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August 2

Masters of Sex: Undue Influence  Season 3, Ep 4

Masters seeks advice on convincing Johnson to go on a book tour; Margaret Scully and her new partner seek help at the clinic; Virginia is distracted by news of Henry; Libby tries to help Paul and Joy.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:44 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
posted by jbickers at 6:05 PM - 1 comment

Fringe: Neither Here Nor There  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 1

Agent Lincoln Lee is introduced to the team via the unnerving death of his partner. Olivia and Fauxlivia snipe at each other while trading secrets. Walter is (justifiably?) paranoid about Walternate. And the Observers discuss Mr. Not-Appearing-In-This-Episode. Redverse? Blueverse? Welcome to the Amberverse.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:51 PM - 0 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sanctuary  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 10

A new species is looking for a new home.
posted by Solomon at 3:47 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Fast Five

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:49 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: Mystery Show: Case #6 Kotter

Starlee investigates a mysterious Welcome Back, Kotter lunch box.
posted by radioamy at 12:17 PM - 8 comments

Movie: Man of the Year

A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 12:13 PM - 0 comments

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Lunch  Season 1, Ep 2

Lindsay shows up at camp. Coop saves Kevin from some embarrassment. Donna and Coop have words. Gail and Jonas announce their engagement. A new soccer counselor arrives. Rehearsals continue, but with mandated breaks. And Mitch comes clean. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:45 AM - 6 comments

August 1

Shameless (US): My Oldest Daughter  Season 4, Ep 2

Frank tells Carl his liver has “finally given up.” “No more alcohol. Just drugs — whatever you can get me.” Carl tries to find drugs and a liver transplant for Frank. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 6:43 PM - 0 comments

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Campers Arrive  Season 1, Ep 1

June 24th, 1981 - 7:45 am. Camp Director Mitch attempts to exert control over his teenaged group of counselors. Andy arrives a week late to work and sets his sights on Katie. Coop is super-excited to see his girlfriend Donna again. Susie and Ben get started on their opening night musical theatre production. Victor and Neil make a bet. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:01 AM - 15 comments

Star Trek: Bread and Circuses  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 25

The Enterprise investigates the disappearance of the SS Beagle and discover a planet modeled after a modern version of the Roman Empire where the crew must participate in brutal gladiatorial games. [more inside]
posted by Benway at 6:52 AM - 2 comments

July 31

Rectify: Girl Jesus  Season 3, Ep 4

Daniel struggles to follow the terms of his probation. Teddy pushes Tawney into making a painful confession. Janet loses her temper with Ted, Sr. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:14 PM - 1 comment

Farscape: DNA Mad Scientist  Season 1, Ep 9

In exchange for samples of their DNA, a genetic scientist offers the Moyans star charts to reach their respective homeworlds, but his demands become too extreme when he takes one of Pilot's arms and his experiments result in Aeryn mutating into a Pilot hybrid. [via]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 5:38 PM - 8 comments

Movie: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 2:28 PM - 2 comments

Dark Matter: Episode Eight  Season 1, Ep 8

The crew stop at a space station to refuel and rest, but Six has a different agenda, which has to do with revenge. Meanwhile, One is taken aback by an unwelcome revelation.
posted by rednikki at 1:32 PM - 5 comments

Killjoys: Kiss Kiss Bye Bye  Season 1, Ep 7

The quest to uncover the mystery behind D'avin's missing memories leads the Killjoys to an underground black market and triggers a shocking incident that will haunt the team.
posted by rednikki at 1:30 PM - 6 comments

Adventure Time: Finn Meets His Hero  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 25

Finn and Jake meet the legendary Billy. Unfortunately, he's given up the hero game.
posted by drezdn at 1:00 PM - 2 comments

UnREAL: Princess  Season 1, Ep 9

The final three are narrowed down to the last two. Faith displays some surprising savvy about her and Adam's respective situations; Anna and Grace get blinded by the competition. Quinn uses her knowledge of everyone else's after-hours activities to shore up her power, but Dr. Wagerstein makes a surprising play. [more inside]
posted by psoas at 10:02 AM - 3 comments

BoJack Horseman: Still Broken  Season 2, Ep 3

A funeral brings the cast of Horsin' Around back together and sends them off on a treasure hunt. Princess Carolyn talks her way into a jam and into the paws of Mr. Peanutbutter who decides to have some fun at her expense.
posted by Atreides at 6:59 AM - 7 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 15. Step Away

‘Step-‘, as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word ‘wicked’ that we need new terminology? Lore’s Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around ‘step-‘. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 6:16 AM - 0 comments

July 30

Hannibal: ...And the Woman Clothed With the Sun  Season 3, Ep 9

The Great Red Dragon eats some pie. Hannibal and Will definitely don't eyefuck each other into oblivion. Freddie says what we were all thinking. Jack, you fucker! Hannibal, you fucker! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:10 PM - 158 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 20. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Three

In this installment, the question isn't 'Will our heroes survive,' it's, 'What's going to kill them first?' Our money's on either the elevator shaft full of sentient vines, or the godlike criminal waiting for them at the top of said shaft. Magnus has an embarrassing pants accident. Taako runs out of juice. Merle goes walking in Memphis.
posted by drezdn at 10:10 AM - 3 comments

Angel: Lonely Hearts  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

Angel meets Det. Kate Lockley of the LAPD as they both hunt a serial killer. Kate thinks it's Angel, but of course it's a demon. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:54 AM - 4 comments

Angel: City Of  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

The only Joss Whedon-directed episode of the first season, the series premiere brings Angel (David Boreanaz) to Los Angeles, where he saves some girls from vampires and realizes that he's closer to turning bad than he'd like. Fortunately, Doyle (Glenn Quinn) is there as a representative of The Powers That Be to get Angel back on the right track. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:20 AM - 6 comments

Deutschland 83: Bold Guard  Season 1, Ep 7

As preparations for NATO’s nuclear war game intensify, Martin receives an order from East Germany that cements his fears about their paranoia. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 7:55 AM - 5 comments

Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter at 3:52 AM - 19 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEENAGE CAVEMAN  Season 3, Ep 15

(1958, Black & White, Roger Corman, Samuel Z. Arkoff) "Prehistoric Lovers Against Primitive Beasts!" Rebellous young caveman Robert Vaughn ventures into an area forbidden by his tribe's laws in order to discover A SHOCKING TWIST ENDING!! With shorts Aquatic Wizards (a newsreel cavalcade of water skiing) and Catching Trouble (woodsman Ross Allen terrorizes Everglades wildlife). The second Roger Corman movie the guys faced. Most of it is standard 50s cheese, but the twist ending maybe have been slightly more effective when it was made, and everyone wasn't half expecting it from the beginning. Of the shorts, Catching Trouble is a classic. It's easy to build up a serious loathing for Ross Allen by the end of it, so Joel and the 'bots little pageant where they run a Ross action figure through a gauntlet of revenge is wonderfully cathartic. YouTube (2h) Premiered November 9, 1991. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 1:16 AM - 7 comments

July 29

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Living Conditions  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 2

Buffy's convinced her irritating roommate Kathy is a demon. She's right.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:14 PM - 10 comments

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Freshman  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 1

While Willow and Oz take to college life quickly, Buffy feels adrift until she meets a fellow awkward student. When he disappears, she investigates to find a gang of vampires preying on freshmen.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:04 PM - 19 comments

Mr. Robot: eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf  Season 1, Ep 6

Elliot attempts to hack Vera out of jail in order to save someone he cares about; Tyrell’s “game” gets crazy; and Angela digs deeper into her mother’s death.
posted by Catblack at 8:59 PM - 9 comments

Movie: Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

Dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. Don't you hate when that happens? Even more shocking: Bender's in love with a married fembot, and Leela's on the run from the law - Zapp Brannigan's law! Fry is the last hope of the universe, recruited for an ultra-top-secret mission. Could this be the end of the Planet Express crew forever? Say it ain't so, meatbag! [more inside]
posted by numaner at 3:56 PM - 2 comments

Pretty Little Liars: FrAmed  Season 6, Ep 8

Aria’s big moment of seeing her work displayed in an art gallery is in jeopardy as Ella is determined to keep her safe at home. Hanna is still uncomfortable with the scholarship money and is determined to give it back. The one normal high-school rite of passage the girls are looking forward to is in danger as Rosewood High is considering not letting the PLLs attend prom due to security issues. Meanwhile, the more Alison doubts that young blonde haired boy she sees in the photos and in her memories could become a deranged killer. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:05 AM - 14 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Sight  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 9

While noted scientist Gideon Seyetik is preparing for an ambitious project to re-ignite a star, Sisko is intrigued by a woman who keeps disappearing. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 5:36 AM - 8 comments

July 28

Movie: Evil Dead II

When friends Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell set out to turn their 1978 short Within the Woods into a full-length film on a shoestring budget, what they came up with was The Evil Dead; a nauseating film, sure, but also a thunderstorm in a bottle that managed to splice black comedy with innovative technique to make a hugely beloved cult horror mainstay. But how could anybody follow up such an apparent fluke with a sequel? Well, if you're Raimi and Campbell, you take another run at the same story, with the insanity turned up to 11, and in the process you practically invent a new genre of film.
posted by churl at 8:56 PM - 10 comments

Farscape: That Old Black Magic  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 8

On a commerce planet, Crichton finds himself lured into an alternate reality controlled by Maldis, a being who feeds off negative energy. He is pitted against Crais in a fight to the death, leaving Zhaan to tap into her old darkness to try and help him. [via]
posted by Squeak Attack at 8:33 PM - 11 comments

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Death Comes Knocking  Season 2, Ep 2

With Aunt Prudence swept up in the new spiritualist fad, Phryne becomes embroiled in a murder committed 10 years prior on the battlefield.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:30 PM - 2 comments

Under the Dome: Caged  Season 3, Ep 6

Big Jim is captured and forced to manipulate Christine; Norrie and Joe get into trouble after questioning the town's new rules. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:11 PM - 7 comments

Podcast: Slack Variety Pack: Episode 6 - Panic Pack

OH MY. Someone just stole all my passwords! My parents have NO clue what I do for a living!! I think my disposable coffee cup lid has been touched by a dozen strangers!!! AND I'm 12,500 feet under the ocean, stuck on the deck of the Titanic!!!... Welcome to Episode 6: The Panic Pack. Breathe in... breathe out. You're in a safe place now. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 3:19 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 262: Where Everybody Flies a Plane

Apologies in advance: We recorded this episode in a hurry, thanks to some chaotic McElroy family travel adventures -- as a result, Travis recorded with the wrong mic. Now, as for the 10 minutes of vamping on the theme song for Wings: We have no excuse for that.   Suggested talking points: 10 Year Jump Analysis, Dweezil Zappa's Love Party, Earthquake Sex, Tectosexual, Wings, Muscle Puzzles, Ewok Butt Carriers, Kevin Sorbones, Lice Bryce
posted by drezdn at 1:24 PM - 1 comment

July 27

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mandatory minmum sentencing in the US  Season 2, Ep 22

This week.... The Obama administration reaches a historic deal with Iran, but has difficulty selling it to Congress. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is in Russia to kick off preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Ashley Madison, a website that encourages and helps set up affairs between married people, was hacked and the responsible parties threaten to release records on their userbase. LWT produced a short message exhorting married citizens of Ottawa not to have affairs. Main story: The absurdity of mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the US. YouTube (15m) And Now: Unnecessary Full Disclosure. Ukraine threatens to blacklist Gérard Depardieu as a threat to their national security (Guardian) for a statement made last year at a film festival. Over the closing credits, LWT provides a brief slideshow of photos of Depardieu set to "cartoonishly French music." [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 11:05 PM - 6 comments

The Strain: Fort Defiance  Season 2, Ep 3

Gus and Vaun wage an attack on Palmer as Eph struggles to connect with Zack. Councilwoman Justine Faraldo vows to bring her extermination policies to the other boroughs. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:45 PM - 11 comments

Fringe: The Day We Died  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 22

Peter steps into the Machine, and wakes up in front of a memorial to September 11 ... that was dedicated in 2021.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:13 PM - 2 comments

Movie: In Bruges

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:48 PM - 22 comments

Podcast: Writing Excuses: Writing Excuses 10.30: Q&A on Middles, with Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan joins us again, this time to help us field your questions about middles. Here are the questions we collected from the various social media feeds: [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 2:46 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Earrings of Madame de...

In 19th century France, the wife of a wealthy general pays off her debts by selling the earrings her husband gave her on their wedding day, then claims to have lost them. Available to stream commercial-free to Hulu subscribers here. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:37 PM - 7 comments

Adventure Time: What Have You Done?  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 24

Finn and Jake capture the Ice King at Princess Bubblegum's order.
posted by drezdn at 10:25 AM - 0 comments

Halt and Catch Fire: Kali  Season 2, Ep 9

Following last week's events, Cameron and Donna let off some steam in a gun range looking for solutions for the future. Joe bails Gordon out after a night in jail, and learns a lesson in the instability of the early PC market. During Westgroup shareholders' meeting, Cameron and Joe get their stories straight, and it ends with a surprise.
posted by lmfsilva at 7:04 AM - 3 comments

BattleBots: Finale  Season 1, Ep 6

Which of the final four bots will take home the trophy?
posted by drezdn at 6:21 AM - 11 comments

July 26

Rick and Morty: A Rickle in Time  Season 2, Ep 1

Having restarted time, Rick, Morty and Summer are in a quantum-uncertain state of existence. An argument between Morty and Summer leads to the creation of two alternate time-lines, which need to be stitched back together fast if the three/six of them are escape quantum collapse. Will Rick manage to pull Schroedinger’s cat out of the hat?
posted by Catblack at 9:20 PM - 15 comments

True Detective: Church in Ruins  Season 2, Ep 6

Ray confronts Frank. Frank and Paul both follow up on the blue diamonds. Ani goes undercover at an exclusive party. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:05 PM - 150 comments

Masters of Sex: The Excitement of Release  Season 3, Ep 3

Masters and Johnson want to capitalize on their burgeoning fame. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:51 PM - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Necessary Evil  Season 2, Ep 8

Quark is attacked and Odo does some reminiscing.
posted by Solomon at 1:15 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: Writing Excuses: Writing Excuses 10.29: Why Should My Characters Fail Spectacularly?

Character failure is a big part of making the middle of a story work. We talk about why, and offer tips about how to make this work well for you. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 9:09 AM - 1 comment

July 25

Movie: Tangerine

Just out of jail, Sin-Dee searches LA for her philandering boyfriend/pimp with the help of her friend Alexandra, a singer who is trying to promote her show, in a comedic buddy movie about friendship, drama, and... life [more inside]
posted by latkes at 5:40 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Mr. Holmes

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.
posted by metaquarry at 5:08 PM - 8 comments

Rectify: Sown with Salt  Season 3, Ep 3

Daniel discovers some new, unpleasant restrictions on his life. Daggett investigates George’s death. Amantha endures Thrifty Town management training. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:44 PM - 0 comments

Farscape: PK Tech Girl  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 7

The hulk of the legendary Peacekeeper ship, the Zelbinion, holds a pleasant surprise for Crichton, but Rygel must confront the time spent on the ship where he was tortured by the sadistic commander Captain Durka, while the crew work to reactivate the ship's shields to defend themselves from an attack.(via)
posted by along came the crocodile at 9:34 AM - 10 comments

Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 24

An experimental M-5 computer is installed in the Enterprise which has been ordered to test it with a skeleton crew, but when the computer takes over and wreaks havoc on the Federation fleet, the crew must find a way to disable the device. [more inside]
posted by Benway at 6:43 AM - 11 comments

July 24

Game of Thrones: The Climb  First Watch   Season 3, Ep 6

Tywin plans strategic unions for the Lannisters. Littlefinger plans to leave King's Landing. Robb plans to apologize and attempt to rebuild his alliance with the Freys. Roose makes plans for Jaime. Jon, Ygritte and the Wildlings plan to do the impossible. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:31 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:05 PM - 7 comments