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Loki: The Variant

Mobius puts Loki to work, but not everyone at TVA is thrilled about the God of Mischief's presence.
posted by Karmakaze to FanFare on Jun 16 at 8:11 AM
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Movie: In the Heights

Adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes' Tony Award-winning musical about an immigrant community in Washington Heights, NYC.
posted by lunasol to FanFare on Jun 11 at 2:37 PM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Realm of Fear

Lieutenant Barclay faces his fear of transporting, but now he thinks that he's being attacked by a creature inside the transporter beam.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Jun 21 at 9:03 AM
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Movie: Timecop

An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Jun 15 at 1:14 PM
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Movie: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
posted by Cookiebastard to FanFare on Jun 10 at 9:38 AM
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We Are Lady Parts: Full Season

Written and directed by Nida Manzoor, this six-episode comedy series follows the all-Muslim women punk band, Lady Parts, as its members balance their faith, feminism, families, friendships, identities, careers, and dreams. [Trailer]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide to FanFare on Jun 17 at 1:43 PM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time's Arrow, Part II

A meddlesome Mark Twain (Jerry Hardin) interferes with the Enterprise crew's efforts to save Earth's history, and Data's severed head, from shapeshifting psychic vampire aliens. Picard nevertheless manages to squeeze in a Shakespeare scene.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Jun 17 at 2:44 AM
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Podcast: Reply All: #174 Search Party

Reply All comes back, hosted by Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi. This week, with the help of tech reporters Ashley Feinberg and Katie Notopoulos, we venture to one of the darkest places on the internet -- our own search histories.
posted by ellieBOA to FanFare on Jun 17 at 7:55 AM
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The Great British Sewing Bee: It's the final, and the theme is celebration.

The three remaining sewers work on a bridesmaid's dress, a festival-themed transformation and a glamorous off-the-shoulder gown. (Contains spoilers)
posted by essexjan to FanFare on Jun 17 at 1:31 PM
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Movie: The Wisdom of Trauma

One in five Americans are diagnosed with mental illness in any given year. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in the US for youth aged 15-24. It kills over 800,000 people a year globally and 48,300 in the USA. Drug overdose kills 81,000 in the USA annually. The autoimmunity epidemic affects 24 million people in the USA. What is going on? The interconnected epidemics of anxiety, chronic illness and substance abuse are, according to Dr Gabor Maté, normal. But not in the way you might think.
posted by iamkimiam to FanFare on Jun 20 at 3:58 PM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cause and Effect

The destruction of the Enterprise near a distortion in the space-time continuum causes a temporal causality loop to form, trapping the ship and crew in time and forcing them to relive the events that led to their deaths.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on May 17 at 8:16 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: New Ground

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.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Apr 19 at 10:08 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Darmok

Picard is captured, then trapped on a planet with an alien captain who speaks a metaphorical language incompatible with the universal translator. They must learn to communicate with each other before a deadly planetary beast overwhelms them.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Mar 22 at 8:29 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Qpid

Q picks up on romantic tensions between Captain Picard and an old flame, transporting them and the senior officers into a representation of Robin Hood.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Feb 22 at 10:48 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded

When Captain Benjamin Maxwell apparently goes rogue, the Enterprise is ordered to apprehend him before his actions result in another war between the Federation and the Cardassian Union.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Jan 25 at 9:08 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suddenly Human

The Enterprise crew discovers a young Human boy being raised by the aliens who killed his parents.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Dec 28, 2020 at 11:50 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Most Toys

A trader fakes Data's death to add him to his collection of rare and unique objects.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Nov 30, 2020 at 7:51 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Matter of Perspective

When Riker is charged with the murder of a prominent scientist, each side uses the holodeck to show their side of the story.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on Nov 2, 2020 at 9:17 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Bonding

When an away team casualty seems to return from Redshirt Purgatory, the Enterprise crew must counsel her formerly-orphaned, tormented young son.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Oct 2, 2020 at 6:37 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Manhunt

Picard calls upon Dixon Hill to help protect him from a relentless black-eyed widow in "The Case of the Phasing Betazoid!"
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Sep 4, 2020 at 5:23 AM
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So, let's talk about the TVA Archive for a bit. If you think it looks familiar, you may have seen it before. The trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming had The Vulture swooping down that same atrium, minus the statues of The Timekeepers, in a scene that never showed up in the movie itself. Or maybe you recognize it as the Tribute Training Center... [more]
posted by radwolf76 to FanFare on Jun 17 at 5:20 AM
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Mobius has got some serious cognitive dissonance going on. It's almost as if there are two sides to Mobius. And yet mysteriously only really one. Perhaps there's a twist. You don't hire Owen Wilson just to have him be a static foil to Tom Hiddleston. I feel certain there's some depths to his character. I'll be annoyed if he was Loki... [more]
posted by Nelson to FanFare on Jun 17 at 10:31 AM
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I'm also hoping for Mobius to make a heroic late season jetski ride. Scholars of narrative structure refer to this as “Chekhov’s Jetski.” [view]
posted by ricochet biscuit to FanFare on Jun 19 at 1:53 PM
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Little things, like TVA!Loki walking past an Arm&Hammer wall display; or the countdown clocks that are clearly 7-segment diodes but *still* have analog-flip animation; watching all those different actors doing their best Tom Hiddleston... it was truly a episode worth rewatching, BUT... ...who is Mobius? I mean, really. Who the hell is he?... [more]
posted by Mogur to FanFare on Jun 16 at 5:27 PM
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....Yeah, these Loki's don't seem like the same Loki, I gotta say. I suppose it's fun for them to play with and saves Tom Hiddleston from going full on Orphan Black the way I was hoping....but, y'know, I wanted more Orphan Black Lokis running about. Yeah, me too. He's one of the only people that I think could do that as well as Tatiana... [more]
posted by Xiphias Gladius to FanFare on Jun 18 at 7:53 AM
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One question which was notably never addressed in the propaganda video is, "Why did the Timekeepers pick the timeline they picked to be the 'sacred' one?" And the answer is obviously not, i.e., "This timeline is the best of all possible worlds, maximizing justice and happiness for the greatest number of people!" because... [more]
posted by kyrademon to FanFare on Jun 17 at 7:55 AM
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There's a lot of Catch Me If You Can in this show so far, which honestly makes me wish I could fancast Tom Hanks in the Owen Wilson role. Still -- entertaining! They gave us a bunch of emotion in the first episode, so I love that all Loki gave about Ragnarok here was pride that he'd figured out where the variant was hiding. And I agree... [more]
posted by grandiloquiet to FanFare on Jun 16 at 7:28 PM
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It's almost as if there are two sides to Mobius. And yet mysteriously only really one. Perhaps there's a twist. Everyone knows there are two sides to every story. What this show presupposes is... maybe there isn’t. [view]
posted by ricochet biscuit to FanFare on Jun 17 at 12:29 PM
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I have to imagine that The Variant wants to eliminate the TVA's restrictions on variation. I'm still a little unclear as to the kinds of variations that they eliminate--are they only ones that have to do with time travel? The Avengers get a pass--because they return the stones? But Steve doesn't go back to leave things unaffected--why wasn't Old... [more]
posted by pykrete jungle to FanFare on Jun 17 at 6:58 AM
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This is totally my jam. I hadn't heard about it: thanks for bringing it to my attention! Seriously: everyone I know is like "have you watched the latest prestige TV show about murder and incest among the sad denizens of gritty post-industrial landscapes?" And I just wanna watch basically-decent women find themselves through punk music... [more]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to FanFare on Jun 18 at 5:49 AM
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"Jack, listen to this!" [holds up telephone receiver to howling wolf] [view]
posted by phooky to FanFare on Jun 17 at 9:49 AM
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The conversation with Mobius about the Timekeeper's ultimate goal may give a motive for blowing up the timeline. Their ultimate goal is to make one static timeline - no branches, no variants, no free will, just perfect order. Loki: So, when they’re finished, what happens then? Mobius: So are we. No more nexus events. Just order. And we meet... [more]
posted by Karmakaze to FanFare on Jun 17 at 7:36 AM
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This is the where the Clemens characterization really disintegrates. It's just all over the place. The writing is a mess, but I think the worst moment is when he suddenly finds himself on a starship where everyone is using military rank and chain of command and wearing uniforms and talking about blowing up some aliens, and he suddenly decides that... [more]
posted by phooky to FanFare on Jun 17 at 8:34 AM
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I hope Mobius gets to ride a jetski. [view]
posted by the primroses were over to FanFare on Jun 18 at 10:57 AM
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The conversation with Mobius about the Timekeeper's ultimate goal may give a motive for blowing up the timeline. Their ultimate goal is to make one static timeline - no branches, no variants, no free will, just perfect order. Loki: So, when they’re finished, what happens then? Mobius: So are we. No more nexus events. Just order. And... [more]
posted by mstokes650 to FanFare on Jun 17 at 10:24 AM
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FanFare: Some of us need this, y’know. [view]
posted by ricochet biscuit to FanFare on Jun 16 at 7:13 PM
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It also felt like June couldn't pretend to the ways that Luke wanted things to be normal. Even though she was laughing at his jokes about Boston, in her heart, Boston means something else entirely. For example, Fenway Park is where they were tortured with the fake hanging in s2e1 (for refusing to stone Janine). How does she move on from that? [view]
posted by kokaku to FanFare on Jun 16 at 3:03 PM
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The double first Cambridge uni classics degree Latin speech we deserve Such an unfortunately rare treat to see a scene like that performed by someone who's comfortable delivering those lines. The whole thing was infectiously joyous; both actor and character were having the time of their lives. Coriolanus is my favourite performance of his,... [more]
posted by myotahapea to FanFare on Jun 16 at 11:14 AM
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One thing that gets weird if they're going to merge Loki and Amora/Enchantress into an amalgam character is that Amora spent the bulk of her comic book existence desperately trying to sleep with Thor. [view]
posted by Karmakaze to FanFare on Jun 18 at 9:09 AM
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Regarding the identity of the antagonist, this seems pretty conclusive. Linked so you can avoid spoilers if you want. I love all the incidental detail in this show and keep pausing to read the computer screens and paperwork. This is what was on Loki's screen when he was doing the test: Thanos has two apples. He eats both but realises he wants... [more]
posted by EndsOfInvention to FanFare on Jun 18 at 2:46 AM
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