FYMP Podcast #18 – Annihilation – Understanding the Impossible

In this episode we discuss the Alex Garland movie Annihilation. Tons of themes to unpack so we dive right in, and there’s a healthy dose of our usual tangents on myriad other works of fiction that tie into those themes. We also discuss the psychology of Hollywood, the human ability to create, and the effects of streaming services on the movie industry.

Timestamp Recap
(03:40) Topic: Annihilation
(05:22) On the Author and style of Annihilation
(13:18) The themes of Annihilation
(19:43) Annihilation: the big guns
(22:40) Understanding the Impossible
(28:13) Plot hole diving
(33:30) The ending and the power to create
(42:50) Openness, creativity, and Hollywood
(49:30) The character dilemma
(55:23) Brief thoughts on Ex Machina
(1:00:44) Proof of creative life

Stories Discussed
Movies – Annihilation, Ex Machina, The Autopsy of Jane Doe
TV – Lost, Westworld
Books – Borne, Speaker for the Dead
Creators – Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson

Dis/Honorable Mention
Movies – Black Swan, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Spectral, Jupiter Ascending, Dodgeball, Avatar, Transformers, Beyond Skyline, Bright
Creators – Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Cox, Rip Torn
TV – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Expanse, Altered Carbon, Mute

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