Stuvac – Legion Season 1 Part 2 & Star Trek Discovery Season 1 Part 1

Hi everyone,

With the semester now behind us (let’s not think about exams right now), we have one more week of regular programming before our summer schedule starts – and we’re ending our regular 2017 screenings with a bang!

Wednesday

On Wednesday, we continue our journey through the mind of David Haller in the X-Men spin-off Legion!

We’ll be finishing off season one with the final four episodes, starting from episode five. As always, we’ll be in Civil Engineering Room 109 for one last Wednesday screening! Facebook event is here.

Friday

It’s been over ten years, but Star Trek is finally back on our TV screens! (or whatever screen you use to watch your preferred streaming service) It’s been an agonising wait, but Spocksoc are ready to once more boldly go where no UNSW club has gone before and run our very first screening of Star Trek: Discovery!

If you’ve been living in the Gamma Quadrant and have somehow not obsessively pored over every single detail of the show, here’s a summary from IMDB:

“Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.”

It’s new, it’s shiny and it’s already been renewed for a second season! Are you excited? I’m so excitedThere are not enough italics in the world to convey how excited I am.

We’ll be watching the first seven episodes of Discovery‘s first season, starting as always around 5pm-ish in Civil Engineering G1. Whether you’ve already watched every available episode ten times or are yet to live long, prosper and let Trek into your life, what better way to watch (or rewatch) the newest installment than with UNSW’s biggest Star Trek fans? Add the facebook event to your calendar here.

What else is on?
On Tuesday we’ll be watching a movie full of colourful costumes, trickery and treats – perfect for Hallowe’en. It’s Taika Waititi’s take on the MCU – Thor: Ragnarok! We’ll be attending the 6:30pm session at the Ritz – the Facebook event is here.
Our November Book Club meeting is only a week away! This month’s book is Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, and you’ve still got a week to read it! Find more information at thefacebook event.
Don’t forget to check our events page on facebook to make sure you’re up-to-date about all our screenings, movie outings and other events.
We look forward to seeing you this week,
Jenn

Semester 2, Week 10 – Legion Season 1 Part 1 and AGM/Trivia Night

Hi everyone,

The AGM and Trivia Night is this week! Among other things!
Wednesday
On Wednesday we’ll be screening Legion, Fox’s psychedelic first attempt at bringing the X-Men franchise to the small screen.
We’ll be screening the first four episodes of season one, starting around 5pm in Civil Engineering Room 109. Facebook event is here.
Friday
As you’ve probably heard, this Friday is our annual AGM and Trivia Night! We’d love to see as much of our membership as possible at this event, whether you’ve come to previous events this year or not.
Our agenda for the AGM is as follows:

1. Apologies

2. Examination of the minutes from the last meeting

3. Ben Koschnick to give the President’s report

4. Kathrin Bain to give the Treasurer’s report

5. Election of executive positions

5.1 Position of President
5.2 Position of Treasurer
5.3 Position of Secretary
5.4 Position of Arc Delegate
6. Other business

As I’ve said ad nauseum, the AGM is important for two reasons. One, it allows us to re-affiliate with Arc and keep functioning as a club; and two, it gives the exec, and general membership a chance to look back at this year’s activities and discuss the direction of the club for the next year. We’ll also be electing a new exec, so if you’re a current UNSW student and Arc member (and will continue to be next year) and would like to take a more active role in the running of the club, consider standing for a position!

Immediately following our AGM we’ll be running our annual trivia night. Come test your prowess against the best Spocksoc has to offer – every player wins a prize!
The AGM starts at 5pm sharp in Goldstein Room G09. Trivia will start once we finish up with the AGM. Facebook event is here.
What else is on?
We’re mixing it up a little this evening and seeing The Lego Ninjago Movie – event details are here.
More movie outings, screenings and other events can be found on our facebook page.
Our next book club meeting is less than a week away! There’s still time to grab a copy of In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan before the meeting next Wednesday – more information here.
We look forward to seeing you this week,
Jenn

Semester 2, Week 7 – Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Part 2 & The Flash Season 3 Part 3

Hi everyone,

This week, our DC TV binge continues with a double dose of superhero action!
Wednesday
On Wednesday we’re once again hurtling through time with the Legends of Tomorrow, this year’s surprising top contender for Most Improved DC Show.
Picking up where we left off after last semester’s massive crossover, our favourite ragtag gang of misfit heroes legends are facing off against the Legion of Doom, aka three of the hammiest most persistent leftover popular villains from across the Arrowverse: Damien Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn and the Reverse-Flash. Meanwhile, Martin Stein has managed to accidentally retcon himself a daughter, which will definitely not have consequences, and the revised team roster actually seems to be working out fairly well. Who knew?
Will they manage to defeat the Legion without irreparably screwing with time? (probably not) Will the writers ever stop low-key cribbing fromDoctor Who? (probably not, and honestly who can blame them) Will the team continue to thrive under Sara Lance’s leadership? (actually, the odds are pretty good on this one…)
Join us on Wednesday as we watch the next five episodes of season two, starting with episode eight. The fun starts at 5pm in CivEng Room 109, aiming to finish around 9pm. The facebook event is here.
Friday
The DC fun continues on Friday with this year’s final screening of The Flash!
In our concluding session of season three, we’ll finally discover the secrets of Savitar, find out if Barry and Iris will ever work out their relationship difficulties (granted, “I’m going to die in less than two months” is a pretty big difficulty), and more importantly, indulge ourselves with a crossover musical episode extravaganza/stealth Glee reunion! Featuring the uber-talented Darren Criss as the Music Meister and guest starring some of our favourite Supergirl characters (and Mon-El), it’s a friendly reminder that a hilariously large percentage of the supporting cast have serious Broadway chops even if they’re going to be hideously underused *insert musical theatre fan grumbling*.
We’ll be watching the final seven episodes of season three, starting with episode sixteen (which is the musical one, if anyone’s specifically looking to watch/avoid it). As always, we’re kicking off around 5pm in CivEng G1, with a dinner break around 7ish if we feel like it. Facebook event is here.
 
What else is on?
We’re having a bit of an unofficial non-sci-fi movie outing to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard tonight, but make sure to keep an eye on our event pagefor other upcoming screenings, book club meetings, outings and more!
Our next book club meeting approaches! Join us next week when we discuss the graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, along with anything else we’ve been reading! Details are here.
You guys, the AGM and Trivia Night is officially one month away! I am so excited! I hope you’re excited too! This paragraph has way too many exclamation marks and is starting to look a little crazy!
Seriously though, this is both our most important and our most fun event of the year. The Annual General Meeting is not only a requirement that allows us to keep running as an Arc-sanctioned club, it’s also a chance for YOU, our members, to face the Shadow Council and have your say about how the club is run. We’ll be electing a new exec, so if you’re both a current UNSW student and keen to get involved in the nitty-gritty details of keeping the club running, you should definitely come along and nominate yourself.
Then, once we’ve gotten all that out of the way, it’s nerd against nerd in a battle for SpockSoc Trivia Supremacy! (Basically a super-fun quiz about shows and movies we’ve seen this year, accompanied by a lot of excitable shouting about how the judges are being too pedantic/not pedantic enough. We have fun).

The AGM and Trivia Night will take place on Friday 5th of October starting from 5pm in Goldstein Room G09. We’d love it if all of your could make it – even if you haven’t been able to come to our events this year. Keep an eye on the event above for move information as things develop!

We look forward to seeing you this week,

Jenn

Week 5 – Orphan Black Season 5 Part 1 & Defenders Season 1

Hi everyone,

This week, we’re going to hang out with Clone Club and save New York from Sigourney Weaver!

Wednesday

On Wednesday, join us for the beginning of the end of Clone Club with the fifth and final season of Orphan Black!

Last time we checked in, things weren’t looking great for Team Leda. With Rachel once again ascendant as the face of the new, improved Neolution and Sarah languishing in the snow with a knife in her leg, will our favourite clones survive the coming storm?

Come along to our Wednesday screening and find out! We’ll be watching the first five episodes of season five, starting from 5pm in Civil Engineering Room 109. You can find a recap here and our facebook event is here.

Friday

On Friday, the heroes of the Marvel Netflix-verse make like the Avengers and get all teamed up in the much anticipated premiere of The Defenders!

THRILL as our four heroes join forces to create the largest pool of terrible life choices known to mankind save New York!
GASP as Claire proves once again that she’s the only character with her shit together!
CHEER as all your favourite characters (and Danny) share a screen for the first time!
and TRY TO STAY AWAKE as Spocksoc daringly attempts to watch all eight episodes in just six hours!
Yes, that’s right – we’re actually going Full Binge-Watch and attempting to get through the entire eight-episode season in just one session, because sleep is for the weak. To that end, we’ll be starting right on the dot of 5pm and won’t be stopping for a dinner break, so make sure you’ve gotten caloried up beforehand.
The all-out crossover action starts at 5pm in CivEng G1 and will continue until we finish the season or collapse from exhaustion, whichever comes first. Facebook event is here.
What else is on?
Our Dark Tower outing has been cancelled due to lack of interest, so our next official movie outing won’t be for another month! But never fear – the Ritz is running all kinds of fun events in the meantime, from their Harry Potter marathon this weekend, to the Studio Ghibli festival and Lord of the Rings marathons in September, so there’s not much chance of the Ritz forgetting our faces anytime soon.
Speaking of special events, we have an official, not-going-to-be-changed-again, date and location for our AGM and Trivia Night! Date is Friday 5th October (Week 10 in new money) in Goldstein G09. The AGM is at 5, trivia starts around 6, and it would be really awesome if you could all come to both. We have a facebook event here and more details will be forthcoming.
The book-loving denizens of the club have spoken – our September book is the stunning graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I am super excited to discuss this with all of you, so make sure you grab a  copy and come by our next meeting on September 13th – more details here.
And don’t forget to keep an eye on our events page for details of upcoming screenings, movie outings and more!
We look forward to seeing you this week,
Jenn

Week 10 – Emerald City Season 1 & Supergirl Season 2

Hi everyone,

It’s getting pretty cold outside as winter creeps toward us, so it’s no wonder we’re feeling a bit of an escapist urge at Spocksoc HQ (and it’s not just because cold weather makes the Shadow Council hungry). At this time of year, there’s nothing we like more than settling in with a show that can take us far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain…maybe even somewhere over the rainbow.

Wednesday

This Wednesday, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore with the first (and it appears, only) season of Emerald City. A “reimagining” of L. Frank Baum’s Oz series that is taking its cues from the books just as much as the 1939 movie, which is a refreshing change. It’s also describing itself as dark and gritty, which is…less so. There’s no room for the Lollipop Guild here.

Anyway! It does look gorgeous in a Game of Thrones-ish aesthetic kind of way, and stars Vincent D’Onofrio (aka the Kingpin from Daredevil) in an improbable wig as the The Wizard. While it has sadly been given the axe by NBC, that won’t stop us from enjoying it to the fullest.

Join us on Wednesday at 5pm-ish in the Rupert Myers Theatre for the first five episodes of season one. We’ll bring the heart if you furnish the brains and courage! You can find more details on facebook.


Friday

On Friday we return to National City for another session of Supergirl! So far this season Kara has faced everything from fratboyish Daxamites to the US President herself, and even managed to fit in a bit of crossover dimension-hopping. She also appears to be on a romantic collision course with Mon-El, which. Fine. Whatever. In more interesting romantic news, Maggie and Alex finally kissed, it was adorable, I nearly cried, etc etc.

But it’s not all sunshine and roses – the sinister Cadmus organisation and its leader Lillian Luthor are determined to purge Earth of alien influence. How will this affect Kara’s blossoming BFF-ery which should totally become romantic because their chemistry is amazing with Lillian’s daughter Lena? Only time will tell.

We’ll be starting with episode nine of season two (episode eight was sacrificed on the altar of the crossover gods) and watching about seven episodes. As always, the fun begins at 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a dinner break around 7ish. Questions? Our facebook event can be found here.

What else is on?

We have a ton of movie outings coming up, including one this very Tuesday! The racially charged horror-thriller Get Out has been impressing audiences overseas, and it’s finally our turn. Click here for all the details.

Don’t forget to check out the events section of our facebook group for more details on our upcoming movie outings, including Alien: Covenant, King Arthur, and Wonder Woman!

While you’re there, you can also find out more about this month’s Book Club – Redshirts by John Scalzi. There’s only a few weeks left until the next meeting, so you’d better get reading!

We look forward to seeing you this week,
Jenn

Week 5 – Book Club & Legends of Tomorrow Season 2


Hi everyone,

Wow, five weeks in already! I hope you’ve all had a chance to enjoy some of the beautiful weather we had this weekend, in between all the work and study.

This week, we’re going to read some books and fuck with the space-time continuum! Also I’m super-tired and forgot I’d run out of email buffer, so this email might be less of a novel than usual. Benefits!

 Wednesday

Yes, you’ve heard me talk about it for a solid two months, and now the day has finally arrived! The first meeting of the Spocksoc book club will take place on Wednesday – so if you haven’t finished the book you’ve got two days left.

(ok, more like one by the time this email goes out)

This month’s book is Sabriel by Garth Nix, a fun epic fantasy adventure with a touch of horror. We’ll be kicking off proceedings at 6pm in the Rupert Myers theatre – you can find the location on the map below:

Please feel free to swing by even if you haven’t finished the book. Check out our facebook event for more details, including how we’ll be selecting next month’s book!

 

 

Friday

On Friday, [something something space-time continuum something] with the fourth and final of our Merry Month of Arrowverse screenings: Legends of Tomorrow!

When last we left our time-travelling heroes, they’d somehow managed to defeat the Totally-Not-Time-Lords thanks in part to a heroic sacrifice by Captain Cold. We have yet to see if the team can survive without his effortless charisma. We also said a not-entirely-regretful goodbye to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, who having destroyed Vandal Savage, left the team to search for some better written storylines. Godspeed!
Now, the remnants of the team must confront a new player, who claims to have come back from their future to get his parents to hook up prevent their deaths. If you need a recap, one can be found here.

We’ll be starting from the beginning of season 2 and watching about seven episodes. As usual, we’ll start around 5pm at the Macauley Theatre and have a dinner break around 7pm. You find more information on facebook.

What else is on?

We’re back at the movies tomorrow night for Disney’s latest live-action endeavor: Beauty and the Beast! Meet us at the Ritz at 6pm for a night of music and creepy CGI furniture – more details on facebook here.

Finally, the deadline to sign up for the Japan trip is this week! If you haven’t already, drop our trip leaders James and Joel a line at Japan@spocksoc.org and make sure you come to the meeting next week – details here.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Jenn

 

Week 1 – Supergirl Season 2 + updates on Book Club and Japan!

Hi everyone,

With the excitement of O-Week over and done with, another year of Spocksoc begins! I’d like to extend a particularly warm welcome to our new members – congratulations on joining the best club on campus! – and a hearty welcome back all our returning members.

If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to check out our website and join our facebook and orgsync pages, so you can stay up to date. If you haven’t already, we’d also appreciate you filling out our intake survey.

Moving into a new phase of your life (starting uni, getting a new job, joining an awesome sci-fi club…) can always be a little daunting. And sure, it seems like getting superpowers would make it easier, but if TV has taught us anything, it’s that there’s always room for things to get more complicated. And with that awkward segue, let’s talk about this Friday’s screening – Supergirl!

This Friday, we’re kicking off what is basically our Mega Month of Superhero Nonsense with season two of Supergirl. When we last saw National City’s favourite superheroine, she’d managed to defeat an evil Kryptonian mindcontrol device (and the evil Kryptonians who came along with it), establish herself as more than Superman’s cousin, earn the respect of her boss and get the guy. Everything’s coming up Kara! But it wouldn’t be a modern TV show without a last-minute cliffhanger, because god forbid your audience stays loyal because they like the characters or something.

So! Who (or what) is in the mysterious pod that crash-landed? Will Kara be able to juggle her hero work alongside new responsibilites at CatCo? Is it possible for the show to top the cuteness overload of last season’s Flash crossover? Is J’onn J’onnz the best Space Dad ever? We just don’t know!

(well, unless you’ve been watching it week-to-week I guess. Such mystery!)

If you haven’t watched season 1, you can catch up with a recap at this link. Or just watch all 20 episodes before Friday – it’s not like you have important uni work to get started on!

After a brief flirtation with other locations last week, we’re back in trusty old Macauley Theatre (Quad 1027 in new money). It’s located on the upper level of the quad, at approximately the location of the totally elegant red splotch on the map below:

We’ll have our banner by the door. As always, we’ll start around 5pm with a dinner break for pizza around 7pm. You also find all these details on our facebook page here.

And now, in other news, we have so much other news!

First up, we have a movie outing tomorrow – join us at the Ritz at 7pm as we grit our teeth through a White Saviour narrative for the sake of some amazing action sequences in The Great Wall! You can find all the necessary info on our facebook page here.

True to form, we actually have a bunch of movie outings coming up – next week we return to the X-Men universe with Logan, then in a fortnight we’ll be travelling to Skull Island! There are many more to come: you can check them out on our event page here. More will be added as the Ritz confirms release dates!

Secondly, the first meeting of our Book Club will take place on Wednesday 29th March at 6pm! Our location: the Rupert Myers Theatre, located inside the artistically lopsided circle on this map:


Our first book will be Sabriel by Garth Nix, a fantasy classic with a touch of horror that made Nix a household name. Now, I know that you’ve probably all had to buy overpriced textbooks and have no room in your budgets for fun, so I have ordered twenty (20) copies of Sabriel which I will distribute on a first-come first-served basis at the screening this Friday! If they arrive on time, otherwise I will make other arrangements. This is only because it’s the first session, books will not be provided for any future sessions. My intention is to provide copies to people who are not able to afford their own, so if you’re able to buy/borrow a copy please feel free to do so. You can find a little more information here on our facebook page.

Thirdly, the first info night about our 2018 Japan trip will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 8th of March, room yet to be decided. If you’re thinking of joining the trip, this is your opportunity to find out more! We’ll be discussing everything from the dates to the itinerary to the cost (including fundraising), and if you have any ideas we’d love to hear them. Keep an eye on our facebook event for more information, including a confirmed location.

And with that I think I can bring this monstrous novel of an email to a close. We look forward to seeing you around this week!
Jenn

Summer Screening – Farscape Season 3

FarScapeHi everyone,

Where has the year gone? With only a few short weeks to go before we bid 2016 goodbye forever (and good riddance), we’re going to wrap up our regular screenings with an old favourite.

This week, we travel back to the far-off days of the early 2000s to enjoy the weird, wonderful, occasionally Muppet-y, even more occasionally Australian Farscape! We’ll be starting from episode 2 of season 3. And yes, I’m pretty sure that’s where we’re up to this time.

Over the course of the last couple of seasons, intrepid astronaut John Crichton has been kidnapped, drugged, assaulted by Peacekeepers, assaulted by various aliens of the week, drugged again, forcibly engaged, frozen in totally-not-carbonite, kidnapped again, drugged once more for good measure, had his mind invaded by everyone from higher-order beings to more Peacekeepers, mentally traveled through time, actually traveled through time and suffered a wide variety of head injuries.

Honestly, it’s a miracle he’s still standing, and the fun certainly isn’t over yet. For a recap of all the other times Crichton’s had something awful happen to him, check out the link below:
http://farscape.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Episodes

As per usual, we’ll be kicking off at about 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a pizza run for dinner around 7ish.

You may have also noticed that we have a movie outing coming up! Keeping up with the Non-Skywalkers Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t even a fortnight away, and we’re teaming up with Vadersoc for a midnight screening! You can find all the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/574035582789720/

If not even the finest Jedi meditation techniques can help you make it to midnight (or you just want some company while you rewatch the movie for the umpteenth time in five days) we have a regular Tuesday night outing here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/721373238020382/

Don’t forget that next week is our Christmas Party and official last screening of the year!

Hope to see you on Friday,
Jenn

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Exam Period screening – Babylon 5 Season 2

Babylon 5 StationHi everyone,

A lot has happened in the past week, and many of you might be feeling helpless, or disheartened, or just plain upset and angry. You’ve probably read a lot of words about it, and I don’t really want to add any more. So I’ll just say this: it is not the end. Right now, it feels like humanity has taken a collective step back, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about human beings it’s that we are tenacious bastards. We might not be directly affected by the events of last Wednesday. We might not even know anyone who is. But that doesn’t mean we can’t offer help and support for the next four years and beyond. And keep fighting for that future we know is just around the corner.

*steps off soapbox*

It’s become a Spocksoc tradition to run some more old-school programming in the summer and winter breaks, and we’re certainly not making an exception this summer. This Friday, we’re continuing our rewatch of the 90s classic Babylon 5.

Babylon 5 is set on the eponymous station, a multi-species centre for trade, diplomacy and the accompanying amount of nefarious scheming, watched over by the humans of the Earth Alliance.

There’s a lot going on in this show, and we’re starting this session from episode 17 of season 2, which I swear is not a deliberate attempt to be difficult. If you’ve never watched B5 before (and you miraculously have free time this week), I’d definitely urge you to watch a few episodes or the entire first season and most of the second, after all sleep is for the weak and this show is worth it in order to get up to speed. Otherwise, you can find summaries of the first and second seasons here and here.

As per usual, we’ll be kicking off at about 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a pizza run for dinner around 7ish.

We also have not one, but two movie outings this week. On Tuesday, Amy Adams attempts to unravel an alien language, save humanity and score an Oscar nomination in Arrival:
https://www.facebook.com/events/845497935587298/

Then on Wednesday night Eddie Redmayne leads us back into the Wizarding World with a special midnight screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1808069939451269/

Of course if you value your sleep there will be a regular screening of Fantastic Beasts next Tuesday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/910799725686613/

We hope to see you there this week,
Jenn

Spocksoc is proudly supported by Arc

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Exam Period Screening – Grimm Season 5

GrimmHi everyone,

Exam season is upon us, bringing a faint chill to even the warmest of late spring days. As you fight with formulae, struggle with sources, and pray you’ve taken all the right notes in class, know that in this dark time, Spocksoc will continue to be there for you. If by some miracle you have a spare few hours this week, come on down to our Friday screening, where we’ll be watching the Wesen-tastic Grimm!

In this, the last of our ‘mainstream’ screening sessions before switch into old-school mode for the break, we’ll be wrapping up season five of Grimm, from episode 15 onward. When last we checked in on our favourite Portland residents, they’d finally, finally managed to get around to resolving that bloody Templar Keys plotline that’s only taken four and half seasons to get somewhere. Now they have a magic stick, so we’ll see how that works out. Also, Renard’s playing politics, Adalind and Nick are still Attempting Domesticity (good luck with that, guys) and something dreadful may have happened to Wu. Again. A recap of all the fun and games can be found here:
http://grimm.wikia.com/wiki/Season_5

As per usual, we’ll be kicking off at about 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a pizza run for dinner around 7ish. . Please be aware that we have eight episodes to get through rather than the usual seven, and thus will be starting right on the dot of five.

We also have some movie outings coming up! Arrival is this year’s Thoughtful Sci-Fi Blockbuster and features Amy Adams as a linguistics professor dealing with a first contact situation. We’ll be seeing it on the 15th November, details are here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/845497935587298/

If one movie per week isn’t enough for you, we’ve got a midnight screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the very next day! Click the magic link to find out more:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1808069939451269/

If you can’t make the midnight screening (or would like to watch the movie again without sleep deprivation blurring the experience), we have a regular Tuesday outing coming up on the 22nd, and you can check on the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/910799725686613/
Hope to see you all this week!
Jenn