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Taboo: Episode 7 Season 1, Episode 7
A funeral, a betrayal or two, an answer or three, some torture, and a cliff-hanger. Even when all seems lost, James has a plan to save him and those loyal to him -- he just needs a ship. [more inside]
The Magicians: Cheat Day Show Only Season 2, Episode 5
Quentin bonds with a coworker. Eliot faces a threat to his power. Julia has trouble getting medical care. Penny works with an old mentor.
The Magicians: Cheat Day Books Included Season 2, Episode 5
Quentin bonds with a coworker. Eliot faces a threat to his power. Julia has trouble getting medical care. [more inside]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Self Control Season 4, Episode 15
Aida continues to go crazy. And with 4 LMDs in the base can Fitz and Jemma survive? [more inside]
Elementary: Rekt in Real Life Season 5, Episode 14
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a former professional eSports video game player who died after being assaulted in front of his fans during a live video stream. [more inside]
Well, I do declare, that if a man should be in that there Google Chrome, and he opens a window in the incognito, anything he looks at is not illegal. Now look, I may be a simple country lawyer and senator, but I swear on the memory of General Lee that you cannot be convicted of downloading pornographic images and video of the child persuasion if you mosey on down in that incognito window.This week's Grey Wolf episode previews incriminating comments from three top Trump officials wedged between MMA-watching hippie musings on the Joe Rogan Experience, and talks about a YDS panel on cultural appropriation and identity politics. It's the Chapos w/ guest Shuja Haider.
Game Over. Taako makes some fashionable friends. Merle does some wordplay. Magnus remembers.
The unlikely rise of Lee O'Denat, the founder of Worldstar Hip Hop. Also, we reopen a cold case. [more inside]
The Expanse: Home Season 2, Episode 5
i am gone and gone and gone and gone can't take the razorback
Arrow: The Sin-Eater Season 5, Episode 14
China White, Cupid, and Liza Warner break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge... [more inside]
I thought I was pretty brave until I met my counterpart from a red state. Avery's National Geographic Cover Nat Geo Article Avery's mom's speech Music credits: "Telling Me So" and "Spring" (instrumental) by St. Paul de Vence
Star Trek: Voyager: Learning Curve Rewatch Season 1, Episode 16
WHAT IS YOUR HOLO-MALFUNCTION, CADET? YOU CAN'T SPREAD YOUR FINGERS APART IN A V-SHAPE LIKE ANY VULCAN CHILD CAN? DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT A "V" IS, SON? NEVER LEARNED YOUR FEDERATION STANDARD ALPHABET, IS THAT IT? OR IS SOMETHIN' WRONG WITH YOUR FINGERS? TOO MUCH QUALITY TIME WITH LITTLE MISS ROTTENCROTCH DELANEY? WELL, GET THIS THROUGH YOUR BIO-NEURAL HEAD-SACK: WE'RE NOT LEAVING UNTIL YOU GIVE ME A PROPER VULCAN SALUTE!!! [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT Season 6, Episode 18
"The Kid Who Showed the Big Time How!" A supposedly-intelligent high school student makes a series of progressively worse decisions that lead ultimately to the deaths or critical wounding of every major character. With short Out of This World: An angel and a devil each try to convince a bread deliveryman to join the light or dark sides, respectively, of bread delivery, leaving unexamined the incredible theological implications. Fan opinion of this Roger Corman movie varies widely, but I like it. The short is pretty good, one of those ridiculous industrials where supernatural entites take great interest in some poor dope's work-a-day life. This episode is not available on YouTube due to a copyright claim. Apparently the entity "BentPixels" is protective of their rights over either this secondary school film noir or the celestial battle for bread delivery to resort to legal solutions. The episode premiered December 10, 1994. [more inside]
Legion: Chapter 3 Season 1, Episode 3
A threat looms as David searches for answers. [more inside]
The Flash: Attack on Gorilla City Season 3, Episode 13
Barry and his team travel to Earth-2 to rescue Harry from Gorilla City, but are captured and brought to Grodd, who tells them he needs their help to stop Solovar, the leader of Gorilla City, from invading Earth-1. [more inside]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Man Behind the Shield Season 4, Episode 14
Coulson and the team engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game as they work to rescue Director Mace, who is fighting for his life. [more inside]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: BOOM Season 4, Episode 13
An explosive Inhuman surfaces and the team are tasked with containing it. Elsewhere: Coulson and Mack encounter Radcliffe's inspiration for Aida. [more inside]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hot Potato Soup Season 4, Episode 12
Dr Radcliffe goes after the Koenig family to find the location of the Darkhold. The Superior reveals his plans Radcliffe. [more inside]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Wake Up Season 4, Episode 11
May works to uncover the truth about what happened to her; Aida's next move puts everyone's life at risk. [more inside]
Legends of Tomorrow: Camelot/3000 Season 2, Episode 12
The League of Doom is tracking down more fragments of the Spear of Destiny, which are guarded by some unexpected old friends. In Camelot?? ?!?!??!?? ?? [more inside]
Supergirl: Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk Season 2, Episode 13
An intergalactic stalker shows up and demands Kara's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Alex, Maggie, J'onn, and Winn all have feelings about Valentine's Day. James is absent. [more inside]
Book 3 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
The seminal work of speculative fiction from Margaret Atwood. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force. [more inside]
Shorts HD presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Animated, plus three "Highly Commended" animated shorts. [more inside]
The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
Timeless: The Red Scare Season 1, Episode 16
Lucy finds out more about her family. Wyatt comes to realization. Rufus makes a confession. Jiya takes a trip. Allegiances are proven and trust is broken. Senator Joseph McCarthy demonstrates his love for conspiracies. This is the last episode of the season (and possibly the series if the show doesn't get renewed).
Bates Motel: Dark Paradise Season 5, Episode 1
The final season begins. [more inside]
Let's talk to Usidore's fellowship of heroes before we set off on our journey to defeat the Dark Lord.
Katie Couric joins for a freewheeling conversation about Trump's attacks on the media, persuading Trump voters and the future of the Democratic Party.
The Walking Dead: New Best Friends Season 7, Episode 10
A mysterious community is discovered.
The Bachelor: Week 8 Season 21, Episode 8
Nick visits the families of the final four women.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Vladimir Putin Season 4, Episode 2
So, what happened last week?
- President Trump continues to amplify unquestioningly whatever whimsical story was presented on Fox News, this time that Sweden is having problems with immigrants, which Sweden denies.
- The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong-nam (Wikipedia), was poisoned in an airport, by a woman who claims she was told to do it as part of a reality show.
- A Florida man plotted to have bombs placed in 10 Target stores in order to drive stock prices down.
- AND NOW: Fox & Friends is Painfully Aware of Who is Watching Them
- MAIN STORY: Russia, specifically Vladimir Putin (YouTube, 20m). Him, his regime, how he's profited, what happens to those who oppose him, and Trump's fascination for him. LWT produced a short dance number about him, refering to the Russian pop song praising Putin.
Things have changed. Like, we wanted to stay "Podcast Humble" for as long as possible, but when you're fielding as many A-List phone convos as we have over the past few days, it's tough to stay true to your roots. Suggested talking points: Phone Calls With Celebs, My Hairy Friend, Game Jail, Clean Plate Club, Noodleboy, Hot Cereal, Busting a Nut
Spotless: Carrot & Stick Season 1, Episode 2
Mr. Clay puts his new "unique resource" to the test. Martin makes new friends in the neighborhood, but his van is impounded anyway. Julie interviews for a position at a gallery while Maddie snoops through Martin's things. Jean's Chief Inspector friend in the Met turns out to be not so friendly after all.
Girls: Hostage Situation Season 6, Episode 2
Hannah provides cover for Marnie's secret weekend in Poughkeepsie; Shoshanna enlists Elijah to be her plus-one at a networking event; Jessa's antics lead Shoshanna to reevaluate her post-college friendships.
Victoria: The Engine of Change Season 1, Episode 6
Pregnancy! Chocolate! Guns! Ice cream bomb! Men bond over trains. And the Queen enjoys the ride. [more inside]
Okay, disruption 2.0: Chicago Police Department 2.0. Let's have a precinct that we don't tell anyone about. Let's have a precinct where we can take people, and we don't register them, we don't officially arrest them, we don't fingerprint them, we just take them to a room, and we disrupt.On this week's regular show, it's the original dry boys, Matt, Felix, and Will, recording from Felix's unsanitary new Greenpoint FOB. They're mostly stuck talking about Trump news like the rest of us. Fortunately, there's a B story about the show APB, on how drones and apps are the future of law enforcement, which will be live-streamed by Officer Pewdiepie.
Deadwood: Mister Wu Rewatch Season 1, Episode 10
An opium theft leaves Swearengen trying to find common language with his supplier and the boss of the Deadwood Chinese population, Mr. Wu, as well as navigating tricky waters to deal with the mess. A letter from a Yankton magistrate infuriates Swearengen, but finds the solution may well lie with the letter's deliverer. Eddie Sawyer promises to back Joanie for her brothel.
Homeland: Causus Belli Season 6, Episode 5
Keane gets sidelined. Carrie's work follows her home. [more inside]
Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Jetrel Rewatch Season 1, Episode 15
Say what you will about Neelix--he's irritating, bossy, inappropriately possessive and jealous of Kes--but you have to admit this: he had a bad war. A really, really bad war. [more inside]
Spotless: One Hand Clapping Season 1, Episode 1
Jean Bastière lives a quiet if unfaithful life in London, mounting up debts against his family's home as his crime-scene cleaning business steadily loses money. Then his long-estranged ne'er-do-well brother Martin visits from across the Channel, with several kilograms of drugs he needs to retrieve from an unconventional container.
Big Little Lies: Somebody's Dead Season 1, Episode 1
A suspicious death at a costal elementary school fundraiser draws attention; An incident with the children at school causes battles lines to be drawn. [more inside]
By 2017 the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources, and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. [more inside]
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them. [more inside]
A couple expecting their first child discover an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.
Andy is joined by Helen to look at a few stories of human endeavor, including: creation of the MAMMOPHANT, beauty spot stag do’s and traffic lights versus Darwin. What are we doing to prolong humankind? Not much AND too much.
Podcast: Seminars About Long-term Thinking: Jennifer Pahlka: Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In
Code for America was founded in 02009 by Jennifer Pahlka "to make government work better for the people and by the people in the 21st century." The organization started a movement to modernize government for a digital age which has now spread from cities to counties to states, and now, most visibly, to the federal government, where Jennifer served at the White House as US Deputy Chief Technology Officer. There she helped start the United States Digital Service, known as "Obama's stealth startup." Now that thousands of people from "metaphysical Silicon Valley" are working for and with government, what have we learned? Can government actually be fixed to serve citizens better—especially the neediest? Why does change in government happen so slowly? Before founding Code for America, Jennifer Pahlka co-created the Web 2.0 and Gov. 2.0 conferences, building on her prior experience organizing computer game developer conferences. She continues to serve as executive director of Code for America, which is based in San Francisco.
The Expanse: Godspeed Season 2, Episode 4
Miller and Fred take the Navoo for a joyride. The OPA bus and truck crew stop in at Eros. Holden gets his hands dirty. [more inside]
Riverdale: The Last Picture Show Season 1, Episode 4
Jughead is bummed that the drive-in movie theater/his secret home is being demolished, while Hermione Lodge and the town gang are the ones working on said demolishment. But most of the episode is dedicated to "Who is this mysterious Miss Grundy who seduces teenage boys?" [more inside]
Grimm: Blind Love Season 6, Episode 7
A vengeful Cupido decides to re-enact "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on the cast when they go on a weekend birthday celebration. Meanwhile, Diana gets kidnapped and you can guess who ends up unhappiest of all with that. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Storm in the Room Season 4, Episode 17
Steven spends some time thinking about his mom.
When a mercenary soldier (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the purpose behind one of the greatest wonders of the world and joins forces with his captors, a huge army of elite warriors, to confront an unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
Bobby and Madeleine speak with special guest (and Jezebel Senior Writer) the Honorable Judge Kara Brown about C-list celebrities selling their souls--and Flat Tummy Tea--on Instagram. Also discussed: the tragedy of Tom Hiddleston, scary entertainment lawyers, and the vanilla sex of Fifty Shades Darker. [more inside]
On our very first episode of DirtCast, hosts Bobby and Madeleine discuss Johnny Depp's wine budget, puzzle over the continued success of of Mel Gibson, and debate whether or not Titanic's Jack and Rose would've been a successful longterm couple. We also speak to former PR agent/current gossip blogger Rob Shuter on the symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the tabloids that cover them. [more inside]
The Magicians: The Flying Forest Books Included Season 2, Episode 4
Quentin and Penny embark upon a quest and bond a little. Margo works on a way to help Eliot. Julia seeks out an old friend's help. Magic might be in trouble. But at least we get Abigail the Sloth!
The Magicians: The Flying Forest Show Only Season 2, Episode 4
Quentin and Penny embark upon a quest and bond a little. Margo works on a way to help Eliot. Julia seeks out an old friend's help. And magic might be in trouble.
Boy (James Rolleston) is an 11-year old growing up on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984 who loves Michael Jackson, helps take care of his large family, has a crush on Chardonnay (RickyLee Waipuka-Russell), hangs out with his friends, and fantasizes about when his Alamein, his father (Taika Waititi) will get home from prison. Alamein looms large in Boy’s imagination as a heroic figure, and his surprise return forces Boy to square his imaginings with a less-appetizing reality.
The West Wing: 17 People Rewatch Season 2, Episode 18
Toby is told about the President's multiple sclerosis, becoming the 17th person to know, and he and the President have a heated row over the matter. Meanwhile, the President considers an extensive security alert for the nation's airports, and staffers struggle to punch up a speech the President is set to give at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON Season 6, Episode 17
aka "Ilya Mourometz" (USSR) "Eye-Filling Spectacle! Man Against Monsters!" "A cast of 106,000! 11,000 horses!" Russian folk hero Ilya Muromets is a chair-bound farmer who gains both the power to walk and the magic sword Invincor, and uses both to drive off the evil Tugars that threaten his land -- whose number includes his son. For once the opening ad blurbs and descriptions of this film aren't sarcastic, for this is a genuinely great movie, the third both of MST's treatments of the output of Russian director Aleksandr Ptushko. (The other two were 422 THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE and 505 THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.) Yet, while the movie is terrific, it's also very strange, which makes it excellent riffing fodder. Wait until you see the wind demon. It all adds up to a rare episode where you can appreciate both the film and the jokes. Also contains a favorite host segment, the "Joke by Ingmar Bergman." YouTube (1h37m) Premiered December 3, 1994. [more inside]