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Alien: Echo Review – AvP Galaxy Podcast #91

We have just uploaded the 91st episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Our latest episode sees regular hosts Corporal Hicks and RidgeTop joined by community guest Shevvie to breakdown and discuss Alien: Echo, Alien’s first foray into the Young Adult genre by Mira Grant.

 Alien: Echo Review - AvP Galaxy Podcast #91

We breakdown the plot of the book and talk in detail about the things we loved in the book and the things we weren’t keen on. We talk about how Alien adapts to Young Adult and whether that means the book lacks in violence (it doesn’t. At all).

We discuss Olivia Shipp, a new recurring character introduced in this book that is set to re-appear in Aliens: Colonial Marines – Rising Threat and Cold Iron Studio’s new Alien game, how it’s possible to hate a child as much as RidgeTop hates Michel, and plenty more!

There’s a quick point where we’re unsure whether Sebestian was Katherine’s or John’s brother, and he’s Katherine’s. Later this month we’ll be sharing an interview with Seanan McGuire, the author of Alien: Echo!

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Comments: 39
  1. RidgeTop
    Glad to see the comments from those who enjoyed the interview, seeing that kind of feedback is what keeps us motivated.

    Really enjoyed talking with McGuire and I hope she gets more gigs for the franchises in the future.
  2. Hudson
    Nice interview on the podcast.

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    But I'm also a little scared it didn't end up in here because that's what they want to do!

    Not that I know of.  I read one treatment with the xenodroid, said 'yeah, I'm not sure about this', then the next thing 'don't worry about it we're not going with it'.

    I'm not going to say it's the worst idea I've ever heard of in the franchise, because worse ideas have already been executed, but her enthusiasm for this android xenomorph was kind of hilarious when she was also insistent on the verisimilitude of animal biology w/r/t this franchise because she studied reptiles and amphibians. Seemed to be quite a double standard. "The Aliens don't eat" is a pretty stupid remark for an Fox exec/editor to make at this point, considering Alien 3 and AvPR directly show scenes of it happening (as does the EU on multiple occasions), but like...Prometheus and Covenant have made it pretty clear that this franchise is not concerned with the science of real biology.
  3. SM
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    But I'm also a little scared it didn't end up in here because that's what they want to do!

    Not that I know of.  I read one treatment with the xenodroid, said 'yeah, I'm not sure about this', then the next thing 'don't worry about it we're not going with it'.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    And yeah, I would take issue with an Alien that came from an android, though I wouldn't flip out over it if it was a very organic android leaning more towards replicants,

    Because of how much I fear Ridey having an Alien burst out of David, and that being where the classic design comes from, I was glad it didn't end up in here as a precedence. But I'm also a little scared it didn't end up in here because that's what they want to do!

    Really enjoyed the interview, thanks guys for making it happen. The author seems great, liked her approach and attitude about all of this. I'd definitely want to see her again and write a sequel.

    Thanks, Collating! Glad you're enjoying! I'd love to see Seanan back and pick up those threads she laid down.
  5. Still Collating...
    Really enjoyed the interview, thanks guys for making it happen. The author seems great, liked her approach and attitude about all of this. I'd definitely want to see her again and write a sequel. I do feel bad that she got no input into Olivia's later appearances. Whatever plans Fox has for Olivia, the first impression and likability of a character was thanks to the author. I really hope she get's a chance to return. For a character that's going to be in so many entries, her author that made a great first impression with Olivia's portrayal, shouldn't be just a one-off.

    And yeah, I would take issue with an Alien that came from an android, though I wouldn't flip out over it if it was a very organic android leaning more towards replicants, but I did like how she fought Fox when it came to biology. Aliens MAYBE don't need to eat to survive when they're adults, but Olivia doesn't know that and for any crazy growth a creature needs to consume matter to do it.
  6. Miguel
    In which year (or years) is the novel chronologically located? I don't know if it appears somewhere and I would like to know more or less before reading it. Thanks!

    PS: Avoid spoilers, please.
  7. Aaron
    Great episode guys, I also loved the cold forge but this book was still well done and think you guys were very fair in talking about it. To me it felt like Dawson's Creek meets Aliens haha, but if it's done well, then what's wrong with that. Let many flowers bloom.
  8. RidgeTop
    Very comprehensive podcast! Great job! RidgeTop taking me back to 6th grade with the Paul Zindel reference (I not only read “Raptor”, but also “Loch”, and “The Doom Stone” haha). Looking forward to the interview with Mira Grant.

    Ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed that book. Haven't read any of Zindel's others but I really should. Glad you enjoyed the episode.

    Thanks all! I'm glad everyone is enjoying (and convinced some of you to actually pick up a copy).

    Was Raptor the one where a kid finds a dinosaur egg in Utah or something? I think I may have actually read that when I started secondary school.

    Yep, takes place in my home state. I need to read it again as I remember it being a really engaging one.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Thanks all! I'm glad everyone is enjoying (and convinced some of you to actually pick up a copy).

    Was Raptor the one where a kid finds a dinosaur egg in Utah or something? I think I may have actually read that when I started secondary school.
  10. Xiggz456
    Very comprehensive podcast! Great job! RidgeTop taking me back to 6th grade with the Paul Zindel reference (I not only read “Raptor”, but also “Loch”, and “The Doom Stone” haha). Looking forward to the interview with Mira Grant.
  11. Still Collating...
    Prime review :P really wanted to see what you guys thought about this. Glad you liked it as well. All the things that bothered you I noticed too, but I got over it quickly cause it just felt realistic to me as to how the characters acted, at least compared to my teen years and my friends at the time.

    And yeah, screw Michael.
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