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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  • Bigfoot, The Bandit and a Bird Box - 231
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on January 20, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    There's a Bigfoot movie coming soon, we review Smoky and and Bandit, A Quiet Place and Bird Box! Star Trek returns to your television screens with season 2 of Discovery, and what an amazing first episode it is. We have a quick review of the action, and in other Star Trek news, the town council of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada has approved the Klingon Bird of Prey initiative. The Orville has been knocking it out of the park lately. We are enjoying the series as an homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is not a rip-off or a parody. We compare the series to Space Balls and a lively discussion ensues. The Punisher returns to Netflix for season 2. We talk a little bit about the action and the amazing van Frank Castle drives around in. Movie Reviews: Over the last few days, we watched several films and talk about each of them. Smoky and the Bandit may be from 1977, but some people have still not seen it. We talk about the film and Sally Field. Shawn went to the theatre this week and saw the newest in the Transformers franchise - Bumblebee. Bumblebee just may be the best of the Transformers films so far! To finish off, we discover a terrific double feature of sensory deprivation films. A Quiet Place and Bird Box have many similiarities, but are also quite different from each other. Overall, each of these films are a great way to spend a couple of hours. Trailers: The next film in the Ghostbusters franchise is coming to theatres during the summer of 2020. John Wick 3 looks amazing and will be released in May. Spiderman: Far From Home releases a teaser trailer, and the film comes to theatre this July. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. A crazy title for a fun looking movie that comes out this February. Josh has been watching more Anime. These are the shows that he has been enjoying and recommends: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Trapped In Another World as A Sex Worker, Girls Und Panzer. This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast &nbs […]

  • Space, Sex Bots and Muppet Mayhem - 230
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on January 13, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Space...the final frontier, these are the stories of the lunar lander, sex bots, TV and movie news, and Muppet mayhem! STAR TREK news: Alex Kurtzman reveals a plethora of information about the Star Trek universe. We know what the new Picard series will be dealing with. There are more new animated shows in the works. Rumours of a Star Trek Discovery spinoff show with Michelle Yeoh as the lead is being planned. We also talk about the reasons as to why there will likely be no more Kelvin universe Star Trek movies. China's Chang'e 4 mission pulled off the first ever soft landing on the moon's far side. We have all the latest information about the Yutu 2 lander and its mission details. Masters of the Universe! There's a new He-Man movie in the works. We have information on its status and the writing team behind the film. We have a lively discussion regarding the original 1987 movie, and we discuss the career of Dolph Lundgren. Punisher. We have the latest trailer for Marvel and Netflix's Punisher season 2. It comes to Netflix on January 18th. We're talking all about the Punisher and the Marvel shows. Sex Robots. The Real Doll company is making a male version of their robot. This one is for the ladies, and users will be able to choose any penis size that suits them. The Earth Station One Podcast had Shawn on as a guest this week. They discussed pop culture highs and lows of 2018. A Play On Nerds Podcast. Steve from APON reacts and responds to our Muppet death battle hypothetical question. RIP William Morgan Sheppard This week's podcast promo: Earth Station On […]

  • 5th Anniversary Episode - 229
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on January 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Rusted Robot's 5th anniversary episode is here! 2019 geek movie schedule, Punisher season 2 trailer reaction, The Orville season 2 episode reaction and review, Stranger Things season 3 trailer, Star Trek, Patrick Stewart and the legacy of the Picard character, Short Treks "The Escape Artist" review and reactions, Conan the Barbarian comic book reboot, Batwoman pilot order for the CW, Mary and the Witch's Flower anime review, Travelers and Salvation new seasons on Netflix, RIP Mean Gene Okerlund RIP Super Dave's Jim Einstein Muppet death battle results This week's podcast promo: Here Be Tygers Find us on Twitter @therustedrobot Find us on YouTube We're on Facebook Review us in iTunes […]

    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 30, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Happy Geek Year! As we look forward to a new year of geeky goodness in the world of pop culture entertainment, we take this time to remember the year that was 2018. On this episode, Shawn and Josh take a trip down memory road. Highlights include some of the movies we saw at the theatre, celebrity deaths, and the Tide Pod phenomena. Major discussions on this episode include the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix and Star Trek Discovery. Star Wars and Mark Hamill are also a big topic on this episode. And the fact we joined the ESO Network is big news this year. And of course, one cannot forget the life and legacy of Stan Lee. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One Podcast […]

  • Muppets, Witchcraft and Hobbit Homes - 227
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Muppets, trailer reviews and Sci-Fi Christmas movies! This week we are back to our normal selves, and we are talking about the latest trailers, but there's always so much more than that with The Rusted Robot Podcast. Avengers: Endgame trailer thoughts, Tony Stark and the NASA problem, Godzilla King of the Monsters trailer, Hellboy reboot trailer reactions, Men In Black International trailer, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse movie review, Mortal Engines box office bomb and thoughts on book to film adaptations, Marvel-Netflix round-up, Mad Max and the wasted resources of the film universe, Science Fiction Christmas movies, Witchcraft trials here in Timmins, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Hobbit homes and communes, Muppets death battle hypothetical scenario This week's podcast promo: Revcast Podcast […]

  • Flashback Podcast - 226
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Flashback podcast time! Remember 2016? Remember when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released? What about the hiatus that the Rusted Robot took while it was searching for a new co-host? Turbulent times my friends. This week, after a quick introduction to set the stage, we replay the original 'Josh and Kitty join the crew' episode. That's right! We are repeating episode 91! 91: The Rust Force Awakens January 17, 2016 The Rusted Robot podcast is back and ready for action:  We talk Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Babylon 5, Batman art show at Jump City, Alan Rickman, Marina Sirtis coming to Timmins, Deadpool and movie snobbery, and so much more! This week's podcast promo: Terminus Doctor Who Podcast […]

  • TMNT 2: DrUNk WAtcH - 225
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 9, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    TMNT 2 Drunk Watch! The Rusted Robot gang celebrated their 200th episode by getting drunk and watching the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie. After recording that episode they decided to watch the second Turtles film. They were still drunk. Maybe more drunk than they had planned on. So they recorded themselves and the movie and commented as it played, all the while never knowing if the recording would ever be released. Here it is! You are about to listen to a unique moment in time. Enjoy our witty comments. Watch the movie along with us! Leave a 5 star review in the pod catcher of your choice. Find us on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, FaceBook and everywhere else! This week's podcast promo: The Nerdy Laser Podcast […]

  • The Smiling Spock Dilemma - #224
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on December 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Star Trek, Space Opera, and Superheroes! We start the episode with a brief discussion of what comes after we die, whether or not we can know of the existence of a creator and an inquiry into atheism versus agnosticism. Talk of Hallowe'en and school project homework leads to an exciiting look at favourite holidays. And we want to embark on a Rusted Robot world-wide promotional tour. Star Trek Discovery releases another trailer for season 2 and we see a smiling Spock. We take a look at how seeing Spock show emotion isn't necessarily great for the character. Also discussed are the Vulcan species as a whole and the problem of mono cultures in Star Trek and science fiction. Artemis Fowl trailer. It's a movie based on an 8 part Young Adult book series. We don't know much about it and the trailer tells us very little. Science Fiction vs Science Fantasy vs Space Opera. Nick Nolte is cast in The Mandalorian in an unknown role. Venom is breaking movie records all over the world. DareDevil is cancelled by Marvel and Netflix. Jessica Jones is filming its third and final season. The Punisher has wrapped up its second season. Peter Weller will not be reprising the role of Robocop in the upcoming sequel. RIP: George Bush Sr, and Steven Hillenburg This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks […]

  • The Screaming Hestons - #223
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 26, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Stan Lee, Remakes, Reboots, Trailers, Sequels and everyone needs a screaming Heston! We start the episode with a talk about air travel and action figures and dive right into some geeky ideas for burial traditions. Who doesn't want to have an amazing tomb? A quick round-up of what we have seen in pop culture such as Iron Fist, and what we think of Doctor Who this season. Recent movie viewings include Critters and Life. Replicas trailer 2...leading to a discussion about cloning, theft and property rights, as well as the quantum entanglement of sheep. The Lion King live-action/CG remake leads us into remake fatigue, reboot rage, and a talk about the remakes we would like to see. How long should there be between remakes? Sequels after so much time - Ghost Busters 3 is in the works. Once Upon a Deadpool trailer The Lego Movie 2 trailer Chris Pratt becomes a topic of discussion and we look forward to his upcoming film because of its epic name (Cowboy Ninja Viking) This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One podcast […]

  • Anime, Cartoons and Space Cigars # 222
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    A lively discussion on the difference between Anime and cartoons! Captain Picard is the hero we need right now according to author and Trek writer Michael Chabon. "Calypso" the latest Short Trek from Discovery is reviewed. Netflix is adding Anime to its list of original content, starting with Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon. The hosts get into an in depth discussion about anime and cartoons, the differences between them, and a look at Studio Ghibli. Matt Smith is rumoured to be playing a young version of Palpatine in Star Wars Episode 9. We speculate on how this character could be included long after his death. Disney+ is the name of the new streaming service from the Disney corporation, and LOKI will be one the first series to be produced. Oumuamua may have been an alien space probe sent to investigate the Earth, or it could have been a comet or asteroid. Is Shrek getting the reboot treatment? Kong vs Godzilla begins production this week for release in 2020. Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes will star in a series of Walking Dead TV movies for AMC. This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos […]

  • Klingons Stargate to Thundercon - #221
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on November 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Shawn and the Klingons invade Thundercon! This week we're talking about the adventures Shawn had while dressed up as a Klingon. He and his companions drove to Thunder Bay for an amazing convention experience. The Klingons hosted an after-party trivia night at the local Sleeping Giant brewery. They met and hung out with the stars of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. They met Dr. Stevil, an amazing Dr. Evil cosplayer. Many drinks were consumed, songs were sung, food was eaten, and Shawn picked up some great art work as well. Also in this episode, we talk about the Rules of Halloween and proper protocol for both the trick 'r treaters, and for those who give out the candy. The Northern Ontario Expo hosted a Halloween dance. Austin Powers 4 might be coming to a theatre in the future, and Mr Feeny from 'Boy Meets World' stops a robbery. We have the trailer for season 2 of The Orville! And we ask a hypothetical question: What evil henchmen group would you be a part of? Why that group? What's the biggest benefit of that choice? This week's podcast promo: Caster Quest […]

  • 220: Danny Trejo Kinda Afternoon
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 21, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Danny Trejo, flesh masks and the gross wetness! Luke Cage cancelled by Netflix, They Live sequel or reboot tease, The Thing (1982) and Night Terrors Film Fest, Superman series coming to CW DCTV? Danny Trejo in Food and Familia, The Kid Who Would Be King trailer, Oblivion Song comic review, The Haunting of Hill House review, Vampires and other demonic creatures, Hallmark Star Trek ornaments, Movies we mentioned: Ghostbusters, Annihilation, A Ghost Story, the Die Hard franchise, all the Predator films, RIP Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder) 1953 - 2018 This week's podcast promo: Wrestling Roundtab […]

  • 219: Adventures in Space, Time, Comics and Horror
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 14, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Comics, Science, Technology, Horror! STAR TREK new: Picard series production and Discovery season 2 dates, Iron Fist cancelled at Netflix, DareDevil and the Ninja Turtles cross-over origins, Night Terrors Film Fest interview, James Gunn, Suicide Squad 2 and the DCEU, World War Z 2 production details, Aladdin live action remake, Failed media technology, Josh reacts to new Doctor Who, Soyuz rocket failure and the state of the US Space system Scott Wilson 1942 - 2018 This week's podcast promo: NerdBliss podcast […]

  • 218: The Young Female Heroine Trope
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on October 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Venom, Star Trek, Doctor Who, BumbleBee and the female hero!  Star Trek Discovery Short Treks episode "Runaway" review, Doctor Who returns this weekend and we're discussing our love of the Doctor, BumbleBee trailer review and Transformers talk, Dark Phoenix - a new X-Men universe film trailer is here and we break it down, Venom - a quick review of the film, Mortal Engines - the latest trailer is here and it makes no sense, A lengthy chat about female heroes, the tropes and the drawbacks, Night Terrors Film Fest 3 is here in town and we talk Jaws, Steel City NerdCon wrap and review This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast […]

  • 217: Steel City NerdCon
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 30, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    An insider's look into Sault Ste. Marie's first Nerdcon! Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is a border town located right across the river from Soo, Michigan.  This year, Mike from Vintage Games and Junque at 165 Queen Street East, in Soo, Canada put together the first of its kind comic book convention.  Mike has an amazing store where you can find almost anything, including vintage video games and action figures, to antique furniture, records, comics and similar such items.  It's an amazing store you simply have to visit. September 29 will go down in history as an amazing day in Soo history.  Mike hopes to make the convention an annual tradition.  This episode tells the story of the con and gives some of the highlights of the show. There is also discussion regarding James McAvoy offering to play a young Captain Picard, and talk about the new Bumble Bee trailer from the Transformers franchise. Also discussed are other conventions in and around Northern Ontario. Follow us at and on YouTube by searching for the channel under the name Shawn Vanderloo &nbs […]

  • 216: Naked In The Batcave
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Batman, Dare Devil, Joker, Stargirl, Captain Marvel, Star Trek and more... Captain Marvel trailer, Dare Devil season 3 trailer and release date, Star Trek short treks dates and breakdown, Joker movie cast and Joker origins discussion, Batman and DC Black Label porn comic controversy, Roseanne "The Connors" reboot, sitcom tropes and hilarious ideas, Space Jam sequel movie news, Vulcan homeworld discovered? Patrick Stewart in Charlie's Angels reboot movie, Avatar The Last Airbender live action series on Netflix, Stargirl and DC's new streaming service, The Predator movie review, Josh's hunting adventure, Jump City Hallowe'en Comic Fest, Upcoming cons: SteelCity NerdCon, Thundercon This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon […]

  • 215: Superman, Zombies and Bears
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 16, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Ranking the Supermen and surviving the Zombie hordes!  Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - new Netflix trailer, Iron Fist season 2 and Star Trek references, Zombie Apocalypse survival ranking by country, The Superman ranking discussion, Swamp Thing television series casting, Kate Beckinsale and the Underworld movie franchise, Stranger Things comic books, Overpopulation and dome living, Spoilers and watching tv shows together, Bears in our town, Jump City Comics and Collectibles This week's podcast promos: Transmissions From Atlantis, The Classic Original Show […]

  • 214: Respect The Batman
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Batman, Comic Books, Justice League, Doctor Who, Thundercats and a Star Trek Day celebration!!  Burt Reynolds 1936 - 2018, Doctor Who season 11 premiere date revealed, Thundercats movie rumour with Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bay, Mattel Films launches (properties include: Thundercats, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Masters of the Universe), Iron Fist season 2, The Dragon Prince trailer, Birthday shenanigans! Remakes and subverted expectations. Comic books and Funko Pops talk. Justice League battle scenarios. Random TV and movie talk: Attack The Block, WKRP In Cincinnati, Star Trek Discovery, She-Ra, Teen Titans, Voltron, Disenchanted. This week's podcast promo: The Revcast &nbs […]

  • 213: The Predator - Born To Hunt
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on September 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Can The Predator be a good movie?  We take a hard look at the Predator and Alien film franchises, The Predator red band trailer, Marvel, Blade and Wesley Snipes movie talk rumours, Netflix and Blizzard to make a Diablo series, He-Man documentary review: Power of Grayskull, Disenchanted on Netflix review, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 on indefinite hold, RIP Ghost Rider co creator Gary Friedrich 1943 - 2018 We have a pretty decent and in depth conversation about hunting and conservation, and we chat about Josh's new gasoline conversion kit for his bike. We discuss Shawn's birthday and party game ideas.  Then we talk about a new podcast Shawn is working on with his Twitter friend Sheamus.  And we ask you to vote on which decal Josh should get for his bike's gas tank. As always, we encourage you to leave a 5 star review in the podcast app of your choice. Thank you for listening and supporting The Rusted Robot Podcast. This week's podcast promo: The Soul Forge Podcast […]

  • 212: Robot Uprising or Smooth Jazz
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on August 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Pop culture overload on the Rusted Robot this week! Star Trek thoughts, hopes, speculation, The Big Bang Theory to end after season 12, The Meg, another movie review, In Search Of returns with Zachary Quinto, 99 things robots were supposed to have done by now, Logo designs and business ideas, YouTube channel content, Backpack, knapsack or packsack? Robin Leach 1941 - 2018 This week's podcast promo: Myopia Defend Your Childhood Check us out on YouTube: […]