HTP Episode 031 – Sampo Returns!

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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” is the Webmaster for Satellite News and was first on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 19. This latest chat is a wild ride, fueled by COVID-19 and fan speculation. We discuss how to use MST3K as a “comfort food” in times of quarantine, Chris suggests using Pod People to go to sleep, I counter with Red Zone Cuba. Meanwhile, his favorite episode is The Violent Years, while I never get tired of Teenagers from Outer Space or I Accuse My Parents. And, of course, Manos comes up.

Chris breaks the news that Joel is doing the MST3K Live At-Home Show with Moon Zero Two. I reveal that I participated in the MST3K Home Game, while Chris was interviewing the cast prior to season 8.

Special request: Chris mentions that there was a special showing of I Accuse My Parents at the Colonial Theatre in Pennsylvania, in which he participated. Does anyone have a recording of this?


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News


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Life Lessons from Cartoons

  1. Knowing is half the battle. No one has ever mentioned what the other half is, but I’m guessing it involves lasers.
  2. Some cars are more than meets the eye. Many people are less.
  3. If you call Captain Planet for help, he will tell you what to do, screw up, and you’ll have to do all the hard work anyway. This is basically how middle management works.
  4. A rat can raise four turtles and no one bats an eye, but if you dress your dog in a hoodie, it’s “weird”.
  5. The Thundercats were all buck naked through the entire first episode, and no one cares. Mention that a coloring error makes it look like Jessica Rabbit has a landing strip, and people will wear out the pause button on their remotes.
  6. Hate Scrappy Doo all you want, but I bet he’s solved more crimes than you have.
  7. Inspector Gadget was a baby boomer walking around with technology he couldn’t operate, constantly getting his ass saved by his millennial niece. We really should have paid closer attention to this dynamic.
  8. Perspective is everything. A subpar Transformer is a badass Go-Bot.
  9. Friendships can be made over two people knowing the lyrics to Disney Afternoon show theme songs, and broken over trying to agree on which show is best. Pick your battles carefully.
  10. Man, there really are way more cartoons aimed at boys than there are at girls, huh?

HTP Episode 030 – Todd Sullivan


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Todd Sullivan is the author of Hollow Men, the first in The Windshire Chronicles, a series of fantasy novels written with a fusion of Asian and Western themes. Born in the US, but having spent much of his life in Korea and now Taiwan, Todd has re-interpreted his life as a visitor in the form of a fantasy tale. The two of us spend a lot of time discussing what it’s like to feel like a stranger, as well as our hopes for the future of our culture. Also, dragons.


Be sure to follow Todd on Facebook, Twitter, and keep an eye out for his next book, There Will Be One!


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HTP Episode 029 – Alyssa Carson

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Alyssa Carson is an astronaut-in-training and is part of the “Mars Generation,” a team of professionals looking to be on the first mission to Mars. In this episode, Alyssa and I sit down and talk about what it will take to get to Mars, the timeline involved, and her motivations and aspirations here on Earth.


Here’s where you can follow Alyssa:

Official Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn


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HTP Episode 028 – Madison Spencer Engle …and Picard!

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Madison Spencer Engle, who first appeared on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 10 and then again in Episode 22, is a favorite in the Star Trek Cosplay community. Here we wrap up our discussion of Season 1 of Picard, checking our observations from the earlier episodes and seeing how we feel about all the changes to our beloved universe.

Madison frequently does her cosplay to benefit such causes as Hope’s Kids and Walk for the Blind



Here’s where you can keep tabs on Madison, and follow her positivity:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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HTP Episode 027 – Pete Doree

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Independent comic artist Pete Doree has created an amazing tribute story titled “Stan & Jack”, which puts Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the roles of Fantastic Four-Style superheroes. Pete and I sit down and have a chat about his project, as well as our love of Silver- and Bronze-Age comics from Marvel and DC. We also work through our pain points with the Batman movies as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Again, please be sure to order “Stan & Jack” and follow Pete’s Twitter Account. For more of his writing, check out The Kids From Rec. Road, a blog in which Pete is a partner and co-creator.


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HTP Episode 026 – Artie Hoffman

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My journey into the world of science fiction would not be complete without a deep dive into the topic of the paranormal- unexplained phenomena that may be science fact, albeit at a level we can’t yet quantify. Artie Hoffman is a life coach, psychic, and all around great guy. Not only do we get a good talk in about keeping your cool in a crisis, but he does a quick reading on me and definitely gets it right!


Again, please be sure to check out www.artiehoffman.com, Artie’s official website.



Geek Resource: Realm of the Mist – A podcast network full of like-minded shows, that will be carrying Hungry Trilobyte!


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HTP Episode 025 – Michael Mueller


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Director of the 2020 indie film, The E-Listers: Life in the Back Lane, Michael Mueller is one of the most promising independent filmmakers today. His movie is based on the lives and career struggles of
“extras” in the movie industry: people who have non-speaking parts in films. Based in Atlanta, GA, Michael took a script by Edward Reid and delivered a real love letter to people with a passion for making film.


Again, please be sure to check out The E-Listers Movie and watch the trailer early. Michael can be followed at his website, M3 Creative.



Geek Resource: DVD Verdict – Fantastic old-school, no-nonsense DVD and Blu Ray reviews. Has some of my old writing from the mid-2000s.


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HTP Episode 024 – Jack O’Halloran


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Jack O’Halloran is an actor from one of the greatest eras of Hollywood filmmaking. Star of some of my favorite movies, like Superman and Superman II, Jack has some amazing insights into movies. In this episode, he and I discuss working with greats such as Marlon Brando, Chuck Norris, and Robert Mitchum. Jack also shares first-hand experience with the JFK assassination and the rise and fall of the drug war and organized crime. His current novel, Family Legacy, looks to tell the true history of the connection between the Kennedy family and the lives of ordinary Americans in the 20th century.


Again, please be sure to check out Jack’s book, Family Legacy.



Geek Resource: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Literally the best history podcast ever, a great mind for picking apart tons of topics, from the Cold War to the Mongol Invasions.


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HTP Episode 023 – “Captain” Deana Dolphin


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Deana Dolphin, MST3K’s “Fan Ambassador” has become a champion for the show and for getting MSTies around the world together– both online and in real life. Hosting watch parties, live events, and meet-ups, Deana reaches out to fans everywhere. In this episode, she and I talk about her adventures in the fan community, visiting the MST3k set, and her love of Agonywolf Media. Currently, she’s trying to organize the 5th Annual Turkey Day MSTie Meet Up.


Here’s where you can find Deana: Twitter, Instagram, Reddit


Deana’s Facebook page is open to new fans, and here are the groups she admins or in which she’s an active member:

Deana also supports MSTie Minute, another great collection of fans, and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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