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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  • Space, Time and Carl Reiner - 298
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on July 5, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Star Wars, Space Force, The 6th Day, Replicas and more! This episode of Rusted Robot Podcast is all about space, time and Carl Reiner! Carl Reiner (1922 - 2020) had a long and successful career. This edition of Celebrity Death of the Week is a bit of a super-sized version. We discuss some of Carl's work, his awards, and then we play a little game where we try to figure out if we have seen or heard of his films. Star Wars rumours recently posited the idea that Lucasfilm wanted to banish the new trilogy in favour of something else. As of this recording, those rumours are apparently false. Kanye West for President? The news on Twitter is that the singer is launching his bid for president. Is it real, a publicity stunt or something else? Only time will tell. Replicas, is a 2018 film starring Keanu Reeves. It's not the best movie, but it sure makes you think. We have a spoiler filled review of the movie. Robin wraps up his viewing of Space Force, and tells us about his rewatch of TMNT 1990, and The 6th Day. Star Trek: Lower Decks. The cartoon is finally coming to television. We have the release date! This week's podcast promos: But First Let's Talk Nerdy, and ESO Patreon

  • Batman Forever Again - 297
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 28, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Batman fever is here! Dungeons and Dragons food, action figures, trailers and more! Michael Keaton is in talks to once again play Batman. He will be playing alongside Ezra Miller's Flash in the Flashpoint movie. In Wrestling news, after 30 years in the busness, the Undertaker retires. But is this really the end for him? Gremlins 3 may or may not be a thing. With no official greenlight or release date, it could eventually be a reboot or a sequel. In reality, there is no official news of any kind on the project. Unsolved Mysteries! We have the trailer for the reboot of the series. It will be heading to Netflix sometime later this year. Ernest if coming back to screens! The Jim Varney documentary, The Importance of Being Ernest has a fun trailer. We are looking forward to learning more! Dungeons and Dragons cookbook. Hero's Feast will showcase nearly 80 recipes for adventurers to try. The Boys season 2 is coming September 4th. There will be 8 new episodes. We have a teaser trailer. Talking about cancel culture and the lessons of history. TMNT and Stan Lee action figures review. A huge congrats to Steve from A Play On Nerds Podcast on the birth of his second child. We have the first episode of the Cosmic Pizza Podcast. RIP - Joel Schumacher This week's podcast promo: Watch-a-thon of Rassilon

  • Dads of Science Fiction - 296
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 21, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Top 10 dads of science fiction and fantasy. We have the list of the best dads in science fiction, but we also talk about some of the worst dads as well! Who made the list? Do you have a favourite father of sci-fi? The teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League has been released. We have a few details of the upcoming HBO Max film. Star Trek updates of the week! Season 2 of Picard will be sure to feature more of Starfleet. Lower Decks will be PG-13, and possible feature some of our favourite Next Gen era characters. Replika is your new chatbot AI companion. If you've seen the movie Her, you know exactly what this new app is all about. We have the specs and details of your new AI friend. Hasbro Marvel Legends has a new toy for you. It's the Deadpool animatronic talking head. With about 600 lines of dialogue, you won't want to miss this! Ian Holm 1931 - 2020 This week's podcast promo: ThunderTalk

  • Sky Full Of Stars - 295
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 14, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Was The Dukes of Hazzard a racist show? On this week's Rusted Robot Podcast we take a look at some of what is happening around the world. NASCAR bans the Confederate flag. The Duke boys are facing criticism, but were they a tool of racism? What about sexism and fat shaming? Saturday morning cartoons of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. If you love cartoons from that era, you will love the Best Saturdays of Our Lives Podcast! Bill and Ted Face the Music. The first teaser trailer is here. Wonder Woman 84 is moving its release date yet again. Playstation 5 console revealed. Find out what people are saying, and how they are reacting to its sleek look. San Diego Comic Con news! The SDCC may have been cancelled, but they are holding a free virtual comiccon@home. We have the details here! Denny O'Neil, legendary Batman comic writer passes away at the age of 81. This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos STAY TUNED FOR THE COSMIC PIZZA PODCAST COMING SOON TO A POD CATCHER NEAR YOU!

  • Collecting Collectibles - 294
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on June 7, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Talking about collecting and collectibles on this week's episode. We also discuss some current events, but don't get too deep into that. Leaving that for the well informed experts is the best solution. The Looney Tunes are getting rebooted and there are too many changes to the characters. Mortal Kombat 11 allows you to play Robocop and the Terminator. The collecting collectibles segment is filled with fun stories, history and information. Talking about action figures, ornaments, art work, props and prop replicas, busts, statues, comics, books, Lego and so much more. This week's podcast promos: Nerdbliss, and Nerdlanta

  • Bob and Doug Go To SpaceX - 293
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on May 31, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Bob and Doug go to SpaceX! SpaceX is the first private company to launch astronauts into space and dock with the International Space Station. Monkeys in India break out of a lab with stolen Covid-19 blood samples. This is like a scene from Planet of the Apes. A bizarre metal skull of unknown origin is discovered in Maine. We don't know the date of manufacture or where it came from. The Cosmic Pizza Podcast is coming soon! Pop Culture Viewing: The 100 Space Force Into The Night Trailer Park Boys (animated series) Dark Side of the Ring (Owen Hart story) Stargirl has been released but we haven't seen it yet. And Zack Snyder's Justice League director's cut will be coming to HBO in 2021. Casting News: X-Men's Rogue could be in Captain Marvel 2 Henry Cavill to reprise role as Superman Mark Hamill to voice Skeletor in Masters of the Universe JK Simmons signs for multiple films as J Jonah Jameson Tom Eliis signs on for Lucifer season 6 This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks

  • Strange New Worlds - 292
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on May 24, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Star Trek, Gargoyles, Vampires, Star Wars, and more... Star Trek Strange New Worlds is bringing us more Captain Pike. We have waited a year for this exciting news and now it is official! Anson Mount returns as Pike for some episodic adventures aboard the original USS Enterprise. The Batwoman CW series is facing an uncertain future as Ruby Rose leaves the title character after the first season. The Mandalorian casts Katie Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze. She will appear in the second season coming to TV screens this fall. Gargoyles could return as a live-action movie. It is also possible that Jordan Peele will be involved. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage are expected to be cast in a new vampire movie. Good, Bad and Undead is a buddy comedy in the same vein as Midnight Run. The Delta Flyers Podcast. We've heard the first few episodes and the verdict is in. RIP: Jerry Stiller 1927 - 2020 Fred Willard 1933 - 2020 Lynn Shelton 1965 - 2020 Rick May 1940 - 2020 This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast

  • Living Forever Like Tardigrades - 291
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on May 10, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Rusted Robot Radio returns with another fact-filled edition. Demolition Man, The Mandalorian, National Treasure and more! Cancelled and renewed TV shows of 2020. We have the list of everything you have or have not been watching. Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, will play Boba Fett in Season 2 of Disney+'s The Mandalorian. Demolition Man 2 is in the works. Sylvester Stallone dropped this bombshell at a recent Q&A. There are no details on the plot or the cast. National Treasure has a lot going on. We will soon be treated to a third film in the franchise. Disney+ is also developing a TV show based on the film series. Space Force! We have the Netflix trailer and all the casting news. Tardigrades can live forever. Scientists have the answer as to why. Will this help us humans with space travel? RIP: Roy Horn 75, Little Richard 87 This week's podcast promo: ESDCU

  • Geek Walk, Nerd Talk, Dalek - 290
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on May 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Geek walk, nerd talk, Dalek! It's another experimental episode of The Rusted Robot Podcast. As of late, there hasn't been any new pop culture to talk about. That's a difficult situation for a current events pop culture podcast to find itself in. So what's a podcast host to do? Time to try some new and different things to keep the masses entertained! You're all in for a treat this week. I've taken the show on the road, so to speak. While delivering the mail this week, I plugged in my headset and recorded a walk and talk style episode. You will get to hear me for a portion of my day while I am working as a Canada Post delivery agent. So what did I talk about? Dogs were the first thing on my find. Not to be a stereotype, but dogs hate mail carriers. Naturally I decided to talk a little bit about my experience with dogs. And then I talked a tiny amount about the recent lack of pop culture. And how bored I have become. Which is unusual. So you will get to hear about The Midnight Gospel. This is a weird new show from Netflix that combines science fiction with existential philosophy. The Olympus Has Fallen film series is also discussed and briefly reviewed. Then I talk about the world of podcasting. I mention podcasts I have been a part of. And I talk about my plans for the future of podcasts. And I ask you to support the show if you are able by going to Collectible are mentioned. The Star Trek starships from EagleMoss Publishing are a main topic. You get to learn about my recent experiences with that company. And finally, a robot profile. I have been saving a recording from our old friend Kiall. He sent me a profile about the Daleks from Doctor Who way back in 2014. I finally play his clip here on this show. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who

  • A Trek Through Time - 289
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on April 26, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    It's always a good time for time travel. Welcome to a very special episode of The Rusted Robot Podcast. Sit down, strap in, and get ready to break the temporal prime directive. Join Shawn, Dan and Paul as they attempt to journey to the city on the edge of forever. On this episode we take a look behind the scenes of recording a podcast episode. In this case, you will hear the raw audio as Shawn, Dan and Paul record an episode of the Temporal Trek Podcast. If you're not listening to Dan's new Star Trek podcast, it is not too late! The idea behind Temporal Trek is looking at each moment in time in Star Trek in chronological order. This week we go to Earth in 1930. The synopsis for The City On The Edge of Forever is: after a heavily medicated Doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) travels back in time and changes history, Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) follow him to correct the timeline. In doing so, Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler (Joan Collins), but realizes that in order to save his future, he must allow her to die. Join us as we go on a trek through time. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One Podcast

  • Be Normal; Don't Be Weird - 288
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on April 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    The power of Skype compels us! Shawn and Josh use the magic of technology to join forces as if they were in the same room. There's still not a huge amount of things going on in the world of pop culture, but we find enough stuff to talk about to bring you nearly an hour's worth of entertainment! Join us on this magical journey! We're talking about what we have been up to as late, and this leads us into so many topics. San Diego Comic-Con is now officially cancelled. We may or may not be looking forward to the One World concert on TV. Do you read books? We do! Shawn discusses recent novels from Matthew Reilly. Josh tells us about the books of Randi Darren/William D. Arand. And then we discuss a little bit about Anime. Star Trek has a lot going on. We have Ethan Peck, Rosario Dawson and LeVar Burton news. The Delta Flyers is an upcoming Voyager podcast hosted by Harry Kim and Tom Paris. We also rank the Trek series. NBC has released trailers for its Peacock streaming service, and the Saved By The Bell reboot series. RIP: Honor Blackman Brian Dennehy This week's podcast promo: Dr Geeks Lab

  • Favourite Movie Robots - 287
    by Shawn Vanderloo And The Crew on April 12, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Favourite pop culture robots from the movies! This week we bring you a blast from the past. Long ago, in the early days of the podcast, Shawn had a different co-host. She was his wife. One day, they decided to do a guest spot on the Treks In SciFi Podcast. This is that episode. Sit back and take a deep dive into the archives. This episode is from 2014. Shawn and Brigitte count down their 10 favourite pop culture robots that came from the movies. You'll also be treated to the quirky nature of their dynamic co-hosting chemistry. But not only that, you will learn the definitions and differences between robots, androids and cyborgs. This episode really is a treat for listeners old and new. This week's podcast promo: Double Edge, Double Bill

  • 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