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

Semester 2, Week 10 – AGM and Trivia Night

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable mid-sem break and long weekend with the sporting event/Netflix binge/three-day nap of your choice. As we press our noses inexorably to the grindstone of uni work once again, take heart! For at the end of the tunnel that is the working week sits the light that is Friday, and with it, Spocksoc.

This week, of course, we’re taking a break from TV-land and spending the evening in the real world. Yes, you’ve been harassed about it for weeks, and now it’s finally here: it’s the AGM and Trivia Night!

I’ve said it like three times now, but I’ll say it again: the AGM is the single most important date in Spocksoc’s calendar (well, outside of things like movie premiere dates…). If we don’t hold an AGM, we don’t get to re-affiliate with Arc, and if we don’t re-affiliate with Arc, then I won’t be able to send out any more of these emails. And you’d really miss the emails, wouldn’t you?

Aside from ensuring our continued existence, this is a great opportunity for the entire membership to sit down and discuss the direction of the club for another year. What shows should we watch? What other events should we hold? How many Funko dolls should we decorate the O-Week stall with?* We’ll also be electing a new exec, so if you feel like taking a stab at absolute power**, come along and put your name down.

Please find below a copy of the agenda and list of open exec positions:

Agenda for the 2016 Spocksoc Annual General Meeting

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
5.5 Position of Vice President

6. Other business

Once the dust settles from the AGM and all the unsuccessful exec candidates have been cleared away, the Trivia Night begins! Our tireless exec have been slaving for weeks to create a veritable wealth of diabolical questions and games designed to test our geeky knowledge. Think of it as the Spocksoc final exam, but instead of a grade, there’ll be fabulous prizes and a lot of excitable shouting about how the judges are being too pedantic/not pedantic enough. Forgive us, we don’t get out much.

I’m also pleased to announce that the Ritz have generously provided us with double-passes to each of their Sci-Fi Film Festival screenings (more details on that below) which we will be giving out on the night.

The fun kicks off at 5pm on Friday in Colombo LG02, which is apparently somewhere in the vicinity of the Goldstein building. Don’t worry if you get lost, I’ll probably be right there with you.

*the answer to that is all of them

**actual absoluteness of power may vary according to the will of the Shadow council

If that all sounds so exciting that you simply can’t wait til Friday to hang out with us, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Tonight Spocksoc will once again descend upon the Ritz cinema, this time to watch a movie about a mysterious school full of gifted children, run by a British actor who’s probably better than this, let’s face it. No, it’s not an encore screening of X-Men – it’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Pertinent details can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1591835804451448/

And finally (yes, we’re almost at the end of email, I promise), once again I’d like to remind you that the Ritz are running their first (hopefully) annual Sci-Fi Film Festival from the 19th to the 23rd of October. They’ve got a great line-up, including a double feature of For the Love of Spock and The Wrath of Khan – what could possibly be cooler than that? Tickets are now on sale, so make sure to grab them while you can!
http://www.ritzcinema.com.au/Promotion/The-2016-Sci-fi-Film-Festival

We hope to see you all on Friday,
Jenn

Week 10 – AGM & Trivia Night

Hi Everyone!

I hope your mid-semester break is giving you plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation (by which we mean sci-fi marathons). We have something special planned for you next week: Our AGM, followed by a trivia night. On the 9th of October, next Friday, Spocksoc will be holding our 2015 Annual General Meeting at 5pm. Please note that the location has changed to QUADG052

We’re hoping to get the AGM underway as soon as possible, so we have as much time as possible for our Annual Trivia Night. We will also be voting for our club executive for the next 12 months, so try your luck! The AGM is important for us to remain an Arc Club, and we need at least 15 Arc Members to attend to remain affiliated, so even if you can’t stay for trivia come have a say in the club’s future.
After our AGM, we will hold our trivia night. Aside from the opportunity to test and share your knowledge of the shows we’ve been watching this year, and the weird world of sci-fi and fantasy in general, did we mention the prizes?

We hope to see you there, it should be loads of fun!
Ben Koschnick

Spocksoc Christmas Screening

SpockSoc XMasHello everyone!

This week, we’ll be having our last screening of the year, and celebrating Christmas in our own special way. This Friday, join us as we watch a few sc-fi and fantasy themed Christmas episodes and movies, including:
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Do You See What I See (Eureka)
A Very Supernatural Christmas (Supernatural)
Xmas Story (Futurama)
Secret Santa (Warehouse 13)
Lexmas (Smallville)
For those who signed up to Secret Santa, we will also be exchanging gifts!

We’ll be meeting in Macauley at 5 p.m. and having Pizza at around 7 p.m.

The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/548535828611100/

Merry Christmas!
Sarah

0 Week Events

Hello once again,

Just a friendly reminder that Spocksoc is running a O-Week stall all week  for members to sign up for 2014. Remember that being a 2013 member does not mean you will be a member in 2014: you will need to sign in again. The stall will be running from 9-4 today, Thursday and Friday in the Quad, so keep your eyes out for Commander Spock. We will also be signing people at our O-week events.
Speaking of which, we have two big events happening to finish O-week. On Friday morning from 10am onwards we will be showing Star Trek: Into Darkness, followed by Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan in the O-week Cinema.
Later, from 3:30pm we are showing the second half of our Star Wars Marathon: Episodes 2, 3 and 6. Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, Obi-wan has been training Anakan Skywalker as a Jedi. Meanwhile a large number of star systems have splinted off from the Galactic Republic and formed a galactic confederacy of their own, led by a ex-Jedi Knight, Count Dooku. Meanwhile, after the fateful events on Bespin, Luke Skywalker must save his frozen friend from the clutches of the notorious criminal, Jabba the Hutt, even as he prepares for his next encounter with his father.
If you can’t make it at all this week and want to be a part of Spocksoc for 2014, contact me about organizing a better time for you. Until next time, live long and may the force be with you (sigh)
Ben

Week 11: Trivia Night and AGM

ARC_UNSW_logoI hope you’re all having a good week, and that your semesters are wrapping up nicely! This Friday we’ve got something special on- instead of meeting in Macauley, we’ll be meeting in the Marsh Room on the first floor of the Roundhouse for our AGM and trivia night!

The plan is as follows: We’ll be meeting at 5:00, as usual, and starting the AGM as soon as possible. We’ll be voting on the new exec for next year- all positions are open, so if you’re interested, don’t be afraid to put your hand up!

The AGM is also essential for us to remain an ARC club. For the meeting to be legitimate, we need at least 15 ARC members to attend the event. Even if you can’t stay for the trivia, come along for the meeting and have a say in the club’s future! During the AGM, there will also be free pizza, courtesy of ARC!

After the AGM is done, we’ll be moving on to the main attraction- our annual trivia night! Entry into the trivia itself costs $5, to help cover the prize table. The questions will test your knowledge both of the shows we’ve watched this year, and of SF and fantasy in general.

I hope to see you all there- it’s going to be loads of fun!
-Stuart

Week 1: Arrow and Cloud Atlas Outing

ArrowFirst of all, a warm welcome to everyone, both new members and old! It’s great to have you all here for a new year at SpockSoc.

We’ll be kicking off the year with a screening of a new series, Arrow.  The series follows Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy of Starling City, who spends five years stranded on an island following a shipwreck that claims the life of everyone else on board, including his father. Upon his return to Starling City, he is reunited with his mother, Moira, and her new husband, Walter, the former CFO of his father’s company who is now the CEO.  During the day, Oliver plays the billionaire playboy; at night, he becomes a green-hooded vigilante, following through with his father’s dying wishes to right the wrongs of the Queen family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.

 

As usual, we’ll be meeting this coming Friday at Chemical Sciences Lecture Theatre M18. The Chemical Sciences building is marked as grid reference F10 on any campus map- it’s the tallest building on Lower Campus, halfway up the Main Walkway. The M18 Lecture Theatre is on the outside of the southern end of the building (the side facing away from Main Walkway).

We’ll start the screening at 5 PM, and going until we have to leave at 11 PM. We’ll take orders for pizza about 7 pm or so. Pizza costs $5 per half, and a can of drink is free!

 

We’re also having our first movie outing of the semester this week! We’ll be seeing Cloud Atlas at the Cinema Paris. The cinema is located on Moore Park, next to the Sydney Cricket Ground just off Anzac Parade. It’s a long movie, so we’re aiming for the 5:10 PM screening on Monday evening.

Finally, this semester we’re inaugurating the SpockSoc Book Club! By popular agreement via Facebook, the first book will be what for many of us is an old favorite- Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. We’ll be holding our first online discussion in two weeks, on Sunday the 17th of March at 6:30 PM.

Week 0: Membership & Avengers

Welcome back to the new semester! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.

Here on campus things are starting to get exciting- O-week is kicking off! SpockSoc will be on campus all week. Our stall is going up in the Quad, just under the Clock Tower, so be sure to come by and pick up your membership for this year. We’ll also have T-shirts!

Also, don’t forget to come by on Thursday, for our special O-Week screening. At 2:00 we’ll be showing The Avengers at the O-Week cinema.

I hope everyone has a great O-week, and I’m looking forward to seeing you around campus.
Have fun!

-Stuart

Week 9: Lost Girl and AGM

This week at SpockSoc, we’re going to show six of the remaining eight episodes of Lost Girl season two.

With the world of Fae in chaos following Bo’s explosive reunion with her mother, Bo must learn to “play the game” and navigate the inner workings of the Fae World in order to protect those who have helped to protect her. Bo finds her resolve to stay free challenged, and is forced to question her own morals and beliefs. While Bo grows stronger and learns more about who she really is, relationships will be tested and passions will ignite, but answers will not come easily.

Rest assured, however: we won’t be twiddling our thumbs for the remaining time – we’re also having our AGM! Woo! It’s absolutely, critically, vitally important for the future of the club that we get enough people attending the AGM so that we can hold democratic elections for next year’s exec. It’s not really possible to over-stress this point. We need people to come. Trying not to sound too desperate, but that’s how it is. =P

The screening starts at 5pm this Friday in ChemSci M18, our usual screening room. We’re aiming to start the AGM at around 7:30, over our usual pizza dinner – $5 per half pizza, other menu items possible. Even if you’re only able to attend the AGM and can’t stay for the screening, that’ll be enough.

Week 8: AGM + Trivia

We’re not having a regular screening this week, so… if you go to the regular room, we won’t be there.

Instead, we’re having the annual SpockSoc trivia night! All are welcome – entry is $5 each, but the prize pool is worth over $200 in total. Heaps of fun for all! It starts at 5pm this Friday in the Marsh Room – upstairs in the Roundhouse – and we’ll be finishing around 9pm (so don’t worry about it running too late).

We’ll also be selling our new t-shirts for $15 each, so bring money for them if you want one. Pizza run will be as usual, with $5 per half pizza, or you can buy food from the Roundhouse food outlets.

As well as that, we’ll be holding the Annual General Meeting, due to start at around 7pm. Having the AGM is vital for the continued existence of SpockSoc, and we need to have a quorum of members attending for it to count, so if you’re a full member – that is, a member of the club who is also a UNSW student – please try to attend the AGM, even if you can’t stay for the trivia. We’ll be voting on the executive for next year, and all exec positions are up for election.

The SpockSoc annual trivia night is proudly brought to you by Arc.