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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.
Globulous the floating monster with eye stalks floats into the tavern with plans for the local rec center. [more inside]
Star Trek: Enterprise: Fight or Flight Season 1, Episode 3
The crew of Enterprise have second thoughts about a first contact. [more inside]
A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.
A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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?
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]
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]
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
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.
Dripfang the Chef Inquisitor stops by the tavern in an attempt to improve the podcast. [more inside]
Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow Rewatch Season 1, Episode 1
[series premiere]Star Trek gets its first prequel spinoff, set before TOS. [more inside]
They were a bit bitey
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop [Liam Neeson] is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. [more inside]
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.
Babylon 5: Confessions and Lamentations Season 2, Episode 18
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]
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.
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]
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
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.
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]
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]
What's on the other side of the portal in the basement? Castle Nowhere. And Honey Vandershrimp. [more inside]
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.