The Rusted Robot Podcast Founded in 2014, The Rusted Robot Podcast is a current events style show, where we discuss the latest in pop culture entertainment. We are your weekly dose of geek-style pop culture news, with a focus on comics, trailers, casting news, science breakthroughs and anything robot related.

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  • STAR TREK Is My DNA - 276
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on January 26, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Star Trek Picard is here! Join us for the latest Trek news, reviews, opinions, and more! STAR TREK: PICARD returns us to the life of our beloved captain. Retired from Starfleet, he's a man without a purpose. The series picks up on the eve of his newfound purpose. We talk about where the show could be heading and give our thoughts on the premiere episode. We are also happy to announce that season 2 has already been announced. Is there such a thing as too much Star Trek? Discovery has not yet released season 3, but season 4 has been announced. Section 31 is in pre-production. 2 more live action series are in the works! Other Stuff: Sony announces Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse sequel Crisis on Infinite Earths review Dawson's Creek and pointless drama Bloodshot trailer review Morbius trailer review Vivarium trailer review Dan Hitch gives us his work / spaceship scenario RIP Terry Jones 1942 - 2020 This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks

  • Two Girls, One Mars - 275
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on January 12, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Pure silliness this week as brother Robin fills in for a sick Josh. We are talking all the latest in pop culture, including some topics we rarely, if ever, touch upon. Star Trek Picard and the connection to the latest Short Trek "Children of Mars" in which we learn about the rogue army of synthetics. Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker could be getting a 3 hour director's cut. Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover even is wrapping up this week. Disney+ news includes The Mandalorian, the upcoming Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor and featuring Jar Jar, and the new Jeff Goldblum show. FOX is open to returning to the universe of Firefly. Could a renewal/reboot be on the horizon? Dr. Strange 2 has a shake up on set as the original director steps down. Undone on Amazon Prime is a weird series involving time travel and dead people. Jaoquin Phoenix wins Golden Globe for best actor in Joker, and Jared Leto is cast as Morbius in Sony's spider-Man universe. Stranger Things 4th season has begun filming, but the release date has yet to be determined. LeVar Burton releases a video series on racism called Black in America. Wrestling is discussed as Robin is a huge fan. He also really enjoys the latest song from Ozzy Osborne. The New Mutants trailer is released. After being pushed back multiple times, it will now apparently be released on April 3. Color Out Of Space is the new film from Nicolas Cage. It's based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and could be the first in a series. Star Trek's Noah Hawley says the next movie will be a return to form and may not include the cast from the last few films. RIP Neil Peart 1952 - 2020 This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast

  • Six Year Anniversary Show - 274
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on January 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Celebrating 6 years of podcasting in the Rusted Robot tradition. It's our super special six year anniversary show! Join us for a look back at the major movies and events in the world of pop culture. We have been podcasting since the beginning of 2014. So this week, because the pop culture landscape is currently a barren wasteland, we break down what happened year by year. Some of the items we touch on include: Charlie Sheen reveals he has AIDS the #metoo movement Trump is elected president tide pods Harry and Meghan's royal wedding the Kardashians Toys R Us goes bankrupt Greta Thunberg tries to save the planet storming Area 51 and more... Josh explains some of the political stuff behind the possibility of World War 3 and the issue between Iran and the USA. Star Trek Short Treks and the trailer for "Children of Mars" A Quiet Place 2 releases a trailer. Don't forget your submissions for our hypothetical workplace as starship scenario! This week's podcast promo: Earth Station DCU

  • 2019 Science Fiction Film Wrap Up - 273
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 29, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    A run down of all the sci-fi films released in 2019. What did we see? What did we enjoy or hate? Which ones didn't even make our radar? Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Shawn saw the film, but Josh and Kitty have not. We have our non-spoiler take on the film. Avatar will be re-released in theatres. James Cameron is hoping to take back the top spot at the box office. We also have some sequel news. Spider-Ham issue number 1 is now in comic book stores. Kitty has some information about this book. Lost In Space season 2 is out. Shawn binged it all in 2 days. Hear what he thinks. Picard tv spot trailer. It's 30 seconds. We can't wait. 2019 science fiction films. There were quite a few. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who

  • Wonder Woman and the Steve/Chris Dynamic - 272
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 15, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Ghostbusters, Wonder Woman, Water on Mars, Batman, Spider-Man and more! There's a Keanu Reeves movie showdown in the works. John Wick 4 and the Matrix 4 both starring Keanu are set to be released on the same day in 2021. NASA finds water ice on Mars that you can dig up with a shovel. But will Elon Musk's SpaceX beat NASA to the prize? Stargirl is coming to the CW this Spring. We have the trailer! Ghostbusters Afterlife reveals the first trailer. It has Paul Rudd so it can't be bad! Wonder Woman 1984 finally has a trailer. How is Chris Pine back as Steve Trevor? We wonder why only a Chris can play a Steve and somehow survivie for 70ish years. Batman the White Knight comic presents the Von Freeze one shot. Ghost Spider and the entire universe of Spider-Man comics are discussed. Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels have been translated to the movie screen starring Tom Cruise. Cruise is definitely not Jack Reacher. We're also talking about the health concerns of vaping as opposed to smoking. And we have some wonderful feedback. What's the difference between a theory and a hypothesis? We have the answer! Carol Spinney 1933 - 2019 Rene Auberjonois 1940 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

  • The Hype Is Real - 271
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 8, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Star Wars, Apes, Star Trek, Mr. Rogers, Black Widow, James Bond and more! The hype is real when it comes to The Mandalorian. Both Josh and Shawn have seen all the episodes that have been released. Shawn was late to the party but now he has jumped on board the baby Yoda bandwagon. An engaging discussion follows in which the hosts debate the merits of the show, and the controversy surrounding baby Yoda and Rey. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie review. While the film is pretty decent, it is not what you would expect based on the trailers. Tom Hanks does a good job portraying Fred Rogers, but he never transcends the role. The Boys releases the first teaser trailer for season 2. It looks like a great deal of fun. There will be drinking and blood, and fighting and chases. No Time To Die is the latest film in the Bond series. This could be Daniel Craig's last outing as Bond. The trailer is not very coherent. Black Widow is coming to theatres in the Spring. Looks to be a passable film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will it be good? Have to wait and see. The Watchmen is on HBO. Josh has seen it. He is not sure what he is supposed to take from these first few episodes. Planet of the Apes may be coming back to theatres. Now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, they want to start using the properties. Will it be a continuation or a reboot? No one is saying. Viacom and CBS finalize their merger. All the Star Trek properties are under one roof again. It's exciting. RIP: Robert Walker Jr. 1940 - 2019 Dorothy D.C. Fontana 1939 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: Double Edged, Double Bill

  • Baby Yoda in the Space Western - 270
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 1, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, Star Trek, TMNT! Baby Yoda is here. The memes are everywhere. Werner Herzog is in love with the Yoda puppet. The Mandalorian is a space western. The merchandise is about to invade and everyone wants a baby Yoda plushie! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be here in a few weeks. The latest teaser clip shows us flying stormtroopers. Yes, they can fly now! Star Trek's latest comic book is Picard Countdown. The first issue is out now and we know where Geordi Laforge has been. Section 31 has assembled its writer's room. We talk terrible plot points in Trek movies, Josh complains about Section 31 and the ideals of the Federation. We contrast Star Trek with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The humpback whales are making a great recovery. Thank you Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home! A Play On Nerds podcast is changing its format. A great shout out to Steve and Jarman! This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast

  • An Intro to Babylon 5 - 269
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Babylon 5 is our main topic, but we are also covering Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Tesla and more! The Babylon project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war, by creating a place where humans and aliens can work out their differences ... It became an incredible, ambitious show. The Rusted crew gives you an overview and introduction to the series which ran from 1994 to 1999. We talk about the plot, setting, characters, CGI, its realism, and the followup series Crusade. Elon Musk recently unveiled Tesla's Cybertruck. The truck has its fans and its haters. One thing is for sure, it's getting a lot of attention. Doctor Who! The series is returning on New Years Day. We discuss our favourite doctors and give our thoughts on the most recent season. Star Trek's fourth movie in the JJ-verse has found its director. Noah Hawley is set to write and produce the film which will see Chris Pine return as Kirk. No word on plot or release date. Star Wars! Jon Favreau will be directing the Star Wars universe for the forseeable future. He is set to become the creative director of the franchise, much like Kevin Feige in the Marvel universe. Nicolas Cage is set to play Nicolas Cage. There is a meta movie coming soon loosely based on the actor's life. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent see Nic Cage trying to get into the next movie from Quentin Tarantino. RIP Michael J. Pollard 1939 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: CasterQuest

  • Desert Island Star Trek - 268
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Desert Island Star Trek. What is that? This week, we take a look back in time. The year was 2014. The Rusted Robot Podcast was less than a year old. We were trying to make a name for ourselves by guesting on as many other podcasts as we could. The Ten Forward Podcast is the reason the Rusted Robot exists. If not for Sina and her crew, no one would have heard of us. This episode is the second time we came on as guests. Shawn spoke with Paul and Jarman about his 5 favourite episodes of Star Trek. The 5 episodes he would take if he were stranded on a desert island...hence, Desert Island Star Trek! Who knew that 5 years later Shawn, Jarman and Paul would have all become such amazing friends. Get ready for a trip down memory lane. The nostalgia engines are running hot! This is Shawn's Desert Island Star Trek! This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

  • Why Did Earth Explode - 267
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 10, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Humanity will always be destroyed by robots. The time lines are ragged, but there's no time for grief--we gotta live! So why did the Earth explode? Let's find out! Terminator Dark Fate review. Shawn watched the movie and gives an in depth review of the film. There are spoilers from 9:31 until the 16 minute mark. Josh gives us a quick round up of the Anime he's been watching. Peter Cullen to receive a lifetime achievement award for voice acting. Another Life gets a second season order from Netflix. The Invisible Man trailer. The Dragon Prince season 3 trailer. 3022 trailer. The Batman cast announcements are coming and they're impressive. Darkside Collectibles 1/3 scale Captain Spock statue. This week's podcast promo: ESDCU

  • That Star Wars Feeling - 266
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    A heavy focus on that Star Wars feeling this week! We have the latest news on what is happening with the Star Wars franchise. Those guys from Game of Thrones are out! And we sprinkle Star Wars references throughout the episode. Jumanji The Next Level releases its final trailer. What do we think? Little Joe's trailer gives us a lot to talk about. The idea brings back memories of the original Star Trek episode, This Side of Paradise. Daybreak on Netflix has a lot going for it. Into The Spider-Verse 2 has a release date. Also in this episode, we chat about Hallowe'en, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, Pokemon and Magic cards and turning cards into a Turing computer. We also talk about Josh in the dating game and several other podcasts. Podcasts mentioned this week include Lore, Tales, Mission Log, Soul Forge, A Play on Nerds, and LeVar Burton Reads. This week's podcast promo: Nerdlanta

  • Space Guns and Subverted Expectations - 265
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Not another Hallowe'en Special! After talking about some local events, such as the NOE Hallowe'en dance, and the Night Terrors Film Fest, we transition over to space news, trailers, and a special report on War of the Worlds. Quantum Supremacy. NASA and Google have achieved a milestone in quantum computing. A quick review of The Exorcist and An American Werewolf in London. Our UK Correspondant gives us a special history lesson on H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. This leads us into a talk about magazines from the 1800s and space travel. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker released the final trailer. We have a few things to say about it. BLOODSHOT is the latest trailer starring Vin Diesel. Is it a remake of Universal Soldier? Could it be something more? In Star Trek and space news, we see the new admiral uniform for Jean-Luc Picard. NASA has new space suits and the first ever all female spacewalk just occurred. Thunder Force is an upcoming Netflix superhero film starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. We are hoping it's not all fat jokes. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

  • Ghosts, Demons, Zombies & Vampires - 264
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Trailers, superheroes, monsters, casting news and film festivals! We are talking about Stephen King movies. We are talking about ghosts, demons, zombies, vampires and other monsters. With a fun discussion about our favourite Stephen King movies or miniseries. Pet Sematary was the latest film to be featured at Timmins' Night Terrors Film Fest. Does anyone remember Golden Years? The Turning trailer is extra dark and extra creepy. No idea what is happening but it involves children, their nanny, and an old mansion. Venom 2 casts Naomie Harris at Shriek. Zoe Kravitz is cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves' The Batman. The red band trailer for Terminator Dark Fate is here. We have a fun discussion about Linda Hamilton, and the life-like mass of the robots. Robert Downey Jr is Doolittle. The trailer is here and we have it. CGI and talking animals are always a winning combination. Jessica Jones and Marvel and Netflix. We're wrapping up our discussion because there are no more series to watch. This week's podcast promo: Terminus Doctor Who Podcast

  • Tea Party With A Corpse - 263
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Star Trek, Star Wars, Anime, Reboots, Spinoffs and more! New York Comic Con released all the trailers last weekend. This weekend we have some serious discussions about these trailers. Star Trek Picard - this trailer gave us the feels. We break down certain aspects that leave us with some serious questions. Star Trek Discovery - a quick trailer for season 3 with some fascinating ideas. Josh hates it. Shawn loves it. What is actually happening? Lost in Space - a perplexing trailer for season 2. We have no idea as to the story. All we know is that Will is looking for his robot. Star Trek Short Treks are back. Batwoman premiered last weekend. It was mediocre at best, but more viewing is required for a better opinion. Anime news from Josh. He watched the first episodes of No Gun Life, and Welcome to Demon School. Wedge Antilles to return in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. Animaniacs original voice cast to return for the reboot in 2020 on Hulu. John Wick - the franchise is getting a female-centric spinoff with the upcoming film Ballerina. Harley Quinn is featured in the new trailer for Birds of Prey. It looks difficult to watch. David Harbour wants to reboot and star in a remake of Con Air. Fright Night was the film of the week at the most recent Night Terrors Film Fest showing here in Timmins. RIP Alexei Leonov - the first person to walk in space 1934 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: PWR Spot Show

  • Stan Lee, SpaceX, Spider-Man, NYCC and More - 262
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Spider-Man is back in the MCU, Stan Lee is becoming an action figure, Elon Musk is buidling a starship, and trailers are dropping everywhere! Star Trek Picard dropped a teaser trailer before we started recording. Then they released a full trailer. Star Trek Discovery released its season 3 trailer. Lost in Space season 2 is coming to Netflix on December 24th. Stan Lee is being honored by Hasbro. A six inch action figure will be sold in the Spring of 2020 for about $24.99 Elon Musk says his SpaceX Starship will be ready for launch in about 6 months. Astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe to be commemorated with a $1 silver coin in 2021 to mark the 35th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Disney and Sony reach a deal. Spider-Man will be featured in a 3rd film in the Homecoming series. We discuss The War of the Worlds trailer. The series is coming to BBC One. We've seen the first episode of Evil and will continue watching. Disenchantment and Wu Assassins on Netflix are pretty great. Pippi Longstocking will be getting another movie. Anime is here again! Josh gives us a breakdown on the new season of anime shows. Local stuff: Steel City Nerdcon, Night Terrors Film Fest, NOE Halloween Dance and Timmins Symphony Orchestra. Josh tells us about his recent hunting trip. This week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss, and ESO Patreon

  • Area 51 Live On Location - 261
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 22, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    The raid on Area 51 took place this weekend and the Rusted Robot Podcast was live on location to bring you all of the details! We go inside the gates to get you, our loyal listeners, all of the classified information. Batman Day is September 21st. We have some Batman stories to share with all of you. Steel City Nerd Con is coming next weekend. Shawn and Robin will be in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to take part in the event. Come join them at the Bushplane Heritage Museum. Rambo Last Blood. Is this Rambo's final mission? Shawn has seen the film and he is not certain that there will be no more Rambo stories. Was it a good film? No. Was it entertaining? Yes. Star Trek Discovery wins its first Emmy Award. We have those details, and the information regarding its recent wins at the Saturn Awards. Robert Downey Jr. is coming back to the MCU. He is set to play Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming Black Widow origin film. Battlestar Galactica is coming back to TV screens. NBC's new streaming service, Peacock, is looking to tell more stories in the BSG universe. DCTV is coming back. We talk about the crossover event, Batwoman and the end of Arrow. Star Trek Picard could start filming season 2 as early as March 2020. Raising Dion trailer. Netflix has a new superhero show coming this fall. Hell On Wheels was an amazing series on AMC. Shawn has finished watching it and gives his take. All Elite Wrestling will be debuting a new show in 10 days. Robin is excited. Aron Eisenberg 1969 - 2019. We play a YouTube tribute from TriAngulum Audio Studios This week's podcast promo: Geekly Oddcast

  • Horror Films & Night Terrors
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    In depth look at horror films. This week's podcast will discuss Timmins' Night Terrors Film Fest, the best horror films of the year, Paul's top 10 science fiction films, some TV and more. Devil's Revenge trailer. William Shatner and Jeri Ryan star in this direct to video film. It looks bad. It looks cheesy. We will watch it on a lazy Sunday afternoon. TV show discussion. Robin finally got around to watching Dark Matter on Netflix, and he gives us his opinion. Eddie tells us a bit about season 3 of Glow. It Chapter 2 is now in the theatre. Eddie has seen it. He gives us his breakdown, opinion and a rating. Our UK Correspondant Paul (Firbob) Wright hits us with his top 10 favourite sci fi films of all time. Eddie fills us in on the best horror films of the year. He gives us his top 5 favourite classic horror films. And he tells us all about the Night Terrors Film Fest being held this October here in Timmins. We have the cast details for the upcoming Suicide Squad film. RIP Eddie Money 1949 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon

  • Joker, DragonCon, Toys, Dinosaurs and Mead - 259
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 9, 2019 at 12:09 am

    DragonCon 2019 wrap-up, movie trailers, toys, time travel and drinks! This week we discuss Shawn's travel to Atlanta for DragonCon 2019. As we talk about the week's geeky topics, we throw in several DragonCon anecdotes. We talk about the panels and the people at this year's convention. Terminator Dark Fate released a trailer and we discuss all the relevant details. We relate this film to those that have come before it. Are we excited? What are we most looking forward to? Is Linda Hamilton still hot? Joker. The last trailer is here. We give the film a solid discussion. Top 10 movie feedback. Mike from the Gatecast podcast (@jarrak on Twitter) responds to last week's episode with his own favourite films. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have a new limited run comic book series. Kitty from Jump City Comics gives us all the details. Season 3 of The Toys That Made Us is coming soon to Netflix. We have the release date and details on the upcoming episodes. Other random items on this episode include BH90210, Another Life, The Matrix 4, and the Johns of action films. We have our answers to the time travel scenario that Josh posited in our recent hypothetical. And we discuss bees, weddings, the origin of the honeymoon, sweet tea and mead. This week's podcast promos: Thundertalk, and Double Edged Double Bill

  • Shawn's Top 10 Science Fiction Movies - 258
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    The best science fiction films according to host Shawn! The only criteria for this list: the movies have to have been produced before the year 2000 so as to have achieved some sort of classic status. We do discuss some recent films in our honourable mention category. Sit back and relax as Shawn tells you why these films are his favourites. This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks

  • The British Invasion - 257
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on August 25, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Paul and Dan from jolly ole England take over the podcast for a special extended edition of the UK Correspondant feature. The UK boys are talking about all kinds of geek-centric things. First they start off with a bit about their lives and who they are, including an in depth chat about the Naval dockyard that Dan works at. As this episode was recorded on August 19th, they talk about famous people born on that date. This includes Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Two Star Trek stars born on that day include Jonathan Frakes and Diana Muldaur. Orville Wright was also born on the same day which leads our hosts into some chatter about flight. Paul talks about the Hollywood studio zone and how this has affected film production over the decades. Dan brings us news about biodiversity and the possible extinction of bananas. We learn about the wisemen of Gotham and how this ties into the Gotham of the DC Comics Batman universe. Netflix has a new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe television series in the works. It is coming from the mind of Kevin Smith. The episode is finished with talk about orbital refueling and an upcoming Star Trek podcast hosted by Daniel Peter Hitch. This week's podcast promo: Geekly Oddcast