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Join host Orren Merton and other panelists for entertaining and insightful discussions of today’s science fiction, fantasy, and comic-based TV and movies.


Rick and Morty - Season 4
Jun 28 • 12 min
One of the most unique animated shows on TV is sci-fi cult hit . Now that season four has finished airing, let’s discus it!
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow - Season 5
Jun 14 • 21 min
We end our rundown of the CW superhero shows by covering arguably the most fun and outlandish of all of them: , which just wrapped up its 5th season.
Batwoman - Season 1
Jun 8 • 15 min
Continuing our episodes of CW superhero shows, here’s our discussion about the first season of . Light spoilers.
Supergirl - Season 5
May 31 • 8 min
The abridged 5th season of has concluded, which means it’s time us to share our spin on it with you! Only light spoilers.
The Flash - Season 6
May 24 • 12 min
Season 6 of CW’s has just concluded, and we give you our thoughts. Light spoilers, but nothing too serious.
Upload - Season 1
May 17 • 12 min
Let’s talk about a brand spanking new sci-fi tinged show on Amazon Prime called . We dive into season 1 with minimal spoilers.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
May 10 • 12 min
Warner Brothers Animation just released a new DC Animated film, , and we give you our spoiler-free thoughts! The digital package includes a new DC Animated short, Adam Strang*, which we also discuss.
Code 8
Apr 26 • 12 min
We have a spoiler-free discussion of the crowdfunded, indie sci-fi movie , currently blowing up on Netflix.
Avenue 5 - Season 1
Apr 19 • 11 min
We talk about Season 1 of the fun new HBO comedy . Light spoilers.
Star Trek: Picard - Season 1
Apr 12 • 20 min
Let’s talk about the latest show in the revitalized Star Trek franchise, namely ! We dive into Season 1, now streaming on CBS All Access in the USA.
Constantine
Apr 5 • 27 min
Did you know that before John Constantine was a character on , he had his own, short-lived, NBC TV series? He did, and this episode is all about that 13-episode series, , which briefly aired on NBC in the USA.
Superman: Red Son
Mar 29 • 11 min
Warner Brothers has released a new DC Animated movie, . We watched it and the included animated short, and discuss it here! Minor spoilers, nothing too revealing.
Mystic Quest: Raven’s Banquet - Season 1
Mar 22 • 8 min
With no information about the show other than watching the trailer, we watched the first season of the new Apple TV+ streaming show . We liked it enough to give it an episode!
Doctor Who - Season 12
Mar 15 • 16 min
Time for more adventures with the Doctor! is back as the 13th Doctor, and we give you our thoughts of the recently concluded season (or series, if you’re in the UK) 12 of . Light spoilers in effect.
Onward
Mar 9 • 12 min
Pixar/Disney has a new, original animated fantasy film, , and we just saw it! We’re putting a “medium spoiler warning” on this episode—slightly more information than the trailer, but not too much more.
Harley Quinn - Season 1
Mar 1 • 15 min
, an animated series for adults just finished its first season on the DC Universe streaming service—time for us to review it! As with our other episodes discussing shows, there are light spoilers in this episode.
The Umbrella Academy - Season 1
Feb 24 • 7 min
Let’s talk about season 1 of , a Netflix series based on a Gerard Way/Gabriel Bá comic book series. Light spoilers.
The Witcher - Season 1
Feb 16 • 19 min
We talk about the first season of Netflix’s new hit fantasy series ! As with all our recent episodes featuring TV shows, there are light spoilers here, so keep that in mind.
Birds of Prey
Feb 9 • 25 min
We talk about the latest movie in the , the girl gang movie . Spoiler warning in effect!
Special Edition - Best Genre Scores of 2019
Feb 2 • 63 min
It’s Academy Awards time, which means nominees for Best Score. We discuss our own five favorite scores in the fantasy, science-fiction, and superhero genre from 2019 with special guest David Raiklen. During this episode, we play clips from the scores…
Crisis on Infinite Earths - DC Crossover Event
Jan 26 • 19 min
The CW has just finished airing DC crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths. The event is divided into 5 parts, spanning many of their superhero shows: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4: Part 5: That means it’s time for us to talk about it! As with…
Watchmen - Season 1
Jan 19 • 12 min
We discus the first (and possibly only?) season of , the HBO show that show runner Damon Lindelof called a “remix” of the original graphic novel (which he had also called the greatest modern work of literature). The series takes place 34 years after…
The Mandalorian - Season 1
Jan 14 • 15 min
For this first episode of 2020, we are talking about one of the very best shows of 2019! We dive into our thoughts on , the first live action series set in the Star Wars universe, now streaming on Disney+.
Golden Picks: Alice In Wonderland
Dec 31, 2019 • 14 min
At the end of the decade, we look back to the beginning! Golden picked one of her favorite films, the 2010 live action , which Orren had never seen. Join us as we discuss the film, and then Orren shares some of his goals for The Omega Beam for 2020!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Spoilers!)
Dec 25, 2019 • 67 min
Now that you’ve seen , it’s time to enjoy our in-depth spoiler-filled discussion of the movie with friend of the show David Raiklen. (For a quick, spoiler-free discussion, enjoy our ).)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (spoiler-free)
Dec 21, 2019 • 10 min
It’s the end of an era! We went to see , the final movie in the Skywalker saga with friend of the show David Raiklen. Here are our quick, spoiler-free first impressions. Enjoy!
Jumanji: The Next Level
Dec 15, 2019 • 19 min
Golden and I just saw , and here we are with a podcast episode! We start just talking about the movie in general, and about halfway through our discussion gets spoilerific. Don’t worry though, Golden lets you know when to stop listening if you want to…
Titans - Season 2
Dec 6, 2019 • 25 min
We just finished watching the second season of DC Universe’s , and we wanted to share our thoughts about it with you! We talk about both season 1 and season 2, and there are some spoilers here, so be advised—and enjoy!
Golden Picks: Maleficent
Nov 25, 2019 • 16 min
We’re starting a new thing on The Ωmega Beam. It doesn’t have an official name yet, but one of us picks a genre movie that the other hasn’t seen, watch it together, and then discuss it. We’re kicking it off with a Golden pick: . The movie is around 5…
Terminator: Dark Fate
Nov 17, 2019 • 15 min
This episode we discuss . There’s some light spoilers in this episode, so keep that in mind.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Nov 9, 2019 • 21 min
Are you ready for a spooky, artistic, dark, suspenseful, and addictive teen drama? We watched every current episode of Netflix’s and share our thoughts.
Joker
Oct 27, 2019 • 28 min
Join us for a discussion of the most successful, powerful, and somewhat controversial films of this Fall: . Spoiler warning: if you haven’t seen it yet, plan to see it, and don’t want spoilers, see the movie first! If you won’t see it, or don’t care…
Carnival Row Season 1
Oct 6, 2019 • 14 min
Does an original series set in a fantasy Victorian England/steampunk era that puts mythological creatures into a human town sound interesting to you? It did to us, so we looked forward to Amazon Video’s . We’ve finished watching season 1, and we’d…
Ad Astra
Sep 22, 2019 • 13 min
We saw the science fiction art film , and we take a few minutes to share our thoughts. This is a short, spoiler-free episode!
Special Edition: Superhero Soundtracks
Aug 31, 2019 • 42 min
One of our favorite aspects of a great superhero movie is the excellent, otherworldly score. We invited friend of the podcast composer back to the podcast for a deep dive into what makes a superhero score unique, and to discus how they have evolved…
Game of Thrones - Season 8 and Series Wrap-up
Aug 19, 2019 • 71 min
If you’re like us, you watched Season 8. And if you’re like us, you have a lot of thoughts about the season, and the series as a whole. Join us, along with special return guest to not just discuss what we thought of the season, but of the…
Special Edition: Comic-Con International 2019
Jul 26, 2019 • 79 min
In this special edition episode: Golden and Orren spent July 17 through July 21 down in San Diego for ! In this episode they discuss their experiences and opinions, likes and dislikes about the event. It’s longer than the usual episode, but there’s a…
Spider-Man Far From Home Discussion Panel (Spoilers!)
Jul 13, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: David Raiken returns to the podcast to join Golden and Orren for a wide-ranging discussion of. It goes without saying, there be spoilers here! enjoy!
Spider-Man Far From Home - Spoiler-free Review
Jul 6, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren welcome esteemed guest David Raiklen, producer, composer, and genre expert, to the podcast for a short, *spoiler-free* discussion of . Enjoy!
Good Omens
Jun 25, 2019 • 13 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren offer their spoiler-free review of Amazon Video’s , a limited series based on Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Enjoy!
The Punisher - Season 2
Jun 13, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren discuss the second and final season of . There be spoilers here! Enjoy!
Arrowverse - End of Seasons panel
Jun 2, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren discuss the four DC Comics superhero shows that are part of the “Arrowverse:” (1:47) (5:03) (17:47) (30:52) We don’t give point-by-point synopsis of every episode of each series, but it does give…
Detective Pikachu
May 24, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren offer a short, spoiler-free review of . Enjoy!
Avengers: Endgame
May 1, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren dive deep into Marvel’s epic wrap-up of their 22-movie saga, **SPOILER WARNING** This discussion is chock full of spoilers from beginning to end. Be sure to see the movie before you listen to the…
Star Trek: Discovery - Season 2
Apr 24, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Now that the season 2 finale of has aired, Golden and Orren share their thoughts about this past season and the direction of the show. Keep in mind that if you haven’t finished the season, there are *spoilers* here….
Shazam! Discussion Panel (Spoilers!)
Apr 9, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Now that has been out a while, Golden and Orren discuss the movie in its entirety—which means SPOILERS! Be sure you’ve either seen the movie, or don’t mind hearing all about it beforehand. Enjoy!
Shazam: Spoiler-free Mini Review
Apr 3, 2019 • 4 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren offer a few quick, **spoiler free** thoughts about the forthcoming movie Stay tuned for a full, spoilerific discussion of Shazam soon!
Doctor Who Season 11
Mar 22, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren discuss —the first series of Doctor Who to feature a female doctor! (Note: American TV refers to each new batch of shows as a “season,” British TV as a “series,” both terms interchangeably.) The…
Captain Marvel
Mar 11, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Orren and Golden offer their opinions on , the first movie in the MCU to be lead solely by a female superhero. Be forewarned: there be lots and lots of spoilers here! So be sure you see the movie first, or at least…
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Mar 2, 2019 • 16 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Orren’s spoiler-free discussion of , the third and final film in the How To Train Your Dragon series! Enjoy!
Alita: Battle Angel
Feb 13, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren snagged tickets to a special early screening of , the forthcoming Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron movie based on the Manga “Gunnm” by Yukito Kishiro, and share their *spoiler-free* thoughts….
The Kid Who Would Be King
Feb 6, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode of The Ωmega Beam: Orren offers his spoiler-free review of , a family oriented fantasy adventure from British director Joe Cornish. If you haven’t considered it yet, you should! The trailer is here: Enjoy!
Special Edition: Loscon 45
Jan 13, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren discuss attending the oldest running science-fiction fantasy convention from the oldest running science-fiction/fantasy society, in Los Angeles. Loscon is traditionally held in the last weekend in…
Bumblebee
Jan 2, 2019 • 13 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Orren offers his spoiler-free impressions of Bumblebee, the latest movie in the Transformers franchise. is a prequel, but in many ways also a reboot. Does that make it a re-quel? (1:00) The episode ends with a brief…
Aquaman
Dec 23, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren discuss the new DC Extended Universe movie, . SPOILER ALERT: they discuss this movie in all it’s spoilery goodness, so if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve been warned! Enjoy!
Daredevil Season 3
Dec 21, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode of The Omega Beam: Golden and I discuss the entirety of . The discussion turns into a bit of a memorial, because unfortunately this is the last season. And if you haven’t seen all 13 episodes yet, SPOILER ALERT! Finish watching…
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse *Spoiler-free* review
Dec 8, 2018 • 9 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and I caught a showing of a week before it’s official US Debut, and we offer our spoiler-free review! Enjoy!
Venom
Dec 6, 2018 • 13 min
In this episode of the Omega Beam: Golden and Orren discuss the first hit superhero film for Sony that doesn’t have Spider-Man in it: . Enjoy!
#25 - The House with a Clock in its Walls
Sep 29, 2018 • 9 min
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!
#24 - Incredibles 2 and Mission Impossible Fallout
Aug 27, 2018 • 16 min
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 …
#23 - Special Edition Comic-Con Panel
Jul 25, 2018 • 62 min
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…
#22 - Ant-Man and the Wasp Panel
Jul 15, 2018 • 23 min
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 . As with all of our panels: SPOILER ALERT! We discuss the movie in its entirety, so unless you want…
#21 - Comic Book TV show end of season thoughts
Jun 28, 2018 • 28 min
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 , , , , , and I also include one bonus show, the recently…
#20 - SOLO: A Star Wars Story Panel
Jun 15, 2018 • 36 min
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…
#19 - Deadpool 2 Panel
Jun 3, 2018 • 29 min
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…
#18 - Avengers Infinity War Panel
May 6, 2018 • 55 min
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…
#17 - Avengers Infinity War *Spoiler Free*
Apr 30, 2018 • 11 min
Welcome to Culture Pop Remix number #17! This episode is a short and sweet spoiler free review of Avengers: Infinity War! What else needs to be said?
#16 - WonderCon, Suicide Squad, Kevin Hearne, Batman Ninja, Ready Player One
Apr 3, 2018 • 15 min
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…
#15 - Timeless, Jessica Jones S2, and Tech Gadgets
Mar 14, 2018 • 21 min
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…
#14 - The Black Panther Panel
Feb 26, 2018 • 31 min
Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #14! This episode is entirely about the new Marvel movie ! 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…
#13 - Jumanji, YouTubers, Star Trek Discovery and Happy! Wrap-ups
Feb 13, 2018 • 22 min
Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #13! I begin this episode with a spoiler-free review of , 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,…
#12 - The Shape of Water, Happy!, and Podcast apps
Jan 13, 2018 • 14 min
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, (1:01). Then I tell you about a new show…
#11 - Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Punisher, and Doctor Who
Dec 27, 2017 • 23 min
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 , including the fan controversy that has surrounded the film….
#10 - Crisis on Earth-X and Stranger Things 2 Panel
Dec 3, 2017 • 41 min
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 “” that spans all of the CW’s Superhero shows: Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and…
#9 - An Ethical Examination of Star Trek’s Transporter
Nov 25, 2017 • 49 min
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…
#8 - Justice League
Nov 19, 2017 • 48 min
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 movie, which means SPOILER ALERT! Be sure you either have seen the film or don’t…
#7 - Thor Ragnarok
Nov 6, 2017 • 14 min
Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #7! This short episode consists entirely of my spoiler-free impressions of the just-released movie . Enjoy!
#6 - CW Premieres, Tech Gadgets, and the iPad Pro
Oct 15, 2017 • 23 min
Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #6! The CW superhero shows (, , , and ) 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…
#5 - Star Trek Discovery and The Orville
Sep 26, 2017 • 26 min
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, , which premiered Sunday with one episode broadcast…
#4 - Game of Thrones Panel
Sep 19, 2017 • 35 min
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 Season 7. SPOILER ALERT: we talk about the whole season, even referring to…
#3 - The Defenders Panel
Sep 12, 2017 • 46 min
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,…
#2 - Batman and Harley Quinn, The Tick, and Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire
Sep 5, 2017 • 26 min
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…
#1 - Welcome to Culture Pop Remix!
Aug 17, 2017 • 23 min
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…