Wednesday, August 6, 2014

048: Alien: Resurrection (1997) - The Research Song

 We've all been there...right?

SPOILERS FOR ALIEN (1979), ALIENS (1986), ALIEN3 (1992), ALIEN: RESURRECTION (1997), SILENT HILL (2006), FIREFLY 1x05, Starcraft, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014), and WORLD WAR Z (book and 2013 film).

In this episode:
  • Fio's friend Joe joins us for our discussion!
  • Discussion of Alien: Resurrection (1997), including Joss Whedon's writing, the interesting (but not altogether well-executed) ideas in the script, weird acting/writing choices, and where this movie rates in our heads against the previous movies.
  • Joe sheds light on some of the Alien comics that may have influenced the screenplay for Alien: Resurrection.
  • What themes are present in the script? Could they really decide which they wanted to focus on?
  • Human vs. construct--was this explored to its fullest extent?
  • How 90s is this movie, really?
  • Interpretations of how the Alien Queen ended up with a womb in this film and why the Humalien Hybrid kills the queen. The fact that we have to spend a decent chunk of this podcast debating our interpretations of this sequence of events is evidence enough that this film is just really not clear.
  • After Joe leaves, Ian gives his non-spoilery thoughts on The Strain, Guillermo del Toro's vampire/epidemic horror TV series currently airing on FX. In short: It's cool! ...But kind of uneven. Also: body horror.
  • At some point, we're going to devote an episode or two of the podcast to the Silent Hill movie(s). I mean, if we have to. *heavy breathing*
  • Next time: Cleolinda joins us once again for the final movie in our Summer Movie series: Prometheus!
  • Joe had to leave somewhere around the 1 hour mark, but we don't really give any indication for the listener's benefit that he's left at that point. Apologies.
  • I think at some point (when we're trying to figure out how long after Alien3 this movie was) I accidentally said Alien3 came out in '93 instead of '92. My mistake.
  • Compare Fio's Research song to Data's Scanning for Lifeforms song
  • Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • 6:09 - Based on our sample size thus far, 100% of the people who have seen the Alien movies were too young to see the Alien movies.
    • 1:32:22 - “We’ve pretty much exhausted our topics” Oh have we, Fio? Have we? Because there are twENTY FUCKING MINUTES LEFT.
    • Anybody who figured we were going to spend a good portion of this Podcast talking about Firefly, Starcraft, X-Men: Days of Future Past, World War Z, a huge diversion on The Strain, and giving a random shout-out to Apt Pupil, you deserve a cookie.
    • So I’m getting the feeling that we think Call is the most interesting character in this movie. I don’t think I’m wrong in this. IAN: Definitely the most interesting new character, at the very least. Alien!Ripley's pretty interesting, if written a little vaguely.

  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Human" - The Killers | YouTube | iTunes |
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1 comment:

  1. The bit where you guys wonder aloud how and why the Engineers went from creating homo sapiens to the xenomorphs reminded me of this Tumblr chain about how scary humanity would be to an alien species ("OH GOD THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GOD"):