We won’t misinform you about your probabilities with Episode 221’s Alien retrospective…

…however you do have our sympathies.

As soon as once more, the Retronauts East crew takes a dive into the world of podcasts about matters that aren’t particularly video game-related. It is one other movie-centric episode, launched simply in time for the 40th anniversary of the film in query: Ridley Scott’s Alien. Really, the timing labored out higher than I spotted—I had thought “Alien Day” (April 26) was the anniversary of the movie, however blogger Zack Handlen jogged my memory that four/26 is a reference to the planet LV-426 and the precise anniversary of Alien is… this weekend. Handy!

To my thoughts, Alien stays one of many all-time biggest works of style movie… or quite, genres movie. Scott deftly used sci-fi as a backdrop for horror, subverting expectation in favor of a surprising nail-biter of a movie. It is troublesome, 4 many years alongside, to convey how profoundly completely different this film was from something that had come earlier than it in 1979, however there is a purpose Alien left a mark. I imply, certain, it is a masterpiece of visible design, temper, and pacing… however it’s additionally a couple of deeply insidious type of terror.

We centered strictly on the unique Alien right here—and naturally the handful of video games based mostly immediately on the film—as a result of its sequel Aliens is a totally completely different kind of creation. However hey, we’ll be masking that one in some unspecified time in the future, too. Alien might have had a huge effect on popular culture, however Aliens was the template for just about each sci-fi motion flick and online game to come back after it.

Please word that there are some psychological and sexual points to Alien that we contact on on this podcast. We do not dwell on them or get graphic or gratituous, however do bear in mind that there are some delicate matters below dialogue right here. 

Retronauts Episode 221: Alien
MP3, 36.6 MB | 1:18:55
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Episode description: The final survivors of the Nostromo—Jeremy Parish, Benj Edwards, Chris Sims, and Ben Elgin—transmit from deep area to pay tribute to Ridley Scott’s movie Alien and its affect on popular culture and video video games.

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