Episode 12 – The Thing

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1982
John carpenter director
Screenplay by bill Lancaster
Kurt Russell star
Based on “Who Goes There?” By John w. Campbell jr

Dog runs into camp, chased by Norwegian helicopter.
Spoiler in Norwegian
“Get the hell away
It’s not a dog
It’s a thing
It’s imitating a dog
It’s not real
Get away idiots!”

Doggie escapes,  Norwegians get blown up/shot by Americans.
The Captain breaks out the window… In Antarctica…
They go investigate the camp, found to be abandoned and burnt down. They find a totally deformed body burned with kerosene, which they take back. Back at camp doggie is still freely roaming the base. He’s finally put with the other dogs when it turns inside out and gnarly and attacks the dogs. Clark finds the monster and they call for a flamethrower. The doc explains that the thing was in the middle of absorbing the dogs.
The Americans go to investigate and find the spaceship.
Computer simulation. Answers questions Alien like. Confirms the thing is highly contagious and probably already infected a crew member.
It attacks Bennings and runs outside where they burn it. Blair is dismantling the equipment and shooting at people and gets quarantined. Copper comes up with a blood test. After a few deaths they complete a blood test using a hot wire. Palmer is exposed and attacks everyone,most of whom are tied up. The rest pass the test and out to Blair they go, who has built a tunnel that leads to a spaceship thing made up of stolen parts. They blow up the camp room by room until the showdown in the generator room. More explosions. Macready and Child’s are the only survivors. I think macready is the thing…

2011
The prequel. American and Norwegian scientists discover an alien spacecraft and specimen. They bring the alien inside where is wakes up and starts imitating the crew. Katie discovers that the copied version rejects inorganic material, such as fillings and jewelry.

Man vs Man
Duh
Man vs other
Even more duh
Man vs environment
Constantly battling weather conditions, cold, and isolation

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 11 – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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With Josh and Danielle

Radio series (1978)
Original book published (1979)
BBC TV Series (1981)
Video game
Comic books
Film (2005)

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 10 – Predator

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Predator
Special ops, probably Delta Force, lead by Arnold (Dutch), go into the Guatemalan jungle on a rescue mission only to find themselves being hunted by an advanced unknown threat. It’s revealed there was no rescue mission, but that doesn’t stop the predator from picking off everyone one by one until only Dutch is left. In an epic balls out Macguyver showdown he forces the predator to self destruct.

Predator 2
LA cop played by Danny Glover goes on a Predator rampage. He thinks it’s rival drug gangs, but soon finds both sides are dying. FBI agent keeps blocking his investigation, but things finally come to a head when Glover finds their secret base and trap. It fails and he fights and finally kills the predator.

Predators
Mercenaries, military, criminals, and a doctor, all the biggest monsters of our world find themselves thrown onto a jungle planet/ game reserve. They have to outsmart three predators and avoid traps and alien hound pigs. In the end they find out the doctor is the most despicable of them and the sociopath that leads them is the most humane, although a bit utilitarian.

Alien v predator
Wayland industries senses a heat signature in Antarctica and sends a team of experts to track down an ancient pyramid. They interrupt a hunting session of predators, taking their weapons and setting the xenomorph free. Of course they were lured there since you can have a bunch of aliens without hosts to incubate them.

AVP Requiem
An alien/predator hybrid, a predalien, perhaps makes it to earth after the last movie after killing the rest of the predators, but not before one sets off a distress call causing Wolf to leave what is presumably their home world to eliminate all traces of alien presence on earth. They then find themselves in a angsty teen drama in a small Colorado town that is quickly overrun by aliens and the predator hunts the aliens and anyone who sees him.

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 9 – The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

B&W film about an alien visitor, Klaatu and his killer robot, Gort.

A flying saucer lands in the Washington Mall. Klaatu emerges and gets shot by a trigger happy soldier. In the hospital he tells the president’s secretary he traveled 250 million miles in five months travel to tell all the people of Earth of impending doom.
Klaatu escapes the hospital to live among people and befriends a boy, Bobby. They go to meet Prof. Barnhardt in order to meet the greatest scientists in the world. Arranges a demo of power, all electricity off for a half an hour. Mrs Benson learns klaatu identity but so does her boyfriend. He tells her that if anything happens to tell GORT, klaatu barada nikto.They are caught by the military and klaatu gets shot. She goes to Gort, says the words and he goes and get klaatus body. The spaceship revives him and when they exit the ship, the scientists, the military and media were all there and he tells them the message.

Based on “Farewell to the Master”, by Harry Bates. Spaceship designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Gort’s suit was made of two neoprene suits worn by 7’7” tall Lock Martin to give an impression of seamlessness.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Frozen wasteland. Keanu Reeves. Glowy orb.
Cut to a woman who specializes in extremophiles. She gets rushed by the gov to the site of a ship landing in Manhatten. It’s recorded at traveling 3×10^7 meters/sec up until it landed. Intro glowey sphere thing!!!! And the military. Who shoot the alien and GORT arrives, but is shut down by the injured alien. This part alien part human is “reborn” in surgery as KEANU/KLAATU. The military of course takes over and he owns them with psychic powers. He escapes with Helen and develops some respect for them after meeting Prof Barnhardt. GORT turns into a plague of human eating insects after the spheres collect animal specimens, like an ark. Klaatu saves everyone by sacrificing himself and the ship leaves. SO BIBLEY.

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 8 – Cowboys and Aliens

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It’s 1873 in New Mexico Territory and a man wakes up lying on the ground with complete amnesia. The only thing he knows is that he speaks English and that he can’t get that weird thing off of his wrist. He soon finds out that he is a most wanted outlaw named Jake Lonergan. Then things get weird. Aliens are attacking the town, Absolution, capturing people, and that thing on Jake’s wrist is a weapon.

STARS
* Daniel Craig from James Bond
* Harrison Ford from Indiana Jones and Star Wars
* Olivia Wilde from House

Rotten Tomatoes 43%
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cowboys_and_aliens/

IMDB 6/10
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409847/

Based on graphic novel, “Cowboys & Aliens” published in 2006

THE SCIENCE
* Gold
* Aliens
* Ella Swenson
* Shapshifter
* Regenerated her human form in a fire
* Invaders
* Scarfaced alien

THE PRODUCTION
* Budget
* $163 Million budgeted
* $175 Million gross within three months
* Production
* Universal & Dreamwork
* Pitched in 1997 with writer Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who wrote the graphic novel
* GP released in 2006
* Robert Downey Jr took interest in 2008, but stepped down and Daniel Craig stepped in.
* Harrison Ford added in 2010 and Spielberg helped develop into a big blockbuster feel.

THE THEMES
* Corruption
* Greed
* Conflict with natives
* Man vs other
* Man vs Man

THE GOOD
* Concept and story
* Cheesy tropes

THE BAD
* Harrison Ford
* Every trope ever…

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 7 – Space Truckers

In this month’s episode we talk about Space Truckers. It’s a sci-fi about the last independent trucker in space resisting the power of the company that is trying to take over everything. In the end, he saves the world, but it’s pretty bad. This is one of the lowest rated science fiction movies, but at the same time, we liked it. Enjoy.

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 7 – Space Truckers

In this week’s episode we talk about Space Truckers. It’s a sci-fi about the last independent trucker in space resisting the power of the company that is trying to take over everything. In the end, he saves the world, but it’s pretty bad. This is one of the lowest rated science fiction movies, but at the same time, we liked it. Enjoy.

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 6 – Alien


The Plot
A crew is brought out of hyper-sleep early to investigate a distress call, one that results in the crew getting massacred and a new kind of alien, xenomorphs, to begin terrorizing the colonies and coveted by the Company for use as a bioweapon.

The Franchise

  1. Movies (1-4)
    1. Alien (1979) xenomorph infests a cargo ship and kills everyone except Ripley.
    2. Aliens (1986) Ripley wakes up having been rescued, but finds out a colony has developed on the Alien planet, which she has to save. Intro of the Queen.
    3. Alien 3 (1992) Ripley crashes on a prison planet and tries to save the population, but finds out she has a queen embryo inside her.
    4. Alien Resurrection (1997) directed by Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon. Ripley is resurrected 200 years later but an error in the process leaves her part alien. The military hopes to weaponize aliens and it’s up to her and a crew of smugglers to stop them.
  2. Comics and graphic novels
  3. Games

The Science

  1. Space travel
    1. Cryo
    2. Tow vehicles with cargo
    3. Mining operations
  2. Aliens
    1. Genetic adaption through endoparasitic breeding
    2. Egg-larva-adult/ queen-drone setup
    3. Uses host’s genes to strengthen own survivability
      1. human/alien
      2. cow/alien
  3. Androids
    1. Ash betrays the crew by order of the Company.
    2. Bishop sacrifices himself for the crew
  4. Computers (Mother)

The Production

  1. Creature design and implementation
    1. H. R. Giger design aliens
    2. First alien had over 900 moving parts
    3. 6’10” actor Bolaji Badejo
    4. Used cow and sheep innards for eggs and facehugger
    5. Both the bloody chest burster scene in Alien and the knife scene in Aliens were done without the actor’s knowledge, making for more realistic reactions
    6. Ron Cobb designed Nostromo
    7. 6 people to puppet the alien, 14 for the queen

The Themes

  1. Man vs self
  2. Man vs other
  3. Motherhood
  4. Sexuality
    1. Phallic and vaginal imagery (HR Giger)
    2. Rape

The Good

  1. Strong female role model of the millennium
  2. Most realistic model on how we’ll travel deep space.
  3. Suspense, Lighting, Sound
  4. The black guy isn’t the first to die

The Bad

  1. They did too many movies
  2. Time line gets screwed up

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org


Episode 6 – Alien

The Plot A crew is brought out of hyper-sleep early to investigate a distress call, one that results in the crew getting massacred and a new kind of alien, xenomorphs, to begin terrorizing the colonies and coveted by the Company for use as a bioweapon. The Franchise

  1. Movies (1-4)
    1. Alien (1979) xenomorph infests a cargo ship and kills everyone except Ripley.
    2. Aliens (1986) Ripley wakes up having been rescued, but finds out a colony has developed on the Alien planet, which she has to save. Intro of the Queen.
    3. Alien 3 (1992) Ripley crashes on a prison planet and tries to save the population, but finds out she has a queen embryo inside her.
    4. Alien Resurrection (1997) directed by Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon. Ripley is resurrected 200 years later but an error in the process leaves her part alien. The military hopes to weaponize aliens and it’s up to her and a crew of smugglers to stop them.
  2. Comics and graphic novels
  3. Games

The Science

  1. Space travel
    1. Cryo
    2. Tow vehicles with cargo
    3. Mining operations
  2. Aliens
    1. Genetic adaption through endoparasitic breeding
    2. Egg-larva-adult/ queen-drone setup
    3. Uses host’s genes to strengthen own survivability
      1. human/alien
      2. cow/alien
  3. Androids
    1. Ash betrays the crew by order of the Company.
    2. Bishop sacrifices himself for the crew
  4. Computers (Mother)

The Production

  1. Creature design and implementation
    1. H. R. Giger design aliens
    2. First alien had over 900 moving parts
    3. 6’10” actor Bolaji Badejo
    4. Used cow and sheep innards for eggs and facehugger
    5. Both the bloody chest burster scene in Alien and the knife scene in Aliens were done without the actor’s knowledge, making for more realistic reactions
    6. Ron Cobb designed Nostromo
    7. 6 people to puppet the alien, 14 for the queen

The Themes

  1. Man vs self
  2. Man vs other
  3. Motherhood
  4. Sexuality
    1. Phallic and vaginal imagery (HR Giger)
    2. Rape

The Good

  1. Strong female role model of the millennium
  2. Most realistic model on how we’ll travel deep space.
  3. Suspense, Lighting, Sound
  4. The black guy isn’t the first to die

The Bad

  1. They did too many movies
  2. Time line gets screwed up

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org