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Movie: Children of Men

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
posted by Fizz on Nov 4, 2017 - 18 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Nine: The Gate  Season 2, Ep 9

Eleven makes plans to finish what she started. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 28, 2017 - 229 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer  Season 2, Ep 8

An unlikely hero steps forward when a deadly development puts the Hawkins Lab on lockdown, trapping Will and several others inside. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 28, 2017 - 44 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister  Season 2, Ep 7

Psychic visions draw Eleven to a band of violent outcasts and an angry girl with a shadowy past. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 28, 2017 - 82 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Six: The Spy  Season 2, Ep 6

Will's connection to a shadowy evil grows stronger, but no one's quite sure how to stop it. Elsewhere, Dustin and Steve forge an unlikely bond. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 28, 2017 - 40 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Five: Dig Dug  Season 2, Ep 5

Nancy and Jonathan swap conspiracy theories with a new ally as Eleven searches for someone from her past. "Bob the Brain" tackles a difficult problem.
posted by Fizz on Oct 28, 2017 - 29 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Four: Will the Wise  Season 2, Ep 4

An ailing Will opens up to Joyce -- with disturbing results. While Hopper digs for the truth, Eleven unearths a surprising discovery.
posted by Fizz on Oct 28, 2017 - 50 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Three: The Pollywog  Season 2, Ep 3

Dustin adopts a strange new pet, and Eleven grows increasingly impatient. A well-meaning Bob urges Will to stand up to his fears.
posted by Fizz on Oct 27, 2017 - 53 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak  Season 2, Ep 2

After Will sees something terrible on trick-or-treat night, Mike wonders whether Eleven's still out there. Nancy wrestles with the truth about Barb.
posted by Fizz on Oct 27, 2017 - 39 comments

Stranger Things: Chapter One: MADMAX  Season 2, Ep 1

As the town preps for Halloween, a high-scoring rival shakes things up in the arcade, and a skeptical Hopper inspects a field of rotting pumpkins.
posted by Fizz on Oct 27, 2017 - 38 comments

Dark Matter: It Doesn't Have to Be Like This   Season 3, Ep 2

The crew is fulfilling their promise to take the fight to Ryo [more inside]
posted by sammyo on Jun 22, 2017 - 4 comments

Book: All the Birds in the Sky

Hugo and Nebula Award short-listed novel about the end of the world―and the beginning of our future. A sort of coming of age novel, philosophical exploration of nature and technology, action/adventure/romance with some bittersweet humor on top. [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 1, 2017 - 6 comments

Dark Matter: We Were Family   Season 2, Ep 4

Three reconnects with his former crew; the Android finds herself in unique company.
posted by sammyo on Jul 23, 2016 - 3 comments

Blakes 7: Seek – Locate – Destroy  Season 1, Ep 6

In which our intrepid seven heroes encounter the ruthless Queen of All Space, and her peeved henchman with a gun arm, Travis. Travis hates Blake, Servalan wants power, Avon wants money, Vila wants to steal something, and Blake just wants to be left alone long enough to steal to bring down the tyrannous Federation … except he leaves something important behind. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on May 18, 2016 - 8 comments

Blakes 7: The Web  Season 1, Ep 5

Aka The One With The Mud Men. The crew get new outfits, including Gan who chooses a lovely macrame vest. But one of the crew is a traitor! Who are The Lost? What's the deal with the mutant baby in a jar? And what is the secret of The Space Web that has ensnared the Liberator? And, can Blake make the ultimate decision? [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on May 18, 2016 - 10 comments

Blakes 7: Time Squad  Season 1, Ep 4

The Liberator crew intersects a strange ship, and finds a group of killers from the past on board who will stop at nothing to kill Blake's Six and take over the ship. But why? And can Gan and Jenna stop them? What is Gan's dark secret? Meanwhile, in the other plot, Blake decides to become a terrorist with a fiendish plot to blow up a Federation communications outpost, but does he have the skills to avoid flesh-eating plants, the Federation's crack security forces, a super-high tech killbot? And can he, Avon and Villa trust a silent, mysterious stranger?
posted by Mezentian on May 10, 2016 - 5 comments

Blakes 7: Cygnus Alpha  Season 1, Ep 3

Blake, Jenna, and Avon commandeer the alien ship, which is surprisingly easy to fly, and decide to jet off to the fearsome Cygnus Alpha, the prison planet they have just escaped being sent from to find a crew for the newly-named Liberator, but what is the fearsome mystery of Cygnus Alpha, who will survive, and what is BRIAN BLESSED shouting about? [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on May 10, 2016 - 6 comments

Blakes 7: Star Fall  Season 1, Ep 2

Blake, Jenna and Vila (and some other potential members of the eponymous Seven, who may or may not make it to the end of the episode) take an all expenses paid cruise to the mysterious planet, Cygnus Alpha... and you won't believe what happens next... [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on May 3, 2016 - 11 comments

Blakes 7: The Way Back   Season 1, Ep 1

Roj Blake, brainwashed by the Federation, learns of his true identity - a major resistance leader against what appears to be a corrupt society. Unbelieving at first, he is persuaded to attend a rebel's meeting illegally outside the dome... and then things get interesting. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 comments

Movie: The Man Who Fell to Earth

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return ... [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell on Feb 8, 2016 - 7 comments

Other Space: Finale  Season 1, Ep 8

The crew makes contact with an alien at long last, but this historic moment is cut short when they realize they have a chance to make it home through an interplanetary ripple. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 18, 2015 - 2 comments

Other Space: First Contact  Season 1, Ep 7

An alien appears in Stewart’s dreams, but only seems to communicate if Stewart’s dreams are erotic in nature. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 18, 2015 - 5 comments

Other Space: Powerless  Season 1, Ep 6

When the ship is struck by lightning, the crew must conserve power to avoid being destroyed. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 18, 2015 - 2 comments

Other Space: Trouble's Brewing  Season 1, Ep 5

Michael and Tina are sent down to the planet for a six-hour fuel retrieval mission—upon arrival, they realize that thanks to a planetary quirk, they’ll be stuck there for the equivalent of eight months. They progress from apathy to romance to insanity in a single afternoon. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 comments

Other Space: Ted Talks  Season 1, Ep 4

Tina gets a message from her boyfriend on Earth, who dumps her. She goes into hysterics, which is a problem, because she is the only crew member qualified to perform an essential fuel extraction on a nearby planet. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 25, 2015 - 4 comments

Other Space: The Death of A.R.T.  Season 1, Ep 3

A.R.T. accidentally damages the ship while showing off his magnetic capabilities. When an angry Karen sends him outside to fix the damage, A.R.T. gets stuck, forcing Karen and Michael to come rescue him. While squabbling with Michael, Karen accidentally kicks A.R.T. into space. Meanwhile, Stewart, Tina, and Kent work on a message to send out into the new universe. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 17, 2015 - 3 comments

Book: Foundation and Empire: "The Mule"

In the imaginary science of 'Pataphysics there's the concept of the "clinamen", or "swerve". As method in the arts, it can be roughly paraphrased as: "To create art you must first create a system. Once you have the system, you must introduce an anomaly which brings the system into a state of chaos. Then you have art." To put it bluntly, until writing "The Mule", Asimov's Foundation series was a perfect system, described by the imaginary science of psychohistory. Things were moving predictably to a predicted end. But then there came a swerve, in the form of "The Mule", a warlord not predicted by Hari Seldon. And in the titular character, Asimov created one of the most interesting anti-heroes of early science fiction. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 14, 2015 - 9 comments

Other Space: Getting to Know You  Season 1, Ep 2

In an attempt to raise the morale of his frightened and fudge-riddled crew, Stewart initiates a bonding session that devolves into ice-breaker games. When Karen discovers that one of the crew members is actually an alien who’s implanted memories in their heads, they play a high-stakes game of Mafia to weed out the intruder. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 14, 2015 - 4 comments

Other Space: Into the Great Beyond... Beyond  Season 1, Ep 1

Young Stewart Lipinski is made captain of an exploratory space mission into space... his older sister Karen is made his second in command, and is none too happy about it. When their ship and crew stumble into a different universe with no way home, Stewart and Karen have to figure out their differences in order to survive. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 10, 2015 - 11 comments

Book: Foundation and Empire: "The General"

"The General" is the last of the classic Foundation stories. In it Asimov tackles the central dynamic head on, setting the "living will" of a single human being against the "dead hand" of psychohistory. It should be no surprise, and indeed is no surprise to modern readers, that the long arc of history doesn't bend around brilliant individuals. There are other characters than the titular general, but Bel Riose is the only one that matters. He knows exactly what he's up against, and backs himself to win. He's undoubtedly the purest example of a tragic hero in the series. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 10, 2015 - 5 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Traders"

The next jump forward in the Foundation storyline takes us well into the second century of the 1000 year plan (which, incidentally, was the original name of the the first book). A merchant from the Foundation on a trading mission to a distant planet runs afoul of local laws and customs. Another trader, Linmar Ponyets, is sent to save him. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 27, 2015 - 4 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Mayors"

Compared to the previous story, there's a lot more going on in "The Mayors". While "The Encyclopedists" is a bit bare bones, this story is painted on a much bigger canvas. Political intrigue, deluded mobs and huge warships flying through space all feature. All of this is familiar from space opera, both modern and contemporary to the Foundation series. But in this story, it isn't the most destructive weapon that wins the day, but the soft power of religious authority. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 24, 2015 - 3 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Encyclopedists"

Science fiction fandom was introduced to the Foundation and psychohistory in a 1942 short story called "Foundation". When it was collected in a book, it was renamed "The Encyclopedists". It is the story of a library on a worthless planet on the far edge of a collapsing empire. And it's the story of a small city mayor who rises to the occasion presented to him by history, becoming one of the most beloved heroes of science fiction, Salvor Hardin. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 comments

Book: Foundation

The Foundation Trilogy is the space epic's space epic. It follows the history of The Foundation for centuries, from its beginnings as a library on a rinky dink planet on the edge of the Milky Way, to burgeoning galactic empirehood. But before there's a Foundation, there's one guy with a plan, Hari Seldon. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 21, 2015 - 16 comments

Movie: We Were Here

An intimate and moving documentary about the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, told through interviews with just five people who lived through its beginnings. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 comment

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood  Season 8, Ep 3

In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake.
posted by mumkin on Sep 6, 2014 - 66 comments

Continuum: The Dying Minutes  Season 3, Ep 12

John Doe's revelations force Liber8 to regroup and its members to reconsider their mission. A new character, The Traveller, is introduced. Carlos pulls himself together. The Freelancers face a familiar enemy.
posted by zarq on Jun 17, 2014 - 5 comments

Continuum: 3 Minutes to Midnight  Season 3, Ep 11

The pieces begin to come together: A direct attack from Liber8 puts John Doe and Kiera in danger. But now that John Doe has learned more about his past and future, his revelations could change everything.
posted by zarq on Jun 17, 2014 - 4 comments

Continuum: Revolutions Per Minute  Season 3, Ep 10

A shocking discovery is made by Kiera, whose connection with the mysterious John Doe grows deeper. At the same time, her relationship with the Freelancers becomes more strained. Meanwhile, Alec crosses the Rubicon to protect his legacy.
posted by zarq on Jun 17, 2014 - 1 comment

Silicon Valley: Proof of Concept  Season 1, Ep 7

Richard is distracted while trying to finish his demonstration; Jared worries that Monica is trying to replace him; Dinesh develops a crush; Erlich's past threatens the company's chances.
posted by mathowie on May 19, 2014 - 20 comments

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