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The One with The Xenomorph

Episode 37 – The One with The Xenomorph

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This is episode 37 of Kaiju Curry House – The one with The Xenomorph. Please download from your favourite podcast service and enjoy our content. Also, go on over to heroespodcasts.com to see other episodes and series.

In today’s episode, your regular hosts are joined by our executive Producer Derreck Mayer to talk about the Alien franchise, or at least, the Alien Quadrilogy (which, fun fact, was the first DVD I ever purchased). Find out what we think of each of the films in this incredible series of movies.

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The One with The Xenomorph

Alien: Covenant Spoiler-free Review

The next installment in the Alien franchise is here. This time Ridley Scott is admitting upfront that it is, in fact, an Alien movie. With that said, if you have not seen Prometheus, I highly recommend watching it before seeing Alien: Covenant. Without spoiling too much from Prometheus, Michael Fassbender’s character David, is a very important part of Alien: Covenant and his motivations are directly tied into the events of Prometheus.

Now, moving on to Alien: Covenant, it’s an Alien movie…. kind of. I say “kind of” because it still sits firmly in the world that Prometheus created, focusing on the tone and overarching plot of that film. Sure, we have a new crew, a new mission, but at the end of the day, it’s the same shtick.

There is a lot to like about Alien: Covenant and if you love monster movies, it’ll be an enjoyable experience for you. With that said, if you are looking for a classic Alien movie that brings you back to Sigourney Weaver’s era, this is not going to fulfill your wishes.

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The cast is fine. It features Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them), Bill Crudup (Watchmen), and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), with Michael Fassbender playing two different characters, David from Prometheus and Walter, the Covenant’s android. They all do a good job with what they are given but as usual, Fassbender steals the show, much as he did in Prometheus and much as he has done in the more recent X-Men films. Everyone else is just along for the ride, in some cases literally.

The story is pretty interesting and has a lot of solid horror movie moments that Prometheus definitely lacked. We spend a lot of time off the ship which, while similar to Prometheus, is still very different from the original Alien Quadrilogy movies. Ridley Scott clearly is trying to pave a path between Prometheus, a movie he was adamant was not an Alien movie, and the original Alien. So, I expect at least one if not two more films before we catch back up to Ripley.

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The special effects are inconsistent at best. The ships and technology look amazing and are great updates to the original films while not directly copying Prometheus. The bridge set, the corridors, etc. are all finely detailed and just really well done. The aliens and major action sequences leave much to be desired. The aliens are inconsistent in size, amorphous in shape, and deal damage convenient to whatever needs to happen in a particular scene. When a green\blue screens are used it’s painfully obvious that the backgrounds are fake. With that said, scenes where Fassbender is interacting with himself are very well done and incredibly convincing.

Alien Coventant poster

Overall, it’s a decent Alien movie. You can see my specific rating below. It expands on the universe. The movie provides some very cool and dark explanations for events but at the same time does not stand up to the quality of the original two films when it comes to special effects, suspense, or action. Ridley Scott has tried twice to replace Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and has clearly failed to do so both times.  That’s about as much detail as I can go into without spoiling the movie, so if you’d like to know more, I’ll provide an in-depth take in an upcoming ranking of the Alien franchise films.

Did you like the movie? Comment below!

Alien: Covenant Spoiler-free Review

The Martian – Review

 The Martian, I can safely say, satisfied a hunger in me that I have had for some time. I long for films and shows when space travel and exploration was seen as something good and to strive for regardless of the danger. The Martian, following astronaut Mark Watney as he is left stranded on the surface of Mars, deals with powerful thematic elements such as survival in the face of incredible odds and the perseverance to tread on even when it seems all hope is lost.

martian-potatoesWithout spoiling anything not known from the trailer, The Martian follows Mark Watney, a astronaut/botanist, who is accidentally left for dead on the surface of Mars after a sandstorm forces the rest of the astronaut team to prematurely begin their long journey home. Watney, played by Matt Damon, is forced to realize that he will have to survive on Mars with nothing but what supplies were left behind and his intelligence to make it through his ordeal. Knowing that another manned Mars mission will be coming in a few years, he begins the long process of setting up a suitable camp and finding ways to keep himself alive, which due to his exceptional botany skills, meant making a makeshift garden using Martian soil. The rest of the movie follows Watney’s struggle to stay alive but also NASA’s job of finding a suitable way to rescue him with their limited time frame.

I found this film to be both funny, due to Damon’s character always finding ways to make a situation humorous, but also very intense due to the massive odds stacked against him. One criticism that could be laid against the realism of this film is how Watney doesn’t appear to be suffering from any sort of mental breakdown from both the stress and loneliness. However, I saw this as a testament to Watney’s abilities and perseverance. He doesn’t let the gravity of his situation break him. He faces it head-on with zeal and shows Mars that he will survive…as humorously indicated by the credit’s song.

Another commendable aspect of The Martian is how space exploration is always seen as a good thing. To explore the unknown without fear and with a positive attitude is something that child in all of us wants to believe in and this film hit that point hard. Several times, the NASA officials are afraid to reveal information regarding Watney’s situation, due to the possibility of losing hope and therefore public support, but each time, they overcome their fear and in kind, everyone overcomes their own fears in order to do the right thing.martian-gallery2-gallery-image_0

The Martian presents a powerful story depicting how fear should not factor into how we explore. Humanity’s efforts into space exploration has always been a prerogative of going where no one has gone before. In order to understand the positive aspects and optimistic feel of The Martian, I urge those who view this film to remember the words of John F. Kennedy in his famous 1962 Moon Speech: “Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”


Did you catch The Martian opening weekend? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

The Martian – Review