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September 24

PEN15: Season 2 (Part 1)   Season 2, Episode 1

BFF's Anna and Maya continue to navigate their 7th grade school year with sleepovers, pool parties, the theatre, impending parents' divorce, and the wrestling team, set in the year 2000. [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 4:50 PM - 0 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: HERCULES UNCHAINED  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 8

Rewatch! The first of MST3K's series of pepla (singular: peplum, a name for these kinds of half-naked muscleman, sword-and-sandal movies). This one has Steve Reeves, and the story concerns the "waters of forgetfulness." I mentioned several common features of many of these movies in the post previously. Suffice to say, there's a lot of skin and scanty garments worn by male or female alike, but it's a terrible source for anything like Greek or Roman myth.
posted by JHarris at 8:12 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Veritas  Season 1, Episode 8

AKA That One Trial Scene From Star Trek VI As A Whole Episode, although, shocking plot twist, [REDACTED] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:14 AM - 8 comments

September 23

Borgen: Full Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

A shocking turn of events thrusts relatively unknown Moderate Party leader Birgitte Nyborg Christensen into the political spotlight in Denmark, culminating in her seating as the country’s first female Prime Minister - with all the personal and political complications such a situation brings. [more inside]
posted by angeline at 10:24 AM - 0 comments

September 22

The Great British Bake Off: Week 1: Cake  Season 11, Episode 1

IT'S HERE! After six weeks in a bubble the beloved baking show is back with a brand new batch of bakers. Week 1 brings Battenbergs, Bromeliaceae, and . . . busts? Airs on Channel 4 in the UK on Tuesdays and on Netflix in the US on Fridays. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 5:30 PM - 18 comments

Dollhouse: Ghost  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 1

A futuristic laboratory has erased the identities of lost young people, and now imprints them with the temporary identities they need to fulfill assignments for clients. A wealthy backer asks the Dollhouse for help when his daughter is kidnapped. They send Echo to negotiate the release. One of the memory imprints used to prepare Echo for the mission causes some complications. [more inside]
posted by Kyol at 1:05 PM - 9 comments

Critical Role: Dinner with the Devil  Season 2, Episode 110

The Mighty Nein attend a dinner hosted by a monstrous figure from Caleb's past, where both revelations and questions arise in multitude...
posted by nubs at 11:16 AM - 3 comments

The Third Day: Friday — The Father  Season 1, Episode 1

Today is a very important day for Sam, played by Jude Law, but unfortunately it's sidetracked when he comes across a young girl in need of help while walking in the woods. He finds his life turned upside down when the folk-rich island she heralds from won't let him leave, in more way than one. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 9:44 AM - 6 comments

Movie: First Cow

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 9:32 AM - 1 comment

Podcast: Rude Tales of Magic: A Stranger Comes to Town

We're back to the main campaign, baby! It's been over a month since the destruction of Mt. Fractus, and our heroes find themselves settled into their new lives in the Trashlands. But when a stranger with a glint in his eye comes to town, the gang discovers he's brought deception, death, and discovery along for the ride. Can our crew survive each other and the consequences of their actions long enough to survive the Trashlands? And if not here....where?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 6:21 AM - 0 comments

Nadiya Bakes: Indulgent Desserts  Season 1, Episode 2

Nadiya shares her most indulgent desserts, from frozen blueberry and banana cheesecake to her husband's favourite jam roly poly, including tips and tricks for the perfect pavlova.
posted by ellieBOA at 1:05 AM - 0 comments

Nadiya Bakes: Classic Bakes with a Twist  Season 1, Episode 1

Nadiya shares her favourite classic bakes with a twist. From a sunny mango and coconut sponge to a toad in the hole with a spicy Asian kick, these recipes will make you smile.
posted by ellieBOA at 1:05 AM - 2 comments

September 21

Podcast: Reply All: #166 Country of Liars

Who is Q-Anon? PJ tells the surprising origin story of the Q scam, and the man who now seems to be in control of it.
posted by dnash at 4:54 PM - 2 comments

The Vow: At Cause  Season 1, Episode 3

Sarah confides to Mark about DOS, a secret group involving "masters" and "slaves," and struggles in her relationships with NXIVM, her husband and her best friend; Sarah and Mark lament how many members they've recruited and question what to do next. [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 2:14 PM - 7 comments

The Vow: Viscera  Season 1, Episode 2

After seven years, Bonnie leaves NXIVM for Los Angeles and tries desperately to get through to Mark, who reassures her all is well; Mark remains loyal to Keith and NXIVM, but a series of phone calls begins to sow doubt within him. [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 12:42 PM - 0 comments

Special Event: Blaseball Season 8

Another week, another year of Blaseball: season 8 opens with the entire Los Angeli Tacos pitching rotation encased in giant peanut shells, Jaylen Hotdogfingers apparently still around and pitching deadly bean balls, and a huge squid rising from the Trench looking for eggs to eat. The Hall of Flame has been revealed, and every incinerated player lurks there (in what state?!), waiting for tribute. We have literally no idea what's going to happen. Play ball! [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:19 AM - 30 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Ensigns of Command  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 2

Data does diplomacy when the powerful Sheliak vow to exterminate a human colony. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:41 AM - 17 comments

The Duchess: Full Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Comedian Katherine Ryan created and plays a single mum trying to raise her daughter in London while wondering if she should have another kid.
posted by ellieBOA at 2:19 AM - 8 comments

September 20

Lovecraft Country: Meet Me in Daegu  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 6

In the throes of the Korean War, nursing student Ji-Ah crosses paths with a wounded Atticus, who has no recollection of their violent first encounter. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:26 PM - 13 comments

September 19

Ted Lasso: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

American college football coach Ted Lasso is recruited to coach an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, despite having no experience with the latter sport. [more inside]
posted by Acari at 7:08 PM - 6 comments

Podcast: Friends at the Table: PARTIZAN 31-33: The Grand Premiere, Glory Arrives, A Single Shot

It has been just over fifty days since Millennium Break took Cruciat, and each day has been more busy than the last. The hammer of the Principality fell on the organization's independent cells across the moon, and now the leaders of Millennium Break seek allies wherever they can find them. No potential partner in the fight against tyranny is more important than the Isle of Logos. As a sovereign nation with key control in Partizan's great sea, the Isle could offer Millennium Break a literal port in troubled waters. And so, Gucci Garantine and Apparatus Aperitif have spent the better part of a month negotiating towards that end.  Protecting these ever-moving negotiations has been trying, as SBBR can attest to. Even the quiet days, where nothing happens, require utmost focus and practiced determination. Yet they cannot hope for such a today to be such a day: One where the only red they see is that of the carpet rolled out for VIPs, where the only flash in their eyes comes from the cameras capturing the event.  To the north, the air of Obelle cracks with the sound of artillery fire. But here in Auspice, Zo'la has finished their film, and it is due its audience. This week on PARTIZAN: The Grand Premiere [more inside]
posted by fomhar at 11:29 AM - 1 comment

September 18

The Boys: We Gotta Go Now  Show Only   Season 2, Episode 5

Butcher has no more intentions to fight with Sups but Black Noir traced his location and found him what will he do now? Sups are shooting a film name - #Dawn Of The Seven. Homelander and Stormfront have a meeting of the minds and powers.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:40 AM - 12 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Evolution  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 1

Wesley's private hobby is shamefully exposed when his microscopic replicator cells are detected throughout the Enterprise. [Season premiere] [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:16 AM - 10 comments

September 17

Movie: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 6:50 PM - 8 comments

Book: Piranesi

"Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone." The new novel from the author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 1:07 PM - 6 comments

Movie: Beau

A neurotic middle-aged man's trip to visit his mother is delayed indefinitely when his keys are mysteriously taken from his door. He is subsequently haunted by an increasingly sinister chain of upsetting events. A short horror film from Ari Aster (Midsommar). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:04 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Don't Look Away

While waiting for her parents to return home, a young woman looks out of her bedroom window and notices a strange-looking man staring at her from the garden. When she calls her father, he tells her urgently: "DON'T LOOK AWAY." A short horror film by Christopher Cox. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:24 AM - 6 comments

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Much Ado About Boimler  Season 1, Episode 7

Did you have that friend from school who ended up doing a lot better than you did? Mariner's got one of those. (At least one, now, that we know of.) And we find out what happens to the weird science accident victims that Starfleet's miracle medicine can't fix... [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:05 AM - 16 comments

September 16

Movie: Munchausen

A mother (Bonnie Bedelia) unable to confront the heartbreak of her son leaving for college, delays his departure by making him sick. A 2013 short film by Ari Aster (Midsommar, Hereditary.) [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:44 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

A dark domestic horror drama about the ties that bind and the ties that really bind. An early short film by Ari Aster (Midsommar, Hereditary). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:24 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Hair Wolf

The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture. A short horror film by Mariama Diallo. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:19 PM - 4 comments

Movie: The X Files: I Want to Believe

Six years after cutting ties with the FBI, Scully is a staff physician at a Catholic hospital and Mulder is clipping newspaper articles and throwing pencils into the ceiling of the remote farmhouse in which they live, when they are asked to lend their paranormal investigation expertise to an FBI task force after a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.
posted by orange swan at 6:16 PM - 6 comments

The Vow: The Science of Joy  Season 1, Episode 1

Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson, high-ranking former NXIVM leaders, describe the dream and mission of NXIVM to build a better world; Bonnie Piesse, Mark's wife, tells him she is worried about the organization and leader Keith Raniere. [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 11:19 AM - 10 comments

Movie: The Quiet Room

When Michael attempts suicide and doesn't leave a note, he inadvertently awakens Hattie, a demon that haunts the hospital. Now he must find a way to stop her rampage before she kills everyone he connects with. A short horror film by Sam Wineman. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:46 AM - 1 comment

September 15

The X-Files: The Truth  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 19

Super soldier Knowle Rohrer catches Mulder accessing classified government documents about the upcoming alien invasion. In the ensuing fight, Rohrer sustains an injury that would have killed a normal human. Mulder is charged with murder and brought before a military tribunal, where he seeks to prove the existence of an alien conspiracy and to justify all his work on the X-Files.
posted by orange swan at 8:44 PM - 13 comments

Movie: El Gigante

After attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in search of a better life, Armando awakens in an unknown room, his body broken down and a Lucha Libre mask sewn into his neck. A short horror film by Gigi Saul Guerrero and Luke Bramley. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:35 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Whistler

Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky, one night, when, after innocently falling asleep, wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well. A short horror film by Jennifer Nicole Stang. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:34 PM - 1 comment

Critical Role: Frigid Propositions  Season 2, Episode 109

The Mighty Nein return to the mainland where mysteries, shopping, job offers, and family reunions await their attention...
posted by nubs at 1:53 PM - 5 comments

September 14

The X-Files: Sunshine Days  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 18

After two guys sneak into a house with an interior that is exactly like that of The Brady Bunch house, one of them winds up crash landing on the roof of his car across the street, and Doggett, Reyes, and Scully begin to investigate the man who lives in the house.
posted by orange swan at 8:21 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Catcalls

Looking to get a cheap thrill, a motorist flashes two young women who have stopped to give him directions. Unfortunately, he has picked the wrong women. A short film by Kate Dolan. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:18 PM - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE KILLER SHREWS  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 7

Rewatch! A group of people are trapped on an island during a hurricane, and if that's not enough dogs with rugs draped over them, that the scientist seems to think are "killer shrews," are desperately trying to consume the three times their body weight in food daily they need to survive. Before the movie there's the short Junior Rodeo Daredevils, with reckless child endangerment sponsored by Ol' Timer Billy Slater. Previously
posted by JHarris at 1:08 PM - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 6

Rewatch! Huge, possibly intelligent leeches survive by abducting rednecks, storing them in an air pocket at the bottom of a lake and sucking away their fluids. How will the authorities remedy this situation? Why, with the use of explosives. There's a short too, the first episode of the Crash Corrigan serial Undersea Kingdom, the oldest thing ever riffed by the show. https://fanfare.metafilter.com/5061/Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-ATTACK-OF-THE-GIANT-LEECHES-with-short-UNDERSEA-KINGDOM-part-one
posted by JHarris at 12:55 PM - 2 comments

Special Event: Blaseball Season 7

New week, new season: between the resurrection of Jaylen Hotdogfingers, the postponement of the Blood Bath, and the imprisonment of league powerhouses Jessica Telephone and Nagomi Mcdaniel inside giant peanut shells, season 7 of Internet League Blaseball is starting off weird. Which is normal? Anyway, here we go. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:17 AM - 117 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 22

Riker faces his deadliest possible foe: an alien infection that feeds off of his most carnal memories. [Season finale; CW: clip show] [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:16 AM - 20 comments

September 13

Trepalium: Season One  Season 1 (Full Season)

The economic situation is a nightmare: only 20% of the population is employed. The Actives live inside the city. On the fringes, in the Zone, live the Jobless. Separating them is a wall. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:43 PM - 1 comment

The X-Files: Release  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 17

Doggett investigates a case that may be linked to his son's abduction and murder, with the assistance of an FBI cadet who has an uncanny level of deductive ability.
posted by orange swan at 8:01 PM - 2 comments

Lovecraft Country: Strange Case  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 5

After making a devil's bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide. A betrayal by Montrose unleashes Atticus' pent up rage, leaving Leti deeply disturbed and sending Montrose into the comforting arms of his secret lover. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:25 PM - 40 comments

Movie: My Octopus Teacher

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
posted by PenDevil at 12:11 PM - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 5

Rewatch! This episode is something of a sleeper, its subject is a Film Ventures International film (so, weird, irrelevant opening and closing sequences) in which it turns out an alien is buried in a mummy's tomb that causes people to rot when it touches them, and the alien is trying to get back its magic space jewel that someone stole from it. Previously
posted by JHarris at 9:41 AM - 1 comment

Chicago Typewriter: Chicago Typewriter (Sikago Tajagi)  Season 1 (Full Season)

A veterinarian and two writers have a mysterious connection to Korean independence fighters from the Japanese colonial period. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:53 AM - 5 comments

September 12

The X-Files: William  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 16

A mysterious and hideously scarred man attacks Doggett in the X-Files office one night when Doggett surprises him in the act of going through the files, but when Doggett pulls his gun on him, the man claims to have seen Mulder, and to know things about the conspiracy, and about William.
posted by orange swan at 7:07 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: My Year in Mensa: Full show

Comedian Jamie Loftus infiltrates MENSA [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:01 AM - 3 comments

The Diagnosis Detectives: Paul & Judy  Season 1, Episode 1

Paul has a mystery condition that has caused his face to swell up. While the team try to come up with a diagnosis for Paul, Michael presents them with a second patient. Judy is losing weight as she struggles to swallow food.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:31 AM - 1 comment

September 11

The X-Files: Jump the Shark  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 15

When former Area 51 "man in black" Morris Fletcher appears, claiming that a Yves Adele Harlow, a colleague of the Lone Gunmen, is actually a super soldier, Doggett, Reyes, and the Lone Gunmen attempt to locate her and find that Yves is embroiled in a situation that is graver than they first expected.
posted by orange swan at 8:23 PM - 6 comments

Julie and the Phantoms: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Teenager Julie finds her passion for music and life while helping the Phantoms, a trio of ghostly guys, become the band they were never able to be. (Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:31 PM - 4 comments

Movie: The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he's living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell. (Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 2:19 PM - 6 comments

The Boys: Nothing Like It in the World  Show Only   Season 2, Episode 4

Road trip! The Boys head to North Carolina to follow a lead on a mysterious Supe named Liberty. And did you know a person's choice of candy bars might tell you if they're a serial killer? Watch and learn the warning signs! This episode could save your life!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:36 AM - 19 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Peak Performance  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 21

It's Picard vs. Riker vs. some Romulans vs. Quark's least-successful cousin in the Brawl at Braslota! And now, your master of ceremonies, Sirna Kolrami! [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:38 AM - 16 comments

September 10

The X-Files: Scary Monsters  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 14

Leyla Harrison alerts Scully, Doggett, and Reyes to a case she believes is an X-File and that involves a young boy named Tommy Conlon, whose mother stabbed herself sixteen times, whose cat clawed its own stomach open, and whose father has retreated with Tommy to a remote mountain dwelling.
posted by orange swan at 7:18 PM - 2 comments

Dicktown: John Hodgman Animated Series, Hulu (Season 1)  Season 1 (Full Season)

‘Dicktown’: The Year’s Funniest Animated Comedy Bloomed from a Real-Life Friendship: “‘Encyclopedia Brown’ meets ‘Scooby-Doo’ meets generalized adult-onset malaise” is an efficient elevator pitch for the series, but part of what takes it from a simple pastiche to one of the most purely entertaining new shows of 2020 is the way it takes that premise and flips it over from the inside. In 11-ish-minute installments spread out over each “Cake” episode (and also viewable as standalones via the show’s Hulu page), there’s still plenty of room for the show to slip in nods to its own distinct stylings. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 8:29 AM - 5 comments