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Mystery Science Theater 3000: TIME CHASERS

aka Tangents. "His Mission is to Save the Future. But Time Waits For No Man...." A guy invents a time machine in his airplane, but a huge corporation plans on misusing it. Yeah, it's kind of like if Michael Moore made Back To The Future. Wow, evil corporations, huh? You can always turn to them when you need a good villain. I am not pointing this out to subvert it; they are a power for evil in our world, a blight upon the land. Anyway, this is a pretty darn decent episode. Thankfully all that Roman Times stuff is over with, and for the last couple of episodes of Season 8 the show was free to just drift out in space (well, that and a public television station, we'll get into that next week). Mike and Pearl have a nice little talk in the Widowmaker! It's nice to see neighbors get along, even when one of them is a mad scientist and the other is her hapless movie-watching victim. Also, in the movie segments, a couple of segments have the big brother of Mike (the character), Eddie, in the theater, played by Mike (the actor), who is rather less congenial than Mike (the character). Er, you understood that, right? Observer gets in a visual riff during the credits! And at the end there's a spare Crow hanging out in Minnesota who is never mentioned again. Next week is the last episode of Season 8. Episode 821 TIME CHASERS does not appear to be on YouTube. Premiered November 22, 1997. 27 episodes left.
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Oct 18 at 3:55 AM
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Star Trek: Discovery: Choose Your Pain

Harcourt Fenton Mudd has a thing or two to say about Starfleet.
posted by mordax to FanFare on Oct 15 at 7:54 PM
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Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore (Parts I & II)

Star Wars Rebels returns for its fourth and final season with the two part premiere, "Heroes of Mandalore." Fulfilling a promise to return assistance to Clan Wren from the Season 3 finale, Kanan, Ezra, and Chopper find themselves in the thick of a Mandalorian Civil War. The two part premiere centers around Sabine Wren's effort to rescue her father, taken captive when Sabine defected from the Imperial Academy, and the debut of a fearsome weapon designed by Sabine to destroy Mandalorian warriors.
posted by Atreides to FanFare on Oct 16 at 7:48 AM
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: HalloVeen

The Nine-Nine has their fifth annual Halloween heist and everyone has until midnight to claim the belt cummerbund title of "Amazing Human Slash Genius".
posted by jeather to FanFare on Oct 19 at 8:00 AM
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Movie: The Villainess

A young woman, raised from childhood to be a killer, is co-opted as an assassin by the Korean secret service.
posted by Grangousier to FanFare on Oct 14 at 4:45 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Prey

♫ You're on this hunt with me / The pickin's have been fine / And yet before this mission is over / You might just cross the line / You might defy your captain / She's one you don't betrayyy / And sooo the best that I can doooo / Iiiiis… ♫
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Oct 19 at 2:59 AM
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The Good Place: The Trolley Problem

Chidi and Eleanor tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael; Tahani confides in Janet.
posted by everybody had matching towels to FanFare on Oct 19 at 6:28 PM
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Mindhunter: Entire Season 1

From the episodes 1 and 2 posts it seems like many people have binged the entire season already. Given that it's confusing to remember what happened in which episode, let's discuss the whole thing.
posted by AFABulous to FanFare on Oct 18 at 7:49 AM
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Mindhunter: Episode #1.2

Holden interviews the eerily articulate murderer Ed Kemper, but his research provokes negative feedback at the Bureau.
posted by AFABulous to FanFare on Oct 15 at 11:06 AM
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The Good Place: Existential Crisis

Michael struggles with an existential crisis and a mid-life crisis as the gang contends with conflicting parties
posted by zachlipton to FanFare on Oct 12 at 7:42 PM
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Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 376: Face 2 Face: Shrimp, Heaven, Live!

Here's our star-studded live show from the gorgeous King's Theater in Brooklyn, NY! We still cannot believe they allowed us to do a show there. It was irresponsible, is what it was.
posted by Tevin to FanFare on Oct 16 at 9:35 AM
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Podcast: Showcase from Radiotopia: The Polybius Conspiracy #1 – The Player

Introducing our new Showcase series! In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly disappearing.
posted by latkes to FanFare on Oct 16 at 9:18 PM
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Steal the Stars

I'd like to do some podcast posting on"Steal the Stars," but I can't get any of the various podcast links to work enough to start a FanFare post on it.
posted by jenfullmoon to FanFare on Oct 12 at 9:55 AM
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Book: Winter Tide

After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future. The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.
posted by KingEdRa to FanFare on Oct 17 at 12:10 PM
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Project Runway: Driving Miss Unconventional

An unconventional materials challenge...
posted by essexjan to FanFare on Oct 20 at 10:57 AM
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Movie: Blade Runner 2049

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
posted by fearfulsymmetry to FanFare on Oct 5 at 10:12 AM
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Space Rabbit

In the Season 2 premiere, Todd and Farah are on the run from the law and head to small town Bergsberg, Montana in search of Dirk. Mysteriously, Bart's search for Ken takes her to the same small town, where unexplainable events start occurring.
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Oct 15 at 5:55 AM
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Halt and Catch Fire: Search / Ten of Swords

The two-part series finale (includes S4E9, S4E10)
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace to FanFare on Oct 15 at 1:28 PM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Hunters

It’s mail call at the 4077thon Voyager, and RadarNeelix is the most popular man in campon the ship, fighting off hordes of personnel looking for their letters from home...
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Oct 16 at 7:53 AM
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Book: The Delirium Brief

Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Mefi's Own Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series!
posted by infinitewindow to FanFare on Jul 11 at 6:41 PM
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I was discussing the Tyler-is-Voq theory with Mrs Clanger (who suspected that something was up with Lt Tyler). Our chat went something like this: Mrs C: So could the Klingons disguise Voq as a human? Me: Yes - remember how in The Trouble with Tribbles there was a Klingon agent surgically altered to look human. He was found out... [more]
posted by Major Clanger to FanFare on Oct 17 at 1:00 PM
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One small bit that really hit home for me was Eleanor warning everyone not to eat the nasty white chocolate dipping sauce shrimp... and then slowly bringing it back to her mouth and continuing to eat it. Kristen Bell really captured the helpless feeling of disgust and self-loathing I get as I continue to robotically shovel bad food into my face... [more]
posted by Justinian to FanFare on Oct 20 at 1:45 AM
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Each time she is rebooted she gets a new hairstyle and different colors/patterns in her outfit. Which means as long as you adhere to the basics of the formula you don't have to have a certain color or pattern. You should definitely carry a potted cactus. [view]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts to FanFare on Oct 15 at 5:08 AM
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FanFic: Iteration #803. Michael regains control, decides to torture everyone with something comforting & familiar where everybody knows your name and opens a bar. [view]
posted by ZeusHumms to FanFare on Oct 16 at 6:28 AM
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The way they're rapidly cycling through romantic pairings make me think they're tweaking the tendency of sitcoms to put their characters into evermore implausible couples. It fits right in with the show's narrative acceleration. All I heard was "we'll get to see Eleanor and Tahani for real" That's what this says right [view]
posted by schadenfrau to FanFare on Oct 16 at 6:39 PM
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My name is Kierkegaard! and my writing is impeccable. Check out my teleological suspension of the ethical. No, right? Felt like a no when I was doing it. [view]
posted by missmary6 to FanFare on Oct 19 at 9:43 PM
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Michael's gifts were _also_ forms of torture. Tahani's big diamond was great until someone might get a bigger one, and it also makes her look ridiculous and isn't easy to have/use/display. Eleanor's shrimp dispenser was mentioned above: the chocolate sauce one? And she eats it anyway? Then, of course, Jason's balloon popped immediately. [view]
posted by amtho to FanFare on Oct 20 at 7:05 AM
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I forgot: the Jeremy Bentham easter egg! [view]
posted by zachlipton to FanFare on Oct 19 at 8:02 PM
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Honestly, paralyzed by indecision is how I always figured I'd actually respond to the Trolley Problem. Don't give up on your Kierkegaard rap musical dreams, Chidi. [view]
posted by ckape to FanFare on Oct 19 at 9:29 PM
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I cried like a baby for the last few minutes of the episode. When they freed that tardigrade I was DONE. As far as I'm concerned Star Trek is back. And welcome, old friend. [view]
posted by potrzebie to FanFare on Oct 15 at 10:35 PM
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Heh. According to Indiewire, they debated a different outcome for the tardigrade at one point: Before “Star Trek: Discovery” decided to give the tardigrade its freedom, a far more fun but expensive option was considered. Apparently, the tardigrade was going to be written as an actual Starfleet member that had its place on the bridge. He... [more]
posted by gusottertrout to FanFare on Oct 16 at 7:40 AM
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Kamilah's in one of the more traditional neighborhoods. With the butthole spiders. [view]
posted by schadenfrau to FanFare on Oct 14 at 4:14 PM
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I wasn't sure Jason could ever top "So I met this guy at the gun range in the Jacksonville bus station", but the 13-point scale comes really close. Also, "Do you want breakfast? I know how to make cereal!" [view]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit to FanFare on Oct 15 at 8:22 AM
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Ted Danson too. His apologies to Chidi were actually, genuinely moving. BUT WERE THEY SINCERE? I truly don't know. [view]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to FanFare on Oct 20 at 7:19 AM
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Interesting theory on IO9 . . . Tyler is actually Voq, after giving up "everything" to get his revenge. What? No way. There's no possible way tha- To the audience Tyler is so obviously a spy that Lorca’s not just callous, he’s a fucking moron. Tyler is played by Shazad Latif, who also plays the albino Klingon Voq.... [more]
posted by zarq to FanFare on Oct 16 at 11:18 AM
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Did Tilly speak a blessing over Ripper before they released him? What she said was: "May the sun and moon watch your comings and goings in the endless nights and days that are before you." This is a paraphrase of the last verse of Psalm 121, from the Torah. 8. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from... [more]
posted by zarq to FanFare on Oct 16 at 8:11 PM
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It's so thrilling that Trek has come into the mainstream and is being abused by MRAs, racists and homophobes. This is definitely the future that Gene Roddenberry envisioned; IDIC - infinite douchebags, infinite combinations. I get the reaction, but if you read the rest of what Nelson said he explained that as a gay man he was worried... [more]
posted by gusottertrout to FanFare on Oct 18 at 5:19 AM
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Janet's glitches are because of the Ride or Die Protocol, right? Because Janet jealously looks potent. [view]
posted by MsMacbeth to FanFare on Oct 19 at 7:55 PM
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I thought this was really good. I'm glad we short-circuited the whole "Michael is just torturing us another way" discussion, since we're all savvy enough about the show to have been thinking it, but the gifts aside, it does raise the question of how this relationship is supposed to work. The neighborhood collapsing as Janet develops... [more]
posted by zachlipton to FanFare on Oct 19 at 6:49 PM
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