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GWC’s geeks jump into new material, becoming fans and passing on the experience. Rolling Stone magazine called GWC “the NPR of BSG,” and Howard Stern agreed, describing GWC (and geeking in general) as a “guilty pleasure.” Past topics include The Guild, Alien, Eureka, Eve Online, Star Trek, Terminator, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible, Tron, War Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Cosmos, Avatar, Batman, Transformers, X-Men, Iron Man, Mass Effect, SyFy and sci-fi programs, individuals such as Will Smith, Felicia Day, Joss Whedon, and many more!
||#363: 2013 GWC International Meetup LIVE||We run down the week in geek, and most importantly we take you into the heart of the 2013 GWC International Meetup with a podcast recorded in front of a live meetup attendee audience. Enjoy!||3/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#362: Meetup 2013 Briefing||Sean is back, and the meetup is so very close! We take a quick moment to talk about the impending GWC meetup in Dallas.||3/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#361: The Dominion War||In this episode, Sean is out sick, so Chuck and Audra take the time to wax philosophical about their recent rewatch of the “Dominion War” episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.||2/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#360: Superman ’78||We give a long-overdue visit to 1978’s Superman: The Movie, appreciate the film’s cinematic quality and inspiring John Williams soundtrack; discuss the permeating Christian allegory of the story; and cheer for Margot Kidder’s funny and feminine-but-||2/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#359: The Next Generation of Old||We briefly revisit Star Trek: Generations, finally appreciating its place in the Trek canon and wondering why we had overlooked the significance of Picard’s family — and loss of family — for so long. We take calls that touch on the power of pink,||2/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#358: Living in the Future||We jump straight into the buzz now that it’s confirmed: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, due in theaters in 2015 and starring much of the original crew. We walk through what the project might look like,||1/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#357: Sean Gets to be Debbie, No Death Star for U.S.||This week as we re-ignite the Disney princess discussion, Sean reaffirms the impracticality of staving off the tidal wave of pink and weighs in on the fun of wearing a sparkly headband while playing backup for a three-year-old rock star. And,||1/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#356: Alien Sex, The Tannen Law||We blast into 2013 with some nooooooos! and enjoy some classic GWC banter. And we run down the Week in Geek, including newly revealed details about Gates McFadden’s Season 2 departure from Next Gen (it had to do with sexism,||1/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#355: K-Juanzaa, Best Of 2012||In the year’s grand finale, we are joined in the studio by JUAAAAAN!! And we snub the ubiquity of the web’s year-end “Worst of…” lists, instead giving our own positive recommendations for 2012 media, including the underrated Men in Black 3,||1/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||#354: Nice Day For A White Onesie||We kick off 2012’s penultimate podcast by discussing 2005 movie The Island — wait, wut? Yes, The Island. After seven years of GWC-style analysis and geeky discussion, returning to this flawed-but-likable movie made us realize how much the ‘c||12/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#353: A Christmas Reboot||In this penultimate GWC Christmas episode, we re-think everything that makes our holidays what they are. We re-cast and reboot some of our favorite Christmas movies (read: Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler as the new Griswolds),||12/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#352: James Bond Part II: Skyfall||In this episode we continue to talk Bond, with Skyfall. And we take listener calls about all kinds of stuff!||12/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#351: James Bond, Part I||This ‘cast we dive into 007’s universe of cars, gadgets, sex, and intrigue. We identify our favorite Bond cars (and jets, submarines, and motorcycles), give props to Sean Connery’s 1950s physique and sexiness-to-age ratio,||11/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#350: There Will Be Blood and Chrome||We are thrilled so far with the new BSG content, the web series Blood & Chrome airing now on the YouTube Machinima channel (and on SyFy/every other digital medium) in February 2013. We credit the series with reigniting our love for BSG with Michael Tay.||11/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#349: Video Game Villains||We wrap up our discussion of video game heroes and villains with a look into how interaction changes the character and story experience. And we run down the week in geek, including new Spartacus news, lament for the end of Red Dwarf X,||11/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#348: Lucas/Disney, Voicemails||In this episode, we discuss the recent acquisition news regarding Lucasfilm and Disney, and take some voicemail calls.||11/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#347: Noooooooz!||We run down the week in geek, including a Spike TV reality show offering a $10 million bounty on bigfoot, the possibility of the Governator returning as an old Conan (ignoring the Momoa era flick), more news on the Halo 4 release and storyline,||10/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#346: Corn on Macabre||This week we celebrate Halloween by taking a close look at the psychology of scariness, including why zombies, ghosts, and Grim Reapers give so many of us delightful thrills rather than existential horror. Why are we fascinated with death and the after...||10/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#345: War of the Worlds||We discuss the historic 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds, what it means historically, why we associate it with Halloween, what it tells us about our society, and how our view of the radio show’s aftermath is affected by shifts in digital media.||10/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#344: Friendly Robots||Up this week: robots who want to be your friend — or with whom you’d like to be friends — and what this tells us about humanity. Also, we run down the week in geek, including Jill Scott’s upcoming Fringe oracle-ness,||10/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#343: Robots, Pt. 2: Bots Emulating Humans||We dive into the realm of robots who want to be (or emulate) humans and how they serve as a mirror for us to look at ourselves, individually and as a society. And we run down the week in geek, including some interesting Star Trek news,||10/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#342: Chuck and Sean Doo the Nooos||We put the Robots arc on hold, as Audra is getting some well-deserved rest, so Sean and Chuck cover this week’s news. And yes, Audra will be back soon!||9/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#341: Robots, Part 1||This week, we kick off a long-overdue discussion talking about robots: robots who want to destroy the world!||9/17/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#340: Villains We Love, Part 4: Dark Helmet||In this episode, we conclude our Villains we Love to Love arc, with Mel Brooks’ classic villain (of a sort), Dark Helmet.||9/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#339: Villains We Love, Part 3: GLaDOS||We continue our Villains we Love to Love arc, with a look at Portal 2’s GLaDOS, her Louise-Fletcher-like chilling calm, nurture-less “mother” persona, and impressively psychotic ability to manipulate — plus the interesting differences in how we pe||9/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#338: Villains We Love, Part 2: The Monarch||In this episode, we continue our Villains we Love to Love arc with the Venture Brothers‘ outrageously-costumed, insecure, high-voiced swinger and villain extraordinaire: the Monarch. We examine the Monarch’s unusual upbringing, creativity,||9/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#337: Villains We Love, Part 1: Dr. Evil||In this episode, we kick off our “Villains We Love to Love” arc with a look at the sympathetic and narcissistic Doctor Evil, his pitiful, neutered grasping for power, and the important line between villains who are likable,||8/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#336: “B” Movie Arc, Part 3: Judge Dredd||In our final “B” movie installment, 1995’s bum-shell Judge Dredd, we enjoy talking cheesy design elements, the dearth of non-ridiculous flying motorcycles, British views on American violence and vigilantism,||8/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#335: “B” Movie Arc, Part 2: Total Recall||We continue our “B” movie arc with the epically cheesy 1990 sci-fi flick Total Recall and realize that Arnold’s mechanical acting is ideal for a robot or a comic straight man but less convincing in Recall‘s mind-frak thriller landscape.||8/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#334: “B” Movie Arc, Part 1: Trancers||We kick off our “B” Movie arc with the hilariously cheesy, sometimes campy, and all-around fun 1985 sci-fi action flick Trancers. We revel in laughter over the movie’s halfhearted future-car, zombie cross-dressing stunt doubles,||7/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#333: Comic-Con Wrap-Up||We review our favorite parts of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, including bronies, ubiquitous butt cheeks, Sean’s awesome art acquisition, and hanging out with the small press peeps; and we feature a segment recorded live with a band of GWCers at the||7/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#332: Toys, Part 3 (Table-Top Gaming)||We give love to the table-top games we grew up with and appreciate their role in a world before widespread video games. Audra talks about early digging on Trivial Pursuit, her meticulous Mouse Trap setup, and getting stuck being the thimble in Monopoly...||7/14/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#331: Toys, Part 2||We reminisce on our favorite childhood toys and delve into memories of specific character-building moments. Audra recalls the excitement of older cousins’ 1980 Hot Wheels City Play Set and Castle Grayskull fortress,||7/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#330: Toys, Part 1||We revel in remembering some of the best (and worst) toys of our childhoods, give props to homemade toys, and realize how much toys shape the kind of people we become. We recall what it was like to polish your own rocks,||7/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#329: Prometheus||We dive into a great discussion of Prometheus and the questions it raises about human creation and corruption; the colonization of ancient earth; alien warning frescoes; self-sacrifice vs. selfishness; why the Engineer may have been justified in wantin||6/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#328: Space Geeking||We talk specifically about how the US space program affected us during our formative years, and we speculate on how it might play into the development of today’s young geeks. And we run down the week in geek,||6/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#327: Growing Up Geek Wrap-Up||We wrap up our growing up geek arc this week with some mixed discussion of how our various media selections fit together to make us who we are today. Also, we run down the week in geek, including Ray Bradbury’s death (and how Fahrenheit 451’s message||6/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#326: Growing Up Geek/The Hero and The Crown||We continue our growing up geek arc with the novel The Hero and The Crown, which provided Sean entry into the worlds of reading and fantasy. We discuss how his experience (and others like his) lead to lifetime learning,||6/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#325: Growing Up Geek/War Games||This week we check out a media object significant to Chuck’s early development as a geek: War Games. We talk about the differences between getting “into” computers in the 80s vs. now, and each of us share some experiences with interacting with tech||5/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#324: Growing Up Geek/Flight of the Navigator||We kick off a new arc in which each of us choose one media object that had a significant effect on our development as a young geek. Up this week is Audra, who takes us on a tour of Flight of the Navigator. And we run down the week in geek,||5/17/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#323: Avengers Pt. 6, The Avengers||Finally! We watch the new Marvel Avengers flick and offer our comments and analysis. Excuse this short (but spoiler-free!) description, but suffice it to say that we had a great time and found lots of interesting moments/meanings.||5/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#322: Avengers Pt. 5, Captain America||Avengers releases this upcoming week, so we’re wrapping up our pre-Avengers re-watch of recent Marvel flicks with 2011’s Captain America. We discuss Steve Rogers’ unsung true superpower and the movie’s interesting selection of rogues.||4/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#321: Avengers Pt. 4, Thor||The Avengers release grows ever closer as we take a look at the general public’s introduction to Marvel’s Norse god Thor. We find inspiration in Thor’s each-day-at-a-time attitude. We dig into the similarities between Shakespeare’s plays and comic||4/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#320: Avengers Pt. 3, Iron Man 2||Our Avengers lead-up arc marches on with a re-watch of Iron Man 2.||4/21/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#319: Avengers Part 2, Iron Man||We continue our Avengers arc with the first Iron Man movie. Chuck relates why he connects so much with Tony Stark. We question whether we finally live in a world where a new Iron Man-like story could feature a female protagonist.||4/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#318: Avengers I, Hulk||We kick off our epic Avengers arc leading up to the release of he 2012 movie with a re-watch of the 2008 flick, Hulk. We discuss the magic of comics and what draws people to identify with one hero over another.||4/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#317: John Carter (Live from Meetup)||During the GWC Meetup we took a group of GWCers to see the newly-released John Carter movie, then hit a local bar for beers, snacks, and some podcasting — which you can hear as a segment in this week’s cast. Also, we run down the week in geek,||3/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#316: Live from the 2012 Internat’l Meetup||We spend an hour and a half or so hanging out with some of our favorite people in the world — the 2012 GWC International Meetup attendees! It’s a pretty free-flow podcast, so if this is your first GWC ‘cast,||3/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#315: Mass Effect 2/3, Jennifer Hale, Maggie Baird||We roll through Mass Effect 2 and some non-spoilery ME3 discussion joined by guests Maggie Baird (voice of Samara) and Jennifer Hale (voice of FemShep). Ms. Baird introduces us to the world of voice acting and specifically the Mass Effect interview and...||3/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||#314: Mass Effect 1/2||We continue our Mass Effect 1 discussion, running down characters and races, then tread briefly into the second game’s more advanced storyline. Also, we run down the week in geek, including an analysis of the latest super-awesome Avengers trailer and B.||3/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
It's like they're in my head!
They have the kind of "post game" chat after a show that I wish I knew enough sci-fi geeks to have, myself. They often bring up the very issues or thoughts I have, and it's just as fun when I'm shaking my head and telling them out loud they're all wet about something. The format is a great conversational style, and the depth is just right; they're not talking about some fluff-head show like CSI or Lost, after all!
This podcast is incredible. It typically comes out shortly after the episode is aired. I listen to it at work and often have to make myself stop laughing because these guys are really clever and funny. If you love Galactica, then you would would be sinning in the eyes of the Cylon God to not listen to this. They know what they're talking about and constantly talk about questions I often have along with the possible answers and consequences.
The best of Battlestar Galactica fan podcasts I've listened to . . .
. . .and trust me, I've tried several. Don't get me wrong, there are some other good BSG fan podcasts out there, but Watercooler stands out. Chuck, Audra and Sean have a great post show wrap-up that asks (and attempts to answer) the questions most of us are left with at the end of each episode. And they're not just knowledgeable about BSG. They bring in a wealth of SciFi references that make veteran SciFi Chicks like myself go all fangirl, but they do so in such a way that those unfamiliar with the references catch on quickly. The trio round out their podcasts with voicemails and emails from their listeners - a dedicated and creative group, indeed! Prepare to be informed, laugh out loud and enjoy a frakkin' good podcast with this crew!