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February 24

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]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:18 AM - 1 comment

February 23

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.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:55 PM - 2 comments

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]
posted by purpleclover at 8:39 PM - 2 comments

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]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 8:38 PM - 4 comments

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]
posted by CMcG at 1:33 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 85 The Appropriators feat. Shuja Haider

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.
posted by grobstein at 11:36 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 57. The Suffering Game - Chapter Seven

Game Over. Taako makes some fashionable friends. Merle does some wordplay. Magnus remembers.
posted by Tevin at 10:03 AM - 37 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #89 Worldstar

The unlikely rise of Lee O'Denat, the founder of Worldstar Hip Hop. Also, we reopen a cold case. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:59 AM - 4 comments

The Expanse: Home  Season 2, Episode 5

i am gone and gone and gone and gone can't take the razorback
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:14 AM - 18 comments

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]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:37 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: How to Be a Girl: Episode XIX: Red State Mama

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
posted by ellieBOA at 4:04 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Voyager: Learning Curve  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 16

posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:33 AM - 13 comments

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]
posted by JHarris at 3:02 AM - 6 comments

February 22

Legion: Chapter 3  Season 1, Episode 3

A threat looms as David searches for answers. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:44 PM - 9 comments

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]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:50 PM - 4 comments

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]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 3:29 PM - 9 comments

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]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 3:26 PM - 0 comments

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]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 3:24 PM - 0 comments

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]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 3:22 PM - 0 comments

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]
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 2:39 PM - 4 comments

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]
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 12:46 PM - 10 comments

Book: Equal Rites

Book 3 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 7:47 AM - 11 comments

Book: The Handmaid's Tale

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]
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:04 AM - 12 comments

Movie: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation

Shorts HD presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Animated, plus three "Highly Commended" animated shorts. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:57 AM - 2 comments

February 21

Movie: 20th Century Women

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
posted by rhizome at 11:17 PM - 3 comments

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).
posted by sardonyx at 8:18 PM - 10 comments

Bates Motel: Dark Paradise  Season 5, Episode 1

The final season begins. [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:41 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: 100 - Usidore's Quest

Let's talk to Usidore's fellowship of heroes before we set off on our journey to defeat the Dark Lord.
posted by Etrigan at 7:58 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: Pod Save America: "Card-carrying badass"

Katie Couric joins for a freewheeling conversation about Trump's attacks on the media, persuading Trump voters and the future of the Democratic Party.
posted by Tevin at 7:32 AM - 12 comments

The Walking Dead: New Best Friends  Season 7, Episode 10

A mysterious community is discovered.
posted by LizBoBiz at 5:08 AM - 13 comments

The Bachelor: Week 8  Season 21, Episode 8

Nick visits the families of the final four women.
posted by drezdn at 5:07 AM - 3 comments

February 20

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.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:26 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 343: The Sauce Doctor's Blessing

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
posted by Tevin at 1:55 PM - 4 comments

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.
posted by infinitewindow at 1:23 PM - 0 comments

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.
posted by roolya_boolya at 11:51 AM - 5 comments

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]
posted by Thorzdad at 10:57 AM - 2 comments

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 84 - President Wario (2/19/17)

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.
posted by grobstein at 10:15 AM - 5 comments

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.
posted by torisaur at 10:06 AM - 3 comments

Homeland: Causus Belli  Season 6, Episode 5

Keane gets sidelined. Carrie's work follows her home. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:00 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Look Who's Back

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]
posted by theodolite at 9:33 AM - 4 comments

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]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:37 AM - 17 comments

February 19

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.
posted by infinitewindow at 10:21 PM - 2 comments

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]
posted by lunasol at 9:57 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Running Man

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]
posted by chrchr at 7:54 PM - 19 comments

Movie: Air Force One

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]
posted by ZeusHumms at 4:10 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Ones Below

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.
posted by phunniemee at 1:44 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: The Bugle: Bugle 4017 – Evolution special

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.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:00 PM - 2 comments

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.
posted by eotvos at 8:53 AM - 1 comment

February 18

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]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:36 PM - 23 comments

February 17

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]
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:59 PM - 1 comment

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]
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:57 PM - 9 comments

Steven Universe: Storm in the Room  Season 4, Episode 17

Steven spends some time thinking about his mom.
posted by Small Dollar at 7:27 PM - 20 comments

Movie: The Great Wall

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.
posted by carmicha at 8:12 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: DirtCast: Episode 2: Tom! Hiddleston! Is! Sad!

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]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:05 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: DirtCast: Episode 1: Bloated Careers & Bloated Faces

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]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:03 AM - 0 comments

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!
posted by filthy light thief at 7:25 AM - 9 comments

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.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:23 AM - 3 comments

February 16

Movie: Boy

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.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:05 PM - 3 comments

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]
posted by Etrigan at 12:12 PM - 6 comments

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]
posted by JHarris at 11:55 AM - 2 comments