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The epic conclusion to the trial of Phantom Menace will soon be upon us, and it’s time to decide what comes next! Help us make up our minds by answering this Twitter poll.

The Phantom Menace on Trial (Part 2)

The trial of Phantom Menace continues! The debate gets heated as our fearless panel debates midi-chlorians, cinematic immersion, visual style and much more, with a drunken Toydarian thrown in for good measure. Hosted by Jesse Mercury, co-hosted by Daniel O’Connell and featuring Ryan Casey, Jennie Krantz and Johnny Unicorn. Includes testimony from Pete GeeKay, Lindsey Leonard, Albert Kirchner, Justin Minich, Brian Johnson and Daniel Desrosiers. Visit the SciFi on Trial website to take a listen!

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #021: Hana Hatae – The Real Molly O’Brien

2015-11-23_11.16.30Hear the story of growing up on the Deep Space Nine set, straight from the source. Hana Hatae shares her Trek memories, from believing Rumpelstiltskin was real in season 1 to the series finale 7 years later. Learn about her stints on Family Matters, Kitchen Nightmares, and her upcoming roles in 5th Passenger and Star Trek Renegades. Get acquainted with the young actress as she returns to the screen after a decade and a half, and find out where to go if you want a cocktail served to you by Molly O’Brien herself.

Follow Hana on Twitter @Hana_Hatae.

SciFi on Trial – The Debate Begins!

Here it is, folks! I’ve been working on this for months and I’m super pumped to bring you the first episode of SciFi on Trial. We are putting fan reaction to poorly received films on trial, to see if the hatred is justified. It features a panel discussion of whether Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace is a garbage movie or an unsung pioneer of cinema, hosted by myself, co-hosted by Daniel O’Connell, with Johnny Unicorn, Ryan Casey and Jennifer Krantz. This episode also features witness testimony to the quality of the film from Pete GeeKay, Lindsey Leonard, Albert Kirchner, Kyle Kennedy, Justin Minich, and a featured interview with Joshua Smith. This is only part one of this epic debate, as we try to determine if the film has been remembered fairly. I would love for you to check it out, and if you enjoy the show please subscribe and share. Check us out on our new website, or subscribe on iTunes. Click the image to go straight to the first episode!


SciFi with Jesse Mercury #020: The One Where Odo Explodes


The boys continue their discussion of all things Star Trek, including fan films, the mirror universe and all the original cast films. Jesse shares his SciFi track ‘Ceti Alpha V,’ based off the film Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan. Chat with them about Trek on Twitter, @SciFiProject and @Ian128k.

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Featured Guest: Manu Intiraymi



Manu Intiraymi is known worldwide for his portrayal of Icheb on Star Trek: Voyager, and reprises that role in the fan made Star Trek: Renegades directed by Tim Russ. His name is a combination of Manu (The Incan God of Law) and Intiraymi (The Incan God of the sun).  Born in Santa Cruz CA, his love of acting was kindled at four years old when he saw a production of Peter Pan at the local community theater.  He made his film debut in “Senseless” working with Penelope Spheeris and Marlon Wayans. He has appeared in many well-known television series including One Tree Hill, Las Vegas, 24, King of Queens, Jag and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He co-produced and stars in the upcoming SciFi film 5th Passenger, which is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for VFX.

Manu can be heard in Episode 18 of SciFi with Jesse Mercury discussing 5th Passenger, Icheb and his ever evolving view of the world we live in.






SciFi with Jesse Mercury #019: Redshirts Assemble!

Jesse and Ian

Jesse and fellow Star Trek aficionado Ian Adams nerdgasm over the full spectrum of Trek lore. Ian delves into the five-year mission of the Redshirts, a local fan group watching all Star Trek in chronological release order. They discuss whether or not Klingon Targs are capable of abstract thought, the proliferation of space Nazis, and ponder the save-state potential of sentient computer programs. Ian shares his long cultivated list of Star Trek drinking rules, and Jesse shares an exclusive synth version of Cold Dead World.

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Backstage with the BCC

Last night was another amazing variety show with the Broken Cage Collective. I fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing Michael Jackson’s Thriller live on stage. Although some synth trouble made my performance less than ideal, I still had a wonderful time and was very grateful to Flo Flo, Skullaytor, and Dan Desrosiers for helping me bring Thriller to life. The highlight of the evening was without a doubt the insane game of truth or dare that happened backstage during the last half of the show. BCC is such a rad group of people that I’m lucky to be a part of.

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #018: Manu Intiraymi


Jesse is joined by Manu Intiraymi of Star Trek: Voyager and 5th Passenger fame. In a very open conversation they discuss the nature of our society, growing into yourself with fame looming over you, and what it’s like to be a part of the Star Trek universe. Manu shares his excitement to be a part of 5th Passenger, and discusses his upcoming projects. Follow @ManuIntiraymi and @5thPassenger on Twitter.

The introduction to this episode is a personal message from Jesse regarding the recent passing of Seattle comic Meredith Flanders, and the nature of living with chronic pain. Meredith was a wonderfully warm and giving person, and will be terribly missed.

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Featured Guests: Morgan Lariah and Scott Baker of 5th Passenger

Title_Pod_EXplosionThe 5th Passenger is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Scott Baker, featuring cast members from Star Trek and a strong female lead. 5 people are stuck together in an escape pod built for 4. They not only have to survive, but an alien threat is closing in. Starring Morgan Lariah, Doug Jones, Marina Sirtis, Armin Shimmerman, Tim Russ, Manu Intiraymi and Hana Hatae. Morgan and Scott appear on episode 17 of SciFi with Jesse Mercury, discussing their fundraising efforts through IndieGoGo to complete visual effects for the film.


Morgan Lariah is an actress, writer and producer, who not only co-wrote 5th Passenger but stars as Eve Miller. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic arts in Los Angeles, and is known for her roles in Waiting in Blue (2008) and Lost Heroes (2011). Sigourney Weaver’s portrayal of Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise was a huge inspiration to Morgan, and her desire to lead a SciFi ensemble cast was made manifest with 5th Passenger.



Scott Baker is a writer, director and steadicam operator. He co-wrote and directed 5th Passenger, and is known for The Diary of Anne Frank of the Dead (2008). He holds a degree in History from Sonoma State University, with a focus on US/Soviet relations and the Cold War. He was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2000-2001 in Turkmenistan. A self-taught filmmaker, Scott pursued acting as a child but fell in love with storytelling while making short video projects with his friends.

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