Ep. 01-20: Forbidden Planet (1956)

Episode 19 “Forbidden Planet”

In this sci-fi classic from 1956, a spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier. When Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive, they discover Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis). Soon, Adams begins to uncover the mystery of what happened, and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors.

Forbidden Planet (one of David’s all-time favorite films) was a paradigm in Science fiction cinema, spawning countless knock-offs and still inspiring the minds of sci-fi writers and directors today. What is it that makes this, the first big-budget science fiction film ever produced, so influential? Join us as we discuss a plethora of reasons as well as tossing out a good handful of key elements found in media, both past, and present. Journey with us to Forbidden Planet!


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