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Star Trek: Enterprise: These Are the Voyages...

[series finale] OK, so it’s been a somewhat long road getting from there to here… where, precisely, have we gotten, and how, and why? A retrospective on the season, the series, and the end of the TNG Era of Trek.
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on May 24 at 3:32 PM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: When the Bough Breaks

MA: “Wesley Crusher must protect a group of kidnapped Enterprise-D children while Captain Picard fights for their release.”
posted by mwhybark to FanFare on May 29 at 1:42 PM
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Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Infinite Vulcan

A species of intelligent plants, led by a clone of a Eugenics Wars-era scientist, clones Spock with the intentions of creating a master race to keep the peace.
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on May 26 at 3:45 PM
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Homecoming: Season 2

The podcast turned Amazon streaming show returns for a second season, following directly from the events of season one and featuring many of the same characters.
posted by whir to FanFare on May 24 at 11:13 AM
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Book: Hugo Nominated Novelettes 2020

The 2020 Hugo Award Winning Novellettes - works between 7,500 and 17,500 words, or roughly 30 - 70 pages. This is including works by NK Jemisin, Sarah Gailey, Sarah Pinsker, Caroline M. Yoachim, Siobhan Carroll, and Ted Chiang (full texts as they are available in the post)
posted by dinty_moore to FanFare on May 23 at 6:16 AM
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The Great: All Episodes

The Great, an occasionally true story, is an American comedy-drama miniseries loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. All episodes available on Hulu.
posted by jeoc to FanFare on May 25 at 7:23 AM
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Movie: Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

Hannah Gadsby returns for her second special and digs deep into the complexities of popularity, identity, and her most unusual dog park encounter. (Netflix)
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on May 26 at 5:47 PM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS

Rewatch! There are few MST movies that are as full of ridiculous crap as this one, it's kind of amazing. On Earth a space message is recovered from Venus to which scientists affix the catchy name the "cosmic document." They don't know what it says yet, but they decide to bring it along with them on a trip to its home planet to meet its makers. Along the way we meet a team of people with the huge letter 'A' on their uniforms, an international team of weirdos, a chess playing robot that can't handle losing, a vaguely oppressive sleep computer, the oppressive crib mobile of Venus, a flood of killer goop and alien architecture straight out of Dr. Seuss. In the end the cosmic document gets decoded and turns out to be plans to destroy the world, so, that's nice. Previously
posted by JHarris to FanFare on May 28 at 12:41 AM
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Too Short a Season

The Enterprise's intervention in a hostage crisis on Mordan IV is complicated by the curious case of Admiral Mark Jameson.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on May 26 at 3:11 AM
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Beastars: Season One, All Episodes

In a school populated by anthropomorphic animals, a humble wolf with anxiety investigates a classmate's sudden murder, while contending with his bewildering feelings for a kindly dwarf rabbit. Streaming on Netflix
posted by jazon to FanFare on May 25 at 3:29 PM
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Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Graduation Ep. 15 "Out of Order"

Fitzroy is not doing well. The curse is consuming him from the inside out. Argo does his best to comfort him. The Firbolg is on the hunt.Chaos rears its head and all hell is about to break loose.
posted by Tevin to FanFare on May 28 at 7:24 AM
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Book: The Jungle

The Jungle, novel by Upton Sinclair, published serially in 1905 and as a single-volume book in 1906. The most famous, influential, and enduring of all muckraking novels, The Jungle was an exposé of conditions in the Chicago stockyards. Because of the public response, the U.S. Pure Food and Drug Act was passed in 1906, and conditions in American slaughterhouses were improved.
posted by aniola to FanFare on May 24 at 11:20 AM
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Podcast: Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine: Sawbones: The Cholera Riots

Fear that the government and doctors were allied in a grand conspiracy to oppress the populace was at a fever pitch. The people took to the streets to prove that they would not abide by quarantine, that they would defy the powers that be and go on about their daily lives.The year is 1831. The disease is cholera.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on May 23 at 7:53 PM
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Movie: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
posted by Carillon to FanFare on May 23 at 11:51 PM
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Harley Quinn: Til Death Do Us Part

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.
posted by 1970s Antihero to FanFare on Nov 30, 2019 at 10:10 AM
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Run: Trick

With the end of their journey approaching, Ruby and Billy consider their future together. Meanwhile, Babe and Laurel are forced together as they follow a new lead. (Season Finale)
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on May 24 at 8:00 PM
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Book: Unnatural Magic

Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy. Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader’s daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon the body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them, one that is tested when an unknown mage makes an attempt on Tsira’s life. Soon, unbeknownst to each other, Onna and Tsira both begin devoting their considerable talents to finding out who is targeting trolls before their homeland is torn apart.
posted by dinty_moore to FanFare on May 25 at 7:02 AM
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Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 509: The Grind Butler (Or: Grutler)

At some point in all our lives, it's happened to all of us: You're enjoying a nice grind, but gosh! Where are you supposed to put your pocket-based belongings? Introducing: Grutler. (TM TM TM.)Suggested talking points: A Sampler Platter of Failed Introductions, The Music of the City, The American Fanny, Ice Cream Transgressions, Grandmummy
posted by Lurch to FanFare on May 7 at 10:41 PM
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Movie: Always Be My Maybe

Ali Wong & Randall Park stars as a pair of childhood friends end up falling for each other when they grow up. Now on Netflix and selected theaters. Trailer.
posted by cendawanita to FanFare on Jun 1, 2019 at 2:47 AM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: KING DINOSAUR

Rewatch! The first of eight MST movies directed by Bert I. Gordon, who certainly had a prolific career. In this one, space explorer land on Planet Nova and bring "civilization" to it by obliterating its native population of awesome dinosaurs with a nuclear weapon. Hey, it was the fifties. There's an automobile safety short that's kind of goofy too. Previously
posted by JHarris to FanFare on May 28 at 12:31 AM
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This is one of my favorites. If you are not familiar with the actual films/tv of Cousteau, especially the early ones, Zissou seems like an over the top caricature in some ways. In fact, most early Cousteau works have at least one totally insane sequence that makes Zissou seem tame (dynamiting a reef, flying a two man hippo costume made by a famous... [more]
posted by snofoam to FanFare on May 24 at 5:20 PM
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I adored this. Nicholas Hoult seems to have found his niche playing a hilarious, petty, beautiful wanker. [view]
posted by gaspode to FanFare on May 26 at 6:17 AM
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Wow, what a great post. I feel bad that my plan all weekend was to just post the following and leave it at that: Well, at least Jeffrey Combs was a delight. But, I guess I should try and draft something a little more thoughtful. Like described, this episode was an absolute mess. First, the framing, second the plot... [more]
posted by General Malaise to FanFare on May 24 at 4:12 PM
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The only issue with this episode is that in The Search For Spock, after Sarek fails to find Spock's katra in Kirk's head and before they realize it's in Bones', he says, "Then everything that he was...everything that he knew is lost" - and all I could think was, well, no, they've got a 50-foot Spock running around out there with all of... [more]
posted by ilana to FanFare on May 27 at 10:41 PM
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Oh right, meant to LOL at this: - Rick Berman described this episode as a "valentine to the fans". - At the 2016 Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, "These Are the Voyages..." was chosen by the fans as the worst episode from all of Star Trek. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DB2B_MTXoAEV7xj.jpg [view]
posted by General Malaise to FanFare on May 24 at 4:55 PM
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Kitten and others, I am kinda keeping my powder dry on the adoption thing, in part because I can kinda run my mouth on it. I’m also sort of reaching for more-inclusive language that better addresses the panoply of disrupted nurture and identity seen in Star Trek. Spock’s identity is perpetually in flux, presumably because he was designed that... [more]
posted by mwhybark to FanFare on May 30 at 10:42 AM
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Yeah let's be honest this isn't even the worst episode of Enterprise, and might not even be the worst episode of this season. It was a "valentine" that ended up being a "fuck you" by trying to make one last episode of TNG. Imagine if the last episode of Voyager had been about the Enterprise E showing up to escort Voyager back to... [more]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia to FanFare on May 25 at 7:47 AM
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I think it is the Hawaiian pizza of Wes Anderson films: the absolute favorite for a small minority of people. [view]
posted by snofoam to FanFare on May 24 at 5:31 PM
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I adored this show (I also adored The Favourite, so I guess this particular register of historical travesty is just my thing). If I had to pick highlights, I'd go with the scene in ep 6 that reveals why Mariel's family was demoted (that has to be the most hilariously transgressive thing I've ever seen on television) and the entire episode... [more]
posted by COBRA! to FanFare on May 25 at 8:33 AM
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When does Starfleet finally face their greatest enemy: the ISO 9001 auditors? [view]
posted by Huffy Puffy to FanFare on May 24 at 1:46 PM
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I didn't hate this one and I think it's insane to call it the worst Trek ever in a universe where The Alternative Factor exists (So... much... grappling...) but I'd agree it was a bit of a fumble. I think it made some sense for Berman and Braga to do something retro to acknowledge that Trek as we knew it was coming to an end, and... [more]
posted by Ursula Hitler to FanFare on May 25 at 3:14 AM
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I'm about halfway through and I love it. I don't know why everyone isn't talking about it. It's so good. [view]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich to FanFare on May 25 at 12:22 PM
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She needs to teach a Masterclass that’s just making fun of Renaissance paintings. [view]
posted by Burhanistan to FanFare on May 27 at 8:25 AM
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I still can't believe they did Trip like that. This 'valentine' still makes me angry. Fucking space gangsters?! Agree the cast was great! Wish the show rose to their level more often. [view]
posted by rodlymight to FanFare on May 24 at 4:58 PM
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They really are all awful people. I did like that they made a point of Rick being all thankful to the kids and saying he has their back, before throwing them under the bus just minutes later. [view]
posted by Marticus to FanFare on May 25 at 8:40 PM
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This was both a very TOS-like episode, with its computer taking care of all the dirty work, and at the same time a deconstruction of same, because it shows both the incredible arrogance of privilege (the Aldeans' plan may be born of desperation, but at the same time they think that the kids will get over their separation from their parents once... [more]
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on May 29 at 7:46 PM
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"Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to join me is more than welcome." I'm a boater, and yeah, this is my favorite Wes movie. All us boaters watch it and quote line after line. But then again, I also... [more]
posted by valkane to FanFare on May 26 at 11:29 AM
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I loved just as much as I thought I would! Sure, Catherine gets the hero-edit; so far they're focusing more on the enlightened rather then absolutist part, but a) they're not entirely glossing over the ruthlessness required either, so I don't think it's too pat, and b) it's only supposed to be occasionally true after all, and right now, that spin... [more]
posted by sohalt to FanFare on May 30 at 1:32 AM
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I noticed this go up, and thought, what the hell, technically this is a TNG episode, why not? This in full awareness of the bad rep of the episode. Additionally I wanted to drop in to speak admiringly of mordax’ brave engagement with this series and to note, again, my sadness at his entirely understandable decision to move on. Um, you know, I... [more]
posted by mwhybark to FanFare on May 24 at 8:33 PM
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I can't say I was a fan of Enterprise exactly, but compared to the Abrams era it was a goddamned masterpiece. Anything you wanna say about Enterprise being a leer-y bro show, Abrams did it nine thousand times worse, with lens flares. Oh my goodness yes. I was pondering the question of "worst Trek episode ever" last... [more]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on May 25 at 5:57 AM
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