Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast
BONUS EPISODE // FRAME RATE: Inception (2010)

BONUS EPISODE // FRAME RATE: Inception (2010)

April 2, 2020

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FRAME RATE: Inception (2010)

In Christopher Nolan's 2010 blockbuster, Inception, themes we are familiar with from science fiction are explored in a unique and visually-stunning way. 

Winner of four Oscars, with a star-studded cast and incredible performances, as well as one of Hanz Zimmer's best scores (in Dan's opinion), this film asks of us the BIG questions: what is the nature of our reality? Can what we dream be real? If you had unlimited time with your loved ones, what would you build? What would you explore?

Wildly-successful, this film has something for everyone; but while it's easy to watch it as a heist/Bond sci-fi-action movie, that's just scratching the surface.

Join Dan, Patrick, and Jaime as they take a deep dive into one of their favorite films.

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BONUS EPISODE // FRAME RATE: The Invisible Man (2020)

BONUS EPISODE // FRAME RATE: The Invisible Man (2020)

April 2, 2020
FRAME RATE: The Invisible Man (2020)
 
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With a stunning performance by Elisabeth Moss and brilliantly nuanced direction and writing by Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man was one of 2020’s first breakout hits—even though its box office was severely impacted by the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
 
In this installment of Frame Rate, Jaime and Patrick discuss The Invisible Man's themes, ideas, techniques, and context within contemporary horror/thriller filmmaking.
 

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131 // Open Her Eyes: The Journey To Prometheus - Part One - A King Has His Reign

131 // Open Her Eyes: The Journey To Prometheus - Part One - A King Has His Reign

March 20, 2020

Jaime and Patrick turn on their video cameras and launch their first episode in their new series covering Ridley Scott's return to science fiction, Prometheus. We know that everyone is in the same boat right now. We live in so much uncertainty. We wanted to share what's in our minds and on our hearts. Be well. Stay safe. We are here.

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130 // Interview With Scott Sigler, Author of Aliens: Phalanx

130 // Interview With Scott Sigler, Author of Aliens: Phalanx

March 4, 2020

When fans first heard about an upcoming Aliens novel set in a world of shields and spears last year, message boards and Facebook groups lit up. What would it read like? Was this a straight-up fantasy novel? Was it just a wacky experiment?

Luckily for us, we were in good hands all along. Scott Sigler's intricate story takes us places unexpected, different, and thrilling—and though it turns out to be (at least in some ways) a "fantasy" novel, it's Aliens through and through.

In this interview, Scott joins Jaime and Patrick for a wide-ranging discussion on inspiration, creativity, story, and much more. He also took time to answer listener questions submitted via Building Better Worlds, so stick around all the way to the end!

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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.

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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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