Season 1: The Beginning

Young Ben and Young Matt
№ 1-39

Year

2011

Episodes

39

Time Loops

0

Essential

3

Listen

21

Skip

15

When Ben and Matt started The Sci-Fi Christian, both were attending seminary and working at their church Epic Life, Matt as the youth director and Ben as pastoral ministry intern. They were already podcasting on their church's podcast The Life Report, but decided they wanted to also discuss pop culture and how it relates to Christianity. At the beginning, Ben ran the technical side and hosted the recording studio in his house (aka Rebel Underground Studios). News, main topic, and listener feedback were all included in each episode; by the end of the season they decided to break each out into its own episode. They focused on making sure every episode included both sci-fi and theology elements, leading to some hilarious shoehorning like "Top 5 Missionary Superpowers". At the end of the season, Ben decided to become a part-time host due to other obligations. They moved recording to Matt's apartment (Ryan Strelau Studios) and Matt became the main host and facilitator.

End of the Year Awards Ballots

Category Winner Archivist's Choice
Episode № 23 Lord of the Rings № 10 Duel of the Fates
Episode Title N/A № 33 The Divine Time Machine
Countdown Missionary Superpowers Missionary Superpowers
Movie Review N/A № 23 Lord of the Rings
Book Review N/A № 28 Christians and Harry Potter
TV Show Review N/A № 13 Dissecting Dr. Horrible
Guest Koby Radcliffe Skip Crust
Funniest Episode or Moment N/A Tie between "Avataaar!" (№ 15) and Roger's voicemail (№ 14)
Surprising Sci-Fi News N/A The announced Candy Land movie will be "The Lord of the Rings with candy". (№ 18)
Exciting Sci-Fi News N/A Tom Hardy signed on for multiple Inception sequels (№ 3)
Disappointing Sci-Fi News N/A Twilight movie creators want to make a David and Goliath movie (№ 29)
Lack of Follow-Through Alan Moore episode (№ 8) Alan Moore episode (№ 8)
Uncovered Topic N/A Battlestar Galactica
Video The Lord of the Rings Watch-athon Report
Sci-Fi Movie N/A Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rough year for genre films
Sci-Fi TV Show N/A Person of Interest
Worst Episode № 34 LOST Part 2 № 29 Superhero Summer Movies Recap
Interview C. K. Kubasik C. K. Kubasik
Awkward Moment Zombie Jesus (№ 7) Thank you, Prostate Gland Problems! Thank you, prostate. (№ 3)
Sing-Along "Freeze Ray" (№ 13) Firefly theme (№ 22)
Feud The Sci-Fi Christian vs Sci-Fi Diner (№ 24) Damon Lindelof vs George R. R. Martin (№ 11)
Debate Tolkien vs Lewis (№ 4) The Dark Knight on Trial (№ 3)
Life Report Episode History of Christianity Week 5 N/A