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December 28

Cable Girls: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Spanish-language period piece follows four new telephone operators in 1928 Madrid. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 10:36 PM - 2 comments

Top Chef: Little Tools, Big Challenge  Season 15, Episode 4

The chefs channel their inner child to make upscale versions of kid menu classics for Curtis Stone, Padma, and kids of local culinarians. But there’s a catch, they can only use child-sized cookware, utensils and mixers creating more than pint-sized problems. Then, after a visit to a food incubator assisting immigrant women, the chefs must dig deep into their roots to present dishes based on their own heritage for Immigrant food influencers, including Alon Shaya, Nilou Motamed and Mourad Lahlou. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell at 7:18 PM - 16 comments

Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 1

On the Earth-led station Babylon 5: The Narn invade Ragesh 3 in a sneak attack, to retake it from Centauri. Raiders are a problem near Babylon 5. The Earth Alliance elects its president. "Blood calls out for blood." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:07 PM - 19 comments

Movie: Cthulhu

A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reacquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst. The expectations placed on him by his family pile up, and he learns that home is never really what we remembered it to be. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:41 PM - 4 comments

Travelers: 001  Season 2, Episode 12

Traveler 001 stays one step ahead of MacLaren's team... (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:07 PM - 17 comments

Movie: Ben-Hur

Judah Ben-Hur, a Palestinian Jew, is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. He finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.
posted by frimble at 12:43 PM - 5 comments

Travelers: Simon  Season 2, Episode 11

An incoherent homeless man turns out to be a brilliant but delusional traveler who knows the identity of the team's powerful nemesis, Traveler 001. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 12:14 PM - 9 comments

Runaways: Tsunami  Season 1, Episode 8

The Pride has a get-together at the Stein house. Robert Minoru shows off his dad bod. Molly finds a piece of ancient technology.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 11:17 AM - 11 comments

Travelers: 21C  Season 2, Episode 10

The travelers guard a little girl who has a big future, while Marcy recalls more than expected when she attempts a procedure to recover her memory. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:39 AM - 10 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Latent Image  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 11

Or: "One of Our Hologram's Memories Is Missing" [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:31 AM - 8 comments

December 27

Travelers: Update  Season 2, Episode 9

Philip attends a disturbing historical update session. MacLaren's wife has a medical emergency, and Trevor learns something shocking about his host. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:49 PM - 10 comments

Travelers: Traveler 0027  Season 2, Episode 8

MacLaren and his team are summoned to the formal hearing of Traveler 0027, who is charged with undermining both the Director and the Grand Plan. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:38 PM - 6 comments

Travelers: 17 Minutes  Season 2, Episode 7

When the team is wiped out during a mission to a remote lake, a traveler repeatedly transfers into a nearby skydiver to make a frantic rescue attempt. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:39 PM - 15 comments

Travelers: U235  Season 2, Episode 6

Outflanked by members of the Faction, MacLaren's team races to acquire uranium, bring the Director back on line, and halt the spread of the pandemic. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 1:24 PM - 3 comments

Travelers: Jenny  Season 2, Episode 5

Assigned to prevent a flu-like outbreak, the travelers are shocked when the pathogen seems to evolve, becoming fatal and spreading across the world. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 10:17 AM - 8 comments

December 26

Travelers: 11:27  Season 2, Episode 4

Two team members assist an activist in preventing the release of an agricultural product, while the others help a traveler plan his own assassination. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:12 PM - 8 comments

Travelers: Jacob  Season 2, Episode 3

Three months after the team's last assignment, the discovery of bodies at a construction site alerts the traveler to a global pattern of killings. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:23 PM - 9 comments

Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose (Jack Black, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan). [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:45 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: Candlenights 2017

Here we are again, friends, with our beloved annual swear-free episode of MBMBaM. Gather those you love around the Podcast Victrola and enjoy. Suggested talking points: Rockin' Randy the Safe Sex Santa, Proof that Trickle Down Economics Works, The Grinch Totally Naked, Drinking Frosty the Snowman.
posted by Tevin at 2:28 PM - 1 comment

Travelers: PROTOCOL 4  Season 2, Episode 2

MacLaren and Walt pursue a mysterious, unexpected group of new travelers, while Marcy helps David recover from trauma and Philip makes a new friend. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 12:43 PM - 9 comments

Book: Sustainable Agriculture & Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cu

"This is a story of resistance against all odds, of Cuba’s remarkable recovery from a food crisis brought on by the collapse of trade relations with the former Socialist Bloc and the tightening of the US trade embargo. Unable to import either food or materials needed for conventional agriculture, Cuba turned inward to self-reliance. Sustainable agriculture, organic farming, urban gardens, smaller farms, animal traction, and biological pest control are all part of the new Cuban agriculture." [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:52 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Downsizing

A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. [more inside]
posted by daybeforetheday at 12:33 AM - 7 comments

December 25

Movie: Gifted

Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:48 AM - 1 comment

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time  Season 10, Episode 13

Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:37 AM - 76 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 41 - Blue Chris-Must (w/ Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino)

It's Winter Solstice time again and music is in the air. And we're visited by two Great Blue Tigers. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 3:04 AM - 1 comment

December 24

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Chapo Trap House presents: A Christman Carol

"A CHRISTMAN CAROL" starring Matt Christman, Will Menaker, Felix Biederman, Virgil Texas, Amber A'Lee Frost, and James Adomian, with Chris Wade, Brendan James, and special guests Rob Whisman and Stefan Heck. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 5:30 PM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Voyager: Counterpoint  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 10

Thoughtcrime doubleplusungood! [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:27 AM - 5 comments

December 23

Wormwood: In six parts  Season 1 (Full Season)

In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment. (IMDB) A Netflix docudrama.
posted by sylvanshine at 3:03 PM - 12 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Rewind  Season 5, Episode 5

With the help from Lance Hunter, nothing will stop Fitz from finding his lost team as his secret journey is revealed. (IMDB description)
posted by paper chromatographologist at 2:32 PM - 8 comments

Forest of Secrets: (aka Stranger) Episode 2  Season 1, Episode 2

The convict's strong plea for his innocence prompts Shi-mok to review the dash cam clip. At the Yoongsan police station, he runs into officer Han Yeo-jin. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 2:24 PM - 2 comments

Forest of Secrets: (aka Stranger) Episode 1  Season 1, Episode 1

As a teen, prosecutor Hwang Si-Mok received surgical treatment for his abnormally developed brain, but the procedure left behind serious side effects. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 11:27 AM - 7 comments

Movie: A Christmas Prince

Netflix delivers a new holiday film that is either a mind-numbing retread of the most egregious Lifetime/Hallmark Channel Christmas movie cliches, or a poker-faced parody of them. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:46 AM - 13 comments

December 22

Movie: Elf

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:59 AM - 15 comments

Movie: Bright

Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for. Starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:55 AM - 69 comments

December 21

Movie: The Hudsucker Proxy

After Hudsucker Industries President Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) commits suicide, the senior executives -led by the seniorest of them, Sidney Mussburger (Paul Newman)- install naïve business school graduate Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) as President in a play to drive the stock price down. Meanwhile, fast-talking reporter archetype Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) tries to figure out what’s going on.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:14 PM - 27 comments

Top Chef: Keep on Truckin  Season 15, Episode 3

In a Sudden Death Quickfire based on the iconic Denver omelet, the intensity in the kitchen is egg-ceptional as one chef completely cracks under the pressure in one of the most gut wrenching eliminations in Top Chef history as judged by Padma, Tom and Chef Lachlan Patterson. Then, the cheftestants tap into their college palates as they make dishes in food trucks for students in Boulder. Internet sensation, Logan Paul helps wrangle the diners and Chef Hosea Rosenberg joins the judges for indulgent, hangover inspired food. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell at 7:04 PM - 11 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Thirty Days  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 9

♫ You just a terrorist, Mistah Tom Paris / Now you been busted, an' Janeway is flustered / Screw wit' our ocean, you get a demotion / Undah dah seeeea! ♫ [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 12:05 PM - 10 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #113 Reply All's Year End Extravaganza

Our finale for the year! We solve some unsolved mysteries, call up some of our favorite people, and answer questions about stories listeners are still wondering about. Plus many weird surprises.
posted by Tevin at 6:06 AM - 14 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: HOBGOBLINS  Season 9, Episode 7

Warning: HOBGOBLINS - May Cause Blindness and Death Boy, that sure is a bad movie, won't you? It sure is, you know! An old guy spends his whole life working as a security guard for an old film studio just to prevent other security guards from unleashing the evil plush toys that live in one of its vaults. He is terrible at this. The "Hobgoblins" get loose, and it's up to a straight-laced new recruit and his upsettingly horny friends to save the world, and themselves, from their hallucinatory, fantasy-granting powers. Of all the movie types we've seen on our tour through the Mystery Science Theater, among them gray 50s sci-fi, brutal biker movies, an Orwellian children's film, post-apocalyptic warrior fightan, barely-clad pepla and vibrant Soviet fantasy, comes a new category: wannabe sex farce/horror. The result is unquestionably another one of the worst movies MST ever did, and yet pretty recent for that. What can you do with those Hobgoblins? Here comes one now! Watch out, you little doodad! YouTube (1h32m) Premiered June 27, 1998. 19 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 2:08 AM - 5 comments

December 20

Movie: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 11:57 PM - 1 comment

The Librarians: And the Silver Screen  Season 4, Episode 4

When Flynn and Baird are sucked into Baird's favorite classic film noir movie, the Librarians will need to perfect their sharpshooting and detecting skills if they're going to make it out alive. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:23 PM - 6 comments

The Librarians: And the Christmas Thief  Season 4, Episode 3

When Santa takes Flynn, Baird and Jenkins on his first vacation in centuries, he leaves his beloved sleigh in the care of the Librarians. But when Ezekiel's career criminal mother steals the magic door, they must use the sleigh to save her, as well as Christmas itself... [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:23 PM - 2 comments

The Crown: Mystery Man  Season 2, Episode 10

A salacious government scandal hits close to home for Elizabeth and Philip. Elizabeth retreats to Scotland for rest during a difficult pregnancy.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:10 PM - 18 comments

Peaky Blinders: The Company   Season 4, Episode 6

An epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:43 PM - 0 comments

December 19

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Life Earned  Season 5, Episode 4

Daisy makes a new friend named Ben in Fight Club. Ben helps Jemma and Daisy "Quiz Show" Kasius. Deke discovers a connection to a voice in a radio broadcast. He, Phil and Melinda go to a secret level and find a little breeding room. Mack mourns the loss of false Hope, and Sinara plays ball with Melinda. The episode ends with the appearance of a very special guest!
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:20 PM - 13 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Life Spent  Season 5, Episode 3

Jemma helps a girl achieve her potential. Phil, Melinda, Mack and Yo-Yo play a game of "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" Daisy gets a phablet but unfortunately it gets broken during an encounter with Blue Man Group. Deke is a jerk, and the team tricks Grill into sending his henchman from the frying pan to the fire.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:14 PM - 2 comments

The Crown: Paterfamilias   Season 2, Episode 9

Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:53 PM - 26 comments

Podcast: Uncivil: The Raid

A group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher attempt the greatest covert operation of the Civil War.
posted by latkes at 2:04 PM - 4 comments

December 18

Podcast: Reply All: #112 The Prophet

After Andrea is attacked by a stranger in Mexico City, she just wants to figure out who the guy was. Investigating this question drops her right into the middle of one of Mexico's biggest conspiracies.
posted by latkes at 11:25 PM - 12 comments

Adventure Time: The First Investigation  Season 10, Episode 8

G-g-g-ghosts! [more inside]
posted by bleep at 10:28 PM - 2 comments

The Crown: Dear Mrs. Kennedy  Season 2, Episode 8

Inspired by Jackie Kennedy and against her government's wishes, Elizabeth takes an unconventional approach to resolving an issue with Ghana.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:09 PM - 12 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 385: Horses in the Drift

Well, we've had a good run of being a podcast that folks can listen to with their ears and enjoy with their brains, but with today's technological innovations, we're afraid we've evolved into something more ... avant garde. Suggested talking points: Justin Ruins the Show, Public Lights, The Beatles' Old Old Music, Company Dinner Kobayashi Maru, Christmas Squad, Horse Math
posted by bleep at 5:43 PM - 10 comments

Podcast: Pod Save America: “The perpetual bullshit machine.”

Trump and his state-run media conspire to undermine a federal investigation, Republicans in Congress enrich themselves with their tax plan, and Democrats have to decide what they're willing to fight for. Then Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the new political reality of the South, and activist Ady Barkan talks about his plane encounter with Senator Jeff Flake. Elsewhere in the Crooked Universe... [more inside]
posted by asteria at 3:33 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 168 - Nut Neutrality feat. Sam Seder (12/17/17)

Host of the Majority Report, Sam Seder joins Will, Felix, Matt and Amber to talk about his recent ordeal with "Weird Mike" Cernovich and MSNBC, the weird world of YouTube, the repeal of Net Neutrality, and the loathsome Ajit Pai. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 10:10 AM - 1 comment

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 40 - Cockatrice (w/ Laura Grey)

Chicken on top? Dragon on bottom? Let's talk to a cockatrice! [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 8:10 AM - 0 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Nothing Human  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 8

And what did you do during the war, Doctor's new holo-colleague? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:31 AM - 30 comments

December 17

The Crown: Matrimonium   Season 2, Episode 7

A letter from Peter Townsend spurs Margaret to make a bold proposal. Elizabeth has good news that causes complications for Margaret.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:10 PM - 13 comments

December 16

Saturday Night Live: Kevin Hart, Foo Fighters  Season 43, Episode 11

Host: Kevin Hart, Musical Guest: Foo Fighters [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 10:41 PM - 26 comments

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Nice Jacket  Season 2, Episode 10

Dirk fulfills the prophecy and restores order by courageously returning to Blackwing where it all began. Elsewhere: Todd and Amanda go toe-to-toe with the villainous Suzie Boreton. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:26 PM - 32 comments

Movie: Call Me by Your Name

Elio Perlman is spending the summer of 1983 with his family at their vacation home in Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 7:24 PM - 6 comments