If you love volcanoes, prepare for your new favorite episode of Science vs Fiction. Not only do Scott and Steven discuss 1997's warring lava movies, Dante's Peak and Volcano, but they've also invited a guest along! Geologist / volcanologist Jess Phoenix (of the excellent podcast Catastrophe!) is not only an expert, educator, and the founder of Blueprint Earth, but she's also a huge movie geek who really knows her stuff.
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Is the Cloverfield monster truly from outer space? Can formaldehyde actually turn fish into elephant-sized tadpoles? How large can a kaiju get before its legs simply break? Scott and Steven pose these science-adjacent questions (and more) in a mega-monstrous episode that spends time with found footage favorite Cloverfield (2008) and the frankly fantastic South Korean import The Host (2006).
When is a pilot episode not a pilot episode? When the network decides to bury the actual pilot episode and commands the writers to bang out another one in a big hurry. Seriously. That's what happened on The Train Job.
Enjoy this excerpt from our Firefly commentary patron series!
While it's true that James Cameron's Aliens (1986) has very little in common with Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers (1997) in tone, style, presentation, and possibly even genre, they do have similar stories: humans land on an unfriendly planet and are required to fend off waves of insectile alien creatures. But they may have more in common than that. Plus all the science! Steven and Scott cover alien biology, high-tech load-lifters, and full-scale outer space missile craziness.
Here's an excerpt from our first patron (aka subscriber) episode. We'll be publishing patron episodes on our off weeks in between regular episodes, and here's a free sample! For the rest of this episode (in which Scott & Steven discuss the amazing Firefly pilot for 90+ minutes) head on over to patreon.com/scottEweinberg and support the show! Thanks.
In addition to Firefly commentaries we'll also be doing interviews, "TV show vs. TV show" episodes, and all sorts of amusing stuff. If you like Science vs Fiction you will definitely dig the patron episodes as well.
The summer of 1998 gave us two wildly different movies about meteors/comets coming really close to destroying all of humanity -- but are Deep Impact and Armageddon really all that different? Yes. Yes, they are. Steven and Scott compare these two blockbusters in terms of cinematic quality, entertainment value, and of course scientific veracity. You'll never guess which movie gets better science grades.
On the inaugural episode of Science vs Fiction, Scott and Steven tell you a little bit about themselves before discussing two movies about humanity's first contact with alien life. 2016's Arrival (starring Amy Adams) and 1996's The Arrival (starring Charlie Sheen) have similar titles but VERY different ways of approaching the subject, both artistically and scientifically. Which is the better film? Which is more scientifically accurate? Listen to Science vs Fiction Episode 1 to find out!