On this intergalactic 50th episode, Timmie and Ryan are joined by friend of the show, Joe Perchiacca, to discuss the appeal of space movies. Listen, laugh, and muse as the gang talks space from 2001 and Alien to Apollo 13 and the newest Christopher Nolan opus, Interstellar. Hang on tight, NJAM is putting it into hyperdrive!
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I. Intro [00:00:00]
A. Special Guest: Joe Perchiacca
B. Why Space Movies?
II. A History [00:13:06]
A. Space Movies Have Been Around Since the Beginning of Cinema
- La Voyage Dans La Lune “A Trip to the Moon” by George Méliés (1902)
- Woman in the Moon by Fritz Lang (1929)
B. Actual Space Travel: NASA
C. And Then Star Wars…
D. More Recently
III. What’s the Deal With Space Movies? [00:54:37]
A. Common Tropes of the Genre
- Astronauts eating a meal together
- Major accident occurs and throws the mission off its path
- Finding an old captain’s log
- Primary mission and secret mission
- Astronauts being killed off one by one
- Technology turning on the crew
B. Why Are Space Movies So Fascinating/Exciting?
C. What Would We Like To See in the Future?
D. The Futures “We Were Promised” Haven’t Come True!
IV. Mini Segments [01:42:00]
A. Space Speed Round! (And You Can’t Pick Star Wars)
B. Ryan’s Trivia Corner
V. Conclusions [01:50:20]
A. Related Links
- The Cold Equations
- Cold Equations Full Text
- Lasting Appeal of 2001
- History of Science Fiction
- Space Opera Comeback?
The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.
This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.