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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (also known as Bender Siege 2: Dark Podcast) is episode 74 and the second Ben's Choice episode. Boom, baby! Posted 7 September 2016.


Griffin, David and guest host Producer Ben present a special episode this week: a discussion of 1995’s action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.

But is it true the co-founder of CAA and former Disney president, Michael Ovitz, bet he could make even a stocky Aikido teacher with zero acting experience a star? Does Hollywood make these b-list midsize action movies anymore? Is Steven Seagal our quietest action hero?

Together the trio examines New Zealand director and journeyman Geoff Murphy’s career, Eric Bogosian’s performance as the scientist gone bad, earthquake inducing satellites sponsored by the U.S. government and the original song written AND performed by Steven Seagal “After the Train Has Gone.” Plus, share a Hamilton themed Burger Report, review Star Trek Beyond and what occupations Nic Cage said he would like to portray.

Finally, remember dear listener that after this week’s palette cleanser Blank Check will return with our new mini series covering the films of James Cameron! [1]

Time for another Ben's Choice to cleanse the palate, in between the We Pod A Cast Cameron Crowe miniseries and the Podinator: Judgment Cast James Cameron miniseries. This time out, Ben hosts the discussion of a 1995 Steven Seagal action thriller: a movie Ben used to watch repeatedly on VHS and every time it came up on TV.

How did the talented New Zealand director Jeff Murphy get put on this project? Does one need to see the first Under Siege to understand this movie? Hmmm, why is the satellite named Grazer One, and my god, is there any trashy 80's/90's movie that showed gratuitous nudity faster than this one? Why does Griffin want to be Eric Bogosian? Hold on, wait, who sang that song over the closing credits?

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • Eating on-mic: you betcha (David, with sour Skittles)
  • Ben's 90's Technology Spotlight: the Apple Newton
  • Roles Nicolas Cage most wants to play: Chef/Submarine Captain/Astronaut
  • A Burger Report! In song form!


  1. Under Siege 2 on Audioboom. Retrieved August 28, 2021.