Voices Behind the Scenes of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The longer weekend has allowed for some leisurely watching of some films, and one, which is very much in the style of the adventure tales we like to tell at Jabberwocky Audio Theater, is Disney’s 2001 film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Here’s some behind the scenes bits of the voice actors.

America and Mass Transit

WMATA/Shutterstock/Madison McVeigh/CityLab

Hey! Since we here in the United States are not traveling so much on this traditional week of travel, how about we take that time and read this longform article by Jonathan English all about mass transit in the United States. It unearths some assumptions about what mass transit is and can be and how those assumptions developed over the past 100 years or so.

Besides the fond memories evoked by seeing the picture above (I was there for the grand opening of Washington’s Metro — you were able to ride free all day), I also found his premises interesting.

A Viewing Guide for Star Trek: Enterprise

Back in September, I did a ranking of every episode of every Star Trek series (updates including the debut season of Lower Decks and latest season of Discovery are due in 2021).

But what if you haven’s seen all of the Star Trek series? And what if you’re all ready to binge-watch another series this year?

If you haven’t seen Enterprise, the Trek franchise’s first prequel series, you’re probably not alone. While I have found several people who consider it their favorite, anecdotally, it appears to be the least watched series outside of the original animated one.

And I understand. The first two seasons are tough going a lot of the time. The theme song never gets better (except for briefly in season 4). However, as with all Trek, it –by and large– ages pretty darn well and scratches some itches you didn’t know you have about Andorians, Vulcans, and the founding of the United Federation of Planets.

The following list cuts 44 of the 98 episodes out of the mix, giving you enough grounding with the characters in the first two seasons to better enjoy the increased continuity and worldbuilding of the final two seasons.

If you find you really are enjoying the series, you can always catch up on those missing episodes in the inevitable rewatch for completeness (I’m cutting some episodes I really like, but –if I’m being honest– aren’t necessary for a first watch).

Also, after hearing the opening theme song, feel free to turn down the volume or skip the intro entirely except for “In a Mirror, Darkly” in the fourth season (I love the visuals, I’ve tried and the song doesn’t work for me).

Season One

Skip most of it except:

  • “Broken Bow” (Eps 1 & 2)
  • “The Andorian Incident” (Ep 7)
  • “Silent Enemy” (Ep 12)
  • “Dear Doctor” (Ep 13)
  • “Vox Sola” (Ep 22)
  • “Shockwave, Pt. 1” (Ep 26)

Season Two

Skip most of it except:

  • “Shockwave, Pt. 2” (Ep 1)
  • “Carbon Creek” (Ep 2)
  • “Minefield” (Ep 3)
  • “Vanishing Point” (Ep 10)
  • “The Breach” (Ep 21)
  • “Cogenitor” (Ep 22)
  • “The Expanse” (Ep 26)

Season Three

Watch most of it, except:

  • “Extinction” (Ep 3)
  • “Exile” (Ep 6)
  • “Similitude” (Ep 10)
  • “Doctor’s Orders” (Ep 16)

Season Four

Watch most of it, except:

  • “Daedalus” (Ep 10)
  • “These Are the Voyages…” (Ep 22)

As per the showrunner, the true series finale is “Terra Prime,” episode 21.

There you go! A Star Trek binge-fest that can easily fit into the rest of the year.

(Note: I did this one as a favor to someone who had meant to watch the series, but couldn’t get into it and have since been told by several people that they were in the same boat (or NX-class starship?). If people think I should do viewing guides for other series, let me know!)

Let’s Talk about Capes

I’ve been kind of preoccupied with some minor things over the past couple weeks.

So let’s talk about matters of true importance: capes in Science Fiction. (Sorry, Edna Mode).

We’ve got the blueshift cape, now I want to see the redshift cape! #NerdHumor

Completely Non-Topical Post on Rulers

I mentioned last week that I had delved back into the always insightful videos of CGP Grey… and so I rewatched this classic from 2016 which I repost here for no reason at all other than to give further things to think about regarding power and governance.

Aaron Sorkin Gives Screenwriting Support

Purveyor of hyperreal –and immensely satisfying– dialogue, playwright/screenwriter Aaron Sorkin jumped online last week to give a few really choice answers to some Twitter questions. Enjoy.

Pandemic Lockdown: CGP Grey Edition

Evidently I’ve hit a wall with binge-watching TV shows, as I find I’ve drifted into checking out various YouTube channels and their bite-size videos. That includes revisiting CGP Grey‘s obsessively researched, and always entertaining, videos.

As probably comes as no surprise, he created a video about how to organize your lockdown life:

And then he also did a follow up a couple months ago:

Hey, I can’t be the only one who found this still useful even though we’re several years into 2020.

A Great Disturbance in the Mouse

2020 continues to be decade of twists and turns stuffed into one unrepentant year.

Now, the whole future of filmed entertainment might be changing course because a certain large House of Mouse has recently said it’s focusing on streaming.

Make no mistake. This is big.

Where I’ll Be: Monologue Madness

As several of you are likely aware, I do casting for independent productions in the DC area (not just for Jabberwocky Audio Theater). Much of this is centered around the Stonehenge Auditions, which I’ve done since 2005.

One of the fellow annual events that DC actors are well aware of is called Monologue Madness.

It’s usually scheduled around March, to coincide with another well-known madness, but as with so many events this year, it has been pushed back and is now online.

I will be one of the judges this year, which makes me very happy, as I know there’s going to be some great monologues.

It’s Officially Halloween Season

Pay no attention to the horror that was Friday’s post. It’s well past the first day of Autumn. It’s October. That means two things.

It’s (NSFW) decorative gourd season!

And

Time to watch some scary films.

Your mileage may vary.