Space Junk is a surreal trip through outer space and exists as a companion piece to The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe.
The original nine episodes released between August-September 2018 have been re-purposed and presented on Youtube as a complete package.
The vacuum of space is a cold and lonely place…
Forgotten and alone, your derelict ship drifts aimlessly in the darkness. Your only company, and last defence against the maddening silence, is the barely functioning radio receiver. Pressing your ear against the speaker, you listen closely and hope for help to drift your way…
Initially set to be only four episodes long, the first half of this series leans heavily into building on lore from the Quest Inn podcast. The Furious Rodent Leader sketches were scripted and performed by Mog in a second session.
Space Junk2 (episodes 5-9) comprises additional improvisations with Charlie Sturgeon alongside scripted material written and performed by Mog.
Episodes 1-4 written and performed by Tom Fahey, Indiana Kiely, Mog Thistlethwaite and Beau Windon.
Episodes 5-9 (Space Junk2) written and performed by Tom Fahey, Charlie Sturgeon, Mog Thistlethwaite and Beau Windon.
Original music featured throughout the series was written and performed by Soul Doubt.
With Disenchantment dropping its third season this week on Netflix, and with everybody secretly wishing they were actually watching Futurama instead, now is the perfect time to revisit a quirky anomaly in the classic show’s (debatable) canon.
As explained by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick at the top of the episode, this thing came about in a fortuitous aligning of the stars (but mostly to promote the mobile app game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow).
Speaking of stars, the original cast (minus Frank Welker), creator David X Cohen, and writers Ken Keeler and Patric M Verrone all return for this special event episode. Hardwick joins in too as a new character named Klaxxon.
Meanwhile, Fry’s attempts to impress Leela leads the Planet Express crew to a planet where Bender steals an object that later reveals itself to be the sentient entity called Klaxxon.
Upon learning Klaxxon’s true intentions, the crew must save the Earth from total destruction.
The best thing about this episode is hearing the original cast back together again. Billy, Katey, John, Maurice, Tress, Phil, Lauren and David are to voice actors what the Super Friends are to superheroes and together they can do no wrong. All the characters sound as fresh as ever and everyone, as always, sound like they are having a blast performing the script.
“I’ve got podcasts so tedious, they make embroidery look like Star Wars!” – Klaxxon, RADIORAMA!
The worst thing about the episode is that it quite obviously only exists to promote the app game. The near-hour of story is littered with in-universe ad breaks spruiking outlandish products similar to those featured in the TV show.
The ads work well and tie into the plot for a little extra punch, but alongside them are ads for the app game. It does not work for me, but it may not bother you.
As you can tell, the episode is super meta and breaks the fourth wall on occasion with a handful of sight(less) gags that rely on audio and acknowledge the format. These are a little hit and miss but go a small way to helping the listener feel that you are in on the joke.
If you can take this special for what it is, a not-so-serious reunion event made to promote a tie-in game, it is quite a lot of fun. The writing weaves the story, social commentary, and silliness to make it feel like a genuine Futurama episode. Much like “The Lost Adventure” from the PS2/XBox-era video game—it’s basically Slurm light.
If you’ve got an hour to kill, give it a go. At least it will help to pass the time until Disenchantment does a crossover episode.
Dr Karen Debbie Cradle PhD is back with another season of compassionate, selfless and professional counselling. Taking lockdown in her stride, this time it’s her turn to be on the couch as she works home performing one-on-one consultations online. Join Karen and a slew of celebrities* on a spiritual journey that is sure to have Dr Phil and Esther Perel shaking in their boots.
Dr Karen Debbie Cradle Phd certainly has a way with people – just ask anyone who’s seen her. So come on, strap yourself in for Why Are You Here? the improv comedy podcast that gives you front row seats to the world of therapy as Dr Karen attempts to initiate positive change in the lives of her clients that, as she says, obviously need her help.
Why Are You Here? is carefully structured so that you can easily drop in for an episode here and there, but if you invest a little time in listening to every episode, you will discover the overarching story.
This story centres on a woman grappling with the dichotomy of presenting herself as relevant and in control in her professional life while struggling to deal with the chaos of her personal life.
Each episode is a fly-on-the-wall view of Karen at work in one of her sessions. Things generally go from bad to worse as she becomes embroiled in the lives of her clients.
We’re also introduced to the character of Pescel Mirvington PhD, Karen’s personal therapist, PhD supervisor and guide-mother, skilfully performed by Jacob Sacher, who doesn’t hold back from giving Karen a taste of her own medicine.
The second season picks up some time after the first. Meanwhile, Karen has relocated to the United States so that she might take her career to new heights through the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. As the story progresses, we learn that perhaps not all of Karen’s appointments have been agreed upon by all parties as Karen inserts herself into the lives of Hollywood’s elite to help them with their problems.
Season three sees Karen continue her quest of speaking to the stars, and she’s not going to let a little thing like a global pandemic get in her way.
Dr Karen Debbie Cradle is an ingeniously flawed character that sits somewhere on a scale between Julia Davis’ Jill Tyrrell (Nighty Night) and Steve Coogan’sAlan Partridge. With a wonderful balance of wit, devious opportunism and social ineptitude, she’s at her funniest on the defensive. Who knows, perhaps her Hollywood odyssey may just see Karen reach her goal of becoming a household name.
All of Karen’s guests are brought to life by a selection of Melbourne’s finest improvisers. So far, season three features: Hayley Tantau, Solange Foley-Dawson and Lukas Quinn with more to follow in the coming weeks.
Season two features: Eloise Antonie, Scout Boxall, James Collopy, Pedro Cooray, Jeremy Hughes and Cristina Spizzica (RHYMEZONE), Indiana Kiely and Simon Hawkings (Liz Comedy), Daniel Moore, Brendan Wan, Matt Young and Barney Pollock (Cool & Smart).
Season one features: Prue Blake, Ange Chan, Tom Fahey, Taylor Griffiths, Hill Kuttner, Jayden Masciulli, Jacob Sacher, Stefan Sgarioto, Nikki Spunde, Becky Swannick, and Jenni Townsend!
The third season takes a slightly different approach with longer two-part episodes and I’m very much looking forward to finding out where Karen’s adventures take her in this ongoing story.