Get Your Cast to Mars – Episode 2: The NASA Years

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 2, we look at how the Mars fares on film in 20th century after NASA was created by the United States Government in 1958 and before the Sojourner/Pathfinder probes successfully beamed high resolution images and scientific analysis of soil samples of the surface. In this period, Mars is represented on screen as a cautionary place, home to ruins and to be conquered and occupied, but haunted by previous ghosts. It is a place of war and violence and ancient civilizations who had big plans for the planet.

Viewing Syllabus: Total Recall (1991), Capricorn One (1976), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), Angry Red Planet (1959), Wizard of Mars (1965), and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2002, but it sure feels like the 1990s!).

All three episodes are available now for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever electronic 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:




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