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Scott Weinberg is a veteran film critic. Steven DeGennaro is a doctor of astrophysics. Listen in as these two nerds compare and contrast two noteworthy sci-fi films every week. They discuss the artistic quality of the films, whether they get the science right, and whether or not that even matters.

Science vs Fiction Science vs Fiction

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Scott Weinberg is a veteran film critic. Steven DeGennaro is a doctor of astrophysics. Listen in as these two nerds compare and contrast two noteworthy sci-fi films every week. They discuss the artistic quality of the films, whether they get the science right, and whether or not that even matters.

    Patron Episode - Orville Commentary: Pilot

    Patron Episode - Orville Commentary: Pilot

    Steven and his wife Randi are big fans of The Orville, whereas Scott was completely new to the series and a bit reluctant, for reasons divulged within the actual episode. Did it win him over? Listen and find out.

    As with all of our commentary tracks, you can watch along with the episode yourself, or you can listen to it on its own.

    • 49 min
    Patron Episode - Firefly Commentary: The Train Job

    Patron Episode - Firefly Commentary: The Train Job

    Our next patron commentary episode covers the debut episode of Firefly -- even though it wasn't actually the Firefly pilot. It's a little confusing, yes. But Scott and Steven explain it all while revisiting one of the series' best "heisty type" episodes.

    As with all of our commentary tracks, you can watch along with the episode yourself, or you can listen to it on its own.

    • 47 min
    Patron Episode - Star Trek TNG Commentary: Conspiracy

    Patron Episode - Star Trek TNG Commentary: Conspiracy

    Next in our series of commentary tracks, we tackle an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that scared the crap out of Steve when he first watched it as a kid.

    As with all of our commentary tracks, you can watch along with the episode yourself, or you can listen to it on its own.

    • 49 min
    Patron Episode - Firefly Commentary: Pilot

    Patron Episode - Firefly Commentary: Pilot

    When we started this podcast, we wanted to provide episodes to Scott's patrons on Patreon (www.patreon.com/scotteweinberg), but we didn't want to accidentally cannibalize movies that we might want to later cover in a proper cage-match episode. So we decided to do some commentary tracks for TV shows.

    Since we are taking a brief hiatus for the next few months, we decided to release those patron episodes here on our main feed for your listening pleasure.

    These episodes are all real-time commentaries, meaning that you can watch along with the episode yourself. Or you can listen to them on their own. Whatever floats your metaphorical boat.

    First up, we discuss the pilot episode of Joss Whedon's short-lived but long-remembered sci-fi western series Firefly. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep. 23 - Mission to Mars vs The Martian

    Ep. 23 - Mission to Mars vs The Martian

    Strap in for a trip to Mars! Two of them, actually (well... four, if you want to get really technical), as Scott and Steven tackle Brian De Palma's theme-park-ride-based yawnfest Mission to Mars (2000) and the terrifically intense Ridley Scott space adventure The Martian (2016). 

    Which movie gets the science right? And which one is as dull as it is silly? The answers may surprise you. But probably not.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bonus Episode: Happy Death Day 2U Commentary Track

    Bonus Episode: Happy Death Day 2U Commentary Track

    There's sci-fi, there's horror, and there's sci-fi/horror, but how many movies have the audacity to follow up a hit horror movie with a complete left turn into straight sci-fi the way Happy Death Day 2U (2019) does? Scott and Steven sit down to watch this endearingly oddball sequel and discuss it in real time. Slasher horror, screwball comedy, murder mystery, parallel universe science fiction, and even some surprisingly effective heartfelt melodrama... this movie has it all. Along the way, we discuss not only the original Happy Death Day (2017), but also a dozen more "time loop" movies too. So listen once, jump off a roof*, and listen again to this very special bonus episode of Science vs Fiction! (*just kidding please don't jump off a roof)

    • 1 hr 40 min

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