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Robby The Robot’s Waiting: The Sci-Fi Podcast

Robby The Robot’s Waiting: The Sci-Fi Podcast

By Richard + Dave + Tanavi
Not that long ago, in a galaxy not far from here…

Two former editors of the UK’s biggest sci-fi magazine joined forces with a writer who loves the genre so much she briefly moved to Toronto to be part of it. They created Robby The Robot’s Waiting, a podcast with the prime directive of delivering the geekiest chat this side of Alpha Centauri.

Join Richard Edwards, Dave Bradley and Tanavi Patel – plus special guests – for a fortnightly adventure through the best sci-fi and fantasy from past, present… and future. Allons-y!
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Episode 8: Final Destination, The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, The Watch and more
October is the spookiest month, so we’re joined by horror expert Louise Blain to discuss new TV series The Haunting Of Bly Manor and classic movie Final Destination. Is Netflix’s gothic romance – loosely adapted from the works of Henry James – a worthy successor to last year’s Hill House series? We talk ghosts, accents, and adaptations. In our regular Rewind retro section, the crew share their love for 2000’s iconic teen death-dodging film. Is it worth a rewatch this Halloween? Meanwhile, we’ve been to the year 3000 – and beyond. We give our verdict on Star Trek: Discovery’s big jump to the future in the season three opener. And the Baby Yoda Show will be back soon, along with its supporting Mandalorian. As the trailers keep coming for the Disney streaming service’s secret weapon, it seems like a good time to ask if the future of Star Wars is on the small screen. There’s all this plus Green Lantern, The Stand, Buck Rogers, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Mad Max in Robby The Robot’s Waiting, the perfectly splendid podcast where there are no accidents, no coincidences, no escapes... Episode highlights: 1.00 – What we’re watching: Star Trek: Discovery returns, with our heroine crashing into a man and his cat, 900 years in the future. We set phasers for fun. 10.22 – The Mandalorian will be back at the end of the month! And Obi-Wan looks certain to pull a Jedi mind trick on the TV schedules soon too. We punch the Disney+ coordinates into the navicomputer and speculate on where Star Wars will take us next. 24.40 – We had Bly hopes for the follow up to The Haunting Of Hill House. We journey to a stately home in the 1980s and weigh the scary against the silly. 36.11 – Rewind: it’s been 20 years since Final Destination first cheated death. We look back on the classic teen horror. 51.32 – News: there’s a new trailer for The Watch, Buck Rogers might be making a comeback, Doctor Strange will be in Spider-Man 3, Imperator Furiosa will have her own Mad Max prequel series, we’d love to see Green Lantern in the Arrowverse, and more. Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine https://twitter.com/RichDEdwards Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more https://twitter.com/tanavip Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine https://twitter.com/BoxDaveB SPECIAL GUEST! We’re joined by journalist and presenter Louise Blain. With words in GamesRadar, T3, BBC Radio Scotland, TechRadar, BBC Click, Netflix UK, the Evolution Of Horror podcast and more, she’s well known as a doyen of dread and a guru of gore. https://twitter.com/Shiny_Demon Robby's waiting for you: sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
1:09:16
October 21, 2020
Episode 7: Batman, Ms Marvel, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Brave New World, Arrow, The Boys and more
Where does he get those wonderful toys? We take the Batmobile back to 1989 to reminisce on Tim Burton’s Batman. And we’re joined on the journey by screenwriter, author, journalist and nerd celebrity Bonnie Burton. Welcome to the latest episode of Robby The Robot’s Waiting: The Sci-Fi Podcast!  As more big movies get put back to 2021, we wonder if there’ll still be any cinemas for them to come back to. Now that Cineworld has shut its doors and films like Bond, Dune, Black Widow and more have vanished into next year, we ask what this means for the future of going to the pictures. Elsewhere, we review The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Brave New World, and the final season of Arrow, and look ahead to hot superhero news including spin-offs from The Boys and Suicide Squad, new Marvel TV in the form of Ms Marvel and Nick Fury, and Jamie Foxx reprising his role as Electro.  And there’s all this plus Cimmerian personal hygiene in at least two utopias, and corduroy vs zombies, in Robby The Robot’s Waiting, the podcast that dances with the devil in the pale moonlight. Episode highlights: 0:00:50 – What we’ve been watching: Devil, Arrow, Brave New World and The Walking Dead: World Beyond 0:15:46 – Covid-19 has broken cinema! What happens next?  0:35:25 – Our regular Rewind section: it’s hard to believe today that 1989’s Batman was meant to be a dark take on the Caped Crusader. We look back and ask if these are the best Bruce Wayne and Joker incarnations ever? 0:56:50 – News! Spin-offs for The Boys and The Suicide Squad, Marvel finds its Ms Marvel, Conan gets sweaty and Pegg and Frost bring the X-Files to the UK. Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  https://twitter.com/RichDEdwards Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more  https://twitter.com/tanavip Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine  https://twitter.com/BoxDaveB SPECIAL GUEST! Bonnie Burton is a CNET journalist, author of Art Of Abominable, The Star Wars Craft Book, Girls Against Girls, Crafting with Feminism and more! A former employee of Lucasfilm, she wrote a column in SFX magazine for years and is a regular at conventions and on podcasts. https://twitter.com/bonniegrrl Robby's waiting for you: sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
1:11:15
October 11, 2020
Episode 6: Battlestar Galactica, sci-fi at the Emmys, The Walking Dead, Quantum Leap, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and more
There are those who believe… that the rebooted Battlestar Galactica is TV’s greatest ever space opera. We hear the sound of Cylons as we set coordinates for classic episode “33”, in this, the latest episode of Robby The Robot’s Waiting.  Your regular podcast crew is joined by Sari Cohen, a journalist based in LA. She covers music and live entertainment for AXS, writes for InLove Magazine, and is an on-air correspondent/associate producer for Hollywood First Look Features. Sari and regular hosts Tanavi, Richard and Dave, discuss the 21st-century version Battlestar Galactica. Is it as good as its reputation? (Hint: yes.)  While preparing for this episode, we learned that Michael Hogan – who plays Saul Tigh in the series – is very unwell following an accident at a fan convention. Kind supporters are raising money now for his treatment, and you can contribute at https://www.gofundme.com/f/michael-hogan-fund As Watchmen becomes the big winner at this years Emmys, we ask if the major awards are finally taking sci-fi seriously – or is it just a blip? And with the news that The Walking Dead is actually coming to an end, we ponder whether this is the right time for TV’s biggest zombie invasion to shamble off into the sunset. Elsewhere, The Mandalorian season 2 takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, while – theorising that a podcast could travel within its own lifetime – we get nostalgic for Quantum Leap. We also give our verdicts on new Ghosts, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and Away. And that’s before we’ve got to She-Hulk, The Dark Crystal and WandaVision, in Robby The Robot’s Waiting, the podcast leading a ragtag fugitive fleet. So say we all!  Episode highlights: 0:00:58 – What we’ve been watching: Ghosts, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, Away. 0:09:25 – The Emmys and the Oscars: sci-fi’s relationship with awards. 0:23:16 – Oh boy! Quantum Leap remembered. Should it be rebooted?  0:27:25 – Our regular Rewind section: talking of leaping, how about every 33 minutes? We’ve been (re)watching Battlestar Galactica’s tense first season opener. 0:49:52 – The news! The Walking Dead, Marvel’s She-Hulk and WandaVision, The Mandalorian, The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance and more. 1:07:23 - Does the recent Radio Times Doctor Who poll rank the 13 Time Lords in the right order?  Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  https://twitter.com/RichDEdwards Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more https://twitter.com/tanavip Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine https://twitter.com/BoxDaveB SPECIAL GUEST! InLove Magazine entertainment journalist Sari Cohen began her career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedy writer/performer and over the years has developed scripts for both the stage and screen. She’s also penned funny stuff for popular sites such as Cracked and Screen Rant. You can check out more on Twitter at @ask_sari or follow her adventures on Instagram under @thesavvyscribbler. Robby's waiting for you: sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
1:10:33
September 25, 2020
Episode 5: The X-Files, 2020 movie preview, Black Widow, The Boys, Ridley Scott, The Witcher and more
Things are getting strange we’re starting to worry, this could be a case for… the Robby The Robot’s Waiting crew! Yes, in the latest podcast we’re seeing if the truth really is out there, with a look back at season one of The X-Files. We’re joined by writer and TV archaeologist Paul Terry, whose work on The X-Files: The Official Archives (Cryptids, Biological Anomalies, and Parapsychic Phenomena) will hit shelves this month. Is first season episode Squeeze still a great episode of TV? Back in the present day, we share the shows and films we’ve been catching up with (The Boys, Geostorm, Dark, Lovecraft Country, Bill & Ted Face The Music) and preview those which are yet to come (Free Guy, Black Widow, Soul, Raised By Wolves). If you’re on the hunt for recommendations, this is the place to be.  In the news, Covid-19 succeeds where Gotham’s most despicable criminals have failed and shuts down The Batman; the Game Of Thrones creators tackle The Three Body Problem; Alien could be respawning; a live-action Spider-verse is swinging on to the small screen courtesy of Silk; The Witcher’s timeline controversy; and loads more. Star Trek Day and the announcement about The Walking Dead’s 11th season being its last took place after we recorded – but fear not, we’ll talk about those and loads more in Episode 6. Episode highlights: 0:00:47 – What we’ve been watching: The Boys, The New Mutants, Bill & Ted Face The Music, Geostorm, Dark 0:10:07 – 2020 movie preview: what will tempt us to the cinema this year? Black Widow, Free Guy, Soul 0:21:02 – Meet our guest Paul Terry! He’s been watching Lovecraft Country and Raised By Wolves 0:24:33 – Our regular Rewind segment! Looking back at a classic episode of The X-Files – Squeeze 0:37:19 – Paul Terry opens the case files on his upcoming book The X-Files: The Official Archives 0:48:42 – The sci-fi news this week. Batman vs Covid-19; Benioff and Weiss on The Three Body Problem; Ridley Scott maybe heading back to the Alien universe; John Boyega; The Witcher and more Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more  Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine  SPECIAL GUEST! Paul Terry: bestselling writer, music composer, producer and archivist. He’s authored and co-authored many guides to top TV shows and pop culture phenomenon. Robby's waiting for you: sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
59:42
September 10, 2020
BONUS EPISODE Spoiler-filled Tenet special
Anyone for Tenet? In this one-off special episode, your Robby The Robot’s Waiting crew venture back to the cinema to watch Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller Tenet.  Tenet stars John David Washington with Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel and Dimple Kapadia, in an epic James Bond-like tale of secret agents tackling a billionaire’s doomsday plot… with added mind-frying time manipulation.  It’s the biggest release of the year so far, bringing people back to movie theatres after the Covid-19 lockdown. It’s also destined to be one of the most talked about, thanks to its blockbuster set pieces and Nolan’s familiar narrative gymnastics – Tenet is a movie shouting out for geeky analysis. Watch the trailer for Tenet and book tickets in your area at the official site: https://www.tenetfilm.com/ Performing this temporal pincer movement: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more  Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine  Robby's waiting for you: sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
23:31
September 4, 2020
Episode 4: Dune, The Batman, Lovecraft Country, Lucifer, Star Wars and more
Sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere, but it didn’t stand in the way of Dune becoming a classic. We fold space and take a trip through Frank Herbert’s epic SF novel in the company of Arthur C Clarke Award director Tom Hunter. And as Denis Villeneuve prepares to follow a trail blazed by David Lynch, is it really as unfilmable as some critics say?  Meanwhile, forget Comic-Con: DC hosted its own Fandome and got the world – and your podcast hosts – talking about The Batman, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Adam and The Suicide Squad. We discuss what we saw and what superhero fans should be most excited about.  After The Rise Of Skywalker divided the fanbase, is another Star Wars Holiday Special the chosen one that can restore balance to the force? Yes, that’s right, we’re celebrating Life Day with Lego.  There’s also Tales of Arcadia: Wizards, Lucifer season five, Iain M Banks’ Culture, Star Trek, Pinocchio, The Boys and our heartfelt tribute to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, whose death at only 43 was reported while we were preparing this episode. Episode highlights: 00:50 – Commemorating Chadwick Boseman 5.39 – What we’ve been enjoying! Tales of Arcadia: Wizards, Lucifer season five, Project Power, Lovecraft Country 15:05 – The hot news and trailers from DC Fandome 27:12 – Discover the Arthur C Clarke Award and its significance for SF literature 33:21 – He who controls the spice controls the universe. In our regular Rewind section, we re-read Dune and discuss the themes and influence of Frank Herbert’s epic SF universe  50:31 – In the news! Another Star Wars Holiday Special? Plus Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, adapting Iain M Banks’ Culture (or not), Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, Jensen Ackles in The Boys, and more. Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more  Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine  SPECIAL GUEST! Tom Hunter: director of The Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s premier prize for science fiction literature Robby's waiting for you: sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
1:02:42
August 31, 2020
Episode 3: Flash Gordon, Life After Flash, Star Trek, Red Dwarf, Raised By Wolves, The Watch, and more
Flash Gordon approaching! (What do you mean “Flash Gordon approaching”?)  We’re off to Mongo circa 1980 in the third episode of your new fave sci-fi podcast. Lisa Downs, director of documentary film Life After Flash and bona fide Flash Gordon expert, joins genre journos Tanavi Patel, Richard Edwards and Dave Bradley as we look back at the 40-year-old space opera classic. We’ll be swapping anecdotes about Brian May, Brian Blessed and a few non-Brians with a filmmaker who interviewed the movie’s cast and crew for her unique documentary about Flash star Sam J Jones. We also embark on our usual adventures through the wider geeksphere. What do the team make of Umbrella Academy season 2 and all its little Easter eggs? (If you’ve not seen the new season yet, please do skip over our first ever spoiler section!) What did we learn from the Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years documentary? Star Trek: Lower Decks is finally out, but is it actually funny? (Hint: not enough.) We also speculate about future Star Trek movies, hail the return of Christopher Eccleston to Doctor Who, ask ourselves if The Watch will live up to Terry Pratchett’s vision, and loads more.  Episode highlights: 00:48 – Umbrella Academy season 2 [BEWARE SPOILERS! 09:09-14:46] 09:09 – Umbrella Academy spoilers [skip this bit to avoid some season 2 secrets] 14:52 – What we’ve been enjoying: Ghosts, Claire North’s The Pursuit Of William Abbey, Star Trek Lower Decks, Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years 21:12 – Gordon’s alive! In our regular Rewind section, the crew share anecdotes about 1980’s Flash Gordon with Lisa Downs, director of the Life After Flash documentary 32:47 – Interview with Lisa Downs about the creation of Life After Flash (and also about her current work on a Flight Of The Navigator documentary). Life After Flash is available on Amazon Prime Video and the new Flash Gordon Collector's Edition from StudioCanal. https://www.lifeafterflash.com/ 47:19 – The news! With Star Trek movies, Tron 3, Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves, Terry Pratchett’s The Watch adaptation, Doctor Who, and more Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more  Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine  SPECIAL GUEST! Lisa Downs: director of Life After Flash and more upcoming documentaries about classic movies Robby's waiting for you: Sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us) https://tinyurl.com/robbynewsletter
56:47
August 13, 2020
Episode 2: Cursed, Tremors, Comic-Con@Home trailers, The Boys and more
We're going underground (going underground)... Welcome to the second episode of Robby The Robot’s Waiting: The Sci-Fi Podcast. If you love sci-fi, fantasy and horror, join entertainment journalists Richard Edwards, Tanavi Patel and Dave Bradley, as they hide from Graboids and admire the latest TV and movie trailers. This week – joined by Den Of Geek UK editor, critic and horror aficionado Rosie Fletcher – we discuss blockbuster cinema in the coronavirus world, chat about top upcoming sci-fi including Bill And Ted and Star Trek Prodigy, and, of course, rewatch Kevin Bacon’s finest movie about killer worms, Tremors. There are also Sky Sharks. Lots of Sky Sharks. Episode highlights: 0:40 – What we've been watching (Cursed, Umbrella Academy, Pitch Black)  9:06 – Coronavirus and the cinema  17:30 – “Insidious Queen” Rosie Fletcher talks Buffy's best seasons, the Sandman audio, FrightFest 2020, the Bird Box sequel and more  23:38 – Our regular Rewind section! This episode: we rewatch Tremors. Does it hold up (or down) after 30 years?   33:55 – News round-up: trailers from San Diego Comic-Con@Home including The Boys season 2, Helstrom, Star Trek Prodigy, Zack Snyder's Justice League, a Witcher prequel and loads more  43:47 – Will Bill And Ted Face The Music be most triumphant? Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more   Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine   SPECIAL GUEST! Rosie Fletcher: writer, horror expert, UK editor of Den Of Geek Robby's waiting for you: Sign up to our mailing list (coming soon – be among the first to join us)
47:51
July 30, 2020
Episode 1: Buffy, Marvel, Space Force, Comic-Con@Home 2020 preview and more
Hailing frequencies open! Welcome to the first episode of Robby The Robot’s Waiting. Yep, we know the title only makes sense if you’re aware of both 1980s Bananarama hits and 1950s space films. But we hope that if you like sci-fi and fantasy, you’ll get a kick out of 50 minutes in the company of genre gurus and SFX magazine old-timers Richard Edwards, Tanavi Patel and Dave Bradley. Join us this week for our takes on the latest sci-fi news, a look back at the best of Buffy, a look forward to the first-ever online-only San Diego Comic-Con, and an anecdote-laden chat with author and journalist Tara Bennett, as she joins us from LA to reveal the incredible behind-the-scenes access in her official Marvel movies book.  Episode highlights: 0.49 – Streaming highlights: Netflix series Space Force, Netflix movie The Old Guard, classic Syfy TV show Eureka, and Disney+ animated series The Clone Wars 7.54 – What do we expect from Comic-Con@Home at Home this year? 18.24 – Devs, Muppets, Marvel and more with Tara Bennett  (SFX and SYFY WIRE) 25:18 – We rewatch the two-part finale of Buffy season two. Does it hold up? 39:30 – The news! With Star Trek Lower Decks, Fast & Furious in space, Gotham PD, a new Batwoman, Star Wars The Bad Batch and more Doing the talking: Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and former editor of SFX magazine  Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more  Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and another former editor of SFX magazine  SPECIAL GUEST! Tara Bennett: author, journalist, US editor of SFX magazine, senior producer at SYFY WIRE Robby's waiting for you: Sign up to our mailing list (coming soon - be among the first to join us)
50:10
July 16, 2020