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For All Mankind: Rupture Season 1, Episode 8
[the episode synopsis arguably spoils the previous episode's cliffhanger so I put it after the break.] [more inside]
The Mandalorian: Chapter 5 Season 1, Episode 5
The Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter who is in over his head.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 - All Episodes Season 3 (Full Season)
Midge and Susie discover that life on tour with Shy is glamorous but humbling, and they learn a lesson about show business they’ll never forget. Joel struggles to support Midge while pursuing his own dreams. Abe embraces a new mission and Rose learns she has talents of her own.
Supernatural: Last Call Season 15, Episode 7
Dean goes off on his own to take on a case; and Castiel has an idea on how he can help Sam track down God. [more inside]
Making It: Season 2 Season 2 (Full Season)
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are back with 10 new crafters for season 2 of Making It. But you’d better hurry, because they’re showing the whole season in 2 weeks! [more inside]
V-Wars: Down with the Sickness Season 1, Episode 1
Following an urgent trip to the Arctic, a scientist and his friend are quarantined with an illness that soon escalates to something sinister. (Netflix Original) [more inside]
The beginning! What a fine place to start. We meet our nascent heroes in the throes of the beginning of the sunset of their scholastic salad days. Demon possessions, ominous warnings, and threats from Hell itself auger ill and trouble. Can they matriculate from danger to destiny? Can they graduate magna cum...adventure? [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THIS ISLAND EARTH Rewatch Season 7, Episode 7
Carl is a Serious Scientist who's been sent a parts catalog in the mail, but the parts are crazy-pants, and further the catalog describes how to build an "Interociter." which apparently can perform housework? and display video communications? Rather than returning that thing right back to Archie McPhee Carl decides to order the parts and build it. Amazingly, rather than being a hilarious practical joke at his expense, it presents the smiling face of Exeter, who invites him to join with other Human Scientists at their Laboratory. From there, let's just say the dominos have been set in motion, and a trip to space and a confrontation with Scrotor is inevitable. In the history of the show, this episode actually isn't the show, but MST: The Movie. It's been written up on Fanfare before, here. [more inside]
Vikings: The Prophet Season 6, Episode 2
"Messengers arrive in Kattegat with news that presents Bjorn with a dilemma. As Bjorn attempts to do the right thing as ruler of Kattegat, Prince Oleg of Kiev seems untroubled by his conscience. Lagertha has settled into her new, peaceful life, but danger lurks nearby."
Vikings: New Beginnings Season 6, Episode 1
"Bjorn struggles with the responsibilities of kingship and finds he can't rely on his mother, Lagertha; she has other plans. Ivar falls into the hands of Kievan Rus, and in their ruthless and unpredictable ruler, Prince Oleg, he may finally have met his match."
A pleasant sleep is interrupted by an unsettling messenger, but leads to a delicious meal. Then, the fellas get some fake real world experience. Welcome back! Please enjoy! [more inside]
This week, Tried Green Tomatoes. Michael files suit against his friend and neighbor Sam. Michael is growing tomatoes on their shared rooftop and wants Sam to go onto the roof to admire his plants. Sam thinks he should never have to set foot on the roof. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one can decide! Thank you to Daniel Herrera for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions. — SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST in APPLE PODCASTS or the RSS FEED
Six Feet Under: Ecotone Season 5, Episode 9
A man out hiking through the beauties of nature suddenly finds himself much more in touch with nature than he expected. Ruth's camping trip with Hiram proves less than satisfactory, and meanwhile Nate is rushed to hospital, and Maggie, David, Brenda, Claire, and Ted wait through the night while he undergoes surgery to repair the AVM rupture in his brain. He awakens from his coma, but only for long enough to briefly reconnect with those he loves, and to disconnect from Brenda. [more inside]
After having narrowly escaped an attempt on his life at the hands of a psychopath, detective inspector Takakura quits active service in the police force and takes up a position as a university lecturer in criminal psychology. He can't quite leave his old work behind, and something about the neighborhood seems... off. Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse/Kairo). [more inside]
Tiffany Haddish has a new Netflix special. She hilariously discusses her Eritrean father, homelessness, life as a foster, yeast infections, and lazy strippers. As she puts it, "I know my purpose, I'm here to teach. Maybe it's not the proper way to teach, but fuck it, you're going to learn today."
Trixie charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.
Silicon Valley: RussFest Season 6, Episode 6
Richard, Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared face their greatest challenge yet as a massive event tests PiperNet’s capabilities, while Laurie’s unexpected presence makes them wary of sabotage. Meanwhile, Monica discovers Jian-Yang is using Pied Piper’s name for his own benefit. [more inside]
Arrow: Purgatory Season 8, Episode 7
Oliver's mission takes him to Lian You where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain. [more inside]
The Flash: The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2 Season 6, Episode 9
With the Flash battling Bloodwork, Iris and Cisco fight to help Barry take control of himself before he's lost forever; the rest of the team fight to reclaim control of Central City from Bloodwork's growing army. [more inside]
A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things...
Leverage: The Homecoming Job Rewatch Season 1, Episode 2
Young Corp. Robert Perry contacts the crew when he is denied surgery and other assistance by the company guilty of his injury during his tour in Iraq, Castleman Security. When the crew learns Perry is due to be assassinated, they mix with dirty DC politicians and paramilitary contractors to keep Perry safe. (IMDB) [more inside]
Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident. Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, to save herself and her way of life. Arkady Martine, scholar of Byzantine, history brings all her knowledge of intricate political maneuvering to bear in her debut space opera. [more inside]
This is a story about a common man who has extraordinary events in his mundane life. The film depicts the protagonist's turns of events in three eras, three seasons, three nights, in the same city, as told with reverse chronology.
Black Lightning: The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace Season 3, Episode 8
Black Lightning goes up against the ASA. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to manipulate Lynn. [more inside]
You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. [more inside]
Bring It On, Ghost: Season 1 - all episodes Season 1 (Full Season)
A college student with psychic abilities takes in an amnesiac ghost as his roommate -- who ends up helping him hunt down spooky spirits. (Netflix US, tvN Korea) [more inside]
When Tonya falls for the new boy at school, Charles Brady, she discovers he and his mother have a deadly secret. [more inside]
Bela Tarr’s seven hour epic of 1990s rural Hungary. Residents of a collapsing collective farm scheme about what to do with a large cash payment. Plans change when they discover that Irimias, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village. [more inside]
Mr. Robot: 409 Conflict Season 4, Episode 9
fsociety v deus group [more inside]
We want you to come inside of our home — the one we all actually share together — to meet our new, government-mandated bird friends. Sure, the audio quality of this show is gonna take a dive, but when you see their horrible, shriveled faces, it's still absolutely not going to be worth it. Suggested talking points: Turkey House, Open the Glottis, Justin's Cooking Class, Neutral Gifts, Bush Squirrel, Thanksgiving Pizza, A Lengthy Discussion of Butch
The Crown: Cri de Coeur Season 3, Episode 10
As her marriage falls apart, Princess Margaret finds solace in the arms of a much younger landscape gardener. The Queen and the nation celebrate Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. (Season finale)
Supergirl: The Wrath of Rama Khan Season 5, Episode 8
Supergirl's struggle against Leviathan reaches a boiling point as she faces off against Rama Khan. [more inside]
Batwoman: A Mad Tea-Party Season 1, Episode 8
Kate and Alice continue their sister/nemesis dance, while Alice and Mouse construct their most evil plan yet. Mary invites Kate to a special event honoring Catherine, and Jacob makes a decision that leaves Kate perplexed. [more inside]
Watchmen: An Almost Religious Awe Books Included Season 1, Episode 7
Under Lady Trieu's care, Angela undergoes an unconventional treatment while Agent Blake chases down a lead; the Smartest Man in the World delivers a stunning defense of his past actions.
Green Eggs and Ham: The First Season Books Included Season 1 (Full Season)
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) famously wrote Green Eggs and Ham using only 50 words to win a bet with Bennett Cerf. Netflix is estimated to have spent more than a million times that on this 13-episode series, cramming it full of stars like Oscar-winners Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, Tony-winner Daveed Diggs as a mouse, John Turturro as a goat, and Eddie Izzard as the Trumpian villain. [more inside]
Creepshow: Gray Matter/The House of the Head Season 1, Episode 1
This is the debut episode of the Shudder original anthology horror series, inspired by the two Creepshowfilms by Stephen King and George Romero. The series is produced by Greg Nicotero. In the first segment, a grieving father living with his son develops a drinking problem with severe consequences. In the second, a young girl discovers a strange toy head in her newly acquired dollhouse.
Critical Role: The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade [one-shot] Season 1 (Specials)
Live from the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX, Taryon Darrington leads a troupe of unlikely miscreants through a dangerous journey in search of glory! This one-shot takes place 10 years following the end of Campaign 1 and includes some Vox Machina spoilers.
His Dark Materials: The Lost Boy Show Only Season 1, Episode 5
The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue in her search to find her friend Roger and the other missing children.
Star Trek: Enterprise: Damage Rewatch Season 3, Episode 19
It's a bad day in the Delphic Expanse as Archer, T'Pol, the Xindi Council, and some one-shot aliens attempt to cope with the aftermath of various disasters. [more inside]
His Dark Materials: The Lost Boy Books Included Season 1, Episode 5
The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue in her search to find her friend Roger and the other missing children.
A medieval English knight is magically transported to present day where he ends up falling for a high school science teacher.
Seven Worlds, One Planet: Europe Season 1, Episode 5
Sir David Attenborough explores the continent of Europe - a crowded continent transformed by mankind. From the rare and elusive wolves to the almost-extinct Iberian lynx, this continent needs protection to ensure a future for its wildlife. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Singing For Our Lives Season 5, Episode 8
A dog walker tries to roller blade down too steep an incline. Nate, David, and Rico realize they have completely divergent visions for the future of Fisher & Diaz. Ruth gets a haircut and more from her old flame Hiram. Nate and Brenda attend Quaker meeting, and then Nate and Maggie have a Friends meeting of their own. David and Keith find out that Durrell has been joyriding in Keith's car. Claire and Ted strike a deal to go together to his former frat's pub night, and her former classmates' art show. Rico and Vanessa continue to try to get their marriage back on track. And Nate's arm suddenly becomes numb. [more inside]
The AI from Kritzer's Hugo Award-winning short story "Cat Pictures, Please" is back at novel length -- along with "a group of teenagers who have found friendship and community online, never realizing that one of their online friends is actually an artificial intelligence." The author describes it as a "technothriller YA (young adult) novel about friendship, online community, AIs (artificial intelligences), robots, hacking, sex ed, and road trips". (I'd add: queerness, monstrous humans, art, dealing with cops, and being embarrassed by your parents.) Here's an excerpt (the second chapter of the book).
Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.
A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids.
Harley Quinn: Til Death Do Us Part Season 1, Episode 1
With the help of her best friend Ivy, Harley summons the strength to break up with her abusive boyfriend, and to pursue her own dreams. [more inside]
The Crown: Imbroglio Season 3, Episode 9
While Princess Anne dates her elder brother's polo rival, Andrew Parker Bowles, Prince Charles falls deeply in love with Camilla Shand, causing the Queen Mother and Lord Mountbatten to interfere.
In the grim darkness of the far future, there are only Dads. [more inside]
Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother, gifts her son Andy a Buddi doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic.
Martin Scorsese's 3.5-hour long gangster film, released on Netflix this week and in a small number of theaters across the USA earlier this month, uses digital "de-aging" to follow the life of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), who claimed on his deathbed to have been a mob hitman responsible for many murders, including that of labor boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). [more inside]
The Mandalorian: Sanctuary Season 1, Episode 4
The Mandalorian teams up with an ex-soldier (Gina Carano) to protect a village from raiders.
The Morning Show: Open Waters Season 1, Episode 7
Alex shares news to Lizzy. Bradley meets with Mitch. Chip plots against Fred.
For All Mankind: Hi Bob Season 1, Episode 7
Ed, Gordo and Danielle struggle with an extended Jamestown mission. [more inside]
It's American Thanksgiving once more and so the grim task of forcing Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 into their eyeballs and ears. This year features some bold new approaches to consuming the movie and, if we're being honest, some mistakes were made... [more inside]
Six Feet Under: The Silence Season 5, Episode 7
A man reluctantly attends a play directed by his wife's friend's son, but while he expects to be bored to death, he dies of a heart attack mid-performance instead. George tells Ruth that he's engaged to someone else, and Ruth pays a visit to George's fiancée. Brenda and Nate are told their baby may have Down Syndrome or spina bifida, and conflict over whether to have further testing done. David and Keith go to Durrell's school play. Claire finds her office job gets more interesting after she meets a new co-worker, Ted. Rico and Vanessa are back together but, to Rico's chagrin, Vanessa is merely going through the motions of married life. [more inside]
The Crown: Dangling Man Season 3, Episode 8
Charles visits the exiled Duke of Windsor in his Paris chateau, only to find him very ill. But will the Queen make peace with her uncle before he dies?
Arrow: Reset Season 8, Episode 6
Oliver finds himself facing a life or death situation that's sadly all too familiar, and Laurel gets an opportunity to make amends with the past. [more inside]