MARCH ON MARS: The Martian (2015) w/Geek Girl Chicago


This week, Geek Girl Chicago herself Lauren Faits joins us as we finish up our month-long quest with last year’s Oscar Best Picture-nominee The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as a smarmy botanist who has to Robinson Crusoe his way through Mars while stranded there after being left for dead. A wonderfully straightforward crowd-pleaser, The Martian manages to make science cool again by focusing on the methodical, analytical problem-solving, while miraculously keeping things entertaining. Don’t just take our word for it, though; check out our episode, along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity, as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Major Rick Martinez

martian cocktailThis variant on the classic Martinez cocktail, named after Michael Peña’s character, swaps out gin for starfruit-infused vodka (because potatoes! and space!) and sweet vermouth for dry. Enjoy along with some crushed Vicodin along the rim, if you’re feeling dangerous! (Please drink responsibly.)

2 1/4 oz starfruit-infused vodka
1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
¼ oz maraschino liqueur
1 dash lemon bitters

Combine in a mixing glass along with large cold ice cubes and stir until mixed and chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of starfruit.


  1. Anytime Matt Damon uses duct tape to fix something
  2. Whenever the mission control crew erupts in applause (often prematurely)
  3. Every time you see the word ‘Sol’ on screen, along with ‘ding’ sound


Jessica Chastain’s character says, “Maybe it’s not the worst idea in the world…”

Join us next week as we take on all ‘rain’ movies in April, starting with the flood-centric thriller Hard Rain!

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