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Ep 26: Independence Day

Released Friday, 3rd July 2020
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Trying to sync your episode with an immovable calendar date? Doing two recordings in one week? Suffering with kidney stones as well? It’s no problem for your favourite (perhaps) test-focused movie buffs, who are here to talk about a sci-fi classic which has an unmentionable sequel, despite the fact that Neil keeps mentioning it.
Dan and Neil are your guides on a trip through that most traditional of holiday tales, featuring a weird mix of American bravado and hubris. The explosions are almost as large as the plot conveniences, as they set out to answer all of the most important questions: Is there such a thing as too much backstory? Was Randy Quaid really abducted by aliens? And does this film feature the most expository line of dialog of all-time?
Oh, by the way, the show that Neil was thinking of which featured a Pringles can antenna was Mr Robot (S2E4, “Master-Slave”). However, any attempt to link to it was MAJORLY spoiler-ridden, so you should just watch all of Mr Robot instead.
Films and TV shows mentioned:
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Fly
  • The Tall Man
  • Battlestar Galactica (TV series)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Men in Black
  • Godzilla
  • Armageddon
  • Deep Impact
  • Titanic
  • Goldeneye
  • Ant Man
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Enemy of the State
  • Gemini Man
  • Memphis Belle
  • Rocky Balboa
  • The American President
  • The West Wing
  • House of Cards
  • Stargate
  • Mr Deeds
  • The Mummy
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Doctor Who TV movie (1996)
  • Airport
  • Airplane!
  • The Wonder Years
  • Jason Bourne (2016)
  • Arrival
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Hidden Figures
  • Star Wars
  • Independence Day (1983)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Hamilton
Other references:
Join us again later in July for a long-overdue romp through THE NET!

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Intro music: David Arnold - 1969 / We Came In Peace
Outro music: REM - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And…
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