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Terminator Dark Fate: surprises, developing humanity, and CORAL puns w/ Joe Ruppel

Hey so we covered the entirety of the Terminator series in the past few months and it was really fun!

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Hooray! Another legit good Terminator sequel! Nutso revenue requirements. Linda Hamilton and Arnold physique maintenance. Arnold appreciation as always.

Opener

No spoilers but wow what a way to begin. CG face replacements. Terminator battle plans. More alternate timelines.

Human upgrades

Grace. Imposing! “Design” considerations. Relying on human tissues. Comparing and contrasting with the Terminator Salvation’s Sam Worthingtonbot. Bio-aumentation. More than muscle! Nervous system response shortcuts.

Robots taking our jobs

Robot literally taking the guy’s job this time. Learning to work with the robots. Extended robot anxieties throughout the history of the Terminator franchise. Robots surveilling and monitoring our jobs and making it easy for Terminators to find us.

Terminators, revisited

New Terminator! The Rev-9 taking the best bits of previous no-longer-canon sequels. Infiltrating and cracking wise.

Legion

Synet rebranded. AI built on human data and maybe no matter which platform becomes sentient it will come to similar conclusions and methods. Cyberwarfare platforms.

Humanity

Becoming human. Understanding humanity. What happens to a Terminator after their mission is complete? Post-mission Terminators getting creative.

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Tron : Episode 145

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Tron

What: People but with lasers and in a computer. And light bikes!
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

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Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140

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Lost in Space [2018]

What: We cover the first two episode of Netflix’ rehash of the classic Lost in Space
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Starring: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Parker Posey

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone, nerd

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Westworld : Episode 139

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Westworld [1973]

What: Robots! And six shooters! you get the idea.
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

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Zardoz : Episode 132

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Zardoz

What: Bodybuilding Einstein kills things. And weird stuff happens.
Directed by: John Boorman
Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman

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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams : Episode 127

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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams

What: The first season of Amazon’s anthology series, Electric Dreams, bringing a bunch of Philip K Dick‘s short stories to life.
Directed by: Julian Jarrold, David Farr, Tom Harper, Marc Munden, Jeffrey Reiner, Francesca Gregorini, Dee Rees, Peter Horton, Alan Taylor, Michael Dinner
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jack Gore, Shannon Brown, Annalise Basso, Maura Tierney, Connor Paolo, Juno Temple, Janelle Monáe, David Lyons, Karin Anglin, Anton Bassey, Anu Bhatt, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (feat. Fraser Cain of Universe Today) : Episode 125

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (Episodes 1-3)

What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse
Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson

Featuring guest co-host
Fraser Cain headshotFraser Cain of Universe Today

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Avatar : Episode 123

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Avatar

What: Dances with Smurfs AKA Smurf Gully
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang

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Blade Runner 2049 : Episode 120

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Blade Runner 2049

What: Like Blade Runner, but the sequel. Gosling!
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto

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WarGames (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 76

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WarGames

What: Young Matthew Broderick accidentally almost hacks the planet.
Directed by: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood

Featuring guest co-host
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