26 // Tech Spotlight: The Spinner

Few cinematic objects are as iconic—and as frequently copied—as the legendary spinner. In this episode (our first Tech Spotlight!), Dan and Patrick go in-depth on the beloved vehicle, delving into its astonishingly believable appearance in Blade Runner, its evolved design(s) in Blade Runner 2049, and beyond. And using Dan's background in air traffic control, they pick apart the actual flight sequence in Blade Runner in a level of detail you need to hear to believe.

25 // Say, 'Kiss Me'

In this nearly two hour episode, Dan, Patrick, and JM are joined by Micah Greene, our regular contributor, and special guests Evie and Clara. The topic at hand in this discussion is the love scene between Rachael and Deckard in 2019. This scene has proven to be highly controversial among our listeners and hosts. Please join us for this riveting conversation. Please remember to send us your feedback either via email, a voicemail, or a recorded memo. We would love to hear from you. 

78 // Raunchy Resurrection Roundtable (Reengaging Resurrection: Part 1)

It's easy to write off Alien Resurrection as the black sheep of the Alien Saga. Whether you love it or you hate it—or both at the same time—you can't deny there's a lot to talk about.

In this riotous roundtable, RyanPatrickClara, and Dave revisit this crazy film and try to figure out what works and what doesn't. Along the way, they deal with some pretty deep questions: Is Dave's dad a prophet? Was Michael Wincott the inspiration for Christian Bale's Batman voice? How much K-Y Jelly is too much K-Y Jelly?

As we come closer to the end of our In Defense of Alien 3 series, we're excited to launch this new miniseries on Resurrection

Anyone up for some basketball?

77 // The Alien 3 Script: Frankenstein's Beautiful Monster (In Defense of Alien 3: Part 6)

At long last, our In Defense of Alien 3 miniseries has arrived at the final shooting script for Alien 3—a strange, wild thing that somehow pulled itself through years of development hell and emerged a dark masterwork.

Ringing with the echoes of all the stories and creators that had come (and left) before, Giler and Hill’s final script is a crazy journey. In this episode, RyanJM, and Patrick come together to walk through the actual script as it appears on the page. Along the way, they analyze their favorite moments from the film and discuss why, in their opinions, Alien 3 deserves to be held up as an enduring masterpiece.

Proximity: Last Stand at Hadley's Hope (Complete Story)

Perfect Organism is proud to present a groundbreaking new audio drama set in the Alien universe. The culmination of nearly a year of work, Proximity is a character-driven glimpse into the nightmare that erupted in the Hadley's Hope colony on Acheron in June of 2179.

Written and directed by JM Prater, Proximity is the story of Anne (Micah Greene) and Aaron (Patrick Greene) Andrews, two young colonists trying to hold it together while the world around them falls apart. With immersive sound design, an orchestral score, and a talented cast of voice actors from around the world, Proximity is a love letter to the Alien Saga created by people who love it madly and truly.

This is for you. We hope you enjoy it.

CAST (in order of appearance)
Introduction: Richard 'Spanners' Ready of Missed Apex Podcast
Narrator: Kevin Kordis
Aaron Andrews: Patrick Greene
Anne Andrews: Micah Greene
Radio: JM Prater
Brad Lydecker: Bradford Eckhart
Woman on Transmission: JoAnne Greene
Child on Transmission: Jude Greene
Medlab Voices: Ryan Zeid
Radio Commercial: Ryan Zeid
Ooge: Mykal McCulloch
Robbie: Kevin Duffield

SOUND DESIGN
JM Prater and Patrick Greene

MUSIC
Patrick Greene (see patrickgreenemusic.com for full list of performers)

TELEPLAY
JM Prater

DIRECTOR
JM Prater

Based on original characters by Dan O'Bannon, Ron Shusett, and James Cameron

22 // Her Eyes Were Green: Interviewing Rachael 2049 Actor Loren Peta

For so many of us, Blade Runner 2049 continues to cast a spell. As we here at Shoulder of Orion move forward, we are committed to bringing you exclusive content which includes behind the scenes interviews with many of the filmmakers, actors and writers involved with the film. In this interview, JM had the pleasure of speaking with Loren Peta, the actor hired to play Rachael 2.0 on the set of Blade Runner 2049. Enjoy.

19 // An Angel Made Again: Rachael and the Legacy of Memory

In this episode, JM sits down to interview Richard Clegg, Visual Effects Supervisor for The Moving Picture Company—and recent Academy Award nominee for visual effects for Blade Runner 2049. Before that interview, JM, Patrick, and our new cohost, Dan, discuss the character of Rachael from 2019, and what it was like to see her again in 2049.

76 // Nerdgasm

After months of infighting, confusion, and generalized crankiness, the Alien fan community rejoiced as one this past week in the wake of two big announcements: a new video game and a new comic!

In this episode, RyanPatrickDave, and Mykal have an especially raucous roundtable discussion about the big news. Along the way, they go deep into their personal histories with in-universe video games—the good ones, the bad ones, the weird ones, the ones that got seized as evidence by the FBI when they were children, and much more.

It was great fun to record this episode; we hope it’s just as fun to listen to.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT // Philosophy and Blade Runner

To get your exclusive 20% discount: go to bit.ly/philosophyandbladerunner and enter PM18TWENTY at checkout. Offer expires February 20, 2018.

Palgrave Macmillan, publisher of Timothy Shanahan's amazing Philosophy and Blade Runner, have kindly arranged for our listeners to get an exclusive 20% discount off the cover price of the book (both the physical edition and the e-book). We want to make it as convenient as possible to get this book into your hands, as we've got some related episodes coming up and we would LOVE to have you call in and join the conversation!

We're also planning on launching a little book club around Philosophy and Blade Runner via Fields of Calantha (our Facebook discussion group). More details on that will come shortly.

The discount code will expire on February 20, 2018, so grab a copy ASAP and get ready to read together!

75 // Interview with Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.

As Alien fans, we’ve become used to change. Different directors; different scripts; different planets; different eras; different timelines; even different film studios. With everything so constantly in flux, it’s easy to forget that Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. have been there since nearly the very beginning. From their pioneering work on Aliens, to the foundation of the legendary Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., Gillis and Woodruff have been at the vanguard of the effects industry for more than three decades.

In this exclusive, unprecedented interview, our very own JM Prater visited Gillis and Woodruff at Studio ADI in Hollywood for a sit-down conversation about their love for the Alien Saga, their relationships with the fans, and much, much more.

18 // Don't You Know What I Am? The Replicant in Us All

A couple of weeks ago, a new listener named Evie wrote in and opened up to us about how she experiences the world of Blade Runner. All of the staff at Shoulder of Orion were collectively heartened and blown away by the contents of her letter—so much so that we invited her as a guest on the podcast. At that point, Evie hadn't seen 2049.

Please join us as we discuss the importance of stories featured in both Blade Runner films, what it means to fit in, to be validated as a human, and live our collective agencies. Joining us in this episode are hosts JM Prater, Patrick Greene, his partner, Micah Greene, and our newly recurring host, Daniele Ferlito

Proximity: Last Stand at Hadley's Hope (Chapter 1)

Perfect Organism is proud to present a groundbreaking new audio drama set in the Alien universe. The culmination of nearly a year of work, Proximity is a character-driven glimpse into the nightmare that erupted in the Hadley's Hope colony on Acheron in June of 2179.

Written and directed by JM Prater, Proximity is the story of Anne and Aaron Andrews, two young colonists trying to hold it together while the world around them falls apart. With immersive sound design, an orchestral score, and a talented cast of voice actors from around the world, Proximity is a love letter to the Alien Saga created by people who love it madly and truly.

This is for you. We hope you enjoy it.

CAST (in order of appearance)
Introduction: Richard 'Spanners' Ready of Missed Apex Podcast
Narrator: Kevin Kordis
Aaron Andrews: Patrick Greene
Anne Andrews: Micah Greene
Radio: JM Prater
Brad Lydecker: Bradford Eckhart
Woman on Transmission: JoAnne Greene
Child on Transmission: Jude Greene
Medlab Voices: Ryan Zeid
Radio Commercial: Ryan Zeid
Ooge: Mykal McCulloch
Robbie: Kevin Duffield

SOUND DESIGN
JM Prater and Patrick Greene

MUSIC
Patrick Greene (see patrickgreenemusic.com for full list of performers)

TELEPLAY
JM Prater

DIRECTOR
JM Prater

Based on original characters by Dan O'Bannon, Ron Shusett, and James Cameron

www.perfectorganism.com

74 // Stay Frosty, We're All in Strung Out Shape

Recent events—the announcement of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by the Walt Disney Company; controversial proclamations by Ridley Scott on the future of the franchise; a surprise Instagram post by Neill Blomkamp offering never-before-seen conceptual art for his Alien 5 project; among others—have Alien fandom whipped into a frenzy.

Hoping to make some sense of these late-breaking developments, JMRyanPatrick, and Mykal assembled for a very impassioned late-night roundtable discussion.

Where do you stand on all this? What are your thoughts? Tell us at Building Better Worlds—we’d love to keep this conversation going.

***BONUS*** Stay tuned at the end of the episode for an exclusive preview of Proximity: Last Stand at Hadley's Hope! And be sure to refresh your podcatchers on January 1, when we’ll be dropping the first chapter of this groundbreaking audio drama.

73 // Disney and the Alien

With the news of the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney, Jaimeand Ryan convene to discuss the implications of the sale, and what it means for the series. They go on to discuss Ridley Scott's role in the franchise and whether or not Alien should leave the creature behind and explore artificial intelligence. We hope you enjoy this episode.

17 // Sapper's Tree: Unicorn Totems & The Importance of Memory

Patrick and Jaime are joined by special guest Dan Ferlito as they dive into the significance of memory, unicorn totems, and what it means to be human. This episode continues the deeper exploration of Blade Runner 2049, and how it continues to sit with us as the film leaves theaters and awaits a home video release.