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Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS Season 6, Episode 21
"Special Guest Star playing a double Role TOR JOHNSON as the Beast" A Soviet scientist wanders the titular flats after getting subjected to moviedom's favorite evil-causing MacGuffin, radiation. Coleman Francis narrates most of his misadventures as he strangles his way through the wasteland while chased by policemen. At the end, dying, he caresses a rabbit. With two shorts: Money Talks, Because there's not a lot to do in the afterlife, the silhouetted ghost of Benjamin Franklin lectures a kid about saving and spending money wisely; and Progress Island U.S.A., Have you considered Puerto Rico? Because this short really, really thinks you should consider Puerto Rico. The last of the Coleman Francis trilogy. Although Paste Magazine's recent list (Metafilter) put this one near the bottom, both Satellite News and Mighty Jack think this is one of the best episodes. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered January 21, 1995. [more inside]
Legion: Chapter 6 Show Only Season 1, Episode 6
David goes back to where it all started. [more inside]
Let's start the news with something happy. Weather: "Qualified" by Sammus feat. Open Mike Eagle sammusmusic.bandcamp.com The second Welcome to Night Vale Novel It Devours! is available now for presale! http://www.welcometonightvale.com/books/ Live US/Canada Tour of "All Hail" (April 2017) welcometonightvale.com, click on live shows Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel (now in paperback) welcometonightvale.com, click on book. Stay tuned to the end of this episode for a sneak preview of Alice Isn't Dead, Part 2, beginning April 4. Music: Disparition, disparition.info. 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]
Legends of Tomorrow: Moonshot Season 2, Episode 14
The Legends track Commander Steel to NASA headquarters in 1970 and learn where Nate's grandfather hid the last fragment of the Spear of Destiny. [more inside]
The Flash: Into the Speed Force Season 3, Episode 16
Barry, desperate to stop Savitar and save his friends, turns to the speed force for answers. Meanwhile, H.R. gives Jesse some advice. [more inside]
The Americans: Pests Season 5, Episode 2
Stan makes some progress with "gym lady" Renée and expresses his concerns about both Oleg and Paige, Alexei keeps complaining about Russia, Elizabeth goes on a field trip, new Food Police Agent Oleg gets an unwelcome message, Paige punches her mother, Elizabeth and Philip are concerned about where and with whom Paige is sleeping, and Henry sleeps. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Republicans' American Health Care Act Season 4, Episode 5
During the past 168 hours....
- International Women's Day and reactions it it from around the globe, from Russian President Vladimir Putin, from Brazil President Michel Temer, and a particularly clueless San Antonio TV morning show host.
- Wikileaks leaked documents concerning the CIA, although this batch is rather less alarming than Snowden's. It is filled with ridiculous program names though. Program Weeping Angel investigated the possibility of hacking into Samsung TVs to use them as listening devices, which, after two notorious recalls, is everything that company needed. LWT presents a message on behalf of Samsung to try to salvage their reputation, but it doesn't go too well.
- Main story: The Republican response to the Affordable Healthcare Act, the American Health Care Act (YouTube 19m), and the many ways in which it's terrible. The piece concludes with another visit from LWT commercial proxy, the Catheter Cowboy.
Big Little Lies: Push Comes to Shove Season 1, Episode 4
Nathan invites Madeline and Ed for couples' dinner, to discuss Abigail; Ms Barnes suggests Ziggy be medically evaluated, in light of further evidence of bullying.
Elementary: Fidelity Season 5, Episode 16
Joan and Kitty try to prove that a string of murders, stemming from an old case Sherlock and Kitty solved in London, is connected to an international government conspiracy with the Defense Intelligence Agency at its center. [more inside]
The joke that constitutes the title of this episode is absolutely the best thing in this episode, and I'm very, very sorry for ruining it, but I can't imagine titling this episode anything else. This joke is important. This joke is historically meaningful. Suggested talking points: Justin's Nautical Secrets, Coupon Flirting, Bad At YuGiOh, Soup Rules, Shoes Off!, Guy Another Day, True Beef Season 3, Hamilton in a Hurry
The Bachelor: Finale/After the Final Rose Season 21, Episode 11
Nick chooses between the last of the two women, but will she say yes, or will she open a small bed and breakfast in Finland instead?
Homeland: Alt.Truth Season 6, Episode 8
Carrie and Saul present evidence to Keane. Quinn tracks a mark.
Billions: The Oath Season 2, Episode 4
Rhoades develops a new strategy. Axelrod considers a major charitable pledge.
Girls: Gummies Season 6, Episode 5
Adam and Jessa begin shooting scenes for their film; Hannah's mother has a hard time accepting the next phase of her life; Marnie does a less-than-stellar job of being there for a grieving Ray.
The Walking Dead: Bury Me Here Season 7, Episode 13
During a supply drop between the Kingdom and the Saviors, things don't go as planned.
FEUD: The Other Woman Season 1, Episode 2
Joan manages to get Bette on her side about dismissing a young blond starlet who they're sure will be flirting with the director to enlarge her part. Studio boss Jack Warner urges Aldrich to fan the tension between the two stars to feed the gossip columns for publicity, and the Bette & Joan united front tumbles faster than it started. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Non Sequitur Rewatch Season 2, Episode 5
Life is apparently pretty good for a talented young Starfleet officer fresh out of the Academy: nice San Francisco apartment (small, but with a hell of a view), beautiful fiancée, promising budding career as a propulsion engineer with the Starfleet Engineering Corps, even a local barista who knows his favorite drink order by heart. Sure, he didn't get that shipboard assignment that he wanted, but given Voyager's disappearance in the Badlands with all hands missing, even that's for the best. So... what's the matter with Harry? [more inside]
You're the Worst: Third Season (all episodes) Season 3 (Full Season)
The gang simultaneously falls apart and grows up. Some do more of the former than the latter. [more inside]
Last week's guest exercises his right of reply and challenges Mr. Traphouse to join him in his lair for tea and conversation. The boys and Amber deride the "Bluëxit"(?) fantasy and hunt the AEI's natty duck Arthur Brooks. They end with another pre-taped call-in show, which includes a tragically short Metal Gear analysis and some tantalizing hints of a Chapo future.
Nashville: If Tomorrow Never Comes Season 5, Episode 9
After her life-changing experience and terrifying event, Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the album with Deacon. Meanwhile, Juliette's leg starts to hurt unexpectedly; and Gunner fights for Scarlett. [more inside]
Colony: Eleven.Thirteen Season 2, Episode 1
Will's an FBI agent with some strange feelings about his partner. Katie's a bar owner with a strange encounter with a recently-repatriated customer. Alan works in education and has a strange meeting with textbook reps. Broussard gets a strange phone call about where and when he's supposed to be somewhere. [more inside]
Samurai Jack: XCII Season 5, Episode 1
"Oh, there it is, babe, the world-famous scowl. Well, come on, Sammy baby, whip it out. You know what I'm talking about, that crazy sword. Let's get slicin' and dicin', swingin' and bashin, hackin' and slashin', babe. Wait, back up, beardsly. Where. Is. Your sword?"
Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson, Lorde Season 42, Episode 16
Host: Scarlett Johansson, Musical Guest: Lorde [more inside]
The boys discuss Ridley Scott's The Duellists, and the historical significance of Napoleon, with guest Twitter's Trillburne, who's starting his own all-Napoleon podcast.
Grimm: Blood Magic Season 6, Episode 10
A string of brutal deaths may be tied to an unlikely perpetrator found by Nick and Hank in a local nursing home... [more inside]
Steven Universe: Room for Ruby Season 4, Episode 20
Another Gem comes to Earth.
Love: On Lockdown Season 2, Episode 1
Season 2 opens seconds after season 1 ends, with Gus and Mickey at the gas station where they first met.
Supernatural: Stuck in the Middle (With You) Season 12, Episode 12
Sam, Dean, and Castiel help Mary and her hunter friend Wally on what first appears to be a standard demon case. Mary has her own agenda, as part of her secret work with the British Men of Letters.
Supernatural: Regarding Dean Season 12, Episode 11
Sam and Dean seek out Rowena's help after a spell begins to erase Dean's memory.
Supernatural: Family Feud Season 12, Episode 13
Sam and Dean investigate a ghost bent on murdering teachers. Kelly Klein recieved unexpected help after being attacked by an angel.
Supernatural: The Raid Season 12, Episode 14
Sam and Dean feel betrayed by their mother. Mary brings Sam into a British Men of Letters plan to take out a nest of Vampires, but the hunters become the hunted.
Supernatural: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell Season 12, Episode 15
Sam and Dean to investigate a hellhound attack. As Crowley continues to hold Lucifer, his King of Hell duties require his attention. Castiel gets a lead on Kelly Kline and an offer of help.
Survivor: Gamechangers Season 34 (Full Season)
A diverse cast of previous survivors who could be considered "game changers" rendezvous in Fiji to duke it out. [more inside]
Nashville: Love Hurts Season 5, Episode 5
The Exes shoot their video. Scarlett and the director, Damien George, fight as he pushes Scarlett to limits she's not comfortable with. Clay and Maddie grow closer as he shows Maddie a different part of town. Carl Hockney approaches Rayna at Highway 65. [more inside]
Riverdale: In a Lonely Place Books Included Season 1, Episode 7
New rumors circulate as to who was really behind Jason's murder after a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed; Jughead's father returns to the fray; Veronica takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione. [more inside]
After a dozen years of restoration, Ash Beach has reopened. [more inside]
Our heroes' party has just undergone a fairly shocking expansion. They're now tasked with an infiltration mission that hits close to home. As the pieces move into place for the endgame, what do our heroes hope to find -- and where do their allegiances lie? Merle goes along for the ride. Magnus faces a difficult decision. Taako makes one last deal.
The Expanse: The Seventh Man Season 2, Episode 7
Earth and Mars prepare for a peace conference. Bobby recounts the events on Ganymede. Belter politics on Tyco Station. Anderson Dawes makes a move.
Legion: Chapter 5 Season 1, Episode 5
David, having escaped the Astral Plane, returns to Summerland. The crew begins to plan an assault on Division 3 to rescue Amy. However, David is frustrated with the cautious approach that Melanie has proposed. After finally finding a way to be physically close with Syd, David takes off on his own, leaving the other mutants to follow in his wake. Back at Summerland, Cary continues to uncover the murky truth of David's powers. [more inside]
The Magicians: Plan B Show Only Season 2, Episode 7
"Well, we are magicians, why don't we just go and rob a bank?" Yes, it's a bank heist episode! With magic! And dancing!
The Magicians: Plan B Books Included Season 2, Episode 7
"Well, we are magicians, why don't we just go and rob a bank?" Yes, it's a bank heist episode! Completely off-book, but maybe things will loop back around.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: DANGER! DEATH RAY Season 6, Episode 20
aka "Il Raggio Infernale" A scientist invents a death ray--purely for peaceful purposes of course--and wouldn't you know it, its inventor gets kidnapped. It's up to James Bond expy Bart Fargo (Bart Fargo Bart Fargo Bart Fargo) to rescue him, to the tune of an unusually catchy soundtrack. Ba dup ba dup ba da da! While not as silly as 504 SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON or 508 OPERATION DOUBLE 007, that darn soundtrack, and the guys' fixation on it, help carry us through. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered January 7, 1995. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Elogium Rewatch Season 2, Episode 4
Ahh, springtime in the Delta Quadrant. When the suns are shining their brightest… the leola plants are in bloom… and a young Ocampa woman's fancy turns to inflating her neck sac, getting foot massages from holograms, and coating her hands in mustard. [more inside]
Underground: Contraband Season 2, Episode 1
In the Season 2 premiere, the remaining members of the Macon 7 have made it North, but they've learned that freedom is not as simple as crossing a line. [more inside]
Bates Motel: Bad Blood Season 5, Episode 3
Chick begins to understand what's really going on. Romero makes a decision. [more inside]
Nashville: Leap of Faith Season 5, Episode 4
Rayna receives a stunning and generous offer from tech guru Zach Welles regarding Highway 65, but Rayna wonders if it's too good to be true. Meanwhile, she and Bucky struggle to find the perfect director for the music video that will launch the Exes' new single. Juliette seeks treatment that is more advanced than her physical therapist recommends. Juliette considers that she might need healing of a more spiritual nature. Will and Kevin look for an apartment together. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Dalai Lama Season 4, Episode 4
Over the last seven day period....
- The good will President Trump earned addressing Congress in a manner unlike a madman is burnt away by continuing revelations that his pick for Attorney General perjured himself in his confirmation hearing by claiming never to have met with the Russians.
- Trump also claims Obama tapped his phone, an allegation apparently gotten from the Breitbart website, then asks Congress to investigate whether it is true, reversing the usual order of investigations.
- And Now: Does Anyone Know If CNN's Brooke Baldwin Would Consider Herself A Nerd?
- Main Story: The Dalai Lama (YouTube 19m), and China's attempts to surpress his influence over Tibet. The bit concludes with an interview between Oliver and the Dalai Lama himself.
Birbig's latest movie/performance/stand-up thing. Mike explores the nature of jokes while riffing on cats, bears, mice, God, yoga, cops, and that time he hosted the Gotham Awards.
Legends of Tomorrow: Land of the Lost Season 2, Episode 13
Rip forces the Waverider to crash, which strands the Legends seventy million years in the past.... [more inside]
The Flash: The Wrath of Savitar Season 3, Episode 15
Wally has visions of Savitar while training with Barry, but he hides them from the team. Meanwhile, a dangerous secret threatens Barry and Iris' happiness. [more inside]
The Americans: Amber Waves Season 5, Episode 1
In this first episode of the fifth season, Philip and Elizabeth begin a new mission in a new place with a new agent, Oleg begins a new job in Moscow, Mischa begins a journey, Paige begins combat training, Stan begins going to the gym every day, and Hans and William complete their last operation.
Book 4 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
Nashville: Let's Put It Back Together Again Season 5, Episode 3
Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and meets a street musician. Avery struggles producing a young YouTube sensation. Juliette meets her guardian angel. [more inside]
The Bachelor: Fantasy Suites/The Women Tell All Season 21, Episode 10
Nick spends some quality time with each of the remaining contestants. The women tell their side of the story.
Supergirl: Exodus Season 2, Episode 15
As Alex searches for Jeremiah and Kara investigates a series of alien kidnappings, the sisters realize they must break the rules to foil a new Cadmus plot. [more inside]
Elementary: Wrong Side of the Road Season 5, Episode 15
Holmes' former protege, Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond), returns to New York after a three-year absence to warn him that a killer is eliminating everyone involved with a case they worked on together in London, and they're the next targets. [more inside]
Last Man on Earth: Got Milk? Season 3, Episode 10
We finally learn who was behind the drone: Pamela (Kristen Wiig) was a wealthy socialite whose frenemy had a bunker reserved but didn't get to it in time. Three years into the plague, she finds the group and leaves the bunker. [more inside]
Okay, so, let's get conceptual for a bit. This episode, which we're releasing in Justin's absence, is our annual holiday live show, which we recorded in the decidedly non-holiday month of September, and are releasing in the absolutely non-holiday month of March. It was also the live show featured in the MBMBaM TV show! We hope you like it. Suggested talking points: All the Carols, The Worst Day of Griffin's Life, Gift Card Etiquette, Sexy Santa, Museum Regifting, Munch, Sad Libs, Dolls, My Big Ball, Christmas Nicknames, Justin's Goof-Up
Victoria: Young England Season 1, Episode 8
Victoria goes for rides, shots are fired, no more cakes for Nancy, Victoria smacks-down a King, and birthin' babies is apparently a spectator sport.
Star Trek: Voyager: Projections Rewatch Season 2, Episode 3
Once upon a time, I, the Emergency Medical Hologram, dreamt I was a man, walking hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a man. I was conscious only of my happiness as a man, unaware that I was the EMH. Soon I awoke, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a hologram dreaming I was a man, or whether I am now a man, dreaming I am a hologram. Or maybe it's just another damn holodeck malfunction? And what the hell was Lieutenant Broccoli doing there? [more inside]