Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast
175 // David‘s Lab | A Roundtable Discussion Part Two (Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant Part Three)

175 // David‘s Lab | A Roundtable Discussion Part Two (Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant Part Three)

October 20, 2021

We’re back with another roundtable! Alien: Covenant presents a lot to talk about, and on this wide-ranging installment we tackle some of the more problematic aspects of the film. What do we wrestle with? Where does Covenant fall flat? Why is it so hard to stop talking about this freaking movie?!

Join Jaime, Patrick, Christian, Andie, Maj, and special guest Matt John as they venture further into David's creepy basement.

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174 // David‘s Lab | A Roundtable Discussion Part One (Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant Part Two)

174 // David‘s Lab | A Roundtable Discussion Part One (Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant Part Two)

October 5, 2021

There's no beating around the bush: Alien: Covenant is, at its heart, a divisive film in fandom. So how do we make sense of it? Do we throw it all out and hope for a more unifying film next time? It's never that simple. While there is a lot that is controversial about Alien: Covenant, there is a lot that is profound as well.

In this roundtable discussion, Jaime, Patrick, Christian, Andie, Perry, and Maj jump into the deep end to discuss a film that continues to be a flashpoint in fandom. While not the success the studio had hoped for—or the rallying point fans were desperate to receive—Covenant is worthy of exploration. We hope you enjoy.

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173 // Where It All Began (Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant Part One)

173 // Where It All Began (Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant Part One)

September 22, 2021

When Alien: Covenant was released in theaters back in 2017, it was nothing short of explosive. EVERYONE had an opinion about it. And for a lot of us in Alien fandom, Covenant represents a painful time in our community.

But why? What is it about this movie that inspires such intense reactions, good and bad?

Join Jaime and Patrick as they revisit the very first on-air discussion they ever had (way back in Episode 59). How does Alien: Covenant sit now, four years after its release? What themes have stood the test of time; what has soured with age? Where do we go from here? How did we get here in the first place?

This is the first episode of a full, extended series that many of you have been asking for. We're calling it "Exquisite Corpse - Dissecting Alien: Covenant." And we can't wait to take this journey with you.

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172 // Stop and Smell the Corpses - Aliens: Fireteam Elite Review Roundtable

172 // Stop and Smell the Corpses - Aliens: Fireteam Elite Review Roundtable

September 7, 2021

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is finally here, and we couldn't wait to talk about it! Join Patrick, Christian, Perry, Dave (of xenomorphing.com and the Hive Mind podcast), and first-time guest Drew Jackson as they land on LV-895, whip out their pulse rifles, and start discussing the intricacies of this crazy little (-ish) game.

We talk strategy, lore (with some light spoilers for this game as well as Aliens: Infiltrator), and a whole lot more. So equip your perks, keep an eye out for Monica, and join the conversation.

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171 // Discussing the First Complete Arc of Marvel’s Alien With Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson

171 // Discussing the First Complete Arc of Marvel’s Alien With Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson

August 25, 2021

*** DON'T LISTEN TO THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED ALIEN #6 ***

The first six issues of Phillip Kennedy Johnson's run on Marvel's Alien are officially out! Join Patrick and Christian as they chat with Phillip about Gabriel Cruz, the Alpha, that Giger-esque women/alien hybrid, liberation-minded synthetics, "cleansing fire," and so much more.

Phillip also gives our listeners a first look at where the comic is going next, including some very exciting news about a new protagonist, a new setting, and some new nightmares.

So head over to your local comic store, get reading, and join us!

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170 // Interviewing Scott Rogers, Designer of Alien: Fate of the Nostromo

170 // Interviewing Scott Rogers, Designer of Alien: Fate of the Nostromo

August 10, 2021

As Alien fans, we've got a lot of ways to engage with the stories we love. We can watch the films, read the comics, play with the action figures, sew our cosplay outfits, explore the decks of the Sevastopol ... and sometimes, when we're lucky, we get something that allows us to engage with these stories in collaboration with others.

That's just what Scott Rogers, the legendary game designer behind Ravensburger's new Alien: Fate of the Nostromo, had in mind as he and his team brought this new tabletop experience to life.

Join Jaime and Patrick as they talk with Scott about all sorts of things: his life-long love for Alien, the inner mechanics of game design, and so much more.

And be sure to pick up a copy of Alien: Fate of the Nostromo, on sale now wherever games are sold!

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169 // The Risk Always Lives: Interviewing Jenette Goldstein

169 // The Risk Always Lives: Interviewing Jenette Goldstein

July 27, 2021

Aliens remains one of the greatest sequels ever made. The 1986 followup to the Ridley Scott original turned a one-off phenomenal film into a franchise-maker.

Even moreso than its predecessor, James Cameron’s Aliens is a film about character. In this special interview, Jenette Goldstein—who, in portraying PFC Vasquez, gave us one of the most unforgettable characters of all—takes us on a tour of her life, her time on set, and her most cherished memories.

Joining Jaime and Patrick in this exciting interview are our new Contributing Hosts, Andie and Christian!

After the interview wraps, stick around for an extended roundtable conversation on the legacy of Vasquez (and much more), as the interview quartet is joined by IG all-stars Perry and Maj.

Keep up with all of Jenette's exploits on IG! @realjenettegoldstein @jenettebras_la @jenettebras_atl And be sure to stop by jenettebras.com.

Also!! Make sure you check out Jenette appearing in the music video for "Reach," a song by Bill Paxton's band Martini Ranch. Directed by James Cameron, no less! You might recognize some other faces as well ...

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168 // Celebrating the 35 Year Legacy of Aliens: A Roundtable

168 // Celebrating the 35 Year Legacy of Aliens: A Roundtable

July 13, 2021

Thirty-five years ago—July 14, 1986—James Cameron’s Aliens lit up movie screens across the globe for the first time. In the decades since, Aliens has become a deeply beloved, immeasurably influential, genre-defining example of what great filmmaking looks like.

In this roundtable celebration of Aliens’ 35th anniversary, Jaime, Patrick, Christian, Maj, and Perry are joined once again by Marvel’s Phillip Kennedy Johnson for a rousing look at Aliens and its deep impact on our lives, our work, and our world.

167 // Papa’s Got a Pulse Rifle: Aliens and Parenthood

167 // Papa’s Got a Pulse Rifle: Aliens and Parenthood

June 29, 2021

As we get ever closer to the 35th anniversary of Aliens' theatrical premiere, fans around the world find ourselves feeling a little nostalgic. Many of us were introduced to Aliens (or other films in the saga) by parents, aunts, uncles, etc. And many of us now, having grown to become parents, aunts, uncles ourselves, are in the wonderful position of being able to introduce it to kids ourselves.

On this heartfelt episode, Jaime and Patrick are joined by our new Contributing Host Christian Matzke, as well as beloved PO guest Andie GeekGirl. We hope you feel the love.

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166 // Interviewing Marvel’s Benjamin Percy, Writer of Aliens: Aftermath

166 // Interviewing Marvel’s Benjamin Percy, Writer of Aliens: Aftermath

June 15, 2021

Benjamin Percy wears many hats: novelist (Red Moon); superstar comic writer (Wolverine and X-Force); podcast innovator (Wastelanders: Old Man Star-Lord). But one of the first hats he wore was "Alien fan."

Percy teamed up with the artist Dave Wachter to create Aliens: Aftermath—a double-sized one-shot Marvel is releasing to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Aliens.

Join Jaime and Patrick as they chat with Benjamin about this exciting project, and about the lasting influence Aliens has on us all.

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