Get Your Cast To Mars is a three part micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars. In anticipation of Ridley Scott’s blockbuster spectacle The Martian, join Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard as they consider the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema of the past 100 years.
In PART 1, we look at how Mars fares on screen in first decade and a half of 21st century back until 1997. This is the period of time after the Sojourner/Pathfinder probes landed on the planet, and drove around looking at rocks and soil. In these films, Mars is represented on screen as a place people go to get stranded and the mysteries on the planet provide personal awakenings or enlightenment.
Viewing Syllabus: Last Days On Mars (2013) John Carter (2012), Watchmen (2009), Stranded (2001), Mission to Mars (2000), Red Planet (2000). [And for those who are extra keen: The Mars Underground (2007).]
All three episodes are available for streaming right now (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever device you prefer:
As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!
The complete adventures of Matt and Kurt’s trip to Mars:
Episode 2 – The NASA Years
Episode 3 – Mars Before NASA
Bonus Episode – Ridley Scott’s The Martian & Prometheus
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