Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Cygnus Broadcasting Station: The Complete Series (2011-2013)

As we prepare to move into a new era of Cinemologists podcasting (the first episode of Cinemologists Radio is coming very soon), it seems like an appropriate time to look back at our very first attempt at a radio talk show... The Cygnus Broadcasting Station!

Named after the awe-inspiring spaceship from The Black Hole (1979), C.B.S., as we affectionately (and confusingly) referred to it, began on Alex's YouTube channel on September 23, 2011 and completed its 8-episode run on the Cinemologists' now defunct Blip.tv channel on January 7, 2013. On the show, we discussed just about everything under the cinematic sun we could think of. The audio quality was horrendous, the banter was frequently off-topic, and we seemed to be confused as to who the actual "host" of the show was, but we sure had a lot of fun doing it. We even had a celebrity guest star in one episode!

Listed below is the complete series in broadcast order for your convenience:

Episode 1: "Touch of Evil and Anna Karina"
Airdate: September 23, 2011

In this episode, we discuss a variety of random topics, from Hammer Horror to Orson Welles to Anna Karina. In these early episodes, we always opened with Lou Reed's "My Name is Mok" and closed with Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Dance, Dance, Dance," both of which are taken from the 1983 animated classic Rock and Rule.

Episode 2: "Film Scores!"
Airdate: September 24, 2011

In this episode, we go on endlessly about some of our favorite movie and TV soundtracks, including FantasiaStar Trek: The Motion PictureThe Prisoner, and more!

Episode 3: "Disney Movies"
Airdate: October 1, 2011

Fond memories of Walt Disney Pictures are discussed, included the creepy but awesome neon rotating Micky logo, how the Disney Channel used to be awesome, Patrick McGoohan's historical priest-by-day-crime-fighting-scarecrow-by-night TV show, Davy Crockett blowing up pirates, and of course The Black Hole and Condorman.

Episode 4: "Movies That Never Were"
Airdate: October 7, 2011

This was a very fun episode to record, and hopefully we'll revisit the featured topic sometime in the future. Here we discuss movies that were in the works but never finished, including a bevy of Orson Welles productions, an R-rated Darren Aronofsky Batman film, Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune, and many more.

Episode 5: "Bond Films"
Airdate: October 7, 2011

"Try to be a little less than your usual frivolous self, 007!" We go on at length about our favorite (and most hated) Bond movies, Bond actors, Bond villains, Bond girls, Bond vehicles, Bond soundtracks, etc. What we're trying to say here is that we like James Bond movies.

Episode 6: "Lovecraft and The Three Musketeers"
Airdate: December 7, 2011

This episode features a completely random assortment of topics, including a rant about a Birth of a Nation "screening" we went to, Ray Harryhausen books, the 1970s Three Musketeers films with Michael York and Oliver Reed, expensive lamps, and more!

Episode 7: "Let's Talk About ANIME"
Airdate: September 27, 2012

After an almost year-long hiatus, C.B.S. returned for its final two episodes, now with a fun new intro! The music featured in said intro is "The Lights Go Down" by the Electric Light Orchestra (from Time, my favorite album of all time), while the closing music for this episode (removed for its transition to YouTube due to their silly copyright restrictions) was Ennio Morricone's theme for Navajo Joe. This time around, we talk about anime new and old and how Hayao Miyazaki is woefully uninformed about squid biology.

Episode 8: "80's Sci-Fi with Zaranyzerak"
Airdate: January 7, 2013

Although we didn't know it would be our last episode at the time, this one actually ended up being an epic finale for the series! Twice the length of almost every previous episode, we were honored to be joined by guest star Sean McLean aka Zaranyzerak, who talked with us at great length about 80's sci-fi and shared some awesome stories as well. Although it yet again had to be removed due to YouTube's copyright restrictions, the final song heard at the end of this episode was Ennio Morricone's theme to Scusi, facciamo l'amore?.

The End of the Road...

After that, the series went into deep hibernation as life got the better of Alex, Y2K, and I. In addition to general business, the editing process had become just as demanding as some of our full-length movie reviews (up to 7-8 hours total), and, because of that, it was difficult to find time for completing episodes. And so, we decided to lay the Cygnus Broadcasting Station banner to rest and start afresh with a new series called  Cinemologists Radio, which will be airing its first episode very soon. Although the old series has come to a close, Alex, Y2K, and I look back fondly on our C.B.S. memories, and we can't wait to make some new ones with C.R. Also, considering the passage of time, we hope to revisit some of the topics we touched on in these early shows (I'm especially excited to chat more about the Bond franchise in the future) and bring you some more epic guest stars as well.

Until next time, stay tuned to this channel... there's more on the way!

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