The Alien Franchise: Part One (feat. Kevin Lincoln & Josephine Livingstone)
The Alien franchise’s five-decade journey has crossed genres, intersected the careers of preeminent filmmakers and wavered wildly from classic to culty to catastrophic. With the recent release of the disturbing and philosophical “Alien: Covenant,” we set out to reappraise all the chest-bursting and face-hugging in Part One of our franchise retrospective. [Find Part Two here.] A couple terrific writers joined us, and their “Covenant” pieces are linked below.
2:02 – Noah and Chance give some franchise background, and Noah wonders why “Covenant” is two movies.
14:15 – Vulture’s Kevin Lincoln joins the show to discuss what contemporary franchises can learn from the villainous android David.
29:10 – Chance stands up for the headiness of “Covenant” and Noah makes a superb “Frasier” comparison.
38:00 – The New Republic’s Josephine Livingstone stops by to assess the role of androids in the franchise and their centrality to the new film.
54:10 – Your hosts try to identify if there’s anything wrong at all with 1979’s “Alien.”
1:04:20 – A disagreement ensues about whether “Aliens” deserves classic status like its predecessor.
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Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, we select three movies based around a genre and call up guests ranging from submarine captains to Oscar winners. Then, we rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
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