Episode 10: Let’s Talk About The Thing (1982)

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What’s up, sci-fi fans?! It’s Seth and I’m back for another awesome episode of the I Heart Sci-Fi podcast. It’s episode 10. Can you believe that? Time flies. Well, today we’re going to talk about John Carpenter’s masterpiece movie from 1982 – The Thing (one of my favorite movies of all time, by the way). But before we do that, let’s get into some news, shall we?

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Sci-Fi Movie News

Rumor has it Tom Cruise might make Edge of Tomorrow 2 happen. A sequel to the 2014 sci-fi hit will be greenlit once Cruise and actress Emily Blunt is on board, according to director Doug Liman. (source: https://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/ent/tom-cruise-edge-of-tomorrow-2.html)

There’s a deep-fake picture of Millie Bobby Brown as Princess Leia compared to Carrie Fisher’s version of Leia, and they look nearly identical. It reminds me of that one with Sebastian Stan as Luke Skywalker. Check it out. (source: https://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/ent/millie-bobby-brown-leia.html)

There are a handful of movies leaving HBO Max soon, most notably Wonder Woman 1984. If you recall Warner Brothers’ plan, they release new movies in theaters and on HBO Max for 31 days, then the theatrical release remains available but the movie leaves the streaming service for an extended period of time, then returns. Besides Wonder Woman 1984, you should check out Blade II, Ad Astra, and Planet of the Apes (the newer version) before they’re gone. (source: https://play.hbomax.com/page/urn:hbo:page:last-chance)

Netflix released Outside The Wire, a sci-fi movie starring Anthony Mackie from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The plot involves an introspective look into warfare itself, with a sci-fi spin. As technology advances, what does it mean for humanity’s place on the battlefield? As I watched the preview, I felt many similarities to my deployment to Iraq in 2005, to give you an idea of the cinematography. Though, towards the end of the preview, the trailer shows the technology embedded into Anthony Mackie’s character. Normally I don’t enjoy war movies anymore but I’m going to give this one a shot. I’ll have a review posted for it on the website soon. (source: https://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/ent/outside-the-wire-review.html)

Sci-Fi Series News

Batwoman season 2 drops today on The CW, with Javicia (ja-vi-cia) Leslie taking over the role of Batwoman as Ryan Wilder from Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane. This season showcases Batwoman taking on Victor Zsasz and Black Mask (eerily similar to Birds of Prey, no?). (source: https://www.syfy.com/syfy.com/batwoman-season-2-villains-and-batmobile-reveal)

Twitter account Marvel News shared a tweet of Mackie’s The Falcon from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Disney+ series toy, giving fans a sneak-peak at Mackie’s Captain America costume. I can’t confirm if the toy is genuine or not, however. (source: https://twitter.com/BRMarvelNews/status/1349905121443016706)

In other Marvel news, Ethan Hawke will play the villain to Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight series planned for Disney+. The actor normally plays realistic roles in films mostly based on real life. This is a huge departure for him, so it should be interesting. (source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ethan-hawke-to-play-villain-opposite-oscar-isaac-in-marvels-moon-knight-exclusive)

Sci-Fi Book News

This week on the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers list, Kazuo (ka-zi-oh) Ishiguro’s (ish-ee-gurro) book Never Let Me Go hits #2, right behind The Midnight Library. Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature so this should be a good read. The book is categorized under Genetic Engineering Science Fiction and was released in 2005. I’m not sure of the reason for the book’s recent success, however, it may be related to the author releasing his newest book, Klara and the Sun, this March. I did discover there’s a movie adaptation of the book from 2010 which is critically acclaimed. (source: https://amzn.to/39Dp1uN (movie), https://amzn.to/2LFclvr (book))

The description reads:

“As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is a modern classic.”

I finished reading Susi Holliday’s The Last Resort (buy it on Amazon at https://amzn.to/39CBajK), which is sort of a sci-fi twist on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (buy it on Amazon at https://amzn.to/39JA5X4). It was a good book overall, but it dragged on at times. I finished The Last Resort on January 9th and haven’t finished any books since. I’m currently reading author S.Z. Attwell’s book Aestus: Book 1: The City (buy it on Amazon at https://amzn.to/39HS0NY). This behemoth of a book weighs in at 701 pages, so I suspect I’ll be busy with this one for a while. I recommend following Atwell on Twitter since her Tweets are always uplifting, interesting, or funny. Check her out at @szattwellauthor (https://twitter.com/szattwellauthor).

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