Needless Things Podcast 159 – News Blitz w/ Ryan & Jay

May 4th, 2017
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Phantom Troublemaker, Head of Research Ryan Schweck, and the Belligerent Monkey take a look at the latest in pop culture goings-on!
 
New trailers for The Dark Tower and Defenders! DC’s Rebirth is still hot – or is it? Ridley Scott seemingly poo-poos Neil Blomkamp’s idea for Alienses! There’s plenty of genre news out there, and today on the show the Needless Things Irregulars convene to discuss these items and more!
 
Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, and Jay have a good, old-fashioned nerd jam in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 141 - 2017

January 5th, 2017
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The Needless Things Irregulars look ahead at 2017 to see what pop culture has to offer!

It’s a brave new year full of promise, exciting events, and gigantic monkeys! From movies to comics to television and everything in between, we already know a lot of what is coming this year.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Mike Gordon, and the Rad Ranger run down what’s got them excited for 2017!

 
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Needless Things Podcast 137 - Winter Break: Invasion, Madness, & Hellfire!

December 8th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker and Head of Research Ryan Schweck discuss the current seasons of Agents of SHIELD, Gotham, and the CW DC shows!

Every week we follow along with the highs and lows of our favorite superheroes on TV. Sometimes they can be over-the-top fun, sometimes they can be grim n' gritty, and sometimes they're just a drag. But there's no denying we're living in an amazing age of comic book-based television shows!

Listen in as Phantom and Ryan talk about happy Supergirl, dumb Barry, badass Ghost Rider, and crazy Gothamites on the newest Needless Things Podcast!

 
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Needless Things Podcast 131 – 31 Days of Halloween – The Final Chapter

October 28th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Derek Tatum talk about Halloween and spooky stuff!

It’s a Needless Halloween! In this Very Special Episode the gang talks about the past, present, and future of Halloween and spooky stuff in general. From discovering the fun of spooky stuff to big dreams of horror-themed amusement parks, this is a fun ride through Halloweentown!

Listen in as Phantom, Beth, Rad Ranger, and Derek Tatum get spooky and sentimental on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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You can follow Phantom Troublemaker on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest on pop culture!

Needless Things’ 31 Days of Halloween lasts all month long and everything on the site will be thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Needless Things Podcast 126 – Dragon Con 2016: The Shining vs. The Shining

September 22nd, 2016
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It’s a LIVE panel from Dragon Con 2016!

A presentation of the Horror Track - Phantom Troublemaker, authors Karen E. Taylor and Clay Gilbert, and Thomas Mariani from Horror News Radio discuss Stephen King's book and its various adaptations!

Stephen King's The Shining is widely recognized as one of his most chilling and personal novels. Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation has often been acknowledged as one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made. And then there's Mick Garris' television miniseires, which is generally considered to be a more faithful adaptation of King's work. What are the differences and which is the superior work? Do either of the adaptations live up to the quality of the source material?

Listen in as the panelists discuss all of this and more in Phantom Troublemaker's very first panel with the Dragon Con Horror Track!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Our writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. The Needless Things Podcast posts once a week, usually on Friday. Come back after Dragon Con for full coverage of what went down, as well as audio recordings of our panels.

Our 31 Days of Halloween begins in October! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Needless Things Podcast 121 – Dragon Con 2016: Return of the Classics Track!

August 19th, 2016
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2016 Dragon Con coverage continues! Gary and Joe from the American Sci-Fi Classics Track return to the show! Plus a special segment with a whole other Gary; Gary Schaeffer updates us on the Outer Space Men toy line - a perfect fit for Sci-Fi Classics!

Every year the American Sci-Fi Classics Track strives to provide the best and most engaging entertainment at Dragon Con. From fan panels to exciting guests to game shows, Joe and Gary always have an eye towards not only entertaining Con-goers, but engaging them as well.

Listen in to today’s episode for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of scheduling the Track, as well as a preview of what 2016 has in store!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

Be sure to check out the Outer Space Men website and Mel Birnkrant’s fascinating Outer Space Men Archive!

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You can follow Phantom Troublemaker on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Dragon Con news!

If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Me and my writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. I do the Needless Things Podcast once a week. And definitely come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Needless Things Podcast 118 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Part 2 – Movies, TV, & More

August 4th, 2016
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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to discuss all of the biggest movie and television dorkery to come out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con Hollywood busts out teasers, tidbits, and trailers for the biggest upcoming genre projects. This year was no different, with clips for Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, Wonder Woman, and even the forthcoming Justice League! All of this and more generated huge levels of excitement amongst the fans and con-goers in attendance. If, like the Needless Things Irregulars, you weren’t there, you can find out about all of the hottest stuff in today’s episode!

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, and Belligerent Monkey Jay talk about the glitz and glam of SDCC 2016!

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Needless Things Podcast 115 – Animation vs. Live Action

July 7th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon compare storytelling in animation versus live action!

Over the years it has been every fan’s dream to see their favorite comic book characters adapted into cartoons; be they ongoing or feature-length. From there the next step was live action movies. Adapting original cartoons into live action movies has also been an exciting and anticipated development. To fans, it often felt like acknowledgment or validation that their franchise was important enough to be portrayed in a “real” medium for a mainstream audience.

But over the last two decades animation has evolved into a serious medium unto itself. With visual possibilities that go far beyond what any live action could offer and a storytelling style that can be adapted for everything from kid-friendly content to adults-only stories like Batman: The Killing Joke, is animation now a superior medium to present to fandom?

Listen in as Phantom and Mike debate the pros and cons of animation and live action and take a look at each medium’s service of genre storytelling over the years! Plus, the guys discuss Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso's new graphic novel, Dark Night: A True Batman Story.

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Needless Things Podcast 114 – Nickelodeon in the 80s

June 30th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker, Ryan Schweck, R.T. Ewell, and Mr. Beau Brown share memories of the entertainment powerhouse that was Nickelodeon in the 1980s!
Nickelodeon was the first television channel for kids and it has a legacy of irreverent, thought-provoking programming going all the way back to 1980. Shows like Mr. Wizard's World and Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! Sought to educate kids about the world around them while programs like You Can't Do That On Television were more subtle about the messages they presented. The 80s were a very different time in American culture and allowed for much edgier content on a channel aimed at children. 
Nickelodeon also featured programming expressly aimed at younger kids, as well. From Pinwheel to Today's Special, they set a standard for what the youth of the day expected from their shows.
Listen in as the Needless Things Irregulars reminisce about the glorious, gross, golden age of Nickelodeon!
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Needless Things Podcast 113 - Gate Trek 2022: Agent Alien!

June 23rd, 2016
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LIVE in the Phantom Zone! Phantom Troublemaker is joined by Sean Reid,Mike Gordon, and Jason Frazier for a fun-filled sci-fi free-for-all!
As often happens in the Phantom Zone, post-pay-per-view conversation turned towards pop culture nerd talk. Topics covered include the impending reboot of Stargate,the currently occurring (not that you’d know it) 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and more!
Listen in as the Needless Things Irregulars jump between various topics during a night of random nerd talk!
Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!
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