HTP Episode 046 – John Lim and Andy Bray


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John Lim and Andy Bray are the authors of the book “Making Fake Star Trek” and its sequel. The books chronicle their portrayals of Sulu and Chekov in the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages, also known as Star Trek: Phase II. In this episode, John and Andy join me for a discussion of the odd historical circumstances that made their show possible, and what it was like to step into the legendary roles.

You can follow John Lim on his official Twitter account. You can follow Andy Bray’s work on Twitter, as well. The book’s official website is MakingFakeStarTrek.com and the two operate a podcast, found here.

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The Life Radio Show 5/12/2020

I had a great time discussing Hungry Trilobyte with Don Smith from The Life Radio Show, out of WWSU. We got to cover a lot of ground on why fandom helps people cope, and how to use it to prompt creativity and positivity. I cover my favorite Treks, analyze the newer Star Wars movies, and gush over MST3k in the 21st century.

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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HTP Episode 019 – Chris “Sampo” Cornell


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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” has been one of the key webmasters for MST3k since websites were still new and different. In this episode, Sampo and I share stories of how fandom has grown since the birth of the modren internet, and how passion for a show can lead you to being involved in the show itself.

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

Twitter, Satellite News

Geek Resource: Satellite News – The site we’ve been talking about all through the episode!

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HTP Episode 017 – Rebecca Hanson


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Rebecca Hanson is an actor and writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000. She portrays the character Synthia as well as being the voice of Gypsy. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, we discuss what it’s like to be a fan of a show and then have the chance to work on it, as well as different comedy styles and creative processes. Lots of good stories about her other MST3K cast-mates!

Here’s where you can check out Rebecca’s work:

Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Official Site

Geek Resource: The Annotated MST – line-by-line explanation of MST3k jokes, sorted by episode.

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HTP Episode 011 – Arch Hall Jr.

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Arch Hall Jr. is known to drive-in movie fans as the star of movies such as Eegah and The Sadist. In this episode, Arch talks about making “drive in” era movies, as well as the guidance his father, Arch Hall Sr., gave him to get started in the business. What was it like making cheap movies in the early 60s?

Here’s where you can keep tabs on Arch Hall Jr.:

Facebook, Arch’s Personal Website

Geek Resources:

Archive.org – A fantastic place to find any kind of data that’s been abandoned to the basements of the internet. Old movies, old recordings, website copies, and so much more.

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HTP Episode 007 – Rick Sloane

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Rick Sloane is the filmmaker behind such movies as Blood Theatre, Hobgoblins (and likewise the MST3K episode featuring it) , and the Vice Academy series. In this discussion, we get into the challenges of filmmaking with few resources, as well as the differences between film school and the real world.

Here’s where you can keep tabs on Rick and his work:

Facebook, RiffTrax, RickSloane.com (an unofficial site, but a very good one)

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HTP Episode 004 – Jackey Raye Neyman Jones

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Jackey Raye Neyman Jones portrayed Debbie, the young girl in Manos: The Hands of Fate, a film known to history as one of the worst movies ever made and a cornerstone of Mystery Science Theater 3000 lore. In recent years, Jackey has done an amazing job telling the story of the movie’s bizarre production with her book, Growing Up with Manos, as well as describing the challenges in her personal life through her art and blogs. In May of 2019, she announced her new web series, Manos: The Debbie Chronicles.

Be sure to follow Jackey at the following sites:

Facebook (Jackey Raye Neyman Jones), Facebook (Manos: The Debbie Chronicles), Twitter, Jackey’s Arts

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Long Live Shiny Discs!

Like most MST3K fans, who still haven’t come to terms with the fact that their favorite TV show ended 15 years ago, I love RiffTrax.  While I can’t turn on the TV and see a new episode, I can at least download a movie or a short featuring the same talent.   So imagine my glee when RiffTrax decided to take on all 15 chapters of  the 1949 Batman serial.  Yes, even before Adam West was Batman, there was Robert Lowery in the cape and cowl (and truth be told, Lewis Wilson played the part prior to Lowery).  This serial has always been one of my favorite live-action iterations of Batman.

So I was excited to see RiffTrax tackle it, and the preview looked really promising.  However, I held off on buying the shorts, because for something I’d enjoy that much, I’d love to have it on an actual DVD.  I waited patiently for them to finish the whole series, and then longer for them to release a disc.  Then I decided to just ask if a disc was in the works.

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That’s a little distressing.  Look, I know I can buy movies as downloads and streaming, but I don’t consider it to be as good.  Not only does the bitrate tend to be reduced, but when I have a physical disc, I don’t have to worry about my hard drive failing or losing the rights to play the movie because of a DRM issue.  In addition, I can make my own digital file from a disc, so by purchasing a disc, I get the best of both worlds.  By pushing us toward downloads and streaming only, I think content providers are ultimately going to be giving us less for more money.

This isn’t intended to pick on RiffTrax in particular, who are in fact releasing a DVD of the Batman shorts.  There are FAR worse offenders when it comes to trying to force consumers to adopt streaming as a standard.  And, to be honest, many consumers don’t need to be forced and are happy to give up discs for good.  I just don’t see a world without physical media as a total win.   If you saw my movie collection, you’d know why.  I have tons of obscure movies and TV shows, which might have been worth printing in a small run, but would never be worth keeping as content in a streaming service (it costs money to run servers, and to maintain distribution rights).  Why should I make my ability to watch something dependent on someone else’s ability to renew a contract?  With a movie on physical media, that’s never a concern.

So thank you, RiffTrax, for providing both options.   I’ll think of you the next time Netflix irritates a bunch of subscribers by dropping a popular show.