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Episode 121: Thrilling Adventure Hour
Sparks Nevada, Marshal on…
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Thrilling Adventure Hour #121: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, “The Thing from This Same Planet!”

Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada and Paul F. Tompkins as his faithful Martian companion, Croach the Tracker. Also starring Busy Philipps as the Red Plains Rider; Craig Cackowski as Felton; Annie Savage as the Artificial Intelligence; and Dana Gould as Doctor Muller.

Recorded February 2, 2013.

Photo by Liezl Estipona


  1. I loved this intro so, so, so much. And for context, I’ve only heard a handful of Sparks so far, since I started listening only in the past few months. So even getting the gist of the series with a couple episodes is enough to love this one.

  2. Andrea Aka Fred says:

    Yay! I’ve waited in great anticipation for a new “Sparks” episode! I don’t know how people back in the day dealt with having to wait so long between episodes lol

  3. Nate says:

    If what you’re looking for is PFT, then definitely C, you want to go download the earliest possible “Beyond Belief” episode of TAH, and proceed from there. Personally, I’m most fond of the Sparks episodes, but PFT only makes an occasional appearance in them, and these last two are so saturated with in-jokes that they’ll be hard to be appreciate without some background. With those I would also start as early as possible, but it’s more important to listen to them in order because it’s actually a developing storyline. I would also recommend any of the “Captain Laserbeam” episodes for fun, cliche-ridden silver age superhero adventures.

  4. JT Solace says:

    Hey Con,
    Sorry to say but, internet correct me if I’m wrong, I’m pretty sure this and the preceding Sparks are the only PFT spots.
    If you’re looking for Tompkins killing it you needn’t look far. Beyond Belief is on this very same site under the same TAH banner.

  5. Frank Gillen says:

    This was a Great episode! PFT kills it again with that character!

  6. C says:

    Hey, I’ve never listened to one of these before. Can someone give me a god one to start on? Preferably one with PFT in it.


  7. Alec says:

    Breaking before the theme song is even over has to be a record, but if anyone had to cause it, I’m glad it was PFT.

  8. Kirill says:

    Hearing MEJ corpsing while singing the theme tune had me laughing out loud on train listening to podcast on the way to work. An instant classic!

  9. bastien says:

    Marc made the rookie mistake of laughing at PFT once and it was like blood in the water to Paul. After that, he was an insatiable monster…like a great white shark terrorizing a New England beach town.

  10. Chris says:

    King of Coffee and podcasts, PFT is constantly making this internet a better place. I am so on board with this storyline, I hope they take their time with it. Hearing Marc Evan Jackson and Busy Phillips break on stage was pure joy.