Semester 2, Week 13 – Awesome ladies appreciation week

Orphan black

Hi everyone,

I should say something clever about the end of semester and tying up loose ends, but honestly I’m exhausted and also I used that line last week. Anyway, we’re finishing up a couple of other shows that we’ve only got like two or three episodes left of, and the theme for this week is Awesome Ladies!

First up, Emmy Award-winning omg actress Tatiana Maslany does her usual dazzling turn as approximately fifty different characters in season four of Orphan Black. Clone Club have been forced into an uneasy alliance with Susan and Rachel Duncan, but it’s probably only a matter of time before someone gets double-crossed. Also, Allison’s doing another musical. Fun times all around! A recap of all the twists and turns of the penultimate (sniff) season can be found here:

Next, not-yet-Emmy-Award-winning-but-I’m-sure-it’ll-happen-soon actress Hayley Atwell takes Peggy Carter out for one last impeccably-styled ass-kicking outing in the final (sniffle) episodes of Agent Carter. LA is under threat from Whitney Frost and her plans to dissolve the patriarchy into goo. Which is a great idea conceptually speaking, but is now directly threatening characters I like, so it’s probably worth putting a stop to. A musical number will also be in the offing. You can catch up the rest of Peggy’s final (sob) adventures here:

And we might also be watching the final episode of Daredevil since we didn’t get to it last week, but I wrote like a whole paragraph on it in the last email and it doesn’t fit the theme anyway, so yeah.

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

In other news, that great media machine that is the MCU is once again kicking into high gear. Don your Cloak of Levitation and open your Eye of Agamotto – Doctor Strange is in! The good doctor will be seeing patients from Thursday onward, and by the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, Spocksoc will be making an appointment! We’ll be making our usual outing Ritz-ward on Tuesday 1st November – all the gory details can be found here:

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday,


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:

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!

We hope to see you all on Friday,

Semester 2, Mid-Sem Break – The Expanse S1 & The Shannara Chronicles S1

The ExpanseHi everyone,

I hope you’re all enjoying a well-earned break from the daily grind of classes (or frantically studying for looming exams, whatever floats your boat) this week. We’re taking a break too – from superhero TV, that is! Yes, our regular Friday screening will be going ahead as usual, and after a solid month of watching spandex-clad people punch things and angst a lot*, we figured it was high time to wander over to another subgenre – or even two.

This Friday we’ve got an exciting double-bill as we wrap up a couple of short-form shows from the Syfy channel. First up, a jaunt into the science fictional as we travel from Earth to the asteroid belt in The Expanse! Then after dinner, we’ll be flipping over to the fantasy side of the spectrum to trek through the elf-infested wilderness of post-apocalyptic Earth in The Shannara Chronicles.

We’ll be tackling episodes 8-10 of each show. If you need to catch up with all the fun shenanigans on Ceres and beyond, a recap of The Expanse is here:
For a summary of Will Ohmsford’s adventures in Shannara so far, click here:
As per usual, we’ll be kicking off at about 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a pizza run for dinner around 7ish.

*For those of you who are only interested in spandex-clad people punching things and angsting a lot, never fear – superhero-based coverage returns in two weeks!

In other news, I can now announce that the AGM and Trivia night will be taking place the Friday of Week 10 – 7th October – from 5pm onward. We’ll be in Colombo LG02, which I believe is next door to the Goldstein building. Once again, I’d like to remind everyone that the AGM is an incredibly important part of our reaffiliation process with Arc, and if it doesn’t happen we don’t have a club anymore. If you only come to one Spocksoc event this year, make it this one!

It’s a great opportunity to sit down face-to-face with the exec and regulars and help us make decisions about the future direction of Spocksoc. We’ll also be electing a new exec, so if you want to have a say in who runs the club – or want to run for an exec position yourself – you should definitely come along!

Following the AGM (which should run for about an hour or so, depending on the length of the agenda) is the Trivia Night, where the best and brightest of Spocksoc compete in a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle struggle to prove the depths of their geeky knowledge and win some fabulous prizes! There’s generally a lot of excited shouting and at least one ridiculous party game, and I can guarantee a good time will be had by all.

The Ritz’ Sci-Fi Film Festival is also approaching quickly, and we’d advise you to grab your tickets sooner rather than later. We’re big fans of the Ritz here at Spocksoc, and it’s really great to see a local cinema supporting geeky interests like this, so it’s only fair that we support them right back! More details which nights Spocksoc will be running official outings on are still forthcoming, but for now the relevant information can be found here:

Anyway, I think that’s more than enough blather from me for one week, so we hope to see you all on Friday!


Week 7 – Daredevil Season 2

DareDevilHi everyone,

Life can be funny, can’t it? One minute you’re balancing your double life as a successful lawyer and badass vigilante, the next there’s a dozen ninjas on your tail and it seems like Friday will never show up.

Nope, wait. That’s not us, that’s human disaster Matt Murdock, the subject of this week’s screening – Daredevil!

That’s right: if last week’s foray into the Netflix end of the MCU pool wasn’t enough, we’re diving right back in to find out what happens next to the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, starting from episode seven of the second season. Elektra’s back in town, the Punisher’s going to trial and about five separate groups of people want Matt dead. Won’t this be fun?

If you need a recap on the story so far (and a reminder that Foggy Nelson deserves better), you can find one here:

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

Thanks to everyone who showed up on Friday to support the bake sale – it was a resounding success! Make sure to keep an eye on our facebook page for more events in the coming weeks!

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Semester Two, Week 6 – Jessica Jones Season 1

Jessica-JonesHi everyone,

You guys, we’re so close to the middle of semester now. I hope you’re all coping with the twists and turns uni life can throw at you. It can sometimes take a heroic effort to get through the week, but hey! There’s always Friday to look forward to!

This week, we’re heading over to the darker side of the MCU for another round with the excellent Jessica Jones! We’re going to jump right into the thick of things with episode seven – Jones is closing in on Kilgrave, but will she be able to take him down before he destroys everything she cares about? If you need a recap, you can find one here:
As per usual, we’ll be kicking off at about 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a pizza run for dinner around 7ish.

Finally, I promise this will be the last week you’ll have to look at the title of this event, because our bake sale is this Friday! Join us outside the library as we boldly go where no scone has gone before: the Pie-nal Bun-tier. More info can be found here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Semester 2, Week 5 – Killjoys Season 1 and 2

KilljoysHi everyone,

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just throw all this uni business away and run off to outer space? Why, there’s no end to the things we could do – explore strange new worlds, aim to misbehave, make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs…

Or – and here’s a thought – how about a spot of bounty hunting?
This week, Spocksoc are returning to the wild and woolly world of the Quad to catch up with our favourite Reclamation Agents in Killjoys! We’ll be polishing off the final three episodes of season one (8-10, for those playing along at home), so if you need to catch up, there’s a link here:

But wait, there’s more! Once we’re done with season one we’re going to live dangerously and jump right into season two, because lingering cliffhangers are for boring people.

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

If you can’t wait til Friday to see our shining faces (and who can blame you) we’ll be heading to the movies on Tuesday to enjoy the last gasp of the US summer movie season, the stop-motion feast for the senses, Kubo and the Two Strings:

And in other news, we’re planning to put the fun back in fundraising with our latest bake sale: The Pie-nal Bun-tier!
(I’d apologise for the title but honestly it came to me in a dream at 3am and I’m actually pretty proud of it)

Check out the link below to find out how YOU can help keep this enterprise going for another year!

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Semester 2, Week 4 – Orphan Black Season 4

Orphan blackHi everyone,

Spocksoc doesn’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday too. We don’t even care about Thursday, because it’s Friday and we’re in love with our regular screening!

This week, it’s time to look back in on Clone Club as we begin season four of the brilliant Orphan Black! We left our favourite Project Leda subjects in a pretty good place last season, with Castor defeated and the original gene donor safely out of the clutches of Neolution. But Sarah, Cosima, Allison and the rest of the gang certainly aren’t out of the woods yet. If you need your memory jogged about all the twists and turns of last season, you can refresh it here:

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

Things are calming down on the film front, so no movie outing this week. Next week, however, we’ll be taking in Laika Entertainment’s latest stop-motion extravaganza, Kubo and the Two Strings! You can find more information here:
And in a few weeks’ time Spocksoc will be boldly going beyond the Pie-nal Bun-tier (sorry not sorry) and hosting a bake sale. Check out the link below to find out how you can help Spocksoc live long and prosper for another year:

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Semester Two, Week 2 – Grimm Season 5

GrimmHi everyone,

I hope you’ve all managed to survive your first week back with a minimum of early morning classes, surprise pop quizzes, or Pokemon Go-related accidents. Sure, you’ve got another long week ahead of you, but at least there’s always Friday to look forward to, and with it, our Friday screening!

This week, we venture into the wilds of Portland, Oregon with season five of Grimm. It’s been a pretty wild ride so far this season – Juliette was dead, and then she wasn’t, Rosalee got caught up in the creepiest Peter Pan story ever, and Nick and Adalind managed get themselves into a romantic subplot, because heaven forbid we not have one of those.

We’ll be picking up with episode eight, so if you need a recap you can find one here:

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

In other news, after an impressive three-month streak we’ve managed to run out of movies to see this week, but never fear! Next Tuesday we’ll be walking on the wild side of the DC universe with the Suicide Squad – more details can be found here:

And this Saturday, our celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary continues with part two of our Star Trek 101 marathon series! For more details on where and how we’ll be boldly going, go here:
We look forward to seeing you this week!

Semester Two, Week One – Arrow Season 4

ArrowGreetings, Spocksoc!

I hope you’ve all had a relaxing winter break, but now the semester looms above us (doesn’t time fly?). And with the return of classes comes the return of our regular Friday night screenings. Grab your bow and prepare to make some terrible life choices – we’re going back to Star City with Arrow!

We’ll be picking things up in the middle of season four, starting with episode nine. Damien Darhk’s nefarious plan to take over the city is in full swing, as is Oliver’s mayoral campaign. This will end well, you guys. I’ve got a great feeling. If you need to catch up, the wiki’s a good place to start – but beware of spoilers!

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

And that’s not all! We’ve got a couple more great events coming up this week as Spocksoc prepares to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek!

On Tuesday night, we’ll be watching the latest entry in the Trek canon, Star Trek Beyond! It’s at 6:30pm at the Ritz Cinema, see the link below for more details:

Not enough Trek for you? Never fear! This Saturday Spocksoc is proud to present part one of our Star Trek 101 marathon series, a whirlwind tour of the best movies and episodes the franchise has to offer – with a little history along the way. More details here:

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Winter Screening – Once Upon a Time

Once Upon A TimeThis week, Spocksoc again returns to the seaside town of Storybrooke for another screening of Once Upon a Time.

Join all your favourite fairytale characters as they continue the fight against the powers of an ancient darkness. As always, we start in Macaulay Theatre at 5pm and have a pizza run at 7pm.

Also for those of you who aren’t a part of our facebook group or just haven’t seen, we are currently running our 2016 Member Survey and would highly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill it out. There’s a financial incentive if that helps!

Until Next Time,

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