John Carpenter’s The Thing
What: An alien life form threatens humanity at an antarctic research facility
Directed by: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Featuring guest co-hosts
|Caelum Rale, artist||Ryan Bingham, lawyer|
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The story of The Thing from the other side.
I am being Blair. I escape out the back as the world comes in through the front.
I am being Copper. I am rising from the dead.
I am being Childs. I am guarding the main entrance.
The names don’t matter. They are placeholders, nothing more; all biomass is interchangeable. What matters is that these are all that is left of me. The world has burned everything else.
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Who Goes There? short story. Previous adaptations: The Thing From Another World (1951) · Horror Express (1972) · The Thing (2011)
British and Norwegian missions. Cultures and approaches.
Conditions. Connectivity. Boredom. Whiskey, cigars, and shoe leather.
You need a certain kinda Dr MacGyver badass for this job. Spinal self-diagnosis, etc.
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Cae and Ryan understand these things, and explain them to us. We mostly get it.
So many questions. Where did it come from? How does it work? The nature of the creature. Is it intelligent?
The nature of consciousness
If you were The Thing, could you know you were The Thing? Would The Thing know it was The Thing? Self interest in all cases. Group interests in all cases.
If I can’t win, neither can you. The doctor was the only one acting rightly. Best plan: destroy the base and kill everyone, just in case. Sexual tests as alternatives to blood…
Childs: Well, what do we do?
MacReady: Why don’t we just… wait here for a little while… see what happens?
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