Space Top 10 Countdown

Season 1 Episode 9

Movie Aliens

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Aired Saturday 6:30 PM Nov 11, 2006 on Space

Episode Recap

#10 - Sil – Species Alfred Molina'Dr. Stephen Arden': Talks about how Sil is both a beautiful, intelligent character, and an ugly montser. Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Discussing how Sil was a creature using all of her abilities to simply try to survive, which is the most basic instinct of all creatures. Natasha Henstridge - 'Sil': Talks about how her character learns about the human race and ends up wanting to take over.

#9 - Martians - Mars Attacks! Kim Poirier: Discussing the movies origins in a 1962 series of bubblegum cards, and how it parodies suburban culture, self-serving politicians and the military machine. Tim Burton - Producer/Director of Mars Attacks!: Discussing how the movie was inspired by both the cards and the old science-fiction movies. Joe O'Brien - Columnist for Rue Morgue: Talking about how the Martians sole purpose is to be jerks.

#8 –Invaders - Independence Day Jeff Goldblum - 'David Levinson': Discussing how the invasion removed the barriers between people. Kim Poirier: Mentions the unlikelihood of an Earth based computer virus taking down an alien mainframe.

#7 - Bugs - Starship Troopers Kim Poirier: Calls the movie a dark satire on the themes of military conquest. Denise Richards - 'Carmen Ibanez': Discussing the Bugs in the movie, that they are huge creatures who've killed millions. Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Talking about how the Bugs were terrifying because they were relentless, couldn't be reasoned with, and could not be dealt with any way other than killing them before they killed you.

#6 - Dracons - Enemy Mine Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Discussing how the theme of enemy soldiers being forced to depend on one another has been done so many times before, but that it's done because it can work so well.

#5 - Klingons - Star Trek Kim Poirier: Mentions their origins as a metaphor for communism. Joe O'Brien - Columnist for Rue Morgue: Discussing the appeal of their emotionalism and passion. Also how they were based on so many cultures, and eventually evolved into a distinctive culture of their own. Michael Dorn - 'Worf': Talks about his enjoyment of Worf's gruff personality.

#4 - Vulcans - Star Trek Kim Poirier: Mentions just how much the Vulcans have become a part of our culture. Tim Russ - 'Tuvok': Discussing how Vulcan's are perplexed by how much emotion plays a part in our decision making. Joe O'Brien - Columnist for Rue Morgue: Theorizes that Vulcan's are supposed to be idealized versions of humanity, freed of our emotions. Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Talks about how the Vulcan's are the ultimate outsiders. Kim Poirier: Mentions how the Vulcan 'secret handshake' has also become a part of our culture.

#3 - E.T. - E.T. Kim Poirier: Mentions how rare it is for a movie to paint the alien as the good guys and the humans (at least the adult humans) as the bad guys. Joe O'Brien - Columnist for Rue Morgue: Discussing how E.T. is the ultimate benevolent creature, who wants nothing except to find his home. Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Talks about how the community of kids was able to identify with E.T. and help him.

#2 - Predator - Predator Malene ArpePop Culture Writer for The Toronto Star: Discusses how Predator is the only creature on the list which is truly evil, because it "like to play with its food." Joe O'Brien - Columnist for Rue Morgue: Talking about how Predator is a macho, "red-neck from space." Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Saying that the Predator worked because he was a well-conceived character who was clearly having fun doing what he was doing.

#1 - Alien – Alien Kim Poirier: Mentions the Alien's design origins in the 1976 in a painting titled Necronomicon 4 by H.R. Giger. Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Discusses how the Alien is truly scary because it's so dangerous even though it doesn't have any eyes at all. Joe O'Brien - Columnist for Rue Morgue: Talks about the terror caused by the Alien being so scary because it's the thing which drops on you in the dark. Malene ArpePop Culture Writer for The Toronto Star: Mentions that Alien is truly more of a horror movie than a sci-fi, but that it was a genre-defining film. Michael Lennick - President, Foolish Earthling Productions: Discusses how, on a visceral level, Alien is the most frightening film he's ever seen.
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