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Episode 90: Station Eleven, Part Two

In this episode, Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates — once again — Station Eleven, the post-apocalyptic fiction limited series created by Patrick Somerville based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel. A post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, Station Eleven tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. Throughout this episode hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson dissect the differences between Emily St. John Mandel's deeply affecting novel and Patrick Sommerville's aggressive, impressive adaptation. They applaud how Mandel's work stimulates readers to celebrate all the technological marvels that they are gifted with today, as her potent novel displays clearly what it would be like if they are all taken away. They discuss what might be next for the Station Eleven Universe, the brilliant team behind the television series, Star Trek's connection to Station Eleven, and so much more.


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Episode 100: Elvis

This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal journeys to Graceland to commemorate Elvis, the 2022 biographical musical drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner. The film follows the life of rock and roll icon, singer, and actor Elvis Presley, told from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It stars Austin Butler in the title role with Tom Hanks as Parker, while Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh co-star. Elvis has grossed $285.8 million worldwide against its $85 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing music biopic of all-time behind Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and the fourth-highest-grossing Australian-produced film. Butler's performance garnered widespread acclaim, while the film's costume and production designs as well as musical sequences received positive reviews. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and River Jordan celebrate the spectacles that are Baz Luhrmann's films. They discuss Tom Hanks polarizing portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker while hailing the astounding performance of Austin Butler as Elvis Presley. They talk about what Elvis says about America's longstanding problems with racism, puritism, and homophobia, how biopics can often be predictable and repetitive, Elvis's impact on America and American music, and so much more. Join in as a lifelong Elvis fan and a fledgling admirer celebrate the "King of Rock N' Roll."