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May 7

Book: The Other Wind

The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. The dead are pulling him to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea. Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman. The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world, and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand. (Book 6 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:17 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ethersea – Prologue I: Our Wasted World

Travelers from four war-torn kingdoms congregate at the edge of a fearsome storm, following a divine invitation emanating from deep within the Ethersea.Join us as we build our next campaign while playing The Quiet Year, a brilliant mapmaking game designed and written by Avery Alder. Learn more about The Quiet Year and purchase it for yourself here: https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/the-quiet-yearSee the end-of-episode map here: https://bit.ly/EtherseaMap1 [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:30 AM - 0 comments

May 6

Mystery Science Theater 3000: INVASION U.S.A.  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 2

Rewatch! One of a long line of propagandist movies intended to rile up the public against the USSR. It's easy to get this one mixed up with Rocket Attack USA, made under a similar zeitgeist. That was a Joel episode with spies going to the USSR and failing to stop a missile attack against New York City, a lady spy seducing a Russian general for secrets, and a blind man walking during an immanent nuclear attack telling the camera, "Help me!" This is a Mike episode where a two-bit hypnotist zaps a bar full of people into experiencing a vivid hallucination of a Soviet military attack on their city. (Hypnosis was another overblown fear at the time, but didn't have as much of a concerted push to make people afraid of it.) With the short A Date With Your Family, starring Hugh Beaumont, it's a very fifties worldview on display. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 3:48 PM - 4 comments

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star: This week's edition is all about gold...  Season 1, Episode 4

... as the 5 contestants are asked to make a pair of identical hooped earrings that could be a bestseller and then client Zeynap requests a gold locket to give to the woman who saved her mum's life. (from IMDB) [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 10:47 AM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Power Play  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 15

Hostile noncorporeal aliens body-snatch critical Enterprise crew members, and also Chief O'Brien. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:23 AM - 16 comments

May 5

The Great British Sewing Bee: International Week  Season 7, Episode 4

The sewers go international with a French pattern, a South Asian transformation, and a final challenge inspired by Frida Kahlo.
posted by schroedinger at 8:02 PM - 4 comments

Wakefield: Episode 1  Season 1, Episode 1

Nikhil Katira is a psychiatric nurse working at Wakefield, a facility perched on the edge of Australia's spectacular Blue Mountains. There's one problem - while his patients are getting better, he's getting worse. Episode 1: Nik gets a song stuck in his head and it triggers memories he doesn't understand, while James who is running a business while in the ward, as Ivy cannot cope with crying from a baby. [more inside]
posted by A4 at 7:10 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

From Eric Idle, Neil Innes, George Harrison, and more, came the Rutles: an affectionate parody of Beatlemania, and a musical legend that will last a lunchtime. They were discovered by their manager, Leggy Mountbatten, in a lunchtime disco. Their first album was made in 20 minutes. Their second album took even longer. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 11:58 AM - 13 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Milk  Season 4, Episode 4

June takes a harrowing journey with Janine as Janine remembers a stressful experience in her past. In Toronto, Serena tries to manipulate Rita, who seeks advice from Moira.
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:53 AM - 10 comments

May 4

Book: Half-Witch

A YA medieval fantasy featuring an unusual and transformative friendship between a whip smart and deeply religious young girl and a local witch. Super weird, transporting, beautiful.
posted by latkes at 1:43 PM - 3 comments

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Aftermath  Season 1, Episode 1

The newest Star Wars series from Dave Filoni and friends picks up where Clone Wars left off. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 1:37 PM - 22 comments

May 3

Mare of Easttown: Enter Number Two  Season 1, Episode 3

As Mare and Colin parse new physical evidence, phone records lead to an unlikely suspect. After lashing out at Helen about a possible custody fight over Drew, Mare receives some unprompted advice from Richard on how to move forward with Carrie. Later, Kenny and Mare face the consequences of their misguided attempts to protect their families. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 7:12 PM - 19 comments

Something in the Rain: Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food  Season 1 (Full Season)

Son Ye Jin, from Crash Landing on You, is the female lead for Something in the Rain, a Korean drama from 2018 about an older woman/younger man romance, with lots of family drama, and women fighting against the patriarchy. Taboos will be broken! [more inside]
posted by kbar1 at 6:37 PM - 0 comments

Critical Role: Hell or High Water  Season 2, Episode 136

The Mighty Nein fight against time as they search for the Immensus Gate, but their quarry has his own tricks up his sleeve...
posted by nubs at 12:09 PM - 7 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conundrum  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 14

After the crew's memories are mysteriously erased, the computer records indicate that the Federation is at war with the Lysians, and that the Enterprise has been ordered to attack their command center. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 9:31 AM - 14 comments

May 2

The Nevers: Undertaking  Season 1, Episode 4

While Mundi seeks justice, Amalia and her most trusted advisers make a list of potential enemies. Harriet, Primrose, and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message. Later, Amalia exposes an unexpected threat. [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 7:07 PM - 18 comments

Legends of Tomorrow: Ground Control to Sara Lance  Season 6, Episode 1

After a night of celebrating their beating the Fates, the Legends quickly discover that missing Sara was abducted by aliens. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:13 PM - 6 comments

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet: Everlight  Season 1, Episode 11

The Mythic Quest team returns to the office for their annual Everlight party. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 10:35 AM - 2 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: The Crossing  Season 4, Episode 3

Nick and Lawrence collaborate to protect June. In Toronto, Luke struggles with how to help June and Hannah.
posted by roolya_boolya at 1:08 AM - 9 comments

May 1

Book: Victories Greater Than Death

First in a planned series of YA Space Fantasy novels about Tina Mains (secretly a clone of an alien space-hero), her crew of teen smarty pals, and their adventures aboard an intergalactic spaceship in their battle against evil. Swashbuckling space battles, romance, evil space fascists, and friendship above all!
posted by latkes at 5:36 PM - 3 comments

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Marvel Studios: Assembled / The Making of The Falcon & The Winter Soldie  Season 1, Episode 7

The 1-hour special following the conclusion of the series.
posted by cendawanita at 3:27 PM - 7 comments

Top Chef: Meet You at the Drive-In  Season 18, Episode 5

Amar Santana joins Padma for this week’s Quickfire Challenge honoring Mother’s Day and one of Portland’s nicknames “City of Roses.” The chefs are tasked to create a dish featuring roses or rose products inspired by the mother figure in their lives. Then, the chefs will go head-to-head at the first-ever Top Chef Drive-In where each team must create dishes based on popular movie genres. Not only will they have to impress the judges’ table with Richard Blais, but they will also need to win over the diners who will help decide who wins each round. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 3:24 PM - 6 comments

Truth Seekers: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Nick Frost stars as ISP engineer Gus who hunts ghosts with his apprentice Elton John (no, not that one) in his spare time in between fixing customers' wifi signals. As their haunted stake outs become more terrifying they begin to uncover an apocalyptic conspiracy.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:05 PM - 6 comments

Taskmaster: Series 8  Season 8 (Full Season)

"It's a very rare treat on a television program, to see someone lose their job on a different television program." Available on YouTube or on Channel 4. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 11:07 AM - 10 comments

Podcast: The Left Right Game: Complete Series

Alice Sharma (voiced by Tessa Thompson) is an idealistic young journalist trying to make a name for herself by following a group of paranormal explorers, obsessed with a seemingly harmless pastime known as the Left/Right Game. The journey takes her into a supernatural world that she and the other members of the expedition can neither handle nor survive. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:40 AM - 5 comments

April 30

Movie: The Mitchells vs. the Machines

A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.
posted by m@f at 10:28 PM - 11 comments

Movie: Mortal Kombat

Washed-up MMA fighter Cole Young, unaware of his heritage, and hunted by Emperor Shang Tsung's best warrior, Sub-Zero, seeks out and trains with Earth's greatest champions as he prepares to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 7:30 PM - 18 comments

Navillera: Navillera (Nabillera, Like A Butterfly)  Season 1 (Full Season)

A 70-year-old with a dream and a 23-year-old with a gift lift each other out of harsh realities and rise to the challenge of becoming ballerinos. (Netflix, tVN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:59 PM - 1 comment

The Great British Sewing Bee: Gent’s Classics Week  Season 7, Episode 3

For gent’s classics week, the sewers make baker boy caps, transform old jackets into outfits for a woman, and create a casual utility jacket.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:12 AM - 3 comments

April 29

Movie: Things Heard & Seen

When Catherine moves from Manhattan to a remote farm hour with her husband, she discovers that both her husband and her new home harbor secrets. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 8:29 PM - 3 comments

Invincible: Where I Really Come From  Season 1, Episode 8

Omni-Man explains himself. Mark learns things the hard way. Debbie is devastated. [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork at 7:21 PM - 12 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Nightshade  Season 4, Episode 2

June plots revenge. In Toronto, Moira deals with the fallout of June's choices.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:56 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: Reply All: The Test Kitchen Revisited

The Reply All team takes a look at the Test Kitchen, and what those mistakes mean for the show.
posted by bq at 10:04 AM - 8 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Pigs  Season 4, Episode 1

On the run, an injured June and the fugitive Handmaids find refuge at a farm. In Gilead, an imprisoned Lawrence tries to avoid a death sentence. Aunt Lydia reels from the loss of 86 children on Angels' Flight.
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:44 AM - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: GIRLS TOWN  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 1

Re-rewatch! Unexpectedly popular for yet another black-and-white teen anger movie. This is the one with nuns. Also has Mamie Van Doren (still alive and on Twitter!), Paul Anka, Mel Torme and Dick Contino. In MST history, this is the first episode of Season Six, the one that introduced the Umbilicus, a space pipe that connects Deep 13 with the SOL. Previously and again. Notes on shows inside-- [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:41 AM - 0 comments

Book: Fugitive Telemetry

The latest in Martha Wells's stellar Murderbot series, novella-length Fugitive Telemetry, is out. [more inside]
posted by Coaticass at 4:57 AM - 13 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Masterpiece Society  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 13

Troi inadvertently causes a diplomatic incident when she brings her hilarious "Pobody's Nerfect" coffee mug to the genetically-engineered colony of Moab IV. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:16 AM - 12 comments

April 28

A Black Lady Sketch Show: But the Tilapias Are Fine Though, Right?  Season 2, Episode 1

Dr. Haddassah breaks her silence; Salina visits a psychic. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:59 PM - 4 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.8  Season 1, Episode 8

Ross faces ruin as, along with the rest of his collective, he must sell copper to the Warleggans' company at a nominal price. When an outbreak of diphtheria leaves Elizabeth, Francis, their son, and all their servants ill, Demelza goes to Trenwith to care for them, with disastrous results for her own family. The Warleggans' ship wrecks on the rocks near a Nampara beach, and Ross rallies the villagers to salvage its cargo of food.
posted by orange swan at 3:41 AM - 2 comments

April 27

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star: Costume Jewelry  Season 1, Episode 3

The jewellers create cocktail rings and bib necklaces out of alternative materials.
posted by schroedinger at 5:38 PM - 8 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.7  Season 1, Episode 7

Francis wrongly blames Ross for helping Verity elope with Andrew Blamey. Dwight and Keren set a tragic chain of events in motion.
posted by orange swan at 3:45 PM - 1 comment

Mare of Easttown: Fathers  Season 1, Episode 2

Mare visits a grisly murder scene before informing the victim's enraged father. As a video from the night of the crime surfaces, Mare questions suspects in the case and gives an icy welcome to County Detective Colin Zabel, who's been called in to assist. Later, Mare bumps heads with locals and airs concerns about her grandson Drew in light of her late son's mental health struggles.
posted by gladly at 8:10 AM - 10 comments

April 26

Book: Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest

"In seven interwoven comics essays, author and graphic novelist Nate Powell addresses living in an era of what he calls "necessary protest." Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest is Powell's reflection on witnessing the collapse of discourse in real time while drawing the award-winning trilogy March, written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, this generation's preeminent historical account of nonviolent revolution in the civil rights movement. Powell highlights both the danger of normalized paramilitary presence symbols in consumer pop culture, and the roles we play individually as we interact with our communities, families, and society at large." An excerpt of Powell's book, from Lithub: How to Raise Your Children on the History of Protest. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:42 PM - 0 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.6  Season 1, Episode 6

The cooperative smelting company challenges the local copper barons. Poldark confronts the same cardsharp who swindled Francis. Keren's injury compels Dwight to make a house call.
posted by orange swan at 4:05 PM - 1 comment

Shadow and Bone: Shadow and Bone  Books Included   Season 1 (Full Season)

Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world. (Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo books) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:15 PM - 13 comments

Shadow and Bone: (Full season)  Show Only   Season 1 (Full Season)

Shadow and Bone is an American fantasy streaming television series developed by Eric Heisserer for Netflix that premiered on April 23, 2021. It is based on the Grisha novel trilogy, the first of which is Shadow and Bone, and the Six of Crows novel duology by Leigh Bardugo. [more inside]
posted by Mogur at 3:06 PM - 24 comments

Critical Role: The Genesis Ward  Season 2, Episode 135

The Mighty Nein plunge deeper into both Aeor's ruined depths and its endless mysteries as they continue to chase after the elusive remaining Tombtakers...
posted by nubs at 12:21 PM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Violations  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 12

Several crew members suffer violent hallucinations and comas as alien researchers visit the ship. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 8:38 AM - 16 comments

Movie: The Courier

Based on the true story of the Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source trying to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:27 AM - 0 comments

Top Chef: Thrown For A Loop  Season 18, Episode 4

For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish featuring Campbell’s Soup for Padma and guest judge Dale Talde. Then, the cheftestants get thrown for a loop when they find out they won’t be shopping for their Elimination Challenge, because they’ll be picking their fruit right off of the trees in the heart of Oregon’s Fruit Loop and making a savory fruit dish without any vegetables. Melissa King and Carrie Baird join Padma, Tom and Gail at judges’ table. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:48 AM - 8 comments

Movie: Stowaway

A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences. This 2021 Hard Sci-Fi film is a modern retelling of Tom Godwin's 1954 The Cold Equations, a "needlessly cruel" short story that likely "got the equations themselves wrongs" in order to pose a moral dilemma for the characters. In the film, once the ship docks with the Aldrin Mars Cycler (named for its inventor, astronaut Buzz Aldrin) and leaves Earth's gravity well, there are no other voices or characters, enhancing the feeling of isolation ahead of the crew on their two year mission. The very realistic spacecraft spins the habit module on a tether to create artificial gravity and was mocked-up for the film by Scott Manley in Kerbal Space Program, while the claustrophobic interiors look like they were shot on a real space station.
posted by autopilot at 1:39 AM - 35 comments

April 25

The Nevers: Ignition  Season 1, Episode 3

Penance creates an amplifier to spread Mary's song across the city - but first, Mary must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage's reach. [IMDb] [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 7:16 PM - 13 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.5  Season 1, Episode 5

Mark Daniel marries visiting theatrical player Keren Smith. Ross and Demelza's daughter, Julia Grace, is born, and Demelza's father makes a memorable appearance at the christening. The young, progressive, and compassionate Dr. Dwight Enys comes to the area. Ross proposes that the pit owners form a collective with their own smelting company in order to resist the Warleggans' monopoly, but Francis opts out and tries to recoup his financial losses by gambling. Demelza attempts to reunite Verity and Andrew Blamey in town, but their meeting is interrupted by a riot among the starving miners.
posted by orange swan at 12:12 PM - 1 comment

Special Event: Academy Awards 2021

Steven Soderbergh says he's going to direct tonight's ceremony "as if it were a film itself." Taking place two months late and in Los Angeles Union Station (Easier for Ed Begley Jr. to get there), let's see what the heck the 93rd Annual Academy Awards is going to look like. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 11:03 AM - 41 comments

Sasquatch: Sasquatch  Season 1 (Full Season)

In 1993, now-journalist David Holthouse, while working at a cannabis farm in Mendocino County, two men told the story of seeing the aftermath of three farmworkers killed by a Sasquatch. Decades later he decides to investigate the truth of the story. Guardian Review: What begins as an inspection of Bigfoot as a sociological phenomenon leads (Joshua ) Rofé and his partner-in-true-crime, journalist David Holthouse, to a 1993 triple homicide said by locals to be the handiwork of the infamous ape-creature. But there’s a far darker truth buried deep beneath the legend. On Hulu.
posted by ShooBoo at 9:13 AM - 6 comments

April 24

The Amber Ruffin Show: April 23rd, 2021  Season 1, Episode 23

Amber reviews the week in the news, reflects on the Derek Chauvin verdict, shares an R&B video about post-vaccination etiquette, and sings you a lullaby about not checking your screen time report.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:46 PM - 2 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.4  Season 1, Episode 4

Wheal Leisure is producing nothing but nearly worthless iron ore, Demelza tries to adjust to her new social status as her marriage to Ross becomes generally known, and Ross and Demelza are invited to Trenwith for Christmas.
posted by orange swan at 5:52 PM - 1 comment

For All Mankind: The Grey  Season 2, Episode 10

Season Finale: Tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union reach an all-time high on the moon, throwing multiple missions into jeopardy. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 9:38 AM - 35 comments

April 23

Movie: Concrete Cowboy

Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 7:31 PM - 1 comment

Rutherford Falls: Season 1  All Seasons

Meet Nathan, who's obsessed with history in general and his family's history in particular. He runs a history museum and is very particular about the location of his ancestor's statue. Meet Reagan, his Native American bestie who also wants her own museum, but that's not going so well since her tribe thinks she's a snob. Meet Terry, who runs the casino that houses Reagan's cultural center. He outschemes everybody. Drama ensues. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:55 PM - 15 comments