The ARC Podcast EP. 1 - The Christmas Special
On our very first episode we discuss two seminal Christmas classics from the tail-end of the 1980’s, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon! Mike is watching them both for the first time…as for Brandon and I, we’ve seen them both many, many times.
Die Hard (1987) stars Bruce Willis as Detective John McClane, a New York City cop who is in LA for Christmas to try and win back his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) who has taken a job with the Nakitomi Corporation. Their reunion is violently derailed when a group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), take the Nakitomi skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles hostage during the company’s annual Christmas party. This leaves John on his own to outwit and elude the terrorists to try and find a way to stop them before their sinister plans can be completed.
Lethal Weapon (1988) stars Mel Gibson as Detective Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Detective Roger Murtaugh, a mismatched pair of LA cops who uncover a plot laid by a former company of Black Operations soldiers, called Shadow Company, led by General Peter McAllister (Mitchell Ryan) and the ruthless Mr. Joshua (Gary Busey), to bring in a massive shipment of heroin from Vietnam just in time for the Christmas season. Riggs, a veteran of the Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War and loose-cannon who has recently lost his wife, and the aging family man Murtaugh, must put aside their difference to foil McAllister and Joshua’s villainous plans.