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In this (currently a bit sporadic) podcast, Kiyan and Dylan bring their “expertise” in film and television into the world of movie trilogies. Each episode centers around a trilogy that the duo watched in one sitting, and features behind the scenes information, a brief summary of key plot points, and a discussion on how the movies worked as a trilogy.

Episode 4.5: It’s Just a Prank, Bro

Woah man you’re jacked in the Matrix. Sorry bro, just a prank!

This month Kiyan and Dylan explore what is probably the only expanded universe Matrix content that still exists (now that Matrix Online has shut down) and watch The Animatrix. It was written and directed by a variety of people, and released on DVD on June 3, 2003. You can watch it on Netflix or on DVD (which you can order off of Amazon).

Dylan searched his history and couldn’t find the fan website he talked about. Rest assured he’ll dump it here if he ever finds it.

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Episode 4: Trip Out Tremendously

Put down the drugs and listen to Triple Play instead. Please.

This month Kiyan and Dylan digitized and uploaded themselves into the virtual world. No it’s not Tron, it’s The Matrix. Tron doesn’t even have 3 movies, the third one got canceled last we heard. Anyway, read on below for some links and show notes, and listen in to find out how The Matrix got made and what we thought of it.

A good starting place for any self respecting Matrix fan would be The Wachowskis themselves. The New Yorker published a comprehensive overview of their film career that you can read on their website.

If you’re curious about how the Matrix came about, check out this Time article which details not only the conception of the Matrix, but also a lawsuit surrounding its underlying idea.

A great source for background information on the making of the first film, from it’s conception to casting to special effects, would be The Making of The Matrix documentary, included on the DVD releases. It has been graciously posted to YouTube.

The casting of the Matrix was some of the more complex and involved casting than in the previous trilogies we’ve covered. For an overview of this casting, check out this short piece. For a more in-depth look, a lot of our specific examples and notes about Keanu’s casting came from this CinemaBlend article. For just weird casting news and rumors, as well as a glimpse into an early Matrix idea, be sure to read Empire’s summary of that time when Will Smith turned down the Matrix.

The curious conception of the Matrix extended well beyond the first film, and the second and third have many stories behind them as well. For an interesting look at the second film in particular, you can watch a short 20 minute documentary, called PRELOAD, on YouTube.

We mention quite a few fun little facts throughout the episode, most of which center around the extensive Martial Arts training that the cast went through to make the film. You can find more of these over here.

For an in-depth look into some of the visual and special effects of Revolutions, be sure to read this article detailing the final Zion battle scene.

If you couldn’t tell from the episode, both of us loved the practical effects that went into making the freeway scene in Matrix Reloaded. You can see pictures and a nice overview of the 1 mile freeway that was constructed here. For those who prefer the video medium, you can view two different behind the scenes videos detailing the freeway chase scene here and here.

For any other visual and behind the scenes information, IGN provides a good article that can serve as a nice bookend following this podcast episode.

So now that the behind the scenes is out of the way, let’s ask the big question: What the heck happened in these films? If Kiyan and Dylan’s attempt at an explanation left you wanting a more in-depth film analysis, then be sure to read some of their subject material, David Edwards’ The Matrix: An Ideological Analysis.

For those who don’t want a heavy paper to start of 2016, there is also a slightly less in depth plot analysis and summary at TheMatrix101.com.

These show notes started with the Wachowskis, and it seems only fair that it should end with them too. So, here’s a fairly lengthy interview with the Wachowskis, where they discuss all of their films and what happens behind the scenes.

So that’s all for The Matrix. Be sure to tune in next month where we explore some expanded universe Matrix topics, before returning the month after (that would be March, if you lost track) with our next trilogy.

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Episode 3.5: Instead We Got Wookie Vigil

“In the arms…. of… a wooookieee… FLY AWAAAAY.”

You may notice something a bit different. Or maybe not, maybe you totally missed it. The podcast has been decked out in full holiday attire with a temporary intro and outro from the Nutcracker ballet. Consider it the Triple Play Holiday Special, an hour long jokes fest about the Star Wars Holiday Special. Which was aired on November 17, 1978. No seriously, this is our Holiday Special. We made it up on the spot; it’s literally just a string of dumb jokes. And as a bonus, it’s way better than the Star Wars one. Enjoy.

Torture yourself with the Holiday Special itself here.

As an aside, sorry, the audio clips a lot as a result of us laughing so much. There’s also a lot of sniffing. Winter just set in, and we weren’t prepared.

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Episode 3: That’s Too Sappy for Han Solo

But is it too sappy for Napoleon Solo?

Better get yourself ready, because this episode covers what is probably the biggest trilogy of them all: the Star Wars original trilogy. Join Kiyan and Dylan as they set themselves right into the action and explore just how Star Wars was made. Then be thrilled as they discuss it’s two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Back to the Future may be Dylan’s favorite movie, but Star Wars is at least second for Kiyan. And remember to keep reading this description, because below you will find links to the original source of most of the information that Kiyan and Dylan talk about in this episode!

The genesis of the Star Wars series can be read about at this archive link here. The four versions of the script and the original plot summary mentioned can be read on this website too.

Information on Lucas’ intention with droids and more information on the beginning of Star Wars and the creation of Episodes V and VI can be seen in an interview conducted in Rolling Stone a few months after the release of Episode IV, which you can read at this archive link.

In May of 2015 io9 compiled together links to all of the audition tapes that they could find on youtube, which is what Dylan eventually stumbled upon while researching this trilogy.  You can view this collection over here on io9’s website.

While investigating J.W. Rinzler’s books on amazon (see below), Dylan discovered that you can actually still buy the radio play versions of Star Wars. If you’d like a taste of them first (and don’t want to engage in anything illicit…) you can listen to part 6 of the 13 part Episode IV adaptation on npr’s website. For a comprehensive history of the radio dramas, you can read this article on a fan site, the logbook. If this has captured your interest, here are links to the radio plays on amazon: Episode IV, Episode V, and Episode VI.

The wikipedia page on ILM has a list of all of their movies. It would be terribly impressive if you’ve not seen at least one of the films on that list.

Quite a bit more additional behind the scenes information for both the original and the prequel trilogy can be found on Empire’s website, where each tidbit of information is also linked with some fascinating behind the scenes images. The information on the Yoda radio incident came from here.

Empire also featured an article in its magazine in 2002 on the making of Empire Strikes Back, which is where we gathered most of the information on that film, including information on how Darth Vader became Luke’s father, the improvised “I love you” ,”I know” and on the massive time crunch on filming. You can read this article on their website.

Who came up with the idea of killing Obi-Wan is a bit up in the air still. In the Rolling Stone interview above, George Lucas claims that it was his wife’s idea, but in this interview from 1999, Alec Guiness claims that it was his, because he couldn’t stand reading “mumbo-jumob” anymore.

J.W. Rinzler’s books would have been a fantastic resource for this podcast, but on the other hand, a key point of this podcast is that we only bring forward anything we can find in one evening. Luckily for us, multiple websites featured short tidbits of information and fun facts that can be found in the books. Here are links to io9’s compilation of tidbits from the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi books. In addition, here is a link to a page on the official Star Wars website featuring tidbits from the Return of the Jedi book.

The famous 2001: A Space Odyssey song is Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss. It is in the public domain, or at least it should be, since Strauss has been dead for well over 70 years.

A list of changes made in the Star Wars rereleases can be seen on wikipedia here. Also Weta was founded in the late 80’s. For once, Dylan was right before correcting himself.

Star Wars Holiday Special. That’s all I’m saying.

This is the Clone Wars series Kiyan was talking about, if anyone is curious.

Comic Book Resources actually has a pretty useful article on the levels of Star Wars canon and their relation to each other, and their current standing given the upcoming Episode 7. You can find that here.

Weird Al’s song, while spoiling episode 1, actually didn’t release until after the film came out. Read about it on wikipedia.

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Episode 2.5: Watch the Book and Read the Movie

Look I have this planned out: watch a video of the book pages flipping, and read the screenplay.

This month, while our loyal fanbase waits for our next trilogy episode, we read Jurassic Park. The Novel. Not the movie. We didn’t find the screenplay and just read that, because that makes no sense and wouldn’t give us any topics for an episode. So while you wait for our next trilogy (coming in November; it’s out of this world.), enjoy this little .5 episode discussing Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton.

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Episode 2: I Wanted Dinosaur Action

Dun dun, dun dun, dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.

On this episode of Triple Play, Kiyan and Dylan explore another movie juggernaut. Last time it was Back to the Future,  this time it’s Jurassic Park. These movies, however, seem to dip in quality far quicker than Back to the Future did. Listen in and take  journey behind the scenes and explore the Jurassic Park trilogy (excluding Jurassic World, of course). Remember, we spared no expense!

A large portion of our information can be found in the DVD extra documentary The Making of Jurassic Park, which can be found on youtube if you have 48 minutes to spare in addition to this hour long podcast.

For information on the special effects and the creation of the dinosaurs, you can read this fascinating article from Empire Magazine’s August 1993 issue.

io9 put together a compilation of behind the scenes videos about the dinosaur puppets in about 2012, which you can find over here.

We briefly touched upon how the film approached the topic of scientifically accurate vs. fictionally exciting dinosaurs. A comprehensive list of scientific inaccuracies can be found at this dinosaur related website here. 

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, besides having a ridiculous name to type out every time, also had an interesting production history which we touched on a bit. A more in-depth look at the creation of the second film can be found here.

Michael Crichton’s website features tidbits of information on the second film, including comments from Michael Crichton himself before he passed in 2008.

Most  of our information on the third film can be seen in this review from Variety that appeared on their website in July of 2001.

The banner for this episode does not use the theatrical release poster for Jurassic Park, as the Back to the Future banner did. This is largely because it features a black background, which is really rather annoying when you need the poster to form a distinctive triangle. This alternate unused poster, created by famed movie poster artist John Alvin (who did the Indiana Jones and E.T. movie posters), was used instead.

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Episode 1.5: All Praise Zemeckis

Please lay your cameras at the feet of the all mighty Zemeckis statue.

So this is a rather interesting experiment. Like we said in the episode, we’re putting out these “.5” episodes that serve almost as an addendum to our episodes on the actual movie trilogies. So this week is a bit of a review/overview of We Don’t Need Roads, written by Caseen Gaines and originally published on June 23rd, 2015.

Check out the book (or not?) on Amazon.

Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White city is a historical novel that investigates both the building of the Chicago World’s Fair and the serial killer H.H. Holmes. You can find it on Amazon.

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Episode 1: Skateboard Rampage

I suppose it’s a hoverboard rampage in the future, right?

For the very first actual episode of Triple Play, Kiyan and Dylan did their second one day marathon of Back to the Future! Back to the Future is one of Dylan’s favorite movies, so it’s a good thing they started with it… It also happens to have it’s 30th anniversary this year! Today, July 3rd, happens to be exactly 30 years to the day that the first film premiered.

This was our first episode in this slightly more freeform style, and as such there are some minor errors committed throughout the episode. Below are some corrections, as well as some further information for anyone who is curious enough to want to know more about the Back to the Future trilogy.

Information on the genesis of Back to the Future and the origin of the movie can be found on the Making of Back to the Future Part 1 Documentary that is part of the DVD extras for the 25th anniversary edition of the film.

Here is some information on the earlier drafts of Back to the Future. The fourth revision of the script, which features a more brooding Marty and a different opening scene (which Dylan mistakenly identifies as the refrigerator script) can be read online over here.

A list of Alan Silvestri’s scores, including notes on all of his 15 collaborations with Robert Zemeckis can be found at wikipedia. It’s also worth it to note that while Zemeckis did ask for the more bombastic score, it was Spielberg who disliked the Romancing the Stone score, and not Zemeckis.

A discussion on the casting of Eric Stoltz, and some brief footage of him as Marty can be found, once again, in the DVD extras from the 25th anniversary edition of the film. However, the New York Times has the short clip from the making of documentary hosted on their website.

Kiyan was correct, Christopher Lloyd was an actor in Star Trek III, on the recommendation of Leonard Nimoy. On the other hand, Skinhead turns out not to be the one who wears 3-d glasses.

Thomas F. Wilson did, in fact, play the 2015 version of Biff Tannen, according to IMDB.

Quite a bit of our information on the creation of the second and third films can be seen and expanded upon in Empire’s oral history of the franchise, which can be found over here.

For clarification the original theme is the one that is one of the most recognizable movie themes, not the westernized one in the third film. To hear the “westernized” version of the theme tune used in the third movie, you can click over to a youtube video over here. For comparison here is a link to the pretty recognizable regular version of the theme.

Very recently, Robert Zemeckis has stated that there will only be a reboot of Back to the Future… over his dead body. Thank goodness for that.

For anyone with a love of point and clicks, or TellTale games, or just Back to the Future in general, you can find the Back to the Future video game at TellTale’s official website here.

The Back to the Future musical was announced back in 2014, (you can read a press release here on the BBC website) and was (and probably still is) planned to premiere on London’s West End this year, for the 30th anniversary of the film.

For an extension of what we’ve discussed in this podcast, and an obviously far more in-depth look at the making of Back to the Future , be sure to check out We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, which you can purchase on Amazon. Neither Kiyan nor Dylan have read it, but it’s definitely probably on one of their “to-read” lists.

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Episode 0: Back in the Day… 2 Years Ago

It’s been a long time coming, evidently.

Here, finally, in the flesh and bone, is the very first episode of our new show, Triple Play. We’ve been hinting and mentioning this show all the way back since Trust Your Doctor hit its 5th episode, which you can find over here.

Like we mention in the episode, we’re shooting to put out an episode every 2 months. What we didn’t mention is that after about a year we’ll probably step back and evaluate if the show is successful or not to move to a monthly release schedule, and if it is, well, then we’ll do that obviously. Until then, enjoy the current flow of episodes, and please recommend the show to your friends, as we think this podcast has a far wider reach than the obviously more specific Trust Your Doctor.

The intro and outro music is the Italian Girl in Algiers Overture, which was composed by Rossini.

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