SPOILERS FOR ALIEN (1979), ALIENS (1986), ALIEN 3 (1992), ALIEN: RESURRECTION (1997), PROMETHEUS (2012), and ANIMORPHS #53: THE DECISION (are you even surprised?).
In this episode:
- Cleolinda Jones joins us once again for one of her (and our) favorite movies!
- Discussion of Aliens (1986), including our first exposures to the film, the theme of family throughout the film, the differences between the theatrical and Special Edition cuts, and our favorite moments and lines.
- Why does this movie speak to so many people? We theorize.
- Ian pulls in references to Captain Underpants and Animorphs, because of course he does.
- We need a bingo card for frequent podcast occurrences. Any takers?
- The morality of Carter Burke
- Cleo shows us why Aliens really is It Gets Worse: The Movie.
- We discuss the xenomorph lifecycle as a dark reflection of human reproduction, this movie especially emphasizing parenthood.
- Ian regales all with excerpts from the Aliens novelization.
- Bishop and androids in the Alien movies.
- We talk a little bit more about the upcoming Alien: Isolation video game, which just had a pretty awesome announcement.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
- I am aware the line is "You've blown a trans-axle," not "busted." For the longest time I remembered it as "busted" (and also as "ease off" instead of "ease down"). It's close enough that I didn't feel like re-recording it once I realized the error. FORGIVE ME, INTERNETS.
- According to Wikipedia, it was 17,372 Yeerks that Jake ordered Ax to flush. Of course, it also says he did it "Hoping to distract Visser One and Tom long enough to save Rachel's life," which is a complete and utter lie.
- In a
raremoment of clarity while listening back to the podcast, I remembered where Cleo must have gotten "158" for the colony's population.
- Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
- 4:00 - 5:10 - And a phone is ringing. That no one can hear but you, Ian. There was no phone. There was no phone, was there Ian? Was there?
- 16:41 - I said Lurkers when I meant Licker. I’m a bad Resi fan.
- 26:51 - I know you said “thirty-thousand, or…” here, but it sounds like you said “thirty-thousander” and it made me giggle.
- The betrayal and disappointment of Alien3. WE’RE NOT EVEN THERE YET. WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THIS ALREADY? DON’T MAKE IT HURT ANYMORE, IAN.
- Opening: "Ripley's Rescue" - James Horner, Aliens: The Deluxe Edition (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | iTunes |
- Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
- Outro: "Killer Queen" - Queen | YouTube | iTunes |