Interstellar may not be a great film—then again, it might be—but it does cut to the heart of quite a few of the themes we regularly hit on here at Motherboard: Space colonization, ecological collapse, near and far future dystopias, theoretical physics, the enduring power of love. Maybe not so much that last one, but you get the picture.
In fact, when a bunch of we Motherboarders started talking about it, we couldn’t stop.
Some of us absolutely loved it, others thought it was trash, and some of us wondered if whether it was any good or not was even important. In any case, a spirited discussion about its many facets broke out, one we thought should probably be recorded—you’d be hard pressed to find a better topic to launch a Motherboard podcast with.
So, yesterday, our senior editor and sci-fi aficionado Brian Merchant, futures editor and globe-trotting YACHTer Claire Evans, supervising producer and resident movie buff Chris O’Coin, and staff writer and science hawk Jason Koebler sat down and recorded Motherboard’s very first podcast to discuss all things Interstellar: What it says about our culture (and our sense of impending doom), whether the scenarios it explores are actually realistic and grounded in scientific thinking, and, of course, whether it’s worth seeing.
In other words, join us! We’re going to be doing these Motherboard podcasts (the staff vetoed Brian’s push to call them Mothercasts) more regularly here on out, so let us know what you think in the comments, on Facebook, etc, you know the drill: Let’s talk about the future.