Rhode Island, 1846. Estranged from his family, writer Merritt Fernsby is surprised when he inherits a remote estate in the Narragansett Bay. Though the property has been uninhabited for more than a century, Merritt is ready to call it home—until he realizes he has no choice. With its doors slamming shut and locking behind him, Whimbrel House is not about to let Merritt leave. Ever. [more inside]
Charging like a runaway semitrailer on a downhill grade and spanning the era from Haight-Ashbury's Summer of Love into the darkness of 1980s Manhattan, Stone Junction is a wise and wildly imaginative novel about Daniel Pearse, an orphaned child who is taken under the wings of the AMO -- the Alliance of Magicians and Outlaws. [more inside]
Steerswomen, and a very few Steersmen, are members of an order dedicated to discovering and disseminating knowledge. Although they are foremost navigators of the high seas, Steerswomen are also explorers and cartographers upon land as well as sea. With one exception, they are pledged to always answer any question put to them with as truthful a response as is possible within their own limitations. However, they also require anyone of whom they ask questions to respond in the same manner, upon penalty of the Steerswomen's ban; those under the ban do not receive answers from the steerswomen. [more inside]
Carnival Row: Carnival Row (Full Season 2) Season 2, Ep 0
Lovers Philo and Vignette risk their lives to help the oppressed Faefolk of Carnival Row as international politics are set to undergo upheaval.
Willow: Children of the Wyrm Season 1, Ep 8
Finale time! AV Club review here.
Jang Uk returns from death, and three years later, the story of the mages unfolds anew. Jang Uk becomes a hunter of the soul-shifters when a young woman, a prisoner in her own home, seeks his help to reclaim her freedom. [more inside]
Willow: Beyond the Shattered Sea Season 1, Ep 7
Time to go on the weird sea that makes you trip balls, or ....something? [more inside]
Willow: Prisoners of Skellin Season 1, Ep 6
There's a rescue mission going on, and we meet someone new and interesting. [more inside]
Willow: Wildwood Season 1, Ep 5
Hanging with the Bone Reavers! [more inside]
Willow: The Whispers of Nockmaar Season 1, Ep 4
The requisite bottle episode, or "spending the night in a haunted castle" episode.
Willow: The Battle of the Slaughtered Lamb Season 1, Ep 3
Everyone looks for the missing girl, while the missing girl finds some Western lesbians living chill in the woods.
Willow: The High Aldwin Season 1, Ep 2
Everyone tries to figure out how to react to the revelation made at the end of the last episode.
Willow: The Gales Season 1, Ep 1
After one of Sorsha's twins is abducted, his sister and a group of other people go on a quest to find him. [more inside]
Alchemy of Souls: Alchemy of Souls - Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
A powerful sorceress in a blind woman's body encounters a man from a prestigious family, who wants her help to change his destiny. [more inside]
Motherland: Fort Salem: All Of Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Conflicts and alliances among the military, civilian oversight, new enemies, and witch society further emerge and roil our characters. Streaming on Hulu and some other services in the US. This season includes an in-universe TV ad, the introduction of nonbinary witch M portrayed by nonbinary performer Ess Hödlmoser, a mystical mycelial network, battles, romance, and the scenery-chewing villain Alban Hearst, portrayed with glee by Bob Frazer. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: DOCTOR MORDRID Season 13, Ep 5
"Jeffery Combs is" Doctor Mordrid! Master of the Unknown! Also, landlord of a building in New York! And yet the movie wants to believe he's a force working for good. He was sent to our world by a pair of blue eyes to save all reality from the eeeeevil Kabal! Sadly it seems his mystical abilities provide him no defense against getting arrested. It's the fifth episode of Season 13, and not such a bad movie. The story goes it was originally written as a Doctor Strange movie but they lost the rights, so they renamed some characters and made it anyway. Emily hosts this one; it looks like Joel will be hosting the next! Premiered in the Gizmoplex on June 10th, 2022. [more inside]
Ted Lasso: The Missing Christmas Mustache Season 2, Ep 13
A very short animated Christmas special, available to watch for free on YouTube, in which Ted loses his mustache.
Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.
Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after… So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here--it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world in the stunning sequel to A Deadly Education, the start of Naomi Novik's groundbreaking crossover series.
Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange old man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Struggling to make their way in this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their Jewish and Syrian neighbors while masking their true natures. [more inside]
The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. The dead are pulling him to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea. Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman. The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world, and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand. (Book 6 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by the Earthsea novels—yet each stands on its own. It contains the novella “The Finder”, and the short stories “The Bones of the Earth”, “Darkrose and Diamond”, “On the High Marsh”, and “Dragonfly”. (Book 5 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan—Tenar, an isolated young priestess, and Ged, a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice. A lifetime ago, they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again, to help another—the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed. (Book 4 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea. As the world and its wizards are losing their magic, Ged—powerful Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord—embarks on a sailing journey with the highborn young prince, Arren. They travel far beyond the realm of death to discover the cause of these evil disturbances and to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it. (Book 3 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
A powerful and magical exploration of identity. Directed by Frank Oz and produced by Steven Colbert. It defies brief explanation. It is a film of an extraordinary stage performance by Derek DelGaudio about how we think about our selves, how others think about us, and how to resolve that difference.
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance. (Book 1 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magical. She is perfectly happy with her life. She has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It's a great life and she doesn't wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha. [more inside]
The Order: Season Two Season 2, Ep 0
The Knights debate whether they are war-wolves or were-locks while trying to take down the Order from the inside.
Motherland: Fort Salem: Full Season Season 1, Ep 0
Motherland: Fort Salem posits an alternative history where magic is real and witches sided with the early American colonists after the Salem witch trials. As a result, witches have become a central force in modern society, working alongside and within conventional culture. With magic as a weapon, young women are bound by law to serve in the armed forces, creating militarised matriarchal cultures. [more inside]
Dispatches from Elsewhere: Lee Season 1, Ep 8
"Lee is you if you ever had a regret so big you just couldn't shake it, no matter how hard you tried." [more inside]
The Magicians: Fillory and Further Season 5, Ep 13
Christmas comes early. "Unicorn baby time. Let's do this." [Season and series finale] [more inside]
The Magicians: The Balls Season 5, Ep 12
Margo sees a purse she hates. Alice writes a letter. We couldn't get Prince. [It's Heist Episode: The Musical!] [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.
Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Mewberty / Pixtopia Season 1, Ep 6
Star becomes boy-crazy. Marco works in the Shard Mines. [more inside]
The Diazes visit Mewni and Star crashes a party. [more inside]
Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Cheer Up, Star / Quest Buy Season 1, Ep 4
Marco cheers up Star and the wand needs a new charger. [more inside]
Marco's arm turns into a tentacle and Star is jealous. [more inside]
Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Matchmaker / School Spirit Season 1, Ep 2
Star turns a teacher into a troll and protects a team. [more inside]
Star is sent to Earth and her best friend visits. [more inside]
Rick and Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty Season 4, Ep 4
Special Ricktims Morty Morty gets a dragon (Liam Cunningham) in this one broh. It's a wild ride broh. And there's a talking cat (Matthew Broderick) who just wants to relax and have fun with Jerry, no questions asked. [more inside]
A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things...
Carnival Row: Carnival Row (Full Season 1) Season 1, Ep 0
A dark, neo-noir fantasy series exploring an alternate Victorian world in which magical creatures are real, living in tension with humans. [more inside]
Perpetual Grace, LTD: A Sheriff in the Era of the Cartel Season 1, Ep 10
Fun facts: there are specific physicalities of a liar, 11 indications, and any one of them is a strong tell that a person is not being honest. And In baseball, you don't have to pitch right away. You can take your time. You can take your time between pitches. In baseball. As much as you like. Sometimes it's tough to get into the rhythm of the world. And find a way to rhyme with it. Also, sometimes you just need a proper name to get back in the rhythm. And/or a noble goal. [Season finale]
Perpetual Grace, LTD: The Elements of an Epiphany Season 1, Ep 9
This week, we hear more of the continued adventures of Luke Steel, who totally outsmarted the Crazy Fucking Old Guy. And got out of that crazy shit. Luke learned his lesson, assisted by the crazy old fuck with lessons of love. Lovely lessons of bird style love. And the fear left Luke Steel ripped and really jacked up physique. Also, there's a race against time and the Department of Health, a town covered in old news, and New Leaf chooses a new name.