Shoulder of Orion episode

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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT // Philosophy and Blade Runner

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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!

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

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. 

16 // I'm Here for Mr. Wallace: Interviews with Dr. Robin Bunce

Dr. Robin Bunce, a historian of political ideas at the University of Cambridge, published a thought-provoking article in the New Statesman in October on how Blade Runner 2049's dystopian setting feels unsettlingly close to our own current cultural-political moment. We reached out to him for an interview, and it was so fascinating we called him back for a follow-up! In the first half, Patrick talks to Robin about geopolitics, architecture, slaves, distribution of wealth, and more; in the second half, JM focuses on why Dr. Bunce thinks Luv is the most fascinating character in the whole film.

Be sure to read Dr. Bunce's article, and let us know your thoughts! We look forward to having him back on the show.

If you'd like to purchase Owen Hatherley's A New Kind of Bleak (referenced in the first half), you can find it here.

15 // A Dangerous Day: Interviewing Director Charles de Lauzirika: The Man Behind The Final Cut

JM brings you an exclusive interview with Charles de Lauzirika, the director behind Blade Runner: The Final Cut, and director of Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner. Charles spends a good amount of time, discussing his love for Blade Runner, and his involvement with the restoration of what is now widely known as Ridley Scott's definitive edit of his 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner. It's important to note that without Charles, there would be no Final Cut. We talk about all of that and more. Please join us for a listen. 

14 // Building a Physical World: The Miniature Team of Blade Runner: 2049

In this exclusive interview episode, Jaime sits down with the minature artists behind Blade Runner: 2049: Weta Workshop's Steven Saunders, Chris Menges, and Joaquin Loyzaga. Learn the secrets behind expansive worlds like the Trash Mesa, and that incredible and amazing cityscape we have loved since our affair with the original film. This conversation was informative and surreal. Thanks to Steven, Chris and Joaquin for their time and efforts, and lifting the veil for all of us fans.

13 // We Shall Storm Eden and Retake Her: Listener Feedback

Patrick and Jaime discuss listener letters and voicemails from the past few episodes. The topic of Joi comes up again, as the character continues to be a source of fascination and controversy. Thank you to everyone who called and wrote us. This podcast means so much to us, and it's wonderful to hear that it means so much to you.

12 // The Controversy of Blade Runner 2049

In what is our longest episode yet, clocking in at around two hours, Jaime and Patrick are joined by Micah Greene, fan of Blade Runner, and coincidentally, Patrick's spouse and partner. Hold on to your hats, this episode is intense, as Jaime, Patrick and Micah breakdown the role and portrayal of women in Blade Runner 2049, while briefly discussing the visibility of people of color. The best science fiction asks hard questions, it shows us a mirror of ourselves, pushing us to explore, understand more. This is exactly what this amazing conversation turns into. We hope you enjoy. 

11 // Home Again, Home Again: 2049 Spoiler Roundtable Part 2

It's been a few weeks since Blade Runner 2049 had its wide theatrical release, and the reverberations of this amazing film have been felt in all corners of Blade Runner fandom. JMRyan, and Patrick decided it was time to gather together for another freewheeling roundtable discussion episode to unpack what's on our minds.

What are the images, ideas, sound cues, etc. we can't stop thinking about? What are fans delving into on social media? How has our relationship with this film and its characters changed as we've seen it again and again over the past month?

And as you're listening, think about what you'd like to contribute to our show! We want to get your thoughts. Your reviews. Your ideas. Your arguments. We want to feature your voice on Shoulder of Orion. So call our voice message number at (213) 787-7894 this week, and we'll feature your call on an upcoming episode!

Episode Ten: Exclusive Behind the Scenes Info of Blade Runner 2049

In this episode, Patrick, Ryan, and Jaime each take a segment to discuss portions from behind the scenes of Blade Runner 2049 starting with a small breakdown of the music, as hosted by Patrick, followed by a behind the scenes interview of 2049 with director Denis Villeneuve as conducted by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, broken down by Ryan. In the last segment, Jaime interviewes Matt Hemenway about a special Q&A event held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, featuring Sean Young (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT). We hope you enjoy.

Episode 9: A Spoiler Reaction to Blade Runner 2049

In this episode, Jaime and Patrick are joined by Peter Haight, an original co-founder of Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast. Peter is a huge fan of the Blade Runner universe and sits down to discuss specific details from the film. This was our first attempt to lightly unpack much of what we saw in 2049. If you're cool with spoilers, give this a listen. You won't be disappointed. 

Episode 7: Blush Response

This is a very special episode, as Patrick, Ryan, and Jaime talk about what Blade Runner means to them. Blade Runner isn't your ordinary science fiction film, it's a very personal journey for all who adore the film. We are in a very special time, awaiting what we hope to be an incredible follow up film, as it releases tonight around the world. Join us as we ruminate about the spell only Blade Runner can cast. 

Episode 6: Burning With the Fires of Orc

Ryan, Patrick and Jaime sit down together (at last) to talk about "Black Out," the third and final installment in the short in-universe Blade Runner films before the release of 2049. We go on to discuss the first impressions of 2049 as posted on Twitter, and a substantial and spoiler-free rundown of the film, as posted by a Reddit user. This was an exciting episode. Thank you all for listening. 

Episode 5: Break the World

In this episode, Patrick and Jaime discuss the featured piece by Wired Magazine which is, thus far, the most in-depth article surrounding the making of Blade Runner 2049. The second segment of the show details an interview that Denis Villeneuve conducted with the press in Moscow. Some very interesting things are mentioned. Kick back and enjoy as we discuss these things and so much more.

Episode 4: Indulge Me

In this episode, Patrick and Jaime discuss the latest short film, Nowhere to Run, featuring Dave Bautista as Sapper. We continue to discuss the news of Hans Zimmer taking over as composer for Blade Runner 2049, and what that could mean for the score. Last but not least, we discuss the revelation that Sean Young quietly filmed for three days to reprise her role as Rachael. All this, and so much more. Enjoy!

Episode 3: Do You Like Our Owl?

On this episode, JM, Patrick, and Ryan discuss the first official entry into the Blade Runner visual universe since 1982. 2036: Nexus Dawn is a six-minute short film, directed by Luke Scott, and serves to give the audience a peak into the happenings between the end of 2019's Blade Runner and the events in 2049. This is a deep and complex discussion about the set, the mood, the implications of a perceived villain, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.