (see it on YouTube here). It featured Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, and Peter Lorre. it was the last time Karloff wore the Frankenstein Monster make-up! Our chief engineer also covers a bunch of others, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Big Bang Theory, Laverne and Shirley, Married with Children, and more.

Do you have memories of some favorite TV show episodes that centered on Halloween? We'd love to hear them.

Chief Engineer Bob says hands off my Godzilla game!!

For our Sensor Sweep, Bob has managed to get a hold of the new Bandai Godzilla card game! Not only that, but we have a special interview with the game's designer, Ryan Miller! So be sure to check that out to learn about this cool new kaiju card game.

We want to wish you all a spooky, creepy, monster-filled Halloween!! And feel free to share pictures -past or present -of your costumes at our Facebook or Twitter sites.
Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Episode 36: They're Dead, They're All Messed Up: Zombies and Ghouls

The dead. We all have a fear of death, corpses, decay...and the strange border between life and death. What of those creatures that walk that border, the undead? In this episode, the Planet 8 crew looks at zombies and ghouls. What are they? And what is the difference between the two?

We'll do a semi-chronological journey through film starting with the Bela Lugosi classic, White Zombie, and cast our eyes first on the traditional voodoo zombie. How did this type of undead rise to popularity?

Then we'll transition into the more commonly accepted type of zombie, the one that grew popular from George Romero's films, which began with Night of the Living Dead. But were the creatures in these films zombies, or ghouls? Add your two cents to our debate!

In the decades that followed Romero's classic, scores, if not hundreds, of zombie films, have been made. We'll share some of our favorites, including zombie comedies. And of course, we can't ignore the enormously popular Walking Dead.  

So if shambling undead are your thing, give this episode a listen! We've got you covered.

For this week's Sensor Sweep, Chief Engineer Bob reviews a book called Screaming for Pleasure:  How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy, by S.A. Bradley. This tome looks at how horror films impact and influence our lives. Bradley examines numerous films and interviews well-known directors for their thoughts. It's a highly enjoyable work for anyone who has an interest in the genre, and you can find it in stores or at Amazon. Bradley also has a podcast, called Hellbent for Horror (, so be sure to check it out.

That's all we've got time for today. Make sure your doors are locked, and should you take refuge upstairs, or go down to the basement? Hmm....

We'd love to hear your thoughts about the zombie vs. ghoul debate, or any of the films we discussed (or missed). You can leave comments here, or through our other communication channels:

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Bonus Episode 1: Our First Listener's Party!

Hey space cadets, just a quick message to fill you in on our very first listener's party! We'll be celebrating more than a year's worth of Planet 8 fun on October 20th from 1 to 4 pm at the 7 Stars Bar and Grill at 398 Bascom Avenue in San Jose, California. We'll have a DJ, exciting prizes, and you might even get to be a part of a future Planet 8 episode! There's more details in the mini-episode. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Episode 35: Grab Your Cereal, It's Cartoon Time!

Hey kids! Get up, grab your cereal bowl, and join the Planet 8 crew to watch your favorite Saturday morning cartoons! We'll reminisce today about not only our favorite cartoons, but those wonderful sugary cereals as well.

Bob gives us the low down on Jonny Quest, the classic Hanna Barbera 1960s action adventure cartoon series. He'll talk about the characters, episodes, voice talent, and more. If you love Jonny Quest, you won't want to miss this.

Karen looks at a non-Saturday morning cartoon: Justice League and Justice League Unlimited that ran on the Cartoon Network originally. She describes the set up for the show, how it changed when they went to Justice League Unlimited,  and the crew discusses what they loved about this iconic super-hero animated series.

To wrap it up, Larry covers the sometimes-forgotten Star Trek series: Star Trek The Animated Series. Running in 1973 and 1974, the 22 episodes continued the original series five year voyage. We'll discuss the voice acting -by most of the original cast -and some of the more interesting stories.

Let us know some of your favorite cartoons. What kept you glued to the tube as a youngster?

For our Sensor Sweep, Larry shares a book called Star Trek: The Guide to the Animated Series by Aaron Harvey and Rich Schepis. The book is full of photos of the script pages,sketches,  interviews with the writers, and just tons of information about the planning and development of the series. The Commander highly recommends it!

Also - don't miss our big Planet 8 Listeners Appreciation Party! We'll be podcasting live at the 7 Stars Bar and Grill at 398 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, California on October 20th starting at 1 pm. There will be a live DJ, prizes, food, and more! Come by and celebrate with the Planet 8 crew. We'd love to meet you and say thanks for listening!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Episode 34: Return to the Black Lagoon

We've only mentioned him before, but today we go all out with our love for that mysterious and dangerous, yet misunderstood, monster from the depths - the Creature from the Black Lagoon! If you've been listening to Planet 8 for any length of time, you've probably heard us heap praises on Creech, but now we have a whole episode devoted to the Gill-Man.

Engineer Bob with Creech in Bob Burn's place
What is it about the Creature that makes him so appealing? Certainly he has a fantastic look. His design was ahead of his time, and so has become a classic. Your Planet 8 crew discusses that amazing suit, and some differences in the design for the water scenes versus land. There's been a lot of awareness of Millicent Patrick's role in designing the Creature lately, and we touch on that, as well as the work of Jack Kevan, Chris Mueller, and Bud Westmore. And of course, the men who wore the suit on land and underwater, Ben Chapman and Ricou Browning, must be recognized.

We'll take a look at each of the films (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature , The Creature Walks Among Us), and which is our favorite -and you might be surprised! And what would a fourth Creature film have been like?

It's hard to discuss the Creature without talking about his desire for human ladies -of course in the first film, it was Julie Adams, and the sequence with the Creature swimming below her has become iconic. This leads into a discussion of Shape of Water...

We all have our Creature Collectibles -Bob has a whole basement devoted to the Creature. His favorite Creature item though, is his Bally pinball machine. Karen's favorite (which she's mentioned many times before) is the Sideshow premium format figure of the Creature swimming. Last but not least, Larry's favorite is his Anchor Hocking Creature glass. 

Bob's Creature basement
Karen's Creech bust
All this, and so much more! It's a Creature-palooza this time on Planet 8!

For our Sensor Sweep, Karen shares an appropriate item: a wonderful book called The Creature Chronicles, by Tom Weaver, friend of the show David Schecter, and Steve Kronenberg. It's from McFarland Books, and you can order it from McFarland or Amazon. It has a wealth of info on the Creature, including overviews and inside info on each film, but also background on the music, other underwater monster films, and the Creature films that were never made. It would be a great addition to anyone's library.

That's it for us! As the late, great Julie Adams used to say, Stay out of dark water!

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Episode 33: Planet 8 Goes Ape!

Welcome to a special episode here on Planet 8! This is one we've been wanting to do for a long time, and with the help of our special guest, the incomparable Lord Blood-Rah, we finally explore the 1968 classic, Planet of the Apes.

This is is one of our all-time favorite genre films. Planet of the Apes, or POTA as we like to refer to it, was a milestone in cinematic history. A serious, allegorical science fiction film that was only made possible through John Chambers' ground-breaking make-up techniques, POTA blew audiences away, especially with its shocking twist ending.

We focus on the first film only (we plan to devote later episodes to the sequels), discussing  every aspect - the amazing make-up, including the early make-up tests; the script and the many changes it went through in the hands of Rod Serling, Michael Wilson, and others; the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith score; and the memorable scenes and dialog.

The crew plus Lord Blood-Rah also take a look at each of the main characters and their complexities. Taylor, Zira, Cornelius, and of course, Dr. Zaius, all have their own agendas and the actors who portrayed them -Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, and Maurice Evans -did an incredible job.

We might also dip into some other areas of POTA, like the TV show or the cartoon, the comics and novels, but just briefly. And we have questions! Like - who made the scarecrows in the Forbidden Zone? What happened to the Moon? What did Zaius know, and when did he know it? We're getting deep into apedom here people! Even so, POTA seems like an inexhaustible subject, and we'll be back at it soon with another episode.

This time around, for the Sensor Sweep, we have two fantastic events to tell you about: On August 23, 24, and 25th, if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, head to the historic Balboa Theater for Godzillafest! 12 classic Godzilla movies will be on two screens all weekend. Plus, special guest Godzilla director Michael Dougherty will be there all three days. Lord Blood-Rah will host films on Friday and Saturday night, including two of his favorites, Frankenstein Conquers the World and War of the Gargantuas. Check out Bay Area Film Events for all the details.

On August 31st, enjoy an evening at the Chouinard Winery and take in Lord Blood-Rah's final 10th anniversary show! He'll have a great double feature: The Wolfman and Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman! Before the movies, you can enjoy wine tasting. Be sure to bring a picnic basket for the movie. More information can be found at Lord Blood-Rah's site.

That's all for us kids! We hope you enjoy the show. Just remember -the Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Our breed made a desert of it!

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