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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  • Anime Is Just Fancy Cartoons - 286
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on April 5, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Happy First Contact Day! Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Shawn took Josh's advice and watched a complete season of an anime series. He will tell you what he thought about it. Star Trek talk. It's your favourite part of the podcast. What's happening with season 3 of Discovery? Today is First Contact Day. We play an old clip from 2014 where we speculated on the future of the Star Trek franchise. Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies are eventually coming. They have been delayed. We have the most recent news. Train To Busan: Peninsula. There is a sequel coming some time later this year. It's all about the zombies. Looks as great as the first film We also talk about Wrestlemania, The Platform, Castlevania, Tiger King, Messiah, V- Wars, celeebrity deaths, and so much more. This week's podcast promos: Cigar Nerds, ESO Patreon

  • Picard and the Sex Robots
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on March 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Dan and Paul from the UK join Shawn via Skype to chat about the entire series of Star Trek: Picard. We begin by chatting about pubs of the UK. Is the pub from Shaun of the Dead an actual place? Shawn wants to plan a trip to England to meet his podcasting buddies in real life. Star Trek: Picard has wrapped its first season. We try to talk about the series without going too deeply into spoiler territory. You will hear what we liked and didn't like about the show. Was Picard even necessary for the plot? Talking about the starships in the series and the CGI. We're breaking down the ideas, the props, the story line and so much more. Michael Biehn will be in season 2 of the Mandalorian. This week's podcast promo: DragonCon Report

  • Hopeful Futures - 284
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on March 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    We have hope for the future. The Rusted Robot is here to bring you positivity. Tomorrow is going to be better and brighter. Perhaps we are all going through the Corona crisis right now, but things will improve. Hopeful futures are coming. Just as long as we practice social distancing, hand washing, and all the other measures that will ensure our safely, we will beat this virus together. The species will continue and thrive. Rusted Robot podcast is committed to bringing you joy and happiness. This is a rare, mostly unedited episode. We have left all the mistakes, flubs, pauses, umms and ahhhs in for a more relaxed, natural episode. Also, I was feeling lazy and didn't want to spend hours editing. Rosario Dawson to play Ahsoka Tano in season 2 of The Mandalorian. Kenny Rogers dies as the age of 81. Wrestling shows, without an audience are weird. A list of 10 movies that show humanity with a bright future ahead. We talk a bit about end time movies and TV shows, other podcasts, the Covid-19 pandemic and a few other things. It's a fun episode. You can support the podcast at This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

  • Fun With The Apocalypse - 283
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on March 15, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    End of Times Fun! Pop culture is not immune from the Corona Virus. Everything is out of stock, and all events are canceled, and yet the Rusted Robot Podcast continues to serve you! Star Trek Picard's episode 8, "Broken Pieces" was released this week. We talk very briefly about the episode so as to not reveal any spoilers. Dan from the Temporal Trek Podcast gives us some answers and feedback. Guardians of the Galaxy will be part of Thor: Love and Thunder. Lost In Space is getting a season 3, but this will be its last. Greatest sci-fi comedies of all time? We have a list for you to sink your teeth into. And we have a breakdown of some of the delays and cancellations resulting from the Corona plague. We talk a bit too much about how the virus is affecting pop culture and society in general. Black Widow! The final trailer is here and we have a few thoughts on it. We also talk a bit about Wonder Woman, Superman, and the state of the DC films. RIP - Max Von Sydow This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon

  • Not Too Old To Play With Toys - 282
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on March 8, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Batman toys, horse semen, action figures and fast cars! The Batman's Matt Reeves just released 3 pictures of the new Batmobile. Therefore, we discuss our favourite batmobiles from years gone by. Just what do we think of this new 1970s style car anyway? Star Trek news! Episode 7 of Picard was incredible. Season 3 of Discovery has wrapped filming and the series has been renewed up to season 5. All the shows have been given at least 2 more seasons. MEGO has revealed images of the upcoming action figure wave. Kenneth Mitchell (Discovery's Kor) reveals ALS diagnosis. William Shatner gets to keep his horse semen in his recent divorce settlement. SPAWN's Todd McFarlane tells us that a film reboot is on the way. Credits the success of Joker for paving the way for the new movie. Greyhound! Tom Hanks has a new WW2 movie coming out in June. The trailer brings us to a discussion about water combat and naval warfare. Robert the Bruce. It's the sequel you didn't want, starring the character you couldn't stand. Coming this April! We talk about genealogy. Josh recommends a new audio book. The Privateer series by Jamie McFarlane. Dan Hitch has a new podcast. Subscribe to Temporal Trek today! This week's podcast promo: Thunder Talk    

  • Evil Houses and Dyson Spheres - 281
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on March 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Your weekly dose of pop culture geek-style news, views and reviews! In Star Trek news, there is a rumour that there will be a new live action series starring Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike of the starship Enterprise. No official word yet from CBS. Episode 6 of Picard came out this week and gave us a meeting meeting Hugh and Picard, and Picard meets Soji, the android he's been looking for. Doctor Who will be bring back John Barrowman. Josh doesn't care for the latest season, and has concerns about the writing. Other shows we mention include My Little Pony, Gundam, Locke and Key, and Black Mirror. Tales From The Loop - the trailer for the Amazon original series is out. Something to do with making the impossible possible. We have no idea what to think. Candyman! The trailer for the remake is here. While it doesn't star Tony Todd it does have him in the cast. This leads us to a whole discussion about horror films. Leonard Nimoy passed away 5 years ago this week and we mark the occasion. We also have a rousing discussion about Dyson spheres. RIP: Clive Cussler 1931 - 2020 Freeman Dyson 1923 - 2020 This week's podcast promo: Monster Sci Fi Show

  • Space Pimps & Eye Patches - 280
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on February 23, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Space pimps with feathers in their hats, eye patches, apes and cars! Star Trek Picard's fifth episode has us excited and ready for more. We laughed, we cried, and now we want more. We learn about Bruce Maddox, 7 of 9, and so much more. We have more Star Trek coming and CBS All Access broke sign up records. Lucifer may get more seasons at Netflix. Battlestar Galactica is coming to the Peacock, the new streaming service from NBC launching this summer. It's not a reboot or a re-imagining. M*A*S*H and anime! Delorean is set to launch up to 325 new cars in its DMC 12S line. We could be seeing these within the next year. Planet of the Apes. Rumours are swirling. Will we get a new franchise series, or will the story of Caesar continue? Amazing Stories trailer. Apple TV is relaunching the classis 1980's series. This week's podcast promo: Terminus Doctor Who

  • Harley Quinn & Heavy Metal He-Man - 279
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on February 16, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    From Batman to chewing gum, and robots to cartoons. This week your favourite podcast covers a little bit of everything. Kevin Smith reveals the voice cast for the upcoming animated Netflix series, Masters of the Universe. Star Trek Picard episode 4 reveals Jeri Ryan's 7 of 9. We discuss how the Borg work as an entity. What is the difference between a Commodore and an Admiral? Star Trek has always been a response to the time period in which it is produced. Batman The Animated Series will be returning in comic book form. Stranger Things releases its first teaser trailer for season 4. The Iron Mask trailer teases us with dragons, Jackie Chan and Arnold! The God Jesus Robot from Bandai. Produced in 1984, Uranai Robo is a fortune telling robot. It has been some time since we had a robot profile of the week, and this is really something! Other random items we discuss include: chewing gum, other podcasts, Harley Quinn, and Down-Under Dick. This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos

  • Fumbling Towards Utopia - 278
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on February 9, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Birds of Prey, Picard, Hollywood and comic movies! The Golden Age of Hollywood becomes a rather fun discussion because we have recently lost some of the very last actors from that era. Star Trek Picard episode 3 review. We're talking about how much we don't know about the future. Romulans in control of the Federation and Starfleet? Borg, AI, the haves and have nots in a post scarcity utopia? So many questions. Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey movie review. It was a movie, that's for sure. X-Men in the MCU? Rogue may be part of Captain Marvel 2. Could this be how they introduce mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Mary Elizabeth Winstead wants to see a sequel to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. Set about 10 years after the original...will it happen? Sam Raimi may be the new director of Doctor Strange 2. Bruce Campbell cameo? Will they collapse the multiverse? RIP: Orson Bean 91 Kevin Conway 77 Kirk Douglas 103 This week's podcast promo: Nerdlanta

  • Saving Hollywood with Robots & Dinosaurs - 277
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on February 2, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Throat-Punch Katey is here! We've got all the latest pop culture news, reviews, and more! Star Trek Picard episode 2 review Lethal Weapon 5 is coming to theatres....perhaps Transformers reboot in the works with Beast Wars Netflix talk: Stranger Things, You, The Witcher, Sabrina, Nightflyers Baby Yoda toys are coming The Wonderful Agretsco comic Fast and the Furious 9, Mulan live action remake Fantasy Island trailer RIP Mary Higgins Clark, Alan Harris, Marj Dusay This week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss

  • 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