The 200 Episodes Journey. By: Kristal Starr

Wow! 200 episodes! If we do the math (ugh I hate math! Thank gawd for google and calculators they figured this out for me) that’s three years ten months, over 22,000 minutes (that math is just an estimated figure) of podcasts!

I remember the “birth” of this podcast. Charity had posted on her Facebook page that she wanted to do an all female “geek” podcast, she was putting out a call for anyone who was interested, I did not respond or make any comment. I remember thinking what a cool idea and hoping that she would be successful at it. I honestly did not think I was knowledgeable enough to be on a “geek” podcast. And then Charity reached out to me personally and asked if I would be interested! I can remember my hesitation, “Why would you want me?” “What could I possibly have to offer”. I did not read comic books, I felt like I knew very little about geek culture. But, I had a passion and desire to be on a podcast, so with some encouragement from Charity I accepted the offer.

I honestly had no idea how life changing this would be. We started out recording with no format and our episodes were LONG! They didn’t feel long to us because we were having so much fun. I did not think about our potential impact. I did not think about how unique the podcast was. It did not occur to me that people would listen (even though that was our goal, to get people to listen). Not only did people listen, they really liked the podcast and to my surprise we were a hit. I mean it wasn’t that big of a surprise, I loved listening to us and I thought we were hilarious. What surprised me is that other people thought that too.

We were invited to be in the Salt Lake Tribune, KSL TV reached out to us and asked us to be a feature on one of their programs (which we all were surprised by. They probably had never heard an episode, because honestly with all our swears, no one would have put us on KSL!). The panel director from Salt Lake Comic Con reached out to us and asked if we would be interested helping at their first Fan X Convention. We were ecstatic. I could not believe how well we were being received. There was a want and need for a podcast like ours.

It soon dawned on me, this was SO much more than just us getting our voices out there. We were filling a need in the community. Our “baby” was growing up fast.

Just like raising a child, it takes a village to nurture and guide growth. And our village is AMAZING! The geek community, our listeners and friends have been amazing with giving feedback and encouragement. I can’t tell you how many days I have been full of doubt and a listener or friend of the podcast has reached out and changed my day.

I can’t believe how much each of us has grown with the podcast. With making new friends, learning to find our individual voices and knowing what we say and do can have an impact.
I created a little “highlight” video for over the years. It’s only five minutes long and only scrapes the surface of all the friends, memories and adventures we have had over the years. I wish I could have included everyone and everything.
Words and videos can not express my gratitude I have for the podcast and the community associated with it.

Just please know if you listen and enjoyed what we are producing you have a piece of my heart. I love this podcast and the fullness it has brought to my life.
I can’t imagine being the person I am today without it. I don’t know where I would be if Charity had not reached out to me and said, “come be a part of this”. And that’s all I want to say to you all, please, “come be a part of this”. We welcome you all. You all have a home with us at Hello, Sweetie! Podcast.
CHEERS! And here is to 200+ more episodes!
xoxoxo
Kristal Starr

Hello, Sweetie! Podcast 200 episodes!

Hello, Sweetie! Podcast recently celebrated their 200th episode. This quick video highlights some of their memories and how far this podcast has come.

Doctor Who Series 9 Recaps

Hey Whovians! Rebecca here.

With the announcement last week that Steven Moffat is stepping down as showrunner for Doctor Who, it got me thinking about this most recent season and how I totally didn’t hate it–I actually LOVED it. You can see me and Tyson (of Big Shiny Robot) discuss the season in these videos below!

BSR Reviews the First Half of Doctor Who Series 9

Rebecca and Tyson give you their opinions and feelings on the first six episodes of Doctor Who Series 9

Doctor Who Season 9 Second Half Review

Tyson and Rebecca review the second half of the latest season of Doctor Who

Danielle Retells the Hobbit… kind of

Alright, so way back on episode 111, I kind of told Rebecca and the audience about the Hobbit movies. For one of my recent fiction workshop class assignments I was asked to transcribe a story I told to a friend. I decided to choose this specific story. Please to enjoy my ridiculous piece. <3

“What’s the purpose of Smog?” Rebecca asked, her mouth full of cheesecake.

The four of us were sitting around the basement hanging out and recharging from the party we were at the night before. Kristal had brought us a cheesecake and was plating it. She offered some fresh strawberries to put on top. I was nursing a latte and was high strung about Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. I felt insanely let down, but for some reason felt an allegiance to the story–probably because his Lord of the Rings trilogy is included in my list of favorite movies.

“Smaug,” I corrected, “is a dragon and he’s, uh, he kicked the dwar–”

“Spoilers!” Charity interrupted.

“This is all spoiling,” Kristal laughed.

“God dammit, this book has been out for, like, ever!” I yelled. “You’re all fine!!”

“He’s mean and he stole the gold,” Charity finished. “Alright, continue.”

I took a deep breath. “Alright. Yes, he stole all of the dwarves’ gold and kicked them out of their home and killed a lot of them as well.” I took a sip of my coffee before continuing. “He’s just like, ‘fuck you. I want this,’ and stuff so yeah…” I trailed off. “And then he has something kinda like the Tesseract–”

“Wait what?” Charity held a forkful of cheesecake in mid-air looking at me confused.

“The, uh, the little glow-y gem thing,” Kristal explained.

“Yep, yep.” I gave a thumbs up.

“Ohhh, right.” She took a bite.

“Alright. Um, like so,” Rebecca swallowed. “Why is Smaug in this adventure that Martin Freeman has to go on?”

“Because…” I paused thinking of the best way to word it. Rebecca has never been a fan of the Tolkein universe, so this is all new to her. “Okay! So, what happens is–”

“Tell me the Lord of the Rings.”

“No! No, stop! We are not doing this,” Charity set her plate on the table, in an act to say the conversation was finished. “For more information on the Lord of the Rings books you can go to your local library, Rebecca.”
Rebecca and Kristal laughed.

“HEY! I can tell you a little bit about The Hobbit,” I protested. I slammed my hand on the table. “It’s FINE!” I shrieked repeatedly, as they continued to laugh at my childish behavior. “God dammit,” I whined under my breath.

“We’re not going to do the Cliff’s Notes version of The Hobbit… Are we?” Charity looked around at everyone concerned.

“Well, I haven’t read it, and I want her to tell me about it,” Rebecca motioned to me.

“OKAY! We’ll do this. Really fast!’ I took a deep breath. “What happens is: the dwarves are kicked out of their home–killed–they like, they’re basically left to die because they’re not used to living outside of mines.” Kristal, Rebecca, and Charity continued to eat their cheesecake as I went on. “So, the son of the king–the prince–he has, uh, decided–”

“Yep, that’s what a king’s son is called,” Rebecca interjected. Everyone bust up laughing.

“GOD DAMMIT! STOP IT. IT’S FINE!” I shrieked, as they laughed harder.

I glared at them, fighting laughter but pretending to look tough, before I continued. “Okay, anyways. So, the prince decides that he’s gonna get back his home. ‘Fuck this nerd that stole it from my people.’”

“I like how the dragon is a nerd,” Charity giggled.

“So, Gandalf… Gandalf is like, ‘You know what, we only have NINE dwarves–’”

“‘We’ve only got, like, nine,’” Rebecca snickered.

“‘We only have nine dwarves, but we gotta, we gotta take down this fucking dragon.’” I took a sip of coffee again. “So, they got nine dwarves and a fuckin’ wizard that can’t really do too much. Like, he can light shit up. That’s about it–oh! And he has fireworks.”

“Is that–is that Gandalf?” Rebecca asked confused.

I nodded. “Gandalf, who doesn’t do much, remembers that hobbits are really sneaky motherfuckers because they don’t wear shoes.”

“So… What’s the difference between a hobbit and a dwarf?”

“Alright, dwarves are hairy on the rest of their body, but hobbits only have hairy feet. Dwarves are bigger. And they’re greedy. Um, hobbits are like little people. And they don’t like to do too much–”

“So they’re kinda like wizards…?” Rebecca looked at me and slowly took a bite of her cheesecake.

“Hobbits also like to just sit around and smoke pipes,” Kristal laughed.

“That’s right! Yeah, they like to just sit around and smoke pipe weed.” I snickered at this. “So gandalf decides their group needs one of these sneaky stoner motherfuckers.”

“And he’s also taking the king’s son, colon, the prince.”

“Yes!” I stuck my tongue out at her.

Charity interjected, “So recapping: this wizard-who-can’t-do-much decides their group needs one of these little dudes so they can get him stoned so that when they put him in front of a dragon he’ll think it’s no big deal.”

“YES! That’s exactly what happens. that’s what happens!!” I bounced up and down in my seat.

Rebecca looked around at us. “Um, so… that’s it?”

“I’m not done!”

“Of course you’re not! If you were done they wouldn’t need to be made into three movies!” Charity choked on her laughter

“Exactly!!!!!” I paused for a beat, gathering my thoughts. “Alright, so now we’re getting into some very important shit. So Gandalf finally, like, tricks Bilbo um into coming with them. And then–”

“And don’t forget about the part where they totally wreck his house!” Charity interrupted.

“I was getting there!” I shook my head, “Oh my god, that was like a 40 minute sequence in the movie, by the way. I’m not exaggerating. And there was a stupid song.” I groaned. “God dammit. This movie.” I shook my head again.

“There *was* a stupid song,” Kristal laughed.

“So… is this a musical?” Rebecca looked at me quizzically.

“No.” I rolled my eyes. “I mean there are songs in the series, but it’s not like a musical.”

“So dwarves are just sing-y people?”

“They are! So, anyways…” I trailed off for a second, trying to remember where I was. “So… They have to, um so… right! Bilbo has to go sneak in and steal back the little orb and get Smaug out of the mountain so the Dwarves can just take back their shit anddd that’s basically the end of the movie.”

It was silent for a moment before Rebecca asked, “…what’s an orb?”

“No, Rebecca, stop,” Charity slumped in her seat.

“IT’S LIKE THE TESSARACT!” I put my head down on the coffee table. “I thought I explained that.”

“Yeah, but what does it dooooo?” she pouted.

“It’s powerful and shit. I dunno.” I lifted my head back up. “You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.”

Rebecca groaned loudly.

“So they renamed the last hobbit movie?” She looked over at me, puzzled.

“Yeah, it was supposed to be called there and back again. They changed it to The Battle of the Five Armies.”

“So is this movie is gonna pick up after they beat Smaug and they’ll have a big war?” Charity asked.

I stood up, enraged. “NO! They haven’t even beaten Smaug yet! That hasn’t even happened!”

In unison, the three girls, shouted, “Spoilers!” before doubling over in giggles.

I sat down again, rolling my eyes.

“The second one just ends with him flying out–”

“To the dwarf village?” Kristal offered.

“No. They’re definitely humans in that village. Smaug is heading out to go wreck some shit out there. He’s got beef with the archer–what’s his name… But then, yes. after that we’ll get to the big war and stuff.” I slumped in my chair, putting my head in my hands. “I just hate these movies so much.”

Well, hello again…

So, 2016 is here. I’ve never been one for resolutions; I always break them anyways. But it never stops me from thinking about them every January. So instead I’ve decided to set up some hopes and goals for the coming year, kind of resolutions but without the scary title. And they are as follows:
-travel more, attend more cons. I already have a list of the ones I want to attend (ECCC, Rose City, GenCon, Phoenix CC, Denver CC, etc.)
-Go out more. Meeting people is cool.
-Stay in more. Not wearing pants is cool. Also staying in means more time to actually do homework or something productive like keeping up with our website.
-Read more. Read everything! Comics, school books, regular books, cereal boxes. I used to be such a great reader and now I’m just not.
-Write more. blah
-Try to be less afraid of phone calls. I don’t understand why they freak me out so badly. I’m always afraid I’m in trouble even when I’m the one making the call.
-Be nicer to myself. self explanatory enough maybe?
-Eat more french fries. They are just so delicious.

I dunno. This is just a rough draft.
Wishing everyone a happy new year (even though this is maybe 2 1/2 weeks too late.)
Love, Danielle

REVIEW: Hot Tub Time Machine 2? More like Hot Tub Time Machine… Ewww.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was disappointingly lacking in content, therefore this review will have to be the same. Really, there’s not much to say. There were certainly funny moments, and I absolutely laughed a few times, but the film seems to do little more than rehash the best jokes from the first movie ad nauseum, with very little storyline to string them together. Rob Corddry weirdly gives the most genuine moments, with Adam Scott (coming in as an attempt to replace John Cusack’s character) coming off as charming and sincere, but seeming sadly misused. My only wish for this sequel was for it to recapture the wacky adventurousness of the first movie, and it fell disappointingly short. I give Hot Tub Time Machine 2 1.5 Sonic Screwdrivers if you have to watch it sober, an extra star if you can manage to watch it high. (Disclaimer, only consume cannabis in states where it is legal… ya stoners.) – Cherri

A Comic Con is a Girl’s Best Friend By: Rebecca Frost for Big Shiny Robot

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I hang out in a lot of boys clubs. I guest on a few podcasts all comprised of male voices. I do stand up comedy in rooms full of dude comedians. I write for a few publications that feature articles written by men. I leave the house, bros galore.

That last sentence was a bit of a hyperbole. But I think you get the point.

What I’m trying to say is I often times feel displaced when I am doing stuff I love. I feel like a novelty. Like I don’t belong. A girl floating in a sea of boys. There are many aspects in my hobbies and extracurriculars that make me feel like there is so much more I can be doing to pave the way for other gals. It’s only been in the last year I’ve become aware of “gender gaps” and “misrepresentation” and “unfairness” in regards to women in our culture. I want nothing more than to smash the doors on all the boys clubs and make way for other women to come in and feel like they can come in and hang up their coat. But I’m not alone. My surprising companion in this endeavor? Salt Lake Comic Con.

Get the full story here:
http://bigshinyrobot.com/58463/comic-con-girls-best-friend/

Episode 141 iTunes Error Update: 12/3/14

Hi guys!

Due to an unexpected error with our FTP site (the nifty site that transfers our episodes from our website into your iTunes and Stitcher accounts), our most recent episode 130b did not upload to iTunes or Stitcher correctly last night. We have corrected the issue on our end, however, iTunes only pulls new files once a day. Because of this, you may see a partial version of this episode in your inbox today. Rest assured that the fixed episode should be in your iTunes tomorrow. In the meantime, you can always listen here on hellosweetiepodcast.com, as well as on Facebook. Thanks for your patience!

Episode 130b iTunes Error Update: 10/23/14

Hi guys!

Due to an unexpected error with our FTP site (the nifty site that transfers our episodes from our website into your iTunes and Stitcher accounts), our most recent episode 130b did not upload to iTunes or Stitcher correctly last night. We have corrected the issue on our end, however, iTunes only pulls new files once a day. Because of this, you may see a partial version of this episode in your inbox today. Rest assured that the fixed episode should be in your iTunes tomorrow. In the meantime, you can always listen here on hellosweetiepodcast.com, as well as on Facebook. Thanks for your patience!

Cherri Reviews “The Judge”


I may be a little biased when I say this, since it contains three of my all time favorite actors and is in one of my favorite film genre’s, but David Dobkin’s The Judge may be the best dramatic film of the year. It is dripping with Oscar caliber performances, and the writing and directing are nearly flawless. Possible trigger warnings for graphically real depictions of cancer treatment and its side effects… the writers pulled no punches in showing the harrowing nature of life with a deadly disease. But aside from the intense family drama, there is a gripping legal battle being fought against the backdrop of a small town, where honor and loyalty are still the law of the land.

Robert Downey Jr.’s performance can only be described as emphatic; sometimes heartbreaking, always riveting. His cocky attitude and frenetic animation make him simultaneously affable and boorish. He has an uncanny ability to show deep emotion in nearly any role, and he certainly does not disappoint here. Not to take anything away from his stellar performance, but it certainly feels something like what I’d expect to see if Tony Stark went into law instead of billionaire genius playboy philanthropist-ing and Howard Stark was a judge in their shitty hometown.

And speaking of estranged father figures, Robert Duvall delivers a stunning performance on the other side of the love-to-hate-them coin, as Downey Jr’s domineering father, a judge who is in his 42nd year on the bench. The relationship between Robert Downey Jr’s character, Hank, and his tiny Indiana hometown plays almost as large of a role in the film as his relationship with his family, and the addition of Bates Motel’s Vera Formiga as Hank’s long time, long ago lover brings a delicious taste of nostalgia to the whole experience, despite her performance being, I feel, the weakest in the film. The audience is constantly forced to evaluate how they feel about Hank, his family, and his past, all while the same turmoil is played out onscreen. I was so wrapped up in the beautiful groundwork of the story, that I was completely caught off guard at the mid-film appearance of Billy Bob Thorton as Hank’s opposition during the aforementioned legal battle; attorney Dwight Dickham, another performance which does not disappoint. I was pleased to see him return to the screen with the same caliber character portrayal that he executed in Fargo.

The Judge is gripping, brilliantly performed, and beautifully executed, if not slightly predictable at times. For the gut wrenching realism of the cancer story, the near flawless performances, and the touching story about coming back home and the uncovering of things that sometimes can’t stay buried, I give The Judge 4 out of 5 sonic screwdrivers, with deductions made for a couple of less-than-rockstar performances and a bit of predictability. It delivered on everything I expected of it, and even more.

Danielle Reviews Things!!!: A TWOFER! pt 2

As I stated in my previous post, I was lucky enough to screen 2 films this week.

Gone Girl
Directed by David Fincher
Release date: 3 October 2014

gone girlI read Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl last year.  I had a hard time putting it down, I was so sucked in.  It stirred so many emotions in me and I love it when a novel can do that.  When I learned that David Fincher was adapting the book into a film, with Flynn as the screenwriter, I was so excited. This was *my* most anticipated film of 2014.

On their 5th wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne finds that his wife Amy has gone missing.  This is seriously all you need to know about the storyline.  From here you just have to watch everything unfold.

David Fincher is a master.  His book adaptations are top notch and strive to stay as close to the books as possible, and this is no exception.  Portions of the story is told using Amy’s personal diary and I was worried a bit how this could be translated to film.  Now after seeing it I’m sad I doubted Fincher.  The music, done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, was beautiful and chilling when it needed to be.  Every actor portrayed their characters how I imagined.  Rosamund Pike (Amy) was especially amazing (pun intended).  I left the theatre supremely satisfied–so much so that when I was asked to provide the studio execs a quote I just babbled about how much I loved it.

5 out of 5