Tag: Television

DNA Podcast 131 – Samurai TV

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DNA Podcast 131 - Samurai TV

In this episode, Rob and Don walk the path of meifumado and explore the golden age of Samurai television on Japanese TV during the 70s and 80s. Along this path to hell, Rob discusses what he learned after watching way too many Japanese jidaigeki period TV shows, why he loves them so much, the different types of samurai TV series, and why Sonny Chiba is the Japanese William Shatner. All this, and how Australia lost it’s mind for a Samurai TV series in the 60s, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

James Bond Manga
Golgo 13
Kazuo Koike
Hirata Hiroshi
Desilu Productions
Police Procedurals
Zenigata Heiji
The Falcons of Edo TV series
Toshiro Mifune
Red Sun movie
Kirisute Gomen TV series (License to Kill)
Abarenbo Shogun TV series
Matsudaira Ken
Kiku TV
Toyama no Kinsan (Magistrate Toyama) TV series
Kage no Gundan (Shadow Warriors)
Sonny Chiba
Japan Action Club (JAC)
Tokugawa Buraicho TV series
Onimitsu Kenshin (Shintaro the Samurai) TV series
Nemuri Kyoshiro
The Yagyu Conspiracy TV series
Lone Wolf and Cub TV series
Zatoichi TV Series
Usagi Yojimbo
Taiga Drama
Message from Space film (Japanese Star Wars knockoff)
Mirai Ninja (aka Cyber Ninja, which I mistakenly called Robo Ninja in the show) film

DNA Podcast 085 – Media and the Law

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DNA Podcast 085 - Media and the Law


In this episode, Rob, Don and Jack Ward discuss the relationships between the law and entertainment media. These three gumshoes leave no stone unturned as they delve into the seedy and often antagonistic relationship between those who make the rules and those who make the fun. Along the way, they discuss how copyright law has affected Audio Drama, real-life superheroes, and a surprising amount of adult material. All this, and why the king of Prussia was one sneaky S.O.B., is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Google Books Uncovers Massive Plagiarism
How Mickey and Superman Changed Copyright Law
Broken Sea Audio
Conan the Barbarian Copyright Issues
The History of Trademarks
The History of Copyright
History of Disclaimers
DC Comics
Marvel Comics
Pendant Productions
Brampton Batman
The Crimson Canuck
Batman Dead End
Spider-Man in Television
Audio Drama Ratings System
A History of PG-13
Dreams of Fisherman’s Wife by Hokusai (NSFW)
Ratings Systems
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Marg Warrior Princess
Star Trek: The Next Generation a XXX Parody (Trailer)
The Air Pirates
Friendly Franks – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Japanese Comic Book Demographics
Inspector Kurokochi
King of Prussia Markets Potatoes
Chinpokomon South Park


Jack’s Notes:

Lone Ranger Unmasked
But Moore’s career hit a speed bump in 1978, when Jack Wrather, who still owned the rights to the character, obtained a court order barring him from appearing in public as the Lone Ranger. The suit came because Universal Pictures felt it was time for a new take on the legendary masked man.
After a year-long court battle, Moore lost the right to wear the mask in 1979, a move that devastated both him and his fans. Moore was quoted as saying, “It felt like a slap in the face.”

Gary McKinnon
McKinnon stated that he was able to get into the military’s networks simply by using a Perl script that searched for blank passwords; in other words his report suggests that there were computers on these networks with the default passwords active.
He said he investigated a NASA photographic expert’s claim that at the Johnson Space Center’s Building 8, images were regularly cleaned of evidence of UFO craft, and confirmed this, comparing the raw originals with the “processed” images. He stated to have viewed a detailed image of “something not man-made” and “cigar shaped” floating above the northern hemisphere, and assuming his viewing would be undisrupted owing to the hour, he did not think of capturing the image because he was “bedazzled”, and therefore did not think of securing it with the screen capture function in the software at the point when his connection was interrupted.

Real Life Superheroes
Knight Warrior- Supernatural Power- to make the world a better place
Although he doesn’t have any combat training, gadgets, weapons, or identifiable means of protection, he does have a flashy costume, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to get people’s attention. According to him, “When people see me coming up it does tend to stun them into silence.” Knight Warrior lives with his mother.

Wheel Clamp Man

His main “heroic” activity is a full-fledged crime—he patrols Perth with an angle grinder and cuts wheel clamps off cars that have been illegally parked.Dressed in a skintight green leotard, rainbow socks, and a glue-on mustache, Wheel Clamp Man has only been working in the area for a relatively short time, but motorists are grateful for his help in helping them avoid a $135 fine.

Dark Guardian

New York, Inspiring video taking out a drug dealer out of the park

Captain Australia

With gardening gloves flexed and ampersat blazing, Captain Australia is waging a one-man war against crime in Fortitude Valley. In his day life he’s a stay-at-home father of two, but a desire to clean up Queensland’s streets has motivated him to put together a makeshift costume and patrol some of the “seedier areas” of Brisbane at night.


Vancouver! Wearing a black trench coat, black hat, and a green skull mask, Thanatos takes a community involvement approach to vigilante justice, passing out food and clothing to people on the street, even though he still keeps an eye out for any crimes that cross his path.

Phoenix Jones

Seattle Washington is an MMA fighter. Bullet proof vest and armor plating

The Flashing Blade

Has only been involved in one incident so far, but it was definitely bizarre. A gang armed with chains and knives attacked two detectives in South Shields in 2007. The detectives were unarmed, but out of nowhere a man leaped into the fight, swinging a katana and shouting, “Leave him alone, he’s a police officer!” The sword caught one of the gang members on the arm, and the rest of them turned and ran, according to the report.After the detectives were safe, The Flashing Blade disappeared and was never seen again. The only description the police got was that he was white, in his 40s, and had a mustache. So, be on the lookout.

Chinese Redbud Woman.
She has been spotted several times in Beijing wearing a mask and cape and handing out food to homeless people on the streets.Are these people vigilantes, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger, or are they actually making a difference in whatever way they can?

Paramount and Axanar
Official fan guidelines. Specifically, the production can only be 30 minutes long in total, and even then it has to be split into two parts. The Axanar film also can’t have “Star Trek” in the title, cannot use public crowd-funding and may not compensate any of the professional talent for their work.

Flagpole sitting
Flagpole sitting was a fad in the mid-to-late 1920s. The fad was begun by stunt actor and former sailor[2] Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly, who sat on a flagpole, either on a dare by a friend[3] or as a publicity stunt.[2] Shipwreck’s initial 1924 sit lasted 13 hours and 13 minutes. It soon became a fad with other contestants setting records of 12, 17 and 21 days. In 1929, Shipwreck decided to reclaim the title. He sat on a flagpole for 49 days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, setting a new record.[4] The following year, 1930, his record was broken by Bill Penfield in Strawberry Point, Iowa who sat on a flagpole for 51 days and 20 hours, until a thunderstorm forced him down. Flagpole sitting in the 1920s was a major part of the decade. For the most part, pole sitting died out after 1929, with the onset of the Depression.

Conan the Barbararian and Broken Sea
February 24, 2009
An intellectual property company has been harassing fans that were making audio versions of public domain Robert E. Howard CONAN stories.

They’d keep going, but the new fucked-up New Zealand copyright law will shut down their whole operation if the company complains.

Broken Sea Audio Productions, headquartered in New Zealand, has shut down all their Robert E. Howard projects after receiving another threatening letter from the lawyers for Conan Properties International LLC (aka Paradox Entertainment).

Disney, Universal and Warner Brothers

DNA Podcast 69 – Retro TV Recycle Bin with Jack Ward

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DNA Podcast 69 - Retro TV Recycle Bin with Jack Ward


In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with their friend Jack Ward to talk about the TV shows that might have died too soon (or not soon enough!). The trio leave no unfinished stone unturned as they delve into shows about science fiction, fantasy, comedy and cartoons that never made it past their freshman year. From Logan’s Run to Manimal, It’s Your Move to Madam’s Place, the three rummage through the recycle bin of TV history to see if there’s anything worth salvaging in there.

Note: Due to some technical difficulties, the audio quality on this episode is a bit dodgy. Our apologies.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

The Incredible Hulk (TV Show)
Man in a Suitcase
Megas XLR
Sym-Bionic Titan
Gene L. Coon
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Battlestar Galactica Documentary YouTube
Kings (Tv Series)
Ian McShane
Cupid (1994)
Galactica 1980 (I thought we weren’t talking about this?)
Max Headroom
Matt Frewer
Dwight Schultz
The Lexx
Logan’s Run TV
Planet of the Apes TV
Space 1999
Captain Scarlett and the Mysterons
It’s Your Move
The Fantastic Journey 1977
The Sonic Society
The Starlost
Dark Skies
The First Wave
John Doe
I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
Alien Nation
Robert J. Sawyer
Space: Below and Behind
Peversions of Science
Babylon 5:Crusade
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles
Earth 2
Time Tunnel
Land of the Giants
Far Out Space Nuts
The Phoenix
Chariots of the Gods
The Powers of Matthew Starr
Benji and the Alien Prince
Madame’s Place
The Duck Factory
The George Carlin Show
Space Academy
The Invaders
Under the Mountain
Star Maidens
Saphire and Steel
Salvage One
Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire
The Time Express
It’s About Time
Time Trax
Space Precinct
Crime Traveller
Mercy Point
Code Name:Eternity
The Last Train
Now and Again
Strange Luck
The Man From Atlantis
The Invisible Man
The Gemini Man
Ancient Warriors
NHK World
Ninja Truth NHK/YouTube
Spicy City
Cool World
Roswell Conspiracies
The Wonderful World of Disney
Swamp Fox
Stranger Things

DNA Podcast 054 – TV Superheroes

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DNA Podcast 054 - TV Superheroes


In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the history of American TV superheroes. From the open plains where the Lone Ranger roams, to Gotham City and Smallville, the pair chart the history of TV supers as from the dawn of TV to the present day. Along the way, they define what a Superhero is,  discuss how animated TV supers evolved, and bring back memories of the Six Million Dollar Man monster that terrified Rob as a kid. All this, and why Hugh Hefner is responsible for the campy Batman 66 TV series, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of TV Superhero Shows
Capes and Cowls: A History of Superhero TV
Small Wonder
The Lone Ranger
The Adventures of Superman
DC Heroes RPG
Kung Fury
Movie Serials
Batman Serial
The Superman Radio Show
Doc Savage Man of Bronze
Captain Video
Couragous Cat and Minute Mouse
Bob Kane
Astro Boy
Eight Man
Batman 66 or, if you prefer….
Al Lewis
The Green Hornet
The Marvel Superheroes TV Series (60’s)
Captain America Theme
Space Ghost
The Super Six
Spiderman 67
Hanna Barbera
Frankenstein Junior and the Impossibles
The Mighty Heroes
The Superfriends
The Spidermobile
Shazam! (TV Series)
The Six Million Dollar Man
Bionic Bigfoot
Ted Cassidy (Lurch)
Richard Kiel (Jaws)
The Bionic Woman
The Bionic Superpowers Sound Effect
Wonder Woman TV
The Amazing Spiderman 70’s TV
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
The Greatest American Hero
Misfits of Science
My Secret Identity
Jerry O’Connell
Superboy TV Series
Super Force
Gemini Man
Probe TV Series
Global Frequency
Lois and Clark
Power Rangers
Batman TAS
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
One Punch Man
Young Justice
Damage Control
Angel and the Ape
Prez Comic
The Tick (2017)
Skull the Slayer

DNA Podcast 017 – All About Ultraman

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DNA Podcast 017 - All About Ultraman



In this episode, Rob and Don do an overview of the Japanese media titan Ultraman, delving into the concepts behind the series, doing an overview of Ultraman’s long history, and talking about their personal connections to the character. All this, and a trip into the world of 80’s independent television, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs

Note- I had a few Mic issues with this one, sorry about the quality of the recording on my side. Also, this is our largest episode to date, but we just couldn’t get Ultraman any smaller!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed
Ultra Q
The Ultra Series
Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot
Barnaby (Linn Sheldon)
Channel 20 Detroit
Channel 29 Buffalo
Channel 43 Cleveland
Ultraman Pepsi (Cosmos)
Thai Ultraman Licensing
Ultraman in Popular Culture
Ultraman Episode One(Original Series, English Dub)
Ultra 7 Episodes in English (YouTube playlist)
Ultraman Ace episode 1 (Malaysian English Dub)
Ultraman the Anime, Episode One (English dubbed)
Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (Full animated film by Hanna Barbera)
Ultraman: Towards the Future Episode 1 (Australian Ultraman)
Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Ep 1. (American Ultraman)
Ultraman TIGA Episode 1 (English Subbed, if you’ve never seen Ultraman before, this is a good spot to start.)
Ultraman Dyna Episode 1 (English Subbed)
Ultraman Cosmos Episode 1 (English Subbed)
Ultraman Nexus (Series Playlist, English subbed.)
Ultraman Mebius (Series Playlist, English Subbed.)
Crunchyroll (which currently has 7 different Ultra series up for viewing with English subtitles, including Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Leo, Ultraman 80, Ultraman Max, and the most recent shows, you need a premium account to see them, but can get a free two-week trial.)