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.
A power outage creates an unlikely friendship. [more inside]
ars PARADOXICA is a love letter to physics, fiction, and the future. It's a disorienting journey through spacetime and the Cold War. It's a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night. It's also a serial audio drama. [more inside]
Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it. [more inside]
Happy Valley's second season is a six episode series where the Calder Valley police force is tracking a serial with the detectives getting many assists from Cawood and the new police officer on the force. Personal life and crime collide once again for Cawood as she continues to deal with the fallout from season one.
The BBC One Six-Part Series can also be found on as "Netflix Original" in the US. The series follows the chaotic life of police sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) set in the Calder Valley as she investigates crime and deals with the fallout from a traumatic loss.
The Flash: Trajectory Season 2, Ep 16
Having arrived in town intent on creating maximum chaos, Trajectory’s antics are misinterpreted as having been perpetrated by the Flash himself. Barry thus must quickly uncover the mystery of who is the girl under the mask — as well as what is driving her mad desire for speed and destruction.
Houdini & Doyle (and Constable Adelaide Stratton) have started up on ITV, and will be coming to the US on Fox in early May. Should we chat now, or wait until it hits state-side? [more inside]
In arguably the finest movie based on a board game, six guests are invited to a strange house, only to find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery where everyboddy is either a victim or suspect. [more inside]
A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears. [more inside]
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? [more inside]
APR reporter Lia Haddock receives a disturbing audio file that appears to have been recorded in Limetown during the Panic. Her full interview with the sender of this audio file will be broadcast on Monday December 14. [more inside]
A mystery outside of San Francisco brings togethera a small-town sheriff, a Japanese author, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions. It is an "intricately, even densely, plotted mystery/thriller that casts an unusual spell from its opening scene." [more inside]
Blindspot: Bone May Rot Season 1, Ep 4
We delved a bit more into the lives of the team, while a mystery at the CDC threatens millions and Jane Doe/Taylor Shaw continues to struggle to remember.
Blindspot: Eight Slim Grins Season 1, Ep 3
A jewel thief--a member of an infamous crew--is caught after a nearly perfect heist and he has a connection to Jane Doe. Meanwhile, the question of whether she is the missing Taylor Shaw is solved.
Alex's faith in Dr. Strand is tested as another piece of his past unravels, and her search into the Order of the Ceonophus uncovers a dark origin.
Rosewood: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the premiere of this drama following a brilliant private pathologist who helps the Miami police department solve its toughest investigations—whether they want his input or not—Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. tackles a case that hits close to home, and teams up with maverick detective Annalise Villa for the first time.
A Canadian man in London finds himself pulled into a chain of events in which he must go on the run in order to save himself. [more inside]
Wayward Pines: A Reckoning Season 1, Ep 9
Theresa gets a hand from Nurse Pam. Ethan is pressured to execute Kate. Harold and the bomb plot conspirators get a visitor bearing gifts. [more inside]
True Detective: Down Will Come Season 2, Ep 4
Ani and Ray find another connection that leads through Ani's family. Frank tries to reclaim his old life in crime. Paul makes a major breakthrough in the case. All the while Ani gets some bad news, Ray tries to reconnect, and Paul sees a new opportunity. The task force closes in on a suspect, but it doesn't quite go as planned. [more inside]
Wayward Pines: Betrayal Season 1, Ep 7
After learning what's at stake, Ethan returns to Wayward Pines, but those he confided the truth are less than receptive to it. Meanwhile, he also discovers the fifth column threat is bigger, more aggressive and better equipped than he thought. Theresa discovers Plot 33 might be more than an empty plot of land. A biology class gets from awkward to creepy in a second.
Wayward Pines: Choices Season 1, Ep 6
Ethan learns more about Pilcher's grand design. Kate and Theresa have coffee. Kate and her husband hatch a plan.
Wayward Pines: Do Not Discuss Your Life Before Season 1, Ep 2
After receiving some seriously sub-par medical care for wounds sustained in a car accident outside the eerily bucolic Idaho town Wayward Pines, Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) pairs up with resident Beverly Short (Juliette Lewis) to figure out why it's so darn hard to leave. [more inside]
The Bletchley Circle: Uncustomed Goods, Part 1 Season 2, Ep 3
Alice contacts her former Bletchley colleagues when Millie is kidnapped, as she suspects it is linked to black market deals and does not want to involve the police.
The Bletchley Circle: Blood On Their Hands, Part 2 Season 2, Ep 2
In the concluding part of this story, the team continues to search for proof that Alice is innocent... [more inside]
The Bletchley Circle: Blood On Their Hands, Part 1 Season 2, Ep 1
When Alice Merren, a former Bletchley Park colleague, is charged with a distinguished scientist's the murder, Jean reunites the women for their second case.
2001: A dismembered corpse is found floating in trash bags near Galveston TX. Police trace the body back to a grisly crime scene in Galveston, and arrest one Robert Durst for the killing of his neighbor, Morris Black. Durst, detectives soon learn, is the scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. Soon, he makes bail and goes on the run... [more inside]
The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code, Part 3 Season 1, Ep 3
Thinking she knows the identity of the killer, Susan returns with the police, only to find him gone. [more inside]
The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code, Part 2 Season 1, Ep 2
When Scotland Yard dismisses the women’s theories, they realize it’s up to them to stop the killer before he takes his next victim. They identify a suspect and use Lucy to lure him into a trap, but their plan goes badly awry and Lucy is assaulted. Shaken, the women take a different approach, contacting former war department members. Susan plans to meet with a psychiatrist whom she believes has helpful information, completely unaware of the danger that awaits her.
The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code, Part 1 Season 1, Ep 1
It is now seven years after the end of the World War 2 and four women, all ex-codebreakers from Bletchley Park, have got used to their mundane civilian lives. Following a spate of local murders, Susan starts collating information about them to see whether she can use her analysis skills to spot a pattern. Unable to convince the police to take her seriously, she turns to her former colleagues for help.
I liked The Bletchley Circle enough to want to talk about it, so I submitted it and it's been approved. I'll be posting the first episode next week unless someone else is really motivated and beats me to the punch.
Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul Season 2, Ep 10
Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox Season 2, Ep 9
Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Untraceable Children Season 2, Ep 7
As Mika's group handles the aftermath of the drone incident, Akane tries to determine Kamui's motives behind obtaining Dominators. and confronts Kasei on why she hasn't deactivated Shisui's Dominator privileges. Meanwhile, Mika looks up Togane's background, learning all of the inspectors he had previously worked with became latent criminals, and of his family's medical corporation. As the group examines evidence found in Kamui's hideout, they discover Kamui had used a hologram that was aged up from a child who died in a plane accident 15 years ago. Akane apprehends a surgeon who previously operated on Kamui and has Saiga interrogate him. Pieces start falling together, linking seemingly unrelated events and details together into one complicated web, all connected to Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Those Who Cast Stones Season 2, Ep 6
The episode opens with the MSWPB tangled in a battle with civilian-controlled drones, through the "Hungry Chicken" mobile game. Akane figures out Kamui's intention behind this event, while Shion and Sho Hinakawa try to handle the mobile game-controlled drones, further stressing out Mika.
Gravity Falls: Society of the Blind Eye Season 2, Ep 7
Dipper, Mabel, Soos, Wendy, and Old Man McGucket discover a secret society in Gravity Falls.
CRFC6: In a dreary city where the sun never seems to rise, a man named John Murdoch awakens in a seedy hotel room with no memories and a murder rap. As he seeks to uncover the truth, and clear his name, he uncovers a much vaster conspiracy than he could ever have imagined. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Beyond Life and Death Rewatch Season 2, Ep 22
Cooper and Earle's confrontation reaches its climax, and we enter the Black Lodge. Have we ever truly made it back out? Either way, I'll see you again in 25 years... [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Miss Rewatch Season 2, Ep 21
The Major escapes Earle's clutches, possibly at the cost of his sanity. The final puzzle box is opened, revealing a key. Cooper and Andy manage to crack the secret of the cave painting. Ritual fertility dances are performed, and the queen is crowned. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Path to the Black Lodge Rewatch Season 2, Ep 20
Windom Earle takes his chess game "off the board", as he kidnaps Maj. Briggs to learn the secrets of the Black Lodge. Audrey follows her heart, but not all the way to Brazil. Cooper and Annie's burgeoning relationship spells certain doom. Something evil breaks through into the woods. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Variations on Relations Rewatch Season 2, Ep 19
Cooper finds Earle's handiwork in Owl Cave, and we hear the story of the White and Black Lodges. A puzzle box is opened, only to reveal an even more puzzling box. Lana and the Mayor conspire to fix the Miss Twin Peaks pageant. Bopper and Snake are reunited at last, and the town's sole heavy metal youth (special guest star Ted Raimi) meets with an untimely fate. [more inside]
CRFC4: The 2006 film Paprika features a team of psychotherapists who have invented a device that allows them inside the dreams of their patients. When the device is stolen, they attempt to solve a mystery that blends the real world and the dream world. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: On the Wings of Love Rewatch Season 2, Ep 18
Harry narrowly escapes the murderous designs of the enigmatic (yet oddly inconsequential) Miss Jones. Gordon and Cooper find thrilling new connections at the Double R., demonstrating why BREAKFAST IS A REAL GOOD IDEA. Donna's suspicions about her mother and Ben deepen. Cooper and the gang visit an ancient cave and find some surprising secrets. The earth shakes. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Wounds and Scars Rewatch Season 2, Ep 17
Following Josie's unexplained death, Harry disappears into a bottle. Cooper and Earle's chess game escalates, testing the very limits of Pete's skill and the safety of the Hayward home. Wheeler and Audrey begin their romance in earnest, and Cooper has coffee with Norma's sister Annie, sort of. Ben puts on an all-plaid benefit fashion show, and a vicious weasel is released. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Scales of Justice Season 2, Ep 1
The MWPSB (Ministry of Welfare's Public Safety Bureau ) is called to investigate a incident involving an explosion at a busy shopping venue despite no casualties. So far, their main suspect is Akira Kitazawa due to his unstable Crime Coefficient and prior knowledge of demolitions. As a part of Division 1 Inspector Akane and her Enforcers are called in to track and arrest the suspect, who flees from the scene with a female hostage by car. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Creeping Unknown Season 2, Ep 2
Inspector Akane and Enforcer Togane start interrogating the suspect Kitazawa who talks about a person who is able to lower crime coefficients and responsible for the fake hostage. After examining the hologram used in the crime they find out it's extremely elaborate and not the regular run of the mill criminal. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Condemned Woman Rewatch Season 2, Ep 16
Fresh off his victory at Appomattox, Ben finds a new cause: The Little Pine Weasel. Audrey catches the eye of handsome exec John Justice Wheeler, and Norma lays down the law with Hank. Meanwhile, Windom Earle sends sinister letters to three of Twin Peaks' top beauties, and the noose tightens on Josie. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Salvation of Job Season 2, Ep 4
After interrogating the politician Masuda, Inspector Akane finds herself at a dead end about Kamui other than hearing his name tied to clear HUEs. However, Inspector Aoyanagi does gain some new info related to Kamui's motives and ideals for their society from the criminal. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Unforbidden Games Season 2, Ep 5
The MSWPB continue to investigate the crime scene from earlier that day at the clinic but don't find anything new other than the same mysterious message "WC?" Meanwhile, Inspector Akane is working with other people to continue checking up on potential suspects tied to Kamui and visit one of his a possible secret bases. All seems normal until halfway there is a sudden incident connected to the drone's controls ends up causing another problem. [more inside]