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December 4

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Sarek  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 23

The Enterprise crew experiences infinite tantrums in infinite combinations while hosting a living legend of the Federation. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:53 AM - 1 comment

The Mandalorian: Chapter 14: The Tragedy  Season 2, Episode 6

The Mandalorian and the Child travel to an ancient site on Tython.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:52 AM - 4 comments

December 3

The Flight Attendant: Conspiracy Theories  Season 1, Episode 4

After literally piecing together evidence from Alex's home, Cassie follows the paper trail to a private jet service while juggling a visit from her brother and his family, unearthing more of her unconventional childhood.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:39 PM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Discovery: The Sanctuary  Season 3, Episode 8

Burnham and the USS Discovery crew travel to Book’s home planet to help rescue it from Osyraa, the formidable leader of the Emerald Chain. Meanwhile, Stamets and Adira continue their search for valuable information on the origin of the Burn. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:31 AM - 16 comments

Book: Indians on Vacation

"My wife loves to travel. It's one of her great treats and it's one of my abject horrors." ... "I always wondered what I was going to be able to do with all the travel that my wife drags me off on. And so I decided, well, I'll write a book about that. And so I did." So said Thomas King, in discussing his novel about Bird and Mimi and their vacation. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 6:05 AM - 1 comment

December 2

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SWAMP DIAMONDS  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 3

Rewatch! Lady cop goes undercover in a prison and helps a number of prisoners break out in the hopes they'll lead her to stolen loot. Okay movie, but the short, What To Do On A Date, is excellent riffing. Previously
posted by JHarris at 1:35 AM - 1 comment

December 1

Book: "Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America," by Ijeoma Oluo

"I am not arguing that every white man is mediocre. I do not believe that nay race or gender is predisposed to mediocrity. What I'm saying is that white male mediocrity is a baseline, the dominant narrative, and that everything in our society is centered around preserving white male power regardless of white male skill or talent."
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:37 PM - 1 comment

November 30

Book: The Ministry for the Future

A fictional future history of solving climate change over the next thirty years, from classic science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. Recently the subject of discussion on the blue: Imagining the End of Capitalism. [more inside]
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 11:05 PM - 4 comments

Book: Fargo

From bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author Noah Hawley comes the perfect collector's item to the hit TV show based on the Coen brothers film "Fargo." This companion to the first three seasons of the series is packed with script selections-including all three pilots-candid, behind-the-scenes photography, exclusive interviews with cast and crew, and more.
posted by Marky at 9:57 AM - 0 comments

Fargo: Storia Americana  Season 4, Episode 11

Josto gets revenge, Oraetta comes clean and Ebal teaches Loy a lesson about business. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 9:29 AM - 14 comments

The Crown: War  Season 4, Episode 10

Amid a growing challenge to her power, Thatcher fights for her position after the critical resignation of Deputy Prime Minister, Geoffrey Howe. Charles grows more determined to separate from Diana as their marriage unravels. [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 at 9:19 AM - 10 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Most Toys  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 22

A trader fakes Data's death to add him to his collection of rare and unique objects. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 7:51 AM - 20 comments

November 29

Book: Swords and Deviltry

We learn the early history of the legendary fantasy pair: The reader is introduced to a young Fafhrd and a young, as yet untitled, Gray Mouser. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are introduced to each other. Everyone is introduced to the great city of Lankhmar. [more inside]
posted by mark k at 10:05 PM - 8 comments

The Undoing: The Bloody Truth  Season 1, Episode 6

As the courtroom theater mounts, Grace takes measures to protect herself and her family.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:34 PM - 7 comments

Virgin River: Season 2  Season 2 (Full Season)

Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.
posted by snerson at 7:17 PM - 4 comments

Movie: They Look Like People

Suspecting that people around him are turning into evil creatures, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 5:28 PM - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: HERCULES  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 2

Rewatch! Back to Greece, with the original Hercules, starring Steve Reeves! Don't step on all the pecs laying around everywhere! Previously
posted by JHarris at 4:11 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Come Play

Oliver is a young non-verbal autistic boy who uses a smartphone to communicate with people. When a mysterious creature uses the boy's devices against him to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:04 AM - 1 comment

November 28

Movie: Zappa

With the help of more than 10,000 dedicated Zappa fans, this is the long-awaited definitive documentary project of Alex Winter documenting the life and career of enigmatic groundbreaking rock star Frank Zappa. Alex also utilizes in this picture thousands of hours of painstakingly digitized videos, photos, audio, writing, and everything in between from Zappa's private archives. These chronicles have never been brought to a public audience before, until now. [more inside]
posted by vverse23 at 5:51 PM - 3 comments

The Flight Attendant: Funeralia  Season 1, Episode 3

Returning from Rome to find someone has broken into her apartment, Cassie doubles down on finding Miranda - even if it means crashing Alex Sokolov's champagne-soaked memorial service at his family home.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:20 PM - 2 comments

The Flight Attendant: Rabbits  Season 1, Episode 2

Rattled by her own lies and under pressure from the FBI, Cassie goes against Annie's advice to lay low and tries to find some answers by digging into Alex Sokolov's work life - with bizarre and shocking results.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:15 PM - 1 comment

The Flight Attendant: In Case of Emergency  Season 1, Episode 1

Following a one-night stand with a man named Alex Sokolov, flight attendant Cassandra Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) awakes to find him dead in the bed next to her, with no memory of the night before. She cleans up the room and tries to get back to the United States, but is haunted by hallucinations of the dead man, even as she tries to pretend that everything is alright. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:11 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Woods

Set in 1965 New England, a troubled girl encounters mysterious happenings in the woods surrounding an isolated girls school that she was sent to by her estranged parents. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:07 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Black Narcissus (1947)

On the invitation of a local potentate, a group of five Anglican nuns come to a valley above Darjeeling to establish a convent; for their purposes they are given use of an old mountaintop palace slash harem. Isolated, far from home, exposed to constant winds and distant views of the matte paintings "Naked Goddess" mountains, the sisters find themselves unraveling, perhaps, just a bit. Directed by Powell and Pressburger. While not as spicy and erotic now as it probably was in its day to young Catholics like Scorsese and Coppola, it is still a gorgeous and fine melodrama. Starring Deborah Kerr, the scorching gaze of Kathleen Byron, and unfortunately Jean Simmons among others in brownface. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 2:04 AM - 12 comments

November 27

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol  Season 1 (Full Season)

A riches-to-rags pianist who loses everything but her smile is guided by twinkling little stars to a small town where she finds hope, home and love. (Netflix, KBS2 Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:10 PM - 1 comment

Schitt's Creek: Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell   Season 6, Episode 15

Season 6's "Episode 15" is a sweet coda to the series: "This special celebrates 'Schitt's Creek' and gives fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the final season including never-before-seen footage of table reads, auditions and celebrity interviews." The special originally aired after the series finale in April; now on Netflix, Amazon, elsewhere, and uploaded to YouTube.
posted by Iris Gambol at 2:41 PM - 2 comments

Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult: Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

This true crime docuseries follows India Oxenberg as she grapples with her experiences in NXIVM, a self-help organization which turned out to be a sex cult. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:37 AM - 5 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hollow Pursuits  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 21

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasyyy? Caught in a holo-deck with Lieutenant Reg Brocc-o-liii…[more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:47 AM - 21 comments

The Mandalorian: Chapter 13: The Jedi  Season 2, Episode 5

The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey through a dangerous galaxy.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:12 AM - 92 comments

November 26

Movie: The Christmas Chronicles 2

Kate Pierce, now a cynical teen, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas - forever. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:21 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Superintelligence

When an all-powerful Superintelligence (voiced by James Corden) chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides whether to save, enslave, or destroy humanity, it's up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:23 PM - 3 comments

Star Trek: Discovery: Unification III  Season 3, Episode 7

A group of people, united by blood but separated by deep and long-held philosophical differences, have finally come together to celebrate their common heritage, but now they face the potential intrusion of yet another group of their acquaintance that they believe pose a serious threat to their very existence. But enough about Thanksgiving 2020... [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:07 AM - 48 comments

Podcast: Til Death Do Us Blart: 2020

Well pals, it's that time of year again. American Thanksgiving. This year, we're mixing things up with a Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 commentary track designed to be synced with the film. Yes, you read that right, we're ACTIVELY incentivizing the watching of this film. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:30 AM - 8 comments

Movie: The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there's no such thing as werewolves. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 6:53 AM - 1 comment

November 25

Movie: Hillbilly Elegy

A Yale law student drawn back to his hometown grapples with family history, Appalachian values and the American dream.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:27 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Happiest Season

Meeting your girlfriend's family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family's annual Christmas dinner - until you realize that they don't even know she's gay - is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 11:53 AM - 28 comments

The Crown: Avalanche  Season 4, Episode 9

Charles is caught in a deadly avalanche, and he and Diana are prompted to reevaluate their commitment to their troubled marriage. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 9:58 AM - 4 comments

The Crown: 48:1  Season 4, Episode 8

As the Commonwealth nations condemn apartheid in South Africa, tension mounts between Margaret Thatcher and Elizabeth over their clashing opinions on applying sanctions. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 9:42 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Michael Jackson's Thriller

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 9:30 AM - 8 comments

November 24

Podcast: Friends at the Table: PARTIZAN 39-41: Escape Velocity, Engine Burn, Orbital Decay

In a hanger on a beach on the Isles of Logos, Kal'Mera Broun, Jesset City, Ver'Million Blue, Thisbe, Eiden Teak, Avar, Ryrira, and Si'Dra Balos stand around a spaceship. In just over a week, if all goes to plan, they will be inside of it and it will be outside of the Partizan system.  First, though, they'll need to secure a launch platform, get past security checkpoints on and off world, and ensure the safety of not only themselves but the materials they'll need to actually build something wherever they end up. If, that is, they decide they want to build anything together at all... This week on PARTIZAN: Escape Velocity [more inside]
posted by fomhar at 6:50 PM - 2 comments

The Great British Bake Off: The Final  Season 11, Episode 10

It's here! The final is here! Our three last bakers face down three more challenges in a bid to win the whole banana. If there were ever spoilers they are in this thread. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 5:16 PM - 30 comments

Small Axe: Mangrove  Season 1, Episode 1

Mangrove is the first episode in this anthology series of 5 episodes created and directed by artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen, each standalone, set in England, about Black British people. Mangrove is based on the true story of Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), who opened Carribean restaurant Mangrove in Notting Hill in 1968. [more inside]
posted by larrybob at 11:39 AM - 2 comments

The Crown: The Hereditary Principal  Season 4, Episode 7

Princess Margaret finds her current fling is a friend of Dorothy, has a health scare, and seeks more duties only to be rebuffed (again) and demoted. As she tries to deal with her depression, she discovers she has cousins, locked up in an institution for "mental defectives" and officially declared dead. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 7:55 AM - 6 comments

Critical Role: The Tortise and the Dare  Season 2, Episode 117

Hard choices await the Mighty Nein, who must decide whether to follow the current path of their former friend or deviate and forge a new one...
posted by nubs at 7:16 AM - 2 comments

Ghosts: Series 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

From the folks behind Horrible Histories, Ghosts is comedy cast from a very Blackadderian mold. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:16 AM - 3 comments

November 23

Aeon Flux: Full Season  Season 1, Episode 1

Æon Flux is a mysterious and amoral secret agent from the country of Monica. Her motives or background are left unexplained, as are those of her antagonist/love, Trevor Goodchild. [more inside]
posted by toastyk at 7:28 PM - 5 comments

His Dark Materials: The Cave  Books Included   Season 2, Episode 2

Lyra and Will head to Oxford for answers; the Magisterium is faced with a choice. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:09 PM - 5 comments

Psych: Psych  Season 1 (Full Season)

Shawn Spencer happens to possess some uncanny powers of observation thanks to his father, Henry, a former police officer who taught his son to remember even the smallest details of his surroundings. When Shawn is accused of committing a crime that he actually solved, he convinces the cops that he's a psychic -- and with the reluctant help of best friend Gus, Shawn starts solving cases for a skeptical but increasingly impressed police force. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:22 AM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tin Man  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 20

The Enterprise races against Romulans to make first contact with a powerful entity code-named "Tin Man." [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 9:25 AM - 12 comments

Fargo: Happy  Season 4, Episode 10

Loy forms an uneasy alliance, Odis finds peace, Josto settles the score, Ethelrida takes a risk and Oraetta gets spooked. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 7:24 AM - 7 comments

November 22

Movie: Peterloo

An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 8:13 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Clemency

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:49 PM - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 1

Rewatch! A sullen, mumbly, anti-social, anti-heroic loaner (played by That Paper Chase Guy) in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be the only hope for the future of humanity. It's a whole distasteful genre (Waterworld is a prominent example), but this one contains an extremely irritating talking motorcycle. But at least it's got Donald Pleasence in it. It's the beginning of Season 5 of MST3K, Joel Hodgson's last as host. Previously
posted by JHarris at 10:25 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

The citizens of a small, middle-America town fight to save themselves from being bought out by a major corporation. (Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:44 AM - 6 comments

November 21

Animaniacs: Gold Meddlers, Pinko and the Brain and Math-sterpiece Theater  Season 1, Episode 3

Gold Meddlers: The Warners forget the chocolate for their camping trip smores and are harassed by an over-muscled athlete competing in the "Greek Games." Pinko and the Brain: Brain (in his 'suit') schemes to take over the government by impersonating a senator and making everyone else resign, by accusing them of secretly being mice. Math-sterpiece Theater: Dot tells the story of Nancy, who has five apples, but not for long. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:14 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Run

A homeschooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:24 PM - 4 comments

Animaniacs: Warners Unbound, How To Brain Your Dragon, Suffragette City  Season 1, Episode 2

In Warners Unbound, the WBs+S are Greek gods who are annoyed by Odysseus. Featuring an awfully familiar-looking orange cyclops. In How To Brain Your Dragon, P&B are in medieval times, and try to convince a thespian dragon to help them take over the kingdom. In Suffragette City, Dot celebrates the work of those who worked to give women the right to vote, and campaigns to get cartoon characters the right too. Features a lot of Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera cartoon cameos!
posted by JHarris at 9:36 AM - 6 comments

Animaniacs: Suspended Animation & Of Mice and Memes  Season 1, Episode 1

They're still zany to the max, and they're back, through the auspices of Hulu. In Suspended Animation, the Warner Brothers + Sister are revived and return to the water tower to catch up on 20+ years of history. In Of Mice and Memes, Brain plots to star in a funny animal video to hypnotize viewers in letting him rule the world.
posted by JHarris at 9:29 AM - 5 comments

Book: Weapons of Math Destruction

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules. But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination—propping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy in the process. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.
posted by soelo at 8:36 AM - 6 comments

November 20

The Crown: Terra Nullius  Season 4, Episode 6

Charles and Diana tour Australia and New Zealand, and their marriage buckles further under the strain of Diana's celebrity and approachability. The Queen struggles with the idea of opening up a bit and maybe showing some affection.
posted by nubs at 9:01 AM - 11 comments