The Macguffin Report

s02e08. Doctor Who and science-fiction movies

October 17, 2019

The MacGuffin Report gets spacey (and timey-wimey!) in this episode devoted to science-fiction tv and film. MacGuffin co-hosts Raechel Wong and Walter Hong are shocked about as much as Sigourney Weaver and the gang when that bugaboo tore out of William Hurt’s chest to discover that there’s a television show that Os Davis admits to liking: Doctor Who.

At relative levels of knowledge of and devotion to British’s biggest entertainment franchise, the MacGuffins dissect various aspects of Doctor Who in an attempt to figure out what makes this show tick and how it has fascinated so many for so long.

At 35:45, the trio attempts to define science-fiction and wonder if the entire genre isn’t heading down an already tired, cliched path.

And at 44:00. The MacGuffins talk all-time favorite sci-fi films and tv series. As always, the namedrops and rabbitholes are fast and furious; this week, references and/or critiques are made of several Star Trek series (of course), Babylon 5, Firefly/Serenity, the Orville, Black Mirror, Planet of the Apes, the Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Timeline, the various Alien movies, Interstellar, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Event Horizon, Back to the Future, Galaxy Quest, Annihilation, Contact and a must-see nearly-forgotten dystopian classic per Os, Brazil.

So for now, warp factor 6.2 – Engage!

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