Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast
129 // We’re Going In | Five Years of Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast

129 // We’re Going In | Five Years of Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast

February 18, 2020

In this very special episode, founder and co-host Jaime Prater, along with partner and co-host Patrick Greene reunite with former contributors and friends to discuss and celebrate five years of Perfect Organism Podcast. From the first images released by Neil Blomkamp, up through the release of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, the gang discusses their best memories of the show, listener feedback and the road ahead. 

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128 // Taste the Rainbow: A Minisode About Those Psychedelic New Lanard Toys

128 // Taste the Rainbow: A Minisode About Those Psychedelic New Lanard Toys

February 13, 2020

It's not often we're taken completely by surprise these days. Usually, there's an inkling of something coming. News leaks. A company announces they've acquired rights to use the Alien license on Twitter. Alien's Instagram posts some teasers. You know the drill.

But a few months back, a whole ton of what-the-blessed-hell-is-going-on got dropped on fandom when a toy company many of us had never heard of started releasing some super colorful, super crazy designs reminiscent of the Kenner toys so many of us grew up with.

In this minisode, frequent contributor Dave Gogel (of Xenomorphing) leads Patrick "Gorilla Alien Is My Spirit Animal" Greene and returning guest Mike Denis on a journey to figure out where these things came from and what they're all about. We didn't end up with many answers, but we did end up laughing a hell of a lot. 

Stay tuned for Perfect Organism's fifth anniversary roundtable next week!

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127 // Dark Elegy: The Astonishing Music of Alien 3 (In Defense of Alien 3 Part 7)

127 // Dark Elegy: The Astonishing Music of Alien 3 (In Defense of Alien 3 Part 7)

February 4, 2020

In this—perhaps the most ambitious episode we've ever attempted—Jaime and Patrick try to do justice to Elliot Goldenthal's towering achievement: his original score for Alien 3. Using original research and analysis, Goldenthal's own cue sheets, the full orchestral score, Patrick's background as a professional composer, and Jaime's encyclopedic knowledge of film soundtracks, the PO team wades deeply into this complicated, powerful musical statement.

This is also a long-awaited return to the first extended series we ever attempted: In Defense of Alien 3! We hope to continue to periodically revisit all of our extended series in the years to come.

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126 // Special Presentation: Shit Show, Episode 1 (AVP 2004)

126 // Special Presentation: Shit Show, Episode 1 (AVP 2004)

January 21, 2020

We're excited to bring our Patreon supporters another all-new, ongoing series—and we'd like to share this first episode with everyone! We're calling this new program Shit Show: The Lighter Side of Perfect Organism. You know those moments in Perfect Organism episodes where Jaime and Patrick just make fun of each other for five minutes? Shit Show is all about those moments.

It's about taking ourselves (and our franchise) a little less seriously. Exploring corners of the franchise we might not otherwise touch on, and taking time to explore some hidden gems—or turds—in science fiction and genre filmmaking more broadly.

If you'd like so sign up for our Patreon, go to perfectorganism.com/support or search "Perfect Organism" at patreon.com. For just $2 per month, you'll have instant access to every episode of Shit Show and our other ongoing Patreon series, Frame Rate.

We'll be back with regular programming in two weeks! In the meantime, consider supporting the show by joining our crew at perfectorganism.com/support.

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125 // Looking Back on an Unforgettable Year in Fandom

125 // Looking Back on an Unforgettable Year in Fandom

December 23, 2019

As we close 2019, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate how much fun we've had this year. With this show, with each other, with our podcast family, and with all of you listening out there, wherever you are.

Thank you for making 2019—Alien's 40th anniversary—completely unforgettable.

We'll see you in the new year after a short break!

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124 // A Last Goodbye: Finding Ripley Part 2 (The Forbidden Planet Part 9)

124 // A Last Goodbye: Finding Ripley Part 2 (The Forbidden Planet Part 9)

December 10, 2019

In this second-to-last entry into our Forbidden Planet series, Patrick and Jaime welcome special guests AndieGeekGirl and Patrick's partner Micah Greene to discuss the character of Ellen Ripley. In this surprisingly sobering and philosophical discussion, we break down Ripley as an iconic character. She defied all expectations and gender norms; there is no one like Ellen Ripley, and there will likely never be again. Join us as we send off this sacred and indelible character in the 40th year of her existence in science fiction.

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123 // Alien: Survival - A Vision for a New Chapter

123 // Alien: Survival - A Vision for a New Chapter

December 3, 2019

In this special bonus episode, Jaime and his writing partner, film director Eric Wallace, sit down to discuss their vision for what the Alien franchise could be. In this in-depth episode, friends and filmmakers discuss how they met as late-teens/early twenty-somethings, forging a friendship that's resulted in a partnership in what they hope could be a bold new vision for the Alien franchise.

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122 // Finding Ellen Ripley: Part 1 (The Forbidden Planet Part 8)

122 // Finding Ellen Ripley: Part 1 (The Forbidden Planet Part 8)

November 26, 2019

In this heartfelt, free-ranging episode, Jaime and Patrick discuss one of the most important film characters in their lives: Ellen Ripley. Anchoring the conversation to Ripley's role in Alien, they branch into a larger conversation on gender, class, race, and representation in this classic film—and how Sigourney Weaver's performance broke every mold imaginable. 

Join us as we enter the final month of Alien's fortieth anniversary year recognizing the woman who's been with us since the very beginning: our Space Mom, Ellen Ripley.

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121 // Alien 3: The Unfilmed Script: An Interview With Director Stevie J Douglas

121 // Alien 3: The Unfilmed Script: An Interview With Director Stevie J Douglas

November 1, 2019

In this episode, our contributor, and lead admin of Building Better Worlds, Conar Murdoch, sits down with Stevie J Douglas, the director of Alien 3: The Unfilmed Script. From his first experiences with the Alien series, to how he reimagined a stage play based off Vincent Ward's unused script, Conar and Stevie host what is a brilliant and hilarious episode, casting light on the base story for what would become the film we know as Alien 3. We hope you enjoy. 

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120 // Open the Door: Alien and the Cinema of the 1970s (The Forbidden Planet Part 7)

120 // Open the Door: Alien and the Cinema of the 1970s (The Forbidden Planet Part 7)

October 25, 2019

The 1970s was a decade of astounding creative leaps in Hollywood. In this special episode, Jaime and Patrick welcome first-time guest Mike Denis to talk about this unique period in the history of film—and how Alien, that dark masterpiece we love so dearly, might just be the decade's crowning achievement.

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