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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]
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]
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]
Twin Peaks: The Return, Parts 3 & 4 First Watch Season 3, Episode 2
Call for help. Bring back some memories. (Description from Showtime.)
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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.
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.
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]
Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson, Katy Perry Season 42, Episode 21
Host: Dwayne Johnson, Musical Guest: Katy Perry [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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.
Archer: Gramercy, Halberd! Season 8, Episode 7
The gang tries to escape a rampaging robot. Knock-knock, who's there?
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.”
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]
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]
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]
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]
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
The Handmaid's Tale: A Woman's Place Season 1, Episode 6
Visitors come to Gilead. Offred gets some surprising news.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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]
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]
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]
Each Kmart sign looks like each Kmart sign; every Subway sandwich tastes the same. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]