Ep. 04-04: Aliens (1986)

Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of an alien attack on the mining ship Nostromo, awakens 57 years later when she is discovered drifting in space by a salvage vessel. Company officials refuse to believe her discovery of alien existence and revoke her flight officer’s license. Ripley discovers that the Company has now colonized LV-426 where her crew had encountered the alien species for the first time. Soon, all contact from the is lost and Ripley is asked to return there as an advisor to a team of tough space marines with a great deal of firepower. To be rid of her recurrent nightmares, Ripley prepares for a final confrontation with the monsters – and this time, there are hundreds.

Welcome to Johnny Has the Keys’ 100th EPISODE! Aliens (1986) is one of those rare examples of a sequel that works on multiple levels. It expands and pays homage to the original story, takes on a different movie-making aspect (action-film), and adds depth of character to ALL players, from Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley to the most minor of roles. Join us as we discuss this supreme sequel from its origins with controversial director James Cameron, the various cuts of the final product, and the overwhelming fan response to what is heralded as one of the best sequels ever made. Listen as Johnny Has the Key returns to LV-426 where an entire army of aliens awaits and Ripley prepares for an epic showdown with one badass mother.

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Ep. 03-33: Starship Troopers (1997)

Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) joins the military after high-school graduation to become a citizen and for the love of his high school sweetheart, Carmen (Denise Richards). In the war against the giant bug aliens of Klendathu, the military is a very dangerous occupation. Rico works his way through several battles and, with the help of his friends and comrades, helps turn the tide of the war, and save humanity.

Episode 33 STARSHIP TROOPERS

We’re back for the 3rd and final of our BIG monster flicks (in-a-row). Controversy killed this one at the box office because no one seemed to be in on the joke. THIS FILM IS A SATIRE, folks, not a vehicle glorifying war. Join us as we talk about its talented director, Paul Verhoeven, its beautiful, somewhat talented cast, and the killer special effects and monster battles. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys grabs the popcorn and joins the military to shower with mucho pretty naked people and defend humanity against ferocious armies of arachnids.

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Ep. 03-15: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

World War II planes reported missing suddenly appear in the Mojave desert. A commercial flight encounters a UFO. While working one night, lineman, Roy Neary, has an otherworldly experience… Officials determine where the visitors plan to land and create an elaborate cover-up to keep people away. However, a group of people (including Neary) go anyway… for a gathering with new, and old, friends.

Episode 315 “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

Welcome to part one of our Very Spielberg Christmas! In this 1977, feel-good classic, we experience thrills and chills as the people of earth encounter a benevolent alien race. Join us as we discuss Spielberg’s initial foray into science fiction films, and—similar to E.T. (1982)—a fantastical take of not-so-menacing extraterrestrials. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys climbs Devil’s Tower for an invitation-only event with visitors from another world and, who knows, perhaps the opportunity to join them for future adventures.

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Ep. 03-07: This Island Earth (1955)

Season Three, Episode 7 “This Island Earth”

Scientist, Cal Meacham (Rex Reason), solves a complicated puzzle that allows him access to a highly secretive program led by the mysterious Exeter (Jeff Morrow). Exeter has assembled the world’s greatest scientific minds to learn how to generate and store nuclear power. But with the help of fellow scientists Ruth Adams (Faith Domergue) and Steve Carlson (Russell Johnson), Meacham soon discovers that his host is not what he claims to be.

B-movies can be classic too, and that’s exactly why This Island Earth (1955) has spirited its way into our third season lineup. Join us as we discuss this mid-50s matinee gem and its lofty attempts at screenwriting, special effects, and general logic. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys blasts off to the mysterious Metaluna where we encounter diabolical alien masterminds and their mutant slaves!

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