Lead by a 'crazy' stump preacher, the martians leave their reservations to return to the mountains where they used to live. The 'true' story of the death march is told years later by the kid that accompanied them. Kind of dry, we ended up giving it a 5.
It's a regular ol' Shanghaied story, but in space. The heir to a shipping fortune is shanghaied onto one of his own ships and...results are pretty predictable. Neither of us liked it all that much, Richard more than Ryan, 4 vs 5.5.
A supply ship with life saving serum and a very precise fuel load discovers a stowaway which unbalances a cold equation and has a grim conclusion. It's a somber and well acted, well written adaptation that we both like a whole lot.
An expedition teams discovers that their vaccine for the deadly disease that plagues the planet they're exploring has expired so they must seek out the technology shunning natives to see if they have a cure. Spoiler, the cure turns out to not be a jerk. It's an odd episode, one of the first overtly anti-colonial ones. We were split on it being almost good or almost not bad.
A crook looks up an old flame who is a caretaker to a scientist who has created a robot with an AI equivalent to a six year old child and uses it for crime with unforeseen consequences. Adapted from a short story by the author of Psycho, it's kind of a middling robot story that ultimately we felt was a better fit in a half dozen other otr radio shows.
We both rated it a 4.
So, we can only afford enough storage for four episodes a month. So I took up some of the slack from last month and threw together a mini-episode of the chattering nonsense that goes on during sound checks so that there was something going on this week at least. Highlights include a Sandwich Machine idea by Richard, some bad impressions and covers, and a lament about butt wiping. On the plus side, it's short. We return to our normal programming next week with Almost Human...
In the future automated houses do everything for you, including entertain your kids. A holodeck-style nursery takes over for a set of bridge playing parents until children's unrestrained imagination gets gruesome on the African veldt.
Ryan didn't think the story stood up over time and Richard, while not his favorite and argues again that Ray Badbury isn't really a science fiction writer, argues that there is a poetry in Bradbury's writing that makes it all worth it.