Welcome to Offworld, a new show from the Tested network that explores the fun places where space and pop culture intersect! In each episode, host Ariel Waldman is joined by guests from the space and science community to examine a science fiction story and discuss how it holds up under some scientific scrutiny.
Offworld: Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Finale
Spoiler alert! Ariel, Norm, and Kishore dive into the questions raised by the season finale of Star Trek: Picard and the resolution of the season-long mystery. What does the Star Trek universe look like now after the events of the show? We discuss the themes of the season, rewarding moments for Star Trek fans, and what we hope to see in Season 2!
Offworld: Moon (2009)
Once a hot topic of popular science, we check in on the science and state of human cloning in our discussion of the 2009 film Moon. Ariel and Norm are joined by Hank Greely, Director of the Center for Law and Biosciences at Stanford to talk biomedical ethics, cloning body parts, and artificial wombs as they relate to the future of human space travel.
Offworld: Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: Picard is finally released! Ariel, Norm, and Kishore commemorate the show's debut by opening a bottle of Chateau Picard and reviewing the pilot episode. We dive into light spoilers throughout the discussion, so watch the pilot before jumping in! What did you think of the episode and the direction the show is taking?
Offworld: The Wandering Earth (2019)
This week, we take a look at one of the most ambitious space movies of the past year, The Wandering Earth. Joined by Sarafina Nance, astrophysics PhD student at UC Berkeley, we discuss the film's idea of moving the Earth out of our solar system to find a new home four light years away. Would that undertaking be possible?
Offworld: The Expanse Season 4 Premiere
Season 4 of the The Expanse is finally out! Ariel, Norm, and guest Violet Blue discuss the first two episodes of the new season, catching up with the crew of the Rocinante and speculating about the possibilities that lay before them. We do our best to be light on spoilers, too. What do you think of the new season?
Offworld: For All Mankind (2019)
What if the Soviets landed on the Moon before the United States? That's the premise of Apple TV+'s new show, For All Mankind, which explores the consequences of a "red moon" and NASA's response. Ariel is joined by Emily Calandrelli and Shannon Stirone to discuss the details of the show's alternate history, and what the show's writers took from NASA's own history to build their story.
Space exploration and delightful moments of geekery facilitated by super intelligent and thoughtful hosts. Yay!