Pod Bay One

Total Recall

In this episode, we’ve read the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” and the movies it inspired: 1990’s and 2012’s Total Recall.

Published on 11 February 2019

Matthew Lloyd, Joshua Hall, and Josho Brouwers get together to talk about Dick. Philip K. Dick, that is, author of the short story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”. That story was used as the basis for the classic Paul Verhoeven movie Total Recall (1990). A completely superfluous remake of that movie was released in 2012 that we’ll talk about, too.

For those of you who don’t know, the central premise behind both Dick’s original short story and the two films is that, at some point in the not-too-distant future, memories can be “bought” and implanted that are indistinguishable from having actually lived through those experiences. Or perhaps those memories aren’t memories at all? Cue paranoia and discussions about the nature of reality itself.