Alcohollywood Podcast: Ep. 327 – The Cloverfield Paradox (328)

Jared’s been zapped into another dimension, so Jon Espino of The Young Folks and joins Clint to investigate the mysteries of Netflix’s Super Bowl-marketed sci-fi disaster The Cloverfield Paradox!

A previously-unrelated sci-fi thriller given the J.J. Abrams treatment, The Cloverfield Paradox turns Julius Onah’s The God Particle into a confusing, meandering installment of Paramount’s favorite clearinghouse for original sci-fi movies!

Here, the crew of the Cloverfield Station (Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Ortiz, Chris O’Down, David Oyelowo, Ziyi Zhang, Aksel Hennie) run a Large Hadron Collider in space to solve the world’s energy crisis. Once they fire it up, though, they find themselves in another reality with the Earth gone, a mysterious visitor (Elizabeth Debicki) stuck in the wall, and all kinds of crazy dimension-warping shenanigans. 

That sounds really cool, right? Unfortunately, it becomes a boring slog of flat characters, confusing technobabble and some arbitrary connections to the rest of the otherwise-solid Cloverfield universe. Still, Clint and Jon soldier on for your pleasure – listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)



  1. Any time you see or hear something that’s obviously a reshoot to make the movie more Cloverfield-y (mentions of Cloverfield, Slusho, Kelvin)
  2. Every time Chris O’Dowd’s character cracks wise
  3. Whenever the characters mention, once again, that starvation/war is inevitable


Tam (Ziyi Zhang) says in Mandarin, “Logic doesn’t apply to any of this.”


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