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Veronica Mars: Meet John Smith  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

Things really get moving here. Veronica gets hired to track down a classmate's long-lost (or dead?) father, enlists Wallace to start taking records from the office, dates Troy, and tries to get to the bottom of the mystery around her own mother. Oh, and what kind of medication is Duncan really taking? [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Oct 4, 2017 - 2 comments

Veronica Mars: Credit Where Credit's Due  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

Veronica investigates credit card fraud. We see Weevil in a more sympathetic light. Logan is an ass (Logan is always an ass), but Troy seems nice, right? And, oh yeah, a role for Paris Hilton... [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Sep 26, 2017 - 7 comments

Veronica Mars: Pilot  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

Introductions all around! Veronica Mars is a junior at Neptune High, formerly popular with the rich kids, now an outcast. Her best friend was killed, her boyfriend dumped her, she was roofied. Her father used to be Sheriff, but now he's a private eye, and Veronica helps him while solving her own high-school drama mysteries. This week's episode introduces Wallace, a new student at Neptune who is targeted by the local biker gang. Veronica Mars was first broadcast in 2004, just after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, and in a lot of ways it directly took up the mantle of kick-ass blonde high school girl empowerment. Never a ratings success, it was a critical darling from the start. [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Sep 18, 2017 - 15 comments

Marcella: Marcella : Season One  Season 1, Ep 0

Former London detective Marcella Backland is devastated when her husband leaves her and their two children. When Marcella is visited by a senior detective on the murder squad seeking information regarding an unsolved, 11-year-old case of a serial killer who seems to have become active again, Marcella returns to the murder squad. [more inside]
posted by daybeforetheday on Dec 3, 2016 - 3 comments

Book: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Given the upcoming Dirk Gently TV show it's probably time to have a read of the book. From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Aug 18, 2016 - 26 comments

Book: The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman is a 2012 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future. [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia on Aug 4, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Maigret Sets a Trap

What it says on the tin. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Apr 28, 2016 - 1 comment

Bosch: Victim of the Night  Season 2, Ep 3

Bosch arrives in Las Vegas, has adventures at a strip club. Eleanor is being erratic. Deputy Chief Irving chooses a side in the mayoral race. His son is not sure he's getting anywhere with his undercover assignment.
posted by ubiquity on Apr 13, 2016 - 0 comments

Bosch: The Thing About Secrets  Season 2, Ep 2

Harry discovers that his murder case has wider implications, and winds up heading to Las Vegas. He also hears about a possible lead on his mother's murder. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Mar 26, 2016 - 1 comment

Bosch: Trunk Music  Season 2, Ep 1

Bosch returns to his old job after a six-month suspension, makes a rewarding collar on his first day back, but then gets involved in a more complicated case. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Mar 24, 2016 - 2 comments

Rosewood: Pilot  Season 1, Ep 1

In the premiere of this drama following a brilliant private pathologist who helps the Miami police department solve its toughest investigations—whether they want his input or not—Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. tackles a case that hits close to home, and teams up with maverick detective Annalise Villa for the first time.
posted by cashman on Sep 25, 2015 - 6 comments

Movie: Mr. Holmes

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.
posted by metaquarry on Jul 25, 2015 - 10 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Uncustomed Goods, Part 1  Season 2, Ep 3

Alice contacts her former Bletchley colleagues when Millie is kidnapped, as she suspects it is linked to black market deals and does not want to involve the police.
posted by isthmus on Mar 16, 2015 - 2 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Blood On Their Hands, Part 2  Season 2, Ep 2

In the concluding part of this story, the team continues to search for proof that Alice is innocent... [more inside]
posted by isthmus on Mar 12, 2015 - 1 comment

The Bletchley Circle: Blood On Their Hands, Part 1  Season 2, Ep 1

When Alice Merren, a former Bletchley Park colleague, is charged with a distinguished scientist's the murder, Jean reunites the women for their second case.
posted by isthmus on Mar 9, 2015 - 4 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code, Part 3  Season 1, Ep 3

Thinking she knows the identity of the killer, Susan returns with the police, only to find him gone. [more inside]
posted by isthmus on Feb 27, 2015 - 3 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code, Part 2  Season 1, Ep 2

When Scotland Yard dismisses the women’s theories, they realize it’s up to them to stop the killer before he takes his next victim. They identify a suspect and use Lucy to lure him into a trap, but their plan goes badly awry and Lucy is assaulted. Shaken, the women take a different approach, contacting former war department members. Susan plans to meet with a psychiatrist whom she believes has helpful information, completely unaware of the danger that awaits her.
posted by isthmus on Feb 26, 2015 - 3 comments

The Bletchley Circle

I liked The Bletchley Circle enough to want to talk about it, so I submitted it and it's been approved. I'll be posting the first episode next week unless someone else is really motivated and beats me to the punch.
posted by isthmus on Feb 18, 2015 - 16 comments

Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Small Batch: Serial

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Gene Demby about the podcast Serial, a spin-off of This American Life. They'll discuss the podcasts created to discuss Serial and why listeners are picking apart episodes as if it's True Detective.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 23, 2014 - 2 comments

Marco Polo: White Moon  Season 1, Ep 6

Marco goes all Columbo with Byamba. Khutulun makes a welcome reappearance. We find out who the Blue Princess really is. Hey! let's have another orgy. Sidao takes a hit. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Dec 22, 2014 - 2 comments

Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul  Season 2, Ep 10

Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 18, 2014 - 1 comment

Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox  Season 2, Ep 9

Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 13, 2014 - 0 comments

Psycho-Pass: Untraceable Children  Season 2, Ep 7

As Mika's group handles the aftermath of the drone incident, Akane tries to determine Kamui's motives behind obtaining Dominators. and confronts Kasei on why she hasn't deactivated Shisui's Dominator privileges. Meanwhile, Mika looks up Togane's background, learning all of the inspectors he had previously worked with became latent criminals, and of his family's medical corporation. As the group examines evidence found in Kamui's hideout, they discover Kamui had used a hologram that was aged up from a child who died in a plane accident 15 years ago. Akane apprehends a surgeon who previously operated on Kamui and has Saiga interrogate him. Pieces start falling together, linking seemingly unrelated events and details together into one complicated web, all connected to Kamui.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 10, 2014 - 0 comments

Psycho-Pass: Those Who Cast Stones  Season 2, Ep 6

The episode opens with the MSWPB tangled in a battle with civilian-controlled drones, through the "Hungry Chicken" mobile game. Akane figures out Kamui's intention behind this event, while Shion and Sho Hinakawa try to handle the mobile game-controlled drones, further stressing out Mika.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 comment

Psycho-Pass: The Scales of Justice   Season 2, Ep 1

The MWPSB (Ministry of Welfare's Public Safety Bureau ) is called to investigate a incident involving an explosion at a busy shopping venue despite no casualties. So far, their main suspect is Akira Kitazawa due to his unstable Crime Coefficient and prior knowledge of demolitions. As a part of Division 1 Inspector Akane and her Enforcers are called in to track and arrest the suspect, who flees from the scene with a female hostage by car. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 11, 2014 - 2 comments

Psycho-Pass: The Creeping Unknown   Season 2, Ep 2

Inspector Akane and Enforcer Togane start interrogating the suspect Kitazawa who talks about a person who is able to lower crime coefficients and responsible for the fake hostage. After examining the hologram used in the crime they find out it's extremely elaborate and not the regular run of the mill criminal. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 11, 2014 - 1 comment

Psycho-Pass: The Salvation of Job  Season 2, Ep 4

After interrogating the politician Masuda, Inspector Akane finds herself at a dead end about Kamui other than hearing his name tied to clear HUEs. However, Inspector Aoyanagi does gain some new info related to Kamui's motives and ideals for their society from the criminal. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 6, 2014 - 4 comments

Psycho-Pass: Unforbidden Games  Season 2, Ep 5

The MSWPB continue to investigate the crime scene from earlier that day at the clinic but don't find anything new other than the same mysterious message "WC?" Meanwhile, Inspector Akane is working with other people to continue checking up on potential suspects tied to Kamui and visit one of his a possible secret bases. All seems normal until halfway there is a sudden incident connected to the drone's controls ends up causing another problem. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 6, 2014 - 3 comments

True Detective: Form and Void  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 8

Case files... We're gonna hafta be lookin' at these records with fresh eyes, alright? Like we're totally green. Marty and Rust use every last resource to chase down Marty's hunch about the green-eared spaghetti monster. Green eyes, green ears, green paint, and then the Yellow King in Carcosa. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 comments

True Detective: After You've Gone  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 7

Rust convinces Marty that he has a debt, and the two begin to work together on the investigation again after a decade. Aside from one brief jaunt back to recount Rust's interview of Johnny Joanie, the story mostly moves forward in the present time as they follow up on the missing persons reports (not) filed about Marie Fontenot. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 28, 2014 - 6 comments

Psycho-Pass: The Devil's Proof  Season 2, Ep 3

Inspector Akane continues to focus on her investigation of the strange message left at the previous crime scene and by meeting with other characters who may or may not have relevant information to the case. Inspector Aoyanagi meets with Ginoza about what it means to be an Inspector before receiving a surprising phone call. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Oct 26, 2014 - 9 comments

True Detective: Haunted Houses  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 6

All the threads through 1995 and into 2002 begin to weave together as we watch the fate of both Marty's marriage and Rust's investigation. Cohle visits the families of missing children and follows up with old leads Joel Theriot and Reverend Tuttle, and realizes that his fears about the scope of the problem might have been an underestimation. Hart makes good on his down payment at the Bunny Ranch, and beats the crap outta pretty much ever'one. And in an oddly empty scene (that is, one with neither Rust or Marty in it) Papania and Gilbough bring in Maggie for some friendly questioning: In a former life I used to exhaust myself navigating crude men who thought they were clever. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 21, 2014 - 3 comments

True Detective: The Secret Fate of All Life  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 5

Time is a flat circle. The story and its telling deviate explicitly, as Rust and Marty wrap up their respective interviews with Gilbough and Papania by relating the culminating, heroic events of their 1995 investigation and summarizing the subsequent several years. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 comments

True Detective: Who Goes There  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 4

The Detectives jump on the Reggie Ledoux lead, retracing some steps but altogether making progress in a new direction, earning leeway with their commanding officer in the process. But Rust's history and Marty's present personal situation make timely and not-so-timely intrusions (respectively), and the seeming inexorability of their plan to find Ledoux weighs heavy on them both. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 7, 2014 - 8 comments

True Detective: The Locked Room  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

Rust and Marty put off handing the case over to the fly-in boys for as long as possible, following scant leads to remote locations and coming away with a description of the monster at the end of their story as well as a name. A tall man, with facial scars. "Reggie Ledoux." The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door. - Rust | You just look them in the eyes and the whole story's right there. - Cohle [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 1, 2014 - 5 comments

True Detective: Seeing Things  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

The interview continues, Rust and Marty illustrate just how boring and frustrating chasing gossamer leads can be, and we continue to examine their slow drive investigation of Dorie Lang's murder and interpersonal relationships. — Days of nothing. That's what it's like to work cases. Days of... lost dogs. — It goes on like that.... you know the job. Lookin' for narrative. Interrogate witnesses. Partial evidence. Establish a timeline. Build a story. Day after day. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 22, 2014 - 16 comments

True Detective: The Long Bright Dark  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

Meet LA State Police Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Martin Eric 'Marty' Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Spencer 'Rust' Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), both retired from the force, as they each sit down with State CID detectives in 2012 to go over an old homicide case of theirs from 1995 that has mysteriously resurfaced. As Nic Pizzolatto's story seeps slowly out of director Cary Joji Fukunaga's vision of their recollections, dank and withered and burned out hollow, the tale of occult, ritual, (iconic, planned) murder emerges from the jungle of coastal Louisiana like so much aluminum-tinged smoke and ash. People out here, it's like they don’t even know the outside world exists. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 15, 2014 - 10 comments

Columbo: Death Lends a Hand  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her.
posted by bleep on Jul 28, 2014 - 7 comments

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