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About the Show

As the flagship show of the RandomChatter Podcast Network, RandomChatter is a discussion show covering a variety of topics in the entertainment industry. It focuses primarily on movies and television (especially science fiction), but it also branches off into books, music, technology and other topics.

Unlike most other shows on the network, RandomChatter doesn't have a rigid show format. It's a free-form discussion show. Sometimes there's a pre-planned topic, and sometimes the hosts wander from topic to topic as the conversations guide them.

Erik Blythe is the primary anchor for the show, and he's joined each week by Lou Secki. Schedule-permitting, Chris McGuffin (of the Echo Base podcast) joins them.

The show is normally about an hour long. It's recorded each Thursday night, right after The Outer Rim (the network's news show). Shows are usually released on Mondays, though our Patreon donors can usually get the show as early as Friday. The Thursday night recordings are normally broadcast live via Ustream, and the audience can listen live and participate in a live chat at http://randomchatter.com/live.

History

RandomChatter originally started as a blog, not as a podcast. In 2005, Erik discovered that Ron Moore, creator of the recent Battlestar Galactica Syfy series, was releasing audio commentaries online as something called a "podcast." A few weeks later, Erik started a podcast for RandomChatter. It sucked.

The website was a pet project without a large audience. Being a huge Star Wars fan, Erik contacted one of his favorite webistes, TheForce.net, and asked if they'd be interested in having a podcast. History was made, and Erik started the Podcast for TheForce.net (naming things is not his forte).

Sadly, this meant the recently-started RandomChatter podcast was put on a back burner. Later in 2005, Erik realized that the Star Wars podcast, while very successful, was also overwhelming. At that point in time, things like Skype didn't exist, so he couldn't enlist any long-distance help with the show, and he didn't have any local options. Erik stepped down from what would eventually become The ForceCast and returned to RandomChatter.

The show went through several changes. At first, it covered movie news. Then it became primarily movie reviews. At one point, it changed its name to Movie Survival Guide, and later it was mostly replaced by MovieChatter. It also went on hiatus a few times due to Erik's various work commitments.

At the beginning of 2013, shortly after the announcement that Lucasfilm had been bought by Disney and that Star Wars would be returning to the big screen, Erik returned to what was then The ForceCast to replace its former hosts who had moved on to create their own podcast network. Shortly thereafter, in order to put his full attention into the ForceCast Network, he put the RandomChatter show on hiatus again (though the network was kept active thanks to Jay Shepard and his various shows).

In early March, 2016, Erik told his bosses at the ForceCast Network that he needed to take an indefinite hiatus (they pulled the plug on the network about a week later). He returned to his own network and rebooted the RandomChatter show.

He started with Episode 100, though the numbering is misleading. RandomChatter had produced far more than one hundred episodes over the prior decade. However, early episodes were labeled by date, not by number. And when RandomChatter started using a numbering system, it was eventually rebooted. Even Erik himself isn't sure exactly how many episodes have been produced. For the sake of clarity, RandomChatter resumed where it left off before its prior hiatus, which had left off at 99.

Episodes

2016 Episodes

Episode #108
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"Summer Movie Preview" May 9, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
Erik and Lou take a look at the upcoming summer movies and how they may perform on the Summer Movie Draft.
Episode #107
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"Fix Your Game!" April 25, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
Ubisoft threatens to ban players exploiting bugs, but are the players really the ones at fault? Also, we look at the companions of Doctor Who.
Episode #106
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"Going Retro" April 11, 2016
This week Erik and Lou are joined by Mike Templeton (The Sabacc Table, The Retro Convo) to talk about the Rogue One trailer, movies, Pokemon, video games, nostalgia, and more!
Episode #105
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"On Topic, Eventually" April 4, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
In what’s definitely one of our more “random” episodes, we eventually get to talking about violence and ratings in superhero movies. Along the way, we touch on various other topics, including Stephen King adaptations, our first Movie Draft update, the return of Flickchart’s Flick Fights podcast, annoyances with QuizUp’s monetization methods, and much more!
Episode #104
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"The Screening Room" March 28, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
Watching a movie at home the same day it’s released in the theaters sounds great, right? What if it were $50 per viewing? Even then, theater organizations are up in arms against “The Screening Room,” a new initiative founded in part by Napster’s co-creator and backed by some of Hollywood’s biggest directors. Learn more about this controversial new approach and what we think of it in this week’s RandomChatter!
Episode #103
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"Spring 2016 Movie Draft" March 16, 2016
We’ve been threatening it for years, but now we’ve finally done it! Our first Movie Draft is here! Moderated by Nathan Chase (@NathanChase) from Flickchart.com (@Flickchart), we have Erik and Lou joined by Echo Base host Chris McGuffin and Sabacc Table hosts Nate Nelson and Mike Templeton as they each bid on upcoming movies to see who’ll end up with the biggest box office total at the end of the season!
Episode #102
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"Spring Movie Preview 2016" March 14, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
Batman v Superman! X-Men: Apocalypse! Captain America: Civil War! Plus some movies you probably haven’t heard about. Don’t miss our 2016 Spring Movie Preview! Coming soon: our 2016 Spring Movie Draft!
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"RIP ForceCast" March 13, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
Erik puts the rumors to rest about The ForceCast and answers questions from the live chat room. UPDATED: Added a response from Dave regarding the Facebook post.
Episode #101
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"Coming Home" March 5, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
In this episode, we address the elephant in the room and discuss our departure from the ForceCast Network. We also look at Mad Max: Fury Road's performance at the Oscars and discuss why The Force Awakens didn’t do as well.
Episode #100
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"DEADPOOL!" February 28, 2016
Hosts: Erik Blythe, Lou Secki - Guests:
Lou and Erik discuss Deadpool!