O-Week – Black Panther and Preview Night!

Hi everyone,

At last, O-Week is upon us! The birds are singing, the sun is…actually hiding behind clouds at the moment but perhaps that will improve – and our O-Week stall is up and running! We’re in stall number QD22 (unsurprisingly, located in the quadrangle), feel free to swing by and say hello! We’ll be more than happy to answer questions about our upcoming screenings, the book club or just the general terrible whims of the Shadow Council for this year.

This week, we’ve got a royal welcome back planned with a much-anticipated Tuesday movie outing and a preview of our semester one schedule!

Friday:

For our first official screening of the year, we’re going to do something we haven’t done in a while – a preview night!

In a break from our usual format, we’ll be starting off at 5 with a bit of a meet and greet session – come along and get to know Spocksoc members new and old!

Then from 6pm, we’ll be showing the pilot episodes for four of the new shows we’re most excited about this year, before finishing up with a new (to us) episode of Star Trek Discovery!

We’ll be watching the following episodes (in roughly this order):
– The Orville, “Old Wounds” (Season 1 Episode 1)
– The Gifted, “eXposed” (Season 1 Episode 1)
– Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, “The Hood Maker” (Season 1 Episode 1)
– Altered Carbon, “Out of the Past” (Season 1 Episode 1)
– Star Trek Discovery, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” (Season 1 Episode 8)

If you’ve been a member for a while but haven’t managed to make it to an event, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the kind of things we do (ie, watch ungodly amounts of television) and the kind of people we are (ie, friendly!)

We’re located in Rupert Myers for at least the first three weeks of this semester – located inside the carefully drawn circle in the image below – and as usual will be starting around 5pm, with a break for dinner around 7ish. Dinner is on us this week – come for the free pizza, stay for the people!

You can find the facebook event here.
 
What else is on?
 
On Tuesday, journey with us to the secluded nation of Wakanda (transport kindly provided by the Randwick Ritz), for the latest, greatest and most-anticipated entry in the MCU: Black Panther! We’ll be meeting at 6 for the 6:30pm session – find out more here.
 
Keep an eye on our facebook events page for info on upcoming screenings and events – our full semester 1 screening schedule is now available, along with outings for Tomb Raider,Pacific Rim: Uprising and A Wrinkle in Time!
 
Our next book club meeting is in two weeks – check out the facebook event for more info on our assigned book, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, along with a guide to where you can buy it. 
 
We look forward to seeing you this week,
Jenn

Summer Screening 12 – Young Justice Season 1 Part 2

Hi everyone,

With only one week left until the semester begins, we’re making a heroic effort to avoid thinking about classes (and O-Week prep…) with this week’s screening!

Friday

For our final summer screening, we’re returning to the animated DC-verse for a second serving of Young Justice! When last we left our teenaged super-team, they’d survived encounters with everyone from the Joker to Sportsmaster, and are well on their way to an encounter with Big Bad organisation The Light.

Will the teens put aside their personal issues in time to defeat evil? What exactly is Artemis’ secret? Exactly how long is Superman going to avoid interacting with Connor? And will Robin ever managed to make “whelmed” happen?

The answers to all these questions and more might be answered in Friday’s screening, where we will be finishing off season one of Young Justice, starting from episode fifteen. As always (and for the last time before we transfer to Rupert Myers for our semester one screenings), we’ll be starting around 5ish in the Macauley Theatre, aka Quad 1027. Add the facebook event to your calendar here!

What else is on?

Black Panther is almost upon us! Our official outing will fall during O-Week next Tuesday ($8 student tickets! Tell your friends!), but if you cannot contain your excitement, the Ritz is running a special preview screening on Wednesday! More info on that can be found here, and the facebook event for our Tuesday outing is here.

After our Black Panther screening, we’ll be switching our regular movie night to Mondays to take advantage of the Ritz’ $6 Student Mondays promotion. Adjust your calendars accordingly!

The votes are in: our March selection for Book Club is The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss! Check out the facebook event for info about the book and a list of places you can buy it!

As always, keep an eye on our events page on facebook for the most up-to-date information about upcoming screenings and other events!

We look forward to seeing you this week,
Jenn

Summer Screening 9 – Farscape Season 4 Part 2

Hi everyone,

This week, we’re vaguely commemorating the public holiday (while avoiding thinking about what said holiday actually celebrates) and going to the movies!

Friday

This Friday, we’re tipping our hat to Australia/Invasion Day with another screening of what was, until the advent of Cleverman, our country’s most recent contribution to SFF TV: Farscape.

We’re continuing on with season four this week, starting from episode 7. Join us from 5pm in the Macauley Theatre (aka Quad 1027). Facebook event is here.

What else is on?

Tomorrow we’ll be descending on the Ritz to see Guillermo del Toro’s latest (and award-winning!) masterpiece, Grinding Nemo The Shape of Water. Facebook event is here.

Keep an eye on our facebook events page for the latest scoop on upcoming events, including screenings, movie outings and book club events.

Speaking of book club, we’re reading Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns this month! Check out the facebook event for more information, including a list of links to places you can buy the book.

We look forward to seeing you this week,

Jenn

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