"Ever since my mom died, I cry in H Mart. For those of you who don’t know, H Mart is a supermarket chain that specializes in Asian food. The “H” stands for han ah reum, a Korean phrase that roughly translates to “one arm full of groceries.” H Mart is where parachute kids go to get the exact brand of instant noodles that reminds them of home." Michelle Zauner's memoir, Crying in H Mart (NPR; Goodreads) explores identity, family relationships, shared meals, grief, and memory in a clear-eyed and compassionate telling. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hero Worship Rewatch Season 5, Ep 11
Data subjects a grieving child to brutal criticism of his model-building skills. [more inside]
Westworld: The Mother of Exiles Season 3, Ep 4
The truth doesn't always set you free. [more inside]
The Magicians: Be the Hyman Season 5, Ep 11
Slap fight! Josh eats a pickle. Dreams are weird. [more inside]
The Magicians: Purgatory Season 5, Ep 10
Margo gets ocular augmentation, while Josh goes on an interesting adventure with a new friend. Eliot looks back through an herbal haze to recall past lessons on magical babies, while Penny and Plum consider their own bind. [more inside]
The Magicians: Cello Squirrel Daffodil Season 5, Ep 9
It's a timey-wimey episode, with a bit of do-no-harm problem. Plus the return of two feared men, each with their own problems and solutions. Meanwhile, Alice and Kady try to set magic right, again. [more inside]
The Magicians: Garden Variety Homicide Season 5, Ep 8
The gang hatches a plan to save Fillory, again, involving some Freaky Friday shit, while a bunny gives troubling advice to Julia, then Fen offers some advice. Meanwhile, there's a fungus among us at Brakebills, and the other gang find out the importance of Quentin's unfinished plant drawing. Dean Fog talks about his lobster plans. [more inside]
The Magicians: Acting Dean Season 5, Ep 7
Crisis averted! But wait, there's more! ♫♪♪ Something, something, Fillory, a most amazing land. [Messed up] by catastrophe, and way before we planned. ♫♪♪ La, la, blah, blah, Fillory, a land without a god. Needs a brand-new hero, a strapping lad named Todd. ♫♪♪ Oh, and there's a new boss at Brakebills.
The Magicians: Oops!... I Did It Again Season 5, Ep 6
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. OK, not fine. "Am I crazy, or this already happened, right?" [more inside]
The Magicians: Apocalypse? Now?! Season 5, Ep 5
With some high stakes back on Earth, the gang gets together to pull of a heist, while Fen is the super-secret, super-sexy maid on the outside, looking to answer a number of open-ended questions, in a quest of sorts, given to her by Eliot. [more inside]
The Magicians: Magicians Anonymous Season 5, Ep 4
Julia is faced with a choice, while Alice looks for some books and makes new acquaintances. Margot and Eliot work on sorting out what's what in Fillory. Kady hangs with Dean Fogg.
The Magicians: The Mountain of Ghosts Season 5, Ep 3
Eliot and Alice go for a hike. Fen gets a haircut. [more inside]
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Forgotten Rewatch Season 3, Ep 20
Trip tries to write a letter. [more inside]
Dear Ex is a Taiwanese movie about a kid, his mom, his dead dad and his dead dad's boyfriend. Told from those three perspectives, Dear Ex is a moving tale of family, grief and the healing power of community theater. It's on Netflix! [more inside]
Years and Years: Episode 3 Season 1, Ep 3
It’s 2026 and a General Election is looming. [more inside]
Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters. [more inside]
Supernatural: The Big Empty Season 13, Ep 4
When multiple people are killed by dead loved ones, Dean, Sam and Jack investigate the mystery surrounding the murders and, each inadvertently, are forced to deal with unresolved grief of their own. [more inside]
Some jokes about Trump. A little crowd work. And then jokes related to his heartbreaking loss. [more inside]
One Mississippi: Two Mississippi Season 2, Ep 0
Season two of Tig Notaro's Amazon series takes us deeper into the lives of Tig's step-father, Bill, and her brother, Remy. Meanwhile, Tig continues to speak honestly on her radio show as Tig and Kate's relationship perpetually redefines itself. Politics come into play, and a Mississippi changed by the election of Trump hangs grotesquely in the background. Also, trigger warning. Very upsetting but necessary discussions of molestation, abuse, and harassment, including scenes of deplorable men being deplorable, also occur this season. And in spite of all that, the show continues to be a funny, even joyous celebration of love and compassion. [more inside]
The Originals: No Quarter Season 4, Ep 2
As usual those who should know better claim that 'Family trumps all'.... except when it blatantly doesn't. [more inside]
Steven Universe: That Will Be All Season 4, Ep 15
The Crystal Gems (and Greg) make a daring escape under the noses of Yellow and Blue Diamond.
While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
Adventure Time: Cherry Cream Soda Season 7, Ep 3
Cherry Cream Soda struggles to put her life back together after Root Beer Guy's death.