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The Expanse: Back to the Butcher  Season 1, Ep 5

In a flashback, Fred Johnson visits Anderson Station. In the present, he offers to help the survivors from Canterbury and Donnager. The survivors ponder his offer. Havelock recuperates from a boo-boo. Miller searches for Julie Mao and flops his hair.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Jan 6, 2016 - 32 comments

The Expanse: CQB  Season 1, Ep 4

Holden and crew find themselves in the middle of a desperate battle. Miller’s partner goes missing.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 31, 2015 - 51 comments

The Expanse: Remember the Cant  Season 1, Ep 3

Holden and crew are taken prisoner by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy. Miller deals with rioters. Avasarala plays politics.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 31, 2015 - 13 comments

The Expanse: The Big Empty  Season 1, Ep 2

Holden and crew are trapped in a badly damaged shuttle. On Ceres, Miller uncovers clues about Julie Mao. On Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala questions a terrorist.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 31, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 26

Benjamin Sisko gets another pip, everyone gets aboard the ship, the infiltrator gives them the slip, oh no--this could be their last trip! [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Dec 27, 2015 - 11 comments

Movie: The Thing

A research station in the Antarctic is infiltrated by a shape-shifting alien... uh... thing that assumes the appearance of the people it kills. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Dec 25, 2015 - 35 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 25

The DS9 cast "gets a chance to pretend to be someone else for a scene or two, which is goofy and fun until the sociopath shows up." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 23, 2015 - 13 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Shakaar  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 24

Kira gets an assignment from Kai Winn, of all people, to convince the former leader of her old resistance cell to stand down his resistance to relinquishing soil reclamators. Bajor is on the verge of civil war again... over farm equipment. And O'Brien's in the zone... [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Dec 20, 2015 - 12 comments

MeFi Horror Club: The Thing

The next MeFi Horror Club post will go live on Friday, December the 25th. Christmas Day! In that spirit, we'll be watching John Carpenter's snowy 1982 classic, The Thing. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Dec 18, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Family Business  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 23

Quark and Rom's Moogie Introduces Feminism to Ferenginar. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Explorers  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 22

A major milestone in DS9: the first appearance of Leeta! Also, Sisko grows the beard, Jake tries to set up his dad with a certain freighter captain, Bashir is sort of weird about his past (no big change there), and did those feet in ancient times...? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Dec 13, 2015 - 18 comments

Movie: Lifeforce

A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Dec 11, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Die is Cast  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 21

Garak reluctantly tortures Odo for information to prove his loyalty to his former mentor, Enabran Tain, as a joint Tal Shiar / Obsidian Order attack on the Founders in the Omarian Nebula is underway without Starfleet's involvement. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Improbable Cause  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 20

Garak has a fire sale, and everything must go! And Odo is witness to yet another awkward reunion. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Dec 6, 2015 - 10 comments

MeFi Horror Club: Lifeforce

Next up on MeFi Horror Club: Lifeforce, 1985. Discussion to be posted next Friday 11 December. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Dec 6, 2015 - 7 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Closure  Season 3, Ep 9

S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ward collide when Malick attempts to open the portal. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 2, 2015 - 33 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Through the Looking Glass  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 19

A second visit to the twisted, brutal Mirror Universe, this time with pirates, Sisko's dead wife and freedom fighters. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 2, 2015 - 10 comments

Book: The Blind Assassin

If The Blind Assassin was a layer cake, the layers would be the impossibility of true love, the inexorable destructive force of time, and chocolate. The frosting is pulp and newspaper. It's a remarkable novel, if only for the way Margaret Atwood weaves together three wildly different genres into a whole. There's the gentle comedy of old age about an old woman living a rather solitary existence in a small Southern Ontario town. There are her reminiscences of her life and family, an old-fashioned bildungsroman or family saga. Then there's a story about a doomed romance and pulp science fiction. Each on their own a very good book, but together form a great one. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Dec 1, 2015 - 2 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Distant Voices  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 18

It's Bashir's birthday, and he's feeling especially old, but why is Garak acting so suspiciously? I mean, more so than usual. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 29, 2015 - 14 comments

The Expanse: Dulcinea (Pilot)  Season 1, Ep 1

The pilot for a new series on SyFy based on James SA Corey's series of books that begin with Leviathan Wakes. In the US, the show begins airing on 14 December but SyFy has put the pilot on youtube.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Nov 28, 2015 - 65 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Visionary  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 17

In which O’Brien meets O’Brien, and all hell breaks loose.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 25, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Prophet Motive  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 16

Zek has seen the light, and it's not the gleam of latinum. Can Quark deal with the Nagus' new groove? And Bashir is oddly bashful about his chances of winning a major award. WARNING: Although this episode was approved for broadcast twenty years ago, it features scenes of oo-mox that younger or more sensitive viewers may find disturbing. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 22, 2015 - 4 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Destiny  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 15

An ancient Bajoran prophecy of doom complicates the first joint Bajoran, Cardassian, and Federation science mission: an attempt to establish a permanent communications link through the wormhole. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2015 - 13 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Heart of Stone  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 14

Odo has a crush on Kira, but Kira is just getting crushed. Can he save her from Star Trek's oldest and most implacable foe, the styrofoam boulder? Also, Nog has an intriguing proposition for Sisko, but there are some things even latinum can't buy... [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 15, 2015 - 16 comments

Book: Foundation and Empire: "The Mule"

In the imaginary science of 'Pataphysics there's the concept of the "clinamen", or "swerve". As method in the arts, it can be roughly paraphrased as: "To create art you must first create a system. Once you have the system, you must introduce an anomaly which brings the system into a state of chaos. Then you have art." To put it bluntly, until writing "The Mule", Asimov's Foundation series was a perfect system, described by the imaginary science of psychohistory. Things were moving predictably to a predicted end. But then there came a swerve, in the form of "The Mule", a warlord not predicted by Hari Seldon. And in the titular character, Asimov created one of the most interesting anti-heroes of early science fiction. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 14, 2015 - 9 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Life Support  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 13

A fatally-injured Vedek Bareil struggles to stay alive long enough to complete the most important act of his career. Jake goes on a disastrous double date with Nog. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 11, 2015 - 17 comments

Book: Foundation and Empire: "The General"

"The General" is the last of the classic Foundation stories. In it Asimov tackles the central dynamic head on, setting the "living will" of a single human being against the "dead hand" of psychohistory. It should be no surprise, and indeed is no surprise to modern readers, that the long arc of history doesn't bend around brilliant individuals. There are other characters than the titular general, but Bel Riose is the only one that matters. He knows exactly what he's up against, and backs himself to win. He's undoubtedly the purest example of a tragic hero in the series. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 10, 2015 - 5 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Tense, Part II  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 12

Sisko takes a dead man's name; will he have to sacrifice his life in order for the Federation to exist? The people of Sanctuary make a desperate last stand while Kira and O'Brien search through history to rescue their crew. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 8, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Tense, Part I  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 11

A transporter accident sends Sisko, Bashir, and Dax three centuries into Earth's dark past to 2024, where the United States has attempted to solve the problem of homelessness by erecting "Sanctuary Districts" -- makeshift ghettos for unemployed and / or mentally ill persons. They've arrived just days before a violent incident that will lead to a turning point in Earth's history. Now they must find a way to avoid disrupting the timeline and get back to the 24th century. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 4, 2015 - 15 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fascination  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 10

A Midsummer Night's Dream IN SPAAAAAAACE, featuring the Aunt Mame OF SPAA--look, I know I did this joke just last week, but it fits, OK? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 1, 2015 - 25 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Defiant  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 9

Commander Riker shows up on DS9, charms the crew and convinces Major Kira to take him on a tour of the station and the Defiant. After she unlocks the Defiant's systems, he stuns her and steals the ship. Sisko assists Gul Dukat on Cardassia Prime to prevent the ship from entering Cardassian territory. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 28, 2015 - 21 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Traders"

The next jump forward in the Foundation storyline takes us well into the second century of the 1000 year plan (which, incidentally, was the original name of the the first book). A merchant from the Foundation on a trading mission to a distant planet runs afoul of local laws and customs. Another trader, Linmar Ponyets, is sent to save him. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 27, 2015 - 4 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Meridian  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 8

Brigadoon IN SPAAAAAAACE! Will our crew be able to science the ---- out of this one? Plus, everything you never wanted to know about the holosuite but were too squicked out to ask, or, you thought the one with Barclay in TNG was TMI... [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 25, 2015 - 11 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Mayors"

Compared to the previous story, there's a lot more going on in "The Mayors". While "The Encyclopedists" is a bit bare bones, this story is painted on a much bigger canvas. Political intrigue, deluded mobs and huge warships flying through space all feature. All of this is familiar from space opera, both modern and contemporary to the Foundation series. But in this story, it isn't the most destructive weapon that wins the day, but the soft power of religious authority. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 24, 2015 - 3 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Encyclopedists"

Science fiction fandom was introduced to the Foundation and psychohistory in a 1942 short story called "Foundation". When it was collected in a book, it was renamed "The Encyclopedists". It is the story of a library on a worthless planet on the far edge of a collapsing empire. And it's the story of a small city mayor who rises to the occasion presented to him by history, becoming one of the most beloved heroes of science fiction, Salvor Hardin. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Civil Defense  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 7

While converting the station's old ore processing unit into a deuterium refinery, Chief O'Brien and Jake Sisko accidentally trip an old Cardassian security program, which was set to put the station on lockdown in the event of a Bajoran uprising during the Occupation. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 22, 2015 - 25 comments

Book: Foundation

The Foundation Trilogy is the space epic's space epic. It follows the history of The Foundation for centuries, from its beginnings as a library on a rinky dink planet on the edge of the Milky Way, to burgeoning galactic empirehood. But before there's a Foundation, there's one guy with a plan, Hari Seldon. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 21, 2015 - 16 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Abandoned  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 6

Quark finds a baby in a pile of junk, then things get weird. Who's your daddy? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 19, 2015 - 15 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Skin  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 5

Major Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassians and told she is actually an undercover field operative of their Obsidian Order named Iliana Ghemor whose appearance was altered and memory erased. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 14, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Equilibrium  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 4

Jadzia can't get a song out of her head. And who was that masked man? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 11, 2015 - 5 comments

Continuum: Final Hour  Season 4, Ep 6

Series Finale. Kiera and Alec risk everything to stop the future soldiers and their devastating plan. Kellog, despite a loose alliance with Kiera, has plans of his own. All factions clash violently in order to determine which path the future will take. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 10, 2015 - 10 comments

Continuum: The Desperate Hours  Season 4, Ep 5

The penultimate episode of Continuum. Despite sharing her agenda with her partner, Kiera pushes Carlos’ patience to the limit as she pressures him for more time. Kellog faces unexpected peril. Carlos reveals all to Dillon. The future soldiers stage a daring raid to free their recently imprisoned leader.
posted by zarq on Oct 10, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The House of Quark  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 3

When a Klingon warrior is accidentally killed in Quark's Bar, Quark becomes the unwilling steward of a Klingon Great House. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 7, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search, Part II  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 2

We can't all just get along. Also, Odo's first family reunion becomes rather awkward. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 5, 2015 - 14 comments

Continuum: Zero Hour  Season 4, Ep 4

Kellog starts to realize that everything is not as it seems. Alec prepares to meet his destiny.
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2015 - 3 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search, Part 1  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 1

Season 3 Premiere: Sisko takes an untested Starfleet warship into the Gamma Quadrant in an attempt to find the Founders of the Dominion. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 1, 2015 - 30 comments

Minority Report: Mr. Nice Guy  Season 1, Ep 2

Dash and Vega combine their efforts to track down a killer who is in a state of heartbreak. Dash also continues to try and get in touch with his siblings.
posted by cashman on Oct 1, 2015 - 2 comments

Continuum: Power Hour  Season 4, Ep 3

Lucas challenges Alec and Julian to man up as authors of their own destinies, so Alec joins Carlos and the VPD in Betty's old position and Julian tries to destroy his Theseus legacy. Kellog meets with Carlos and threatens to pull funding for the entire police force. Kiera and Garza form an alliance and recon the new future soldiers' compound. Is Kiera's trust of Brad putting everyone in danger?
posted by zarq on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tribunal  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 25

The Cardassians arrest Miles O'Brien for working with the Maquis. In the Cardassian judicial system, the accused's guilt is already established and the trial is only an Orwellian formality. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 22, 2015 - 23 comments

Continuum: Rush Hour  Season 4, Ep 2

Kellog leverages Alec by exploiting his weakness: Emily. Kiera attempts to negotiate with Kellog, unaware that Liber8 have other, darker plans. Meanwhile Alec, tired of feeling helpless, impulsively sets off to save Emily on his own.
posted by zarq on Sep 19, 2015 - 16 comments

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