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The Handmaid's Tale: "The Word"  Season 2, Ep 13

Serena and the other Wives strive to make change; Emily learns more about her new Commander; Offred faces a difficult decision.
posted by Bibliogeek on Jul 11, 2018 - 50 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Postpartum"  Season 2, Ep 12

Offred is sent to a familiar place; Nick is rocked by Gilead's brutal response to a crime; Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.
posted by Bibliogeek on Jul 4, 2018 - 35 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Holly"  Season 2, Ep 11

Offred faces a grueling challenge alone as she recalls her life as a mother; Serena and the Commander deal with the fallout of their actions towards Offred.
posted by Bibliogeek on Jun 27, 2018 - 27 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: The Last Ceremony  Season 2, Ep 10

A frustrated Serena becomes desperate; The Commander tries to make amends with Offred; Nick pushes Eden farther away; Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.
posted by litlnemo on Jun 20, 2018 - 38 comments

Movie: Fahrenheit 451

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 15, 2018 - 1 comment

The Handmaid's Tale: "Smart Power"  Season 2, Ep 9

The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad; Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead; Luke and Moira grapple with survivor's guilt; Offred seeks support from allies.
posted by Bibliogeek on Jun 13, 2018 - 40 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Women's Work"  Season 2, Ep 8

A sick baby tests Offred and Serena; Janine finally faces Naomi.
posted by Bibliogeek on Jun 6, 2018 - 20 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "After"  Season 2, Ep 7

An attack sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America; Serena makes a dangerous choice; Moira searches for someone from her past.
posted by Bibliogeek on May 30, 2018 - 28 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "First Blood"  Season 2, Ep 6

Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah; The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center; Nick struggles with his new assignment.
posted by Bibliogeek on May 23, 2018 - 16 comments

Movie: A Clockwork Orange

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 22, 2018 - 19 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Seeds"  Season 2, Ep 5

Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick; Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.
posted by Bibliogeek on May 16, 2018 - 15 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Other Women"  Season 2, Ep 4

A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in June's relationship with Serena Joy, as she reckons with the choice she made to become a Handmaid.
posted by Bibliogeek on May 9, 2018 - 18 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Baggage  Season 2, Ep 3

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured. [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on May 2, 2018 - 16 comments

3%: Chapter 10: Blood (Sangue)  Season 2, Ep 10

Last-minute setbacks force Fernando and Joana to improvise. As chaos erupts on the day of the Process, Michele concocts a plan of her own. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 29, 2018 - 1 comment

3%: Chapter 09: Necklace (Colar)  Season 2, Ep 9

While Rafael, Fernando, and Joana forge ahead with their plan, Michele discovers a shocking secret about the Offshore's past. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 29, 2018 - 3 comments

3%: Chapter 08: Frogs (Sapos)  Season 2, Ep 8

Joana finds herself at the mercy of a figure from her past, Michele is led to a remote hiding place, and Marcela receives an unexpected invitation. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 29, 2018 - 1 comment

3%: Chapter 07: Fog (Névoa)  Season 2, Ep 7

Fernando finds an unlikely new ally. Michele undergoes a mysterious procedure. A crisis leaves Rafael torn between Elisa and his mission. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 29, 2018 - 1 comment

3%: Chapter 06: Bottles (Garrafas)  Season 2, Ep 6

As the hunt for Cause members heats up, Gloria wrestles with raging doubts, Michele and Joana search for the bomb, and Fernando makes a defiant move. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 28, 2018 - 2 comments

3%: Chapter 05: Lamp (Lampião)  Season 2, Ep 5

Michele and the others discover another side to Ezequiel as he retakes his turbulent journey from Process No. 80 to the present. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 28, 2018 - 5 comments

3%: Chapter 04: Napkin (Guardanapo)  Season 2, Ep 4

Ivana and Joana subject their captives to grueling interrogations to find out who's telling the truth. Marcela reaches out to an Inlander for help. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 28, 2018 - 2 comments

3%: Chapter 03: Static (Ecstática)  Season 2, Ep 3

Desperate to protect Gloria, Fernando realizes there's another way to stop the Process. Michele and Rafael separately try to contact the Cause. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 27, 2018 - 4 comments

3%: Chapter 02: Toaster (Torradeira)  Season 2, Ep 2

As Rafael races to score a spot on the Inland squad, flashbacks recap his first year in the Offshore. Fernando reluctantly coaches Process hopefuls. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 27, 2018 - 1 comment

3%: Chapter 01: Mirror (Espelho)  Season 2, Ep 1

With days to go before the next Process, Joana tries to prove herself to the leader of the Cause, and Michele faces an ultimatum from Ezequiel. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 27, 2018 - 2 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Unwomen"   Season 2, Ep 2

Offred adjusts to a new way of life; the arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the colonies; a family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.
posted by Bibliogeek on Apr 25, 2018 - 19 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "June"   Season 2, Ep 1

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.
posted by Bibliogeek on Apr 25, 2018 - 18 comments

Movie: Ready Player One

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
posted by Stanczyk on Mar 31, 2018 - 38 comments

Movie: Gattaca

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 11, 2018 - 9 comments

Altered Carbon: Season 1 Complete, Books Included.  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 0

It's probably much too late, but it's clear we need a space for book readers and binge-watchers to spoil heavily about Netflix's Altered Carbon adaptation. [more inside]
posted by mordax on Feb 7, 2018 - 51 comments

Book: The Dispossessed

Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earthlike planet Urras in search of a better world, a new beginning. Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the two civilizations that have been separated by hatred since long before he was born. The Dispossessed is a penetrating examination of society and humanity -- and one man's brave undertaking to question the unquestionable and ignite the fires of change.
An Ambiguous Utopia
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 6, 2018 - 10 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Autofac  Season 1, Ep 8

Society and the world as we know it has collapsed. A small band of humans must now contend with a massive, automatic factory that continuously produces products while using up what little resources are left. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jan 11, 2018 - 7 comments

Movie: Children of Men

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
posted by Fizz on Nov 4, 2017 - 19 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK  Season 8, Ep 22

"Caught in a future world, his only escape is back in time." Raul Julia is Aram Fingal, who lives in a future dystopia and gets in trouble by scrolling up Casablanca at his data entry job. So he's doppled into a baboon--thankfully, not an anteater--but an impish schoolkid loses his body, so he's then-doppled into the world-running computer for safe keeping. He pretends to be Rick from Casablanca, meets his dead mom of whom he asks, "My nuts?" and runs afoul of both computech Apollonia Jones and the CEO of Novicorp. Look, I've seen the movie several times and I'm just as lost as you are. This has gotta be the most nonsensical movie in MST3K's rich history of nonsense. Gloriously silly and yet seems not to even notice. Made for public television, it's another strong contender for Worst Movie They Riffed. It's filled with heaping helpings of made-up future jargon like a kind of sad Nadsat. Get ready everyone, it's Fingal time! In the host segments, Pearl decides to run her own pledge drive and rake in the dollars. This is the end of season eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered November 22, 1997. 26 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 26, 2017 - 33 comments

Movie: The Handmaid's Tale

In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Sep 4, 2017 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR  Season 8, Ep 11

"The only thing they don't use... is the scream" We know a remote farm in California, where Dick Sargent lives. Every July, dweebs grow there. One day a particularly upity dweeb decides to go see this "America" he's been told is so great and discovers he's a clone raised by a secretive organization to provide transplant organs for powerful people, in his case an important senator. Really. It's a stupid fate for a stupid guy in the stupid world of a stupid movie. The movie has the advantage of a higher budget than the average MST film, but that's more than offset by the great ridiculousnesses of the plot. We're expected to see the campus of the Clonus Project as a terrifying dystopia akin to The Village, but most of the time it ends up looking more like a resort for chowderheads. BTW, it has both Peter Graves and Keenan Wynn in it! In subplot news, Pearl and company find a group of runaway omnipotent space children and have to play babysitter. Bobo takes quite a bit of abuse. Trailer - Promo - YouTube (1h32m) Premiered June 7, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 10, 2017 - 9 comments

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]
posted by Karmakaze on May 24, 2017 - 46 comments

Movie: The Circle

After landing a dream job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, a woman wrestles with whether the firm's 24/7/365 connectivity agenda represents a brave new world in which "Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better" or a horrifying breach of individual autonomy and privacy.
posted by carmicha on May 3, 2017 - 5 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Late  Season 1, Ep 3

Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.
posted by Fizz on Apr 26, 2017 - 40 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Birth Day  Season 1, Ep 2

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter’s birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with... more
posted by Fizz on Apr 26, 2017 - 40 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Offred  Season 1, Ep 1

Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.
posted by Fizz on Apr 26, 2017 - 64 comments

Book: It Can't Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Apr 20, 2017 - 1 comment

Book: The Handmaid's Tale

The seminal work of speculative fiction from Margaret Atwood. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Feb 22, 2017 - 34 comments

Movie: The Running Man

By 2017 the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources, and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Feb 19, 2017 - 19 comments

3%: Chapter 8: Button (Botão)  Season 1, Ep 8

On the morning of the Purification Ritual, startling revelations and shifting loyalties leave the fates of four candidates hanging in the balance. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 25 comments

3%: Chapter 7: Capsule (Cápsula)  Season 1, Ep 7

A night of celebration turns chaotic as Process officials realize there's a traitor in their midst and begin interrogating the candidates. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 1 comment

3%: Chapter 6: Glass (Vidro)  Season 1, Ep 6

Candidates find a tempting offer waiting for them in their new dorm rooms. Those who decide to stay face daunting individual tests. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 4 comments

3%: Chapter 5: Water (Água)  Season 1, Ep 5

Painful memories come flooding back to Ezequiel as Aline reveals what she's learned and offers to keep it quiet--for a price. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 2 comments

3%: Chapter 4: Gateway (Portão)  Season 1, Ep 4

Trapped in the dorms without food or water, the candidates race to find a solution. A sudden change in the test brings out a new side of Marco. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 10 comments

3%: Chapter 3: Corridor (Corredor)  Season 1, Ep 3

A nerve-wracking trip through a dark tunnel leaves Joana haunted by a vision from her past. Ezequiel receives an unexpected visitor. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 5 comments

3%: Chapter 2: Coins (Moedas)  Season 1, Ep 2

Fernando's medical exam yields a stunning discovery, a logic puzzle stokes tensions in the group, and Aline tries to find out what Ezequiel is hiding. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 26, 2016 - 3 comments

3%: Chapter 1: Cubes (Cubos)  Season 1, Ep 1

In a grimy near-future, 20-year-olds stream to a sleek testing facility to compete for a spot in an idyllic land known as the Offshore. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 25, 2016 - 16 comments

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