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This week, a story about people who start hearing voices in their heads. But, instead of trying to get rid of the voices, they try to make more. Reporter Laura Klivans has the story. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Change of Heart Rewatch Season 6, Episode 16
On a high-stakes mission in enemy territory, a Starfleet officer's heart is about to lead him astray…but such are the dangers of tongo. Oh, also Worf faces a difficult assignment. [more inside]
Past mistakes catch up with the town of Polvo.
Something else instead!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: RADAR SECRET SERVICE Season 5, Episode 20
Crooks don't stand a chance against the miracle science of RADAR, which can track down cars as long as they're moving. It's produced by demon prince Robert Lippert and directed by his archfiend Sam Newfield, so expect to be bored right to death. With short Last Clear Chance: Union Pacific wants you to be safe around their incredibly deadly, whisper-quiet trains, which, thirsty for blood, lurk at crossings, ready to strike. Why don't they look? Great short! The movie, however, is at true test of your MSTie endurance. The riffing is pretty good for most of it, about as good as you can expect from such a gray, static pile of film as this. It is a film that would lead aliens to conclude the planet Earth could hold no joy. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered December 18, 1993. [more inside]
Mr. Robot: eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12 Season 2, Episode 8
A video is released by fsociety; Darlene decides to act on an old desire. [more inside]
Adam Ruins Everything: The Second Season Season 2 (Full Season)
Since we last saw Adam ruining things, he started a podcast, got picked up for 14 more episodes, obliterated all stereotypes about millennials in one presentation, and appears to have lost all his friends, judging from the first episode.
The Great British Bake Off: Cakes Season 7, Episode 1
Twelve new amateur bakers don their aprons and head for the iconic tent in the heart of the British countryside. [more inside]
Longmire: An Incredibly Beautiful Thing Season 1, Episode 8
An investigation into a convenience store murder and related missing person has Walt ranging far and wide. [more inside]
Continuing the trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Charter Schools Season 3, Episode 22
- US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (4m) and others trashed a men's restroom, and Lochte flees to us while his collegues are detained.
- Main story: The downsides of many charter schools (18m): poor planning, profit seeking and corruption.
- And Now: One Final Second of Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte The Perfectly Encapsulates His Entire Personality, Career and Worldview.
- Finally, LWT tonight noticed surprising parallels between the campaign of Donald Trump and the book "The Kid Who Ran For President." Part 1 (5m) - Part 2 (5m)
In the winter of 1941-1942, two Czech soldiers (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) parachute back into occupied Czechoslovakia. Their mission is to assassinate the Butcher of Prague: SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: One Way or Another Season 3, Episode 2
Cameron and Donna have a hard time finding venture capital; Joe hires a key coder and leaves the rest of the team at a loss.
Halt and Catch Fire: Valley of the Heart's Delight Season 3, Episode 1
Donna and Cameron explore their options to expand beyond chat. Gordon settles in at Mutiny. Joe launches his latest product. [more inside]
This is not the episode you want to listen to if you're hoping to renew your faith in humanity. Each of the boys lost something dear in the week leading up to this recording, but none so much as Justin, who lost the act of love itself. Suggested talking points: True LA Crime Stories, Good Trash, Porno Kite, Reconnoiter the Driveway, UNO Moriarty, The Worst Day of Justin's Life
When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god? In this episode, we follow New York Times reporter Sheri Fink as she searches for the answer. In a warzone, a hurricane, a church basement, and an earthquake, the question remains the same. What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god? [more inside]
A boy named Kubo, skilled in storytelling and origami, must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Honor Among Thieves Rewatch Season 6, Episode 15
This fourth and final installment in the series confirms Elena Ferrante, as “one of the great novelists of our time” (NYT Book Review). Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. [SPOILERS below.] [more inside]
Archer: Blood Test Season 2, Episode 3
Wee baby Seamus triggers an emergency operation for the ISIS operatives and Archer
springs lurches into action to break into a vault. The back office plans a party. [more inside]
The Night Of: Ordinary Death Season 1, Episode 7
The defense presents its case in the trial of The State v. Nasir Khan.
An adult man uses a loophole to get into National Spelling Bee and a reporter goes along with him to figure out his reasons. [more inside]
That's a wrap!
Superstore: Season 1 of Superstore Season 1 (Full Season)
A sitcom following the employees at Cloud 9 superstore.
Fringe: Five-Twenty-Ten Rewatch Season 5, Episode 7
The plan starts to come together, and the team starts to fall apart.
Killjoys: Full Metal Monk Season 2, Episode 8
Johnny and Pawter head to Old Town while Dutch, D'Avin and Alvis go to Arkyn.
Dark Matter: Stuff to Steal, People to Kill Season 2, Episode 8
It's time for sci-fi cliché number 12 (or whatever) as an accident with new technology zaps the Raza into an alternate universe. Some crew members get to meet their doubles and some encounter other familiar faces.
Steven Universe: Buddy's Book Season 4, Episode 3
Steven and Connie go to the public library and find a forgotten chronicle!
Given the upcoming Dirk Gently TV show it's probably time to have a read of the book. From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction. [more inside]
In this deeply personal and heartfelt conversation the fashion therapist and Project Runway mentor, Tim Gunn, opens up about his struggles with learning to be comfortable in his own skin and using his talent, creativity and passion for the arts to inspire others.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: One Little Ship Rewatch Season 6, Episode 14
A company of Jem'Hadar invaders is about to learn why it's a bad idea...to cross the Rubicon. [more inside]
Mr. Robot: eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme Season 2, Episode 7
Mr. Robot and Elliot try to keep the peace. Fsociety releases a video honoring Uncle Sam. Darlene acts upon an old desire.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: OUTLAW Season 5, Episode 19
aka "Outlaw of Gor," "Gor II." "The Adventure of a Thousand Lifetimes Continues!" "Fuera de la Ley de GOR" While John Carter fell asleep in a cave and woke up on Mars, one thing author John Norman's creation Gor has over Burroughs' Barsoom books is that at least Tarl Cabot has a magic ring to explain his ridiculous translocation to Barbarian Planet. You know Barbarian Planet, it's a world based on one of those oft-written-about fantasy times that never really existed historically, but all kinds of folk like to imagine, from Howard to Gygax. Well, at least this version has Jack Palance! When this episode aired, the movie was just four years old! I'm not sure it ever got a release in theaters in the US. Although he did it under a pseudonym, the main screenwriter is the same Harry Alan Towers who did the screenplay for 323 THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU. Fortunately this movie is tons more watchable, thanks to massive amounts of flesh (both male and female, it's an equal opportunity exhibitor) and excellent riffing. One of the host segments refers to all the skin, one of the best sketches and songs MST ever did: Tubular Boobular Joy. Notes on Gor itself are after the break. Official YouTube, with annotations! (1h32m) Premiered December 11, 1993. If you want to fill in the blanks with the movie this is a sequel to (may god have mercy on your soul), here it is! (1h30m) [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: API's New Ad,and Auto Lending Season 3, Episode 21
- Hillary Clinton releases her tax returns. Donald Trump claims Obama founded ISIS. He also claims that, if Hillary beats him, it must have been because of vote cheating. He also loves charts. Part 1 (4m) - Part 2 (4m)
- The American Petroleum institute airs a new commercial, and totally rips off the style of Last Week Tonight's intro! Of course you know, this means war. (4m)
- Main story: Predatory auto lending (18m) and its effects on the disadvantaged.
Cassette #5: Focus, Nose [more inside]
Longmire: 8 Seconds Season 1, Episode 7
An investigation into a home invasion and assault reveals a plethora of illegal behaviour, motives and suspects. [more inside]
Hey, look who's at the door! The back door, I mean. It's Island Boy, and he's very, very lost. Oops! Now we have to take care of Island Boy, because I'm pretty sure he'll perish out in the real world. Suggested Talking Points: Island Boy Rises, Deep Sea 'Corns, Barber Barber Barber, Burke Plimpton, Gimme the Hippo, Please and Thank Yous, Justin's New Podcast, Return to the Zoo
Outcast: A wrath unseen lurks within the shadows, close to home Season 1 (Full Season)
(And other episode title mashups.) Season one check-in. [more inside]
An ambitious young make-up artist from the Unmarked Territories is ready to join Usidore's quest. [more inside]
WWE Raw: The SummerSlam Go-Home Season 24, Episode 49
The bifurcated brand comes back together for the granduncle of them all, the last combined PPV until Survivor Series. [more inside]
As Season 2 of The Black Tapes comes to a close as Alex, Strand, and even Nic learn that they've been part of the problem all along. [more inside]
Finale: Daniel is still missing, but maybe for good reason. One story ends while another, a much larger one, begins again. Since we sort of trailed off with the episode posts, I figured a season-ender might be interesting. [more inside]
This week is National Alternate History Week. Plus an update on the Beatrix Lohman Memorial Meditation Zone, a warning from the National Weather Service, and Children's Fun Fact Science Corner. [more inside]
In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the barriers that would have them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond. [more inside]
A candid portrait of beloved author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, written and directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.
BrainDead: The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm Season 1, Episode 8
The second book of GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire. The Seven Kingdoms enter a period of civil war as the War of the Five Kings begins. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars Rewatch Season 6, Episode 13
And now for something really different: for the first time anywhere, an adaptation of a long-lost work by the tragic and underappreciated African-American SF author and Afrofuturist pioneer Benny Russell, a story considered so controversial at the time of its writing that it was completely suppressed by its publisher: "Deep Space Nine"! [more inside]
Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig -- making an outsider from the community, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. As an expert in the arts of self-defence, Hwa has been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline. [more inside]
Tragedy leads to innovation; innovation leads to tragedy.
The Night Of: Samson and Delilah Season 1, Episode 6
As prosecutor Helen Weiss prepares for trial, Naz's alliance with Freddy deepens.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. [more inside]
Killjoys: Heart-Shaped Box Season 2, Episode 7
The team are tested to the core as tensions rise while Dutch interrogates a lethal Level Six agent he captured and Johnny secretly investigates Jelco's wall for Pawter.
Dark Matter: She's One of Them Now Season 2, Episode 7
The crew goes after Alicia Reynaud looking for answers.
A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence. [more inside]
The Get Down: Where There is Ruin, There is Hope for a Treasure Season 1, Episode 1
Review: ‘The Get Down’ Is ‘West Side Story’ With Rappers and Disco Queens “The Get Down,” Mr. Luhrmann’s 12-episode series for Netflix (six episodes will be available on Friday 8/12), is being promoted as “a comprehensive look at the art form’s true origins” and an authentic evocation of late-’70s New York, that caldron of burning buildings, bankruptcy, cocaine and revolutionary forms of popular music. [more inside]
Archer: A Going Concern Season 2, Episode 2
Mallory puts ISIS up for sale so the staff jump into covert action to poison the sale to their hated rivals. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Know Your Fusion Season 4, Episode 2
Steven and Amethyst introduce Garnet and Pearl to Smoky Quartz, but Sardonyx steals the show. [more inside]
If our boys want to get out of this time-locked quagmire, they're going to need some divine intervention -- and the only way to get this particular god to play ball is to get up to no good. Let's hope that big wheel doesn't stop turning on this rotation, yeah? Magnus hurls a friend. Merle does horse stunts. Taako gets the gold.
BrainDead: The Power of Euphemism Season 1, Episode 7
...How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics. Tense AF, as Laurel is taken into custody by the FBI (Kurt Fuller in supercreepy mode) and prepared for enhanced interrogation -- specifically, "controlled immersion", a new, less-drowny version of waterboarding. Gareth teams up with Luke to get an Intelligence Committee hearing on the use of torture, which Red manipulates as usual. But! Gustav and Rochelle have figured out some of the bugs' language and use it to make the bug-infected committee members raise their hands at the wrong times, then walk repeatedly into walls. [more inside]