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September 10

The X-Files: Scary Monsters  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 14

Leyla Harrison alerts Scully, Doggett, and Reyes to a case she believes is an X-File and that involves a young boy named Tommy Conlon, whose mother stabbed herself sixteen times, whose cat clawed its own stomach open, and whose father has retreated with Tommy to a remote mountain dwelling.
posted by orange swan at 7:18 PM - 2 comments

Dicktown: John Hodgman Animated Series, Hulu (Season 1)  Season 1 (Full Season)

‘Dicktown’: The Year’s Funniest Animated Comedy Bloomed from a Real-Life Friendship: “‘Encyclopedia Brown’ meets ‘Scooby-Doo’ meets generalized adult-onset malaise” is an efficient elevator pitch for the series, but part of what takes it from a simple pastiche to one of the most purely entertaining new shows of 2020 is the way it takes that premise and flips it over from the inside. In 11-ish-minute installments spread out over each “Cake” episode (and also viewable as standalones via the show’s Hulu page), there’s still plenty of room for the show to slip in nods to its own distinct stylings. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 8:29 AM - 5 comments

Book: Wow, No Thank You.

An essay collection from Samantha Irby about ageing, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:47 AM - 7 comments

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Terminal Provocations  Season 1, Episode 6

[Note: Fletcher didn't die on the way back to his home planet.] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:23 AM - 11 comments

September 9

The X-Files: Improbable  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 13

While investigating a serial killer who may be using numerology to choose his victims, Reyes and Scully meet a strange man who seems to have some sort of abstruse insight into the killings.
posted by orange swan at 7:31 PM - 6 comments

The Boys: Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men   Show Only   Season 2, Episode 3

The Boys take to the high seas to safeguard their prisoner. Homelander plays house, then pushes Ryan over the edge. Starlight is forced to make an impossible choice. Stormfront reveals her true character.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:18 PM - 12 comments

Podcast: The Missing Cryptoqueen: Whole series

A scam cryptocurrency, a brainy & glamorous figurehead, concerning marketing tactics, and an international investigation.
posted by latkes at 12:06 PM - 5 comments

Get Organized with the Home Edit: Full Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit conquer clutter and transform lives.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:43 AM - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 4

Re-rewatch! Say it with me now: When we get back to our home planet the high council may well sentence you to TORCHAA! It's tough being a space teenager. The astro-acne. The jet-fueled mood swings. Discovering your sexual and species identity. Bullshit restrictions from your culture's high rullng overuberpatriarch. And not agreeing with your expeditions genocidal mission to wipe out the population of a planet (Earth) because you need land to graze your giant food lobsters. Previously one and two
posted by JHarris at 3:05 AM - 5 comments

September 8

The X-Files: Underneath  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 12

Robert Fassl, a serial killer whom Doggett caught at the scene of a triple murder in his NYPD beat cop days in 1989, is released after fresh DNA evidence exonerates him. Doggett is convinced Fassl is guilty and his and Scully's and Reyes' further investigation of the evidence reveals truths he finds hard to accept.
posted by orange swan at 7:18 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Nightmare Cinema

A series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist: a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:53 AM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Counter-Clock Incident  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 6

When the Enterprise enters a negative universe, former captain Robert April saves the ship as the crew age backwards. (Series finale) [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 11:19 AM - 7 comments

September 7

Movie: Circle of Iron

Now here's a koan for you. What is a movie named? Is it what it was released and promoted as, or what the dang thing actually says its title is right there on the screen? This movie, called Circle of Iron in theaters, on posters and in the IMDB, is everywhere within it titled "The Silent Flute." This movie, which was attached to Bruce Lee for a while, is a silly pseudo-intellectual fighting/wandering/picaresque/D&D quest kind of thing, about a shirtless guy named "Cord," (Jeff Cooper) traveling the shirtless wilderness searching for "Zeetan," (Christopher Lee) a guy who supposedly has a book of knowledge, while guided and opposed by various people all played by David Carradine. While it definitely has its problematic aspects, it's still MST Club approved! [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:06 PM - 13 comments

The X-Files: Audrey Pauley  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 11

Moments after Monica drops John at his place, a drunk driver crashes his vehicle into hers, and Monica awakens in a strangely simplified version of a hospital, where the only other occupants are a few other confused and frightened patients, where there are no signs on the walls and the patient charts are gibberish, and where the hospital itself seems to be suspended in a black void.
posted by orange swan at 7:26 PM - 4 comments

Critical Role: Traveler Con  Season 2, Episode 108

With their preparations finished and the day upon them, it's time for the Mighty Nein's greatest challenge yet... the celebration of Traveler Con!
posted by nubs at 2:46 PM - 7 comments

Special Event: Blaseball Season 6

Another week, another year of Blaseball: season 6 is about to kick off, with a whole new set of leagues and divisions and a lot of Sunday-election changes to players and teams. Have you chosen an idol? Come on in and let's talk blases and balls. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:19 AM - 67 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Emissary  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 20

To prevent a diplomatic incident with the Klingons, Starfleet sends the Enterprise a special emissary, and Worf gives her a hand. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 7:02 AM - 18 comments

September 6

Movie: Darlin'

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she is to be rehabilitated into a "good girl" as an example of the miraculous work of the church. But Darlin' holds a secret darker than the "sins" she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman who raised her, equally fierce and feral, is ever present in the shadows of Darlin's psyche and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to get in her way. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:29 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Woman

A lawyer puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member of a violent clan (Pollyanna McIntosh) and tries to forcibly tame her. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:24 PM - 8 comments

Raised by Wolves: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Executive produced by Ridley Scott (who also directed the first two episodes) Raised by Wolves is an original science fiction series exploring faith, belief and artificial intelligence in the 22nd century when the survivors of mankind's last great war meet on Keppler-22b. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 8:15 PM - 38 comments

The Boys: Proper Preparation and Planning  Show Only   Season 2, Episode 2

Butcher is back with the Boys, but tensions flare with Hughie. Homelander spends quality time with his new "family." Starlight and Stormfront bond at a press junket and the Boys hunt down a supe terrorist, with a startling identity. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:50 PM - 9 comments

Lovecraft Country: A History of Violence  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 4

After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida. Later, in search of missing pages to a crucial text, Leti, Tic, and Montrose head to Boston, with Hippolyta and Diana (Jada Harris) along for the ride. Back in Chicago, a handsome stranger nurses Ruby's disappointment over a squandered job opportunity. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:29 PM - 27 comments

The X-Files: Providence (Part 2/2)  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 10

Doggett is in a coma, William is in the hands of the UFO cultists, A.D. Follmer is leading the FBI task force to find the baby's abductors, and Scully, who has no faith in Follmer, recruits Reyes and the Lone Gunmen to help her find William.
posted by orange swan at 7:23 PM - 5 comments

Love Life: Season One  Season 1 (Full Season)

Darby Carter (Anna Kendrick) navigates work and romance in New York City, often with the insecurities of youth bubbling to the surface. We first meet Darby in 2012 as an NYU grad living with three roommates: impulsive best friend Sara, Sara's easy-going boyfriend Jim, and brutally honest friend Mallory. Following Darby over the next several years, Love Life shows how each of Darby's encounters brings her closer to finding her "person", even if she doesn't know it yet.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:34 PM - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: CITY LIMITS  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 3

Rewatch! Another of those post-apocalyptic movies, back before we knew the end of civilization would be a big social media fiasco. There are multiple sub-genres of the type: Fallout, Mad Max, zombies, robot overlords, and the one this movie belongs to, themed teen gangs. Has James Earl Jones in it, and also Kim Cattrall. When City Limits first aired it was one of the most recent movies MST had done, but there's been plenty of newer movies since. The movie is more goofy-bad than boring-bad or incompetent-bad, so it's a good episode for MST newbies and casuals. Previously
posted by JHarris at 6:54 AM - 2 comments

Away: Full Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

An American astronaut struggles with leaving her husband and daughter behind to embark on a dangerous mission with an international space crew. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 5:02 AM - 7 comments

September 5

The X-Files: Provenance (Part 1/2)  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 9

A man on a motorbike attempts an illegal crossing of the Canada-U.S border, and it is discovered that he was an undercover FBI agent who had infiltrated a UFO cult and was carrying alien craft tracings similar to those seen in "Biogenesis". Scully, Reyes, and Doggett investigate in an effort to discover the meaning of the rubbings and the reason for the cult's alarming interest in William.
posted by orange swan at 8:29 PM - 6 comments

Brockmire: Season 4 (Full Season)  Season 4 (Full Season)

Fourth and final season, largely set from 2030 to 2033. Earth has been ravaged by the climate crisis; Brockmire is tasked with saving baseball.
posted by porpoise at 3:17 PM - 2 comments

The Boys: The Big Ride  Show Only   Season 2, Episode 1

With Butcher still missing, Hughie, Mother's Milk, Frenchie, and Kimiko are now fugitives, and Homelander and Vought are more powerful than ever. But just as the Boys are about to leave the country, they are pulled back into the fray. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:40 AM - 13 comments

Movie: I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself. [more inside]
posted by vverse23 at 9:07 AM - 34 comments

September 4

The X-Files: Hellbound  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 8

Hours after a man describes his nightmares and waking visions of people being skinned alive to his anger management therapy group, he is found to have been murdered in exactly the same manner, and Reyes, Doggett, and Scully discover that the gruesome murder is part of a pattern of serial killings that repeats itself every 40 years.
posted by orange swan at 8:19 PM - 2 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Manhunt  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 19

Picard calls upon Dixon Hill to help protect him from a relentless black-eyed widow in "The Case of the Phasing Betazoid!" [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:23 AM - 11 comments

September 3

The X-Files: John Doe  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 7

Doggett wakes up in Sangradura, Mexico, to find that he has no wallet or ID on him, and that he has no memory of how he got there, or even who he is.
posted by orange swan at 8:05 PM - 2 comments

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Cupid's Errant Arrow  Season 1, Episode 5

The preponderance of neural parasites in various science fiction settings is one that probably deserves a closer look, although funding for grant projects has been subtly but consistently discouraged by the Institute for the Study of Neural Parasites, At Least Theoretically, Although, Really, There Are Much Bigger Problems in the Galaxy, Like Supernovas and Stuff, and We're Not Saying That Because We Have Neural Parasites, Honest, We Checked Each Other For Them, That's Totally Legit (TIFTSONPALTARTAMBPITGLSASAWNSTBWHNPHWCEOFTTTL) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:37 AM - 13 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE GIANT GILA MONSTER  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 2

Rewatch! A huge lizard terrorizes a town in the fifties, and it falls to a teenager, his hot-rod, and a bunch of nitroglycerin to destroy it. You sing whenever you sing whenever you sing. Previously
posted by JHarris at 1:50 AM - 5 comments

September 2

The X-Files: Trust No 1  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 6

Scully, Doggett, and Reyes are circuitously approached by a man who claims to have information about the super soldiers that he will only reveal to Mulder, and Scully arranges for Mulder's return.
posted by orange swan at 8:20 PM - 2 comments

Was It Love: Was It Love?  Season 1 (Full Season)

When four very different men appear in her life, a single mother who hasn't dated in years begins to rediscover love — and herself. (Netflix, jTBC Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:44 PM - 1 comment

Book: Cryptonomicon

Written by Neal Stephenson and published in 1999. Two groups of characters, one from the late thirties and forties and one in the then present-day ~1999 (a few who are descendants of the earlier group) involve themselves with codes, codebreaking, and Axis war gold, among other things. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 9:22 AM - 41 comments

September 1

The X-Files: The Lord of the Flies  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 5

After a teenaged amateur stunt performer is killed while performing a daring act for a local cable reality show, Scully, Doggett, and Reyes discover that the boy died not from the crash but from a swarm of flies that attacked his brain so aggressively that his skull collapsed.
posted by orange swan at 8:07 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Repeaters

The ninth step in recovery is apologizing to all those you've hurt with your drug addiction. When three members of a rehab group fail to complete this step, they are met with a strange consequence. For them, the day they were supposed to complete the ninth step keeps repeating. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:10 PM - 2 comments

Star Trek: The Animated Series: How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 5

The Enterprise encounters a being that once visited the ancient peoples of Earth. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 1:19 PM - 4 comments

Book: The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal

Our boys have gone full-time at the Bureau of Balance, and their next assignment is a real thorny one: apprehending The Raven, a master thief who’s tapped into the power of a Grand Relic to ransack the city of Goldcliff. Local life-saver Lieutenant Hurley pulls them out of the woods, only to throw them headlong into the world of battle wagon racing, Goldcliff’s favorite high-stakes low-legality sport and The Raven’s chosen battlefield. Will the boys and Hurley be able to reclaim the Relic and pull The Raven back from the brink, or will they get lost in the weeds?
posted by snerson at 5:57 AM - 2 comments

August 31

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: RNC 2020 & Kenosha  Season 7, Episode 23

This week, from the void: The RNC convention is filled with tonedeaf shouting people who think the world is great and only getting better! But also there's the recent horrors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with Jacob Blake being repeatedly shot in the back by police and a teenage vigilante killing two people. On YouTube (20m) And Now: The RNC Gets Off To A Great Start. Finally, the city of Danbury, Connecticut responds to John Oliver's playful dissing of their town, up to their mayor threatening to name their new sewage plant after him. But they didn't actually do it, leading John to make a promise: name their sewage plant after him, and he'll donate $55,000 to various charities in the Danbury area. And in case the major is reluctant to spend public money on the sign, LWT went ahead and made one for them. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:50 PM - 8 comments

The X-Files: 4D  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 4

Doggett experiences a day in which he and Reyes are on an operation involving a serial killer known for his inexplicable escapes, and Reyes is murdered and he's shot; meanwhile Reyes is happily moving into her new apartment and Doggett had just brought her a housewarming present of Polish sausages... when she gets a call from Skinner saying that Doggett's been found shot in an alley.
posted by orange swan at 8:58 PM - 6 comments

Romance Is a Bonus Book: Romaenseuneun Byulchaekboorok  Season 1 (Full Season)

A gifted writer who's the youngest editor-in-chief ever at his publishing company gets enmeshed in the life of a former copywriter desperate for a job. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:31 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Tread

Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 5:31 PM - 1 comment

Critical Role: Devoutness and Dicks  Season 2, Episode 107

With less than a week until Traveler Con, the Mighty Nein put on their party planning hats to prep Rumblecusp for the unruly event.
posted by nubs at 3:07 PM - 5 comments

I May Destroy You: Line Spectrum Border  Season 1, Episode 8

After discovering a demoralising development in the investigation, Arabella hatches a risky plan and convinces an adverse Terry to bankroll it; still navigating his own assault, Kwame challenges himself to explore the full spectrum of his sexuality. [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 11:46 AM - 0 comments

Cleopatra in Space: US Season 1 (eps 1–13)  Season 1, Episode 13

Cleopatra in Space is the untold story of Cleopatra’s teenage years when she is transported to a future galaxy that is ruled by talking cats and discovers that she is the prophesied savior ‘of the universe.’ In order to prepare her to be the savior, she is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys, figure out how to eventually get herself back home to Egypt, and tackle the highs and lows of being a teenager in high school. Based on the recently-concluded graphic novel series by Mike Maihack. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 10:22 AM - 1 comment

Special Event: Blaseball Season 5

Here we are, heading into season 5 of the immaterial plane's favorite and only splort: Blaseball! Get your ablative armor on, put in your anti-Feedback earplugs, careful consume a peanut, and let's talk blases. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:49 AM - 67 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Up the Long Ladder  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 18

Worf teaches Pulaski a thing or two about romance, just in time for Picard to do the same for a society of clones. Even Riker gets a little refresher course. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:17 AM - 10 comments

Book: Ultraluminous

Katherine Faw's extraordinary book is "a fantasy novel for furious, anti-capitalist misandrists." [Garage]
posted by chavenet at 4:46 AM - 3 comments

August 30

Lovecraft Country: Holy Ghost  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 3

Leti hopes to mend her relationship with her sister, Ruby, by turning a ramshackle Victorian on Chicago's North Side into a boarding house--an endeavor that stokes neighborhood racism and awakens dormant spirits stuck in the house. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:23 PM - 34 comments

The X-Files: Dæmonicus  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 3

Doggett, Reyes, and Scully investigate a double murder with Satanic ritual overtones and connections to the inhabitants of a mental institution.
posted by orange swan at 7:13 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop

A documentary focused on Gilberto Valle AKA "the Cannibal Cop" and the legal issues involved in his case [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 7:00 PM - 1 comment

Book: Lovecraft Country

"There are a few things that are widely known about the work of HP Lovecraft – his viscous, tentacular monsters; his fondness for words such as “eldritch” and “gibbous”; and his racism. Matt Ruff’s new book is therefore a kind of exorcism. It pits a predominantly black cast of characters against “America’s demons”, though the Shoggoth in the woods is not nearly as dangerous as the systemic and ubiquitous racism they encounter. Is it scarier if the sheet-clad thing holding a burning torch is a genuine ghost, or just your average member of the Ku Klux Klan?" (From Stuart Kelly's review for The Guardian.)
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:11 PM - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SPACE TRAVELLERS  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 1

Rewatch! Some astronauts are in space and they're trying to get back to the ground, but there are problems. This is the 70s Gene Hackman sci-fi vehicle Marooned as re-edited by Film Ventures International. Previously
posted by JHarris at 1:50 PM - 3 comments

August 29

The X-Files: Nothing Important Happened Today II (Part 2/2)  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 2

Scully, Doggett, and Reyes are led to a ship where they find evidence of experimentation on human embryos.
posted by orange swan at 7:50 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: Friends at the Table: PARTIZAN 29 and 30: Buried Beneath Golden Leaves & A Cemetary for Heroes

A month ago, Millennium Break seized control of Cruciat, ushering in a new age on the holy moon of Partizan. But like a counterpunch already chambered, the great Stels of the Divine Principality hit back with force and speed, driving minor Millennium Break bases into the dirt. Today, along with Cruciat, the only two strongholds left to the revolutionary group are the Lambic House and a trio of cities along the eastern edge of the Prophet's Path. Millennium Break must hold this ground, at all costs. And that is why, though they were one of the founders of the group, and its first executive elected, Valence's request for support in finding the parts of the Exemplar was denied. Even now, with actionable intel from their contact in Columnar, SBBR was being told that they'd need to go it alone.  And with the memory of Gur Sevraq fresh in their minds, they saw no other option... [more inside]
posted by fomhar at 2:32 PM - 2 comments

Brave New World: Full Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:55 AM - 14 comments