Check Out A FREE Bonus Time All About 9/11!


It’s been 15 years since 9/11, and the tragic event was the focus of this week’s Patreon podcast Bonus Time, which you can check out FOR FREE!

With the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this weekend, the Laser Time gang put together a special episode of Bonus Time focusing on their personal memories of the event as well as the shows, movies, and other media that reacted to and later sprung forth from the attack.

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11 thoughts on “Check Out A FREE Bonus Time All About 9/11!

  1. My 9/11 memory was that I was supposed to fly home on 9/12 from Korea and when watching the news thinking “Fuck, I don’t know if I’m going to make my sister’s wedding”.

    I managed to fly home on the 13th (the wedding was on the 14th, so I was incredibly jetlagged for it) and I transferred through O’Hare in Chicago to Toronto. When I got to the airport, I had collected my bag and someone actually met me when I got off the plane and took my bag for me. They did this for every person transferring as well.

    I didn’t fight it because of what had happened and it was then I realised pretty much the only people in the airport were me, other people transferring from my flight, and airport staff. It was a literal ghost town.

    It’s the emptiest I’ve ever seen an airport and I still often think about it when I’m in busy airports thinking “I wish these damn people would get out of my way”.

  2. I’d like to recommend Man on Wire (2008) as a celebration of the towers for anyone who hasn’t seen it. It’s a documentary on Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center and has some jaw dropping footage.

  3. Man, as much as I love Lasertime I thought this episode was pretty bad. It’s a great premise hampered by poor research and the fact it seemed like you guys were just using it as an excuse to dish out hot 9/11 memes and turn every conversation into a rant on something. Most of all I’m disappointed in Chris because his whole Flight 93 discussion was actually discussed much earlier in Lasertime history in the Conspiracy Theories episode. However in that episode Chris seemed like he knew a lot about Flight 93 when discussing it and was confident in thinking that Flight 93 was shot down by a missile. In this 9/11 episode for whatever reason Chris pretends like he doesn’t know anything at all about Flight 93 and makes it seem like all of his research into Flight 93 was just him hearing the news of it directly on 9/11 with a lot of Jesse Ventura style “Well I’m not saying I know the whole answer, but it makes you think doesn’t it?!” I would say maybe you had forgotten what you said in the previous episode except the entire point of that Flight 93 discussion seemed to solely be so you could complain about how in the “United 93” film (not to be confused with the TV-movie “Flight 93”) the Muslim terrorists who hijacked the aircraft apparently were unfairly depicted since United 93 was shot down by Americans? Come-on man, be more consistent Chris! And use some common sense for once, the aircraft crashed in one piece in a field with some paper debris scattered in a mile radius around the crash. If a missile had hit Flight 93 one of two things would have happened, it would have hit the aircraft dead-on causing a massive explosion due to all the fuel it contained causing wreckage to fall from the sky for almost a hundred miles around the detonation point, or it would have hit an engine severing it as well as possibly the entire wing causing two separate crash sites dozens of miles apart (for the engine/wing and then the rest of the airplane). Like holy shit, I wonder what your thoughts on Pearl Harbor were? “Well I think the ships all just exploded because of a bunch of coincidental accidents and America blamed it on someone else because of Anti-Japanese propaganda. But I’m not too sure about that, don’t quote me on it.” For shame Lasertime, for shame.

    On a lighter note an actually really good “Surprise 9-11!” film was Disney Channel’s original TV movie “Tiger Cruise” starring Hayden Panettiere and Bill Pullman which was inspired by a true story. The previews for the movie made it seem like a typical “Navy brat learns a lesson about responsibility” film as it was about Hayden taking a Tiger Cruise on an aircraft carrier, basically sort of like a sleepaway camp on board an actual aircraft carrier for a whole week for the kids and families of crewmen serving on-board. Hayden just happens to be the daughter of the ships captain Bill Pullman and she thinks because of this she’s allowed to get away with anything she wants until her father is forced to discipline her and she hates him for it. Then about 3/4ths of the way through the movie the kids wake-up to alarms and you find out the entire aircraft carrier is on emergency alert with all aircraft being scrambled for air patrols and you realize it’s 9-11 and all the civilians in the ship are ushered into a small room and watch the events of 9-11 on a small portable TV and deal with the fact that means all of their military family members are now going to war. Hayden sees how much responsibility her dad has considering the circumstances and forgives him and the movie ends with all of the families thanking all of the crew of the ship. It’s much better than it sounds considering this was basically a kids movie about 9-11 from their perspective.

    1. Dude. First of all: context. That was in an episode about conspiracy theories. Far from a presentation of actual credible opinions. And he addresses his change of stance pretty directly in this episode, recognizing that he doesn’t have the full breadth of knowledge required to continue pushing an unlikely conspiracy theory. Not to mention that his retread puts him more in line with your perception of the day’s events, which leaves me scratching my head as to why you’re shaming him.

      I feel the same way about Chris a lot of the time lately– a very unfortunate combination of brash and uninformed– but this is one of those cases where he stepped back and admitted that he doesn’t know much about something instead of fabricating an argument to stretch a segment . I thought it was fairly mature and endearing.

  4. At the time of 9/11, I was just days away from my entire world already changing. A fire burned my apartment and everything in it so I literally lost everything (didn’t even have shoes). No renter’s insurance made it more difficult. When 9/11 happened, I was still numb and just trying to process the changes I was going through and trying to move on. As a result, 9/11 didn’t really have the same effect on me. I spent that day shopping for clothes.

  5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is currently on Netflix – I have never sobbed so hard in a movie
    My 9/11 memory was that I had been working 3rd shift and just had turned off the TV before they broke into live coverage (living in the Midwest, the Today show was on a delay) – The next thing I knew, my roomie came home and woke me to tell me about the attacks. I remember my 3 year old godson telling me that something bad happened on the TV.
    Other 9/11 memories – The Casey’s gas stations raised their gas prices to $5 and there were lines at the cheaper stations of people worried that we were going to run out & price gouging. Also, I worked at the cable company and people were calling us because it was the same coverage on all the channels – they were upset that no credits were being given for channels they weren’t able to watch.

  6. I was initially surprised that you guys hadn’t even made mention of this collection of short films.“01_September_11

    But then in saw that this was an international contribution, so it may not have made a ton of noise in the US when it came out.

    It was notable for me because it had been the first film that directly addressed 9/11. Because this came out in 2002-2003, waaaay before the two movies you guys mentioned.

    It should also be noted that Alejandro IƱarritu and Sean Penn both directed a short film each. It’s been so long since I watched it though, I can’t remember much about it, except that it was mostly very fucking somber and depressing.

  7. I was 19 working at a cheap weinersnihzel knock off, called Jodi Moronis, in my local mall and was watching the whole thing live on the food court tv’s. After the second plane hit, they closed the mall down for a week. Cant believe that was 15 years ago????

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