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March 16, 2022

Special Report: Alien Nation (1988)

Special Guests: Graham Baker, Rockne S. O'Bannon, Peter Jason
Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Stewart, Cecil Trachenberg

On this special episode we’re looking at the 1988 film from Graham Baker, Alien Nation. When an alien ship comes to America, depositing a quarter of a million “newcomers” who try to live out the American dream. Among them is Detective Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin). He’s partnered with specist cop Matthew Skyes (James Caan). Together, the two of them solve a mystery that may jeopardize the human and newcomer relations forever.

Cecil Trachenberg and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the film, TV show, and other similar buddy cop films. Interviews include director Baker, screenwriter , and star Peter Jason.

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  1. I remember Mandy Patinkin being interviewed on one of the morning shows (TODAY, I think) promoting the movie and he told this anecdote about trying to find the depths & nuances of the character and Caan saying, "YOU'RE A POTATOHEAD!"

  2. Great episode, especially the interviews, just wish you covered the show a bit more.