Perfect Organism episodes

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

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.

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.

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.

72 // Tales Of the Body Thief: Interviewing Director Charles de Lauzirika

I've been attempting to track down Charles de Lauzirika for many many years. Charles is an award winning film director, and one of very few people who have been privy to the innerworkings of the worlds that legendary film director Ridley Scott has created over the course of several decades. After what felt like the impossible, Charles kindly granted Perfect Organism an interview. I am honored and pleased to share that conversation with you now.

-JM

71 // Defending Alien: covenant (part 2)

In what is our longest show ever, clocking in at over 2.5 hours, JM, Ryan, and Patrick are joined by our roundtable hosts Mykal and Dave, and special guest Clara Fei-Fei. This is a really special episode as we talk to Clara about her entry into the world of Alien, her first memories, favorite scenes, and her opinion on Alien: Covenant. This episode is a second chapter in an ongoing and heated discussion over Alien: Covenant, and Ridley Scott's latest comments that have proven incredibly divisive among the fans. The last hour of the show, Ryan, Patrick and JM read our user feedback and comments. Enjoy!

70 // Has the Beast Run Out?

JM and Patrick sit down for an impromptu discussion surrounding Ridley Scott's latest comments that the alien has run its course. These words have sent a shockwave through a VERY fractured and broken fandom, leaving many of us enraged, and scratching our heads. Patrick and JM upack this revelation. Let us know your opinion! 

Ep. 69: Ghosts of Arceon: Tales from a Wooden World (In Defense of Alien 3: Part 5)

In this in-depth episode, Patrick sets out to create the definitive account of his favorite unfilmed script: Vincent Ward and John Fasano's legendary Alien III, set on the wood-paneled planetoid of Arceon.

You'll hear firsthand accounts by some of the creative forces behind this fascinating story, as well as extensive analysis of what might've worked, what might've flopped, and what ultimately survived into David Fincher's film. You'll also get the full background on how Ward was brought into the picture, where his unique ideas might've come from, and why he was ultimately ejected from the project.

Patrick also goes through the script in detail, providing his own dramatic synopsis alongside tightly integrated music cues—hopefully giving some sense of what it might've felt like to watch the film, had it been made.

NB: If you'd like to read the script while you listen, you can get it here for free!

Episode 67: In Defense of Alien 3: Gibson's New Nightmare

In this minisode—the first in a series of three—Ryan tackles the horrifying, fascinating script written by legendary sci-fi figure William Gibson all the way back in 1987. Gibson's script, which he titled Alien III, explodes with innovative ideas, memorable characters, and high-budget setpieces.

Although it was never filmed (and indeed was followed by nearly a dozen subsequent script rewrites), Gibson's ghostly story has influenced subsequent Alien Saga films in some very real and noticeable ways—perhaps none more so than Alien: Covenant.

Before we got Alien 3, we nearly had Alien III.

This is its story.

Episode 66: In Defense of Alien 3: Development Hell

At long last, Jaime and Patrick sit down and discuss an overview of the development hell that was the birthing and gestation process for Alien 3. This epsiode is the jumping off point for three separate mini-episodes that will release in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we have been on hiatus for a short while. We are back, with so much in store. As always, thank you for listening and supporting us.

Episode 65: In Defense of Alien 3 (Part 1)

The entire hosting staff of Perfect Organism sits down to discuss impressions of ALIEN 3. This episode is the jumping off point for mini-series deep dive into many aspects of the now famous, storied, and troubled Alien 3. In the coming weeks and months, Perfect Organism will dissect everything from the incredible score by Elliot Goldenthal, to the creature design and effects, the reception the film received, and how the film was the first of many fissures into a very divided and polarized fan base. Join JM, Ryan, Patrick, Mykal, and Dave for a riveting hour of discussion.

Episode 63: Reviewing the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray

Dave, Mykal, and Patrick hold down the fort this week with a two-part episode about beginnings. The first half is a breakdown and discussion of the fascinating “Advent” short included on the home release of Alien: Covenant; the second half is a heartfelt exploration of how love for the franchise is passed from generation to generation. The episode ends with a number of call-ins, emails, and messages we received from you. We were honored to feature your original stories on the show, and can’t wait to hear more in the future!

EPISODE 60: ENTER BLADE RUNNER

On this episode, JM discusses all things Blade Runner with Ryan Allen, the founder of the Blade Runner Reality Instagram account which has a huge following, and the coinciding Facebook group of the same name.

JM and Ryan deconstruct Blade Runner, its effects in our culture, how it changed us as people, and the upcoming sequel. We hope you enjoy.

EPISODE 59: DEFENDING ALIEN: COVENANT

JM and Patrick Greene go toe-to-toe, in the best possible way. Patrick is an unashamed enthusiast and Covenant supporter, going on the record to explain his love and defense of the film. It's a riveting and dynamic conversation. One of our longest podcasts yet.

Catch Patrick as one of the leads in PROXIMITY: Last Stand At Hadley's Hope, coming in the next few months from Perfect Organism.

Enjoy!