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Episode F8, in which a haka is performed with great fierceness (Go Red Dragons!), Helen Mirren chews scenery, and we learn a Most Important Lesson: The only thing more important than family is...MOAR FAMILY! [more inside]
Adventure Time: Orb Season 8, Episode 15
Finn, Jake and BMO's dreams fall under the influence of a mysterious orb. [more inside]
Written Inside is a podcast about life inside a maximum-security prison cell. Adapted from essays written at Stateville Correctional Center near Chicago, these intimate stories speak to the everyday experience of being incarcerated. Each inmate’s story is voiced by a Chicago actor. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.
Brockmire: Rally Cap Season 1, Episode 1
In 2000, Kansas City Royals radio announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) had it all, until he found out his wife Lucy was being (very) unfaitful and an on-air, booze-fueled rant ended Brockmire’s career. He's been out of the public eye (and country) for 17 years until he gets brought back as an announcer for the minor league Morristown Frackers, owned by Jules (Amanda Peet).
When IRA men Chris and Frank try to buy guns from South African arms dealer Vernon a grudge between two of their henchmen explodes into a long, bloody, painful gunfight. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Reality Stars: The Musical Season 9, Episode 5
Toddrick Hall directs the queens in a lip-sync musical about the Kardashian family. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Cooper's Dreams First Watch Season 1, Episode 6
Cooper, Truman, Deputy Hawk, and Doc Hayward venture into the woods for a revelatory encounter with the Log Lady and find the location of Jacques Renault's cabin. In the meantime, Audrey continues her efforts to assist Cooper by taking a job at her father's department store, while Donna and James Hurley pursue their own line of inquiry into Laura's death by taking Maddy into their confidence. Elsewhere, Leo's battered wife Shelly decides to get revenge.
Twin Peaks: The One-Armed Man First Watch Season 1, Episode 5
Amazingly, both Cooper and Sheriff Truman manage to locate the one-armed man from Cooper's dream. Meanwhile, Josie Packard follows Ben and Catherine as the couple's conspiracy to destroy the Packard Saw Mill develops, and Josie then receives a strange message from soon-to-be-paroled Hank Jennings.
Superstore: Spring Cleaning Season 2, Episode 20
Jonah tries to befriend Glenn. Bo starts working at the store. Amy tries to identify someone from their photos.
iZombie: Eat, Pray, Live Season 3, Episode 3
A lifestyle guru is murdered. Liv eats his brain but has no visions. Major has trouble getting up to speed at his new job and doesn't feel well. A now unfrozen Angus visits Blaine and sets up a new business with Don E. Ravi's attempts to get back with Peyton go from bad to worse. Far, far worse.
The Expanse: Caliban's War Season 2, Episode 13
Friendship ended with Cotyar. Now Bobbie is Chrisjen's best friend! asavage has a speaking cameo on UNS Arboghast, which goes poorly. Amos doesn't kill Holden. [more inside]
The Magicians: We Have Brought You Little Cakes Show Only Season 2, Episode 13
Ember recaps things so far as only Ember can, which brings us to now: "a crisis comes to a head when the true power behind the troubles comes to party. Battles are won and wars are lost, as Q and the others must protect their kingdom. Alice makes a startling revelation and things may never be the same." Now, let's debate the merits of an open, informed democracy versus an authoritarian monarchy! [Season Finale; Season 3 due out in 2018]
The Magicians: We Have Brought You Little Cakes Books Included Season 2, Episode 13
Ember recaps things so far as only Ember can, which brings us to now: "a crisis comes to a head when the true power behind the troubles comes to party. Battles are won and wars are lost, as Q and the others must protect their kingdom. Alice makes a startling revelation and things may never be the same." Your books mean nothing here! [Season Finale; Season 3 due out in 2018]
Fargo: The Law of Vacant Places Season 3, Episode 1
A twisted sibling rivalry leads to murder, mobsters and cutthroat competitive bridge in a small Midwestern town. [more inside]
Archer: Jane Doe Season 8, Episode 3
Archer and Charlotte Vandertunt are caught by Figgis and Poovey. While Archer tries to escape the precinct, Figgis tries to escape from his problems with Trexler, and while her band is also in jail, Lana tries a new act.
It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Meld Rewatch Season 2, Episode 16
Or, "The One Where Tuvok Finally Murders Neelix" [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST Season 7, Episode 1
"No girl was safe as long as this HEAD HUNTING THING roamed the land!" An astronaut dies on reentry. Aliens are emerging from his skin, including one really big one that roams the countryside, stopping watches. Everyone wants to kill it except the astronaut, who is now not dead and full of shrimp. With short Once Upon a Honeymoon: More celestial interfering with mortal affairs, this time with an angel helping a composer write a jingle so he and his wife can go on their honeymoon. Roger Corman again, this is his next-to-last featured movie. Daddy-O informs us that the exactly same costume and location were used in 315 TEENAGE CAVEMAN. This is a weird episode because there are two sets of host segments. The first showing was on Turkey Day 1995 and an alternate storyline was written involving Thanksgiving dinner with many of the show's Comedy Central movie cameo characters, making this a nice retrospective on the CC years. Because this is the first episode of the infamous Season Seven, only six episodes long and the end of the show's run on that channel. 701 701T (1h32m) Turkey Day '95 extra bits & alternate host segments Premiered: 701T on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1995; 701 on February 3, 1996. [more inside]
Elementary: High Heat Season 5, Episode 19
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man Sherlock considered one of New York's worst private investigators. [more inside]
The Americans: The Committee on Human Rights Season 5, Episode 7
As Paige becomes even more enmeshed in her parents' world, tensions with Matthew Beeman come to a head, Philip and Elizabeth's honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI. [more inside]
Veep: Omaha Season 6, Episode 1
A year after the ascension of Laura Montez, Selina goes on CBS This Morning to talk to co-host Dan about her foundation, but really she's trying to figure out how to get back into politics. Ben shoots her down, hard -- is this a redefinition of the show, or just a head-fake to get us back into the halls of power? [more inside]
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: No Regrets Season 4, Episode 18
The truth behind Fitz’s turn could bring down all of S.H.I.E.L.D. [more inside]
The Good Fight: Full Season 1 Season 1 (Full Season)
Diane Lockhart and an awful lot of the gang are back in this spinoff of The Good Wife.
A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas. [more inside]
Into the Badlands: Monkey Leaps Through Mist Season 2, Episode 5
Sunny and Bajie makes a deal to get smuggled into the badlands. Jade takes charge with an unlikely ally. The Widow considers a risky gambit. MK enacts a dangerous plan. [more inside]
A mystery at the mouth of a river. [more inside]
This week, we're celebrating a momentous birthday by full-force launching a Razor Scooter into the hungry mouth of a volcano. We're also talking about how good shrimp scampi is for nearly 55 uninterrupted minutes. Suggested talking points: 30 Over 30, Morning Meditation, Shakesports, Plant Murder, Scampi Friends, Nacho Fries, Coffee Fidelity, Fast Food Pirates
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: French Presidental Elections Season 4, Episode 9
Meanwhile, back on Earth....
- Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer digs an incredible hole for himself, first appearing to claim that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was worse than Hitler because Hitler never used chemical weapons (he did), then that Hitler never used them against innocent people (he did), then making up the term "Holocaust centers" as the place where Jews were gassed.
- Trump meets with China president Xi Jinping, who apparently in 10 minutes convinced him to do what over half the United States desperately wanted him to do for months: learn a damn thing about North Korea. Alas they did so at Trump's Mar-a-Lago, having recently been cited for 13 health code violations. Trump continues to flip-flop on practically everything related to foreign policy, underscoring how desperately stupid his campaign was.
- Trump drops a "MOAB" (Mother Of All Bombs) on Afghanistan, causing euphoric celebration at Fox News from Geraldo Rivera. When directly asked if he had authorized the strike, Trump danced around the question.
- And Now: You Put Easter And Local News Together, And What Do You Fucking Expect?
- Main Story: The upcoming French Presidental elections, between 11 different candidates, at least three of which have been assaulted in public by citizens throwing baking ingredients. YouTube (18m)
Better Call Saul: Witness Season 3, Episode 2
Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant; Mike seeks out a mysterious acquaintance; Chuck uses the law to gain an advantage over Jimmy.
"Our live show at Harvard University, where we held a tournament to decide the most evil person to ever emerge from the institution."
A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.
Girls: Latching Season 6, Episode 10
The series finale of Girls.
Neil Gaiman's American Gods is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. [more inside]
FEUD: Abandoned! Season 1, Episode 7
Tensions explode on the set of Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. Joan becomes convinced she's being made a fool of by Bette and Bob, and throws one of the greatest diva tantrums of all time, checking herself into a hospital in an attempt to shut down the production. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Threshold Rewatch Season 2, Episode 15
Adult Mutant Starfleet Salamanders, Adult Mutant Starfleet Salamanders, Adult Mutant Starfleet Salamanders, heroes on the Threshold! (Amphibian power!) [more inside]
After escaping on a rocketship, Hazel meets the grandparents and we meet Gwendolyn. (Issues 7 - 12) [more inside]
The Leftovers: The Book of Kevin Season 3, Episode 1
In the first episode of The Leftovers' third and final season, there's an intriguing prologue, a time jump, we catch up with most of the regular characters and we're left with a fascinating epilogue. Only 14 Days To Go until the end of the world.
Samurai Jack: XCVI Season 5, Episode 5
The Scotsman returns, to face Aku with his own army of daughters. Elsewhere, Jack returns to a village he saved once before, and is now asked to save the children, who were kidnapped by Aku's minions. [more inside]
A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.
The angels go to the Hall of Public Records. [more inside]
Doctor Who: The Pilot Season 10, Episode 1
The Doctor and Nardole have occupied themselves under the guise of a university professor and assistant. Bill Potts is called to the Doctor's office, where Bill becomes the Doctor's student. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: CRY WILDERNESS Season 11, Episode 2
"Sometimes we find friends in the most unlikely places." A kid in a boarding school improbably knows Bigfoot, who appears to him in a magic vision and says his dad's in danger. So he runs home, finds his Dad, a Native American, every wild animal in North America, and a US Marshall with poor regard for the law. The guys are after an escaped circus tiger, but really the Marshall wants to kill Bigfoot, but fortunately a magic Native American and FOB (Friend Of Bigfoot) is around with an eye-gouging eagle. The kid is not traumatized by witnessing this. HAPPY END! I think this one's an early classic of the new season! The movie is just so ridiculous, it doesn't really have a plot, things just sort of happen, and everyone in it does at least one thing that is wildly irresponsible. And hey, a later host segment features a visit from Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy, who are again tooling around the universe in the Widowmaker, going to space casinos. Pearl's attitude towards family is pretty much the same as it was around Dr. F, too, because some things never change. Episode 1102 is on Netflix. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon, Harry Styles Season 42, Episode 18
Host: Jimmy Fallon, Musical Guest: Harry Styles [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Good Morning B*tches Season 9, Episode 4
The queens form two teams and face off in a morning talk show war, with guest judges Naya Rivera and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman. [more inside]
Riverdale: The Lost Weekend Books Included Season 1, Episode 10
Archie hides his true feelings about his parents' divorce; Betty decides to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party; Veronica contemplates whether to participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released.
The Path: everything in its right place Season 2 (Full Season)
Season 2 recently wound up, and the Meyerists have largely survived another year. [more inside]
This week, we debut a new segment designed to help you calibrate your anger in a changing world. Plus, how to cloak yourself from all the people who are now allowed to see your internet browsing history.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: REPTILICUS Season 11, Episode 1
"INVINCIBLE... INDESTRUCTABLE! What was this awesome BEAST born fifty million years out of time?" Miners find some leathery tissue deep in a mine which grows into a monster and attacks Copenhagen, not a city built to withstand monster attack, with deadly cartoon slime. Also, a goofy handyman in overalls sticks his hand in an electric eel tank apparently just so he could make faces to the camera. A fine example of cinema! MST3K is back! With it comes new mads (Kinga and Max), a new host (Jonah Ray), higher production values, fancy interstitials, a skeleton band, a remix of Mighty Science Theater and the Wild Rebels cereal song at the end, and a long listing of Kickstarter backers at the end which doesn't even get out of the As in this episode. Episode 1101 is on Netflix. Premiered TODAY, April 14th, 2017. [more inside]
The Expanse: The Monster and the Rocket Season 2, Episode 12
Bobbie gets sammiches. Less important things happen.
Underground: Minty Season 2, Episode 6
Harriet Tubman reflects on a life with conviction, compassion, and courage. [more inside]
We're nearly at our journey's end -- but before we can understand what lies ahead, we must first return to this story's true beginning. What brought our heroes together to the crisis they face today? What happened to the memories of their dear, forgotten friends? And just how long have they been running away? Taako learns a new language. Merle eats some beans. Magnus trains under an unlikely teacher.
Into the Badlands: Palm of the Iron Fox Season 2, Episode 4
The Widow's fight for power puts her in an epic showdown with her enemies who have joined forces against her, while an old threat resurfaces. [more inside]
The Magicians: Ramifications Show Only Season 2, Episode 12
Julia, Kady and Penny each make sacrifices to finally face Reynard, while Quentin and Eliot learn a disturbing truth about Fillory, where Josh tries to manage the kingdom. And there are a number of people dealing with abandonment.
The Magicians: Ramifications Books Included Season 2, Episode 12
Julia, Kady and Penny each make sacrifices to finally face Reynard, while Quentin and Eliot learn a disturbing truth about Fillory, where Josh tries to manage the kingdom. And jokes are made about books being made (poorly) into movies.
Archer: Berenice Season 8, Episode 2
Archer helps Cheryl, the heiress to the Vandertunt family, to fake her own death.
Star Trek: Voyager: Alliances Rewatch Season 2, Episode 14
Crewman Bendera goes to that big exploding console in the sky, a mutiny enters the planning stage, Neelix hits the bar, Tuvok enjoys some horticulture, and Janeway learns why you can't spell "Trabe" without "be" and "tray." [more inside]
iZombie: Zombie Knows Best Season 3, Episode 2
A fatal car accident has evidence of a murder. Liv and Major needs the victims' brains for their appetite, so Liv gets uptight dad brain while Major gets angsty teenage girl brain. Clive continues his investigation into the murder of the zombie family that includes a boy, Wally, a former neighbor. [more inside]
Samurai Jack: XCV Season 5, Episode 4
Jack works with an assassin, bent on his destruction, in order to escape a creature who has swallowed them whole. [more inside]
[MST3K: The Movie] "Every Year Hollywood Makes Hundreds of Movies. This Is One of Them!" A mad scientist performs an experiment on a man he has trapped in a low-budget space station: he makes him watch the movie This Island Earth, with the hopes of using it as a tool to conquer the world. The man and two robot friends defend their sanity by making fun of the movie, for their (and presumably our) amusement. [This Island Earth] "The Supreme Excitement of Our Time!" Handsome bold Guy Scientist and smart-and-sexy Lady Scientist are abducted into OUTER SPAAACE by Exeter, an alien with a BIG FOREHEAAAD, to help in their doomed war. MST3K the Movie came between Season Six and Season Seven of the show. It is unique for the show in many ways: it was shown in theaters, it is much shorter than an episode of the show (it's actually shorter than an unedited version of the movie they riff!), there's only two host segments, and there's only one Mad, Dr. Forrester, what with TV's Frank having left in 624. It's a pretty good entry point for the show in general, which might be useful considering what's happening in three days.... MST3K: The Movie is not available on YouTube. Premiered April 18th, 1996. [more inside]