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Aug 4, 2015

In this episode of the podcast, Dave and Elise contemplate two movies about time travel and the military, one of which takes us from WWII to the 80s (THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT, 1984) and the other in the opposite direction (THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, 1980). We contemplate Nancy Allen's power to soothe Dave and Martin Sheen's weird second-hand Stockholm effect on Elise, and prove not to know such basic facts as whether deserts are subject to seasonal temperature changes and whether there were helicopters in the 1940s (at least without referring to ANNIE, 1982, for the answer)*. To quote listener Jay, who appears again in our Mail Bag section, “Pseudo-intellectuals indeed.”

*According to “The Army bought its first helicopter, a Vought-Sikorsky XR-4, on January 10, 1941, and operated a few improved models of that aircraft in Europe and Asia during the later stages of World War II. The first recorded use of a U.S. helicopter in combat came in May 1944, when an Army chopper rescued four drowned airmen behind enemy lines in Burma.” According to the TV Tropes page for ANNIE, “That helicopter is quite advanced for 1933. Considering Warbucks calls it an 'auto-copter' and describes it as a new invention, it's possibly meant to be some kind of Diesel Punk device.” That shows us not to rely on early 80s musicals about the Depression for our historical knowledge. Pseudo-intellectuals INDEED. I think Dave's new novel might be in the Diesel Punk genre, though.


(New!) Index

0:00 Greetings and The Philadelphia Experiment

1:46 The Final Countdown

2:29 Feedback


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Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out