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Kevin and George are busy dads. They do Sci-Fi. New episodes every two weeks.

Kevin and George are busy dads. They do Sci-Fi. New episodes every two weeks.
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Kevin and George are busy dads. They do Sci-Fi. New episodes every two weeks.




EP. 57: Oh! So WE Are The Apes. Or Are They US?!

"Oh, so we're still talking about the birds and the bees here." --George We have just recently watched WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (I know, we're late). So, the Busy Dads decide to go back and talk a bit about all the Planet of the Apes movies. To George they're an integral part of his childhood science fiction experience, to Kevin it's just some apes throwing poop. See who wins. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Original series Planet of the ApesBeneath the Planet of the ApesEscape from the Planet of...


EP. 56: Flying Horses and Fish Sex (The Shape of Water)

"Is this a documentary?" --Kevin Guillermo Del Toro has served us up the perfect mix of Swamp Thing and Amelie that we've all been waiting for. With a combo like that how could you possibly go wrong? Well, according to one of us you cannot and according to another one of us it just doesn't matter. Join us for the masterpiece that is our low-level aggression at each other over THE SHAPE OF WATER. Enjoy and keep coming back. BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Shape of Water, 2018, dir. by Guillermo Del...


EP. 55: Is Anybody Out There (The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers)

"Listener drive." --George The Busy Dads jump into the vast world created by novelist Tim Powers in his 1997 fantasy/sci-fi/period/action/time-travel epic THE ANUBIS GATES. Ever wonder if you can outrun a 15 foot tall magic clown in 19th Century London? Well, you can't. Come and join us for the ride. BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers We take a “fly on the wall” approach to our listeners. As such, some of what we discuss falls into the realm of SPOILERS. Consider yourself...


EPISODE 54: Dark Toilet (Black Mirror, Season 4, Ep. 1)

"Is BLACK MIRROR the visual answer to everything that I critiqued about BRIGHT?" --Kevin Everyone's darling dystopian Sci-Fi series is back, but this time there's a bit of a twist. We start off the season on a bright palette homage to original Star Trek? Say what?! Join the Busy Dads as we discuss the beginning of the fourth season of Black Mirror. Take the ride with us and let us know what you think. We take a “fly on the wall” approach to our listeners. As such, some of what we...


EPISODE 53: Not So Bright

"Bright is not a movie" --Kevin David Ayer and his best friend Will Smith can never make a movie together again after Suicide Squad. So they have come to Netflix. They've teamed up with Joel Edgerton for a cop movie meets fantasy wannabe epic. This is BRIGHT. We didn't hate it. Well, the collective "we". Kevin totally hated it. Come and listen to what went wrong, what went right and why either of us care enough to call a movie out for not being better than it could...


EPISODE 52: Did I Stutter? (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

"Whatever you do don't pull your punches!" --Kevin Star Wars is known the world around. It's pervasive and it's iconic. The Busy Dads have watched the most recent entry into the Star Wars saga, THE LAST JEDI directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper). We share a bottle of seltzer and discuss whether or not it's possible for a movie called STAR WARS to actually NOT be STAR WARS. We also talk about whether or not that really matters and how much are we going to try to NOT like something even...


EPISODE 51: The Gods Are Angry (Stranger Things 2)

"The name of this episode should be DO WE HAVE TO?" --Kevin After a well-written and critically acclaimed first season The Duffer Brothers return to Netflix with STRANGER THINGS 2. Kevin and George revisit their favorite characters from Hawkins, Indiana and even take a kinda "meh" side trip to Chicago, Illinois. What worked and what didn't? Did we still care? How long can they keep this series going on just the ultimate beauty that is Steve Harrington's hair? Find out all of this and...


EPISODE 50: The Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury

"What would you do if you knew this was the last night of the world?" For our Thanksgiving special Busy Dad George does ANOTHER reading of a great Ray Bradbury short. This time around it's THE LAST NIGHT OF THE WORLD. What better way to be grateful for all that we have, than to be reminded that likely in another universe there is a version of you that is standing in a post-apocalyptic rubble just trying not the break his glasses. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. See you in two...


EPISODE 49: Loved Ones On Fire (Alien: Covenant)

"I think that believes how in depth you are." --Kevin (tired and still on East Coast time) It's a sequel to Prometheus. It's also a prequel to Alien. Oh, and it's a prequel to Alien Vs. Predator. Wait. No. It's a prequel to Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem. So, that makes it a sequel to Predators also. Well, ALIEN: COVENANT already has a lot of dings in its armor. Divorced from all that continuity mess, how does this Ridley Scott movie stand up on its own...


EPISODE 48: Last Episode Plus 30 Years (Blade Runner 2049)

"Stupid people ruin shit." --George As part of our exploration of all things Blade Runner, the Busy Dads take a solid look at the new sequel to the cult classic. What does a movie like Blade Runner 2049 mean for the modern cinema experience? Do quiet, meditative movie experiences have any chance against the behemoths of Disney's Marvel and the endless spawn of sequels and franchise wannabes? Just how DAMN good was this movie? Find out and we dive in head first into Blade Runner 2049 on...


EPISODE 47: Do Fanboys Dream of Electric Fords (Blade Runner)

"The meditative quality of this meditative movie was moving." --Kevin In a continuation of our return to some of the classic of Sci-Fi, and in anticipation of the sequel, the Busy Dads will finally take a look at the Ridley Scott iconic film that is BLADE RUNNER. Kevin and George discuss why this movie is important now and why it's important to both of them. There is some talk of comparison to the seminal work by Philip K. Dick on which the movie is loosely based as well as talk about...


EPISODE 46: The Orville...'Nuff Said.

"I don't know how Moonraker isn't Sci-Fi if The Orville is." --Kevin We take a look at the first 3 episodes of the hot new FOX show The Orville. From the mind of Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted, American Dad) comes what is seemingly a love letter to Star Trek: The Next Generation. So, why does it also seemingly fall so flat? We're open to the path ahead, but so far the road is bumpy and unfunny. If this description alone is not enough for ya, please give us a...


EPISODE 45: Paging Mr. Blomkamp (Oats Studios Short Films)

"Why we gotta talk about people?" --Kevin Neill Blomkamp is a big name in Sci-Fi, unless you were to ask Kevin. In this episode we take a look at three separate short films from Blomkamp's OATS STUDIOS: Firebase, Rakka and Zygote. We discuss each one individually and as a whole. Taking the ride on these meant different things for each of us. What do they mean to you? Check them out and then check us out! Join us! BIBLIOGRAPHY: MOVIES: Zygote, 2017, dir. by Neill Blomkamp Firebase,...


EPISODE 44: Netflix Dumpster Diving (Embers)

"It's so European. Maybe even worse: it's Canadian!" --Kevin We might get a little out of hand on this one. If that's the case, it's only because we care so much. The independent "sci-fi" movie EMBERS brings out the best in both Kevin and myself as we discuss the futility of life in a world with no memory, rampant sickness and inevitable starvation and sexual assault. I know. I know. Painting a bring picture of the future of humanity, huh? But, hey, at least it's got John Ritter's son...


EPISODE 43: The One Who Waits

"The numbers are goin' through the roof." --Producer Vic Kevin has gone on a long journey to a mysterious, alien place known only as Florida. George decides to take this ONE moment to get a little dramatic, a move he will surely never make again in his life. This episode is a reading of the Ray Bradbury short story THE ONE WHO WAITS. Enjoy.


BUSY DADS CLASSIC: Episode 1: Kevin Calls William Gibson "Cute"

The Busy Daddies tear into TIGERMAN, carefully consider William Gibson’s SPOOK COUNTRY while Adam schools us all on cyberpunk. We also talk about movies MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and the worthwhile dystopian gems THE ROVER and YOUNG ONES. WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY TALKING ABOUT? MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 2014, Directed by George Miller Watch it: iTunes Amazon THE ROVER 2014, Directed by David Michod Watch it: iTunes Amazon YOUNG ONES 2014, Directed by Jake Paltrow (yes, Gweneth’s brother) Watch...


EPISODE 42: "Life" Sucks.

"Is this a hand job in the theater movie?" --Kevin LIFE is beautiful. LIFE is precious. LIFE is a many splendored thing. All of that. This is not the case with all things that bear the label LIFE. Now, while I haven't seen the Eddie Murphy movie of the same name, I can't imagine it being much more forgettable than the trip that Kevin and George take in this podcast. We watch the 2017 "sci-fi" movie LIFE, so that you don't have to. We don't agree on the outcome one bit. Come and see...


EPISODE 41: Is It Just A Love Story? (The Fifth Element)

"I would have rather been reading." --Kevin Luc Besson's 1997 "masterpiece" THE FIFTH ELEMENT is an audience divider. Or is it? Do you really have to split one way or the other on a movie like this? What makes this movie a cult classic? IS IT a cult classic? How does it differ from other camp movies from the same era? What does it get right and what does it fall flat on? Kevin and George revisited the Bruce Willis sci-fi flick 20 years after its initial release and came away with...


EPISODE 40: Four Way Bradbury

"How deep was the well back then?" -- Kevin We are a sci-fi podcast and we'd be remiss in our duties if we did not, as some point, talk about the genius that is Ray Bradbury. The man that shaped the ideal of mainstream sci-fi and influenced generations to tell their own stories on Mars and beyond. Kevin and George unpack six of Bradbury's short stories and talk about the man, his influence on their own lives and where they see his work touching the work of others. Also, is Intern Tony...


EPISODE 39: Doctor Why?

GEORGE: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, John Hurt (kinda), Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi. KEVIN: And if you did that it meant you were good to drive? Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television show ever EVER. Kevin is the new companion to the TARDIS, while George has been here for perhaps TOO long. What is Doctor Who? What is it's appeal to both the...


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