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Episode 43—They Aren’t What We Thought They Were

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, try to make sense of Ridley Scott’s retcons Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, as they begin an epic review of the entire Alien movie series. Plus, Scott can’t stop saying “muddled” and Ella dives into Alan Dean Foster’s Covenant novelization, comparing and contrasting with the film. Double-length episode!

 

Segments

Intro :28

Waiter, There’s DNA in My Soup 1:03

On Seeing Prometheus Twice 4:00

Ancient Astronauts? Seriously? 4:38

Answering Questions No One Asked 8:00

Christmas and Prometheus 8:45

Creepy David 11:15

We’re Here! 13:00

Are There Other Aliens in the Alien Movies? 14:32

Stupid Scientists 17:20

Here’s the Thing About Ridley 20:30

Space Suit? No, Those Were Skeletons! 21:25

Hey, We Found an Alien Head! 22:55

Waiter, There’s Black Goo in My Drink 24:50

Snake Monster Just Wants to Snuggle 25:47

Vickers Taking Care of Business 30:15

It’s a Squid! 32:02

Sexist Medical Pod 32:55

What is This Movie About? 34:35

Shaw Taking Care of Business 35:20

Engineer Wakes Up on the Wrong Side of the Pod 38:58

Getting That Old-Time Religion 39:32

Just Run to the Side! 42:02

David’s Head and the Squid Baby 43:35

Prometheus: Final Thoughts 45:38

Alien TED Talk 49:37

Covenant: First Thoughts 52:03

Answering Questions No One Asked, Part Deux 54:45

Engineering Xenomorphs 56:12

What is This Movie About? Part Deux 59:12

“The Crossing”: Shaw and David’s Head 1:00:55

“The Last Supper”: That’s a Franco 1:04:32

Who Loves Walter? We Do 1:07:10

Weyland and David 1:08:00

Arriving at the Engineer’s Planet 1:09:00

Xenomorph Spores? Seriously? 1:11:07

Ash, David, and the Company 1:13:06

The Creator and the Created 1:14:45 

Prequels vs. Alien/Aliens 1:15:43

David: Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs 1:16:38

Quarantine: Like That’s Going to Happen 1:17:52

Uh, What About Those Corpses? 1:20:49

Hey, Look in This Slimy Egg! 1:21:36

Colonists, Shmolonists 1:24:45

David and Walter and Daniels 1:25:55

Xenomorphs and Neomorphs 1:30:13

Back on the Ship 1:31:42

And We Thought Hairballs Were Gross 1:32:41

Covenant: Final Thoughts 1:33:40

Book Report: The Covenant Novelization 1:37:04

Changes in the Book 1:41:50

Let’s Talk More About Walter and Daniels 1:45:40

The Captain and David and Xenomorphs 1:59:35

Direct download: GG_43.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 6:26am EDT
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Episode 42—The Ape is Back in Town

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, discuss Kong: Skull Island in depth, including how it compares to earlier Kong films, its relationship with Godzilla (2014), how it holds up under repeated viewings, and differences between the film and its novelization. Double-length episode!

 

Segments

Intro :28

King Kong Through the Years 1:01

First Thoughts on Skull Island 5:18

Character Development: Kong v. Godzilla 6:48

Missing the Boat on Fighter Pilots 12:43

No Forced Romance, Hooray! 15:34

Kong as a Character 17:40

Respecting the Natives 19:48

Monarch and the Kaiju 21:18

Samuel L. Jackson is Angry 23:24

Hey, This Ape Ain’t So Bad 25:07

That’s a Lot of Choppers 26:04

Let’s Talk Monsters 29:22

Who is Captain Conrad? 31:05

Apocalypse Kong 32:15

The Boat that Pilots Built 34:10

What About the Female Characters? 34:57

Vietnam v. Kong 36:45

Coming Back to We’ll Meet Again 41:19

Kong and the Godzilla Template 42:08

The After Credit Scene 43:48

Kong v. Kong v. Kong v. Kong 49:18

Creating a Shared Universe 52:52

Skull Crawlers 54:34

They Sound Like Birds 55:02

John C. Reilly and the Old Flight Suit 55:40

Final Thoughts 56:44

Apocalypse Kong Redux: The Rewatches 57:10

All-Star Choppers Review 58:43

We Need a Map 1:00:47

Still a Fun Flick 1:04:12

Motion-Capture Connections 1:05:36

Thoughts on Three Viewings 1:09:26

The Novelization: Bulking up the Backstories 1:13:40

Direct download: Gen_Geek_42.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT
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Episode 41—Midnight Mack

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson concludes his two-part in-depth interview with New York Times bestselling author David Mack. In this episode they discuss Mack’s love of the band Rush, his non-Star Trek tie-in fiction, and his original fiction, featuring his forthcoming novel The Midnight Front, the first of his Dark Arts trilogy. Double-length episode!

 

Segments

Intro :28

Meeting the Band 2:43

Vinyl and Tape and CDs, Oh My 6:00

Vapor Trails Redux 6:43

2113: Writing Rush 14:07

24: Rogue 24:54

Favorite Sci-Fi Books and Shows 31:15

Some NOT Sci-Fi Faves 38:40

Original Fiction: The Calling 40:40

On Writing Urban Fantasy 46:32

The Calling Gets Orphaned 48:43

The Dark Arts Series is Born 53:32

Book One: The Midnight Front 54:53

The Novelette: Hell Rode With Her 1:02:29

The Dark Arts Going Forward 1:06:55

Ella’s Dave Mack Story 1:10:24

Direct download: GenGeek_41.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 6:51pm EDT
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Episode 40—Mack Trek

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson welcomes New York Times bestselling author David Mack to the show for part one of an in-depth interview. In this episode they discuss Dave’s many contributions to Star Trek across a variety of formats from TV scripts to computer games to novels. And in a new “All the Squee” segment, Ella reviews the stage play Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Plus, an aside to Cumberbatch’s turn as Hamlet. Double-length episode!

 

Segments

Intro :28

Just Scott and Dave, No Ella :54

Trek Writer Cage Match 1:40

Geek Gateway 4:28

Space: 1999 5:51

Almost All the Trek Mediums 8:27

Starting on TV 9:40

Breaking into Trek Print 13:10

Moving Along to Novels 18:00

Star Trek: Discovery 20:15

Pushing Daisies 24:54

Computer Games 26:19

Tech the Tech 28:36

Bringing Death to SCE 30:35

Destiny of the Borg 40:55

All the Squee: Frankenstein 42:22

Birth of the Monster 43:50

Monster Rejected 46:00

Monster Meets World 47:48

Cumberbatch v. Miller 48:34

Favorite Scene 51:43

A Monster Gone Bad 52:45

A Monster’s Christmas 54:15

How Things End 55:03

The Bride of the Monster 59:08

The Story Behind the Play 59:43

Stage Effects 1:02:16

The Creation of the Monster 1:05:01

The Play on the Movie Screen 1:07:00

The Ungrateful Family 1:08:55

Aside: Hamlet 1:10:20

Mary Shelley Invents Sci-Fi 1:13:06

Direct download: GenGeek_40.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT
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Episode 39—Special Grup Edition—Dead Talking

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter discuss the brutal Walking Dead season seven premiere—definitely not for the youngest geeks in the family—and what they each did the next day to recover. 

 

Segments

Intro :28

First Thoughts—Salty 1:15

It’s Not About Who Died 2:32

Uncomfortably Numb 4:16

Broken Characters, Broken Viewers 6:25

The Lingering Death of Glenn 9:02

Let’s Not Forget Abraham 12:07

The Glenn Fake-Out 14:05

Earning Not Manipulating 15:40 

Throwing in the Towel? 17:28

Disturbing Precedents 18:42

Talking Dead 21:08

Neegan and Daryl 25:00

Neegan and Rick 27:15

Carl’s Hand 30:49

Recovering 36:03

What About the Baby? 38:52

Feral Daryl 42:25

Direct download: GenGeek39.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT
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Episode 38, Star Trek Beyond

Scott Pearson and his daughter discuss the latest Star Trek movie in the Kelvinverse established by J.J. Abrams. Is the third time the charm? 

 

Segments

Intro :28

Star Trek (2009) recap :49

Star Trek Into Darkness recap 3:06

Star Trek Beyond 8:17

Three Years Gone 10:44

Mopey Kirk 11:22

Plot Echoes 12:50

Yorktown? More Like Crazytown 13:14

A Tale of Two Sulus 14:00

Subtle Husband and Daughter 15:47

Spock and Uhuru…On a Break? 18:16

When Good Rescues Go Bad 18:45

Jaylah! Jaylah! Jaylah! 20:50

Carol Marcus? No, Thanks 21:45

Spock and Uhura Up in a Tree 22:55

A Motorcycle on a Spaceship? 24:43

Shout Out to the NX-01 25:34

The Big Bad Guy 26:02

Hiding Things in Your Head 27:18

Jaylah and Scotty NOT in a Tree 28:50

Subtle Husband on the Bridge 29:50

Crazytown Chase Scene 31:18

More on the Big Bad Guy 32:24

Bad Guys: Redeemable or Not 33:34

Of Borg and Puppies 36:51

Final Scenes 38:32

Fans’ Hearts Breaking 39:15

A Trek for 2016 41:28

Beyond Star Trek Beyond 44:00

Star Trek Discovery 44:33

Direct download: GenGeek38.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT
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Episode 37, Bats and Supes

 

Scott Pearson and his daughter discuss Man of Steel and Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice and how they build the DC Extended Universe. Plus, they’re both excited about the Wonder Woman trailer. 


Segments

Intro :28

First Time Viewer :48

Man of Steel 1:35

Supes—Why So Serious? 1:58

Saving Lois Lane 4:10

Meanwhile, Back on Krypton 6:02

This is a Secret Identity? 8:38

Not So Super, Boy 9:05

A Time for Emo Superman? 11:53

He’s a Wanderer 13:01

Lois of the Arctic 14:10

Zod on Earth 16:33

Ouch, Metropolis 19:03

Final Supes Thoughts 20:27

Batman versus Superman 22:32

What’s Batman’s Deal? 22:45

Clark & Bruce & Lex & Diane 24:12

Adam West Shout Out 26:25

Ouch, Metropolis Redux 27:30

Straight to Kill 28:07

Google Gotham & Metropolis 28:30

Bats, Supes, and Killing 30:08

Building DCEU v. MCU 32:19

Diane’s Laptop 33:42

Wonder Woman Before Black Widow?! 34:58

Wonder Woman & Bats and Supes & Doomsday 36:31

Bats and Supes Make Nice 38:03

Death of Supes and Clark 39:06

Final Bats and Supes Thoughts 40:36

Wonder Woman Trailer 42:44

Direct download: GenGeek37.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 9:14am EDT
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 Episode 36, Superhero League Adventure Squad

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome comic book artist Christopher Jones to chat about his work for DC and Marvel plus his life as a geek, his favorite superhero, conventions, Doctor Who, and more!

 

Segments

Intro :29

Geek Origin Story :56

First Comic Strip 3:48

Advice for Comic Artists 6:10

Going Pro 11:40

Young Heroes in Love 16:50

Justice League Adventures 18:19

The Batman Strikes! 18:51

Animation Properties 20:21

Favorite Characters (Hint: Flying Mammal) 21:50

Other Favorites 26:40

Parallel Man 27:19

Other Comic Companies 31:02

Current Project: Also Known As 33:31

Conventions and Fandom 35:07

Young Justice 39:29

Superhero TV 45:41

Marvel Cinematic Universe 53:00

Doctor Who 55:18

Chris Jones: Niche Celebrity 1:05:03

Upcoming Projects And Cons 1:08:39

Direct download: GenGeek36.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT
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Episode 35, The Cornetto Trilogy

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter reminisce about Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, the thematic trilogy of films from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. This is a Special Grup Edition of the podcast—PG talk about R-rated movies.

 

Segments

Intro :28

Shaun of the Dead 1:30

Hot Fuzz 21:14

The World’s End 33:47

Direct download: Gen_Geek_35.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Beyer to look back on the twentieth anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager as well as her series of Voyager novels which have taken the crew far beyond the show’s finale. 

 

Segments

Intro :31

Voyager: The TV Series 1:07

Binge Watching 2:10

First Impressions 4:46

The Captains Janeway 12:25

The Strong Women of Voyager 16:01

What Happened to the Maquis? 18:03

Kess, We Hardly Knew Ye 19:11

The Long Dark Night of the Kazon 23:40

Favorite Episodes 28:44

Not-So-Favorite Episodes 36:17

Favorite Characters 42:12

Looking Back Twenty Years 49:26

Voyager: The Novel Series 55:00

Direct download: GenGeek34.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT
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