Forbidden Planet (feat. Chris Noessel, UI Expert) : Episode 36

Stream the movie:
iTunes | Amazon

Forbidden Planet

What: Leslie Nielsen and crew stop on an alien planet to investigate a previous mission and find only two survivors. With secrets.
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis

Featuring guest co-host
Chris Noessel
Chris Noessel, User Interface Expert from Sci-Fi Interfaces

Recommended and Related Media

Chris Noessel
Our guest co-host does a bunch of really interesting work!
His wonderful website Sci-Fi Interfaces
And his book “Make it So” iTunes | Amazon

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
The best possible intro to the general principles of design. I know we’ve talked it up before, but it’s just so good.
Get the thing iTunes | Amazon

Show Notes

Robbie the Robot

Prop design. AI language understanding. Super strength and a matter replicator. Bad reactions to conflicting orders. Like a mechanical calculator dividing by zero!


He’s totally Zod! Philology. Engineering. Dangerous tech designs.

Gender Stuff

Cutting edge sexiness in the 50s. Innocent virgins. Blaming the victim. To the captain go the spoils. The deleted scenes that explain the animal behaviour:

Decoding the Krell

Best attempts at judging Krell biology from their technology and architecture. Their “plastic educator.” Deciphering their language. Using alien Wikipedia on microfilm. Vannevar Bush’s Memex. The alien arithmetic problem.

Jef Raskin's Alien Arithmetic Problem

Jef Raskin’s Alien Arithmetic Problem

Self Destruct

A comparison of scuttling procedures in Alien and Forbidden Planet. Speculation about Krell hearing and sight frequencies.


Farman: I wouldn’t mind being Robby in certain ways. Uh, that’s only in *certain* ways, of course.
Altaira: I can see that was probably very clever, but I don’t seem to understand it.
Farman: There’s no rush.

Feedback? Please Contact Us

Amazon and iTunes links include our affiliate codes. If you wouldn’t mind helping us out a tiny bit, go ahead and use them to buy/stream something. Thanks! 🙂