Human imagination has been rife with creatures that are part human and part animal ever since we started to express ourselves artistically as a species. Centaurs, satyrs, the minotaur, mermaids, werewolves, Ganesha, and on and on.
In our time, science has progressed to the point where hybrid creatures have started to become possible, whether as chimaeras of different stem cell lines or knocked out and spliced model organisms. What do want and fear from these developments?
In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos review three movies that depict human-animal hybrids: Prometheus (2012), Splice (2009), and The Lobster (2015). With guest appearances from Ripley, The Beatles, a very expensive orca, Jeff Goldblum (but not in The Fly), Frankenstein, Leonard Nimoy, Napoleon Dynamite, and the chestburster from SpaceBalls.
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