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In the fourteenth book of the Aubrey-Maturin series the stranded Dianes repel an invasion of their cricket field by a fresh double fanged lady pirate, Kesegaran, with the assistance of the resurrected Beelzebub; they are saved at last by the bird's nest soup industrial complex; Stephen is immortalized with a fetid insectivorous parasite on the glabrous bugwort; the Cornélie is kited; Gelijkheid becomes Nutmeg after a long baptism, and the Surprise is similarly by the sweetening-cock freed of tons and tons of vile cable slime in the bilge, to say nothing of the cess-pit filth of furtive below-decks micturations; Sweeting's Island survivors Sarah and Emily are disappointingly not named Thursday and Behemoth; they befriend the plague of cokehead rats; to everyone's amazement a cross-jack is bent; Stephen considers the destructive effects of moral advantage in marriage and physick; Martin and Maturin are reunited, and for the first time they eschew the lubbers hole for the futtock shrouds, but Jack is not invited to their tête à têtes and wishes Martin at the Devil; and at long last, in the disgusting British Empire's horrific New and very South Wales, a platypus murders Dr. Stephen Maturin RIP. [more inside]
An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. [more inside]
This episode is chock-full of practical tips, like how to punish a bird, and how to defend the honor of your favorite telescope. If you don't use at least one piece of helpful advice from this episode at some point this week, we'll eat all three of our hats. Suggested talking points: Justin's Christmas List, Candy Life Lessons, Telescope Bullies, Hiker Surprise, How to Punish Birds, Hummus Cream, It Catches, Office Improv
Star Trek: Voyager: Q2 Rewatch Season 7, Episode 19
Facing his son's banishment from the Q Continuum, Q leaves him on Voyager in the hopes that he will gain self-discipline. Yeah, good luck with that, Aunt Kathy. [more inside]
Baron Ragoon barges into the Ruffled Feather hoping to move the story along. [more inside]
"Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in Tortall—one that allows females to train for knighthood. After years in the Yamani Islands, she knows that women can be warriors, and now that she’s returned home, Kel is determined to achieve her goal. She believes she is ready for the traditional hazing and grueling schedule of a page. But standing in Kel’s way is Lord Wyldon. The training master is dead set against girls becoming knights. He says she must pass a one-year trial that no male page has ever had to endure. It’s just one more way to separate Kel from her fellow trainees. But she is not to be underestimated. She will fight to succeed, even when the test is unfair."
Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016." From the author of My Brilliant Friend. This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Includes over 20 years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews. [more inside]
Genius humanitarian and humble dreamer Elon Musk* calls in to talk about rescuing all those kids trapped in a cave and what else he plans to do to humanity. Then they're joined by Ashley Feinberg to talk about the Trump family standing techniques and Don Jr's life as a divorced guy on Instagram. Then we dive into the spate of Op-Eds on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and what a great guy, dad he is. [more inside]
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. [more inside]
Babylon 5: There All The Honor Lies Season 2, Episode 14
Sheridan kills a Minbari in self-defense, but it seems as though he is being set up to lose his command... Meanwhile, Ivanova runs a gift shop, Sheridan and Kosh seek understanding, and Vir receives a message from Centauri Prime. About 'truth': "Ah, yes. The favorite song of the legally ignorant." [more inside]
Join in here, for livewatch and discussion of the 2018 World Cup Final! [more inside]
A jury holdout (Henry Fonda) attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view [content warning]. [more inside]
Colony: Disposable Heroes Season 3, Episode 11
The Outliers deal with an emergency with the help of Will, Katie, Broussard and Amy. Snyder makes a play to take over Seattle. Kynes runs damage control. (IMDB) // Actually, the gang evaluate the Seattle Outliers Club, who now have a problem/ are being activated. Snyder tests Kynes, who is now forced to trigger his master plan early. Bram may have a plan of his own, Gracie is the forgotten Bowman if not for Bram. [more inside]
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. [more inside]
The eighth installment in the Friday the 13th film series follows Jason Voorhees stalking a group of high school graduates on a ship en route to, and later in, New York City. [more inside]
Sruthi asks a question "— why does it seem like Amazon has suddenly gotten a lot sketchier?" Alex investigates.
Elementary: You've Come a Long Way, Baby Season 6, Episode 11
Holmes engages an old foe to protect his father, Morland. Holmes and Watson search for a killer connected to the tobacco industry when a lawyer, who was reviewing a major cigarette distributor's finances, is murdered.
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr. From her childhood in Vienna, brief cinematic career in Czechoslovakia, to her life and times in the United States, the film features extended audio interview recordings with Hedy, and recent interviews with her children and a grandchild, as well as some of Hedy's friends and colleagues. [Trailer] [more inside]
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. [more inside]
The 100: Sic Semper Tyrannis Season 5, Episode 9
The growing fractures in Wonkru threaten to explode once and for all. Meanwhile, in Shadow Valley, Murphy starts a fire, unleashing catastrophic results. [more inside]
A Lunar Interlude. The Pine Guard and the residents of Amnesty Lodge take a well-earned break at a local winter recreation hotspot. Aubrey meets the Hornets. Duck reveals soupy secrets. Ned logs onto the InterNed.
Star Trek: Voyager: Human Error Rewatch Season 7, Episode 18
While simulating a relationship with Chakotay on the holodeck, Seven begins to learn that making mistakes is a part of life's imperfection. Is it so wrong to be human after all? [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP Rewatch Season 11, Episode 9
Rewatch! Another giant lizard terrorizes an Asian city, although this time it's Seoul, not Tokyo. Along the way we meet a perfectly obnoxious little boy. Previously.
Cloak & Dagger: Funhouse Mirrors Season 1, Episode 6
Tandy and Ty each meet someone living the life that could have been theirs, for better or worse, had they taken different paths without the rig explosion. [more inside]
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. [more inside]
Barry: Chapter 4: Commit ... to YOU Season 1, Episode 4
Barry finds that escaping Fuches and winning Sally's affections is harder than he thought. [more inside]
Drunk History: The Middle Ages Season 5, Episode 11
Derek Waters goes medieval with Hillary Anne Matthews, on the heroine of France Joan of Arc (Vanessa Hudgens), Shaun Diston who tells the story of Temjuin (Jimmy O. Yang), the Mongol warlord who became Genghis Khan after defeating his blood brother Jamukha (Randall Park), and Daryl Johnson closes off with Mansa Musa (Donald Faison), the emperor of Mali and richest person in history, who led an historic pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Handmaid's Tale: "The Word" Season 2, Episode 13
Serena and the other Wives strive to make change; Emily learns more about her new Commander; Offred faces a difficult decision.
Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends. [more inside]
This one's got the summer stink all over it. We're talking about those PRETTY fireworks, talking about getting brave for amusement park attractions, and singing us some ice cream songs. Also, Marilu Henner drops by so that Justin can apologize for accidentally shouting towards her face! Suggested talking points: The Most Beautiful Firework, Rollercoaster Bravery, Havin' a Hogsplash, Hot Chocolate Truck, Special Guestpert: Marilu Henner
Will Own Goal strike again? Tune in here for football livewatch and discussion! [more inside]
FLCL: Our Running Season 2, Episode 6
With the manifestation of the Pirate King due to the mass manipulation of N-O, the endgame of Haruko's machinations has been reached. But a resolved (and partially transformed) Hidomi has confronted her, demanding that she return Ide...
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. [more inside]
In mid-1980s Romania, under the nose of the Securitate, Ceaușescu’s secret police, thousands of Hollywood films were smuggled into the country by an underground operative named Zamfir, and they were all covertly dubbed by Irina Nistor, a courageous translator whose distinct voice captivated the nation and became a symbol of freedom. Chuck Norris vs. Communism is a documentary, a thriller, and a comedy.
Sharp Objects: Vanish Season 1, Episode 1
Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a reporter for the St. Louis Chronicle, is assigned to her rural hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to file a story about two missing girls. The assignment takes her back to her childhood home under the critical eye of her mother (Patricia Clarkson), a small-town socialite, forcing Camille to confront past trauma. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Workforce, Parts I and II Rewatch Season 7, Episode 16
[two-part episode] Most of the crew of Voyager is kidnapped and brainwashed into joining the labor force of an alien planet, where they are repeatedly re-indoctrinated into forgetting their previous lives. But, hey, the benefits are great. [more inside]
Matt, Will and Felix take a belated 4th of July look at why, in Axios' opinion, we should be proud to be Americans. We then examine Alan Dershowitz' floundering social life and discuss why he ACTUALLY should be ostracized from society. Finally, we turn from America's old decadent and depraved ruling class to its up and coming ruling class, who are decadent and depraved in confounding new ways. [more inside]
Two adorable moles with swords stop by explain their battle strategies to dominate every other creature in the magical land of Foon.(w/ Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport of Hollywood Handbook) [more inside]
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. [more inside]
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. [more inside]
12 Monkeys: Season 4 (Series Finale) Season 4 (Full Season)
The final conflict between the Travelers and the Army of the 12 Monkeys.
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after his wife was assaulted. What is the truth, and will he win his case? [content warning]. [more inside]
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Reunited, parts 1 and 2 Season 5, Episode 23
Livewatch and discussion in here! [more inside]
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
In this bleak, atmospheric slow-burn of a horror film, two girls get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. Strange and unsettling things happen. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Made Of Honor Season 5, Episode 22
Preparations for the big wedding proceed, but there is an unexpected guest.
Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household. [more inside]
Colony: Sea Spray Season 3, Episode 10
Will and Katie wonder if they are really safe in Seattle. Snyder finds compromising information on Everett Kynes. Amy and Broussard part ways. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: The Void Rewatch Season 7, Episode 15
Voyager is trapped in a pocket of space from which escape seems impossible. And when the crew gazes long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into them. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE LOVES OF HERCULES Rewatch Season 11, Episode 8
Rewatch! We embark on the second half of Season 11 with everyone's favorite ancient Greek lump of flesh as he romances some ladies. Previously.
Steven Universe: The Question Season 5, Episode 21
Ruby spends some time with Steven, Greg and Amethyst, ridin' the range an havin' cowboy adventures. She returns with something important to tell Sapphire.
A collection of thirteen short stories, loosely linked together by the tension between artists, their interests, and the individuals who want to help/compel them into financial success. “Climbers” was previously published in Harper’s in 2014, and “On The Town” in Electric Literature in 2018. [more inside]
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. [more inside]
In the thirteenth book of the series the disgusting British Empire is at it again, cutting capers on Tom Tiddler's ground: bidding her agent Dr. Stephen Maturin and catspaw Captain Jack Aubrey to the South China Sea, where Aubrey may opine on Solomon's thousand porcupines while Maturin follows a spurned orang-utang up thousand steps to be charged by unicorns; where from the glorious sweep of a stern window is viewed a sky half purple, and not a colony of nondescript boobies after all; where there's no hope for a pinnace be she carvel- or clinker-built; where a fowling-piece mars Ganymede, and the traitor Wray's spleen is at last to be vented; where hope rests on Diane's quarter as Jack's seventeen stone bends her main royal to the alarm of Spotted Dick; and where at last Stephen returns a pugil in piquet for all the poops and garstrakes he's endured. [more inside]
Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special seems like it's going to be a stand-up comedy routine but ends up being a meditation on, among other things, the limitations of comedy. Currently being discussed on the blue here. This one needs a content warning for discussions of misogyny and homophobic violence, both emotional and physical.
Drunk History: Animals Season 5, Episode 10
Derek Waters brings in Claudia O'Doherty to tell the story of the 1508 trial of the rats in Autun, France, Mae Withman on the creation of the ASPCA by Henry Bergh (Samm Levine), and Rich Fulcher closes with Wilhelm Von Osten (John Michael Higgins) and his counting horse, Clever Hans.
The Handmaid's Tale: "Postpartum" Season 2, Episode 12
Offred is sent to a familiar place; Nick is rocked by Gilead's brutal response to a crime; Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.