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January 15

Movie: Darkest Hour

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs in the balance. The newly-appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or to fight on against incredible odds. [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 9:42 PM - 1 comment

Colony: Somewhere Out There  Season 2, Episode 2

Will teams up with Devon to find Charlie. Bram moves out of the zone and proves smarter than his teacher. Jennifer makes a play. Katie burns some bridges. Maddie takes a step.
posted by nubs at 9:21 PM - 3 comments

Book: Alanna: The First Adventure

Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:38 PM - 0 comments

The Gifted: eXtraction; X-roads  Season 1, Episode 12

Dr. Campbell attends an anti-mutant summit, attempting to take the Hound program national, and some of the team at Mutant HQ goes on a dangerous mission to stop his efforts. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:23 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Post

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:43 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 176 - Any Port In a Stormy feat. Alex Pareene (1/13/18)

The boys + Amber joined by Alex Pareene of Splinter to discuss Shithole week, and the immigration deal the Democrats were ready to cut. Also, the House passing the extension of the NSA's warrantless surveillance program, the barbaric new work requirements for Medicaid in states like Kentucky, and what would have been the epoch defining scandal of another timeline. In the reading series they pay tribute to the Tarfu Report by dipping into David Brook's latest with Alex. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 10:11 AM - 1 comment

Book: Saga Volume 8

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe. Collects issues 43 through 48.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:29 AM - 0 comments

Star Trek: Discovery: The Wolf Inside  Season 1, Episode 11

Burnham is given a mission by the Terran Emperor to wipe out a rebel encampment and the rebel leader, Fire Wolf. Tilly theorizes Stamets can be healed with space fungus. Burnham must find a way to get encoded Terran data on the Defiant back to the Discovery. We finally get confirmation what is wrong with Tyler, and we find out who the Emperor of the Terran Empire is. Most importantly, this episode finally reveals the first MU goatee! [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 7:00 AM - 29 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: The Disease  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 17

Never know how much I love you, never know how much I care/ When you put your arms around me, I get a fever that's so hard to bear/ You give me fever - when you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight/ Fever - from an alien virus, fever through the cosmic night. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:21 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 42 - Former Bird (w/ Joel Kim Booster)

We talk to a boy who used to be a bird. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 12:35 AM - 0 comments

January 14

Movie: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

A documentary celebrating one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:51 PM - 2 comments

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: It’s a Whole New Ball Game Now  Season 1, Episode 1

David Letterman interviews Barack Obama. [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine at 11:53 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: Heaven's Gate: All episodes

The full series of this podcast that delves into the story of the Heaven's Gate cult with empathy, excellent reporting, and serious lack of sensationalism. Includes an episode of the host reflecting on his own experience growing up in a cult, and another episode featuring listeners' experiences with cults.
posted by lunasol at 11:31 AM - 6 comments

January 13

Saturday Night Live: Sam Rockwell, Halsey  Season 43, Episode 12

Host: Sam Rockweel, Musical Guest: Halsey [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 10:24 PM - 17 comments

Project Runway All Stars: Damsels in Distress  Season 6, Episode 2

Designers tear, dye, and burn to create distressed fashion for a post-apocalyptic runway. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 7:34 PM - 5 comments

Vikings: The Prisoner   Season 5, Episode 5

Ivar meets his match in Bishop Heahmund. Floki returns to Kattegat. Bjorn receives a lavish welcome in North Africa. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 6:40 PM - 0 comments

Vikings: The Plan   Season 5, Episode 4

Guided by Bishop Heahmund's visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan. Ivar the Boneless strategizes on his own as the Vikings undergo increasing pressure. Bjorn Ironside finds himself in a new territory and must convince the local commander he is a trader and not a raider. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 5:04 PM - 0 comments

Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams  Season 1, Episode 5

[arc episode, most meaningful in retrospect] Babylon 5 is having a "week of religious festivals" to encourage inter-species respect. G'Kar fears he is being followed by an assassin. Sinclair's on-and-off-again lover, Catherine Sakai, arrives. "Aaahhh, our household gods. In a world where every day is a struggle for survival, you need all the gods you can get." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:24 PM - 6 comments

Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Pilot  Season 1, Episode 1

Jean Claude Van Damme runs into an old flame and wants out of Retirement... but not out of the retirement we know him for. Watch one of the greatest 90s action stars to satirize himself in an unexpectedly entertaining action comedy. Get Ready to meet his secret identity Jean Claude Van Johnson. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:23 AM - 6 comments

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Nathaniel Gets The Message!  Season 3, Episode 9

Rebecca tries to embrace helping instead of loving, gets a volunteer job, and has an ethical dilemma. White Josh and Nathaniel meet and instantly become best friends and bromates. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:51 AM - 3 comments

Movie: A Zed & Two Noughts

Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving a car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the local zoo. Alba survives the accident although she loses one leg, and her sinister physician eventually removes the other 'because it looked so sad all alone'. Oswald and Oliver become involved in a menage a trois with Alba, and uncover very dubious trafficking in zoo property. But ultimately their only goal is to try and understand their mortal condition.
posted by mumblelard at 5:40 AM - 1 comment

January 12

I, Claudius: A God In Colchester  Season 1, Episode 11

Rome, AD 47–48. Claudius is leading his troops in an invasion of Britain. Messalina's sexual excesses lead her to challenge the well-known prostitute Scilla to a contest to see who can take the most men in an evening; she wins easily. Claudius returns in triumph, but is devastated to learn that Herod has organized a rebellion in the eastern provinces against his rule. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:19 PM - 2 comments

Top Chef: Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel  Season 15, Episode 6

For the Quickfire, Padma and Richard Blais inspire the chefs using Tasty online videos and challenge them to transform the most laborious dishes from their own menus into accessible thirty minute dishes for home cooks. Then, celebrated German chef, Keegan Gerhard, exposes the chefs to authentic Germanic food and tasks them with creating a delicious and unique Top Chef Beer Garden by putting their own spin on the cuisine and pairing a German-inspired dish with a radler. Who will be saying auf wiedersehen? (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell at 5:33 PM - 18 comments

Happy!: What Smiles are For  Season 1, Episode 2

Using different show frameworks (like Jerry Springer and It's a Wonderful Life), we find out about how Nick's marriage fell apart while he continues his search for Hailey. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 5:05 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 1

Our heroes begin a fateful day in the unassuming, rural ski town of Kepler, West Virginia. Duck answers a peculiar distress call. Aubrey puts on a memorable magic show. Ned plans his next grift.
posted by Tevin at 10:36 AM - 9 comments

The Magicians: The Tales of the Seven Keys  Show Only   Season 3, Episode 1

Quentin tries to find someone who can bring magic back; Julia explores her small, but significant gift; Eliot and Margo struggle under the hostile fairy occupation; Kady searches for a way to heal Penny. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:42 AM - 10 comments

January 11

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Autofac  Season 1, Episode 8

Society and the world as we know it has collapsed. A small band of humans must now contend with a massive, automatic factory that continuously produces products while using up what little resources are left. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 8:31 PM - 3 comments

The Good Place: Best Self  Season 2, Episode 9

Michael gets into a bind; Eleanor has an idea that leads Chidi, Tahani, Jason and even Janet to put their feelings on the line. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 5:57 PM - 52 comments

Podcast: Slate's Dear Prudence Plus: Dear Prudence: The "Schrödinger's Stolen Cat" Edition

First up: An enthusiastic endorsement from Prudence for walking out of movies you don't like! Then, academic and pop culture writer Anthony Oliveira joins to tackle your letters: How do I get my husband to stop using a body spray that makes me ill? I told my "social justice warrior" kids I'm questioning my gender and they're threatening to skip the holidays. Help! My husband and I married young – should we open up our marriage to try new things? I adopted a lost cat as my own, but now I think I might've stolen it. I had a fling with someone that I later realized was in a long-term committed relationship – should I tell the other woman? And finally: My friends created a dumb nickname for my boyfriend and it stuck – how do I let it go so I don't accidentally call him by it?
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 12:50 PM - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: GORGO  Season 9, Episode 9

LIKE NOTHING YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE! A gigantic sea lizard emerges from the ocean off the British coast and wrecks stuff, but is captured. Then its mother shows up. Oops! Mormo could not be reached by press time. Note that the short intro blurbs often seen in these writeups are taken from advertising for the movie. I don't myself claim you've never seen something like this obvious British Godzilla clone before. Leonard Maltin (a good sport) shows up in a couple of host segments! This episode is not available on YouTube. Premiered July 18, 1998. 17 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 6:23 AM - 8 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 15

These are the voyages of the starship Raven. Its ill-conceived mission: to explore a strange new quadrant with a crew of two…to deliberately seek out the Borg Collective…to boldly perish like no human has perished before! [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 2:52 AM - 17 comments

Tatort: Der Wüste Gobi  Season 47, Episode 15

Exciting Weimar! Namesake of an era, hometown of Goethe (who gets name checked with a pretty great pun), Schiller and the Bauhaus School, Weimar is the revier (beat) of the detectives Dorn and Lessing. Notably, Dorn and Lessing are youngish and married. And their heat is out. In this episode The crochet-ing multiple woman-killing Gotthilf Bigamiluschvatokovtschvili, named 'Gobi' by everyone but Lessing who, tellingly, gets the name on the first try, is in a psychiatric hospital being treated by the talented amateur taxidermist, Professor Doctor Eisler. 'Gobi' breaks out to be with his devoted love, Mimi - harpist of the local chamber orchestra. Things, though, are not quite as they seem. 1. This is possibly the funniest, wittiest episode of Tatort ever filmed. As a non-native speaker they come pretty hard and fast, but if you miss one you don't have long to wait for the next. 2. No, seriously, this episode was hilarious. An absolute out-lier for Tatort. I highly recommend it. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 1:26 AM - 0 comments

January 10

The X-Files: This  Season 11, Episode 2

Per IMDB, "A chilling secret is revealed when an old friend reaches out to Mulder and Scully in a seemingly impossible way." Per me, "FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fall asleep on a couch in front of the TV, only to be awoken by a mysterious phone call." [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling at 8:28 PM - 26 comments

Runaways: Hostile  Season 1, Episode 10

The season finale. Carolina faces down Jonah. The Pride gets rebellious (but not too rebellious). Old Lace gets a name. The show's title becomes significant.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 11:48 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 388: Face 2 Face: The Mystery of the Seven Parrots

Pretty much everyone in our family is sick this week! Which means we couldn't record. Instead, we've combined the best bits from our TWO shows in Chicago last year into one super episode! Finally, you can find out why the folks in attendance at these shows won't stop talking about ... the seven parrots.
posted by Tevin at 8:52 AM - 20 comments

Podcast: Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People: 4. The Most Amazing Destruction

An aspiring voice actor talks about using jokes to help with the hard times, and explains how she frames success. Plus she asks Chris the most important question he has ever faced: if you were to be eaten by an animal of your choice, which one would... [more inside]
posted by progosk at 8:40 AM - 0 comments

January 9

Lady Dynamite: Season 2 of Lady Dynamite  Season 2 (Full Season)

In season 2, Maria Bamford gets used to life as part of a couple, with stories being told in the present, in 1980s Duluth and THE FUTURE. Join us, won't you?
posted by drezdn at 5:26 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Lives of Others

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
posted by Fizz at 3:49 PM - 9 comments

The Chi: Pilot  Season 1, Episode 1

A fictional drama following the lives of several people growing up in contemporary South Side Chicago; available on Showtime and Amazon. [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 2:59 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: Pod Save America: “Stockholm Syndrome.”

The President assures the country of his mental stability, Mueller hones in on obstruction while Republicans in Congress try to undermine him, and the Democrats plot their strategy to protect the DREAMers. Jon, Jon, and Tommy do the pod live from Stockholm, Sweden. Previously... [more inside]
posted by asteria at 8:59 AM - 2 comments

January 8

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 174 - Ooohh Baby I Like It Raw (1/7/18)

This week they talk the latest messy bitch media gabfest about the Trump Administration contrasted against the opening of much of the US coastline to offshore drilling. Then have a laugh about the new Philly DA Krasner firing a whole bunch of prosecutors. Matt gives us the rundown in the big Intercept interview with James Risen, and takes a trip down memory lane to the Plamegate fiasco. We close with Felix's fever dream nightmare of Elon Musk's Rockabilly Martian colony and the "Raw Water" craze sweeping Silicon Valley. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 10:50 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Throw Momma from the Train

In his directorial debut, Danny DeVito plays Owen, the put-upon momma's boy who enlists his writing teacher (Billy Crystal) in a Strangers on a Train-style murder scheme. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 10:48 AM - 14 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Bliss  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 14

"From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake--" [turns over index cards, frowns] "--wait, this one is marked 'TWOK" and this other one says 'First Contact'--how many times have these been used?" [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:29 AM - 16 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 42 - Tomorrow (w/ Jordan Klepper Live from NYCC)

The Tavern is packed with a phoenix, a will o' the wisp and more. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 12:50 AM - 2 comments

January 7

Star Trek: Discovery: Despite Yourself  Season 1, Episode 10

While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. [more inside]
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 8:25 PM - 106 comments

Babylon 5: Infection  Season 1, Episode 4

[standalone episode] Franklin's terrible doctor friends brings terrible space artifacts and terribly experiments on them with no protection, which turns someone on board into a terrible superpowered space-Nazi. "The one trick Earth hasn't been able to crack. The ability to create living ships that thrive in the vacuum of space..." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:42 PM - 9 comments

Vikings: Homeland  Season 5, Episode 3

Celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York; Ragnar Lothbrok's sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high, and each one is forced to choose a side. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 6:34 PM - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Born to the Purple  Season 1, Episode 3

[mostly crisis-of-the-week] Londo falls in love with Adira, a Centauri dancer... but she is a (literal) slave to someone who wants Londo's priceless Purple Files (aka Centauri Blackmail Material). Meanwhile, someone is using the ultra-privileged Gold Channel for surreptitious communications. "What do you want, you moon-faced assassin of joy?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 5:02 PM - 2 comments

Grown-ish: Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe  Season 1, Episode 2

Zoey learns a valuable lesson about the dangers of Adderall abuse. Viewers learn that stalking is funny. Zoey apologizes to Ana.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 11:37 AM - 3 comments

Movie: The Day After Tomorrow

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City, to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.
posted by phunniemee at 11:15 AM - 37 comments

January 6

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Nathaniel Needs My Help!  Season 3, Episode 8

Rebecca decides to "help" Nathaniel with his family life. Paula decides to "help" Darryl get a donated egg. Lourdes wants to kick Josh out of the house. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:08 PM - 3 comments

Steven Universe: Jungle Moon  Season 5, Episode 12

Stevonnie has a strange dream stranded on a jungle moon.
posted by Small Dollar at 1:06 PM - 30 comments

Steven Universe: Lars of the Stars  Season 5, Episode 11

Steven and Connie send Lars a care package... IN SPACE!
posted by Small Dollar at 1:05 PM - 9 comments

The End Of The F***ing World: Season 1 (all episodes)  Season 1 (Full Season)

Two disaffected teens get in a lot of trouble. An eight-episode adaptation of Charles Forsman's graphic novel. On Netflix.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:29 AM - 14 comments

Grown-ish: Late Registration  Season 1, Episode 1

Zoey Johnson is going to college! Can she and her new friends navigate family expectations, drunken parties, the lure of Adderall addiction, and, for some inexplicable reason, midnight classes as they make the transition to adulthood? Can series creator Kenya Barris pull off a spinoff of his hit series black-ish? Can this show appeal to actual young people, as opposed to middle-aged losers (ie me) who are nostalgic for A Different World and Undeclared? With this episode, we start to find out. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 8:10 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Molly's Game

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:05 AM - 9 comments

January 5

Top Chef: This Is Not Glamping  Season 15, Episode 5

In a competition first, Tom surprises the chefs with a twist that changes the game. After the shock wears off, the chefs are sent camping to make a 5-star meal outdoors, only to learn an unexpected storm welcomes them with a fresh blanket of snow forcing them to pull out every trick in their playbooks. With only a few heat sources and limited local ingredients, the chefs must get resourceful if they want to remain in the running. Chef Naomi Pomeroy joins the judges in the beautiful but chilly Colorado Mountains. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell at 4:46 PM - 11 comments

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: Preseason  First Watch   Season 3 (Full Season)

The trailer for All Stars Season 3 has been released, revealing this season's cast (well, all but one of them). Pre-season hype and speculation goes here! No spoilers, please. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire at 1:19 PM - 7 comments

Movie: The Greatest Showman

A musical about American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:33 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People: 92. Wisdom From The Bushman

Unsure of her future, a young German woman finds herself in Australia picking cherries with a group of ex-cons & social outcasts. She passes the phone to a fellow picker and mentor of sorts who opens up about finding solace in the wilderness. He shares some practical tips, like how to hunt and cook wild pig. Hint: Don't use a fishing spear. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 3:37 AM - 0 comments