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In a future where US society has segmented rigidly into rich consumers, the poor, and a labor class who have occupied the buildings of former cities, one of these laborers sets out on a quest... [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Macrocosm Rewatch Season 3, Episode 12
You see, Starfleet is less a military organization than a scientific one—committed to seeking out and understanding new forms of life, however different they maAAUGH GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE UNDEAD Season 8, Episode 6
"Terror... That Screams from the Grave!" A confusing movie, actually introduced by Satan himself, about a hooker regressed into a past life where she was executed for witchcraft. Contains 5000% more Digger Smolken than the doctor recommended dose. Ah, finally the movie selection moves out from beneath Universal's oppressive thumb, meaning this episode is on YouTube (1h32m)! It's also directed--not Executive Produced--by Roger Corman, so prepare yourself for direct exposure to the Cor-Man. That bit in the beginning where Pearl stuffs her test paper in an Observer's brain dish? That's our Observer right there, and it's essentially the beginning of their storied (in fanfic at least) and yet strangely non-specific relationship. Premiered March 8, 1997. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sinclair Broadcast Group Season 4, Episode 18
- Trump's travel ban is partially-reinstated by the Supreme Court in anticipation of its upcoming full review to not affect refugees with a "credible claim of a bona-fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," which Trump's State Department took the opportunity to define narrowly to immediate and a select few extended family members, not including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or brothers or sisters-in-law. YouTube (5m partial)
- And Now: CBS 2 Meteorologist John Elliott Engages in a Bit Too Much Self-Deprecation
- Main Story: The dangers posed by Sinclair ownership of television stations filling local news reports with Fox News-style propaganda, including "must run" conservative pieces. LWT produced a short piece that Tribune stations that might be acquired by Sinclair could air to warn viewers about upcoming biased content that may appear there. YouTube (19m)
- News that Rachel Maddow bought a wax figure of President Eisenhower from the closed Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Gettysburg, Steven Colbert bought Zachary Taylor, Jon Steward bought Martin Van Buren, and LWT bought five President statues: Nixon, Clinton, Carter, Harrison and Warren G. Harding, that last one of which became the main character of a movie trailer LWT made, with Campbell Scott, Anna Kendrick, Michael McKean, James Cromwell and Laura Linney. YouTube (9m)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN'T Season 11, Episode 13
aka "Il Natala Che Quasi Non Fu." Mr. Whipple (not the Charmin one) is a lawyer with a case that may have far-reaching consequences: he's defending Santa Claus from being evicted by his evil landlord. Wait, the North Pole is ownable property? Isn't it just an ice floe? The promised Christmas episode the Kickstarter funded. As the Mads note, most people will be watching this nowhere near Christmas. Like on July 6th or around then. In subplot news, events are rushing towards Kinga's wedding at the end of the season... next episode. Movie in the hole! Episode 1113 is on Netflix. [more inside]
Preacher: Damsels Season 2, Episode 3
Jesse gets a tip that God might be in New Orleans and Tulip's hiding a secret.
Doubt: Poison Prize Season 1, Episode 3
Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl) confronts her client Billy about a new piece of evidence. Evidence in a new case could potentially reveal a massive scandal. Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox) defends a psychic accused of defrauding a man played by Wilson Cruz. [more inside]
You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that's currently being made about the first season of StartUp. [more inside]
Baron Ragoon has brought his new girlfriend to the Tavern. She seems vaguely familiar. Also, Blemish is around. [more inside]
When a group of con men pose as church elders to swindle a village facing destruction due to the building of a new dam, an earnest priest brought in to tend the congregation and a vicious local drunk find themselves caught up in the con men's game. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: The Q and the Grey Rewatch Season 3, Episode 11
When Q comes marching home again/ Hurrah! Hurrah!/ Janeway will tear her hair out then/ Hurrah! Hurrah!/ The ship will be rocked and the drums will roll/ The continuum will be out of control/ The captain saw right through ye/ Q, we hardly knew ye! [more inside]
Dark Matter: Give it up, Princess Season 3, Episode 5
The crew of the Raza track a data file across the galaxy in an attempt to strike a blow against Ferrous, and save the life of a young woman.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Vaccines Season 4, Episode 17
- Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray, as promised, decided to sue Last Week Tonight for their coverage of them. DJWheezy managed to find a PDF of the actual complaint on The Daily Beast's website! (So you don't have to mess around with their annoying web interface.) Give that a read, if only for the mental image of Bob Murray claiming he's clinging to life and needs an oxygen tank to breathe.
- In explaining that he actually has no tapes of his conversation with James Comey, President Trump embarks on a nonsensical digression about Obama and surveillance, leaving Oliver to ask "What the fuck was that?" And it wasn't even the end of the clip....
- The Senate moves forward, but not yet to a vote, on their own version of ACA replacement, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act," which would drastically cut Medicaid.
- And Now: The Ongoing Controversy Over WNEP 16 Scranton's Backyard Train, and later, Seriously: The People of Scranton Are Very Invested in WNEP 16's Backyard Train.
- Main story: Vaccines, an amazing discovery that has reshaped the modern world for the better, and vaccine skeptcism, which seeks to destroy it. YouTube (27m)
Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls Season 10, Episode 12
The Master - in his John Simm incarnation, prior to regenerating into Missy - has unmasked himself, seemingly having been behind the cyber-conversion project on the lowest, and thus slowest, level of the Mondasian time-dilated colony ship. One of the products of that cyber-conversion project being Bill Potts... [more inside]
Orphan Black: Let the Children & the Childbearers Toil Season 5, Episode 4
Alarmed by the changes in Kira, Sarah and Siobhan embark on an undercover mission. Cosima resolves to find out what's lurking in the woods.
In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit -- one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can be treacherous, and Stuart's big idea left him broke. Now he's back with a new toy and a surprising ally.
In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. He and his website were at the forefront of an industry that would eventually be worth more than $400 billion. So, what went wrong? Let's discuss episode 2, the second part of this episode, as well.
Tommy Shakur Ross grew up in South Central Los Angles in the 1980's. As a boy, he was seduced by what he saw as the "glamour" of gang life. Thirty years later, he is still paying the price for giving his most to a gang that ultimately brought the kind of fame he wishes he'd never earned. [more inside]
Ever since his bit about the drug cocktail called "cheese" was featured on This American Life in 2010, I've been intrigued by Kumail Nanjiani. I've seen him pop up with wonderful small parts in Portlandia and Garfunkel and Oates, but now he's made an autobiographical movie (written together with his wife Emily V. Gordon) about struggling against cultural differences and parental expectations while discovering love and pursuing the dream of comedy. It is both deeply touching and hilarious as the cheese bit ever was.
Killjoys: Boondoggie Season 3, Episode 1
Dutch and D'avin, with the help of an obnoxious black market dealer, are on the hunt for a weapon that will draw out the Hullen; Johnny receives an SOS from Clara, leading him into the underground world of Hackmods. [more inside]
Our heroes long, forgotten journey comes to an end.
iZombie: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 2 Season 3, Episode 13
Liv uncovers the shocking truth about the virus and the far-reaching consequences of the vaccine. Majors exams his future as a human. Blaine makes a business proposal. [more inside]
iZombie: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1 Season 3, Episode 12
When Liv consumes the brains of someone from Ravi's past, she begins having some very intimate visions of him; Major faces a huge decision. [more inside]
An online diary used by American teenagers confronts a strange and terrifying enemy.
Star Trek: Voyager: Warlord Rewatch Season 3, Episode 10
Hear now the decrees of Kes the Unconquerable, Kes the Immortal, Kes the Dread Lord of All! All subjects shall grow gardens! All Talaxians are to be forcibly deported to the offworld colonies! The infirm, the foreign, and the telepathic shall be heavily taxed! And all statuesque Nordic ex-Borg women are to be put to death immediately, that the Dark Prophecy may never come to pass! [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE Season 8, Episode 5
"The Grave Can't Hold It... Nothing Human Can Stop it!" A psychic lady stumbles upon a Box of Evil on the ranch, evidently the cousin of Señor Wences' friend Pedro. It bends the very wills of the people there until it is reunited with its body... and then is instantly defeated, because apparently its demonic powers end at that moment. S'not alright! We just got done with The Beast of Hollow Mountain and now we've got another Weird Western! In subplot news, this is the episode that introduces the Observers, and one particular Observer as a regular character, played by Bill Corbitt. Episode 805 is unavailable on YouTube. Premiered March 3, 1997. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: CARNIVAL MAGIC Season 11, Episode 12
"Elvin Feltner Presents..." A two-bit magician at a one-bit carnival turns out to have the one thing that could make his act quasi-bearable, a sorta-talking chimpanzee. If animals could talk what would they say? According to this movie, absolutely nothing of interest. Beware guys, this movie is the closest we come in Season 11 to the abysmal category, the realm of Manos, Hobgoblins and Monster A-Go-Go. The carnival itself puts out some serious Pirates World vibes. In subplot news, Kinga reveals her diabolical plan to increase her ratings by marrying Jonah. Oh, and there's a guest appearance by someone you may have heard of: Mark Hamill. Episode 1112 is available on Netflix. [more inside]
Edgar Wright is back! After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
GLOW: What the genesis of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling was probably like. Season 1 (Full Season)
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (also known as GLOW) was a women's professional wrestling "league" formed in 1985. This new Netflix fictionalized version of its inception is fun, thoughtful, and religious in its 80s authenticity. Jenji Kohan is one of the producers. [more inside]
Pretty Little Liars: Till Death Do Us Part Season 7, Episode 20
We finally learn A.D.'s identity. [more inside]
A successful, charismatic four-star general, Glenn McMahon, leaps in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist's no-holds-barred exposé. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal. [more inside]
The Keepers: Full Run Season 1 (Full Season)
Starting with the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Celsnik, Ryan White's true crime documentary uncovers a massive history of sexual abuse perpetrated by the Catholic Priest, Joseph Maskell. Moving between the late 1960s (when the bulk of the abuse occurred), the 1990s (when the story began to come to light), and the present day, White follows a number of individuals who have been independently researching the murder. Content Warning: the series deals directly with graphic details of sexual abuse, violence, and murder.
It's the movie that thinks autism is the secret to becoming a John Wick-style super-killer, The Accountant. Meanwhile Elliott details Randy Newman's difficulty with dirty rhymes, Dan exhausts his knowledge of Zurich, Stuart hates Cheerios, and we all make some probably ill-advised jokes about the murder of Jean Smart. Wikipedia synopsis for The Accountant Movies recommended in this episode: Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb The Blackcoat's Daughter The Sympathizer LIVE SHOW ALERT! We'll be at the PHILLY PODCAST FESTIVAL on July 16th at 8:30 pm!
Preacher: On the Road Season 2, Episode 1
Jessie, Tulip, and Cassidy hit the road in search of God and are stalked by a killer cowboy from hell.
Hey kids, it's me, your pal Alan Alda. I saw you getting ready to send that Tweet, and I just wanted to say: Twitter is real-life dangerous. The things you put online are like really fast cars, and so: Responsibility. Thanks again, from me, Alan Alda. Suggested talking points: #MamboNo5, Nipple Shrapnel, The Toe, A Frequency Situation, Fondue Rules, A Giant's Eye, Navy Bean, Friles and Nasier
Star Trek: Voyager: Future's End, Part II Rewatch Season 3, Episode 9
Maybe the Doctor should start calling himself Dr. Seuss, because he's on the loose! [more inside]
Silicon Valley: Server Error Season 4, Episode 10
In the Season 4 finale, Richard's caught in a web of lies in a last-ditch attempt to save Pied Piper. Meanwhile, Jared plans his exit when he's worried about Richard's future; Jack tries to change the narrative; and Gavin plots his comeback.
Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 8 First Watch Season 3, Episode 8
Gotta light? (description from Showtime)
Dark Matter: All the time in the world Season 3, Episode 4
Three finds himself in a temporal loop. The rest of the crew is more than skeptical about what he's experiencing, so Three goes to some extreme measures to prove what he's saying is true.
Doctor Who: World Enough and Time Season 10, Episode 11
The Doctor, intent on seeing if Missy can be redeemed, sets her a test. Things do not go according to plan. We meet an old enemy, in unexpected circumstances. And another old enemy, in equally unexpected circumstances. [more inside]
It's not new, but inspired by his role on the much beloved Garfunkel and Oates series, I checked out this special. I laughed…a lot. In fact, I'm a bit concerned about some of the things I laughed at and I'm curious to discuss it and others' reactions. [more inside]
Orphan Black: Beneath Her Heart Season 5, Episode 3
Stuck on the sidelines with Neolutionists crawling all over her home, Alison seeks to return to her community center, but Bailey Downs has moved on from her. As she flounders to take back some control, the ghost of friendships’ past rears its head.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Grand Finale Season 9, Episode 14
The top four queens compete in a lip-sync bracket for the crown.
Comic Hasan Minhaj of "The Daily Show" shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.
The Dynamic Duo faces their greatest challenge yet: four of Gotham City's most dastardly known super-criminals are all at large and working together. Their goal? Nothing short of… world domination! (Available on Netflix, in the US at least, until the end of the month!)
Fargo: Somebody to Love Season 3, Episode 10
Gloria follows the money; Nikki plays a game; Emmit learns a lesson about progress from Varga. [more inside]
Dark Matter: It Doesn't Have to Be Like This Season 3, Episode 2
The crew is fulfilling their promise to take the fight to Ryo [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Future's End Rewatch Season 3, Episode 8
This is the time-jump of the starship Voyager. Its 1996 mission: To bring Dolly the Cloned Sheep to the 24th century. To prevent the launch of Fox News Channel. To boldly go and see the Spice Girls live! (Part 1 of 2) [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DEADLY MANTIS Season 8, Episode 4
"The Most Dangerous Monster That Ever Lived!" "Out Of a Million Years Ago... A Thousand Tons of Terror!" A big bug eats people and destroys things, until someone crashes a jet into it. Weak sauce! I'm just saying, the Giant Claw wouldn't have been undone by a simple jet crash. The episode's got a pretty good reputation! In this week's subplot watch, some bomb-worshipping mutants show up in Deep Ape. This results in the end of one theme (Deep Ape itself) and the beginning of another one (Mike seemingly being unable to keep himself from blowing up planets). Oh also, Pearl finally begins the chase of the S.O.L. promised in the theme song. Episode 804 doesn't appear to be on YouTube. Premiered February 22, 1997. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM II Season 11, Episode 11
"Across the Sea of Dreams... behind the Curtain of Time... lies the land of ultimate fantasy." I bet you weren't looking forward to another visit to the world of last week's movie. Good news, other than the name and executive producer Roger Corman, this movie has nothing to do with the first one! A shepherd who's also a wizard tries to save the world from bad wizards blah blah Tolkien Eddings Brooks. A lot of people think Part 1 was a highlight of the season, but many also think this is a lowlight, so beware guys. A subplot begins in this episode, with Kinga deciding to marry Jonah. And we have another visit from Pearl! Episode 1111 is available on Netflix. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The US Coal Industry Season 4, Episode 16
So recently you may have heard these things happening....
- The mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case, the result of which prompted Cosby to exclaim Fat Albert's catchphrase "Hey hey hey!" while exiting the courtroom, further soiling all of our memories.
- The incredibly unpopular AHCA Take Two, accompanied by a fitting graphic of the GOP logo with a blue skull superimposed with stars for eyes. Of the version passed by the House, Trump (who held a presentation where he celebrated its passing) was quoted as saying it was "mean," the irony entirely lost on him. Its very existence is causing problems in insurance markets, as companies decide if they want to pull out of the current markets or not.
- And Now: Things People's Fathers Used To Say
- Main Story: Coal, coal mining jobs, coal executives, coal mining companies, executives of coal companies, and Donald Trump's fixation on the mineral, discussed divorced of its (tremendous) ecological toll. Eventually the story comes around to involving a giant squirrel.... YouTube (24m)
Idiotsitter: Full Season Season 2 (Full Season)
Idiotsitter returns for Season 2: College [more inside]
Dark Matter: Welcome to the Revolution Season 3, Episode 3
The crew of the Raza intervenes in a dispute between a colony looking to gain its freedom and the corporate security staffers that have been abandoned by their company. Six encounters somebody from his past and makes a decision about his future. On the ship, the Android discovers a walled-off database and the presence behind it. [more inside]
Better Call Saul: Lantern Season 3, Episode 10
Kim takes time off; Jimmy tries to make amends; Nacho gambles with his future; Hamlin pushes Chuck to make a decision. [Official synopsis - season finale]
The Bachelorette: Week 4 Season 13, Episode 4
Rachel takes various men on a blimp, on a boat, and to a spelling bee. Everybody hates Lee.
It's August 2007. Lauren Marks is a 27-year-old actor and a PhD student, spending the month directing a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She's in a bar, standing onstage, performing a karaoke duet of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'...and then a blood vessel in her brain bursts.
Wait, don't tell us you're STILL chugging that full-power, unfiltered sports beverage? Listen: Nobody needs that much energy. Why not come down to our level with a smooth glass of a soothing Gatorade alternative? One for poet-types, and brain-thinkers! Suggested talking points: The Cream Cheese Incident, Apple Juice Marketing, Subway Connections, Blapron, Sperm Maze, Go-To Sillyness
Star Trek: Voyager: Sacred Ground Rewatch Season 3, Episode 7
First, one must contemplate the Rock of Requirement; next, one must practice the Fingerpainting of Flabbergastation; then, one must undertake the Rockclimbing of Really Radical Requirement; then, one must contemplate the Rock again--sheesh, if this ordeal were any more complicated, it would be a Klingon bachelor party! [more inside]
Silicon Valley: Hooli-con Season 4, Episode 9
Erlich goes on a trip to get his mojo back while the guys head to Hooli-Con, where Jared faces a moral dilemma; Gilfoyle and Dinesh are distracted by Keenan; and Richard becomes obsessed with an ex's new beau.