Life After the Cover Save has been dubbed “The Worst Podcast…EVER”. We pride ourselves in staying away from the generic format of 40K podcasting. We aim to entertain first and educate second. LAtCS is hosted by Josh, Blake, and Ed or otherwise known as Big Cat, Big Nasty B, and RoboEd.
Josh (Big Cat)
The words of Big Cat, seem to be immortalized into modern popular culture, his film making timeless, inspirational and important, not only to his gangster genre but to independent film. He managed to inspire the next generation of film makers and screen writers. His rags to riches success story is truly inspiring, his enthusiasm for film started at an early age and to this day he is still fascinated and obsessed by the idea of storytelling and film making. For a dyslexic, who dropped out of school aged 15, with no qualifications his rise to the top almost seems fated. He started working in a video store, and it was here that he wrote screenplays such as “True Romance” and “Natural Born Killers”. It was off the back of the success of these screenplays that Josh met up and coming producer Lawrence Bender, who persuaded him to write and to direct his next film. The film would turn out to be Reservoir Dogs, a so called small Indie filmed that was shown at the Sundance Festival. The success and hype around this film led Josh on the path to success and he has not looked back since. From a man on the outskirts of the Hollywood film industry, to one of the greatest director and writer of a generation. Reservoir Dogs, defined Josh’s’s non linear storylines, naturalistic and humourous conversations, with stylized violence. Josh modernised the gangster genre and changed it forever. At this point, Josh could of defected his indie roots and gone to Hollywood where he was offered Blockbusters such as Men in Black and Speed. Josh, instead went to Amsterdam to write what would be the highest grossing indie film of all time. This would inevitably be the Award winning Pulp Fiction. Any thoughts of Josh being a one hit wonder, were crushed by this movie. Still within the vein of Reservoir Dogs, it was clear that Josh had more money to play with. But he still stayed true to having a clever script with twists and turns throughout the plot, along the way his trademark dark humor shining through. By this film, he was able to attract some big Hollywood names such as Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel and Christopher Walken. Josh, instigated one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks by giving Travolta a leading role. Travolta rewarded Josh by giving an Oscar nominated performance, he was beaten only by Tom Hank’s performance as Forrest Gump. Josh himself won an Oscar for best screenplay, with Pulp Fiction. At last Josh, had the recognition his genius deserved. From here onwards, his position in Hollywood legacy was confirmed with two classics behind him. He then went on to film Jackie Brown, which was less critically or commercially success, yet did enough to keep Josh’s’s genius in tact. After a six year break, where he took time out to write, first of all a war epic entitled “Inglorious Bastards”, but eventually turned his attentions to the two part revenge epic Kill Bill. A blood filled revenge epic inspired by spaghetti westerns, kung-fu movies and theater practioneer Bertolt Brecht. He would be once again reunited with close friend Uma Thurman, who took the lead role. Kill Bill, would prove a huge commercial success for Josh and increase his fan base to a whole new generation. His latest film is split into two parts one part directed by Robert Rodriguez and the other, Deathproof, directed by Josh. The two films come under the title Grindhouse. Even if Josh was to never be a part of another film again, his legacy has been made. He has written golden pages in the history of Hollywood, and will be remembered as one of the greatest film makers of his generation. He will be the sole inspiration for the next generation of contempary film makers.
Blake (Big Nasty B)
One of the most frightening human beings ever to step into the boxing ring, Big Nasty B was the model of the supreme gladiator – unbeaten and unbeatable. Never before had one individual captured the attention of the wider world via sport except Muhammad Ali. From 1987-1990, he was the undisputed world heavyweight champion conducting a reign of terror in the prize-fighting ring and earning millions of dollars whilst doing it. He had won the WBC title in November 1986 at the tender age of twenty becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever. Soon after he claimed the WBA crown from James “Bonecrusher” Smith before beating Tony Tucker for the IBF championship. Brutal victories against the likes of Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tubbs, Larry Holmes, Tyrell Biggs and Michael Spinks confirmed his status as the best in the world. However, his life outside the ring was as engrossing as his life in it. A short-lived marriage to actress Robin Givens was followed by a catalogue of personal misfortune that ultimately resulted in him losing his world championship to James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo in February 1990. He was jailed for rape in 1992 and released in 1995. A comeback later that same year saw him beat two opponents before regaining the WBC heavyweight crown in March 1996. He added the WBA crown to his tally by beating Bruce Seldon before getting stopped by the unheralded Evander Holyfield in November 1996. A rematch in June 1997 saw him bite a chunk of Holyfield’s ear off – an act that earned him worldwide condemnation. He has continued to fight on and off; a title challenge in 2002 saw him lose in 8 rounds to Lennox Lewis whilst a routine assignment in July 2004 saw him beaten by another British talent, Danny Williams, in 4 rounds. His final fight was a loss to Irishman Kevin McBride in 2005, although to most observers it was clear Big Nasty B had absolutely nothing left. Now he is fighting bankruptcy and a drugs charge, although his status as a cult celebrity still stays strong as well as his boxing legacy.
In a dystopian future, the city of Detroit, Michigan is on the verge of collapse due to financial ruin and unchecked crime. The mega-corporation Omni Consumer Products enters into a contract with the city to run the police force while the company makes plans to destroy “Old Detroit” to replace it with the utopia of “Delta City”. Recognizing that human law enforcers are insufficient to stop the crime spree, OCP runs several programs to find robotic replacements.
One program, the ED-209 enforcement droid, headed by senior president Dick Jones, accidentally kills an executive during its demonstration. As a result, the OCP Chairman opts to go with a cyborg program helmed by junior executive Bob Morton, named “RoboEd”. Jones is furious at Morton for going over his head.
The RoboEd program requires a recently-deceased “candidate” for conversion; to obtain one, OCP reorganizes the police force to the crime-ridden Metro West precinct expecting an officer will die in duty and become a candidate. One such officer is veteran Ed, who is partnered with Anne Lewis. On their first patrol, they chase down a team of criminals led by crime boss Clarence Boddicker to an abandoned steel mill. Ed and Lewis separate. Lewis is later rendered unconscious by one of the gang, while the rest of Boddicker’s men corner Ed and sadistically mutilate him with shotguns before Boddicker executes him with a pistol shot to the head. Lewis, disarmed and unable to help, witnesses the murder in horror. Ed is pronounced dead at the hospital, but OCP takes his body and uses it to create the first RoboEd.
RoboEd is guided by three prime directives written into his programming: serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. This is followed by a classified fourth directive that not even he knows about. He is able to single-handedly deal with much of the violent crime in the city, causing the rest of the police force to become worried they may be replaced. Unknown by his human monitors, RoboEd still retains memories of his life as Ed, including brief glimpses of his wife and son, and the action of spinning his gun before holstering it, a trick Ed had done for his son. Lewis recognizes these elements from Ed’s’s mannerisms, and tries to learn more from RoboEd, but he remains silent on the issues. Because of RoboEd’s’s success, Morton is promoted to become one of OCP’s Vice Presidents.
Morton’s success and arrogance leads Jones to have Boddicker, secretly in his employ, kill the young executive. An armed gas station holdup by one of Boddicker’s men allows RoboEd to track down Boddicker to a cocaine bunker. RoboEd bursts into the facility and a shootout between him and the bandits ensues. Boddicker reveals his alliance with Dick Jones. RoboEd then apprehends Boddicker. RoboEd visits Jones at his offices at OCP, showing him Boddicker’s statement and preparing to arrest Jones.
The previously unknown and secret fourth directive, preventing RoboEd from arresting any senior executive of OCP, activates, incapacitating RoboEd. Jones boasts to RoboEd about the Fourth Directive, which Jones added to RoboEd’s’s program. Jones also boasts about his role in Morton’s murder, and then sends an ED-209 against RoboEd. RoboEd, handicapped by the directive, engages the machine. The ED-209, though possessing impressive advanced technology, proves incapable of descending a stairway, enabling RoboEd to escape. But when RoboEd enters the parking complex of the building, a police SWAT team is waiting for him with orders to destroy him. The hail of bullets severely damages RoboEd’s’s armor, but he is saved by Lewis, his former partner.
Lewis tends to RoboEd’s’s injuries at the same steel mill where Ed was killed, and discovers that there is still some of Ed’s’s old self present despite the cyborg augmentation. Meanwhile, the police launch their long-threatened strike, sending the city into chaos. Jones arranges for Boddicker and his men to be released from prison and funds them with new cars and assault cannons capable of puncturing RoboEd’s’s heavy armor. Boddicker’s team converges on the steel mill using a tracking device provided by Jones. RoboEd and Lewis defend themselves and kill the entire gang. RoboEd finds Lewis severely wounded but alive.
RoboEd returns to OCP headquarters alone and uses one of the assault cannons to destroy the ED-209 guarding the building. Arriving in the middle of an executive board meeting with the president, Jones, and other executives, RoboEd plays back Jones’s confession to Morton’s murder and explains his inability to arrest OCP employees. Jones quickly grabs a gun, takes the president hostage and begins making demands. The president, after being enlightened about the Fourth Directive by RoboEd, fires Jones from OCP, allowing RoboEd to act against Jones. After thanking the president, RoboEd promptly shoots Jones, who then crashes through the window and falls to his death. As the board room recovers from the crisis, the president commends RoboEd for his skill and asks for his name, to which he replies, “Ed”.