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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 32 “The Quiet Earth”

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 by | 0 comments

Nat, Cody, and Robert have delved into a few little known gems in the past, and we’re pleased to add 1985’s THE QUIET EARTH by Geoff Murphy to that list. It’s a quasi-remake of THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL, which we covered all the way back in Episode 8, but with its own unique spin and willingness to sidestep some of the traps that the earlier film fell into.

Bruno Lawrence’s Zac Hobson awakens to a deserted world and wanders around this purgatory looking for some other soul in this lonely existence. We have a lot to say about the film, especially as we’re not inclined to just take it at face value. The concept of purgatory comes up in the discussion. Guilt and atonement also. We talk about the essential New Zealand-ness of the film including Maori natives, Peter Jackson, and Taika Waititi and how they fit in with Zac Murphy.

And then we get around to the ambiguous ending, where we ponder what is really going on in the film, including competing theories. Dante’s Divine Comedy comes up, but also theories on parallel worlds, and how definitively we can take characters’ statements on what we think is going on. April has been a particularly religious month at Still Watching the Skies and THE QUIET EARTH fits into that theme nicely.

It would be a full episode just discussing THE QUIET EARTH, but in response to last month’s episode on THX 1138 we open our mailbag for a listener request to rank the films of George Lucas, which we’re more than happy to do. We also rank the various STAR WARS films for good measure.

Finally, Cody shares his thoughts on GHOST IN THE SHELL while it’s still in theaters. Cody, is quite familiar with the original movie and television series, so he tells us how it compares or doesn’t to those versions and some general non-spoilery talk.

So don’t wander around aimlessly, give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Next month, we stick with the year 1985 and Tobe Hooper’s LIFEFORCE. Naked space vampires from writer Dan O’Bannon seems like an easy source of entertainment. We’ll have to see if that premise can maintain itself for a feature length movie and Tobe Hooper has had many highs and lows in his career.


Robert Reineke
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