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August 20

The Venture Bros.: Arrears in Science  Season 7, Episode 3

The Morphic Trilogy reaches its stunning conclusion in a decades-spanning tale of friendship, betrayal, and mass murder that overwrites Venture history.
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 7:37 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 73 - Globulous (Live w/ Stuart Wellington)

Globulous the floating monster with eye stalks floats into the tavern with plans for the local rec center. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 1:38 AM - 0 comments

August 19

Star Trek: Enterprise: Fight or Flight  Season 1, Episode 3

The crew of Enterprise have second thoughts about a first contact. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 11:41 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Normal Heart

A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:57 AM - 0 comments

Movie: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:52 AM - 8 comments

August 18

Movie: Minding the Gap

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 12:15 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Columbus

A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:18 AM - 4 comments

August 17

Killjoys: Greening Pains  Season 4, Episode 5

With D'av's newborn son's life on the line, the trio takes desperate measures to save him. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:33 PM - 8 comments

Wynonna Earp: Jolene  Season 3, Episode 5

A demon causes havoc in town as Wynonna, Waverly, and Jolene must decide who they can trust. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:33 PM - 4 comments

Babylon 5: The Long, Twilight Struggle  Season 2, Episode 20

The Narn wanted freedom from the Centauri... They fail. "There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. [...] We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:05 PM - 3 comments

August 16

Charmed: Charmed (1998-2006) Full Series  Season 8 (Full Season)

A trio of sisters discover an ancient text in their mansion attic, revealing they possess latent supernatural powers, mischief and drama ensue. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:19 PM - 7 comments

Sharp Objects: Cherry  Season 1, Episode 6

Adora provides Chief Vickery with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case; Richard probes for details about Camille's dark past; John's girlfriend, Ashley, looks to make news for herself; Amma bonds with Camille during and after a wild party. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:59 AM - 13 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: AT THE EARTH'S CORE  Rewatch   Season 11, Episode 14

Rewatch! Guys go underground and meet dinosaurs. Kinga almost marries Jonah for ratings. At the moment, this is the last episode of the show, but Season 12 has been announced! Previously.
posted by JHarris at 1:31 AM - 8 comments

August 15

Movie: Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:33 PM - 31 comments

Castle Rock: Filter  Season 1, Episode 6

After a videotape leads him into the woods near Castle Rock, Henry finds an unexpected connection to his past; elsewhere, Pangborn goes in search of answers on the Kid's behalf. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:23 PM - 3 comments

August 14

Elementary: Uncanny Valley of the Dolls  Season 6, Episode 16

The murder of a robotics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research in teleportation; Detective Bell is shut out of a required class he needs to complete his degree and join the U.S. Marshal Service.
posted by litera scripta manet at 5:51 PM - 1 comment

Elementary: How to Get a Head  Season 6, Episode 15

An investigation into the murder of a religion professor puts Holmes and Watson on a hunt for a killer connected to the occult; the duo consider replacements for Detective Bell after finding he may be asked to join the U.S. Marshals Service.
posted by litera scripta manet at 5:48 PM - 5 comments

Fear the Walking Dead: People Like Us  Season 4, Episode 9

Morgan tries to help Alicia and this fractured group of survivors as a storm brews. [more inside]
posted by jimw at 5:19 PM - 3 comments

Better Call Saul: Breathe  Season 4, Episode 2

Jimmy seeks new employment; Gus navigates the fallout from Hector's collapse; Kim endeavors to support Jimmy in the wake of Chuck's death. Mike cautiously weighs a lucrative proposal that might bring about dire consequences, and Nacho tries to do right. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:07 AM - 34 comments

August 13

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sexual Harassment, Interview with Anita Hill  Season 5, Episode 18

This episode aired on July 29:
  • More Stupid Watergate, "Something with the potential gravity of Watergate, if the entire White House was on bath salts and Nixon was a raccoon with his head stuck in a jar of peanut butter." Revealed is that Cohen secretly taped interactions between him and Trump, and some of one of the tapes was leaked, relating them planning to keep a story about Trump's affair with Playboy Bunny Karen McDougal secret. Also, Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of the meeting with Russian representatives in Trump Tower. And, Mueller is looking into whether Trump's tweets constitute obstruction of justice.
  • Facebook loses $119 billion dollars of value, 19% of its total valuation, overnight. That's more than the value of the entire global cheese market: Facebook's stock dropped by the concept of cheese. It's because of piracy issues, which they've apologized for via an ubiquitous ad. LWT provides one of their trademark more honest versions.
  • Main story: Workplace sexual harassment. In the wake of a number of prominent male executives being brought down, it's looking like something may finally be done about it... except that the current situation shares a lot of things in common with the 90s, at which time everything was supposed to change, and then, didn't. The issue became national news with the testimony of Anita Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • The last act was a great interview with Anita Hill herself.
Both the main story and the interview are on the show's official Youtube channel. (29m) [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:50 PM - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Gene Editing and CRISPR  Season 5, Episode 17

Let's catch up a bit, shall we? This was the episode that aired July 8, 2018:
  • Trump's "We got more money, we got better brains, we got more houses," etc. speech.
  • The week's prerequisite bombshell was the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. As of this writing his position has still not been filled. Oliver reminds us that this has the potential to be really really bad for reproductive and LGBT rights. Democrat hopes to block mean once again playing America's most depressing game show, HOPE SUSAN COLLINS FLIPS AND BE DISAPPOINTED WHEN SHE DOESN'T!!! Jeffery Toobin made a tour of talk shows to make sure everyone's hopes were appropriately dead.
  • And Now: For Canada Day, The Most Canadian Thing Imaginable: Polite Interactions Between Professional Curlers At The 2018 Tim Hortons National Championship
  • Main story: Gene editing, and how a revolution in technology, "CRISPR," puts it into the hands of people literally working in their garage. Contents: jacked, sexy beagles; work on reviving wooly mammoths; irresponsible biohackers; the hope to wipe out malaria; an Australian man who hates invasive cane toads; a Lyme disease experiment on Nantucket Island; the question of whether deafness and dwarfism are diseases that should be eliminated; and China's pushing the boundaries of gene editing. It's on YouTube (20m).
  • And Now: Hey Guys--What The Fuck's Going On With Animals In Florida?
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:20 PM - 1 comment

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Lion’s Pride  Season 7 (Full Season)

Team Voltron returns to Earth, but are they too late to save it? [major spoilers after the cut] [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 6:59 PM - 2 comments

Bokudake ga Inai Machi: On Netflix as "Erased"  Season 1, Episode 5

Episodes 5 - 8, Wow, how much does Satoru's mom rock? Also, Satoru pulls out all the stops in an effort to save Kayo and the others and we learn the personal cost of this revival. This stretch is the emotional heart of the series. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 3:17 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 419: Some Good JPEGs of My Favorite Matrix Characters

Let this episode stand as a sort of checkpoint for those working their way through the MBMBaM catalog. The episode following this one has become unstuck in time. It is in the ether, somewhere. It will arrive when it decides to. Come home, Episode 420. Come home to us. Suggested talking points: Inside The Writer's Room, Dental Distraction, Automotive Manufacturing, Ruling the School (w/ Guestpert Elsie Fisher!), A Genuinely Scary Haunted Doll Watch, Riddle Me Piss, Art From the Web
posted by Tevin at 12:51 PM - 10 comments

The Venture Bros.: The Rorqual Affair  Season 7, Episode 2

Wide Whale has the Monarch, Hank's posing as Enrico Matassa, the Guild is revolting (and I'm made of ectoplasm), the Red Death is back (for a price) and Gary is apparently dressed like Matt Hooper from Jaws.
posted by GuyZero at 10:12 AM - 32 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 72 - Dripfang Returns

Dripfang the Chef Inquisitor stops by the tavern in an attempt to improve the podcast. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 1:16 AM - 0 comments

August 12

Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 1

[series premiere]Star Trek gets its first prequel spinoff, set before TOS. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 11:22 PM - 45 comments

Movie: The Meg

They were a bit bitey
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 2:29 PM - 13 comments

Bokudake ga Inai Machi: On Netflix as "Erased"  Season 1, Episode 1

The title's literal translation: The town where I do not exist. Episodes 1-4. When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back in time. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls "Revival," to save many lives, but that often comes at a personal cost. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 7:29 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Black Klansman

The latest Spike Lee Joint - based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado who successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.(Or, as the opening titles say: "Dis joint is based on some fo' real, fo' real sh*t".) [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:24 AM - 33 comments

August 11

Podcast: Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Show 62 - Supernova in the East I

The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:19 PM - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Divided Loyalties  Season 2, Episode 19

Lyta Alexander (the telepath from the pilot movie, The Gathering) returns to B5 with a warning: there's a sleeper agent for PsiCorps on the station... "I never told them. I never told anyone. I hid it all away in the smallest, tiniest corner of my mind." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:28 AM - 8 comments

August 10

Killjoys: What to Expect When You're Expecting...An Alien Parasite  Season 4, Episode 4

Dutch awakes to John at the brink of madness and the birth of D'av's child. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:15 PM - 2 comments

Wynonna Earp: No Cure For Crazy  Season 3, Episode 4

The forest reveals a clue to Nicole's past; and Wynonna pays an unexpected visit to her mother. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:06 PM - 3 comments

Kim's Convenience: Kim's Convenience season 2  Season 2 (Full Season)

There wasn't much discussion of season 1 but... Janet moved out! Shannon has a boyfriend!
posted by k8t at 7:27 PM - 2 comments

The 100: Damocles - Part Two  Season 5, Episode 13

Clarke and her friends must risk everything to fight one last battle for survival, only to glimpse an even darker threat to the last living valley on earth. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 2:23 PM - 1 comment

The 100: Damocles - Part One  Season 5, Episode 12

Octavia leads her people into war. While behind enemy lines, our heroes must overcome their differences to save Wonkru from extinction. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 1:51 PM - 0 comments

The 100: The Dark Year  Season 5, Episode 11

As Clarke races to save Abby, she learns more about the trials and tribulations Wonkru faced in the bunker, and the impossible decisions they were forced to make in the dark year. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 1:00 PM - 0 comments

Elementary: Through the Fog  Season 6, Episode 14

The 11th precinct is on lockdown because of a suspected bioterrorism attack. Watson has a difficult conversation with her mother. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 9:28 AM - 2 comments

August 9

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Terrace House: Opening New Doors  Season 1 (Full Season)

Six strangers share a house in snowy Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan in a reality show that's an exemplar of niceness and restraint. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 3:10 PM - 10 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)  First Watch   Season 3, Episode 2

The agents travel to Spain and France in 1943 to ensure the success of Britain's "Operation Mincemeat" during WWII. A Spanish spy captured in Nazi-occupied France is revealed to be an important figure in the Ministry's past and its present. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:46 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 13

The holidays have descended upon Kepler, West Virginia. While the town prepares for its annual festivities, the Pine Guard prepares for the coming Abomination. Ned gets under the hood. Aubrey does some risky sleight of hand. Duck gets two fateful phone calls. (Thanks to Evan Palmer [@evantickles] for our new cover art!)
posted by Tevin at 10:44 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Mission: Impossible

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. The first film in the long-running Tom Cruise franchise.
posted by octothorpe at 3:55 AM - 23 comments

August 8

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN'T  Rewatch   Season 11, Episode 13

Rewatch! A cranky old land developer buys the north pole to throw Santa out, but then learns the true meaning of Christmas. It's the next-to-last episode of the season. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 10:40 PM - 2 comments

Secret Agent Selection: WW2: aka Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits  Season 1 (Full Season)

Fourteen recruits go through the selection process for the United Kingdom’s Special Operations Executive, a secret army of illegal officers drawn from ordinary people, created during the second world war to go behind enemy lines and bring down the Nazis.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:23 PM - 0 comments

Castle Rock: Harvest  Season 1, Episode 5

"The Kid" is released from Shawshank, with suffering following in his wake; meanwhile, Sheriff Pangborn (Scott Glenn) receives a decidedly bittersweet commendation. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:27 PM - 7 comments

Movie: The Spy Who Dumped Me

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 6:49 PM - 10 comments

Book: The Wine-Dark Sea

This is the sixteenth book of the Aubrey-Maturin series. His Majesty's hired vessel Surprise is full of Shelmerstonian Sethians, sure, but also Traskites, Brownists, Arminians, Muggletonians, and Knipperdollings, some of whom might be sympathetic to the fully-manual subsistence-level presumably-heteronormative Pacific-island proto-Communism NOW dreams of the Franklin's Monsieur Turd Dutourd who is "neither flesh nor fowl nor good red herring but partook of each; the Sphinx," according to Jno. Aubrey, and by Dr. Maturin's lights, a good man led astray by the mumping villain Rousseau. The Surprise's five-book ongoing mission for the disgusting British Empire to stab her ally Spain in the back promote abolition and independence culminates in boat-, body-, and barky-wrecking trials of water, fire, air, ice, lightning, poison, earth – all the JRPG elements – plus the deadly accurate spit of anti-colonialist llamas, but you will never mind a face full of llama spit, my dear. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 10:58 AM - 12 comments

August 7

Movie: Apostasy

Jehovah's Witnesses, Alex, Luisa, and their mother, are united in their devotion. But as Luisa starts to question the advice of the elders, she makes a transgression that leaves the whole family in fear of God's wrath. [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 12:29 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Commuter

An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop [Liam Neeson] is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:42 AM - 3 comments

August 6

Better Call Saul: Smoke  Season 4, Episode 1

Jimmy struggles to cope with a family tragedy. Mike ponders his role at Madrigal. Howard makes a startling confession.
posted by adept256 at 10:00 PM - 80 comments

Babylon 5: Confessions and Lamentations  Season 2, Episode 18

A metaphor for AIDS as seen in the 1980s plague has hit the Markab on the station. "What happens? What happens is that we honor the memory of those who are no longer with us by using what we have learned to save others. To exercise faith, and patience, and charity. To reach out to those who are afraid. If we can do that, then their passing will have had meaning and we will grow from it." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:58 PM - 2 comments

Making It: Full first season thread  Season 1 (Full Season)

Notorious woodworker/crafter Nick Offerman and notorious-noncrafter Amy Poehler host a feel good show about making stuff. Full first season discussion here.
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:43 PM - 35 comments

Sharp Objects: Closer  Season 1, Episode 5

Despite a possible killer on the loose, Wind Gap gathers for their annual southern-pride festival, hosted by Adora. “Today celebrates what is unmovable about this place.” [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:53 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 418: Trial of the Riddlemancers

GREETINGS, TRAVELER. You find yourself locked within the deepest depths of our Dastardly Podcast Labyrinth! There is only one escape: Solve these ingenious, crowdsourced riddles! We found them on the very worst website we've ever been to. Sugested talking points: A Lot of Vasectomy Chat, White Hat Aldi Hacker, Badass Kung Fu Panda Quotes, Riddles.com, Fountains of Pain
posted by Tevin at 12:12 PM - 15 comments

The Venture Bros.: The Venture Bros. & The Curse of the Haunted Problem  Season 7, Episode 1

After a long wait, the Ventures are back! And they have a big PROBLEM - the Venture building is haunted. Also, Hank is trying to date Wide Wale's daughter.
posted by GuyZero at 8:59 AM - 33 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Endgame  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 25

[Series finale] As our starship and its crew near the end of their voyage, we're at the end of the season, the series, and our rewatch. And, at the end of it all... a plate of beans the size of the Delta Quadrant. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:32 AM - 22 comments

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 234 - Congrat's (8/5/18)

​Papa Menaker is away moving this weekend, so three of his chocolate-smeared children are allowed to get their grubby little mitts all over the pod. Matt, Felix and Amber congratulate Apple for becoming the first trillion dollar company, Paul Manafort for his impeccable fashion sense, and Obama for turning 57 this week. To celebrate Obama's birthday we read from "Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery" and try not to succumb to the deep depression it induces. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 5:30 AM - 4 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 71 - Castle Nowhere

What's on the other side of the portal in the basement? Castle Nowhere. And Honey Vandershrimp. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 1:47 AM - 0 comments

August 5

Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
posted by ellieBOA at 6:31 AM - 6 comments