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From low life hit men to haute couture fisticuffs, this week our not-so-merry band of journeymen killers-for-hire bounce from frying pan to fire as they find a way to turn even the acts of sleeping and buying a new shirt into high stakes emotional battles of life, death and of course...FASHION. hon hon hon.
The X-Files: The Rain King Rewatch Season 6, Episode 8
Mulder and Scully go to Kroner, Kansas, to investigate Daryl Mootz, the self-proclaimed "Rain King", who appears to be able to control the weather for his own gain.
On the outskirts of the village Tumbbad, We find the son of the late village lord, Vinayak. We follow his intensive search for a secret inherited treasure. He believes his cursed great-grandmother has the answers his looking for. After confronting her he is now faced with the reality of this treasure, but also its evil protector. [more inside]
The X-Files: Terms of Endearment Rewatch Season 6, Episode 7
After a pregnant woman in Hollins, Virginia has a nightmare in which a demon takes her baby from her, she wakes to find she is no longer pregnant, and is accused of infanticide. Her sheriff brother turns to Jeffrey Spender, who discards the case, but Mulder rescues it from the garbage and goes to Virginia to investigate.
Stargirl: Shiv Part One Season 1, Episode 7
As Pat teaches Courtney, Yolanda, Beth and Rick the importance of teamwork, the ISA converge to figure out who is trying to take them down. Elsewhere, as the school prepares for homecoming, Cindy lashes out against her father's strict rules, while Barbara accepts an offer from Jordan. [more inside]
Doom Patrol: Fun Size Patrol Season 2, Episode 1
Our heroes return, but they have a small problem. Plus! A new addition to the family -- a strange little girl named Dorothy -- tries to find a place among the Doom Patrol, and she's bringing a few friends. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Time Trap Rewatch Season 1, Episode 12
The Enterprise becomes trapped in the Delta Triangle, an area of space where many starships have gone missing. To make matters worse, the ship also has to defend itself from the Klothos, a Klingon vessel commanded by Commander Kor. [more inside]
Ibram X. Kendi writes part a distillation of the thesis from his 2016 Stamped from the Beginning previously and part personal memoir of his own journey through racist ideas to an antiracist perspective. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Coronavirus and Evictions Season 7, Episode 17
This week, again from the White Void: Mike Pence gave a speech that seems to indicate that we had done enough to slow the Coronavirus epidemic, an amazingly stupid take, and the very states that have been most aggressive about reopening have been the ones to suffer from the highest spikes in new cases. Main story: evictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening to turn the health crisis into a homelessness crisis. On YouTube (19m) And Now: The Citizens of Palm Beach County, Florida, Have Some Thoughts On Mandatory Face Masks (Warning: extreme entitlement). Finally, John "Papa John" Schnatter, rich white man and founder of the pizza chain, has become a highly undeserving Instagram star in an attempt to rehabilitate his image, and is as potent an argument against obscene wealth as anything on this Earth. [more inside]
An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body. [more inside]
The X-Files: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas Rewatch Season 6, Episode 6
On Christmas Eve, Mulder asks Scully to meet him outside an uninhabited house believed to be haunted by the spirits of two lovers, Lyda and Maurice, who died in a suicide pact in 1917.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Murder Habit Season 1, Episode 1
A look at author Michelle McNamara's investigation regarding a violent predator she dubbed the "Golden State Killer," who terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s. (HBO miniseries) [more inside]
Floor is Lava: In Lieu of the Olympics, Here's... This Season 1 (Full Season)
Teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers. Streaming on Netflix. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Neutral Zone Rewatch Season 1, Episode 26
The Enterprise is hit by blasts from the past: three unfrozen 20th-century civilians, and an interstellar power nobody's heard from in decades—the Romulans. (Season finale) [more inside]
Convenience Store Woman (Japanese: コンビニ人間, Hepburn: Konbini ningen) is a 2016 novel by Japanese writer Sayaka Murata. It captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. The novel won the Akutagawa Prize in 2016. Aside from working as a writer, Murata worked at a convenience store three times a week, basing her novel on her experiences. [more inside]
A screwball comedy in which Cary Grant, playing a French captain, spars with and marries an American lieutenant (Ann Sheridan) in post-WWII Europe. [more inside]
RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: SheMZ Season 5, Episode 4
The queens compete in an improv challenge spoofing TMZ and bring their best camo couture to the runway. [more inside]
The X-Files: Dreamland II (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 6, Episode 5
Scully and Mulder try to figure out how to reverse the time warp that catapulted Mulder's mind into a body and a life not his own.
Dark: The Paradise (Das Paradies) Season 3, Episode 8
Claudia reveals to Adam how everything is connected--and how he can destroy the knot. (Series Finale) [more inside]
Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities ― handling a possessed tram car. Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: TIME OF THE APES Rewatch Season 3, Episode 6
Rewatch! Tonight: another classic early episode, in this movie (really episodes of a Japanese show stitched together by Sandy Frank), a couple of Japanese kids visit their uncle in their high-tech monkey freezing compound. Then an earthquake hits, and the two and a lab assistant seek refuge in a freezing chamber. They're flash-frozen and wake up in a future where APES RULE THE WORRRLD. But there's also a ton of other stuff going on: human Godo the survivalist, Pepe the friendly monkeyperson, vengeful ape Gaybar(?), the stern but ultimately helpful leader ape, and the deus ex machina-ish "UECOM" ("Yukon?") that hovers in the sky. Completely bonkers. Previously
Dark: In Between Time (Zwischen der Zeit) Season 3, Episode 7
Across three centuries, Winden's residents continue their desperate quest to alter their fate and save their loved ones. [more inside]
A film of an adaptation of the Shakespeare play, performed at the Bridge Theatre in London, available via the National Theatre in the UK's NT At Home. Starring Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst, and Hammed Animashaun. Available to watch for free via YouTube till 7pm UK time on Thursday 2 July. (More about the production, including a full cast list.) [more inside]
Dark: Light and Shadow (Licht und Schatten) Season 3, Episode 6
Adam holds Martha captive in 2020. On the day of the apocalypse, and increasingly frantic Martha begs Bartosz for his help. [more inside]
When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream is a dream worth fighting for. [more inside]
A group of psychics at an inn find themselves hunted by a group of living marionettes. [more inside]
Dark: Life and Death (Leben und Tod) Season 3, Episode 5
In 2020, a visitor delivers a warning to Claudia. The day before the apocalypse, Jonas begins to question Eva's motives. [more inside]
The X-Files: Dreamland (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 6, Episode 4
Driving to Area 51 in the middle of the night to meet with an informant, Scully and Mulder are stopped on the highway by a caravan of soldiers and a man in a black suit. In the middle of this encounter, a mysterious craft passes overhead and then crashes, sending a wave of energy across all the bystanders, and changing some of them radically.
Dark: The Origin (Der Ursprung) Season 3, Episode 4
Martha and Jonas travel to 2052 and get a glimpse of a grim future. In 1954, two residents of Winden go missing, and Hannah receives surprising news. [more inside]
1993 American political film directed by Ivan Reitman, and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. A scrupulously honest little guy who becomes a force for good against a corrupt system. One of my favorite comedies about presidents.
Dark: Adam and Eva (Adam und Eva) Season 3, Episode 3
Charlotte and Ulrich try to piece together what happened in the bunker. In different times and worlds, Jonas and Martha work to gain each other's trust. [more inside]
Dark: The Survivors (Die Überlebenden) Season 3, Episode 2
Martha travels to 1888 to warn her friends about the 2020 disaster. Winden residents past and present search for their missing loved ones. [more inside]
Dark: Deja-vu Season 3, Episode 1
In 2019, Jonas emerges from the cave into a strange but familiar world: the town of Winden reeling from the recent disappearance of a young boy. [more inside]
AOA is a medical honors society that's supposed to separate top-tier medical students from the rest of the pack. It helps determine which doctors get the top jobs in the most competitive fields. The problem? There's implicit racism in the way it chooses members, and fixing it may be a massive challenge.
A young film prodigy is desperate to finish the script to her film investigates a local rumor. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conspiracy Rewatch Season 1, Episode 25
When Picard's dearest friend alerts him to mysterious subversion at the highest levels of Starfleet, the Enterprise is the only thing standing between the Federation and an unstoppable new culinary trend that's perhaps best left vague here. (Warning: appetite spoilers.) [more inside]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Trout in the Milk Season 7, Episode 5
Sousa experiences his first and second time jumps and struggles with the fashion of the day. Enoch relies on Consumer Reports when picking out his sweet ride. Mack has trouble with the concept of how to pick a location for a date. Deke pulls an unexpected move. Gemma experiences a glitch. May appreciates good HR policy. Yo-Yo teaches the lessons of 007. Coulson digs covert and fashionable uniforms. Daisy appreciates the simpler times (and its simpler technology). [more inside]
Mystic Pop-up Bar: Ssanggabpocha - Season 1 Season 1 (Full Season)
A young man with an unique ability begins working for a centuries-old bar owner who resolves her customers' emotional troubles by entering their dreams. (Netflix, jTBC Korea, webtoon adaptation) [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: STRANDED IN SPACE Rewatch Season 3, Episode 5
Rewatch! An astronaut survives a crash, but on waking up Earth doesn't seem to be as he remembers it... it turns out he's on "Terra," on the other side of the sun from Earth, which is a lot like Earth in a lot of ways (lots of Chryslers, for example), but is being run by one of those dystopian states that everyone was afraid of before we realized the fall of civilization would take the form of a social media meltdown. Previously
Four expert thieves attempt to steal every famous artwork that is haunting their mutual psychotherapist. A detective attempts to find out who the "Collector" is. [more inside]
Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward is Gemma Hartley's expanded version of her article Women Aren't Nags—We're Just Fed Up, which was published in Harper's Bazaar (Sept. 2017). Readers who remember our 2015 discussion about emotional labor (which gets a shout-out from Hartley) will recognize the book's themes: the struggle to define EL; EL at home and in the working world; and the challenges of finding a way to share the load, redefining what matters, and creating more egalitarian partnerships. [more inside]
The Great British Sewing Bee: Final Season 6, Episode 10
The competition reaches its dramatic denouement as the final three sewers tackle celebration wear challenges and the series winner is crowned.
The X-Files: The Beginning Rewatch Season 6, Episode 1
Following the events in Fight the Future, the X-files are reopened, but Diana Fowley and Jeffrey Spender are the agents assigned to it. Undeterred by their orders to cease all involvement in the X-files, Mulder and Scully unofficially investigate a case in Arizona involving the death of two Roush Technologies employees from an uncommonly virulent virus.
Stargirl: The Justice Society Season 1, Episode 6
Courtney makes a difficult decision after Pat confronts her about the potential consequences of recruiting new members to the JSA. Courtney, Yolanda, Beth and Rick prepare for their first major mission. [more inside]
It's Okay to Not Be Okay: The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares; The Lady In Red Shoes (episodes 1 & 2) Season 1, Episode 1
Moon Gang-Tae has a striking run-in with his brother's favorite author, Ko Mun-Yeong, when she comes to his hospital to read to the children./ Mun-yeong invites Moon Sang-tae to a book signing event that ends with a nasty commotion. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Terratin Incident Rewatch Season 1, Episode 11
When a strange flash of light paralyzes the entire crew of the Enterprise, they begin to shrink. Kirk beams down to the nearest planet, Cepheus, and discovers a miniature race (of descendants of a lost Earth colony) desperate to leave their volcanic homeworld. [more inside]
The Politician: Season 2 (All Episodes) Season 2 (Full Season)
Peyton campaigns against Dede Standish for a seat in the New York State Senate.
Black people all across the US are receiving the world's weirdest form of reparations: Venmo payments from white people. Producer Emmanuel Dzotsi investigates. [more inside]
In today's episode, we inexplicably relitigate the film Titanic, which is a million years old, and come up with a way cooler ending where the ship doesn't break and the cool guy gets the treasure and everyone gets married. (Feat. Special Guestpert, Dr. James Bufeè!)Suggested talking points: Half-Virile Knight, Poster Prank, Having Fun While Shopping at Sears, A Hearty Bod Jam, We Fix Titanic Again, Home Summer Vibes, The Big PumpkinSupport the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness here: http://ffbww.org/More resources on anti-racism and fighting police violence: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Coronavirus in Prisons Season 7, Episode 16
This week (another void episode): After a quick recap of Trump's first rally since the pandemic hit (not a lot of people showed up) and Juneteenth, we go right in to the main story, the Coronavirus, "that thing you regularly have to convince your parents still exists." Specifically, about a surge in cases in prisons, in some cases up to 80% of their residents having contracted it. On YouTube (28m) And Now: A Father's Day Tribute to the World's Greatest Dad. (It's Trump. They're being sarcastic.) And a final piece on fancams, for the old people out there, "short montages of a performer that you like set to music." Which performer? Any performer. The point is, however, K-Pop stars are deploying fancams to fight the white supremacy hashtag [hash]whitelivesmatter, and support tags like #protecttheprotestors. They have also overwhelmed an app police published for people to use to report protestors with irrelevant images. LWT made their own rat-erotica-K-Pop-fancam for use in signal jamming; it's available from (takes a deep breath as I prepare to type this) rateroticafancam.com. Another proud member of the HBO family of websites! [more inside]
The X-Files: The End Rewatch Season 5, Episode 20
After an ex-National Security Agency assassin kills one of the two players at a chess match between a Russian chess master and an American child prodigy named Gibson Praise, Jeffrey Spender is given the case, and though he explicitly asked that Mulder be excluded from his investigation, Skinner asks Mulder to join the team.
A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: We'll Always Have Paris Rewatch Season 1, Episode 24
After obsessive scientist Dr. Paul Manheim steamrolls his way through a transdimensional barrier, the aftermath causes temporal flashbacks light-years away…and emotional flashbacks for Picard. [more inside]
Death's End is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the third & final novel in the trilogy titled Remembrance of Earth's Past, following the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem and its sequel, The Dark Forest. It was a 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel finalist and winner of 2017 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
The X-Files: Folie à Deux Rewatch Season 5, Episode 19
Mulder goes to Oak Brook, Illinois to perform a threat assessment after a vinyl siding company employee sends an anonymous, audio-taped manifesto to a local radio station, on which he speaks of a monster at the company who "hides in the light", and who must be killed.
Perry Mason: Chapter 1 Season 1, Episode 1
Perry Mason and Pete Strickland are hired by an attorney to solve a perplexing case: the brutal kidnapping of a one-year-old whose parents were targeted for a $100,000 ransom. (HBO, prequel-reboot) [more inside]
RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: Get a Room! Season 5, Episode 3
The All Stars team up to design boutique hotel suites and then show off "three, three, three looks in one!" on the runway. Nicole Byer and Martyn Lawrence Bullard are the guest judges. [more inside]
Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA VS. BARUGON Rewatch Season 3, Episode 4
Re-rewatch! A gigantic sort of allegator-dog attacks Japan, and in a twist (whaaa?) the previously aggressive monster turtle Gamera is the only thing that can stop it. At least there's no obnoxious kid this time. Previously one and Previously two
Staged: (BBC iPlayer) Season 1 (Full Season)
David Tennant and Michael Sheen (playing themselves) were due to star in a production of Six Characters in Search of an Author in the West End. The pandemic has put paid to that, but their director (Simon Evans - also playing himself) is determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. He knows how big a chance this is for him and turns his attention to cajoling his stars into rehearsing over the internet. All they need to do is read the first scene, but throughout the series they come up against a multitude of oppositional forces: distraction, boredom, home-schooling and their own egos. [more inside]