SciFi on Trial
By SciFi on Trial
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SciFi on Trial is a podcast debate designed to determine the true mettle of poorly received science fiction classics. We put the way films are remembered on trial, in a sincere attempt to find love for all things sci-fi. We scrub away the consensus of fandom, eliminate the expectations, and look at films with fresh eyes to see if their reputation has done them justice. Hosted by SciFi synthpop musician Jesse Mercury, each episode features a panel discussion as well as outside interviews from SciFi fans.
||ExplicitThe Matrix Sequels on Trial||Our tribunal of nerds debate the merits of The Matrix sequels (The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded) to determine if either film is guilty of crimes against fandom. Hosted by Jesse Mercury, featuring Andi Alhadeff, Ryan Casey,||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSciFi on Trial Live!||The next episode of SciFi on Trial will be broadcast live on YouTube! Tune in this Sunday, September 17, at 6:30PM PT on youtube.com/jessemercuryscifi to see John, Ryan and Jesse discuss whether John Carter is worth your time to watch.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTerminator Genisys on Trial||SciFi on Trial delves into the morass of convoluted time travel, liquid robots and car accidents that is Terminator Genisys, to determine if it is guilty of crimes against fandom. Hosted by Jesse Mercury, featuring Ryan Casey, Johnny Unicorn,||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Happening on Trial||The Happening is remembered as a poorly acted mess, but is it actually a pitch perfect B movie? (Not a bee movie, because the bees are all dying, because science.) Our panel determines the quality of this film once and for… Continue Reading →||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPrometheus on Trial||Our intrepid SciFi on Trial team puts Prometheus on trial for crimes against fandom, debating whether or not the film belongs in the Alien franchise.||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Guardians Verdict (Ted Talkin’ with Baby Dan)||Jesse and Baby Dan discuss the verdict for the trial of Guardians of the Galaxy, and reveal what’s coming up next time. They also brainstorm a new podcast idea.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGuardians of the Galaxy on Trial!||Was the soundtrack truly an awesome mix? Would Rocket have been better with a British accent? Are you Groot? Our panel peels back the layers of hype to examine Guardians of the Galaxy, and determine if it has been remembered fairly.||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Armageddon Verdict (Drum Roll Please)||Meet the panel for our exciting next episode as they reveal the verdict for the trial of Armageddon!||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitArmageddon on Trial!||Our SciFi on Trial panel debates the 1998 Michael Bay disaster flick Armageddon, to determine once and for all if a bunch of oil drilling roughnecks have what it takes to save the planet. Hosted by Jesse Mercury, starring Jean… Continue Reading →||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitVerdict: Howard the Duck||Jesse and Ryan reveal the verdict to the trial of Howard the Duck and the next film to be put on trial, as voted by listeners. They also discuss the temporal mechanics of tweeting to the past.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHoward the Duck on Trial!||In 1986 Howard the Duck waddled onto the big screen, and the multiverse has never been the same. Considered to be one of the biggest flops of all time, this film has become synonymous with bad writing, box office failure, and… Continue Reading →||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBack to the Future Part III on Trial! (Part 2 of 2)||Steampunk trains! Steampunk rifles! Steampunk ice makers! Viggo Mortensen’s penis! All that and much more will titillate your earballs as our SciFi on Trial panel gallops towards the inevitable verdict. They fill plot holes, discuss the legacy,||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBack to the Future Part III on Trial! (Part 1 of 2)||Great scott! Our brave panel of time travelling adventurers rides headfirst into the old west, to debate whether Back to the Future Part III is a worthy end to a beloved trilogy, or a disappointing conclusion with too many plot holes.… Continue Readi||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Trial! (Part 2 of 2)||We reach into the chest of Indy IV and rip out it’s heart to determine whether the film is remembered fairly. Jesse shares an impassioned vision for what he would do differently, and a verdict is rendered as this trial rides off into… Continue Re||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Trial! (Part 1 of 2)||Our brave SciFi on Trial panel is going on an adventure, raiding through temples of doom on their last crusade to another dimension! Join us for this lively debate as we determine whether Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is remembered fairly.||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Phantom Menace on Trial (Part 3)||The epic trial of The Phantom Menace reaches its glorious yet inevitable conclusion! Our panel dives deep into the murky waters of racial overtones, the film’s legacy, and fantasizes about what they would have done differently before reaching a verdi||1/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Phantom Menace on Trial (Part 2)||The trial of Phantom Menace continues! The debate gets heated as our fearless panel debates midi-chlorians, cinematic immersion, visual style and much more, with a drunken Toydarian thrown in for good measure. Hosted by Jesse Mercury,||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Phantom Menace on Trial (Part 1)||SciFi on Trial kicks off with a bang, aiming straight at the mac daddy of all controversial SciFi films, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. In part one of this epic debate we meet our stalwart panel and learn of their history with this infamous f.||11/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Guilty Pleasures, Overlooked Gems, Good SciFi?
Like seeing a great or flawed or horribad movie with friends and then discussing over drinks. Jesse and his panel are thoughtful SciFi fans with good insights on the genre, but can also appreciate the nostalgia or popcorn value of a movie. Wide range of criteria, good variety of opinions, plenty of room for highbrow and humor. Sometimes I'll watch a movie and play along at home, but I've also thoroughly enjoyed the discussion on a movie I can't stand and never intend to see again.
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I loving listen to Jesse's rotating rogues gallery of panelists discus the virtues or lack there of for some of my favorite (and some guilty pleasures) sci-fi movies. It feels like I'm right there in the room with them! So fun and engaging! Don't miss out!
I found the concept of this podcast intruiging. Take a scifi show/movie and see if it truly earns the positive/nagative praise it received at the time of release. Tending to concentrate more on shows/films that were received poorly, I just love seeing how things have changed. This is one podcast that I find myself conversing with while driving... agreeing with, or not aggreeing with, most vehemently. It really is just very, very fun.