Episode 464: E.T.: I Learned It from You, Alien Dad!

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we make an alien covenant: We will all watch Steven Spielberg’s 1982 masterpiece “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” and discuss it on the podcast.

Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather were never going to see Alien: Covenant. So they decided to do something we’ve bizarrely never done on Overthinking It before: Talk about E.T.

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Further Reading

Jan C. Verhas, The Broken Flower Pot (1876)

E.T. on Wikipedia

Jackie Cooper

5 Comments on “Episode 464: E.T.: I Learned It from You, Alien Dad!”

  1. Emil #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.


    • Emil #

      Let me expand on that, I’m really sad that I must skip so many episodes of OTI every summer because I plan to watch movies and you’re often a week ahead of us in the release timeline.

      I didn’t plan to watch the new Alien movie, so I downloaded the episode and braced myself for discussion about a franchise I have no attachment to. Well, it’s better than no OTI, I guess.

      Bam, turns out it’s E.T. episode — nice!

      PS. I can’t remember, did you ever made a standalone episode on Goonies? Why not? Who do I have to PayPal to make it reality? ;)


      • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

        Doing something like this—a “classic” movie instead of the latest blockbuster—occasionally is a pretty good idea. Goonies is a great suggestion.


  2. Stokes #

    What about the scene where Peter Coyote goes into the vents to hunt E.T. and then at the last minute his gun is just a walkie-talkie


  3. Random #

    I seem to remember Reese’s Pieces playing a large role in the video game. Those were in the movie too. I’m surprised you didn’t mention it.

    Also a few years ago they found and dug up that landfill with hundreds of ET cartridges and sold them on ebay.


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