Childhood’s End 1 – The Overlords

I think we should rename ourselves to Podcasting Overlords.

Isn’t it weird how the word “lord” is used in a lot of sci-fi? Like Time Lords… Overlords… Lords of Time…. lords… Look this was a way better point when I started this sentence than when I finished it. So you’re just going to have to pretend to agree with me. It’s The Overlords, written by Matthew Graham and aired on December 14, 2015.


Show-notes:
1:10: Get your own copy of the book here, at Barnes and Noble. For once I decided not to link amazon. (Editor’s note: Get it at a local bookstore.)
1:48: Xenogears is an rpg… or something. It’s also the subject matter of the best text-based let’s play ever made. By the way, the English translation for the game (impressively completed by translator Richard Honeywood) changes “Karellen” to “Krelian.” Maybe Honeywood didn’t get the reference? Could just be some sort of error as the English script also misrepresents the character name “Myyah” as “Miang.”
3:14: I’ve actually struggled to find an actual text quote of Kurt Vonnegut saying this, but to be fair I’ve struggled to find Vonnegut saying anything about Arthur C. Clarke even though they were well acquainted.
12:16: Arthur C. Clarke refers to “President Bush [senior]” in his introduction. Interestingly he also refers to the TV show V, which will get mentioned later in this podcast, in the same introduction as being a perfectly acceptable (to him) adaptation of Childhood’s End.
18:44: Check out our first episode on the Prisoner (2009).
21:25: A lot of my information on the behind the scenes “creation of” Childhood’s End is coming from this article here.
22:40: And the second article I’m referring to is this Rolling Stone article, which has much of the same information.
26:40: We have regretfully watched The Da Vinci Code and its sequels for our (also regretful) movie trilogy podcast Triple Play: A Movie Trilogy Podcast.
27:22: If you go and listen to our episodes on The Prisoner (2009) you can hear some of this confusion, especially towards the end of the season.
28:00 We have equally regretfully covered the Space Pirates (Doctor Who) on our Doctor Who Podcast, Trust Your Doctor: A Doctor Who Podcast. Multiple times.
31:30: Fully synthetic plastic was actually invented as early as 1907.
40:25: Torchwood’s Children of Earth. Good times. Not regretful at all. We watched it on Trust Your Doctor: A Doctor Who Podcast, our Doctor Who podcast. Check out the first episode of it if it strikes your fancy.
49:35: Dylan said this because this was a reference to our Eve of the Daleks episode on Trust Your Doctor: A Doctor Who Podcast, our Doctor Who podcast.
58:30: Daisy.
1:23:30: I don’t know how I forgot this, but the quote is from The Last Jedi, it’s Yoda talking to Luke.
1:25:33: Her name is Jennifer Anne.
1:44:44: We have also regretfully watched Alien 3 on Triple Play: A Movie Trilogy Podcast, our movie trilogy podcast.


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