Post Atomic Horror - About the Podcast
The Post Atomic Horror podcast took on a monumental task: to review every official contribution to Star Trek canon, from the original pilot (“The Cage”) to the modern incarnations of the franchise. In early 2021, we decided end the podcast. To the best of our knowledge, the show remains the most comprehensive Star Trek podcast ever produced, covering just over 800 Star Trek stories across over 400 episodes.
For over 10 years, the show released weekly, typically covering two episodes of a given Trek series at a time. Often, there were guests. Between seasons, we did “supplemental” episodes to discuss various topics and answer our mail.
Tone-wise, we tried to set up camp somewhere between “adoring fanboys” and “relentless hecklers.” We do love Trek, but we’re not afraid to mock it. You’re much more likely to hear a terrible impression of a tertiary character who caught our attention or a lengthy diatribe about shovels and mullets than you are an impassioned discussion about… I don’t know, canon or stardates or whatever. We’re comedians, first and foremost — albeit comedians who love Star Trek.
If you’d like to try a sample episode, we’d recommend episode 18, covering the TOS episodes “The Doomsday Machine” and “The Apple.” Or episode 117, covering TNG’s “The Inner Light” and “Time’s Arrow part 1” (recorded live at the Emerald City Comicon — there’s also video.) These installments both cover one episode we loved and another that we weren’t so fond of. Though early examples, we like to think that they represent pretty much everything our show is about.
Beyond that… start from the beginning, or jump in with current episodes. And even if you’re not all that into Trek, give us a try. The biggest compliment we’ve received from listeners is that we actually made the series sound fun enough for them to start watching.
The show recorded in front of a live audience in the Seattle area on a number of occasions, including a the aforementioned panel at the Emerald City Comicon in 2013.
Maggie Rowbotham and Ron “AAlgar” Watt have been writing and performing together since 2007. In addition to the Post Atomic Horror podcast, Maggie and AAlgar have worked together on the Sarcastic Voyage family of podcasts (first as a chat/interview show; then as a series of comedy sketches, serials and radio plays). They have also launched Endeavor, a Star Trek fanfic series and are currently reviewing the entirety of Bruce Timm's DC Animated Universe, beginning with Batman: The Animated Series on the Kids Love Batman podcast.
In 2018, they co-wrote and co-starred in the free comedic point-and-click adventure game The Adventures of Nick and Willikins, based on characters created for Sarcastic Voyage. The game was produced by Pinhead Games, and received positive reviews from Kotaku and PC Gamer, among others.
They performed their sketch comedy live to capacity crowds at the Emerald City Comicon in both 2015 and 2016.
In 2012, the pair created a short YouTube video poking fun at legendary comics creators Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Thanks in part to coverage by Comics Alliance, Topless Robot, Newsarama and other prominent “nerd news” sites, the video went viral, racking up over 10,000 hits in under a week.
They also co-produced a series of webcomics from 2007-2009 (one of them with frequent PAH guest Kevin “Flonk” Lynch), which they hope everyone has since forgotten about.
Maggie Rowbotham is a Portland-based comedy writer-performer. He is the co-host of The Post Atomic Horror podcast. He formerly co-hosted, co-wrote and performed on the Sarcastic Voyage podcast and continues to make regular contributions to that show’s more recent incarnations. He is also the co-creator of the Star Trek fanfic project Endeavor.
On her own, Maggie has made appearances on Destroy All Podcasts and Tinseltown with regular PAH guest Brian Lynch. She also produced the Forbidden to Interfere blog regularly for two years, wherein she provided comedic commentary on Marvel’s classic What If? series.
Ron “AAlgar” Watt
Ron “AAlgar” Watt is a Seattle-based comedy writer-performer. He was the co-host of The Post Atomic Horror podcast, as well as the creator/producer of the ongoing comedy podcast Sarcastic Voyage. He is also the co-creator of the Star Trek fanfic project Endeavor.
On his own, he has produced a series of comedic reviews of the 80s Transformers and GI Joe series, as well as the sporadic interview podcast More Bits and, with Amanda Smith (his wife and regular PAH guest), the We’re Trying podcast and The Death of Podcasts.
Mark “Bob” Boszko
Mark “Bob” Boszko has been collaborating with AAl since they met in high school in the early 90s. He currently hosts The Optical podcast, which revisits the history of VFX, special effects and film technology. He also documents building props, special effects makeup, tiki mugs, and other projects at Vixen Labs. Bob is one of the original Sarcastic Voyage Unpaid Voice Acting Players, and is featured as a regular performer in their productions.
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Vishal Bharadwaj is a graphic designer/illustrator. In addition to creating the logo for the Post Atomic Horror podcast, Vishal has also provided the “magazine”-themed cover art for PAH’s supplemental episodes since 2012. He has recently, with Indian film critic Raja Sen, co-produced the successful children’s book The Best Baker in the World.
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“Irish” Gav Brown
Gav Brown was, with Gav Drury, the co-host of the Drunken Time Travel podcast, which reviewed classic Doctor Who episodes much in the same way that PAH reviews Star Trek. To alleviate confusion, the Gavs decided to refer to themselves as “Irish” and “English” Gav, despite the fact that “Irish” Gav is not, technically speaking, Irish. He has, nevertheless, appeared in a number of PAH episodes focusing on Trek's weird grudge against the Irish.
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Terry “T-Dro” Drosdak
T-Dro (known to some as “Terry” for reasons that elude us) is involved in a number of crafting-based enterprises. Her Etsy shop offers, among other things, custom soaps, costume horns and assorted cosplay accessories. She also occasionally wrote for and regularly performed in the comedy soap opera, Contentment Corner.
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“English” Gav Drury
The English half of the duo responsible for the Drunken Time Travel podcast.
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Nathan LaJeunesse is a Canadian illustrator/animator. He has performed with the Sarcastic Voyage Unpaid Voice Acting Players, and hand-created the Star Trek-themed puppets used to promote PAH at live events. His professional animation credits include Pickle and Peanut and Mysticons.
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In the guise of the Mayor of Christmas, Brian Lynch is the host of the Tinseltown holiday movie podcast. For many years, he maintained a cartoon review blog that began with official Disney releases and then expanded its scope to other animated features. He is one of the original Sarcastic Voyage Unpaid Voice Acting Players, and has also made writing contributions to that show’s efforts.
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Kevin “Flonk” Lynch
Flonk has been working with Maggie and AAl since before their podcasting career kicked off in 2009. He was a regularly featured guest on Sarcastic Voyage, and occasionally contributed as a writer when that show transitioned into sketch comedy. Flonk has reviewed Lost and Star Trek: The Animated Series in his Why Am I Watching...? blog.
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An avid Seven of Nine enthusiast, Caitlin Purdy joined as a PAH regular during their Voyager coverage to discuss her fictional obsession in a public forum.
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Amanda “no nickname” Smith is an accomplished photographer. She has written and performed for Sarcastic Voyage and its various iterations. She also currently co-hosts the We're Trying and The Death of Podcasts podcasts with AAl.
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