On a Mars mission, astronaut, Mark Watney, is left behind by his crew and presumed dead after a fierce storm. Watney finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. Now, he must draw upon his ingenuity to survive as well as find a means of communicating to Earth that he is alive. NASA and a team of international scientists work to bring him home, while his crewmates plot a daring, nearly impossible, rescue mission.
The Martian (2015), based on the popular indie novel (2011) of the same name, is a thrilling rescue story and (fairly) accurate regarding the science of science fiction. It is also a welcome return to one of our favorite directors, Ridley Scott (Alien 1979, Blade Runner 1982). Join us as we discuss the origins of the story, the production, cast, effects, and sheer culmination of talent that brought it to fruition. Listen, as Johnny has the Keys lands on a desolate, freezing, desert planet where a man battles the odds, his only goal to stay alive and return home.
It is the year 2019. Retired Blade Runner, Rick Deckard, is recruited to hunt down four Nexus-6 model replicants that have escaped the labor camps of the off-world colonies and returned to Earth in search of their maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell. When meeting with Tyrell, Deckard is introduced to and becomes enamored with the beautiful Rachel, also a replicant. As Deckard carries out his orders to retire the skin-jobs, he must come to terms with what it means to be human.
Blade Runner is one of those monumental Science fiction films that tops most lists. Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, it ponders the long-established sci-fi trope: What makes us human? Join David and Tim as they discuss how Blade Runner, a troubled production and box-office flop, ascended past its failed release and is now lauded as a landmark film. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to a bleak and over-populated Los Angeles where we contemplate the morality of artificial intelligence and its place among humans.
ALIEN – In 1979, Ridley Scott directed what would be a game-changer as far as modern science fiction films. Alien may have not been the first horror/sci-fi hybrid, but it was definitely the paradigm for future films attempting to juggle the genres. What happens when you take a small, blue-collar crew into the depths of the unknown? Movie magic, pure and simple. The Nostromo, a US cargo ship is transformed into a haunted house in outer space, it’s amiable crew picked off one-by-one by a creature like nothing we have ever encountered, armed with mutating defense mechanisms, making it seemingly impossible to destroy. They’re alone, and not all of the crew are what they appear to be. And as their numbers dwindle, the famous tagline resonates…