The Alienist: A Fruitful Partnership Season 1, Ep 2
The investigation heats up as Sara gets her hands on a clue and Kreizler tries to connect the evidence left behind by the serial killer; tensions rise within the police department. [more inside]
The Alienist: The Boy on the Bridge Season 1, Ep 1
The body of a murdered and mutilated child prostitute is found on a bridge in New York in 1896. Alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who has been asked to consult on the case by Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, enlists the help of his Harvard classmate, New York Times illustrator John Moore, and then that of Commissioner Roosevelt's secretary, Sara Howard, who is also a lifelong friend of Moore's. Together with two brothers, Detective Sergeant Marcus Isaacson, Detective Sergeant Lucius Isaacson, they form a de facto special unit to investigate the murder, which Dr. Kreizler believes to be connected to the murder of two of his former child patients.
Hap and Leonard: Senorita Mambo Season 3, Ep 4
On the run from the Klan, Hap and Leonard find evidence that points to a terrifying fate for Florida Grange.
Mosaic: Mosaic Season 1, Ep 0
A whodunit based on the murder of popular children's book author and illustrator Olivia Lake. [more inside]
Hap and Leonard: T-Bone Mambo Season 3, Ep 3
Haunted by visions of Florida Grange, Hap encounters an unusual young woman who may know the truth.
Hap and Leonard: Ho-Ho Mambo Season 3, Ep 2
After a rude welcome to Grovetown, Hap and Leonard meet the local authorities, including a lawman with balls the size of churchbells. Christmas Ants are on the march.
A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times - the mythical so-called Golem - must be responsible. [more inside]
Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo Season 3, Ep 1
When Leonard gets arrested for burning down the crackhouse next door (again), police detective Marvin Hanson makes a deal with Hap: he'll free Leonard, but only if our heroes take a trip to nearby Grovetown to find a missing person. Grovetown is a Klan stronghold where it's said a legendary bluesman once met the Devil on a dark night. Some say the Devil never left.
Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo Season 2, Ep 0
In the East Texas of the late 1980s, two rough and tumble ne'er-do-wells with hearts of gold try and fail to stay out of trouble. An action-comedy/mystery that's deeper than you expect and funny as hell. All episodes on Netflix. (So is Season 1, but you don't need to watch it to enjoy this.) [more inside]
Shetland: Raven Black, Part 1 Season 2, Ep 1
DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate the murder of a teenage girl whose body was found on a secluded beach, a case that shares several similarities with the unsolved disappearance of a girl named Catriona 19 years previously. Brian Cox guest stars as Magnus Bain, a person of interest in both cases.
Shetland: Red Bones Season 1, Ep 0
Elderly Shetlander Mima Wilson is found murdered on the archaeological site in the grounds of her croft. Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team investigate and discover that the murder is linked to a long-simmering feud between island families, and they must apprehend the suspect before crowds descend on the Shetland Islands for Up Helly Aa, the biggest fire festival in Europe. [more inside]
Search Party: second season Season 2, Ep 0
Discuss season 2 inside! [more inside]
Kenneth Branagh directs and acts in a remake of the Christie classic. Branagh plays master detective Hercule Poirot, and is joined by a star studded cast, who are all suspects when the passenger of a luxury train is murdered during the night.
Mr. Robot: Eps3.3metadata.par2 Season 3, Ep 4
"Metadata. The story behind the data. Getting information is one thing, but how it was created, where and by whom can often be illuminating." Official summary: Dom has a close call; Elliot chases himself with Darlene on the lookout. [more inside]
Introducing our new Showcase series! In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly disappearing.
Veronica Mars: Meet John Smith Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Things really get moving here. Veronica gets hired to track down a classmate's long-lost (or dead?) father, enlists Wallace to start taking records from the office, dates Troy, and tries to get to the bottom of the mystery around her own mother. Oh, and what kind of medication is Duncan really taking? [more inside]
Veronica Mars: Credit Where Credit's Due Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Veronica investigates credit card fraud. We see Weevil in a more sympathetic light. Logan is an ass (Logan is always an ass), but Troy seems nice, right? And, oh yeah, a role for Paris Hilton... [more inside]
Veronica Mars: Pilot Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Introductions all around! Veronica Mars is a junior at Neptune High, formerly popular with the rich kids, now an outcast. Her best friend was killed, her boyfriend dumped her, she was roofied. Her father used to be Sheriff, but now he's a private eye, and Veronica helps him while solving her own high-school drama mysteries. This week's episode introduces Wallace, a new student at Neptune who is targeted by the local biker gang. Veronica Mars was first broadcast in 2004, just after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, and in a lot of ways it directly took up the mantle of kick-ass blonde high school girl empowerment. Never a ratings success, it was a critical darling from the start. [more inside]
Anyone else following? Worth discussing? [more inside]
A woman in New Jersey is getting strange phone calls to her office from unknown numbers. Every time she picks up, she finds herself eavesdropping on the life of a different stranger. Unsure what else to do, she calls in Super Tech Support.
iZombie: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1 Season 3, Ep 12
When Liv consumes the brains of someone from Ravi's past, she begins having some very intimate visions of him; Major faces a huge decision. [more inside]
Hap and Leonard: Holy Mojo Season 2, Ep 3
Grisly new evidence leads Hap and Leonard on a wild goose chase across town. The guys' passions flare, threatening to derail the investigation.
Hap and Leonard: Ticking Mojo Season 2, Ep 2
Hap and Florida scheme to free Leonard from a dire situation. Odd clues bring Hap and Leonard to a cryptic person of interest in the case.
Riverdale: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill! Books Included Season 1, Ep 6
In the 6th "chapter" of the Riverdale saga, Valerie's efforts to help Archie's musical ambitions leads to not one but two major fallouts, Betty and Jughead's investigation brings them face-to-face with Polly, and Veronica gets bounced from conflict to conflict. [more inside]
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 1 (All) Books Included Season 1, Ep 0
Famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot matches his little gray cells against the most puzzling crimes England has to offer, with the faithful Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon, and his friendly rival Inspector Japp. [more inside]
Sherlock: The Final Problem Season 4, Ep 3
In the final episode of this series, written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenceless, Sherlock and Dr Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over? [more inside]
Sherlock: The Lying Detective Season 4, Ep 2
Sherlock faces one of the most chilling enemies of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith - a man with a very dark secret indeed.
Elementary: Pick Your Poison Season 5, Ep 10
When Watson is implicated in a DEA investigation into doctors writing illegal prescriptions, she and Holmes search for the person using her medical license to solve drugs. [more inside]
People of Earth: Season 1 (full show) Season 1, Ep 0
Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac) is a reporter who has worked for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Glint Enterprises, but when he goes up to the small town of Beacon, New York to report on StarCrossed, a support group for people who believe they've been abducted by aliens and... meet in a Catholic church for some reason, he finds more than an interesting story. He decides to move to Beacon and spend more time with the “experiencers” (do NOT call them “abductees”). [Airs/ streams on TBS, the final two episodes will air Monday, Dec. 19, 2016] [more inside]
Elementary: It Serves You Right to Suffer Season 5, Ep 9
When Shinwell comes to Holmes and Watson for help after he's framed for a gang killing, they have three days to find the real murderer before he is arrested and sent back to jail. [more inside]
Elementary: How the Sausage Is Made Season 5, Ep 8
Joan worries Sherlock's sobriety is at risk when she learns he has been lying to her about attending recovery meetings. Also, Sherlock and Joan discover a man's death caused by ingesting poisoned sausage is connected to a lab working on a breakthrough in the artificial meat industry. [more inside]
Elementary: Bang Bang Shoot Chute Season 5, Ep 7
Holmes and Watson search for two murderers after a base jumper is shot out of the sky by one killer, and has his parachute sabotaged by another. [more inside]
A road trip. A simulation. A pivot. Another road trip. A viper's nest. [more inside]
Belfast is in Dubai. Palm trees are in Florida. A wheelchair is in the bathroom. The Titanic rises.
Elementary: Ill Tidings Season 5, Ep 6
Holmes and Watson investigate a mass murder when a chef and his patrons are poisoned after dining on a tasting menu tainted with snake venom. [more inside]
Elementary: To Catch a Predator Predator Season 5, Ep 5
Holmes and Watson have plenty of suspects when they investigate the murder of a man who led a secret life as a vigilante, "catfishing" sexual predators on dating sites and publicly shaming them. [more inside]
New clients arrive. A customer asks for the bill. The airport signage needs a lot of work. A bird wakes up in the Everglades.Homecoming was created and written by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg; directed by Eli Horowitz; sound design, editing, and music by Mark Henry Phillips; produced by Alicia Van Couvering and Mark Henry Phillips; casting by Henry Russell Bergstein. Homecoming is a production of Gimlet Media.
Search Party: Full Season Season 1, Ep 0
Search Party follows Dory Stewart, a young New Yorker in her late 20s who is dissatisfied with her friends, her boyfriend, and her job. Dory's life changes when a college acquaintance who she barely knew, Chantal Witherbottom, goes missing. Dory finds new purpose in investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding her disappearance. TBS has released Search Party through on-demand cable services, and all episodes are currently available. Also available for streaming on their site, provided you have cable TV service that carries TBS. [more inside]
I don't read tons of crime fiction, but I just finished Tana French's new novel The Trespassers and thought it would be fun to talk about it or the previous books, anyone else interested? [more inside]
Time stands still.
Work and pleasure both cause unwanted stress.
Destination: Point-of-Exile, Colorado.
Past mistakes catch up with the town of Polvo.
Something else instead!
Tragedy leads to innovation; innovation leads to tragedy.
For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name.
The Last Policeman is a 2012 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future. [more inside]
"I am Time grown weary to destroy the world, embarked on a course of world annihilation."
The team takes a break.
In Andrei Tarkovsky's Russian-language masterpiece, a Stalker leads two men into the Zone – an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers – to find the Room, a place where it is believed one's secret hopes come true. Adapted by its authors from the book Roadside Picnic, Stalker (trailer) is a beautiful, ponderous, dreamlike film – one which, though difficult to summarize, commonly ranks among the greatest films of all time.