Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE FINAL SACRIFICE Season 9, Ep 10
"A lost city... A cult of unholy warriors... And a boy's quest for the secret of his father's death." Teenaged orphan Troy is on a quest across Canada to find out what happened to his father. In a pair of improbable coincidences, he meets a reformed, former member of the cult responsible for his death and his old partner, before finally confronting its leader. That reformed cult member goes by the name of Zap Rowsdower.... Fans generally regard this as one of the best of the Sci-Fi Channel era episodes. Both the riffing and the host segments are first-rate. This episode gives us the Canada Song and a Satellite-wide outbreak of Hockey Hair. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered July 25, 1998. 16 episodes left. Extra: The Rowsdower Song, from a post I made some time back. Have some more Rowsdowers. [more inside]
Travelers: 001 Season 2, Ep 12
Traveler 001 stays one step ahead of MacLaren's team... (Season finale) [more inside]
Travelers: Simon Season 2, Ep 11
An incoherent homeless man turns out to be a brilliant but delusional traveler who knows the identity of the team's powerful nemesis, Traveler 001. [more inside]
Travelers: 21C Season 2, Ep 10
The travelers guard a little girl who has a big future, while Marcy recalls more than expected when she attempts a procedure to recover her memory. [more inside]
Travelers: Update Season 2, Ep 9
Philip attends a disturbing historical update session. MacLaren's wife has a medical emergency, and Trevor learns something shocking about his host. [more inside]
Travelers: Traveler 0027 Season 2, Ep 8
MacLaren and his team are summoned to the formal hearing of Traveler 0027, who is charged with undermining both the Director and the Grand Plan. [more inside]
Travelers: 17 Minutes Season 2, Ep 7
When the team is wiped out during a mission to a remote lake, a traveler repeatedly transfers into a nearby skydiver to make a frantic rescue attempt. [more inside]
Travelers: U235 Season 2, Ep 6
Outflanked by members of the Faction, MacLaren's team races to acquire uranium, bring the Director back on line, and halt the spread of the pandemic. [more inside]
Travelers: Jenny Season 2, Ep 5
Assigned to prevent a flu-like outbreak, the travelers are shocked when the pathogen seems to evolve, becoming fatal and spreading across the world. [more inside]
Travelers: 11:27 Season 2, Ep 4
Two team members assist an activist in preventing the release of an agricultural product, while the others help a traveler plan his own assassination. [more inside]
Travelers: Jacob Season 2, Ep 3
Three months after the team's last assignment, the discovery of bodies at a construction site alerts the traveler to a global pattern of killings. [more inside]
Travelers: PROTOCOL 4 Season 2, Ep 2
MacLaren and Walt pursue a mysterious, unexpected group of new travelers, while Marcy helps David recover from trauma and Philip makes a new friend. [more inside]
Travelers: Ave Machina Season 2, Ep 1
Grant MacLaren and his team find themselves in FBI custody with no means of escape, while a mysterious new traveler reveals secrets to his psychiatrist. [more inside]
The Handmaid's Tale: Night Season 1, Ep 10
Season 1 Finale. Moira continues to fight her way to the border. Offred and the other handmaids are confronted with an impossible choice. [more inside]
The Handmaid's Tale: The Other Side Season 1, Ep 7
The story going into flashback and out of Gilead to check in on a familiar face [more inside]
Elementary: Over a Barrel Season 5, Ep 13
A man takes hostages, including Joan, and threatens to execute them unless Holmes finds the person responsible for the death of his son. [more inside]
Travelers: Grace Season 1, Ep 12
An assassin traveler arrives in the present, exposing the truth about a disturbing schism between warring factions that is unfolding in the future. (Season finale) [more inside]
Travelers: Marcy Season 1, Ep 11
Marcy's condition deteriorates, requiring two new travelers to attempt an experimental procedure that could keep her alive, but at a high cost. [more inside]
Travelers: Kathryn Season 1, Ep 10
Surgeons work to save MacLaren as he hovers between life and death. The team tries to cover up the situation as suspicions grow at work and home. [more inside]
Travelers: Bishop Season 1, Ep 9
Circumstances force MacLaren to go off-mission during an unusual solo assignment involving his wife, politics, and a catastrophic air disaster. [more inside]
Travelers: Donner Season 1, Ep 8
MacLaren handles a misfired traveler while Trevor and Carly deal with personal issues, and Philip notices a minor change to the timeline. [more inside]
Travelers: Protocol 5 Season 1, Ep 7
Unsure if their mission succeeded, the travelers face the prospect of living out the rest of their lives in their challenging 21st century personas. [more inside]
Travelers: Helios 685 Season 1, Ep 6
The team prepares to fulfill its primary mission, which will save millions of lives but could possibly spell disaster for their own futures. [more inside]
Travelers: Room 101 Season 1, Ep 5
Kidnapped by a faceless nemesis who seems to know their secret, MacLaren's team is held captive and interrogated while he scrambles to find them. [more inside]
Travelers: Hall Season 1, Ep 4
After rescuing a more experienced team, MacLaren and the others discover that not everyone from the future is playing by the same rules. [more inside]
Travelers: Aleksander Season 1, Ep 3
Wracked with guilt, Philip defies the rules in an unauthorized attempt to alter the future, resulting in violence and the exposure of his secret. [more inside]
Travelers: Protocol 6 Season 1, Ep 2
MacLaren and the team adjust to unexpected challenges in their new lives while trying to prevent an antimatter detonation that could kill thousands. [more inside]
Travelers: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
When several random citizens are possessed by people from the future, FBI agent Grant MacLaren discovers their critically important mission.
Is anyone considering putting up a post for the final Tragically Hip show? I'm still trying to figure out how to watch from the US and potentially mid-trip or I would volunteer.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. PRIMARIES AND CAUCUSES Season 3, Ep 13
- Protests rock Venezuela as their economy continues to deteriorate due to low oil prices.
- Canada Prime Ministar Justin Trudeau hits a very minor scandal, "Elbowgate," due to his pushing his way through a crowd of people in the House of Commons.
- And Now: John McLaughlin Angrily Introduces Discussion Topics.
- Main story: Primaries and Caucuses, the means by which the Democratic and Republican candidates get chosen, which is far from proportional to public will.
- And Now: Increasingly Weird Bell Ringers at the New York Stock Exchange
- Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, widely considered to be a brutal strongman and who idolizes Putin, has completely lost his cat. LWT launches a campaign to find Kadyrov's cat before anyone suffers for it. Follow-up on Huffington Post.
The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: MIA vs TOR Season 27, Ep 3
The Toronto Raptors, a young unproven team with a rabid fan base trying to get further than they have in recent memory, are tied with a Miami Heat team plagued by injury and age, who nevertheless have played with great guile and ferocity. The Severe North vs the Lackadaisical South. Lannisters vs Starks. And so forth. Meanwhile, Lebron is chilling in an ice bath with the dragons. Game 5 is tonight, 5/11/16.
Letterkenny: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Streaming on CraveTV (Canadian on demand video service), Letterkenny is a small show about a small town in rural Ontario (here is a taste). It is based on a web series Letterkenny Problems, available on YouTube. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Log Date 7 15 2 Season 2, Ep 29
Steven listens to Peridot's audio diary.
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]
This week.... New Zealand Prime Minister John Key answers surprisingly candid questions on radio. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, unpopular for his reforms, courts controversy with an insensitive TV commercial. A Copenhagen zoo's decision to kill a healthy two-year-old giraffe and feed it to the lions is followed up by the decision to kill two lions and their cubs, and another zoo in Denmark dissected a lion in front of a crowd. LWT helpfully produced an honest commercial for Denmark's zoos. Main story: Canada has an election tomorrow (er, by now, two days ago -- Justin Trudeau won). Cameo appearance by Mike Myers! YouTube (15m) And Now: A Student Passes Out Listening To Steven Harper Speak. (Two students, actually.) Finally, in response to the epidemic of quote misattribution by political figures and generally on the internet, LWT created a website to generate random misquotes from historical figures, definitelyrealquotes.com. [more inside]
This week.... The Obama administration reaches a historic deal with Iran, but has difficulty selling it to Congress. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is in Russia to kick off preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Ashley Madison, a website that encourages and helps set up affairs between married people, was hacked and the responsible parties threaten to release records on their userbase. LWT produced a short message exhorting married citizens of Ottawa not to have affairs. Main story: The absurdity of mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the US. YouTube (15m) And Now: Unnecessary Full Disclosure. Ukraine threatens to blacklist Gérard Depardieu as a threat to their national security (Guardian) for a statement made last year at a film festival. Over the closing credits, LWT provides a brief slideshow of photos of Depardieu set to "cartoonishly French music." [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US torturing of detainees, upping the stakes against Jack Warner Season 2, Ep 17
This week: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warns Vladimir Putin likely to invade soon. Azerbaijan prepares to host the European Games, a new Olympics-style sporting festival, drawing closer scrutiny for their terrible human rights record. Canadian senators discovered to have spent over a million dollars of the government's money for things like golf and fishing trips, hockey tickets and holidays -- but spent $24 million to discover it. And Now: Newscasters Trying Not To Swear. The main story is on torture, American's attitudes and misconceptions regarding it, and how little has changed since we learned the CIA engaged in it, how it doesn't work, and why we seem to think that it does. LWT got Dame Helen Mirram to read key excerpts from it. YouTube (15m) And Now: Newscasters Not Trying Not TO Swear. And finally, an update on former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who responded (3m) to Oliver's Trinidad TV response (4m) to his video (7m). The "epic and dramatic music" in Warner's is Ash (3m), by The Secession.
The Book of Negroes: Episode 1 Season 1, Ep 1
CBC's production of Lawrence Hill's acclaimed epic novel begins by introducing 11-year old Aminata Diallo, just as she is stolen from her home in West Africa and forced into slavery. [more inside]
Stars is a band from Toronto, who have been making music together since 2000. Their seventh album was released in October 2014. In this episode, they talk about the inspiration for the phrase No One Is Lost, which is the title of this song as well as the album. And you’ll hear the original version of the chorus: one that they wrote, recorded, mixed, and finished but then, ended up changing completely. [more inside]
Strange Empire: The Hunting Party Season 1, Ep 1
A group of women heading for the Canadian border find themselves bereft of their menfolk and installed in Janestown, a prostitute settlement. [more inside]
Any interest in Strange Empire from the CBC? [more inside]
Orphan Black: Conditions of Existence First Watch Season 1, Ep 5
The women learn that they have monitors - people in their lives whose purpose it is to observe them. They then try to discover who the monitors are.
Orphan Black: Effects of External Conditions First Watch Season 1, Ep 4
Alison impersonates Sarah to help her with Kira while Sarah encounters the person responsible for the deaths of other clones.
Orphan Black: Variation Under Nature First Watch Season 1, Ep 3
Sarah meets Cosima, another lookalike. Cosima and Alison reveal to Sarah all that they know about what is happening with the lookalikes including that they are clones. As Beth, Sarah must investigate the death of the body she buried.
Orphan Black: Instinct First Watch Season 1, Ep 2
Sarah must pose as Katja to find a mysterious suitcase. As Sarah delves further into the mystery of her lookalikes, she meets Alison - another lookalike who may provide her with the answers she needs.
Orphan Black: Natural Selection First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
When Sarah Manning witnesses the suicide of Elizabeth Childs, a woman who looks just like her, Sarah arranges for Beth's body to be misidentified by her foster brother, Felix, as Sarah assumes Beth's identity. The plan is to clear out Beth's bank accounts, get her daughter Kira back, and run away to start a new life, but Sarah gets caught in a conspiracy about why she and Beth look alike and what led Beth to kill herself.
Continuum: The Dying Minutes Season 3, Ep 12
John Doe's revelations force Liber8 to regroup and its members to reconsider their mission. A new character, The Traveller, is introduced. Carlos pulls himself together. The Freelancers face a familiar enemy.
Continuum: 3 Minutes to Midnight Season 3, Ep 11
The pieces begin to come together: A direct attack from Liber8 puts John Doe and Kiera in danger. But now that John Doe has learned more about his past and future, his revelations could change everything.
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