Feb 022015
 
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by Laura Davis, managing editor

I’d like to take a moment to thank the readers of the Krypton Radio website. Thanks to your enthusiastic support over the past year, we’ve been able to improve our content by leaps and bounds, and we’ve had a lot of fun doing it! It’s always a joy to create something for people who genuinely appreciate it.

Working as Krypton Radio’s managing editor has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve had a chance to work with some of the most fun and talented people in our niche, and I’ve looked forward to going to work each day. I’m very proud of our team and all we’ve accomplished over the past year.

It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I had a difficult decision to make when I was offered another position which will open new opportunities for me and take me off on a new adventure. I have accepted that position and, with sadness, will be leaving Krypton Radio at the end of this week. I wish all the best to Krypton Radio’s staff and readers, and hope for the continued success and growth of Krypton Radio!

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Nov 102014
 
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Krypton RadioIt’s happened again, Faithful Fans:  Krypton Radio is Editor’s Pick on Windows Media Guide!  The first time this happened was March of this year. Four stations are chosen each week, and that week one of the other picks was BBC One, so we considered ourselves in good company.

Now that we’ve won this accolade a second time in a single year, we know we’ve been going about all this the right way.

We started in 2009. We and our friends were all geeks and we wanted a radio station to listen to that satisfied the true geek in all of us. We couldn’t find one, so we made our own. By 2011 we realized that we were the still the only ones doing it, and we decided to turn it into a business. Today we have thousands of fans on Facebook, Twitter and TuneIn. We’re listed on iTunes, Stitcher, Windows Media Guide, Roku Radio and a host of other services, and of course here on our own web site and on our own Android app.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Krypton Radio is currently heard all over the world and offers the finest in audio geek entertainment. Tell your friends about us. They’ll thank you. And so will we.

Krypton Radio: it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi!

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Sep 172014
 
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listen promoWe’ve worked the bugs out, and it’s official: MarkWho42’s WHOniverse is the newest crown jewel in the Krypton Radio family of programming! This Dr. Who-themed podcast has made the transition to being a full on, honest to gosh radio show.

MarkWho42’s WHOniverse is produced weekly by Mark Baumgarten, Patricia Helm, Eduardo M. Freyre, and Christian Basel.  They’ve got some surprises in store for us in the coming weeks, so bookmark Krypton Radio and check in on us to find out what they’ll be.  We solemnly promise that you will not be disappointed..

From their show notes for today’s episode:

Listen.

 Do you hear that? Could it be the latest episode of Markwho42’s WHOniverse? Can you hear Trish as she gives the latest Doctor Who news? Do the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end as you faintly hear what could be the cast reviewing the season 8 episode Listen? Is that chill from all the talk about Clara and Danny Pink’s first date? Are arms reaching out to grab you as we talk about the thing that may or not be on top of Rupert’s bed? Did the coffee just disappear as we discuss the most shocking scene of the episode? Is that a knock or does the cast have something to say about Clara’s part in that scene?

Are you brave enough to find out?

If you’re in the U.K., you can hear it every Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 a.m., GMT. If you’re in the U.S., it’s on Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m., Pacific. Consult our What’s On When page to find the exact time in your area.

Tune in. You’ll have the time of your life.

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Jan 172014
 
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SAG coverTune in at 9 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, January 18, 2014, for The Event Horizon, when Susan Fox and Gene Turnbow talk with steampunk inventor and author Thomas Willeford about his new book, The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide.

Willeford, owner of Brute Force Studios, is a steampunk propmaster whose works are widely featured on television and in the media, but he’s best known in the steampunk world as the man who created the mechanical arm Nathan Fillion wore in the steampunk episode of ABC’s “Castle.”

The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide is an illustrated steampunk adventure story (with gorgeous illustrations by Phil Foglio!) which invites the reader to stop along the way and craft a prop needed in the story. With full-sized patterns and photographic step-by-step instructions, you could make the projects as explained; or you could easily simplify them so your 3-year-old could make construction paper versions; or you could go wild and use the patterns and general directions as a basis on which to craft a masterpiece from wood, leather, and any other high-end materials you choose. It’s very literally a craft book for all ages and skill levels.

Krypton Radio is offering you two chances to win your own copy of The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide!

For your first chance, click on the contest banner below. This giveaway ends Friday, January 17, 2014, at 11 p.m. Pacific.  It’s free  to enter. 

 

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For your second chance to win, tune in to The Event Horizon on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 9 p.m. Pacific to get your entry password. If you miss the broadcast, you can catch the replay on Sunday at 4 p.m., or check out the recording on the website. Once you’ve got your password, head over to the contest page to enter!

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr - and remember, keep it tuned to Krypton Radio.

After all, it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi.

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Nov 222013
 
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By Karina “Cinerina” Montgomery

 

 

Personal Rating: Matinee Plus Snacks

Remember who the real enemy is.

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release date: 11/22/13
Time in minutes: 146
Director: Francis Lawrence
Studio: Lionsgate

We were privileged to attend a double feature of Hunger Games and Catching Fire for the second installment of this trilogy.  I entered with a recent reread of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novels under my belt and fairly high expectations after the vivid reminder of what a smart adaptation the first film was.  I cried more in the first, but sweated more in the second.  None of us was disappointed.

The primary narrative challenge of these stories is keeping us firmly centered in the experience for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), but also giving the audience clarity on things that she knows and remembers but doesn’t talk about.  Whether that’s explaining what a tracker jacker is or detailing the war that led to this world of Panem, the film adaptations have a lot of modifications to make to a harrowing personal experience with broader implications.  The Oscar-winning screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt (both new to the franchise and both with impressive filmographies) take over the franchise with aplomb.

They keep the characters we love intact but expand their range from the original.  Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks have more to do, which is never a bad filmmaking decision, and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth get to expand their emotional palette.  I was very happy with the emotional scope of the first movie but really appreciated the additional range everyone got here.

Casting of the new characters was spot-on – new entrants Sam Claflin (Finnick), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Amanda Plummer (Wiress), Jena Malone (Joanna), and Philip Seymour Hoffman (my original favorite for Haymitch but now playing Plutarch Heavensbee) were all perfect for their parts.  Hoffman plays the new Gamemaker differently than I had imagined him (and fans, we don’t get to see his fancy watch) but in the course of the film he was portrayed exactly right.

A friend won’t see these movies because they are too stressful.  I, a glutton for dystopic and end-of-days narratives, scoffed politely – and 36 hours later I was literally at the edge of my seat, perspiring through my sweater even in the chilled theatre.  The Arena before was filled with bloodthirsty but mostly evenly-matched kids.  This time, it’s furious, multi-generational victors (Spoiler? Really? Go read them and come back.), so the Arena itself becomes the attacker.  The complicated nature of this Arena was handled very well and visually fabulous.  Even knowing how it all plays out, my heart was in my throat.

Director Francis Lawrence brings a new (less shaky) cinematographer and about eight zillion dollars’ worth of extra effects and background wardrobe/makeup to this installment, and an intense focus on the emotional toll the Hunger Games take on society.  And no one even says “fascism” once!

If you are already following the franchise, you’ll see it anyway, but rest assured that the Collins’ work is still in good hands.  If you’re still undecided, the action and spectacle in this one might be just the ticket to get you hooked.  You don’t have to have read the books to enjoy these films, but more material was cut from Catching Fire that might make certain things feel random or glossed over.  Fans will nod wisely at the red dotting President Snow’s lips, or fill their hearts when the morphling watches the sun set, or feel the chill at glimpses of the new Avoxes.  It’s good, go see it.

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 I feel I should explain my rating system. I rate movies in the language that studios understand: money. If a movie delivers what it promises, then it should be rewarded accordingly. If a movie wastes your time, it should not get as much of your money. “Good” is a concept that extends beyond the arthouse. But I don’t need to tell you nerds that.
Nov 222013
 

by Ralph Carr

DAVID BRADLEY as William Hartnell who played the original Doctor Who.

DAVID BRADLEY as William Hartnell who played the original Doctor Who.

I was eight years old when Doctor Who aired first on TV, and was instantly hooked on the Bigger on the Inside Police Box, and yes, we really did have them dotted around in the society.

The Doctor, Played by William Hartnell, was everybody’s Grandfather. The War was still fresh in our race memory, and Mr. Hartnell, embodied that gruff indomitable British Spirit we all knew was the rough exterior of a heart of gold and the caring softer interior.

This documentary, took us all down memory lane, and revealed to me, how the incredibly talented actor, became The Doctor, setting the bar so incredibly high, and leaving a legacy that subsequent regenerations had to so work hard to sustain.

AAISAT, showed a Mr Hartnell in wonderful 3D, with a stunning performance by David Bradley, who showed the character of William Hartnell, warts and all, although there were not that many warts.

The insecurities right through to the overconfidence, and the final days of the First Doctor on the set, his love of the part, his unwillingness to accept second best, his love of the children fans, and his dedication, despite failing health, were all addressed, with care and sensitivity.

David Bradbury, although, the star, was supported by an equally glittering cast, who made each individual part come back to life, and how wonderful to see them all again after all these years. The humour was there too, in a Dalek, wanting to go for a wee, the cyberman having a cigarette, and the adoring fans wanting autographs, the producers fighting for the show’s integrity, and the remarks made offstage, that with our hindsight, were so poigniant.

The sets of the sets were magnificent, the creatures fantastic, and for the time and budget, the amazing special effects.

The one remark, from the BBC execs, that stood out, was to the producer, ‘… Kill Doctor Who…’ as if that would ever be an option. Fifty years later and still, no one has managed.

I have been deliberately vague on detail, as I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment, but rather encourage your curiosity.

Very rarely has a program, a documentary at that, reached through my Vulcan training, to make me weep openly, and to make me glad that I am a Whovian, but by the end of this one, I was bawling like a baby.

I wholeheartedly commend this to anyone who has any, even remotely vague interest in Doctor Who, just keep a box of tissues to hand.

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