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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  • 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 B

  • 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

  • The One Where Shawn Gets Shot - 256
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on August 18, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Movies, casting news, guns, TV shows and books! This week we're talking about some old television shows you may remember, such as Babylon 5, Se7en Days, Roswell, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We also talk about Rambo, Kidnap, Plastic Crack, eBay and Amazon. In comic book news we have the story of Spider-Gwen and the Spider-Verse. Stay tuned for Gwen's new name and comic book title, Ghost Spider. Our book this week is a graphic novel, fairy tale type story called Little Red Wolf. Kitty has all the details. Josh tells us about his favourite new anime. It's called Food Wars and it's all about cooking challenges. Josh also regales us with talk about guns and skeet shooting. Ewan McGregor is rumoured to be cast once again as Obi Wan Kenobi. However, it won't be a Star Wars movie, it will be a 6 episode series on Disney+ Wesley Snipes is reportedly going to be playing Dracula in the reboot of Marvel's Blade. World Art Drop Day is coming soon. Spread some positive vibes in the world by participating. This week we lost: Peter Fonda 1940 - 2019 Barbara March 1953 -2019 This week's podcast promo: Flopcast &nbs

  • The Sound of Science Fiction - 255
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on August 11, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Movies, television, science fiction, fantasy, and real life. The Rusted Robot Podcast has you covered in all categories. This week we try to calculate the Dragon Con equation. What is the best way to get there from here? The Boys is on Amazon Video and we have seen it. We give our take on the series and provide you with some warnings just in case you are easily offended. Another Life on Netflix. Shawn loved it. Josh couldn't finish it. Why do the hosts have such differing opinions? Tune in to find out! In science headlines we talk about the possibility of life beyond Earth. There may be a habitable planet a mere 31 light years away. Sound engineers have a unique job in movie making. We take a look behind the scenes when it comes to the sounds of science fiction. Event Horizon is a cult classic film from the year 1997. Amazon wants to bring it back to life as a television series. How can this possibly work? In real life, Josh recently had a birthday and Shawn gives him a gift live on the air. Shawn went roller skating for the first time this century. And we talk about some movies we have seen recently such as It, Anna and the Apocalypse, Repli-Kate, Robot and Frank. This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos

  • Pop Culture Police - 254
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on August 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Brother Robin joins Shawn to talk about the latest in pop culture. Quentin Tarantino and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood are discussed and dissected. There is also speculation on a Tarantino Star Trek future. Another Life on Netflix. The show has been watched and our opinions vary regarding its watchabllity. The Boys is a superhero show with a twist on Amazon. We haven't watched it yet, but we play the violent, swear-filled trailer at the end of the episode. Robin talks a little bit about his life since quitting podcasting and moving up to Timmins to live with his big brother. We have an idea for a new podcast that we could co-host together. We call it the Pop Culture Police Podcast.  A mini review of the Spider-Man video game on the PS4. A story about Shawn's recent venture playing a robot on a blind date to help our friend Karen with an item for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt. Dragon Con is a major convention in Atlanta at the end of August. Shawn has a chance to go. Star Trek Wine and the Star Trek headlines of the week. The Arrowverse and the crossover event of Crisis of Infinite Earths is coming this fall and Robin is extremly excited about it. Wesley Snipes, Blade and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Special shout out to the boys from the A Play On Nerds podcast. This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds

  • So Furry It Tickles - 253
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on July 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Marvel, Star Trek, time travel, trailers and more! Marvel announces all the movies in the MCU for the next 2 upcoming years, Stan Lee will get part of a street in the Bronx named after him due to a recent vote by the New York City council, Wesley Snipes responds to Marvel recasting his Blade character, X-Men Dark Phoenix is getting rebranded for its home video release in hopes of making a profit, Zombieland 2: Double Tap trailer A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood trailer Star Trek Short Trek Comic Con trailer Star Trek Picard trailer Levar Burton Reads podcast discussion, Mumm Ra statue review from Sideshow Toys, Terminator style time travel hypothetical scenario question Jeremy Kemp 1935 - 2019 Rutger Hauer 1944 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

  • To The Moon & Beyond - 252
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on July 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! San Diego Comic Con news, and the July issue of the UK Correspondant. 50 years after Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, conspiracy theories, jobs and money on the moon colonies, the recent lunar eclipse, going back to the moon. Were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles monsters? The Walking Dead movie is going to theatres. Edward Furlong will return as John Connor in Terminator Dark Fate. Star Trek headlines of the week and the Picard trailer. Cats - the musical as a theatrical film. The Movies That Made Us coming to Netflix. Mattel to release the Origins Line of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in late 2020. With all new sculpts and more points of articulation, they will be available at the same time as the new MOTU film. Childhood toy memories. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes movie reboot starts filming. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot movie lists an impressive cast. Brandon Routh will once again be playing Superman in the DCTV Crisis on Infimite Earths tv event this fall. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station On

  • Space Dogs and Moon Treks - 251
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on July 14, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Robots, dogs, movies, Area 51, the postal system and Star Trek! Happy 79th birthday to Patrick Stewart, and happy Con Air Day to the rest of you. On this episode we discuss random movie memories from childhood, Josh tells us about the oddities of the Japanese postal system, and we take a look at the latest TV and movie news. We also say goodbye to our favourite nerdy website, ThinkGeek. Area 51 - it looks as though the Army of Unfuckable Hate Nerds are set to storm Area 51 on September 20th in order to get 'the truth' India is set to launch a space probe that will land on the Moon's south pole in early September. Further launches hope to see them land people on the moon in 2022. Another Life - we discuss the trailer for the Neflix orginal series starring Katee Sackhoff. The series drops on July 25. Doctor Who's K-9 will be getting its own children's show. No word on who is producing the series or when it will be released. Also no word on if the Doctor will be seen or referenced. Mortal Kombat - the new movie that is coming in 2021 has been confirmed to be R-rated, and will included Fatalities. In Star Trek news, Star Trek Picard has released a teaser poster. It's a man and his dog. The art looks great. Fans are busy speculating and ripping the poster apart for meaning. Trek author David Mack has been named as consultant on the upcoming animated Trek series Lower Decks. He is also involved in either the new Nickelodeon children's CG Trek, or another altogether third cartoon Trek. RIP: Eddie Jones 1934 - 2019 Rip Torn 1931 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: Myopia Defend Your Childhood

  • Even Dead I'm The Hero - 250
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on July 7, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Spider-Man Far From Home review, comic book and movie news, and action figures! This week on the podcast, we are celebrating our 250th episode. We have feedback and segment suggestions. We have a couple of movies to discuss. And as always, we are having a great time, drinking tea, and laughing. Spider-Man Far From Home - a look at the film, some discussion, and our reviews, Star Trek Picard names Michael Chaban as showrunner, Expendables 4 update, Charlie's Angels, Jumanji Next Level, I Am Mother, Hell on Wheels, Star Trek action figures and Lord of the Rings, Comic book news: Katie tells us about the new Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen comics that are our and on the way. We also learn all about the graphic novel Manfred the Man - Manfred Saves the Day. This week's podcast promo: DragonCon Khan Report

  • What We Left Behind - 249
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 30, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a divisive series. Some fans absolutely love it, while others do not consider it to be very trekkie. No matter your opinion, it is an essential component of the Star Trek universe. Last month saw the release of the documentary about the series. Friend of the podcast, Daniel Peter Hitch, has seen the film and gives us 2 reviews. After some pop culture news of the week, our episode will feature a 7 minute, spoiler-free review of the documentary. After a promo for another podcast here on the ESO Network, Dan gives us a 24 minute spoiler-filled review. Danny Boyle says there is a new 28 Days Later film in the working stages, Star Trek Discovery season 3 to feature a non-binary character, RIP Max Wright (Willie Tanner from ALF) 1943 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: Terminus Doctor Who Podcast

  • Finger Licking Science - 248
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 23, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Space, the future, movies, coffee and finger licking science! This week the crew takes a look at some various science news. We've got t-shirts, and we are going back to the moon and the theatre. NASA's Artemis mission is set to return astronauts to the moon starting in 2024. With an increased budget, the space agency is set to have a permanent presence on Luna by 2028. And this time, they want to include women for these moon missions. Avengers Endgame will be returning to theatres this week with new footage. The movie will include about 6 minutes of deleted scenes, a tribute and an end credit sequence. The film is just shy of Avatar's box office record. In news closer to home, Shawn is trying a bulletproof coffee recipe in hopes of increasing his energy levels. Josh is experimenting with Mead and it should be ready in about a month. We also talk about how unhygenic scientists licked their fingers and discovered artificial sweeteners. Teegarden's star is only 12.5 lightyears away. The exciting bit is that it has at least 2 planets in the potential habitable zone. It's not that far, and there could be life! In comic news, Kitty tells us about a new Usagi Yojimbo 3 part series. And next week sees the release of a Peter Porker Spider-Ham comic. In random news, we discuss government space budgets, space elevators, carbon nano tubes, and active support structures. We finish off with a look at the timeline of futuristic movies. Peter Allan Fields 1935 - 2019 The ESO Network has a teepublic store for all your t-shirt needs. This week's podcast promo: Nerdy Laser

  • History of the Future - 247
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Retro futurism and the history of tomorrow! The future is here! The Wandering Earth is this year's Chinese sci-fi smash hit. It's on Netflix and we give the film an in depth review. Starfleet on Mars? There is a dune on Mars that sort of looks like the symbol of Starfleet from Star Trek. It's all over the news and geek sites. So naturally, we talk about it too! Tarantino's Star Trek! This time we cover the non-news of Tarantino's R-rated Trek film. Yes, there's a script. No it hasn't been given the greenlight from Paramount. No one knows what it's about or who is in it. The golden age of futurism. Our UK correspondant gives us a great look at the optimism of the 1950s and 1960s. Techno utopian dreams, flying carpet cars, the classroom of tomorrow - distance learning, CCTV and the police state, electric and solar cars, self-driving cars, wall-to-wall TV, unlimited media and more Other topics of discussion include mass transit systems, Lucifer, Jessica Jones and David Brin's Uplift series of books. This week's podcast promo: Caster Quest &nbs

  • The Kitty Cat Distraction - 246
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 9, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Trailers, toys and movie reviews! And a cat who wants to be a podcaster... Godzilla King of the Monsters review, X-Men Dark Phoenix review, Detective Pikacho review, Marvel Box Sets, X-Men Animated series to get possible continuation, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer, Ad Astra trailer, Lego Lunar Lander set, Lady Jason PVC statue, Sexy Halloween costumes, The Mid Winter Witch comic This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos

  • Splitting Timelines - 245
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 2, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    This week we are splitting the timelines and everyone is becoming Sam. John Wick 3 - Shawn has seen the film and gives you a spoiler-free review and rating. Detective Pikacho - Josh tells us that his wife has seen the film and enjoyed it. STAR TREK: The Picard series teaser trailer has been released and we break it down and discuss our thoughts and speculations. There is a rumour that Brent Spiner may somehow reprise his role as Data. And we have release date details for the Deep Space Nine documentary, What We Left Behind. X-Men's Dark Phoenix will be released next week, and Godzilla King of the Monsters is out now and we talk about its Rotten Tomatoes score and box office so far. Terminator Dark Fate - the trailer is out and we have some thoughts on where they are taking the franchise next. Rambo Last Blood - the first trailer for John Rambo's last adventure has been released. We have some mixed reactions but believe it is going to be full of action. Future Travel - our UK Correspondant has a report on the future of planetary rocket travel and the hyperloop. Masters of the Universe - we have a teaser poster and possible release date for the film. Quantum Leap - long lost footage of the series finale has just surfaced. Alien - Ridley Scott is writing the script for an upcoming Alien prequel. This week's podcast promo: Nerd Bliss Podcast

  • It's Only Leaking Sunshine - 244
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on May 12, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Mothers of science fiction and fantasy. We start out the episode with a look at some good and some bad mothers in our favourite genres. Who makes the lists? Well you're going to have to listen to the podcast to find that out silly! But stay tuned for the huge discussion we have regarding Sarah Connor, the mother of John and the human rebellion against Skynet. Star Wars and Avatar. Disney has announced the upcoming release dates well into the end of the next decade. We speculate on the stories these movies are going to tell. NASA is working on soft robots to do the dirty work in space. They could soon be on the surface of the moon and Mars. Star Trek cats! That's right, Chronicle Collectibles has released their line up of 3 Star Trek feline statues. You can pre-order them now if that's your thing. Mumm Ra and Cheese. Shawn and Kitty talk about their emotional upheavals and their connections to strange things like cheese and toys. CBS has created the Star Trek Global Franchise group to expand the Trek brand. We will be getting all kinds of neat things like podcasts and an updated website. And probably lots of other things that we do not know about yet. Maybe Star Trek concerts! Upcoming movies: Men In Black International trailer 2 Spiderman Far From Home trailer 2 John Wick 3 has a near perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

  • Chewbacca, Twinkies & Comic Books - 243
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on May 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    We lost Chewbacca, but we got free comic books. It's not an even trade, but you have to find the good where you can. Peter Mayhew 1944 - 2019 (RIP Chewbacca) Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day were both held on May 4th and we have the info, the details and the excitement. TV Stuff: talking about the season 2 finale of The Orville which resulted in quite the discussion about robots such as Cylons, the Kaylon, the Borg, Cybermen and Daleks. Game of Thrones is in the middle of season 8 and we touch on this briefly as neither host has watched it yet. Naturally we discuss many aspects of Star Trek including several of the movies, in addition to the various television series. We also wrap up season 8 of Voltron and we decide that giant fighting robots are awesome. Captain Picard Facepalm Bust. New from ThinkGeek. This thing looks amazing and we nearly order one during the episode. Josh has seen Avengers Endgame and gives us a spoiler-free review and reveals his surprising rivet rating for the film. Shawn watched Prospect on Netflix. We played the trailer about a month ago and our review is here. Sonic The Hedgehog trailer. We talk about the timing of the film and the controversy regarding the rendering of the character. We finish off with a fun discussion regarding the upcoming Dora the Explorer movie. We have some concerns about Dora's mental health. This week's podcast promo: Soul Forge Podcast

  • Star Wars, Dinosaurs & End Games - 242
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on April 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Spoiler-free discussions about all the pop culture things! We have robots, dinosaurs, Star Wars, Star Trek Discovery, Anime and more this week. So the universe is not as old as we thought. And it's expanding faster than expected. Free Comic Book Day is on Star Wars Day this year (May 4th) Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. The trailer was releases a couple weeks ago. We have some ideas, speculation, and things to say about this upcoming film that is set to end the Skywalker saga after 42 years. Avengers: Endgame breaks all the records as expected. Other endings this year include Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, and Santa Clarita Diet. Star Trek News: Discovery finishes up season 2 with a bang, a cliffhanger of sorts, a look at beardless Spock and fans clamoring for a Captain Pike series. Nickelodeon has plans for a CG-animated Star Trek show based on a group of lawless teenagers who discover a derelict Starfleet vessel. No name or release date as of yet. What We Left Behind. The Star Trek Deep Space Nine documentary will be released to theatres for one day only on May 13th. Looks like a great, informative film. Shane Rimmer. Our UK Correspondent Paul Wright gives us some amazing background on an actor we lost late last month. The Velocipastor. This trailer looks insanely funny, crude and amazing. A definite B movie, but seems like a great time at the theatre. Lost In Space comes to DVD on June 4th. We wrap up with a chat about Anime. Josh has multiple recommendations this week. This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon

  • Kittens Are Better Than Movies - 241
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on April 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Kittens are better than movies according to Kitty. Do we believe her? You'll have to listen to find out! This week we record a quick and dirty's getting late and there's no time for a major editing job. This is the raw version of the Rusted Robot Podcast. Get ready to hear us like never before! Star Trek: we talk about First Contact Day which as everyone knows is April 5, 2063 when the Vulcans came to Earth. This leads us to a fun theory about the 3rd season of Star Trek Discovery and a fun way to keep Anson Mount and Ethan Peck on the series. Could it actually happen? Probably not, but it sure is fun to speculate! We end our Star Trek chat with a look at all the upcoming Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for 2019. Disney/Fox. Now that the merger is complete, Disney is going to keep the Fox brand alive. They will use that division for R rated films and other content that Disney cannot use. As such, we may be getting more movies in the Alien and Planet of the Apes franchises. Shazam. A spoiler-free review of the film. Lucifer season 4. We have the Netflix trailer and we're talking all about the series. The Dead Don't Die trailer. Looks like a fun zombie film with a pile of A-list actors. The same kind of fun film as Shaun of the Dead. Joker trailer. We are not sure what to think of this thing. Could be extremely weird or a heck of a lot of fun. Marc Maron is in it. So that's cool. Threadbare. Audio book series. Josh loves it. Mythical creatures. We have the answers to last week's hypothetical question. This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast Download the Podcoin app and get paid to listen to podcasts. Use promo code Shawnhu1 for 150 coins.

  • Batman, Godzilla, Robots & Apes - 240
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on March 31, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Batman is 80, Godzilla can save us, robots are everywhere, and apes are not monkeys. Podcoin is the new app that pays you to listen to podcasts, and we break the 60,000 download mark! This week we're talking a lot about Batman. Detective Comics releases issue 1000. Batman turns 80 years old, and to celebrate, Fathom Events is re-releasing the Batman films from the 80s and 90s for one day only. We're also talking about Gotham City and the difference between that and other superhero home towns. Netflix shows: We have a bit to cover this week as we discuss Umbrella Academy, Big Mouth, Castlevania, and The Dragon Prince. We love cartoons! We touch briefly on Star Trek Discovery and The Orville, but the big casting news is that Sonequa Martin-Green has been added to the cast of Space Jam 2 as the wife of Lebron James. Also covered this week is time travel stories, Planet of the Apes and the difference between monkeys and chimpanzees, the Transformers films, and the new TMNT Shredder cheese shredder. Have you checked out the posters that Marvel releases for the Avengers EndGame film? Have you seen the parody memes? Godzilla King of the Monsters trailer. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer. Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer. We wrap up with a chat about Which-a-Way and Choose Your Own Adventure books. Your childhood was not complete without them! This week's hypothetical question asks you what mythical beast would you choose as your faithful companion. Email your answers to RIP Shane Rimmer 1929 - 2019 This week's podcast promo: Earth Station On