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May 25

Star Trek: Voyager: Basics, Part I  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 26

(Season Finale) Captain's log, stardate 49858.5—and I mean a literal log, I'm talking into a log right now. Stranded on a wilderness planet again *sigh*…second time this month. No sign of friendly monkeys, though. Well, at least my whole crew is with me this time. …Oh right, except for the doctor—and, um, one of his nurses. Hm. Well, maybe we won't end up needing any medical treatment. Wildman's baby looks pretty tough, what with the forehead spikes and all. Anyway, they're starting to stare at me, so I'd better wrap this up. Our first order of business: we're gonna need tubs. Lots of tubs. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:18 AM - 3 comments

May 24

Arrow: Lian Yu  Season 5, Episode 23

The battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. Oliver recruits a group of unlikely allies, Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn, and Digger Harkness, to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army that includes Black Siren, Evelyn Sharp, and Talia al Ghul. (season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:06 PM - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LASERBLAST  Season 7, Episode 6

"Billy was a kid who got pushed around... Then he found the power" When a picked-on kid suddenly realizes he's not hopeless but finds "the power," what happens? Gamergate! Why he takes his new laser gun and, goes out on an explodey rampage, whoo! AN THEN THE CLAYMATION ALIENS ATTACKED..... We have arrived at the end of another age, the short Fifth Age of the show, that brief period Post-Frank yet Pre-SciFi. In a host segment, we have the joke... you know, that one. The one where they try to get beyond something. Also, Mike becomes Captain Janeway. Then, finally, the SOL reaches the end of the universe.... YouTube (1h32m) - Annotated - Promo (with Penn Jilette voiceover & promo for TV Wheel!) - Movie trailer [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 5:35 PM - 3 comments

Twin Peaks: The Return, Parts 3 & 4  First Watch   Season 3, Episode 2

Call for help. Bring back some memories. (Description from Showtime.)
posted by Ruki at 12:47 PM - 31 comments

The Flash: Finish Line  Season 3, Episode 23

With nothing left to lose, Barry takes on Savitar in an epic conclusion to season three. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 10:37 AM - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT  Season 11, Episode 7

"The Adventure You Will Never Forget!" A cramped German U-Boat (which nonethless houses a spacious captain's cabin and dining table!) in WWI sinks a passenger ship but the survivors make it aboard and take it over, then not. But the crewmen and survivors form a truce for survival when they find a mysterious land where live primitive men, dinosaurs, and volcanoes. An okay episode overall, but it does have the "Moon 14 Mesozoic Ranch Dinosaur BBQ" sketch, and one where Crow frets about turning into a human. Episode 1107 can be viewed on Netflix. Unriffed, the movie is on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:55 AM - 4 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: The Other Side  Season 1, Episode 7

The story going into flashback and out of Gilead to check in on a familiar face [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 8:23 AM - 16 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stupid Watergate  Season 4, Episode 13

It's a very special episode of Last Week Tonight that, for once, actually focuses on the previous week's events, as the Trump Administration continues to be mired in scandal. John Oliver takes a stab at answering these questions:
  • What The Fuck Is Going On?
  • How Big A Deal Is This?
  • Where Do We Go From Here? and
  • Is This Real Life?
YouTube (24m) In addition to answering those questions, there is And Now: Yet Another Look At Whatever The Fuck Is Happening On WCBS 2 News At 11, and a severely abbreviated Main Story concerning the TSA. (More on that last part....) [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 12:22 AM - 8 comments

May 23

The Americans: The World Council of Churches  Season 5, Episode 12

Pastor Tim tells Paige about his career plans, Elizabeth and Philip tell Claudia and Pastor Tim about their retirement plans, Sofia tells Beeman and Aderholt about her matrimonial plans, Oleg talks relationships with his investigators, sentencing with his boss, camp life with his mother, and shop with his father, Mischa has dinner with his uncle, Elizabeth and Evgheniya clip coupons, Paige tries to change up her accessories, Pascha comes home from school with a new look, Tuan comes up with a new plan, and Henry makes dinner. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:20 PM - 21 comments

12 Monkeys: The Witness  Season 3 (Full Season)

Everyone is looking for The Witness. Some want to kill him, some want to serve him, some want to save him. Also Titan has developed splinter suits. All 10 episodes of Season 3 were presented over 3 nights on SyFy. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:59 PM - 5 comments

Better Call Saul: Expenses  Season 3, Episode 7

Jimmy tries to settle his debts. Nacho reunites with an old acquaintance. Mike helps Stacey with a project and makes a meaningful connection.
posted by mediareport at 4:32 PM - 41 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 356: Face 2 Face: My Donut-Loving Boys

Here's our live show from The Paramount in Austin, TX! We had a great time, even though everyone sitting the balcony was SO NASTY. You all would not BELIEVE what a NASTY balcony it was.
posted by drezdn at 12:57 PM - 2 comments

The Bachelorette: Week 1  Season 23, Episode 1

You really just need one word to describe the most diverse cast in Bachelor/Bachelorette history: "Whaaabooom!" [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 12:19 PM - 16 comments

The Leftovers: Certified  Season 3, Episode 6

Laurie Garvey, a former therapist, must become one again as she heads to Australia to help Nora and Kevin along their paths.
posted by LizBoBiz at 8:00 AM - 5 comments

Lucifer: Sympathy for the Goddess  Season 2, Episode 17

The man who had the final piece of the Flaming Sword is murdered and the piece goes missing, so Mom teams with Chloe and Lucifer to track down the killer. When Lucifer gets sidelined, Maze recruits him to help save Dr. Linda's endangered career and confronts him about the secrets he's keeping. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:08 AM - 9 comments

Supergirl: Nevertheless, She Persisted  Season 2, Episode 22

Supergirl challenges Rhea to battle to save National City. Meanwhile, Superman returns and Cat Grant offers Supergirl some sage advice. (season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:54 AM - 14 comments

May 22

Elementary: Hurt Me, Hurt You  Season 5, Episode 24

Holmes and Watson pursue an elusive criminal as a gang war erupts in New York City. While the NYPD works to contain the violence, the two investigate the murder that appears to have ignited the city-wide conflict. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 5:18 PM - 0 comments

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy's Roommate Lemonades!  Season 3, Episode 2

Titus unleashes his inner Beyoncé when he suspects Mikey of cheating. Kimmy checks out colleges, and Jacqueline and Lillian clash over city politics.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:45 AM - 12 comments

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: "Kimmy Gets Divorced?!"  Season 3, Episode 1

Back in New York, Titus goes to great lengths to score an audition for "Sesame Street". Jacqueline encourages Kimmy to play hardball with the Reverend.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:44 AM - 10 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Resolutions  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 25

"I closed my eyes and sank deeper into the steamy bath, feeling my troubles and worries slip away. I was no longer a starship captain, really, no longer even a scientist after the oddly-precise storm destroyed all my technical equipment but left everything else untouched; now, I was just a woman. 'Everything OK, Kathryn?' I smiled, thinking of the man who was once my second-in-command, but now... now, just a man. A very considerate, thoughtful, available man. 'Better than OK, Com- I mean, Chakotay. Makes me wish that I'd gotten the incurable yet peculiarly asymptomatic space plague earlier. Say, you didn't happen to find a loofah out there, did you?'" -- from Passion's Pesilent Planet, Jane Katrina (pseud.) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:21 AM - 22 comments

Scandal: Season Six  Season 6 (Full Season)

Covering the brief period between Election Night and Inauguration Day, Scandal's sixth season features a mad scramble for the Oval Office after President Elect Frankie Vargas is assassinated during his acceptance speech. Suggested talking points include dinosaur bones and boxed bricks, yet another shadowy organization of ruthless killers, endless double crosses, Huck and David Rosen's continuing awful taste in women, BTW where is Susan Ross, the attempted redemption of Parents Pope, more flashbacks than you probably wanted, and Olivia Pope's rise to power and predator. The liquor cabinet is over there.
posted by yellowbinder at 6:30 AM - 0 comments

Silicon Valley: The Blood Boy  Season 4, Episode 5

Richard's latest partnership begins to crumble when he has to deal with an unexpected interloper. Meanwhile, Dinesh looks for a way out of his new relationship; and Monica faces a business dilemma after learning of surprising developments at Raviga.
posted by noneuclidean at 4:38 AM - 8 comments

May 21

Master of None: Buona Notte  Season 2, Episode 10

Just as Dev's personal life reaches a tipping point, disturbing revelations throw his professional life into turmoil, too.
posted by The Gooch at 10:36 PM - 15 comments

Twin Peaks: The Return, Parts 1 & 2  First Watch   Season 3, Episode 1

The stars turn and a time presents itself. (description from Showtime) [more inside]
posted by duffell at 8:42 PM - 94 comments

American Gods: Git Gone  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 4

Alternating between the past and present, Laura's life and death are explored - how she met Shadow, how she died, and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed. [more inside]
posted by sparkletone at 7:00 PM - 50 comments

Movie: Alien: Covenant

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
posted by Sangermaine at 1:28 PM - 30 comments

Saturday Night Live: SNL Season 43 Preview  Season 43 (Full Season)

Vanessa Bayer is gone. Bobby Moynihan is gone. Rumor has it that the head writers are gone. Weekend Update has a summer gig.
posted by Etrigan at 11:05 AM - 22 comments

Master of None: Amarsi Un Po  Season 2, Episode 9

When Francesca returns to New York for a month, Dev plays tour guide and finds himself caught in a whirlwind of confusing emotions.
posted by The Gooch at 8:02 AM - 5 comments

Samurai Jack: CI  Season 5, Episode 10

"Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil. But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future where my evil is law. Now the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is Aku. NOT! Because, after all these years ..." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:48 AM - 4 comments

May 20

Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson, Katy Perry  Season 42, Episode 21

Host: Dwayne Johnson, Musical Guest: Katy Perry [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 10:52 PM - 27 comments

Doctor Who: Extremis  Season 10, Episode 6

In the Haereticum — the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy — there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:00 PM - 12 comments

RuPaul's Drag Race: Your Pilot's On Fire  Season 9, Episode 9

The queens are challenged to come up with an idea for a TV series and star in their pilots. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire at 12:59 AM - 22 comments

May 19

Podcast: Reply All: #97 What Kind Of Idiot Gets Phished?

This week, Phia wonders what kind of person falls for phishing attacks. Is it only insanely gullible luddites, or can smart, tech savvy people get phished, too? To find out, she conducts an experiment on her poor, unsuspecting coworkers.
posted by dnash at 7:47 AM - 5 comments

May 18

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 63. The Stolen Century - Chapter Four

We're fairly deep into our trip down memory lane, but our heroes are no closer to figuring out how to stop the ever-evolving force that's pursuing them. With few other options, they'll have to adopt a new, remarkably costly strategy. Magnus helps out some Losers. Taako eats a fateful meal. Merle makes a powerful new friend.
posted by Tevin at 10:11 AM - 22 comments

Archer: Gramercy, Halberd!  Season 8, Episode 7

The gang tries to escape a rampaging robot. Knock-knock, who's there?
posted by filthy light thief at 7:58 AM - 9 comments

Fargo: The House Of Special Purposes  Season 3, Episode 5

Sy makes trouble for everyone while Ray and Emmit both deal with authority figures breathing down their neck. “This is how it feels to be alone at the top of the hill, tryin’ to figure out why.”
posted by jazon at 7:45 AM - 22 comments

Arrow: Missing  Season 5, Episode 22

Black Siren returns to help Chase; Felicity organizes a birthday party for Oliver; Lance is furious after Rene misses the custody hearing for his daughter. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:47 AM - 7 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Tuvix  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 24

On stardate 49655.2, Lieutenant Tuvok was asked to remove himself from his ship of residence to collect samples. That request came from his captain. Deep down, he knew the transporter would malfunction on the way back, but he also knew that someday, he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, his transporter pattern merged with that of his crewmate, Neelix. Sometime earlier, Neelix's biological matter had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two men share a body without driving each other crazy? [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:39 AM - 20 comments

May 17

Mystery Science Theater 3000: ESCAPE 2000  Season 7, Episode 5

AKA Escape From The Bronx, The Bronx Warriors 2. The people living in a ludicrously named hellscape called the "Bronx" (yeah, right), beloved by its remaining residents because at least its our hellscape, tries to keep out an evil, murderous construction company. Wikipedia notes that this is actually a sequel! I bet that leaves you fully sprinting to Wikipedia to discover Trash's backstory. The next show is the final Comedy Central episode. YouTube (1h33m) Promo Premiered March 2, 1996. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:01 PM - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: STARCRASH  Season 11, Episode 6

"From a vast and distant galaxy... a Space Adventure for all Time!" Clothes-adverse, redundantly-named smuggler Stella Star, her Magic Space Friend Akton, and Robo-Yosemite Sam are called by Emperor Plummer to his grand Starship Kitbash, to entrust them with the search for both a huge space weapon and his lost young Prince Hasselhoff, from among the haunted theme worlds of the colored-bulb cosmos. Some people really like this movie (Better than Star Wars?) but you can't deny it's remarkably ridiculous, even by this show's standards. It's even had its own MeFi post! Also unusual for MST3K is an exceptionally high-powered cameo, by Joel's friend Jerry Seinfeld, as investor Freak Masterstroke. And of considerable interest to MSTies is the fact that former Brains Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl and Paul Chaplin helped write this one! Episode 1106 is available for viewing on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 5:49 PM - 25 comments

Master of None: Thanksgiving  Season 2, Episode 8

Over a series of Thanksgivings from the '90s to the present, Denise settles into her sexuality and faces the challenge of coming out to her family
posted by The Gooch at 3:16 PM - 9 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: A Woman's Place  Season 1, Episode 6

Visitors come to Gilead. Offred gets some surprising news.
posted by roolya_boolya at 1:12 PM - 61 comments

Master of None: Door#3  Season 2, Episode 7

A sweet job offer forces Dev to take stock of his priorities. Brian helps his dad with a romantic dilemma. A cupcake competition judge gets cold feet
posted by The Gooch at 8:51 AM - 5 comments

Master of None: New York, I Love You   Season 2, Episode 6

As Dev and friends head to a theater to see the hit movie "Death Castle", the lives of several ordinary New Yorkers intersect in subtle ways
posted by The Gooch at 8:49 AM - 9 comments

Master of None: The Dinner Party  Season 2, Episode 5

After welcoming the Jabbawockeez to his show, Dev struggles to find the right date to take to a dinner party thrown by his celebrity chef boss.
posted by The Gooch at 8:44 AM - 2 comments

iZombie: Dirt Nap Time  Season 3, Episode 7

When Liv and Clive work together to solve the murder of a very charming, but womanizing, preschool teacher, things get interesting when they bring his jealous girlfriend Piper (guest star Shenae Grimes of 90210) in for questioning. Meanwhile, Peyton is assigned a very interesting case. Blaine finds himself in a bad situation.
posted by rednikki at 8:29 AM - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dialysis Clinics  Season 4, Episode 12

New events worthy of mention:
  • Trump again. The fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the many problematic things about it.
  • Congressfolk's continued denial over the situation mentioned above as every functioning adult in the nation gets steadily angrier about their refusal to do anything about it. "When you've got the Presidential equivalent of a five-year-old shitting on the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, at some point you stop blaming the five-year-old and you start blaming the people who are not stopping him."
  • Back to New Zealand's ruling National Party's appropriation of Eminem music. New Zealand PM Bill English heard about Last Week's Last Week Tonight mention of the court case and said, "some of the stuff I've seen he does isn't very funny." LWT, in retaliation, found an actual Facebook post Bill English made, with pictures: "Cooked dinner for the family last night - like if you agree with tinned spaghetti on pizza!"
  • And Now: A Series of Terrible Pizzas That New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English Would Probably Enjoy
  • Main Story: Kidney dialysis clinics, particularly those operated by DaVita, and the dangerous extents many go through to save costs, like rushing patients through dialysis, and the deeply terrible methods some employ to keep customers using their services and not seek out life-saving transplants. DaVita has had to settle nearly a billion dollars to settle lawsuits over the past five years, while their CEO compares his business (willingly!) to Taco Bell. LWT offers a commercial for Taco Bell stating how it's not a proper business model for dialysis clinics. YouTube (24m)
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 1:17 AM - 13 comments

May 16

The Americans: Dyatkovo  Season 5, Episode 11

Oleg and his co-worker continue their food police work, Philip parents two of his sons and reminisces about his own father, William receives his memorial, Philip and Elizabeth are told to track down a former Nazi collaborator, Henry meets the Mail Robot, and Elizabeth declares herself ready to make a life change. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:04 PM - 29 comments

The Flash: Infantino Street  Season 3, Episode 22

With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris, Barry struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, The Flash turns to Captain Cold for help. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:13 PM - 17 comments

Elementary: Scrambled  Season 5, Episode 23

Holmes and Watson investigate a murder that puts them in the crosshairs of one of New York City's deadliest gangs. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 4:44 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: Alice Isn't Dead: Part 2, Chapter 4: Chain

Each Kmart sign looks like each Kmart sign; every Subway sandwich tastes the same. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 1:13 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

A filmed version of Chris Gethard's one man comedy show about suicide, depression, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 8:45 AM - 0 comments

Better Call Saul: Off Brand  Season 3, Episode 6

Jimmy has a new endeavor; Chuck pushes himself to the limit; Nacho finds himself in a power struggle. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:05 AM - 80 comments

Podcast: Welcome to Night Vale: 108 - Cal

A visitor arrives from a different reality. Weather: "Robert Frost" by Mal Blum malblum.com "Ghost Stories" now available on iTunes and Bandcamp Night Vale Presents's 5th Birthday Party - June 21 at the Bell House, featuring very special and secret guests and something we're calling "Night Vale After Dark." The second Welcome to Night Vale Novel "It Devours!" is available now for presale (signed first editions available)! http://www.welcometonightvale.com/books/ Support the first ever PodCon coming to Seattle Dec 9-10 podcon.com Join authors Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor at BookCon 2017 in NYC on June 4 for a live talk and book signing. http://thebookcon.com/tickets Live Tours of "All Hail" in the US & Europe (Summer & Fall) welcometonightvale.com, click on live shows Music: Disparition, disparition.info. An Orbiting Human Circus special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony premieres May 10 iTunes link Logo: Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com. Produced by Night Vale Presents. Written by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. More Info: welcometonightvale.com, and follow @NightValeRadio on Twitter or Facebook. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:49 AM - 1 comment

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 355: The Playbloom

This episode is all about the stuff that gets folks' noodle going. It's one of our most thematically consistent episodes yet, which is a shame. A quarter of it was spent talking about a movie that came out in 2015. Cool! Suggested talking points: KNKOs, Five Very Large Posters of Orlando Bloom, Year Ball, Milk Tricks, Infinite Banana, Food Recs, Stuck to the Chair
posted by drezdn at 5:05 AM - 3 comments

Supergirl: Resist  Season 2, Episode 21

Supergirl grapples with whether or not to obey the President's orders regarding Rhea's latest actions. Meanwhile, Cat Grant returns to National City. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:46 AM - 11 comments

May 15

Movie: The Fits

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits. (72 minutes.) [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 11:56 PM - 4 comments

Lucifer: God Johnson  Season 2, Episode 16

The prime suspect in a grisly murder at an insane asylum calls himself God, and Lucifer begins to realize that the man may just be his father. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:59 PM - 6 comments

Into the Badlands: Chapter XV: Nightingale Sings No More  Season 2, Episode 9

The Widow suffers a setback with her new alliance. Bajie reveals a secret from his past. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 8:29 PM - 2 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Chasing Amy  Season 4, Episode 18

Amy suddenly vanishes hours before taking the Sergeant Exam, and it’s up to Jake and Rosa to find her before it’s too late. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 8:18 PM - 1 comment