The Omega Beam
Join host Orren Merton and other panelists for entertaining and insightful discussions of today's science fiction, fantasy, and comic-based TV and movies.
info_outline Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse *Spoiler-free* review 12/08/2018
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse *Spoiler-free* review In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and I caught a showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a week before it's official US Debut, and we offer our spoiler-free review! Enjoy!
info_outline #25 - The House with a Clock in its Walls 09/29/2018
#25 - The House with a Clock in its Walls Welcome to The Omega Beam #25! The studio is still being deconstructed and reconstructed, but I managed to squeak a short episode in to discuss the new fantasy movie The House with a Clock in its Walls. Enjoy!
info_outline #24 - Incredibles 2 and Mission Impossible Fallout 08/27/2018
#24 - Incredibles 2 and Mission Impossible Fallout Welcome to The Omega Beam #24! The studio is disassembled for another few weeks, but I did manage to get one new episode posted in August! This episode consists of two spoiler free quick reviews of some really entertaining movies: First, I talk about Incredibles 2 (4:40) Next, I talk about Mission Impossible: Fallout (9:17) Enjoy!
info_outline #23 - Special Edition Comic-Con Panel 07/25/2018
#23 - Special Edition Comic-Con Panel Welcome to The Omega Beam #23 — the Comic-Con Special Edition! Golden and I drove down south to San Diego to participate in the wonder and madness that is Comic-Con International, aka San Diego Comic-Con. We give our impressions, opinions, and experiences, discussing what we did while down there, along with our thoughts on three world premieres we saw: Castle Rock (new TV series coming to Hulu), Jack Ryan (New TV series coming to Amazon Video), and Death of Superman (direct-to-video DC Animated feature). Here are some links related to panels and videos we discuss: YouTube Original: Impulse YouTube Original: Origin John Barrowman Sandman: House of Whispers The Big Bang Theory Hulu Original: Castle Rock Amazon Original: Jack Ryan Marvel's Cloak & Dagger DC Animation: Death of Superman Supergirl Arrow DC's Legends of Tomorrow Flash
info_outline #22 - Ant-Man and the Wasp Panel 07/15/2018
#22 - Ant-Man and the Wasp Panel Welcome to The Omega Beam #22! This inaugural episode of The Omega Beam is devoted to a panel discussion with Golden about the new Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp. As with all of our panels: SPOILER ALERT! We discuss the movie in its entirety, so unless you want it spoiled for you, be sure to see the movie first, then listen to the panel. Enjoy!
info_outline #21 - Comic Book TV show end of season thoughts 06/29/2018
#21 - Comic Book TV show end of season thoughts Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #21! The vast majority of this episode looks back on the comic-based TV shows that ended their seasons recently, and my final impressions of them . I discuss Lucifer, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I also include one bonus show, the recently introduced Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger (:37). After that, I take some time to talk about the future of the podcast, and what it's going to look like in weeks to come (23:30).
info_outline #20 - SOLO: A Star Wars Story Panel 06/15/2018
#20 - SOLO: A Star Wars Story Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #20! This episode is another discussion panel with Caren and Chris Spitler and Golden! Our subject this time is Solo: A Star Wars Story. As with all of our panels, **SPOILER ALERT** We assume you’ve seen the story, and we discuss it beginning to end. So if you haven’t seen it, go and do so, then listen to the podcast. Don’t worry, it will still be here when you get back, we promise. Enjoy!
info_outline #19 - Deadpool 2 Panel 06/03/2018
#19 - Deadpool 2 Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #19! We have another SPOILER filled panel discussion for you! Caren and Chris Spitler, as well as Golden, join me to talk about our thoughts and insights into Deadpool 2! If you haven’t seen the movie, then run out and see it first, then come back and break the fourth wall with us!
info_outline #18 - Avengers Infinity War Panel 05/07/2018
#18 - Avengers Infinity War Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #18! In this SPOILER filled episide I sit down with friends of the podcast Caren Spitler and Golden to discuss Avengers Infinity War in all it’s aspects. You know what that means: SPOILER ALERT!! If you haven’t seen the movie yet (and if you’re listening to this podcast, you probably have, maybe multiple times) please see it first, then come back and listen to our panel. If you have already seen it, we hope you enjoy our thorough and entertaining discussion! Oh, did I mention SPOILERS yet?
info_outline #16 - WonderCon, Suicide Squad, Kevin Hearne, Batman Ninja, Ready Player One 04/03/2018
#16 - WonderCon, Suicide Squad, Kevin Hearne, Batman Ninja, Ready Player One Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #16! I’m your host Orren Merton, and while this is a shorter episode it’s jam packed with goodies! This year I attended WonderCon in Orange County, California. (:54). I give my impressions of the con, and also some of the great premieres and panels I saw there: I took in the DC Animated movie Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (3:27) A panel with fantasy author Kevin Hearne (6:30) And another DC Animated movie, this one from Warner Japan called Batman Ninja (8:22). Finally, I give a **spoiler free** review of Ready Player One. (10:33) Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
info_outline #15 - Timeless, Jessica Jones S2, and Tech Gadgets 03/15/2018
#15 - Timeless, Jessica Jones S2, and Tech Gadgets Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #15! This episode we’ve got a little television and a few tech gadgets! I start by discussiong two shows I’m watching that just started their second seasons: Timeless and Jessica Jones. (:44) After that, I discuss three tech gadgets: the iPhone X, the Xiaomi Amazfit Bip watch, and the Amazon Echo Spot. (4:45) Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
info_outline #14 - The Black Panther Panel 02/27/2018
#14 - The Black Panther Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #14! This episode is entirely about the new Marvel movie Black Panther! It’s definitely a movie worth a panel, and so we give it one! Join Caren and Golden as we discuss this game changing superhero film. SPOILER ALERT!! We don’t go plot point by plot point, but we do skip around and mention lots of events, so if you’re one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t seen the film yet, you have been warned!
info_outline #13 - Jumanji, YouTubers, Star Trek Discovery and Happy! Wrap-ups 02/13/2018
#13 - Jumanji, YouTubers, Star Trek Discovery and Happy! Wrap-ups Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #13! I begin this episode with a spoiler-free review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a movie that I didn’t intend to see, but I’m glad I did. (1:16) Next, I give a short report of how YouTubers are becoming an ingrained part of our culture, based on my experience at the NAMM trade show. (6:33) Finally, I give end-of-season wrap ups of two shows that I just finished watching: Star Trek Discovery (12:10) and Happy! (19:14) Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
info_outline #12 - The Shape of Water, Happy!, and Podcast apps 01/14/2018
#12 - The Shape of Water, Happy!, and Podcast apps Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #12, the first episode of 2018! In this episode I cover film, TV, and even some podcast apps! First, I give my spoiler free thoughts about the new Guillermo Del Toro film, The Shape of Water (1:01). Then I tell you about a new show based on a comic book miniseries that I just started, called Happy! (6:05). Finally, I answer questions about my favorite podcast apps for listening to Culture Pop Remix—and other podcasts, of course! (8:39) Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
info_outline #11 - Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Punisher, and Doctor Who 12/28/2017
#11 - Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Punisher, and Doctor Who Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #11, the last episode of 2017! This episode is filled to the top with goodness, and NO SPOILERS for anything being discussed! First, I give you my thoughts on Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, including the fan controversy that has surrounded the film. (1:10). Then I discuss the latest Netflix Marvel series The Punisher, and how compelling a character Frank Castle is. (7:48) Next up, the Doctor Who Christmas Special “Twice Upon A Time,” and some of my opinions of the Stephen Moffet years of Doctor Who, and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. (16:09) Finally, I end the podcast with some end of year thoughts about where Culture Pop Remix is, and where it’s going in 2018 and beyond. Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
info_outline #10 - Crisis on Earth-X and Stranger Things 2 Panel 12/03/2017
#10 - Crisis on Earth-X and Stranger Things 2 Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #10! This episode covers two television related topics. First, I give a spoiler-free review and impressions of the crossover event “Crisis on Earth-X” that spans all of the CW’s Superhero shows: Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. (:59) After that, it’s time for a panel discussion with Caren and Chris! This time, we discuss the Netflix series Stranger Things 2. As with all our panel discusions: SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t finished watching Stranger Things 2 yet, you’ve been warned! (8:56) Enjoy!
info_outline #9 - An Ethical Examination of Star Trek’s Transporter 11/26/2017
#9 - An Ethical Examination of Star Trek’s Transporter Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #9! Don’t let the academic sounding title fool you—my guest Alex Rajczi and I have a rousing discussion of how people look at technology and risk and ethics using one of our favorite sci-fi technologies! If you already like geeking out over stuff like this, you’ll definitely enjoy this discussion! If you wonder what all the hubub is about, this might just be enough to get you interested!
info_outline #8 - Justice League 11/20/2017
#8 - Justice League Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #8 I have guests today for a fully fledged Justice League Panel Discussion! Caren, Chris, and I sit down to talk about the newly released Justice League movie, which means SPOILER ALERT! Be sure you either have seen the film or don’t mind if you hear us discuss the entire film. Enjoy!
info_outline #6 - CW Premieres, Tech Gadgets, and the iPad Pro 10/15/2017
#6 - CW Premieres, Tech Gadgets, and the iPad Pro Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #6! The CW superhero shows (Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow) premiered this week, so I give you my thoughts on how the shows are starting off. (:42) Next, I get a little techie. Lots of new gadgets and devices have introduced by the big tech companies these last few weeks. I talk about three that I either bought, or would consider buying: the Apple TV 4K, Echo Spot, and Google Clip (with honorable mention to the Echo Button). (6:44) I end by talking about my big tech purchase of late: an iPad Pro 12.9” and how it works with the recently released iOS 11. (16:45) Quick apology—I didn’t have my normal podcasting rig, so the audio isn’t 100% where I’d like it. I make up for it with a silly effect in the middle of the ‘cast. Enjoy!
info_outline #5 - Star Trek Discovery and The Orville 09/26/2017
#5 - Star Trek Discovery and The Orville Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #5! This episode I go trekking through space with you! (See what I did there?) I’m remixing my thoughts on two space faring shows that have just started. First, Star Trek Discovery, which premiered Sunday with one episode broadcast nationally on CBS TV, and the second episode streamed on CBS All Access—as all subsequent episodes will be. (1:24) Then I discuss The Orville, which is Seth MacFarlane’s new science-fiction space opera “dramedy” that draws extremely heavily on the Star Trek universe, especially the Next Generation era universe. (18:14)
info_outline #4 - Game of Thrones Panel 09/19/2017
#4 - Game of Thrones Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #4! Like the previous episode, this episode is a panel disccusion between myself and Caren and Chris Spliter. This time, we’re talking about Game of Thrones Season 7. SPOILER ALERT: we talk about the whole season, even referring to previous seasons a little, so if you’re not caught up yet, be warned!
info_outline #3 - The Defenders Panel 09/13/2017
#3 - The Defenders Panel Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #3! In this episode, the entire episode is a panel discussion of the Netflix series The Defenders! Chris, Caren, and I slip and slide into talking about the individual shows and comics as well, but you expected that, didn’t you? SPOILER ALERT: we talk about the series as a whole. So if you’ve not finished it yet, be warned!
info_outline #2 - Batman and Harley Quinn, The Tick, and Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire 09/05/2017
#2 - Batman and Harley Quinn, The Tick, and Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #2! Now with original theme music! In this episode I start with a mention of the movies I recently bought in Digital HD format, and explain why I prefer to buy Digital HD Movies on iTunes. (1:06) Then I review the new DC Animated movie Batman and Harley Quinn. (5:05) Next, I move to streaming TV and give you my take on Amazon Prime’s new series The Tick. (10:32) I end with a book review of John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire. (15:29)
info_outline #1 - Welcome to Culture Pop Remix! 08/18/2017
#1 - Welcome to Culture Pop Remix! Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #1! I’m Orren Merton, your main host. This podcast is all about picking a few films, TV shows, novels, comics, games, or tech toys each episode to geek out on! In the future, I’ll have interesting guest hosts to join me in our deep dive. For this first podcast, I geek out on Spider-Man Homecoming; discuss a couple things I’m looking forward to (Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix and the DC Animated Batman & Harley Quinn); and review a couple comics I read: Terry Moore’s Motor Girl #8 and DC: Metal #1.