Nothing says "summer" like a massive alien invasion of the planet Earth. Oh sure, that invasion never happens in life. But in movie after movie, space alien fleets descend on our little blue marble with intent to kill. Why do they tend to time that invasion with Northern Hemisphere summertime? Why are there so many common bonds between all alien invaders, even though the universe contains an infinite array of extraterrestrial possibilities? And how are audiences up for the same aliens losing the same battle every single movie?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked editor/columnist/human resistance leader Dan Hopper to wonder about that exact thing. They'll explore the bizarre way alien blockbusters line up with each other time and time again. They'll dig into basic strategic errors that hamstring the alien fleets, even though us much less advanced humans know better. They'll also leave you with The Two Kinds Of Alien Movies, and a greater sense of why we fill multiplexes to see motherships laser our cities at all.


Dan Hopper on Twitter

6 Giant Blind Spots In Every Movie Alien's Invasion Strategy (Cracked)

6 Movies That Didn't Realize the Villain Really Won (Cracked)

7 Famous Movie Flaws That Were Explained in Deleted Scenes (Cracked)

The 1938 'War Of The Worlds' Alien Hysteria Was Fake News (Cracked)

PSA: Will Smith Never Said "Welcome to Earf" in Independence Day (GQ)

The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells (Encyclopedia Britannica)

History of Queens, New York (Encyclopedia Britannica)

How NASA Prevents a Space Plague Outbreak (Gizmodo)

Strange Super-Earth Planet Has 'Plasma' Water Atmosphere (

fight with the alien in Signs (2002)

found footage of the alien in Signs

Fan theory by Redditor u/ZorroMeansFox, arguing the aliens in Signs are actually demons

aliens in dirty house basement in War Of The Worlds (2005)

US and Russia clash over power grid 'hack attacks' (BBC)

alien stealing and absorbing a human's brain in Skyline (2010)

DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say (The Guardian)

Global Military Expenditures Are Up, Driven By Top 2 Spenders - U.S. And China (NPR)

Wikipedia plot summary for Battleship (2012)

alien mind-melding with Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) in Battleship (2012)

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