Get Your Cast to Mars – Bonus Episode: Life And Covenant

Get Your Cast To Mars was originally a three part (+ bonus episode) micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars in the movies. Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard considered the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema (and Television) of the past 100 years.

Like humanity itself, we just can’t leave well enough alone! Welcome to our ultra-casual (no introductions, we just drop you right in the middle of the experience) and long promised bonus episode to Season 2! While the second season focused on National Geographic’s MARS docudrama-mini and all that was fine and nice, we couldn’t help but check in in Trump-era 2017 to talk about Mars as an evolving infection. As per Season 1’s bonus episode the lion-share is on Sir Ridley Scott’s evolving Alien franchise. To be on topic, somewhat, there is also some discussion about Daniel Espinosa’s LIFE.

Consider this bonus episode the capstone to our two-season-and-done micro-podcast. We hope you enjoy this extra edition as much as we did the strong black coffee and savoury biscuits, while recording at Toronto’s Sumach Espresso.

Viewing Syllabus: Life (2017) and Alien: Covenant (2017).

As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!

 

The Complete First Season of Matt and Kurt getting their Cast To Mars:

 
 

The Second Season:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

Get Your Cast to Mars – Will And Capital

Get Your Cast To Mars was originally a three part (+ bonus episode) micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars in the movies. Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard considered the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema of the past 100 years.

We are back for a second season focusing on Mars on Television – specifically, the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced six part mini-series that began airing on National Geographic and FX in November 2016. We are sticking with the three part format again for the purposes of this podcast, looking at the series in pairs. Here we look at the human factor, and the political and social will to get humanity to being a multi-planetary species.

As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!

 

The Complete First Season of Matt and Kurt getting their Cast To Mars:

 
 

The Second Season:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

Get Your Cast to Mars – Hell Is Other People

Get Your Cast To Mars was originally a three part (+ bonus episode) micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars in the movies. Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard considered the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema of the past 100 years.

We are back for a second season focusing on Mars on Television – specifically, the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced six part mini-series that began airing on National Geographic and FX in November 2016. We are sticking with the three part format again for the purposes of this podcast, looking at the series in pairs. Here we look at the unusual nature of the show (hybrid doc/fiction) and the outlay of a set of very elaborate and difficult problems.

As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!

 

The Complete First Season of Matt and Kurt getting their Cast To Mars:

 
 

The Second Season:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

Get Your Cast to Mars – Pre-Enactment

Get Your Cast To Mars was originally a three part (+ bonus episode) micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars in the movies. Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard considered the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema of the past 100 years.

We are back for a second season focusing on Mars on Television – specifically, the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced six part mini-series that began airing on National Geographic and FX in November 2016. We are sticking with the three part format again for the purposes of this podcast, looking at the series in pairs. Here we look at the unusual nature of the show (hybrid doc/fiction) and its aspirational tone.

As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!

 

The Complete First Season of Matt and Kurt getting their Cast To Mars:

 
 

The Second Season:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

Get Your Cast to Mars – Bonus Episode: Ridley Scott’s The Martian (And Prometheus)

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.

BONUS EPISODE! We look at a stranded Matt Damon as he sciences the shit out of Mars, represented here as a logic-problem to be solved by a capable optimist. Because this is a bonus episode, we also compare and contrast The Martian to Ridley Scott’s previous, far more misunderstood, science fiction film, Prometheus. In both cases, the spacefaring crews land on new worlds but are not ready to meet their maker.

Viewing Syllabus: The Martian (2015) and Prometheus (2012).

All three episodes + the bonus episode are available for streaming (see table of contents below) directly from the site, or are a part of the RowThree podcast feed, ready for you to send them to whatever electronic device you prefer.

 

The complete adventures of Matt and Kurt go to Mars:

 
 

The Second Season:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

Get Your Cast to Mars – Episode 3: Mars Before NASA

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 3, we look at how Mars fares on film in 20th century before NASA was created by the United States Government in 1958. In this period, Mars is playground of the imagination, a spiritual place when one goes for love and optimism, and maybe to meet women. As we go back to the dawn of cinema, Mars gets positively fantastical on screen, and our hopes more grand and unrestrained. Plus, Iced-Cream delivery.

Viewing Syllabus: Aelita (1924), Himmelskibet (1918), Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953), Conquest of Space (1955), Flight To Mars (1951).

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 go to Mars:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

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:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?

Get Your Cast to Mars – Episode 1: Stranded In The 21st Century

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:

 
 
Would you like to know more…?