Dark Discussions Podcast

August 30, 2011 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Podcasts

Dark Discussions is a website dedicated to horror and genre fans by horror fans.  Hosts Philip and Gordon discuss horror films, books, and various other subgenres of the pulp and grindhouse type.

Their post-apocalyptic episodes so far include a three-part retrospective on the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Listen below, or visit Dark Discussions.

Episode 09 – Planet of the Apes Retrospective part 1
Philip and Mike discuss the history of the story and the importance of it to genre fans. A franchise was born including four sequels, a television show, a cartoon, comic books, and toys and memorabilia. Part One of our retrospective focuses on the novel, the first film and the first follow up within the franchise, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Get ready and join us in a conversation that will bring this story full circle. One wonders whether Pierre Boulle was more a prophet than just a mere novelist.
Planet of the Apes Retrospective part 1

Episode 11 – Planet of the Apes Retrospective part 2
Philip and Mike discuss the final three films within the original franchise. Such topics as race relations, human rights, immigration, animal compassion, and modernization are thrashed out. With the scientific understanding that the wild ape has violent streaks and will also turn upon their own, do these films reflect the nation state where one unjust dictator is removed for a better life of its people only to be replaced by someone more wicked? With the ambiguous nature of the antagonists within these films, one may wonder whether one man’s belief system may be nothing more than that specific man’s perspective.
Planet of the Apes Retrospective part 2

Episode 012 – The Planet of the Apes Retrospective part 3
Dark Discussions finishes up their trilogy The Planet of the Apes retrospective. Philip and Mike discuss genetic engineering, both its potentials and dangers, and try to answer the question of what amount of intelligence within a creature would establish the beast to be considered more than just an animal. Such novels as Michael Crichton’s Next, Robin Cook’s Chromosome 6, H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH are brought into the topic. George A. Romero’s film Monkey Shines, Will Smith’s I Am Legend, and the new documentary Project Nim are discussed. Even the cartoon show Family Guy has some value to add to the dialogue with its talking dog Brian. No matter what one thinks, Rise of the Planet of the Apes may be just the starting point on subjects as diverse as stem cell research, cloning, and genetic engineering. Horror films may be nothing more than fiction yet science is so much more. Science is reality.
The Planet of the Apes Retrospective part 3