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Supergirl: Parasite Lost Season 4, Episode 5
The villain known as Parasite returns with Jensen as host. Alex adjusts to being under the command of Colonel Haley. Kara and Nia gets an exclusive interview with a prominent alien.
Black Lightning: The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem Season 2, Episode 5
It's spoilers all the way down. [more inside]
Legends of Tomorrow: Wet Hot American Bummer Season 4, Episode 4
The Legends adopt the buddy system while hunting a mystical being that is attacking a children's summer camp. Constantine dons shorts. Ray makes his own lanyard. Sara teaches Ava about childhood. Mick shares a drink with Charlie while Zari and Charlie clash. [more inside]
Arrow: The Demon Season 7, Episode 5
Oliver meets the Dragon and discovers an old teacher. Curtis gets out from behind a computer and goes undercover for Argus. It's team-up time for Dinah, Felicity and Black Siren.
The Gifted: no Mercy Season 2, Episode 7
Reeve reveals her plans for a major mission for the Inner Circle to secure some needed funds. Meanwhile, the Mutant Underground must contend with Reed's unstable powers; Jace is introduced to Benedict Ryan, a well-connected public figure who supports the efforts of the Purifiers; and Thunderbird confronts Blink about her dealings with Erg. [more inside]
The Flash: All Doll'd Up Season 5, Episode 5
Nora lets something slip about the future that devastates Iris. In an attempt to distract his wife, Barry asks Iris to team up to stop a new meta, Rag Doll. Meanwhile, Caitlin learns something about her father. [more inside]
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. [more inside]
+18 days 2 hrs since Lia Haddock's abduction. [more inside]
Frank and Lindsay are terrible people who end up at a destination wedding. They meet and, over the course of the weekend and against all odds, find themselves drawn to one another even as they are repulsed by one another.
Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. [more inside]
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj : Oil Season 1, Episode 4
Hasan covers oil.
The Walking Dead: Who Are You Now? Season 9, Episode 6
The Survivors encounter unfamiliar faces outside the safety of their community's walls and must decide whether or not this new group can be trusted. [more inside]
Brainchild: Brainchild - a science show for tweens Season 1 (Full Season)
Now on Netflix, Brainchild, is a 13 episode series for tweens and teens. [more inside]
Outlander: Do No Harm Books Included Season 4, Episode 2
Claire and Jamie visit his Aunt Jocasta at her plantation, River Run; when tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what's right and the law of the land.
A pair of truck drivers happen onto a decrepit roadside fast food stop selling ramen noodles. The widowed owner, Tampopo, pleads them to help her turn her establishment into a paragon of the "art of noodle soup making".
Chunt and Usidore kick off the second season of Gettin' Nuts with some help from Momo the Mouse and two very creepy twins. [more inside]
Star Trek: Enterprise: Shadows of P'Jem Season 1, Episode 15
T'Pol's going away party hits an unexpected snag. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Draining the Swamp Season 5, Episode 29
This week (yes, a timely LWT post!):
- The Republicans lose the US House of Representatives, an act which Trump actually said was "close to a complete victory" for him. Also, businessman Danny Darkanian loses his sixth straight election in Nevada, annoying his wife greatly. And three states voted to expand Medicaid, Flordia voted to restore voting rights to felons, and Utah voted to legalize medical marihuana.
- Update in Stupid Watergate: Trump fires Jeff Sessions and replaces him, as acting head of the Justice Department, with Matthew Whitaker, a man known for many stupid things, foremost among them serving as an advisor to a company that had to pay out a $25M judgement for scamming inventors.
- And Now: Steve Bannon's Election Night Coverage Went Just Great
- Main Story: Donald Trump (again), and his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." A noble sentiment, but, predictably, absolutely the opposite of what he's doing. Here's the piece on YouTube.
- And Now: Monday Night Football's Graphics Are Officially Out Of Hand
- Finally, an epidemic of unnotified promotion of products by influencers on social media has been going on, including DJ Khaled hawking alcohol to millions of followers. To help illustrate, LWT reveals something they've been doing (not been getting paid for it, but doing it anyway) concerning Scientology....
In the nineteenth book of the twenty book series, the disgusting British Empire flexes its cannon, Carbonari, and Cainites to thwart the Hashashin machinations of Napoléon, who is, if anything, abler aft far Elba. Lionesses are ended; cousins(?) clasp hands; drawers hit the deck; long-legged Naseby consumes Dupuytren's contraction; Montpellier snakes make poor pets; Killick snaps a tusk on a third class boy; Poll Skeeping makes loblolly girl; Pippin gets pipped; and all the livelong Deys don't amount to many as the mission goes from the Rock to Kasbah to the battle royale on Fortnight Island. [more inside]
Patriot: American Dimes Season 2, Episode 1
John must make a choice at the train platform - be free from his obligations and adversaries by letting Agathe take the money or pursue her in an effort to protect his brother, father, and country.
After suffering a serious head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Stars real-life rodeo rider Brady Jandreau and his family in a near-documentary story of learning to live after his injury makes it impossible for him to continue riding.
Doctor Who: Demons of the Punjab Season 11, Episode 6
India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as India is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother's hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they, and what do they want?
Saturday Night Live: Liev Schreiber, Lil Wayne Season 44, Episode 5
Host: Liev Schreiber, Musical Guest: Lil Wayne [more inside]
This is a two and a half hour long Bollywood/Tamil musical/romantic comedy/sci-fi epic about Dr. Vasi, a brilliant scientist (Rajinikanth) who builds a robot named Chitti (also played by Rajinikanth) to protect mankind. Problems arise when Chitti falls in love with Dr. Vasi's girlfriend (Aishwarya Rai). This film's sequel, 2.0, is scheduled to hit theaters on 11/29/2018.
It's hard to overstate just how important record album art was to music in the days before people downloaded everything. Visuals were a key part of one's experience with a record or tape or CD. The design of the album cover created a first impression of what was to come. Album art was certainly important to reporter Sean Cole, one particular album by one particular band: Devo. This is the story of Devo's first record and the fight over the arresting image of a flashy, handsome golf legend on the cover. Plus, Katie Mingle gets the backstory of the Langley Schools Music Project LP, a haunting and uplifting outsider artist masterpiece.
This week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie's Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates.
Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark Season 3, Episode 11
Given the massive changes on B5, Delenn attempts to repeat the ceremony seen in "The Parliament of Dreams" to help people transition. Garibaldi attempts to purge B5 of hidden Nightwatch agents. Londo moves against Refa, taking inspiration from the Old Empire. "From the stars we came... To the stars we return, from now until the end of time. We therefore commit these bodies to the deep." [more inside]
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I'm So Happy For You Season 4, Episode 5
Heather and Valencia have changes in their lives that leave Rebecca reeling. Paula has to adjust to some good and bad news from her eldest son. [more inside]
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Star Trek: Short Treks: Calypso Season 1, Episode 2
A marooned astronaut (played by Aldis Hodge) wakes up on a seemingly deserted starship (voiced by Annabelle Wallis).
A teenager decides to cooperate.
The Walking Dead: What Comes After Season 9, Episode 5
Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned. [more inside]
Supernatural: Nightmare Logic Season 14, Episode 5
After a hunt gone wrong leaves Maggie's whereabouts unknown, Sam, Dean, Mary and Bobby race to find her, but what they find are their own worst nightmares.
God Friended Me: Season 1 Discussion Season 1 (Full Season)
An atheist's life is turned upside down when he is "friended" by God on Facebook. [more inside]
The Good Place: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will Season 3, Episode 7
Eleanor recalls some forgotten events from her past. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Fire and Reign Season 8, Episode 9
Michael launches an attack on the witches.
South Park: Time to Get Cereal Season 22, Episode 6
When dead citizens start popping up all over town, the boys realize they need Al Gore’s help. The boys are willing to do almost anything to save the town, and themselves, but it may be too late. [more inside]
Riverdale: Episode Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club Season 3, Episode 4
It's flashback time as Betty gets Alice to talk about the time where she met everyone else's parents in detention and started playing Gryphons and Gargoyles. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: JACK FROST Rewatch Season 8, Episode 13
Rewatch! Of the four Russo-Finish movies MST did, Jack Frost was the only one to make it into our poll, and here it is. It's the story of a braggart young man who gets turned into a bear by Father Mushroom but gets better. It's the story of a young lady whose wicked stepmother makes constantly work and take back seat to her own spiteful daughter. It's the story of a bunch of bandits in the woods and their annual clubs. And it's the story of Father Christmas, who we presume is the titular Jack Frost, and his dangerous accessories. It's another crazy, but somewhat charming, journey through the asteroid belt of forklore and whimsy for the SOL and its crew. Previously.
Bob's Burgers: Live and Let Fly Season 9, Episode 5
The kids seek revenge on Frond and get entangled in another revenge plot with Kurt Enerny; Linda and Bob put their game faces on when Teddy invites them to a paper airplane contest. [more inside]
Manifest: Season 1 Discussion Season 1 (Full Season)
After a turbulent, but routine, flight the passengers and crew discover the world has aged five years, yet no time has passed for them, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds. [more inside]
Supergirl: Ahimsa Season 4, Episode 4
Alex asks Lena and Brainiac to team up and help Supergirl; J'onn discovers new ways to help his fellow aliens after running into Manchester Black. [more inside]
When old Mr. Lazarescu falls ill and needs medical treatment, but modern life has ways of ignoring the old, the sick, and the poor. It will take him all night to die, if anyone is even paying any attention. A dark comedy from Romania. [more inside]
Romeo Aldea is a doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza, who is just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. [more inside]
Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use an unwanted male abortionist, Bebe. [more inside]
A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. [more inside]
The Gifted: iMprint Season 2, Episode 6
The Inner Circle prepares for a secret ambush, but Polaris is reluctant to join and Reeve tasks Esme with getting Polaris on board. Esme confides in Polaris, revealing her and her sisters' troublesome past. Meanwhile, Thunderbird trains Reed on controlling his powers and the Purifiers attack the Mutant Underground as they attempt to rescue a group of homeless mutants. [more inside]
House of Cards: Season 6 Season 6 (Full Season)
Robin Wright stars as a US president dealing with the previous President's legacy, Russia, the press, the powerful Shepherd siblings (played by Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane), a fatal chemical plant accident, and more. This is the final season of the US House of Cards. [more inside]
Castlevania: "Old Homes" Season 2, Episode 2
More back story is revealed and several characters are scheming inside Dracula's War Court of Dignitaries ... [more inside]
Legends of Tomorrow: Dancing Queen Season 4, Episode 3
The Legends go to 1970s-era London in search of a fugitive (mythtery) targeting the British monarchy; meanwhile Gary shows Nate the ropes at the Time Bureau. [more inside]
Arrow: Level Two Season 7, Episode 4
Oliver makes a drastic move in his quest to find Diaz. Likewise, Felicity pulls out all the stops to get Diaz. Meanwhile, when arsonists target Rene's community center, injuring Zoe in the process, the mysterious new Green Arrow swoops in to help safe the day, and Dina must decide if following the rules at all costs is the best plan to keep the city safe. [more inside]
When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.
Annie is a jack o' lantern, but she doesn't want to scare you.
The time for fence-sitting has come to an end. We must all now decide between the two ghoulish, mind-poisoning animal companions that will bring our hearts and homes one step closer to Hell. This decision is too important to goof up. Follow your heart. Suggested talking points: Choppa Papa, Meats, The World's Two Most Horrible Pets, Big Earther, Cookie Punch, Christmas Doll
Star Trek: Enterprise: Sleeping Dogs Season 1, Episode 14
Wherein there's Klingons on the starboard bow. [more inside]
Outlander: America the Beautiful Books Included Season 4, Episode 1
Claire and Jamie try to make a home for themselves in the New World of Colonial America. [more inside]
Traach the Kobold returns to help us assess the many magic items found in the tavern. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Family Separation Season 5, Episode 28
- 2018 Midterms, which has been exceptional in negativity. California Congressman Duncan Hunter accused opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar of being a terrorist trying to infiltrate Congress; Iowa Congressman Steve King, who has been notorious for associating with white nationalists and got pissy when confronted about it before cameras, and lost the support of a number of corporate PACs; and in Nebraska's 1st district a sign promoting Jeff Fortenberry was defaced with googly eyes and changed to read Jeff Fartenberry, causing his Chief-of-Staff to accuse a local professor, who was unlucky enough to have "liked" a Facebook photo of the sign within his random notice, of supporting vandalism.
- And Now: Out Annual Check-In With The Consequences Of Combining Local News Shows And Halloween
- Main story: Immigration, "The system that brought you me, but it's still good, and I promise that won't happen again." Specifically, the Trump administration's family separation policy. It's faded from the news, but its consequences have not ended yet. Content warning: horrifying consequences of the enforced separation of children from their parents. YouTube
- And Now: Halloween Part II: Just The Traffic And Weather
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Attorneys General Season 5, Episode 27
- Violence marred the prior week, and Fox News went out of their way to position the attacks as "false flag" operations, supposedly stages by Democrats to make Republicans look bad. Geraldo Riviera "outsmarts himself" in making such allegations.
- Saudi Arabia continues to try to explain the disappearance, likely murder, of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while President Trump and right-wing figures try to downplay the killing of an American resident.
- Main story: the role of state Attorneys General on our nation, their role in investigating wrongdoing, and the increasing degree to which the offices have become politicized. YouTube
- Special productions: A WWE commercial that properly notes the fact that it takes place in Saudi Arabia, and the problems that causes; a concert for bagpipes, accordion, theremin and recorder (multiple, played by young children) to annoy people to stepping away from their TV sets and actually researching their states' candidates for Attorney General. A good place to do that, they note, is at Vote411.org.