Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast
113 // The Fantastic Dark: HR Giger and the Poetics of Fear (The Forbidden Planet: Part 3)

113 // The Fantastic Dark: HR Giger and the Poetics of Fear (The Forbidden Planet: Part 3)

June 14, 2019

It's impossible to overstate just how revolutionary—and how brilliant—HR Giger's work on Alien was. But why? Why does his work continue to enthrall and haunt us? Why has it gone on to define the look of "horror in space" for the past four decades?

On this next installment into our Forbidden Planet series, hosts JM Prater and Patrick Greene welcome a special guest: Majid Shanaa, longtime listener and eloquent xeno-fan. Join the guys as they explore Giger's life, art, and his endlessly fascinating influence on us all.

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112 // A Two Year Alien: Covenant Anniversary Roundtable

112 // A Two Year Alien: Covenant Anniversary Roundtable

May 31, 2019

In this episode, Jaime and Patrick are joined by special guests Aaron Percival of AvP Galaxy, Clara Fei Fei (MUTHUR9000), and Perfect Organism team members Conar and Sean to discuss how Alien: Covenant is sitting with all of us two years after its release. This was a wonderful hour-and-a-half discussion diving back into a film that continues to be controversial with the fan base.

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111 // Alien Day 2019 Roundtable

111 // Alien Day 2019 Roundtable

May 14, 2019

Join us in this love-fest of a roundtable as JM, Patrick, Clara, Dave, Sean, Shaun, and Conar look back on all the things that made the fourth annual Alien Day such a rousing success. From the North Bergen High School play to the Tongal short films, there was a ton to unpack.

After a year of huge uncertainty—about the future of 20th Century Fox and the future of the franchise—we've emerged revivified and looking toward the future.

So let's celebrate!

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110 // Alien: Harvest: An Interview with Director Ben Howdeshell

110 // Alien: Harvest: An Interview with Director Ben Howdeshell

April 26, 2019

Host JM Prater was pleased and delighted to sit down with Alien 40th Anniversary short film director Ben Howdeshell to discuss his film Alien: Harvest, which releases today via IGN and YouTube. From his first story proposal, to how he lit his sets, Ben goes in-depth on the process that brought his brilliant short film to life.

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109 // Memory: An Interview with Diane O’Bannon (The Forbidden Planet: Part 2)

109 // Memory: An Interview with Diane O’Bannon (The Forbidden Planet: Part 2)

April 26, 2019

Patrick and Jaime were delighted to sit down with Diane O'Bannon—wife of Dan O'Bannon, the original writer and screenwriter on Alien. In this interview, Diane speaks about the origins of Alien, her meeting Dan, his dreams and hopes, and the legacy he's left behind.

Alien would not be possible without Dan O'Bannon. Let’s pay tribute to the man who discovered our Forbidden Planet forty years ago.

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108 // It Looks Like a Warning (The Forbidden Planet: Part 1)

108 // It Looks Like a Warning (The Forbidden Planet: Part 1)

April 12, 2019

Welcome to The Forbidden Planet—our long-awaited full series on Alien! On this kickoff episode, hosts Jaime and Patrick unpack Alien's importance in film history, in their lives, and in global popular culture. Why does it still haunt us? Why does it still inspire us? How does it fit in the continuum of science fiction—and how did it alter that continuum forever?

We're celebrating the fortieth anniversary of this landmark film with a year full of interviews, research pieces, roundtables, debates, video segments, and more.

Strap into those pressure suits. Let's get out there.

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107 // Every Meal a Banquet: The Triumph of Aliens (40 Miles of Bad Road: Part 9)

107 // Every Meal a Banquet: The Triumph of Aliens (40 Miles of Bad Road: Part 9)

March 26, 2019

At last, we've reached a stopping point on our journey down 40 Miles of Bad Road. But don't worry! We'll be revisiting the series from time to time in the years to come.

As we sit here and reflect on the road we've traveled—the stories we've heard, the reflections we've shared, the people we've met along the way—we thought it would be a nice moment to open the conversation up a bit. 

On this enormous roundtable, Jaime and Patrick are joined by regulars Mykal McCulloch, Clara Fei-Fei (MUTHUR9000; yutani.blog), Dave Gogel (xenomorphing.com), and Conar Murdoch, as well as some new voices: Sean Sumner (part of our Building Better Worlds team) and Dusty Tweedhope (longtime listener and friend of the show).

This show covers the full gamut of what we hope to achieve with this roundtable format: hilarity, genuine introspection, fellowship, ribald banter, and so much more. We celebrate the past and look to the future, and we have a wonderful time along the way.

Thank you all for traveling this road with us. Our Forbidden Planet series is just around the corner!

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106 // Is Aliens Overrated? (40 Miles of Bad Road Part 8)

106 // Is Aliens Overrated? (40 Miles of Bad Road Part 8)

March 12, 2019

In Part eight of our series on ALIENS, Jaime and Patrick discuss whether or not the film is overrated and overhyped. This is an intriguing conversation that led to a few other topics surrounding how originals movies are allowed to be these days. This was a great discourse and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we loved talking about it.

 

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105 // Dispelling Rumors (a mini-episode)

105 // Dispelling Rumors (a mini-episode)

February 26, 2019

Jaime and Patrick step away from 40 Miles of Bad Road to address the recent swirl of rumors making their way through fandom. The hosts continue on to discuss their recent meetup at USC in Los Angeles to enjoy the 40th Anniversary Alien exhibit. 

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104 // Every Character Matters (40 Miles of Bad Road: Part 7)

104 // Every Character Matters (40 Miles of Bad Road: Part 7)

February 12, 2019

What makes the characters in Alienso unforgettable? Join hosts Jaime and Patrick as they team up with special guests Dave (of Xenomorphing.com) and Dan (of Shoulder of Orion: The Blade Runner Podcast) to uncover some of the reasons these characters live on so strongly in our hearts and in our memories.

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