CRRRaSh! 384 A Somewhat Auspicious Day for Podding

By Roy Mathur, on 2021-05-25, at 23:00:00--23:21:42, for Captain Roy's Rocket Radio Show, Listen

This Is Not Day Three of Three

This is not the extra pod about stuff I've been reading. This is the normal geek stuff pod, but one day late. It is all a mess.

Given that things have gone a little sideways (though I was not struck by lightning, whisked off to another dimension, or kidnapped by the fairies) I have expanded this show to include more geeky stuff, including that Army of the Dead review scheduled for yesterday. Also, as you're about to find out, today is a somewhat auspicious day for podding a geek pod because...

Happy Towel Day

Holy Zarquon, singing fish, it's the 25th of May and that means, happy Towel Day to all hoopy froods who know where their towel is.

Do yourselves a favour and listen, watch, or read some of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG). I recommend the original and timeless 1978 BBC Radio 4 show.

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

I was a member of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society, probably even before the internet.


Well, we're still going stir-crazy here, I still have not had my second dose, and my father is growing a moustache.

The last moustache he had was when he was in the army about 70 years ago. I bought him a Kent moustache comb to deal with the fuzz and he seems relatively happy. Every now and again I get a moustache sitrep.


My father's also started watching, on my recommendation, Justified---a show that's just to long and drawn out for me to bother watching---but suits his need for westerns. There are 78 eight episodes of the show available on All4. We're not the most patient family, and Dad's the least patient of all, so I wonder how long he'll last.

Second Jab

I had my second Astra Zeneca dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I'm expecting another horrible reaction as bad as the last, but I'm relieved and happy to have received it. I'm the kind of person who catches every damn thing, so I'm grateful.

Amazingly, the online booking system in the UK has unpantsed itself and now is working well (for me at least), whereas my GP's surgery is now impossible to contact. Everything's reversed, so I had my shot at a local temporary vaccination centre this time.

If you live in MK, Saxon Court Vaccination Centre was, as of yesterday, open for walk-ins without prior appointments. Get your shot!

Army of the Dead

A Netflix post-humus continuation of George R. Romero's zombie survival horror movies gets the Zack Snyder treatment.

Dave Bautista puts together his A-Team for a quick in and out job to liberate cash from a Las Vega casino vault, only things don't quite go to plan. Of course they don't.

Acting, FX, dialogue, action, across the board everything mostly competently made; though I got a little annoyed by the zombies, who looked like a bunch of actors with some overly polished dance skills. But this is really just a straight heist movie with zombies in the style of Escape from New York, with a Schwarzenegger-like Predator ending.

For a topic such as this, I'd have expected Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, or Godzilla levels of unique craziness to justify its existence. This does not deliver, though props to the zombie foetus, the zombie with a helmet, and the ICE allegory.

Enjoyable, but forgettable, with a terribly cliched soundtrack. And no, I don't want any more Snyder-cuts of anything, not bloody Sucker Punch (2011), which, by the way, stinks, and not this either. Take your lumps Snyder, suck it up, and stop whining.

The Roku Channel's Paltry Fare

Most Dangerous Game and Heroes Reborn are two shows I've watched and not had to resort to Viking Streaming to obtain because Roku are (not) upping their game by buying sequels.

This also includes, the last time I peeked, Child of Dune. Sequels without the main show? How low can you stoop Roku? Get your act together.

Listener Comments

Regarding 383 Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock, Twitter user @SaltyGrrrl said on 2021-05-25 10:25, "...The Horror of Fang Rock stands out as one of the scariest stories of all time. As a young kid at the time, I hid behind the couch ... and loved it!"

I'm considering tweeting at people before I podcast, so that I can include their comments in my pod, though when I tried that in the past, very rarely did anyone comment. We'll see.


The sound is different today because it is taped with an AT 875 R shotgun mic and a Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

That is so I can practice taping in noisy environments in preparation for taking this show on the road. Roadshow!