Science vs Fiction
Bonus Episode: Interview with Blade Runner Blu-ray Producer Charles de Lauzirika

Bonus Episode: Interview with Blade Runner Blu-ray Producer Charles de Lauzirika

March 8, 2020

Here's a fun little sidebar to our Blade Runner(s) episode. Scott sits down for a brief chat with Charles de Lauzirika, whom sci-fi fans will recognize as the producer of the stunning Blade Runner blu-ray release as well as "The Final Cut." Which means he's also one of the globe's leading experts on the original Blade Runner.

Ep. 18 - Blade Runner vs Blade Runner 2049

Ep. 18 - Blade Runner vs Blade Runner 2049

March 8, 2020

The original Blade Runner is one of the most influential, celebrated, and debated science fiction films of all time. The sequel was met with rapturous praise but, similar to its predecessor, died a quick death at the box office, like tears in the rain.

Listen in as Steven and Scott discuss the harsh realities of flying cars, fake snakes, human-sized toys, and whether or not replicants are cyborgs.
Ep. 17 - Star Wars vs Flash Gordon

Ep. 17 - Star Wars vs Flash Gordon

February 16, 2020
Did you know that George Lucas made Star Wars only after he failed to adapt the old Flash Gordon comic/serial into a feature? It's true! So it only makes sense to pair the original Star Wars (1977) with the 1980 Flash Gordon movie that only got made because Star Wars was a smash hit.
 
This episode's important science questions include: What do Obi-Wan Kenobi and Reggie Jackson have in common? Is Han Solo the Star Wars equivalent of a flat-earther? Did Flash really save every one of us? And what the heck is "hot hail"?
 
All this and much much more in this exciting episode of Science vs Fiction!
Ep. 16 - Alien vs Predator vs Alien vs. Predator

Ep. 16 - Alien vs Predator vs Alien vs. Predator

February 2, 2020
In this monster of an episode (pun intended), we discuss two of the greatest sci-fi/horror/action movies of all time, and investigate how two perfect movies could possibly birth such a deformed and moronic lovechild.
 
Along the way, we explore such critical science questions as: Is the xenomorph just basically Jiffy Pop? Can you rip someone’s spine out by pulling off their head? And is there a single ounce of intelligence in AVP? (Hint: no)
 
Join us for a special 2-hour episode!
Ep. 15 - War of the War of the Worlds (1953 vs 2005)

Ep. 15 - War of the War of the Worlds (1953 vs 2005)

January 14, 2020

It's time for another "original vs remake". This time we set our sights on two films inspired by the grandfather of science fiction, H.G. Wells. The 1953 version of War of the Worlds is considered a classic of the genre, but how does it hold up today? Can Steven Spielberg's 2005 rendition survive the scrutiny of an analytical revisit? We cover alien space travel, whether the Earth was indeed created in six days, and the wonderfully abrupt "deus ex bacteria" ending. All this and more on the latest episode of the podcast that asks: Do you really need smart science in good movies? Tune in to find out.

Ep. 14 - Gremlins vs Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Ep. 14 - Gremlins vs Gremlins 2: The New Batch

December 22, 2019

It wasn't difficult to choose the movies for our first Christmas episode. Not only does Joe Dante's Gremlins (1984) hold up as a supremely entertaining movie, but it's also a truly impressive blend of comedy, horror, science fiction, and Christmas movie. But how would the "three rules" actually work in reality? What qualifies as "after midnight"? Heck, what technically qualifies as "eating"?!? And let's talk a bit about that infamous microwave sequence.

And it only made sense to match Gremlins up with its much wackier sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), a film so insane it not only breaks the fourth wall; it demolishes it. Loaded with fun performances, crazy new gremlins, and an adorably chaotic tone, G2 poses even more strange questions. Like: “what is genetic sunblock?" and “why the heck is Hulk Hogan in this movie?”

We cover all this craziness and more in a Gremlin-filled episode of Science vs Fiction!

Ep. 13 - Time After Time LIVE at Other Worlds Film Festival!

Ep. 13 - Time After Time LIVE at Other Worlds Film Festival!

December 8, 2019

This week we present our first ever LIVE SHOW! Scott and Steven ply their trade at Other Worlds Film Festival in Austin, TX, where they discuss 1979 fan favorite Time After Time (aka the movie in which H.G. Wells chases Jack the Ripper into modern-day San Francisco). Join us as we open the massive can of worms that is cinematic time travel, with the participation of a group of smart and savvy science fiction fans.

Can your limbs really disappear in real time if someone cuts them off in the past? How many different versions of time travel does the Terminator franchise use? Is it possible that the audience watching a movie influences the events of the movie on a quantum level? We tackle these and other questions on this week’s (LIVE!) Science vs Fiction.

Ep. 12 - Battle of the Things (1951 vs 1982 vs 2011)

Ep. 12 - Battle of the Things (1951 vs 1982 vs 2011)

November 25, 2019
In 1938, John W. Campbell Jr. wrote a scary sci-fi story called "Who Goes There?"  That story caught the eye of producer Howard Hawks, who adapted the tale into a 1951 feature film called The Thing From Another World, which blew the mind of a kid named John Carpenter, who would get to direct his own adaptation in 1982, which is still so beloved that Universal tried to do sort of a remake that was really a prequel in 2011. Which of the three is the best version? You may think you know the answer, but there are surprises in store in our first ever Battle Royale!
Ep. 11 - Outbreak vs Contagion (with medical doctor Vince DeGennaro)

Ep. 11 - Outbreak vs Contagion (with medical doctor Vince DeGennaro)

November 10, 2019

How likely is it that humans can catch horrible diseases from adorable monkeys? Are those big, shiny decontamination suits all that effective? Can deadly snot work its way through the ventilation system of a crowded theater? These questions and more (even some intelligent ones) as Scott and Steven do the SvF treatment on Outbreak (1995) and Contagion (2011), two very different takes on one very scary scenario. 

And we have a guest! Dr. Vincent DeGennaro (yep, Steven's brother) is an epidemiologist who has fought disease all over the globe and is currently hard at work in Haiti. He's also a big movie nut, which makes Dr. Vince the perfect person to help dissect these two star-studded thrillers in the areas of entertainment value and (especially) scientific intelligence. 

Ep. 10 - Jason X vs Leprechaun 4: In Space

Ep. 10 - Jason X vs Leprechaun 4: In Space

October 27, 2019

Do Leprechauns have gold testicles? What would happen if you shot Jason into the heart of the sun? Why are McDonald's french fries so fluffy? We answer these and other deeply scientific questions as we discuss two of the first horror franchises to go into outer space for some reason.