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Star Trek: Voyager: The Swarm Rewatch Season 3, Episode 4
Lt. Torres learns one of the more obscure Laws of Robotics: it takes an arrogant hologram to fix an arrogant hologram. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE LEECH WOMAN Season 8, Episode 2
"Forever Young! Forever Deadly!" "She Lived Off The Life Blood of Male Victims!" Africa! Source of endless 50s movie MacGuffins! All manner of bizarre plot-driving effect can be found there! Here the bizarre secret waiting to be found is that of eternal youth, at only the cost of having to kill people regularly to maintain it. It's all due to the wonders of the human pineal gland, itself the source of many plot-driving mysteries. BTW, the movie's view of the human race is unremittingly horrible. Mike and co. are still hovering above Deep Ape, which has become rather freer in its dress code. BTW: Jeeeeeeeeeed! YouTube (1h32m) Premiered February 8, 1997. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP Season 11, Episode 9
A monster movie from South Korea, in which a petroleum-eating monster awakened from the Middle East attacks Seoul. Whatever geopolitical metaphor is intended by this is obscured by the fact that, oh Gamera, we have another little kid protagonist. Yongary's death scene is rather protracted. Ah, another little kid monster movie! And not a Kenny kid either, this is a full-on obnoxious lil brat along the lines of Time Of The Apes' Johnny, or that kid from Godzilla Vs. Megalon. When we meet this kid, he's aiming his superscience itch ray at relatives driving by in their car! There's a lot of other crazy on display here too. Episode 1109 is on YouTube. [more inside]
A documentary that loosely follows avowed dirty trickster Roger Stone through the 2016 campaign while reviewing the broad outlines of his career - from outsider, to Reagan campaign insider, to consultant, to outsider and insider and outsider (and insider?) again, all loosely framed around his (claimed) desire to someday run Donald Trump as a candidate for President. Featuring interviews with Stone, Paul Manafort, Tucker Carlson, Trump, and many others.
The Handmaid's Tale: The Bridge Season 1, Episode 9
Offred embarks on a dangerous mission for the resistance. Janine moves to a new posting. Serena Joy suspects the Commander's infidelity.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Paris Climate Agreement Season 4, Episode 14
- Terrorist attacks in London killed 7 and injured more. The American news media is full of stories of London "reeling" and "under siege." Londoners take issue with that description, continue drinking beer and carrying on.
- Vladimir Putin is in many places, from clips to an Oliver Stone series of interview on him to interviewing former Fox host Megyn Kelly, where he admited Russian citizens may have interfered with the US election, while Trump's administraion looks into returning Russian compounds on US soil known to have been used for spying.
- And Now: 60 Minutes Anchors Are Still Prompting People To Give Them The Exact Soundbites They Need.
- Main story: Trump announces that he is pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement, a decision with possibly disasterous consequences. YouTube (21m)
- And Now: Still More 60 Minutes Anchors Prompting People To Give Them The Exact Soundbites They Need.
Better Call Saul: Slip Season 3, Episode 8
Jimmy is pushed to desperate measures. Nacho picks up a skill and Mike explores an alliance. Kim stands up to Hamlin.
Sorry it's come down to this, dear listeners, but we've been cops the whole time, and we've got to take you down for all the crimes you did while enjoying our podcast. We'd still love to have you over for the big cookout next weekend, though! Suggested talking points: Underpants Watch, Sneakin' Out the Bottles, Friend Arrest, Sea Pork, Quaid Confusion, Infrared Bears, An All New Original Color
The Bachelorette: Week 3 Season 13, Episode 3
Some of the guys meet Ellen. One goes to the "Rodeo" on horseback. And some just get down and dirty.
Gotham: Season 3 Season 3 (Full Season)
Over the past season: Jim deals with an ex, Penguin deals with an ex, Nygma makes a name for himself, Bruce goes to boarding school, Hugo Strange does some gig work, Bullock cracks wise, Barnes cracks some ribs, Barbara makes some deals, and the Tetch family make a lasting impression on Gotham. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: The Chute Rewatch Season 3, Episode 3
Silicon Valley: The Patent Troll Season 4, Episode 7
Richard decides to stand up to a patent troll, but his defiance comes back to haunt him; Gilfoyle goes to extremes to battle Jian-Yang's new smart fridge; Jared embraces multiple identities in an effort to reduce costs; Erlich mixes with a group of alpha males.
The Leftovers: The Book of Nora Season 3, Episode 8
Nothing is answered. Everything is answered. And then it ends. Series finale.
American Gods: A Murder Of Gods Books Included Season 1, Episode 6
On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 5 First Watch Season 3, Episode 5
Case files. (description from Showtime)
Doctor Who: Lie of the Land Season 10, Episode 8
Bill must convince the Doctor that humanity is in danger, when the world is gripped by an Orwellian mass delusion. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Gayest Ball Ever Season 9, Episode 11
The girls compete in a queer-culture pageant. [more inside]
We offer you a truly mind-blowing alternative explanation for how an emotion gets made. And we do it through a bizarre lawsuit, in which a child dies in a car accident, and the child's parents get sued by the man driving the other car.
Our heroes find themselves in a strange world where artists compete for national pride, submitting their works to a mountain that can make them known throughout the land. Can the team create satisfactory masterpieces before their year is up? Merle gets academic. Taako borrows some pearls of widsom. Magnus meets a fateful friend.
An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man to become the greatest of the female superheroes. [more inside]
Fargo: The Law of Inevitability Season 3, Episode 7
Gloria tries to work around the system, Nikki finds herself in a familiar place, Varga comes up with an alternative plan and Emmit goes to dinner. [more inside]
This time, The McElroy Brothers talk with their agent Joel about being in Trolls 2.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE Season 8, Episode 1
(Originally in 3D) "MONSTER ESCAPES! City flees in TERROR!" "All new Thrills! Shock! Suspense!" Hoo boy. So once upon a time, living in a black lagoon, there was a Creature. Having survived the injuries and affonts to dignity from the ending to a previous movie, the "Gill Man" is captured by marine scientists and sent to an amusement park, I guess to replace Shamu. An incredibly dangerous beast that's killed people before kept by scientists in an amusement park. What do you THINK is gonna happen? John Hammond reads about the incident in the paper and has a wonderful idea. And so begins the
last sixth era of the show, as it kicks off its three season run on SyFy The Sci-Fi Channel. The guys are 500 years in the future and APES RULE THE WORLD! Their new movie-sending tormentors are Professor Bobo and his assistant Dr. Peanut... and a mysterious, familiar figure. Wait, you already know it's Pearl Forrester. Stylistically there's a lot of differences, but less than a year passed between episodes 706 and 801. See notes for more. YouTube (1h32m) Sci-Fi Channel Promo. Premiered February 1, 1997. [more inside]
The Handmaid's Tale: Jezebels Season 1, Episode 8
The Commander surprises Offred with a secret adventure in Gilead. Nick's troubled past leads to his recruitment by the Sons of Jacob.
Star Trek: Voyager: Flashback Rewatch Season 3, Episode 2
Our heroes encounter gaseous anomalies. Tuvok experiences some more mental distress. The legendary Klingon commander Kang returns to menace Starfleet. A little girl falls to her death about a dozen times. And Janeway meets Sulu! (Sort of.) [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE LOVES OF HERCULES Season 11, Episode 8
aka Hercules Vs. The Hydra, Gli Amori de Ercole. Hercules' wife is murdered, but it's okay, he finds a new love days later. Then an Amazon queen decides to pursue him as well. It's a collision course with wackiness! Or maybe more murder! Given the number of girlfriends and wives Herc has had throughout these interminable movies, why would any woman stick around with him? It's a death sentence! We're now halfway into Season 11, the Kickstarter-funded revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Pepla (singular peplum) provide for some of the most beloved classic episodes of MST (such as 408 HERCULES UNCHAINED and 410 HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN), but there are also some relatively boring ones. Fan reaction to this episode, at least, seems divided. Episode 1108 can be viewed on Netflix. [more inside]
iZombie: Twenty-Sided, Die Season 3, Episode 9
A dungeon master is killed and the probe reveals that he was up to more than playing in his mother's basement. Meanwhile, Blaine's experiment does not go as planned; and Ravi stumbles across some new information that could prove deadly.
Today's episode features a drop-in from our critically acclaimed Twin Peaks fancast-within-a-podcast, The Bookhouse Boys. We've got answers for all the questions this twisted series throws at you -- questions like: What's with all this coffee? Hey! What's even going on here?! Whoa!?! Suggested talking points: Bookhouse Boys, Dream Interpretation, Arcade Desires, Tender Kombat, Daniel Dunkin, Real Emo, Hardee's Softcows
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Can't Help You! Season 3, Episode 3
Kimmy meets someone new! Titus gets a project! Jackie and Russ have a plan!
The Americans: The Soviet Division Season 5, Episode 13
In the fifth season finale of The Americans, "the Eckarts" help Alexei and Evgheniya with a family emergency, Paige continues to work at the food pantry and work out in the garage, Sofia's fiancé takes a test, Elizabeth gives Tuan career advice, Jim tells Kimmy he's relocating, Elizabeth, Philip, and Stan all consider retirement, Martha considers a new venture, and Henry finds out he got into St. Edwards and is being awarded his scholarship, only to find out there's another obstacle. [more inside]
Sylvia investigates her mother's murder.
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and nothing is ever the same for anyone in the Houseman family. [more inside]
House of Cards: Chapter 53 Season 5, Episode 1
"I will not yield.... You have nothing to be afraid of." [more inside]
Lucifer: The Good, the Bad and the Crispy Season 2, Episode 18
Charlotte accidentally burns a man to death, leaving Lucifer to keep Chloe from figuring out what really happened. (Season finale) [more inside]
Silicon Valley: Customer Service Season 4, Episode 6
Erlich searches for relevance, Richard strikes a deal with acquaintances from the past and present, and Guilfoyle and Dinesh find a bug in their software.
The Bachelorette: Week 2 Season 13, Episode 2
Love & Basketball. Suggested drinking games: Spot the Doll. Spot the Bromantic Looks. Spot The Number of Times Rachel Is Sick Of Someone's Shit But Is Too Gracious To Say So. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Lars' Head Season 5, Episode 4
Lars gains new powers.
Steven Universe: Off Colors Season 5, Episode 3
Steven and Lars meet a group of Gem outcasts.
Steven Universe: The Trial Season 5, Episode 2
Steven goes on trial for Pink Diamond's assassination.
Steven Universe: Stuck Together Season 5, Episode 1
Steven and Lars have a heart-to-heart on the Homeworld ship.
Dusty (Dane Cook) is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper (Stacey Keach) and a host of new friends (Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cedric the Entertainer) , Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true in the Wings Around The Globe against international competitors (Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith) [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Basics, Part II Rewatch Season 3, Episode 1
It's the end of the end of the beginning, as it were, as the ship and the show leave some people and some familiar territory behind, so let us pause a moment to remember those lost: ye heroes, ye villains, ye villains-turned heroes, even ye murderhoboes. Never to be seen again, with the exception of the occasional holodeck malfunction, wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey incident, or historical recreation centuries hence. [more inside]
The Leftovers: The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother) Season 3, Episode 7
On a mission of mercy, Kevin assumes an alternate identity. Wherein we also learn the importance of secure two-factor authentication. They're Kevins! Identical Kevins all the way. One pair of matching bookends, Different as night and day.—Patti [more inside]
American Gods: Lemon Scented You Books Included Season 1, Episode 5
Trying to work things out with his dead and unfaithful wife, Shadow's emotional reunion is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Crime and Punishment Season 4, Episode 22
Jake and Rosa are framed for a crime they didn't commit.
Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World Season 10, Episode 7
An ‘ancient’ pyramid appears overnight. Every clock in the world begins counting down to the Earth’s destruction. Three opposing armies lie ready to annihilate each other. It’s a terrifying race against time to save the world! [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Makeovers: Crew Better Work Season 9, Episode 10
Crew members from the show get made over into fierce queens.
iZombie: Eat a Knievel Season 3, Episode 8
Liv is a Jackass. Blaine relapses. The Anti-Zombie folks practice strong operational security. [more inside]
Fargo: The Lord of No Mercy Season 3, Episode 6
Gloria and Winnie get closer to the truth; Emmit tries to make things right; Nikki and Ray prepare for payback; Varga cleans up a mess. [more inside]
Archer: Auflösung Season 8, Episode 8
Archer visits Dreamland and receives a big break that leads him to Woodhouse's killer. [Season finale] [Warning: depiction of violence to robo-dogs] [more inside]
Into the Badlands: Wolf's Breath, Dragon Fire Season 2, Episode 10
Sunny faces the toughest challenge of his life. Bajie's loyalties are tested. [more inside]
The 100: Praimfaya Season 4, Episode 13
It's a race against the end of the world as Praimfaya arrives forcing our heroes to make impossible decisions to ensure their survival. [more inside]
The 100: The Chosen Season 4, Episode 12
Jaha and Kane disagree over how to handle their grim reality. Meanwhile, Clarke leads a group to save a friend. [more inside]
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]