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April 29

Invincible: Where I Really Come From  Season 1, Episode 8

Omni-Man explains himself. Mark learns things the hard way. Debbie is devastated. [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork at 7:21 PM - 15 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Nightshade  Season 4, Episode 2

June plots revenge. In Toronto, Moira deals with the fallout of June's choices.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:56 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: Reply All: The Test Kitchen Revisited

The Reply All team takes a look at the Test Kitchen, and what those mistakes mean for the show.
posted by bq at 10:04 AM - 8 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Pigs  Season 4, Episode 1

On the run, an injured June and the fugitive Handmaids find refuge at a farm. In Gilead, an imprisoned Lawrence tries to avoid a death sentence. Aunt Lydia reels from the loss of 86 children on Angels' Flight.
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:44 AM - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: GIRLS TOWN  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 1

Re-rewatch! Unexpectedly popular for yet another black-and-white teen anger movie. This is the one with nuns. Also has Mamie Van Doren (still alive and on Twitter!), Paul Anka, Mel Torme and Dick Contino. In MST history, this is the first episode of Season Six, the one that introduced the Umbilicus, a space pipe that connects Deep 13 with the SOL. Previously and again. Notes on shows inside-- [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:41 AM - 0 comments

Book: Fugitive Telemetry

The latest in Martha Wells's stellar Murderbot series, novella-length Fugitive Telemetry, is out. [more inside]
posted by Coaticass at 4:57 AM - 13 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Masterpiece Society  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 13

Troi inadvertently causes a diplomatic incident when she brings her hilarious "Pobody's Nerfect" coffee mug to the genetically-engineered colony of Moab IV. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:16 AM - 14 comments

April 28

A Black Lady Sketch Show: But the Tilapias Are Fine Though, Right?  Season 2, Episode 1

Dr. Haddassah breaks her silence; Salina visits a psychic. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:59 PM - 4 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.8  Season 1, Episode 8

Ross faces ruin as, along with the rest of his collective, he must sell copper to the Warleggans' company at a nominal price. When an outbreak of diphtheria leaves Elizabeth, Francis, their son, and all their servants ill, Demelza goes to Trenwith to care for them, with disastrous results for her own family. The Warleggans' ship wrecks on the rocks near a Nampara beach, and Ross rallies the villagers to salvage its cargo of food.
posted by orange swan at 3:41 AM - 2 comments

April 27

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star: Costume Jewelry  Season 1, Episode 3

The jewellers create cocktail rings and bib necklaces out of alternative materials.
posted by schroedinger at 5:38 PM - 8 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.7  Season 1, Episode 7

Francis wrongly blames Ross for helping Verity elope with Andrew Blamey. Dwight and Keren set a tragic chain of events in motion.
posted by orange swan at 3:45 PM - 1 comment

Mare of Easttown: Fathers  Season 1, Episode 2

Mare visits a grisly murder scene before informing the victim's enraged father. As a video from the night of the crime surfaces, Mare questions suspects in the case and gives an icy welcome to County Detective Colin Zabel, who's been called in to assist. Later, Mare bumps heads with locals and airs concerns about her grandson Drew in light of her late son's mental health struggles.
posted by gladly at 8:10 AM - 10 comments

April 26

Book: Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest

"In seven interwoven comics essays, author and graphic novelist Nate Powell addresses living in an era of what he calls "necessary protest." Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest is Powell's reflection on witnessing the collapse of discourse in real time while drawing the award-winning trilogy March, written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, this generation's preeminent historical account of nonviolent revolution in the civil rights movement. Powell highlights both the danger of normalized paramilitary presence symbols in consumer pop culture, and the roles we play individually as we interact with our communities, families, and society at large." An excerpt of Powell's book, from Lithub: How to Raise Your Children on the History of Protest. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:42 PM - 1 comment

Poldark: Episode 1.6  Season 1, Episode 6

The cooperative smelting company challenges the local copper barons. Poldark confronts the same cardsharp who swindled Francis. Keren's injury compels Dwight to make a house call.
posted by orange swan at 4:05 PM - 1 comment

Shadow and Bone: Shadow and Bone  Books Included   Season 1 (Full Season)

Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world. (Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo books) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:15 PM - 16 comments

Shadow and Bone: (Full season)  Show Only   Season 1 (Full Season)

Shadow and Bone is an American fantasy streaming television series developed by Eric Heisserer for Netflix that premiered on April 23, 2021. It is based on the Grisha novel trilogy, the first of which is Shadow and Bone, and the Six of Crows novel duology by Leigh Bardugo. [more inside]
posted by Mogur at 3:06 PM - 27 comments

Critical Role: The Genesis Ward  Season 2, Episode 135

The Mighty Nein plunge deeper into both Aeor's ruined depths and its endless mysteries as they continue to chase after the elusive remaining Tombtakers...
posted by nubs at 12:21 PM - 4 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Violations  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 12

Several crew members suffer violent hallucinations and comas as alien researchers visit the ship. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 8:38 AM - 16 comments

Movie: The Courier

Based on the true story of the Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source trying to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:27 AM - 0 comments

Top Chef: Thrown For A Loop  Season 18, Episode 4

For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish featuring Campbell’s Soup for Padma and guest judge Dale Talde. Then, the cheftestants get thrown for a loop when they find out they won’t be shopping for their Elimination Challenge, because they’ll be picking their fruit right off of the trees in the heart of Oregon’s Fruit Loop and making a savory fruit dish without any vegetables. Melissa King and Carrie Baird join Padma, Tom and Gail at judges’ table. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:48 AM - 8 comments

Movie: Stowaway

A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences. This 2021 Hard Sci-Fi film is a modern retelling of Tom Godwin's 1954 The Cold Equations, a "needlessly cruel" short story that likely "got the equations themselves wrongs" in order to pose a moral dilemma for the characters. In the film, once the ship docks with the Aldrin Mars Cycler (named for its inventor, astronaut Buzz Aldrin) and leaves Earth's gravity well, there are no other voices or characters, enhancing the feeling of isolation ahead of the crew on their two year mission. The very realistic spacecraft spins the habit module on a tether to create artificial gravity and was mocked-up for the film by Scott Manley in Kerbal Space Program, while the claustrophobic interiors look like they were shot on a real space station.
posted by autopilot at 1:39 AM - 35 comments

April 25

The Nevers: Ignition  Season 1, Episode 3

Penance creates an amplifier to spread Mary's song across the city - but first, Mary must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage's reach. [IMDb] [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 7:16 PM - 14 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.5  Season 1, Episode 5

Mark Daniel marries visiting theatrical player Keren Smith. Ross and Demelza's daughter, Julia Grace, is born, and Demelza's father makes a memorable appearance at the christening. The young, progressive, and compassionate Dr. Dwight Enys comes to the area. Ross proposes that the pit owners form a collective with their own smelting company in order to resist the Warleggans' monopoly, but Francis opts out and tries to recoup his financial losses by gambling. Demelza attempts to reunite Verity and Andrew Blamey in town, but their meeting is interrupted by a riot among the starving miners.
posted by orange swan at 12:12 PM - 1 comment

Special Event: Academy Awards 2021

Steven Soderbergh says he's going to direct tonight's ceremony "as if it were a film itself." Taking place two months late and in Los Angeles Union Station (Easier for Ed Begley Jr. to get there), let's see what the heck the 93rd Annual Academy Awards is going to look like. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 11:03 AM - 41 comments

Sasquatch: Sasquatch  Season 1 (Full Season)

In 1993, now-journalist David Holthouse, while working at a cannabis farm in Mendocino County, two men told the story of seeing the aftermath of three farmworkers killed by a Sasquatch. Decades later he decides to investigate the truth of the story. Guardian Review: What begins as an inspection of Bigfoot as a sociological phenomenon leads (Joshua ) Rofé and his partner-in-true-crime, journalist David Holthouse, to a 1993 triple homicide said by locals to be the handiwork of the infamous ape-creature. But there’s a far darker truth buried deep beneath the legend. On Hulu.
posted by ShooBoo at 9:13 AM - 9 comments

April 24

The Amber Ruffin Show: April 23rd, 2021  Season 1, Episode 23

Amber reviews the week in the news, reflects on the Derek Chauvin verdict, shares an R&B video about post-vaccination etiquette, and sings you a lullaby about not checking your screen time report.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:46 PM - 2 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.4  Season 1, Episode 4

Wheal Leisure is producing nothing but nearly worthless iron ore, Demelza tries to adjust to her new social status as her marriage to Ross becomes generally known, and Ross and Demelza are invited to Trenwith for Christmas.
posted by orange swan at 5:52 PM - 1 comment

For All Mankind: The Grey  Season 2, Episode 10

Season Finale: Tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union reach an all-time high on the moon, throwing multiple missions into jeopardy. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 9:38 AM - 35 comments

April 23

Movie: Concrete Cowboy

Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 7:31 PM - 1 comment

Rutherford Falls: Season 1  All Seasons

Meet Nathan, who's obsessed with history in general and his family's history in particular. He runs a history museum and is very particular about the location of his ancestor's statue. Meet Reagan, his Native American bestie who also wants her own museum, but that's not going so well since her tribe thinks she's a snob. Meet Terry, who runs the casino that houses Reagan's cultural center. He outschemes everybody. Drama ensues. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:55 PM - 16 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.3  Season 1, Episode 3

Ross reopens Wheal Leisure. Elizabeth gives birth to a son, Geoffrey Charles. One of Ross's workers, young Jim Carter, is taken to court for poaching, and Ross tries to save him from transportation. Rumours swirl about Ross and Demelza, and their relationship takes a turn.
posted by orange swan at 2:48 PM - 1 comment

Invincible: We Need to Talk  Season 1, Episode 7

Nolan gets mad. Mark tells Amber the truth. Robot undergoes a transformation. The real truth is imminent. [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork at 6:50 AM - 8 comments

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: One World, One People  Season 1, Episode 6

Things come to a head in NYC; Sam Wilson gives a speech; Bucky Barnes makes a confession; Isaiah Bradley gets recognition; John Walker gets a costume update. Sharon Carter gets her way.
posted by cendawanita at 5:22 AM - 162 comments

April 22

Poldark: Episode 1.2  Season 1, Episode 2

Ross explores the idea of reopening the Wheal Leisure mine, and seeks financial backers for the endeavour. Verity forms an attachment with a man her father and brother vehemently disapprove of.
posted by orange swan at 5:13 PM - 3 comments

The Great British Sewing Bee: Summer Week  Season 7, Episode 2

Summer Week sees Esme and Patrick challenging the sewers to create paperbag shorts, cocktail outfits and button-down sun dresses.
posted by schroedinger at 11:50 AM - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 TO THE MOON  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 24

Rewatch! At least I think it is, this is one of those movies it's easy to forget exists for some reason. This is another of those movies where half of the time amounts to: "Gee whiz! Space!" There's a lot of preparing and rocketry and interviews with intrepid scientists and getting ready to let's all go to space. With cats. Then we get to space and meet aliens. Who want our cats. The short, however, is Design for Dreaming, and it's terrific, just completely crazy, bonkers, nutso, a highlight of the show's entire run. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 9:25 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Wolfwalkers

A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last (?) wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:53 AM - 8 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hero Worship  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 11

Data subjects a grieving child to brutal criticism of his model-building skills. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:42 AM - 12 comments

April 21

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 420: Funeral For a Friend

We always thought that episode 420 would be about the funny weed number. Instead, we're using it to mark 4/20, the date we say goodbye to Yahoo! Answers, a bad website that we will miss very much. Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/
posted by curious nu at 8:34 PM - 6 comments

Poldark: Episode 1.1  Season 1, Episode 1

Ross Poldark returns from fighting for the British in the American Revolution to his native Cornwall, only to find that his fiancée Elizabeth Chynoweth is engaged to marry his wealthy cousin Francis Poldark, his father has died, and the house and land he has inherited is in ruins.
posted by orange swan at 7:20 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Samurai Rebellion

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 5:26 AM - 0 comments

April 20

Movie: Nobody

A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:21 PM - 11 comments

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star: Chains and Brooches  Season 1, Episode 2

All That Glitters week 2: chains and broaches! The jewellers are tasked first with forming interlocking chain necklaces, and then with creating a "sweetheart brooch" for a woman in the Royal Army going on tour.
posted by schroedinger at 4:08 PM - 6 comments

April 19

Younger: Season Seven/Final Season  Season 7 (Full Season)

At the end of last season, Liza's true age was revealed to the public and Charles asked Liza to marry him. This season starts with that question and moves on from there. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 6:54 PM - 16 comments

Mare of Easttown: Miss Lady Hawk Herself   Season 1, Episode 1

After answering a call about a neighborhood prowler, Detective Mare Sheehan shoulders her chief's directive to revive an unsolved missing person's case amid increased community pressure. Later, while her loved ones celebrate her ex-husband Frank's engagement, Mare attends a celebration for her legendary high school basketball win and connects with Richard, a professor who's new in town. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 5:14 PM - 11 comments

Critical Role: The Streets of the Forgotten  Season 2, Episode 134

Now following the Tombtakers’ trail, the Mighty Nein converse with voices of the past for clues and meet some of Aeor’s creations...
posted by nubs at 3:30 PM - 6 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: New Ground  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 10

Worf's son Alexander comes to live on the Enterprise; the crew helps guide a test vehicle for a revolutionary new form of interstellar travel. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 10:08 AM - 16 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Personal Bankruptcy  Season 8, Episode 9

This week, again from the White Void of Sad Facts: the killings by police of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, kicking off yet another cycle of media condemnation, right-wing defense of police, and criticism of righteous anger from protestors. To attempt to change their part in this terrible cycle, LWT did short pieces on blissfully stupid topics (see inside). And Now: The Commercials On FOX News In The Middle Of The Night Know Exactly Who They're Talking To. Main story (21m): Personal bankruptcy, a resource employed by millions of people, and has been often unduly stigmatized. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:42 AM - 2 comments

April 18

Movie: Mandela

A local barber's fate in a small Indian village turns overnight when he becomes the single deciding vote in the village elections. Trailer. Sneak Peek. (Turn on captions) On Netflix now.
posted by cendawanita at 8:18 PM - 5 comments

The Nevers: Exposure  Season 1, Episode 2

With the city reeling from Maladie's opera debut, Mundi takes a personal stake in tracking her down. Amalia launches an investigation of her own and the charitable Lavinia Bidlow seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event. [IMDb] [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 7:16 PM - 12 comments

Creepshow: The Right Snuff/Sibling Rivalry  Season 3, Episode 3

A misunderstanding in space ends in catastrophe and a woman fears her brother is trying to kill her.
posted by miss-lapin at 3:21 PM - 2 comments

April 17

Movie: Jathi Ratnalu

Three prisoners get released and plan for a happy life outside. Things take a new turn and bring in a twist. Can they find happiness and love now?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:00 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Spontaneous

When students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:53 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Dark City Beneath the Beat

Musical documentary reimagines the narrative of Baltimore, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 4:15 PM - 4 comments

Them: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

In the first season of Little Marvin's new Amazon horror anthology show Them, which follows 10 days in the lives of a Black family moving to Compton in 1953 during the course of the Great Migration, the horror arises as much from the racism endured by our protagonists as from the spooky occurrences happening in their new house. [more inside]
posted by whir at 11:44 AM - 8 comments

Taskmaster: Series 7  Season 7 (Full Season)

"I know it's early days. Are we the stupidest so far?" [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 8:40 AM - 18 comments

For All Mankind: Triage  Season 2, Episode 9

The rivalry between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts intensifies as last-minute changes impact the Pathfinder mission plan. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 7:38 AM - 22 comments

April 16

Top Chef: Pan African Portland  Season 18, Episode 3

The pressure is laid on the chefs in the Quickfire Challenge as they are tasked to make a layered dessert. Carrie Baird joins Padma to pick the winner. Gregory Gourdet and Kwame Onwuachi take the chefs on a tour of restaurants in Portland that feature food from the African diaspora. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must make dishes inspired by their tour for the judging and dining panel, as well as the restaurant's owners.
posted by Emmy Rae at 6:34 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Lady from Shanghai

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 10:59 AM - 5 comments

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Truth  Season 1, Episode 5

Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, Baron Zemo, John Walker, and Karli Morgenthau must all deal with the fall out from their actions.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:58 AM - 109 comments