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A young, fresh-faced Hill staffer gets her first job in Washington, D.C. to discover two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to earth and eaten the brains ...

BrainDead: The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail  Season 1, Episode 13

Shame seems to be the ultimate space-bug-spray as we move into the season (series?) finale. Rochelle and Gustav play (play?) secret agent to investigate the greenhouses. And Laurel (Lana?) figures out Red's secret shame. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 12, 2016 at 6:15 AM - 17 comments

BrainDead: Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government  Season 1, Episode 12

The queen bug is hurt, and Red is suffering. However, one of his plans seems to have come to fruition as Laurel's documentary is funded, forcing her to make the choice between the fight against the space bugs and telling the world about the Melanesian choirs of the Solomon Islands. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 12, 2016 at 6:06 AM - 4 comments

BrainDead: Six Points on the New Congressional Budget  Season 1, Episode 11

Gareth knows the truth, but doesn't want to believe it. Red and Ella have a bipartisan budget with something hidden in the Farm Bill, but that's a separate thing from the budget. Luke is being pre-vetted for Director of the CIA, but it's really Red staying a step ahead of him. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 5, 2016 at 5:55 PM - 6 comments

BrainDead: The Path to War 2: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes  Season 1, Episode 10

Laurel "helps" a fellow documentarian make a video about why we shouldn't start a a war with Syria (subtext: THERE'S BUGS IN YOUR BRAINS) while simultaneously freaking out Luke's wife Germaine about her soon-to-be-born baby. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:11 AM - 3 comments

BrainDead: Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched  Season 1, Episode 9

The truth about the CIA Syria briefing is leaked, and Red wants to know who did it. The investigation leads to the revelation that Laurel (may have) slept with Michael Moore (guest starring as himself in Gareth's horrified imagination). Meanwhile, a room in the Senate basement has been converted to a war room, complete with ominous countdown clock and blueprints aplenty. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:27 AM - 8 comments

BrainDead: The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm  Season 1, Episode 8

Get space bugs in your head... [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 15, 2016 at 9:33 AM - 5 comments

BrainDead: The Power of Euphemism  Season 1, Episode 7

...How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics. Tense AF, as Laurel is taken into custody by the FBI (Kurt Fuller in supercreepy mode) and prepared for enhanced interrogation -- specifically, "controlled immersion", a new, less-drowny version of waterboarding. Gareth teams up with Luke to get an Intelligence Committee hearing on the use of torture, which Red manipulates as usual. But! Gustav and Rochelle have figured out some of the bugs' language and use it to make the bug-infected committee members raise their hands at the wrong times, then walk repeatedly into walls. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 12, 2016 at 7:58 AM - 1 comment

BrainDead: Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory...  Season 1, Episode 6

It's an episode of discoveries! The bugs can be ejected from a human host -- it just takes booze and music and sex with Aaron Tveit. Also, the bugs can communicate via their hosts, and "You Might Think" turns out to be a faster version of the interplanetary music of the spheres. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:44 AM - 4 comments

Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't)  Season 1, Episode 5

When the Center for Disease Control has its funding temporarily cut, Luke attempts to reach a compromise to have the money reinstated, but Red's political machinations undermine him at every turn. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM - 4 comments

BrainDead: Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and...  Season 1, Episode 4

Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel's friend Abby to get an MRI so they can uncover the real cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Also, Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.
posted by phearlez on Jul 18, 2016 at 12:15 PM - 3 comments

BrainDead: Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy  Season 1, Episode 3

Agent Onofrio's investigation of a deadly incident on live TV causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to delve deeper into the bug mystery. Luke tries to hide his affair with Scarlett. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jun 28, 2016 at 2:05 PM - 7 comments