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SGU Stargate Universe: Subversion  Season 1, Ep 18

Dr. Rush and Homeworld Command investigate when Colonel Telford is suspected of spying for the Lucian Alliance. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 20, 2017 - 0 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker  Season 1, Ep 1

In a world without advanced technology, mutant telepaths have become humanity's only mechanism for long distance communication. But their powers have unintended implications. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Sep 17, 2017 - 9 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Pain  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 17

The ship's crew is plagued by hallucinations that manifest their fears and desires. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 14, 2017 - 0 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Sabotage  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 16

Destiny has entered the void between galaxies. When one of the FTL drives malfunctions, stranding the ship, an expert from Earth is brought in to help via the communications stones: Dr Amanda Perry, a quadriplegic woman who temporarily takes over Wray's body. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 11, 2017 - 1 comment

The Orville: Old Wounds (Pilot Episode)  Season 1, Ep 1

Set in the year 2418, pilot Ed Mercer of the Planetary Union divorces from his wife Kelly after he catches her cheating on him. One year later Ed learns that he got promoted to be Captain of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploration ship. To Ed's annoyance the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife Kelly. While on their first mission, a routine re-supply delivery to a scientific station, the station and the Orville get attacked by aliens that want to steal a device that can accelerate time.
posted by fimbulvetr on Sep 11, 2017 - 29 comments

Movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Earth is threatened by a mysterious deep space voyager. To save the home planet of the Federation, the exiled James T. Kirk and his crew must boldly go to the year 1986 on a desperate mission. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Sep 8, 2017 - 34 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Lost  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 15

The off-world team (Chloe, Scott, Eli and Greer) continues its search for a way out of the tunnels. However a collapse traps Sgt. Greer and the team is forced to leave him behind to try to catch up to Destiny, which is close to leaving the galaxy. In his solitude, Greer relives memories of his abusive father. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 7, 2017 - 0 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.  Season 8, Ep 15

"A blast of blood-curdling terror from outer space!" "They used the world's deadliest weapons against this super-secret agent! Women! Women! Women!" A spy tries to stop the use of a flesh-decaying substance from being used for evil by commies. Generally a good episode I think, in the middle of a streak of good episodes. This is the one where Mike is put on cosmic trial for blowing up those planets. YouTube (1h31m) Premiered August 2, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 7, 2017 - 6 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Human  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 14

Dr. Rush uses the neural interface chair to try and access Destiny's systems, causing him to recall the events which led to his recruitment into the Stargate program. A university professor whose wife was fighting cancer, he was asked by Dr. Daniel Jackson to join a project which would eventually be known as Icarus. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 5, 2017 - 0 comments

Dark Matter: Nowhere To Go  Season 3, Ep 13

Alliances shift, secrets are revealed, and the past becomes present in this third-season-ending quest to prevent intergalactic war. The Raza's crew attempt to unite Ferrous' enemies before their new fleet can be used, to put an end to the corporate war.
posted by zarq on Sep 1, 2017 - 13 comments

Movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

On the dying Genesis planet, an incredible discovery awaits James T. Kirk, who must steal the U.S.S. Enterprise—only to face terrible sacrifice and an implacable foe. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Sep 1, 2017 - 28 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Faith  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 13

The Destiny arrives at a star system that should not exist. The crew discovers a planet there that could meet all of their needs. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 1, 2017 - 0 comments

Anyone interested in Salvation?

Salvation is a CBS summer "event" series in the U.S. about an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, and the various earthlings in government and the private sector who are engaged in trying to prevent the impact. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Aug 29, 2017 - 1 comment

SGU Stargate Universe: Divided  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 12

Colonel Young's opponents launch a coup to take control of the ship, pitting the military against civilians. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 28, 2017 - 0 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Space  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 11

A mishap with the communication stones sends Colonel Young's consciousness to an alien vessel, provoking the crew's first extra-terrestrial encounter. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 24, 2017 - 0 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Justice  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 10

Colonel Young cedes command of the ship after he is implicated in the murder of a crew member. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 24, 2017 - 0 comments

Movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Back in command of the Enterprise, Admiral James T. Kirk meets an old flame and an old foe. Meanwhile, he wrestles with his own aging when confronted by a next generation: a brash new Vulcan lieutenant, and the son he never knew he had. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Aug 23, 2017 - 42 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Life  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 9

It's been the worst day since yesterday. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 17, 2017 - 0 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Time  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 8

During a mission to a jungle planet, the crew finds a Kino from the future with a recording that shows their deaths. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 14, 2017 - 9 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Earth  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 7

Homeworld Command has a risky plan to get the ship's crew home. General O'Neill orders Colonel Young to go through with it but he refuses, citing the crew's safety and saying he'll 'take it under advisement.' While Young, Eli and Chloe visit their families on Earth through the Ancient Communication Stones, Colonel Telford seizes command of the Destiny. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 10, 2017 - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR  Season 8, Ep 11

"The only thing they don't use... is the scream" We know a remote farm in California, where Dick Sargent lives. Every July, dweebs grow there. One day a particularly upity dweeb decides to go see this "America" he's been told is so great and discovers he's a clone raised by a secretive organization to provide transplant organs for powerful people, in his case an important senator. Really. It's a stupid fate for a stupid guy in the stupid world of a stupid movie. The movie has the advantage of a higher budget than the average MST film, but that's more than offset by the great ridiculousnesses of the plot. We're expected to see the campus of the Clonus Project as a terrifying dystopia akin to The Village, but most of the time it ends up looking more like a resort for chowderheads. BTW, it has both Peter Graves and Keenan Wynn in it! In subplot news, Pearl and company find a group of runaway omnipotent space children and have to play babysitter. Bobo takes quite a bit of abuse. Trailer - Promo - YouTube (1h32m) Premiered June 7, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 10, 2017 - 9 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000  Season 8, Ep 7

"From time unborn... a hideous she-thing!" Guy invents a machine that can send things to and from the future. One of the things that comes is a winsome young future girl who seeks a mate to save future humanity. Sounds good, right? Ha ha no it's a horrible radioactive hellscape and she wears a leotard with sparkly bits on it and kills people and must be stopped. At the end they wonder if they should have helped the future folk after all, and conclude they can do that by avoiding the nuclear apocalypse that created the bad future. Yeah, I'm sure that will happen. It's the last full episode on Observer World, and it's the last Observer-takeover stinger. Mike and the bots get up to some time travel adventures themselves. YouTube (1h32m) - Promo Premiered March 15, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 12, 2017 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: AT THE EARTH'S CORE  Season 11, Ep 14

"Take the Most Terrifying Journey of Your Life!" "4,000 miles to the center of the earth is a world within our world." We've already been to the Center of the Earth with Kathy Ireland in a Jules Verne adaptation, let's now make the trip with Edgar Rice Burroughs why not. This one's got less vaguely Austrialian dystopia and more dinosaurs and cavepeeps. The day of Kinga's ordained wedding (by Kinga) to Jonah for ratings has arrived and Max isn't too happy about it. We also visit with Pearl and company again, meet the Head Observer, through whom we learn you can hire Observers out to fill out crowds, which is pretty enterprising of the omniscient brainguys. And we meet Jonah's robot Growther and a "Reptilicus Metallicus." Also, cliffhanger ending! Creepy outro! Episode 1114, the final episode of Season 11, is on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 12, 2017 - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DEADLY MANTIS  Season 8, Ep 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]
posted by JHarris on Jun 21, 2017 - 3 comments

Doctor Who: Lie of the Land  Season 10, Ep 8

Bill must convince the Doctor that humanity is in danger, when the world is gripped by an Orwellian mass delusion. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 3, 2017 - 24 comments

Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World  Season 10, Ep 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]
posted by zarq on May 27, 2017 - 22 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LASERBLAST  Season 7, Ep 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]
posted by JHarris on May 24, 2017 - 6 comments

Doctor Who: Extremis  Season 10, Ep 6

In the Haereticum — the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy — there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth? [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 20, 2017 - 12 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: STARCRASH  Season 11, Ep 6

"From a vast and distant galaxy... a Space Adventure for all Time!" Clothes-adverse, redundantly-named smuggler Stella Star, her Magic Space Friend Akton, and Robo-Yosemite Sam are called by Emperor Plummer to his grand Starship Kitbash, to entrust them with the search for both a huge space weapon and his lost young Prince Hasselhoff, from among the haunted theme worlds of the colored-bulb cosmos. Some people really like this movie (Better than Star Wars?) but you can't deny it's remarkably ridiculous, even by this show's standards. It's even had its own MeFi post! Also unusual for MST3K is an exceptionally high-powered cameo, by Joel's friend Jerry Seinfeld, as investor Freak Masterstroke. And of considerable interest to MSTies is the fact that former Brains Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl and Paul Chaplin helped write this one! Episode 1106 is available for viewing on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 17, 2017 - 25 comments

Doctor Who: Oxygen  Season 10, Ep 5

"Space... the final frontier. Final because it wants to kill us. Sometimes we forget that, start taking it all for granted — the suits, the ships, the little bubbles of safety — as they protect us from the void. But the void is always waiting." - The Doctor [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 13, 2017 - 18 comments

Doctor Who: Knock Knock  Season 10, Ep 4

Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it? [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 7, 2017 - 21 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST  Season 7, Ep 1

"No girl was safe as long as this HEAD HUNTING THING roamed the land!" An astronaut dies on reentry. Aliens are emerging from his skin, including one really big one that roams the countryside, stopping watches. Everyone wants to kill it except the astronaut, who is now not dead and full of shrimp. With short Once Upon a Honeymoon: More celestial interfering with mortal affairs, this time with an angel helping a composer write a jingle so he and his wife can go on their honeymoon. Roger Corman again, this is his next-to-last featured movie. Daddy-O informs us that the exactly same costume and location were used in 315 TEENAGE CAVEMAN. This is a weird episode because there are two sets of host segments. The first showing was on Turkey Day 1995 and an alternate storyline was written involving Thanksgiving dinner with many of the show's Comedy Central movie cameo characters, making this a nice retrospective on the CC years. Because this is the first episode of the infamous Season Seven, only six episodes long and the end of the show's run on that channel. 701 701T (1h32m) Turkey Day '95 extra bits & alternate host segments Premiered: 701T on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1995; 701 on February 3, 1996. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Apr 19, 2017 - 8 comments

Movie: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

[MST3K: The Movie] "Every Year Hollywood Makes Hundreds of Movies. This Is One of Them!" A mad scientist performs an experiment on a man he has trapped in a low-budget space station: he makes him watch the movie This Island Earth, with the hopes of using it as a tool to conquer the world. The man and two robot friends defend their sanity by making fun of the movie, for their (and presumably our) amusement. [This Island Earth] "The Supreme Excitement of Our Time!" Handsome bold Guy Scientist and smart-and-sexy Lady Scientist are abducted into OUTER SPAAACE by Exeter, an alien with a BIG FOREHEAAAD, to help in their doomed war. MST3K the Movie came between Season Six and Season Seven of the show. It is unique for the show in many ways: it was shown in theaters, it is much shorter than an episode of the show (it's actually shorter than an unedited version of the movie they riff!), there's only two host segments, and there's only one Mad, Dr. Forrester, what with TV's Frank having left in 624. It's a pretty good entry point for the show in general, which might be useful considering what's happening in three days.... MST3K: The Movie is not available on YouTube. Premiered April 18th, 1996. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Apr 12, 2017 - 19 comments

The Expanse: Here There Be Dragons  Season 2, Ep 11

Bobbie makes a decision that changes her life forever. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 6, 2017 - 32 comments

The Expanse: Cascade  Season 2, Ep 10

Harsh realities of future life on Earth are displayed, while the Roci crew are trapped in a dying station.
posted by killdevil on Mar 29, 2017 - 47 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN  Season 6, Ep 23

"A NATION AT HIS MERCY!" "INVISIBLE and DEADLY" Ahem! An escaped convict teams up with a mad scientist and gets turned invisibabble, but then have a disagreement as to how he should use his invisibabibility. With short The Days of Our Years: A minister tells us about his parishiners, who have to a man all been maimed, blinded or killed by machines, because God is just and holy. The poster for this movie, besides comparing the antagonist to a fart, also warned that the invisible man himself had vowed to make a personal appearance in every theater showing the film. Sigh. There is a particularly hilarious pre-movie host segment here, where Dr. F and Frank, as "Auntie McFrank," ask Mike and the bots to provide "local color" for their bed and breakfast. "Y'all got any matches for Mikey?" Jonah Ray is going to have a hard time living up this. We've also got a great short, the second of the two railroad-sponsored industrials, this one devoted to telling us about all the ways terrible, terrible machinery wages war against its creators. By the way, this is "TV's" Frank Conniff's penultimate show as Dr. F's assistant. YouTube (1h35m) Premiered March 18, 1995. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 29, 2017 - 12 comments

The Expanse: The Weeping Somnambulist  Season 2, Ep 9

Avasarala questions Draper as conspiracies unravel on Earth. The Rocinante crew attempts to avert a disaster. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 23, 2017 - 56 comments

Movie: Kong: Skull Island

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. [more inside]
posted by FJT on Mar 21, 2017 - 9 comments

Book: The Handmaid's Tale

The seminal work of speculative fiction from Margaret Atwood. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Feb 22, 2017 - 34 comments

Movie: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation

Shorts HD presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Animated, plus three "Highly Commended" animated shorts. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Feb 22, 2017 - 4 comments

Movie: The Running Man

By 2017 the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources, and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Feb 19, 2017 - 19 comments

Colony: Gateway  Season 1, Ep 10

Katie and the resistance struggle to gain something from their unexpected outcome. The Bloc goes on lockdown as the Hosts express their displeasure. Will gets some favours. Synder is done. Maddie uses her connections. Bram takes a runner.
posted by nubs on Jan 27, 2017 - 10 comments

Colony: Zero Day  Season 1, Ep 9

On the anniversary of the Arrival, memorials turn violent. Beau and Will work on a plan to get out of the Bloc. Synder learns that there is a move to oust him. Maddie makes a power play. Katie and Broussard work with their new cell to kidnap a VIP. Secrets are revealed.
posted by nubs on Jan 27, 2017 - 14 comments

Colony: In From the Cold  Season 1, Ep 8

Qualye makes a deal to turn on his cell; Will accepts it but also makes sure that Katie knows. Broussard gets a new job offer. We get a glimpse of the factory.
posted by nubs on Jan 27, 2017 - 5 comments

Colony: Broussard  Season 1, Ep 7

Katie walks a fine line with Broussard. Will and Beau hunt for Broussard. We learn that a belief in the Second Coming has materialized around the Raps, and the the nanny/tutor is a member. Maddie's employment situation gets complicated.
posted by nubs on Jan 26, 2017 - 5 comments

Colony: Yoknapatawpha  Season 1, Ep 6

Following an attempt on his life, and fearing a coup, Synder holes up with Will and Katie in the Yonk. The Resistance sets up outside and tries to get Synder out while they wait for Homeland Security. Qualye dissolves the cell and concludes that Katie is a traitor, leaking information to Will.
posted by nubs on Jan 26, 2017 - 4 comments

Colony: Geronimo  Season 1, Ep 5

Geronimo is revealed and put on a show trial. Will has his privilege checked, leading to a search of his own home and the Yonk. Bram goes walkabout. Katie gears up alongside the Resistance for a major raid.
posted by nubs on Jan 25, 2017 - 5 comments

Colony: Blind Spot  Season 1, Ep 4

Will finds the source of the radio broadcasts. Katie deals with a staged firebombing to get intel. Phyllis reveals a depth of knowledge. Maddie figures out an angle for her insulin supply.
posted by nubs on Jan 25, 2017 - 11 comments

Colony: 98 seconds  Season 1, Ep 3

Katie takes part in her first Resistance operation and experiences mixed results. Bram develops some connections. Will advances his investigation, unknowingly putting himself in jeopardy that Katie will have to mitigate.
posted by nubs on Jan 24, 2017 - 10 comments

Colony: Brave New World  Season 1, Ep 2

Will begins his new job, hunting for the bomber. Katie begins preparing to re-open her bar, the Yonk, and starts feeding intelligence on Will's investigation to the Resistance.
posted by nubs on Jan 24, 2017 - 7 comments

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