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August 14

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time Squared  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 13

I get that the 24th century is different from ours, but who serves scrambled eggs at a dinner party? Also: time travel. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:15 AM - 10 comments

August 13

Movie: Sputnik

In 1983, a cosmonaut is involved in an incident in space and crash-lands back to the Soviet Union. A nervy psychiatrist (Oksana Akinshina, Lilya 4-ever) is recruited to help him recover from his amnesia about the incident in this sci-fi horror movie. [more inside]
posted by whir at 9:33 PM - 1 comment

The X-Files: Via Negativa  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 7

While Scully takes time off to deal with a medical issue relating to her pregnancy, Doggett and Skinner investigate a religious cult leader who kills his followers in their sleep.
posted by orange swan at 8:40 PM - 0 comments

It's Okay to Not Be Okay: It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Saikojiman Gwaenchanha, Psycho But It's Ok)  Season 1 (Full Season)

A road to emotional healing opens up for an antisocial children's book writer and a selfless psych ward caretaker when they cross paths. (tvN Korea, Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 2:06 PM - 1 comment

Movie: James vs. His Future Self

A brilliant scientist on the cusp of inventing time travel finds himself tormented by his unhinged future self (Daniel Stern) who wants him to give up his work for a normal life. When he doesn't go along with the plan, it becomes a wicked battle of man vs. himself--literally. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:46 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Envoys  Season 1, Episode 2

Boimler has a very important escort mission that he's done an awful lot of work to prepare for and that he absolutely can't mess up under any circumstances; then, he tells Mariner about it. Smooth move, purple hair! Also, Rutherford considers other jobs. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:47 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 522: The Open and Honest Heart of a Child’s Eyes

In today's episode, Justin goes on a righteous and important quest to claim the Birdman's special burrito, but instead ends up claiming nothing but heart-rending shame. It's a TOUGH LISTEN.Suggested talking points: Big Eyes Watch, Under the Table and Phishing, The Three-Hat Problem, A Recipe for You, Tony Hawk's Pro Burrito, Nostalgia Per InchFor more ways to support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
posted by Tevin at 5:17 AM - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 19

Re-rewatch! The sequel to Bert I. Gordon's Amazing Colossal Man, shown in episode 309. The episode would probably be regarded as a sleeper if it wasn't for the short before it: MR. B NATURAL. Previously, first time - Second time [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:20 AM - 2 comments

August 12

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The End is at Hand (episode 12) and What We're Fighting For (episode 13)  Season 7, Episode 13

Coulson wants to see the world. May shares her feelings. Deke is the new man in charge. Sousa gets the duct tape. Mack passes the ammo. Yo-Yo is in favour of punching. Daisy plays her part. Simmons remembers what they're fighting for. This post covers episodes 12 and 13--the two parts that make up the series finale. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will not return in a moment. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 8:14 PM - 9 comments

The X-Files: Redrum  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 6

A happily married and successful lawyer, who is a friend of John Doggett's, wakes up on a Friday morning in jail for the murder of his wife, an incident he has no memory of. He is shot to death by his father-in-law during his transfer to another prison, only to wake up back in his jail cell on Thursday morning.
posted by orange swan at 7:12 PM - 1 comment

Book: Love Me for Who I Am Vol. 1

Iwaoka Tetsu invites fellow student Mogumo to work at his family’s café for “cross-dressing boys,” but he makes an incorrect assumption: Mogumo is non-binary and doesn’t identify as a boy or a girl. However, Mogumo soon finds out that the café is run by LGBT+ folks of all stripes, all with their own reasons for congregating there. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 11:14 AM - 1 comment

Movie: An American Pickle

An immigrant worker at a pickle factory is accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern day Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:24 AM - 4 comments

Movie: Cabin by the Lake

A screenwriter desperate to overcome writer's block resorts to extreme means to produce a script. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 1:35 AM - 2 comments

August 11

The X-Files: Invocation  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 5

Scully and Doggett investigate after a missing seven-year-old boy reappears... ten years after his disappearance at age seven.
posted by orange swan at 8:08 PM - 2 comments

Stargirl: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two  Season 1, Episode 13

Courtney and the rest of the JSA face Icicle and the ISA villains in a battle. (Season Finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:34 PM - 8 comments

Star Trek: The Animated Series: Bem  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 2

Ari bn Bem, an erratic observer from the planet Pandro, secretly watches the crew of the USS Enterprise to determine whether the Federation is ready to open diplomatic relations with his advanced species. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 2:01 PM - 5 comments

Critical Role: Rumble at Rumblecusp  Season 2, Episode 105

Armed with knowledge and an amorphous plan, the Mighty Nein prepare to confront Rumblecusp's dangerous overlord...
posted by nubs at 11:20 AM - 1 comment

August 10

Book: Confessions of the Fox

A Marxist, transmasculine re-imagining of the life of Jack Sheppard, notorious 18th century English thief, as a rollicking and bawdy historical adventure-romance, with a side of academic satire. By Jordy Rosenberg. New York Times editors choice and a New Yorker best book of the year.
posted by latkes at 9:30 PM - 2 comments

The X-Files: Roadrunners  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 4

When Utah police find a murder victim with inexplicable medical issues and contact the FBI for help, Scully decides to handle the assignment on her own, but when she stops in a tiny, backward town a few miles away from her destination in order to get gas, the townspeople don't want her to leave.
posted by orange swan at 7:49 PM - 6 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Royale  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 12

Riker, Data, and Worf get trapped on a mysterious away mission. Apparently, what happens on Theta VIII stays on Theta VIII. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:10 AM - 21 comments

August 9

The X-Files: Patience  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 3

Scully and Doggett go to Idaho to investigate the gruesome murder of an elderly couple by an unidentified creature that has four toes and leaves footprints twenty feet apart.
posted by orange swan at 5:48 PM - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: STAR FORCE: FUGITIVE ALIEN II  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 18

Re-rewatch! Tonight (Sunday).... Get your forklifts warmed up, it's the further adventures of Ken, Captain Joe, Rocky (again!) and Tammy, in the last of MST3K's nine Sandy Frank movies. Previously, and again
posted by JHarris at 12:21 PM - 3 comments

August 8

The X-Files: Without (Part 2/2)  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 2

While searching for Gibson Praise, Scully, Skinner, and Doggett encounter the Alien Bounty Hunter.
posted by orange swan at 8:55 PM - 8 comments

Book: Axiom's End

First contact happens in the year 2007. Cora Sabino, a college dropout and daughter of a famous whistleblower, unwillingly ends up in the center of it all, acting as an interpreter for the aliens.
posted by dinty_moore at 2:31 PM - 3 comments

August 7

The X-Files: Within (Part 1/2)  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 1

Newly promoted Deputy Director Alvin Kersh organizes a taskforce to hunt for the missing Mulder, and assigns Special Agent John Doggett to lead it, but Scully, who is haunted by visions of what might be happening to Mulder, searches for him with Skinner's help.
posted by orange swan at 7:28 PM - 2 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Brand New Day  Season 7, Episode 11

Daisy worries the team is becoming people who used to work together. Mack explains '80s telephone usage to a millennial. Yo-Yo owes Mack $20. Sousa has no intentions. Computer genius Coulson tries to convince May it's a brand new day. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 5:26 PM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Contagion  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 11

Picard is baffled when the sister ship of the Enterprise explodes after its survey of the planet Iconia. Riker is baffled when Picard decides to repeat its every step prior to exploding. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 9:52 AM - 15 comments

Book: Harrow the Ninth

The second volume of Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb trilogy. [more inside]
posted by rustcrumb at 8:17 AM - 22 comments

August 6

Doom Patrol: Wax Patrol  Season 2, Episode 9

The team tries to save Dorothy (and the world) from the Candlemaker.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:52 PM - 15 comments

The X-Files: Requiem  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 22

Mulder and Scully investigate an abduction in Bellefleur, Oregon, the site of the first investigation of their partnership.
posted by orange swan at 7:39 PM - 4 comments

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Second Contact  Season 1, Episode 1

These are the voyages of the USS Cerritos... on an ongoing mission to do stuff around the galaxy that needs doing, to distribute agricultural supplies, to have really disturbing encounters with giant spider-things, to ignore that pesky insect bite that we got on the planet (because what could possibly go wrong?), to get drunk, to have parental issues, to deal with annoying cybernetic implants, to, uh [insert inspiring phrase here when I think of one] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:20 AM - 29 comments

August 5

Mystery Science Theater 3000: VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 17

Rewatch! Roger Corman movie about viking women who go looking for their captive husbands. The sea serpent in the title is not a huge presence. Also contains a short about home economics. But in host segment terms, this episode is about one thing: waffles. I'd like to remind you that "TV's" Frank Conniff would go on to be a writer on Invader Zim, which also featured a prominent waffle episode.
posted by JHarris at 11:51 PM - 1 comment

The X-Files: Je Souhaite  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 21

When a man whose mouth has disappeared from his face comes to Mulder and Scully looking for justice, they investigate and find that his case involves a disaffected and sardonic genie who grants too-literal wishes.
posted by orange swan at 7:36 PM - 7 comments

Podcast: You're Wrong About: Disco Demolition Night

Mike tells Sarah how a silly sports promotion galvanized a reactionary movement. Digressions include "Charlotte's Web," Jane Fonda and German-language musicals. Songs are dissected; the honor of David Bowie and late-night salad bars are defended. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 3:38 AM - 8 comments

August 4

Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Pirates of Orion  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 1

While Spock lies ill, Orion pirates hijack the drug shipment desperately needed to save his life. (Season premiere) [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 10:19 PM - 4 comments

The X-Files: Fight Club  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 20

Mulder and Scully investigate a pair of women who look identical and cause mayhem to break out whenever they're near each other.
posted by orange swan at 8:36 PM - 5 comments

Stargirl: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One  Season 1, Episode 12

With the ISA on their trail, Courtney, Pat and the team regroup to figure out their next steps. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:39 PM - 7 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Seven  Season 1, Episode 7

Alice's bitter past revealed; Perry links conspirators and financial motive. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 10:55 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 521: Ah, The Soup Mess

It's the final week of the MaxFunDrive, so we've pulled out all the stops! By which we mean, we talked about Olive Garden, again, for like twenty minutes.Suggested talking points: Old Bill, College Shirt, Toilet Book, Liquid Benefits, Olive Garden Hacks, Wine and CheeseBecome a MaxFun supporter: https://maximumfun.org/join
posted by Tevin at 5:14 AM - 4 comments

August 3

The X-Files: Hollywood A.D.  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 19

Mulder and Scully are assigned to investigate a bombing in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral in Washington, and Skinner informs them that a old college friend of his, who is now a Hollywood writer/producer, will be tagging along with them in order to research a movie he's writing about the X-Files.
posted by orange swan at 8:23 PM - 14 comments

Critical Role: The Ruined Sliver  Season 2, Episode 104

Seeking answers, the Mighty Nein continue to delve into forbidden areas of Rumblecusp in order to learn more about their powerful foe...
posted by nubs at 2:26 PM - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. History  Season 7, Episode 20

This week, from the white void: Coronavirus spreads like crazy due to idiotic mass gatherings by US Americans, enabled by powerful idiots who refuse to take it seriously. And Now: For An Extra $150, Steve Gutenberg Brainstorms Names For Our Co-Worker's New Dog. The main story is on U.S. history, and many US Americans' ignorance of it, especially its history of slavery. On YouTube (28m) LWT is off next week. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 11:41 AM - 3 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Dauphin  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 10

Wesley is bitten by the love bug. Well, less of a bug, and more of a bioluminescent…pink sasquatch…thing. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 9:17 AM - 9 comments

August 2

The X-Files: Brand X  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 18

Skinner calls in Mulder and Scully after a research scientist and former employee of Morley Tobacco who intended to testify against the company is found dead in his bathroom with his mouth, trachea, and lungs eaten away, the night before his court appearance, though the house had been under close guard by Skinner and a team of FBI agents, and there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle.
posted by orange swan at 8:55 PM - 4 comments

Critical Role: Maritime Mysteries  Season 2, Episode 103

Wrestling with the dangers of spending too much time on Rumblecusp, the Mighty Nein travel to the Heavenfalls, seeking a weak point in the island that could be used against Vokodo...
posted by nubs at 3:48 PM - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA VS. ZIGRA  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 16

Re-rewatch! Evil alien. Colorful Trix cereal spaceship. Mind controlled lady villain. Shouting "AAA!" at people. Shark monster. Last MST Gamera movie. 8th of 9 Sandy Frank films. Pretty silly. Previously - More Recently
posted by JHarris at 12:47 PM - 2 comments

The Umbrella Academy: The Umbrella Academy season two (full season)  Season 2 (Full Season)

Based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the Hargreeves are back... in 1963, and have brought the apocalypse with them.
posted by bile and syntax at 6:45 AM - 45 comments

August 1

The X-Files: all things  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 17

While Mulder takes a trip to England to investigate crop circles, Scully remains behind, and a series of coincidences lead her to a meeting with a former medical school professor and lover, a near car accident, a woman who researches crop circles for a living, a Buddhist temple, and Mulder himself.
posted by orange swan at 7:28 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Saving Face

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations. (Written and directed by Alice Wu) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:37 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Speed Cubers

A short and heartfelt documentary about the competition and friendship between two young Rubik’s Cube world champions.
posted by growabrain at 1:29 PM - 2 comments

July 31

Book: The Light Brigade

The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back…different. Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. And Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on. Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 8:45 PM - 6 comments

The X-Files: Chimera  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 16

Skinner sends Mulder to Bethany, Vermont, after the daughter of a federal judge disappears from her home and the only clues are a broken mirror and four deep claw marks on a mantelpiece. Meanwhile Scully toughs it out on an uncomfortable stakeout and tries to figure out the connection between six missing prostitutes and a mystery blond woman who is seen entering clubs, but never leaving them.
posted by orange swan at 8:42 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Black Is King

Visual album from Beyoncé inspired by 'The Lion King', a young African king is cast out from his family into an unforgiving world. He subsequently undergoes a journey "through betrayal, love and self-identity" to reclaim his throne, utilizing the guidance of his ancestors and childhood love. The story is told through the voices of present-day Black people. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 7:17 AM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Measure of a Man  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 9

It's Data's day in court when Starfleet scientist Bruce Maddox, eager to dissect and replicate him, argues that androids don't have rights. Picard, naturally, has a response to this. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 4:59 AM - 26 comments

July 30

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Stolen  Season 7, Episode 10

In this episode, which plays like a season finale of Dallas, Sousa is a square, Coulson is hilarious, Deke is happy to be stuck in the '80s, May is not an open-minded gal and Daisy earned a B+ with room for improvement. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 8:48 PM - 8 comments

The X-Files: En Ami  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 15

After a young boy who had cancer, and was denied medical treatment by his religious parents, is miraculously cured by what he says was a visitation of angels, the Cigarette Smoking Man tells Scully he is the one who cured the boy, and promises her that he will give her the cure for all human illness if she will take a road trip with him.
posted by orange swan at 7:25 PM - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEENAGE CAVEMAN  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 15

Rewatch! Post a little late this time... a caveteen disagrees with the dogma and taboos of his tribe and ventures into the forbidden zone to discover a the Secret Twist Ending! With the short Aquatic Wizards. Previously
posted by JHarris at 6:19 PM - 3 comments

Doom Patrol: Dad Patrol  Season 2, Episode 8

Niles and Dorothy set out to have one perfect day together; Jane and Larry try to appease Kay.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:13 PM - 7 comments

July 29

The X-Files: Theef  Rewatch   Season 7, Episode 14

Mulder and Scully investigate after a successful, award-winning doctor's father-in-law is found hanged and with his throat slit, and the only two clues are a figure made of graveyard soil in his bed, and the word "THEEF" written on the walls in his blood.
posted by orange swan at 7:30 PM - 7 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Six  Season 1, Episode 6

The trial begins and a damning witness testimony takes center stage. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 4:27 PM - 8 comments