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Star Trek: Picard: Remembrance

[Series Premiere] At his vineyard, retired Starfleet Admiral Jean-Luc Picard and a mysterious young woman have an encounter, and she makes a fair point.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Jan 23 at 3:15 AM
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Movie: Tremors

IMDB: Hick handymen Val McKee and Earl Bassett can barely eke out a living in the Nevada hamlet of Perfection, so they decide to leave town -- despite an admonition from a shapely seismology coed who's picking up odd readings on her equipment. Before long, Val and Earl discover what's responsible for those readings: 30-foot-long carnivorous worms with a proclivity for sucking their prey underground.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace to FanFare on Jan 19 at 5:34 PM
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Book: The Botanist and the Vintner

In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Émile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. He discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. What they were and where they had come from was a mystery. The infestation advanced with the relentlessness of an invading army and within a few years had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. The French government offered a prize of three hundred thousand gold francs for a remedy. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to prove it. Gripping and intoxicating, The Botanist and the Vintner brings to life one of the most significant, though little-known, events in the history of wine.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Jan 19 at 7:16 PM
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The Good Place: Patty

The group makes some new friends.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to FanFare on Jan 23 at 6:08 PM
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The Circle: Full Season

IMDB: Players starts off isolated in an apartment, and with their online interactions as their only means of any communication. The players use a social media platform called "The Circle".
posted by meese to FanFare on Jan 20 at 4:55 PM
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Movie: WHAT DID JACK DO?

David Lynch interrogates a monkey.
posted by 1970s Antihero to FanFare on Jan 21 at 7:18 AM
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Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror

The Doctor and her companions land in 1903, and must find out who's sabotaging Nikola Tesla's generator plant at Niagara Falls.
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Jan 19 at 6:57 PM
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The Expanse: All Episodes

The Expanse Season 4 is finally here on Amazon Prime. The first three seasons were on SYFY, but despite it being one of if not the best science fiction series around, it got canceled. Fortunately, Amazon picked it up and all 10 episodes are now available. This season is based on the fourth book in The Expanse series, Cibola Burn. Story description for the season is below the fold just in case some people are still not quite caught up with the events of Season 3.
posted by KTamas to FanFare on Dec 15, 2019 at 3:53 AM
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Movie: 1917

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake's own brother among them.
posted by Huffy Puffy to FanFare on Jan 11 at 4:03 PM
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Movie: Little Women (2019)

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
posted by ominous_paws to FanFare on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:33 AM
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Book: Agency

William Gibson's "sequel and prequel" to 2014's The Peripheral.
posted by Strutter Cane - United Planets Stilt Patrol to FanFare on Jan 23 at 4:16 AM
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Sex Education: Season 2

The second season follows Otis, who after finally securing a relationship with Ola, gets hit with the reality and pressures of a high school romance.
posted by Pendragon to FanFare on Jan 19 at 7:52 AM
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Star Trek: Picard

We’re just about two weeks out from Star Trek: Picard, which will release in ten episodes on a weekly basis on CBS All Access. The show has, roughly, telegraphed its’ intent to provide a final arc for Jean-Luc, with Michael Chabon writing directly about working on the show in the context of both his lifelong Trek fandom and the loss of his father, and Patrick Stewart drawing comparisons between the show and his last performance as Professor X in Logan. My assumption has been that roughly the same crew of posters who populate the DISCO threads will show up here. Has anyone made plans to lead posting on the shows? Most importantly: what shall the three letter code be? STP? PIC? Something else?
posted by mwhybark to FanFare on Jan 10 at 11:10 AM
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Book: ROAR

Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one. Because most nutrition products and training plans are designed for men, it’s no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential. ROAR is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women.
posted by aniola to FanFare on Jan 24 at 9:59 AM
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Movie: Cats

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.
posted by tofu_crouton to FanFare on Dec 20, 2019 at 6:18 AM
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Movie: Yi Yi

Members of a precariously affluent Taipei family traverse inflection points in their separate lives. The title translates as, "A One and a Two", like the count off to a song; this movie won Best Director at Cannes, Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics, and is #8 on the BBC's list of best films of the century so far.
posted by fleacircus to FanFare on Jan 19 at 5:34 PM
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

Bashir attends a medical conference…on Romulus. Naturally, the conference turns out to be more than it seems…but, with Section 31 involved, it turns out to be more than it seems that it seems. …Or is it?
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Nov 24, 2016 at 5:41 AM
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind

(Series Finale - Part 9 of 9) "To the best crew any captain ever had. This may be the last time we're all together... but no matter what the future holds, no matter how far we travel a part of us... a very important part--will always remain here... on Deep Space Nine." -- Benjamin Lafayette Sisko.
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Dec 26, 2016 at 11:13 AM
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tacking Into the Wind

(Series Finale - Part 6 of 9) It is a period of civil war. Rebel Cardassians, striking from a hidden base, will attempt to win their first victory against the evil Dominion. During the battle, Cardassian spies hope to steal the Dominion's ultimate weapon, the BREEN ENERGY DAMPENER, an advanced energy projectile with enough power to disable an entire starship.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Dec 15, 2016 at 3:06 AM
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Movie: Nineteen Eighty-Four


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I have never shared this story with anyone before, because I never met anyone I thought I could tell it to that wouldn't think I was completely insane. After watching this episode I think I could tell it to Mike Shur and he would understand, but I'm a nobody that is never going to meet Mike Shur, so I'm going to share it here, and hope that maybe... [more]
posted by pjsky to FanFare on Jan 24 at 7:30 AM
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When he got winded running up the stairs I thought, "finally an action hero I can sympathize with." [view]
posted by tofu_crouton to FanFare on Jan 23 at 7:29 PM
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Is there any point in Picard where I'm going to think maybe humanity isn't so bad after all? I doubt it. My sense is that the larger theme/arc of Picard is going to be the point that it is possible to stand outside a corrupt system and be for what is morally right, and that taking such action can help others to also stand for what is... [more]
posted by nubs to FanFare on Jan 23 at 1:42 PM
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I goddamn lost it at seeing he kept the Captain Picard day banner. [view]
posted by danhon to FanFare on Jan 23 at 1:15 PM
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So I grew up on Star Trek. TNG started before I was born, and my parents are old enough to have watched TOS when it aired. But I was a baby in a play pen while my parents watched TNG, and once I was old enough I was allowed to watch ONLY PBS and Star Trek that they had recorded on VHS. The reason DS9 is so dear to me is that it is the series I was... [more]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Jan 23 at 8:37 PM
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Nice to see Lisa Kudrow as Hypatia. “Are you gonna sit there and say that every single Friend belongs in hell? I mean, maybe Ross and Rachel, and Monica and Joey, and definitely Chandler but Phoebe?” [view]
posted by nathan_teske to FanFare on Jan 24 at 5:25 PM
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We haven't explicitly acknowledged it on here, but how wild is it that this show introduced voluntary euthanasia as the compassionate answer to a fallen heaven? [view]
posted by sugar and confetti to FanFare on Jan 24 at 5:51 AM
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Oh man not to abuse the edit window - the finale's title (Whenever You're Ready) feels a bit darker now.... [more]
posted by tzikeh to FanFare on Jan 23 at 7:19 PM
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“It’s Coachella! We’ve invented cosmic Coachella!” [view]
posted by ZeusHumms to FanFare on Jan 24 at 10:25 AM
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What I really love about the show is how it honours Picard's fierce compassion while keeping him very grounded as a human. He believes Dahj – he doesn't demand proof of her story. He respects all life, not just Federation lives. He rejects the false dilemma. He cares, and that's not a sign of weakness, it's a symbol of strength. [view]
posted by adrianhon to FanFare on Jan 23 at 10:26 AM
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One of the most uniquely Roddenberry-ish things about TNG, IMO, is how rarely episodes were about defeating the bad guys. Yes, everybody remembers those episodes, the Romulans, the Borg, the Duras sisters, Lore; TNG had some great bad guys - but as a percentage of episodes it was actually pretty small. A lot more of the episodes, the plot was... [more]
posted by mstokes650 to FanFare on Jan 24 at 8:50 AM
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suspension of disbelief that in the 24th century the reason number One’s ears were cropped was an unfortunate winery machinery accident when he was a pup and not deliberate. Oh, so what you're suggesting is that perhaps #1, as an overeager and headstrong young pup, underestimated the danger of a situation and got himself injured for... [more]
posted by neonrev to FanFare on Jan 24 at 5:45 AM
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This episode felt like it could have, or should have been a three episode arc. And I say that not just because I want more episodes (frankly, I think they could have squashed a bit of the earlier season's plots into fewer episodes). But it felt really rushed, only 2-3 minutes of "wow, heaven is great" before we get the turn and realize... [more]
posted by skewed to FanFare on Jan 24 at 8:58 AM
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This episode actually redeemed the good place committee a bit for me- of course they were so chill and acquiescent about literally everything anyone suggested! They were desperate for something to change and they were out of ideas. [view]
posted by BuddhaInABucket to FanFare on Jan 24 at 8:15 AM
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i want the tv series to be about jean-luc solving murder mysteries around his vineyard with good boy number one [view]
posted by Foci for Analysis to FanFare on Jan 23 at 11:28 PM
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Anybody else watch this episode with a growing feeling of dread in the pit of their stomach? Part of me was worried that the whole "y'all got into the Good Place" thing was a set-up, and in a way, it was. Also, that note on the whiteboard about waiting until Beyoncé died and having her fix it all made me chuckle, and then it made me sad.... [more]
posted by palomar to FanFare on Jan 24 at 6:02 AM
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Gosh, my people. Nice to see you here. I haven't met some of you. Hi. Glad you are here. [view]
posted by mwhybark to FanFare on Jan 23 at 10:24 PM
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BROKE INTO THE WRONG GODDAMNED REC ROOM THIS TIME, DIDN’T YA?!? [view]
posted by praemunire to FanFare on Jan 20 at 7:00 PM
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I went to draw the smaller, more relatable Chainsaw Bear last night, and only in freezing the brief moment they are on screen did I notice that the chainsaws were gold/gold-plated. Obviously these are their fancy formal dress chainsaws, for use at fancy parties such as the one in the simulation. No opportunity for detail is wasted in this show! [view]
posted by mikepop to FanFare on Jan 21 at 8:35 AM
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You people are all in denial about the obvious fact that the last episode is going to be every single cast member sequentially having sex with James Buchanan. [view]
posted by escabeche to FanFare on Jan 19 at 11:13 AM
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