Monday, December 24, 2012

Episode 11: The Road less traveled (because everyone's dead)

Just in time for Christmas, your hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell join special guest Vlado Zeravica to talk about The Road, both the 2006 Cormac McCarthy novel and the 2009 motion picture adaptation starring Viggo Mortensen.   It is dark.  It is depressing.  It is bleak.  Much like many of the family gatherings going on this holiday season!  Join the Post-Apodaclypse gang as they dissect this brilliant piece of post-apocalyptic introspection.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Episode 10: 12/21/2012

You've heard about it.  You've read about it.  You might have even seen a Roland Emmerich movie about it.  The end of the world, Mayan-style!  This ancient people made a calendar long ago that would go on to make people of the 21st century lose all their wits and start waiting for the apocalypse to arrive on December 21st, 2012.  Well, that's this Friday, so your friends at Post-Apodaclypse - hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell - decided they should chat about it, as it may end up being their last podcast ever.  Joined by special guest Vlado Zeravica, they dive into the hysteria and rap about the end of days.  Drop in and say your goodbyes!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Episode 9: Run, Runner!

Welcome to the 23rd century, where humanity survives in a great domed city and lives for nothing but pleasure and contentment.  But all the free love and partying and good vibrations come at a cost - when the crystal embedded in your palm starts blinking red on your 30th birthday, it's time to report to the ritual of Carousel and have your life terminated.  But don't worry!  There's a good chance you'll be resurrected ("renewed") and born again!  Or IS there?

In the 1976 sci-fi classic film, Logan's Run, Michael York plays a Sandman, one of the hedonistic city's cops who hunt down those who try to flee their fate - those known as "runners".  But he finds himself wrapped up in a web of intrigue and conspiracy, forced to go on the run himself, and to find answers to questions he'd never dared ask in his perfect life.

Hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell will walk (or run) you through the whole experience on this latest edition of Post-Apodaclypse.  So put yourself on the circuit and tune in today.  Renew!!!

Also available on iTunes.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Episode 8: You Say You Want a Revolution

On this episode of Post-Apodaclypse, your hosts (Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell) jump back in to NBC's certified hit series Revolution to take a look at what's been happening since episode three up through the mid-season break.  Our band of reluctant post-apocalyptic heroes have continued on their journey, tragedy has struck, more backstory has been revealed, more information on that current state of the former United States has been laid out, and everything has built up to a big see-you-back-this-March crescendo.  Do they find Danny?  Do Miles and Monroe face each other again?  Will more surprise guest-stars make you go, "Hey!  It's that guy!"?  Will Charlie cry some more?  Lots of answers and plenty of sword fights await you.

Also available on iTunes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Episode 7: Walking Dead Again

It's Thanksgiving!  It's a time for turkey.  And dressing.  And cranberries.  And yams.  And HUMAN FLESH!!!

Hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell carve into the latest Post-Apodaclypse episode with an update on what's been going down on AMC's The Walking Dead since the last episode on the subject.  They take a look at the season 3 eps 2-6, which were all ridiculously eventful (here comes da fatalities!), gripping, heartbreaking, action-packed and filled with great nerd-out moments for fans of the comic.  The Governor, did you say?

So finish your dinner, put on your stretchy pants, and unwind some hot undead action.  PLEASE NOTE: due to scheduling needs, there will be no episode next week.  Post-Apodaclypse will return on Tuesday, December 4th, when Tim and Michael turn the update spotlight on NBC's Revolution.

Until then, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!  We hope your bunker's filled with family and food and friends.  Plus, some grenades wouldn't be a bad idea...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Episode 6: Take "The Stand"

The 1978 Stephen King novel titled "The Stand" came in at over 800 pages and blew the minds of lovers of both fiction and of post-apocalyptic fiction.  Considered one of King's crowning accomplishments, it was re-released in 1990 in a complete and uncut version, this time weighing in at nearly 1200 pages.  In 1994, after years of dispute and typical Hollywood development hell scenarios, the story was finally adapted for the screen in an 8-hour TV miniseries by ABC.

Dealing with both the end of the world by pandemic (the "superflu") and a theological good-vs-evil struggle with the last remnants of mankind, The Stand has become one of the seminal works in the genre.  But how will hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell feel about both the book and the TV adaptation?  Tune in to this latest edition of Post-Apodaclypse to find out.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Episode 5: SyFy Zombie Crapfest

Right around Halloween, the SyFy Channel gave us a double-feature of zombie apocalyptic action, putting 2011's Zombie Apocalypse (starring Ving Rhames) right before the premiere of the new "blockbuster" called Rise of the Zombies (starring Mariel Hemmingway and Levar Burton).  Post-Apodaclypse hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell took it upon themselves to wade through these offerings and see if they could really be as bad as they looked.  Find out in this special post-Halloween episode.

Also available on iTunes.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Episode 4: The (Good) Book of Eli

This week, your hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell sit down and rap about the 2010 Denzel Washington/Gary Oldman post-nuclear flick called Book of Eli.  It's got all the trappings of a solid post-apoc success - big stars, big budget, ruined wasteland, cannibals, scavenging gangs, a lone hero wandering the Earth, a little Caesar trying to rule what's left of society...  But why, then, was it so controversial, and garnered such conflicting reviews?  It's all broken down for you in this edition of Post-Apodaclypse, and we do mean "all", including a couple of big plot twists.  So see the movie first if you're spoiler-conscious (as everyone should be) and then dive on in!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Adam Baldwin joins cast of post-apocalyptic pilot The Last Ship

Now hear this!  Perennial fan favorite Adam Baldwin (the oh-so-cunning Jayne Cobb in Firefly and hard-hitting John Casey in NBC's Chuck) has signed on for a key role in the post-apocalyptic naval thriller The Last Ship, a pilot executive produced by Michael Bay for the TNT network, according to Deadline.

Based on the 1989 novel by William Brinkley, the story centers on a navy destroyer that survives a catastrophe that decimates most of the world's population.  The novel placed this crew in a post-nuclear setting, but it appears the modern series adaptation is going for a pandemic as its Big Death (with what sounds like a mix of eco-disaster).

Set to be directed by Jonathan Mostow (U-571, Terminator 3, Surrogates) and written by Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace, The Nine) and Steven Kane (The Closer), the pilot had cast Titus Welliver (Lost's "Man in Black" and the man tapped to play Triphammer in the FX adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' Powers comic) in the role of Mike Slattery, second-in-command aboard the USS Nathan James.  Welliver had to step back due to a sudden family medical emergency, and Adam Baldwin has been signed to take over the part.

While still in the pilot stage and not picked up as a series yet, the presence of Michael Bay seems a strong indicator that we'll be seeing this ship sail to TNT.  It has everything we love to hear - humanity nearly lost, a struggling remnant in search of survival and a new place to call home, and the basic questions of whether mankind will pull together to save the species or destroy itself fully as it descends into power struggles and barbarism.  It's part military action thriller, part post-apocalyptic cautionary tale.  And as we're huge fans of both end-of-the-world scenarios AND Adam Baldwin, you can be sure we'll be keeping an eye on this one.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Episode 3: Return of the Walking Dead

After what seemed like an eternity, AMC's The Walking Dead has finally returned for a new season! (What's left of) the whole gang is back, the walkers are back, and your Post-Apodaclypse hosts Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell are here to break down the series and the season opener for you. Find out what's up with Rick, Lori, Carl, Daryl, Andrea, Glenn and all your other favorite survivors as they face new dangers, new traumas, and more zombies!  Spoiler alert: it's been totally worth the wait!

Also available on iTunes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Episode 2: The Revolution Will Be Televised

The second episode of Post-Apodaclypse is now up and ready for your listening pleasure.  In this installment, Tim and Michael discuss the latest high-profile addition to the world of post-apoc fiction, NBC's new action/drama Revolution.  When the power goes off all over the world and never comes back on, what will America look like 15 years later?  Will mankind have come together or be warring with each other over who has control in this new reality?  And what exactly did cause the blackout, and who's responsible?  And if someone is responsible, can the damage somehow be undone?  Executive producers JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau have asked these questions, and an average of 10 million viewers have shown up each week thus far to find the answers.  Get the scoop on all things Revolution-ary as we break down the first three episodes here.

Also available on iTunes.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Episode 1: The Beginning of the End

The first episode of Post-Apodaclypse is now live.  We get the party started with an introduction to your hosts (Tim Watts and Michael O'Connell) and how they came to love the post-apocalyptic sub-genre of science fiction (and at a very young age).  We delve into some of the major tropes and themes of post-apoc, the history of story-telling within it, and what some of the many types of mankind's near-demise it uses are.  Also, why the presence of both boobs and monkeys tend to make all these tales better.  Hope you enjoy the first, and number two will be dropping next week.  If the last part of that sentence made you snicker, you're our kind of people.

Please note that iTunes availability is pending, so you should be able to find this and subsequent eps there in just a few days, if that's what turns you on. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Before Time

We are just days away from the official launch of the Post-Apodaclypse podcast, and getting psyched.  If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction like we are, then we hope you'll tune in and listen to us go on and on about it.  We'll try to cover the whole gamut, from movies to TV shows to books and comics & graphic novels to video games.  If it's about the world going boom and a few feisty survivors trying to stay alive and/or rebuild, we'll be on it. 

Your hosts are Tim Watts (artist, history nerd) and Michael O'Connell (stand-up comedian, writer), two guys who have known each other since the 5th grade and grew up together sharing a love of grand adventures after the collapse of human society.  We will share this love with you, and hope that you'll share back with us, through our Twitter and Facebook pages.  We want to hear what you have to say on the subject, and what you'd like to hear discussed on the podcast. 

Stay tuned here for the link to the first broadcast (early next week is the plan), and welcome aboard, travelers!