Forest of Secrets: (aka Stranger) Episodes 1 & 2 Season 2, Ep 1
On a foggy night, two college students drown at the beach. While Si-mok investigates, Yeo-jim tracks down a man who was at the scene of the incident. / Police and prosecutors each prepare members for joint discussions on investigative authority. Dong-jae brings Woo Tae-ha some cases of interest. (tvN Korea, Netflix) [more inside]
Michael Moore's 2018 documentary explored two questions of the first Trump Era: How the fuck did we get there, and how the fuck do we get out? It's good/bad! to look back at the beginning of this cluster. A lot of his usual stuff, plus some original / new POV's, for those who didn't watch tv during that time.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The U.S. Postal Service Season 7, Ep 11
This week, from the Blank White Void: Someone flushed a toiled during oral arguments in a remote Supreme Court conference. Justice Department head and apologist for power William Barr seeks to throw out case against Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, not even trying to cover up that it's nakedly an abuse of his position. [internal screaming] Trump flubs a photo-op by touring a mask factory without wearing one, and seems to be trying to convince the US to open up despite the additional deaths it would cause, while also shutting down CDC guidelines as to how businesses could best do that safely. And Now: FOX 4 Dallas's Steve Eagar Reads Viewer's Complaints Out Loud. Main story: the U.S. Postal Service and the issues, in terms of safety and budgetary, it faces during the Coronavirus crisis. YouTube The episode mentions that, while it will not go anywhere near meeting the USPS's $90B shortfall, you can at least help out a little by buying stamps, such as the ones they themselves have produced through stamps.com, at stamps.com/laststamptonight, available through June 15. [more inside]
Based on the initially anonymous blockbuster 1996 account of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, the film version continues the novel's weak à clef distance, casting a thinly disguised John Travolta as Bill and Emma Thompson as Hillary as they navigate the ethically trying road to the White House. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Draining the Swamp Season 5, Ep 29
This week (yes, a timely LWT post!):
- The Republicans lose the US House of Representatives, an act which Trump actually said was "close to a complete victory" for him. Also, businessman Danny Darkanian loses his sixth straight election in Nevada, annoying his wife greatly. And three states voted to expand Medicaid, Flordia voted to restore voting rights to felons, and Utah voted to legalize medical marihuana.
- Update in Stupid Watergate: Trump fires Jeff Sessions and replaces him, as acting head of the Justice Department, with Matthew Whitaker, a man known for many stupid things, foremost among them serving as an advisor to a company that had to pay out a $25M judgement for scamming inventors.
- And Now: Steve Bannon's Election Night Coverage Went Just Great
- Main Story: Donald Trump (again), and his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." A noble sentiment, but, predictably, absolutely the opposite of what he's doing. Here's the piece on YouTube.
- And Now: Monday Night Football's Graphics Are Officially Out Of Hand
- Finally, an epidemic of unnotified promotion of products by influencers on social media has been going on, including DJ Khaled hawking alcohol to millions of followers. To help illustrate, LWT reveals something they've been doing (not been getting paid for it, but doing it anyway) concerning Scientology....
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Charter Schools Season 3, Ep 22
- US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (4m) and others trashed a men's restroom, and Lochte flees to us while his collegues are detained.
- Main story: The downsides of many charter schools (18m): poor planning, profit seeking and corruption.
- And Now: One Final Second of Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte The Perfectly Encapsulates His Entire Personality, Career and Worldview.
- Finally, LWT tonight noticed surprising parallels between the campaign of Donald Trump and the book "The Kid Who Ran For President." Part 1 (5m) - Part 2 (5m)
Steven Universe: Kindergarten Kid Season 4, Ep 1
Peridot tries to capture a corrupted gem in the Beta Kindergarten. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Earthlings Season 3, Ep 23
Steven, Amethyst, and Peridot confront Jasper in the Beta Kindergarten.
Steven Universe: Gem Hunt Season 3, Ep 17
Connie accompanies Steven and Pearl on her first real Crystal Gem mission!
A round table discussion about the evidence available to the second Morgan inquiry. While the investigation is on hold, Alastair makes an important connection. <
In one of the most explosive inquests in British history, the Morgan family are told the details of Daniel's murder and the conspiracy behind it.
Another violent death of a police officer associated with Daniel, while the suspects use TV and press contacts to derail the first Morgan Murder inquiry.
In the immediate aftermath of Daniel's death, Alastair becomes the one true detective into his brother's brutal axe killing. But who else can he trust?
Exploring Daniel Morgan's background, and the murky world of private detectives and police in South London in the 1980s after an £18,000 heist.
One Child: Three part mini series Season 1, Ep 0
In this BBC / Sundance production, adopted Mei Ashley (Katie Leung) is called back to Guangzhou to meet her birth mother for the first time, and to help save the brother she never knew she had from a corrupt legal system.
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy postwar Vienna only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of his old friend Harry Lime. [more inside]
When Steven Avery is freed after serving 18 years from a wrongful conviction, his search for justice raises questions about the authorities who put him behind bars. [more inside]
The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night. [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: The Cemetery Vote Rewatch Season 3, Ep 20
Jessica travels to Comstock, Idaho to mourn a good friend, Jim Stevens, who died in a suspicious in a car accident. JB comes face-to-face with the worst of local politics, when Jim's death looks like to be a murder, due to his effort to be a reform mayor. Jim's wife, Linda, will not accept that Jim was killed, but his father, Harry sees the local sheriff (and mayoral candidate), Orville Yates, as suspect #1. There's illegal gambling, corrupt police, and a town split between Yates and Jim's friend and interim mayor, David Carroll. To make things interesting, Jessica brings in the big guns and calls up the State Police, where she finds Captain Ernest Lenko to be a supporter of Jim Stevens.
Gotham: Everyone Has A Cobblepot Season 1, Ep 18
Jim discovers that Commissioner Loeb controls the GCPD via an extensive blackmail file on almost every cop, and sets out to exploit it for his own ends. Fish Mooney meets Dr. Dulmacher and tries to secure her own position.
Gotham: Arkham Season 1, Ep 4
A major redevelopment project becomes the subject of a mafia war when two council members corrupted by opposing factions get murdered.
Gotham: The Balloonman Season 1, Ep 3
Gordon and Bullock investigate a vigilante who murders corrupt Gotham authority figures by attaching them to weather balloons and letting them float away. Oswald returns to the city and takes an unorthodox route to become a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant owned by the mafia Don Sal Maroni.