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!

Also on iTunes.

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!