THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 22: Independence Day Resurgence – LIVE!

tsfp-id4rWelcome to The SciFi Podcasta wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things Science Fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, Brain, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

It’s been 20 years since aliens landed on Earth and picked a fight with Will Smith and the rest of the human species, and since our victory they’ve been plotting and scheming on returning to our planet to finish the job they started in the 90s. Does humanity prevail? Is a Will Smith-less cast strong enough to hold up such a huge sequel? Did you like this movie or not? Let us know in the comments section.

Theme music courtesy of I Hear Sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of I Hear Sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production and artwork by William Solo Jr., and Mattroid.
Show Notes:

This episode was recorded live from JCW’s restaurant in Lehi, Utah. No edits were made in the content, and for that, we’re somewhat sorry. The episode is brought to you by Audible; get a free 30-day trial at and have a blast.

Ratings and Recommendations:

Mattroid – 2, Don’t see it
Solo – 2.5, Don’t see it
Brain – 1, Don’t see it
Station! – 4, watch it once

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23 thoughts on “THE SCI-FI PODCAST EP 22: Independence Day Resurgence – LIVE!

          • That’s not a very nice thing to say.

            But even if it was true, why don’t you give me a helpful suggestion instead of being such a dick about it.

            • K…

              For starts, maybe you could be a little less jokey and be more analytical about the movies you’re reviewing.

              And overall stopping such a cinema prude!

                    • Sorry guys. It does seem like I haven’t commented on here forever, but it is kind of your fault. Your release schedule is so random that it’s hard for me to keep up. Another thing is that since I started using Stitcher, I don’t visit the site as often, so my activity on the boards (across all movie podcast network sites) has gone drastically down. But don’t fret, I’m still listening and I’ll make an effort to be more active on here. I wouldn’t want Solo to kill himself anytime soon 😉

                    • Hey Juan,

                      I heard you are going to be at Sundance this year…

                      I’ll make sure to see if I can go with Josh to meet up with you.

                    • Let’s keep this going to see how thin it gets!

                      Solo, yes, I’m 94.3% that I’ll be attending Sundance. It would be awesome to get to know you. I know Josh said he was attending and I think there are a few other listeners planning to attend. It should be a great time. Now, when you say this year, you mean Sundance 2017 in January next year, right?

  1. I am still here…HUGS UBER TIGHT!!! I enjoyed the show and I agree with everything that was said…the more I think about it the worse the movie becomes…At the end of the movie I was like…they couldn’t have jumped the megalodon more if they tried…Not that I have anything against Jeff Goldblum saving the entire universe…

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  3. So I posted the review below over at MPW, but I thought I’d repost here because I think you guys were just as hard on the movie as the MPW gang was. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts:

    I feel like the gang has been particularly hard on some movies that didn’t deserve such abysmal scores. Resurgence was not a great movie, but it wasn’t a complete turd imho. There were a lot of contrivances, plot holes, and weird decisions on top of the movie just not being a great story or it having compelling characters, BUT there was definitely potential for a great and serious sci-fi movie that might just exist on a different dimension. I caught some themes, ideas and visual cues that prompted greatness.


    The incorporation of new technology to advance our own was a great idea that wasn’t used to its full potential. We saw instances of new technology but it was never fully realized because most of what we saw was only applied to weapon-based objects like ships and guns, but somehow cars were still the same. A little more consistency would’ve gone a long way.

    The idea of a world united by war was a very interesting idea that was only briefly talked about, but never developed. We saw glimpses of this in the diversity of some of the cast and the use of other languages other than English in some scenes, but it never went anywhere. There was a really brief scene where one of the characters gets a carton of milk from a vending machine and when we see the product up-close the writing is all in Asian characters. It was almost reminiscent of something out of Blade Runner. It’s these types of details, of which we don’t see many, that could have potentially created a rich, diverse, and cohesive world. Of course, the world building was lacking at best, but I at least appreciated the little efforts here and there.

    Resurgence isn’t a great movie, but it’s worth seeing once. Too much action, too many ideas that are never fully realized, too many characters. Avoid only, if you rather not see old characters being tragically mishandled.


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