Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast
146 // Spaihts, Lindelof, and Two Very Different Scripts (Open Her Eyes: The Journey to Prometheus Part Six)

146 // Spaihts, Lindelof, and Two Very Different Scripts (Open Her Eyes: The Journey to Prometheus Part Six)

September 22, 2020

In this next installment of our ongoing exploration into the origins of Prometheus, Jaime and Patrick (with special guest Dan Ferlito, their cohost on Shoulder of Orion: The Blade Runner Podcast) dive deeply into two very important documents: Jon Spaihts' ALIEN: Engineers and Damon Lindelof's Paradise.

The quick, popularized version of events is that Jon Spaihts, hired by Scott and Fox to write a screenplay based on a compelling pitch, turned in something rough-hewn but interesting. Then Damon Lindelof, hot off the success of Lost, was brought in to give it a little Hollywood magic—and a less overt connection to Alien.

But there's a lot more to it than that. Join us on this deep dive into the early days of Prometheus.

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Crossover Episode: Reviewing the First Three Episodes of Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves

Crossover Episode: Reviewing the First Three Episodes of Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves

September 16, 2020

Ridley Scott’s new series Raised by Wolves is being lauded as an authentic return to original science fiction. Familiar themes like religion, A.I., and humanity’s fate beyond Earth resurface in this original ten-episode season.

Shoulder of Orion and Perfect Organism hosts Jaime Prater, Patrick Greene, and Dan Ferlito sit down to review and discuss the first three episodes of the show.

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145 // A Galaxy of Fans: Evolutions and Revolutions in Alien Fandom (Open Her Eyes: The Journey to Prometheus Part Five)

145 // A Galaxy of Fans: Evolutions and Revolutions in Alien Fandom (Open Her Eyes: The Journey to Prometheus Part Five)

September 1, 2020

Prometheus premiered at a curious time in Alien fandom. It'd been 15 years since the release of the previous canonical film in the main Alien continuity, and the internet was transitioning rapidly into something a lot more connected—and a lot more intense—than what it'd previously been.

It was an era of tightly guarded secrets, leaked photos, buzzing internet forums, and nascent social media groups. And one of the most active places for fans to engage was (and is) AvPGalaxy (avpgalaxy.net).

On this installment of our ongoing investigation into Prometheus, Jaime and Patrick spend some quality time with their friend Aaron Percival, AvPGalaxy's co-administrator and host of the AvPGalaxy podcast. They discuss where fandom was in the months leading up to Prometheus' premiere—and how various changes in studio marketing, social media, and public discourse came together to create a unique time to be an Alien fan.

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144 // Alien: The Original Screenplay - An Interview with Cristiano Seixas, Writer

144 // Alien: The Original Screenplay - An Interview with Cristiano Seixas, Writer

August 18, 2020

A lifetime ago—January 2020, to be exact—Dark Horse issued one of the most exciting press releases in Alien expanded universe history: Dan O'Bannon's original screenplay was getting a comic adaptation.

The creative team tasked with this extraordinary challenge was more than up to it. Writer Cristiano Seixas has been an integral part of the Brazilian comics scene for decades. Active in writing, illustrating, animation, and more, he's also the Creative Director of Ghost Jack Entertainment (a game studio) and the founder of Casa dos Quadrinhos School of Visual Arts in Brazil.

Along with his friend/longtime collaborator, the artist Guilherme Balbi, Seixas brings O'Bannon's script to luminous new life in this five-issue Dark Horse run.

Join Jaime and Patrick as they chat with Cristiano about art, Alien, adaptation, and much more. For more on Cristiano and his work—including Calango, the groundbreaking comic book/mobile app about a girl and her desert lizard—visit cristianoseixas.com.

 

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143 // Nihilism (In Defense of Alien 3 Part Eight)

143 // Nihilism (In Defense of Alien 3 Part Eight)

August 4, 2020

Jaime, and Patrick break down a recent article from Escapist Magazine (https://bit.ly/2XtabBY) that addresses the nihilism present in David Fincher's Alien 3. Is nihilism the true spirit of the Alien saga? Was Fincher's vision more in line tonally with Alien than Aliens? Patrick & Jaime attempt to answer these questions and more in this return to the controversial—yet beautiful—film, Alien 3.

 

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142 // A Goddamn Town Meeting: Debating Prometheus (Open Her Eyes: The Journey to Prometheus Part Four)

142 // A Goddamn Town Meeting: Debating Prometheus (Open Her Eyes: The Journey to Prometheus Part Four)

July 22, 2020

Join us as we continue our Prometheus series with this lively community roundtable! Jaime and Patrick are joined by listeners Chase Cupo and Gene McDonald for a trip through many facets of this fascinating film. We were joined by dozens of listeners connecting to the live stream, as well—thank you for participating, you lovely people.

 

* Please excuse the audio issues; we are still hammering out the kinks with live roundtables. But we're getting there!

 

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UPRISING: Rebellions In Film

UPRISING: Rebellions In Film

July 17, 2020

Why does the story of Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion resonate with us? Why do we flock to stories of resistance and uprising in films and books? What speaks to us about these particular fables? Join Jaime, Dan, Patrick, and special guest, Dr. Robin Bunce as we dive into this topic amidst a backdrop of an American and global uprising. 

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141 // You Have My Sympathies: Ash, Artificial Intelligence on Film, and the Legacy of Sir Ian Holm (The Forbidden Planet Part 10)

141 // You Have My Sympathies: Ash, Artificial Intelligence on Film, and the Legacy of Sir Ian Holm (The Forbidden Planet Part 10)

July 7, 2020

As fandom continues to process the loss of Sir Ian Holm, Jaime and Patrick return to The Forbidden Planet for an installment dedicated to his immortal portrayal of Ash. The conversation takes some extraordinary turns along the way—inspired in no small part by your comments and insights in Building Better Worlds and live on the air.

Holm's portrayal of Ash was a watershed in how AI was represented on screen. This conversation—which we feel might be one of our best yet—is our tiny way of trying to do some justice to his legacy.

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140 // A Changed Universe: Alien Enters the Marvel Empire

140 // A Changed Universe: Alien Enters the Marvel Empire

July 4, 2020

There's been a flurry of news surrounding Marvel's acquisition of the Alien IP from Dark Horse Comics. Patrick, Jaime, and special guest Paul Hermann sit down to discuss what this first step could mean for the franchise. 

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BONUS EPISODE // FRAME RATE: The Elephant Man

BONUS EPISODE // FRAME RATE: The Elephant Man

June 30, 2020

In 1980, David Lynch, widely known for his avant-garde cinema aesthetic, briefly changed course and released one of the best pictures of the 20th Century. The Elephant Man, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir John Hurt, and Anne Bancroft took critics and audiences by storm with its depiction of John Merrick, a real man that lived in breathed in turn of the century England.

Jaime, and special guest Mark Deckard dive into The Elephant Man, and all of the questions surrounding his story.

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