Six Feet Under: The Trap Season 3, Ep 5
Fisher & Diaz handles the funeral arrangements for a man who died in a car crash in 1975, but whose vehicle and remains were only recently discovered in a canyon. Claire takes a job as Olivier's assistant. Rico comes up with a plan to hire an intern whose only compensation will be free living quarters, which means Ruth must adjust to sharing her home with a stranger. Lisa and Nate conflict over Nate's spending and Lisa's desire to be a SAHM, and Brenda drops by to speak to Nate. David realizes he has history with a fellow chorus member, and Keith realizes he needs to find a new job that he doesn't hate. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Nobody Sleeps Season 3, Ep 4
An opera lighting designer with a heart condition dies peacefully, surrounded by his friends, and his longtime partner arranges a tribute opera in the slumber room at Fisher & Diaz. It's Ruth's birthday, and Bettina nixes her plan to have her teeth cleaned and takes her to get a massage, while Lisa arranges a dinner party for her. Claire and Russell experience a night out with Olivier and an artist friend of his. Nate struggles with the feeling that he's living his father's life. [more inside]
Rewatch! Like some mirror universe version of The Princess Bride, a grandfather tells stories to his grandson, but THIS grandfather is Ernest Borgnine, and THESE stories are horrible tales of soul-draining magic and deadly cursed monkeys, and THIS kid isn't getting any sleep tonight. A highlight of the Sci-Fi Channel run, we're closing in on the most popular episodes now.... Previously.
Six Feet Under: The Eye Inside Season 3, Ep 3
A young woman pursued by three aggressively cat calling young men runs into the street only to realize that they're her friends and are playing a "joke" on her... and that she's standing directly in the path of an oncoming vehicle. Keith and David spend the weekend at a resort. Ruth goes hiking and shopping with her new friend Bettina. Claire begins a new studio class with an inspiring new instructor, and reluctantly decides she and Phil have irreconcilable differences. Lisa has finally had all she can take of Carol's neurotic demands. Rico finds it difficult to separate thoughts of his family from his work, and Nate tries to find time for himself away from both family and work. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA Rewatch Season 3, Ep 2
Rewatch! Up in the arctic, atomic tests run by Major Curley awaken a huge, slumbering giant from the deep... if you thought, "oh it's okay, it's just a big turtle," you might be surprised by the havoc it raises. Meanwhile, a sad sad kid in Japan is obsessed with his pet turtle, so his parents take it away from him, making him even more sad. Oh, how will their stories converge. First of the Gamera series. Other than perhaps Gamera vs. Barugon, the only Gamera without kids in it, this may be the one that plays it the straightest, without goofy enemy monsters, the Gamera theme song or other ridiculous elements. It's not terrible as a monster movie, but that subplot with Kenny pushes it over the edge into ludicrousness. Previously
Six Feet Under: You Never Know Season 3, Ep 2
A disgruntled former employee walks into his old workplace with a shotgun and murders three ex-colleagues, then himself. Fisher & Diaz handles the funerals of one of the victims and the gunman, much to Rico’s disapproval. Ruth is called to the bedside of her sister Sarah, who is going through Vicodin withdrawal under the stern eye of her friend Bettina. Nate and Lisa disagree on Q-tip technique and laundry detergent, bond over their irritation with Carol, and invite Keith and David to dinner. Claire learns her new thing with Phil is less of a thing than she thought. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Perfect Circles Season 3, Ep 1
Nate has brain surgery, the surgery does not go smoothly, and his brain flashes through various possible outcomes for the surgery and his reality. Then, seven months post-surgery, he and Lisa settle into married life together and cope with Lisa's crazy boss, Ruth revels in being a grandmother, Rico flexes his business partner muscles, David and Keith try couples counselling, David tries out for a gay men's chorus, Claire is unenthused about art school, agrees to drive a body to the crematorium, and meets a musically inclined crematorium employee. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: POD PEOPLE Rewatch Season 3, Ep 3
Rewatch! Deep in the northwestern woods somewhere is a house in which lives a lonely boy with way too many pets. His newest pet, however, is from a species with serious aggression problems. Oh also there are poachers in the woods. Oh and there's some singers in town who are vacationing in those same woods. It stinks! Pod People, shown early in Season 3, is a hugely iconic episode of MST3K, and "It stinks!" quickly became one of the shows many, many catchphrases. And I think we can all agree: the pet alien from this movie would make a better president than our current one. Previously.
Six Feet Under: The Last Time Season 2, Ep 13
Aaron Buchbinder, the cancer patient Nate had been visiting, dies, and Nate accompanies his body to the crematorium as requested, then schedules his long-postponed embolism, and takes care of some other neglected business. Keith surrenders Taylor to the care of his parents and is too wrapped up in his own problems to be there for David. A government inspection finds that Fisher & Sons needs an expensive drainage upgrade, and Rico seizes the opportunity to make Nate and David a business proposition. Claire has her art school interview. Ruth quits the flower business to become a more involved grandmother. Brenda gives group therapy a shot. And Nate heads into surgery. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: I'll Take You Season 2, Ep 12
A neighbour of Rico's dies very suddenly, and Rico and Vanessa discover that she has remembered them in her will, much to her son's displeasure. Keith and David are vetted for guardianship of Taylor. Keith is cleared of wrongdoing in one work incident, and promptly gets into trouble with another. Claire works on her art school application. Margaret and Bernard recommit to each other. Nate realizes that Brenda's erotic novella is far more fact than fiction. Ruth ends her relationship with Nikolai, and begins a brand new relationship with a baby girl. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: ALIEN FROM L.A. Rewatch Season 5, Ep 16
Rewatch! A young lady in California learns the oft-taught movie advice that, if she takes off her glasses and musses her hair a bit, men will be more attracted to her, and it only takes a trip to a dystopian underground civilization to learn it. This movie has a certain level of similarity to the Super Mario Bros. movie. This is a fan favorite episode, only the fourth episode P.M. (Post Mitchell), and back when it first aired it was the episode that really proved, after Joel left, that the show was going to be okay. Previously [more inside]
Six Feet Under: The Liar and the Whore Season 2, Ep 11
A resident of the nursing home where Vanessa works makes the mistake of irritating her roommate beyond endurance with her constant complaining, and Vanessa and her co-worker make the mistake of assuming the woman died of congestive heart failure, which costs Vanessa her job. Ruth pays Nikolai's debt for him. David and Nate receive word that Fisher & Sons is being sued. Nate and Brenda go to pre-marital counselling with Rabbi Ari, Nate comes clean to Brenda about Lisa and her pregnancy, and Brenda gathers more material for her erotic novella. Keith and David face off with Keith's father, who wants Taylor to come live with him and Keith's mother. Claire and Parker get high on mushrooms and sew. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: The Secret Season 2, Ep 10
A man has a heart attack while wheeling a recycling bin to the curb, and there is a subsequent Buddhist ceremony at Fisher & Sons. A barely ambulatory Nikolai moves back into his own apartment, upsetting Ruth, who was enjoying living under the same roof with him. Nate signs away custodial rights to the baby he and Lisa are having, and is haunted by the spectre of the children he might have had. Brenda's still indulging in her extra-curricular activities, and dismisses both a therapist and her friend Melissa as unhelpful. Margaret and Bernard are back together, and they throw Brenda a bridal shower that goes about as well as the usual Chenowith do. David and Keith adjust to living together, and Karla makes her biggest mistake yet. Claire puts together an art project almost no one likes and is depressed by her post-high school prospects. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: ANGELS REVENGE Rewatch Season 6, Ep 22
Rewatch! Young women fight drug dealers in a tawdry production. Remember to shine your love! Previously
Six Feet Under: Someone Else's Eyes Season 2, Ep 9
A man-meets-lunchbox incident sends a new body to Fisher & Sons, where the prearranged burial stipulations cause conflict between the man's second wife and his daughters. Nikolai is still established on the Fishers' couch while Ruth minds his business. David and Keith move forward with their relationship. Nate runs into Lisa, and they have unwelcome news for each other. Brenda attends an author reading and finds further inspiration for her erotic novella. Billy tells Brenda he needs some space and arranges a photoshoot session with Claire. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Season 2, Ep 8
Santa Claus dies, and his funeral takes place on Christmas Day, while Ruth serves up a big Christmas family dinner for her family. Nate bonds with Santa Claus's widow, while Brenda picks up something while shopping, and they are both surprised by Margaret's Christmas house guest. David celebrates the holidays with Keith and Taylor. Claire gets to know Toby, the boy she met at her aunt's, better. Rico deals with the fallout from his cousin Ramon's dalliance. And whatever the day holds for them, all the Fishers plus Rico remember their last conversation with Nathaniel. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR Rewatch Season 8, Ep 11
Rewatch! Considering the political reality of the USA right now, this movie's almost charming with how the villain is an evil Senator's brother, who runs a farm for stupid 70s people, clones of "important" folk, you know, like senators, to serve as living sources of spare body parts. Especially hilarious is the pseudo-Orwellian culture of the farm, which is like a sinister community college. Previously
Six Feet Under: Back to the Garden Season 2, Ep 7
A man dies during an auto-asphyxiation session gone wrong, and Nate shares his fears about death with the rabbi who conducts the funeral service. Keith breaks up with Eddie and makes dinner plans with David that are thwarted by a medical emergency on Taylor's part, Claire spends the weekend with her Aunt Sarah, Ruth invites Robbie to dinner, Rico suspects his wife and cousin of untoward behaviour, Margaret gets her own condo, and Brenda keeps dallying with her extra-curricular sexual urges. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: In Place of Anger Season 2, Ep 6
A drunken man falls overboard during a corporate event cruise, and his widow gets a good deal on his funeral due to the unfriendly competition between Kroehner and Fisher & Sons. Ruth's sister Sarah visits for the first time in 20 years, and she and Ruth have issues to resolve. Nate announces his engagement to Brenda at a family dinner. David's fledgling new relationship runs aground. Rico and Vanessa find out their newly purchased house has mould and water damage issues. Mitzi Huntley whisks Nate and David away for a day of pampering and enticement at a resort. Claire begins to think there is an artist awakening within her. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: HOBGOBLINS Rewatch Season 9, Ep 7
Rewatch! Plush toys with the ability to make people's fantasies a reality encounter some teenagers with severe issues, and the result is supposed to be a comedy. You knew it was coming. Any list of the best MST episodes invariably covers most of the worst movies, meaning we're back here again, at the extremely 80s, extraordinarily tawdry film (in the sense of being an oily coating) known to those unfortunate enough to have experienced it as HOBGOBLINS. To watch it is to feel like your brain is floating in a tub of slime: enjoy! Previously
Six Feet Under: The Invisible Woman Season 2, Ep 5
A woman chokes to death on her TV dinner while alone in her apartment, and the Fishers do their best by a woman who seemingly has no family or friends to mourn her. Claire takes the SATs and Parker doesn't, Brenda embarks on several new departures, David meets someone new and then temporarily reconnects with Keith, who is devastated by a terrible turn of events on the job, and Ruth takes a personal interest in their friendless client's funeral and demands intimacy from her children because she fears sharing her fate. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Driving Mr. Mossback Season 2, Ep 4
An elderly man dies during a Seattle guided bus tour, and Nate has to fly to Seattle to drive the body back to L.A. He invites Claire to go with him, and they stay with Lisa, Nate's former roommate. Back in L.A., David helps out Keith by picking up his niece Taylor from school and keeping her for the evening, Ruth continues to work The Plan, to David's annoyance, and Margaret enlists Brenda's help in staking out the woman she believes Bernard is seeing on the side. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: GIRLS TOWN Rewatch Season 6, Ep 1
Rewatch! Silver is a rowdy young lady, committed to home for troubled teens Girls Town for a murder she didn't commit. The real culprit turns out to have done it in self-defense. Various people sing. Previously.
Six Feet Under: The Plan Season 2, Ep 3
A man dies of cancer and his widow, who considers herself a psychic, takes his opinions under advisement during the funeral arrangements. Brenda, who has cut Nate off sex-wise, signs up for a college course but walks out after she disagrees with the instructor over her book, which she hasn't read. Ruth attends self-development workshops. Claire is questioned by the police regarding Gabriel's whereabouts, and then receives a distress call from Gabe himself. David plays racquetball with Keith, and then calls on him to help deal with the Gabe situation. [more inside]
Maybe this is nuts, but once a rewatch is complete, would it be possible to have the option to reorder the posts to go from first to last? I wanted to skim through the posts on an old show I like, which has been completed, but it's a bit of a pain to have to go back through them in inverse order.
Six Feet Under: Out, Out Brief Candle Season 2, Ep 2
A young football player collapses and dies from dehydration during college football practice, and his shade haunts Nate, who has still not told anyone about his AVM diagnosis or its risks. Kroehner regional director Mitzi Huntley pays Fisher & Sons a visit, Rico and Vanessa find a house they want to buy, David and Nate make some improvements to the funeral home, Brenda hosts a dinner party for her ex-boyfriend and his wife and son, Keith is upset that his sister Karla is neglecting her daughter Taylor, Ruth's coworker Robbie invites Ruth to his "graduation" from a self-help seminar, and Claire learns about Gabe's recent convenience store run and embalming fluid business venture. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CREEPING TERROR Rewatch Season 6, Ep 6
Rewatch! From the depths of OUTER SPACE comes a deadly shed containing two walking dirty carpets each festooned with vacuum cleaner attachments. Featuring the most ridiculous monsters in MST history, and that's saying something. What. A. Movie. This is the platonic ideal of a superbad z-grade monster movie. Terrible effects, horrible acting, a nonsensical script and nearly entirely dubbed dialogue. (muah) Exquisite! Previously.
Six Feet Under: In the Game Season 2, Ep 1
A young actress accidentally ODs at her movie premiere, and as Angelica, Rico's sister-in-law, was one of her castmates, Fisher & Sons handles her funeral arrangements. Nate and David both have medical appointments, Brenda experiences a sudden bout of depression, Gabriel becomes more erratic, David tries to meet someone new while still feeling connected to Keith, and Ruth plans a family dinner so that her children and their significant others can meet Nikolai. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Knock Knock Season 1, Ep 13
In the season one finale, Kroehner strikes again, this time sending a new body to Fisher & Sons. The deceased is Tracy Montrose Blair's beloved Aunt Lillian, and Tracy is determined to arrange a resplendent funeral for her. David outs himself to the other church deacons, and there is political fallout. Nate takes his funeral director's exam, then goes with Brenda to see Billy. Brenda picks a fight with Nate on the way home and neglects her driving. Ruth gets fired by Nikolai and dumped by Hiram. Claire goes to a party at Parker's with Gabriel, who ends up going on an ill-conceived beer run with his pals. Rico and Vanessa have their son's christening at Fisher & Sons, and all the Fishers are invited. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: RED ZONE CUBA Rewatch Season 6, Ep 19
Rewatch! We knew it was coming. Here, again, is one of the very worst movies MST ever did, most infamous of the Coleman Francis triad. A trio of criminals get involved in various adventures, go Cuba for a while, make it back to the states, do some nefarious things and die. As John Carradine says: "GRIFFIN. He went all the way to HELL." Between Cherokee Jack, Petey Plane, the "Sick Man" bit, the Dark Spectre of Food, and others, it's a classic episode, but, not for the weak of heart or quick to sleep. At least it's got a speech-and-posture short, unlikely savior it may be. Previously.
Six Feet Under: A Private Life Season 1, Ep 12
A young gay man is murdered, bringing some of David's worst fears and anxieties to the surface. Keith is asked to work crowd control at the funeral. Brenda demands that Billy take his meds and return his key to her house, which causes tension with Nate, who considers these measures insufficient. Billy responds by creating a special art installation for Nate's benefit, and then attempting some amateur tattoo removals. Claire struggles to be with Gabe without losing herself. David comes out to Rico and Ruth and apologizes to Keith. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: The Trip Season 1, Ep 11
A three-week-old baby succumbs to SIDS, and Rico, who is managing Fisher & Sons while Nate and David are away at a funeral directors' conference in Vegas, finds preparation of the tiny body difficult given that Vanessa is nearing her due date. After Ruth is told her flower arrangements are too funereal, she takes a class in flower arranging and breathing. Claire learns Gabe is in the hospital after a drug overdose, and pays him a series of visits with varied success. In Vegas, David's conference speech is a big hit and he partakes in some of the local attractions. Brenda tags along on the Vegas trip, but so does Billy, and when they get back home, Nate and Brenda find he's gifted them with some unexpected souvenirs. Rico and Vanessa welcome their second son, Augusto, into the world. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: PRINCE OF SPACE Rewatch Season 8, Ep 16
Rewatch! We're starting to get into the weird ones. Prince of Space is a hilarious episode of our favorite cowtown puppet show, with an inexplicable hero (the invulnerable Prince of Space, who works as a Tokyo bootblack), annoying kids (PoS' child sidekicks) and easily one of the top five most ridiculous villains in MSTdom in the form of the chickenish Phantom of Krankor. HAAA... Haaa... haaa... ha. Just, for the love of decency, don't stare at the Krankorian crotches.... Previously.
Six Feet Under: The New Person Season 1, Ep 10
A customer service rep at a mail order lamp company makes the fatal mistake of boring his wife with a lengthy monologue about his job. Nate and David hire a talented new restorer, Angela, to replace Rico, but she proves not to be simpatico with the Fishers. Billy's latest photographic exhibit gets Nate pissed off, and Billy's behaviour puts his parents and Brenda on edge. Ruth has dinner with Nikolai, and David has a late night snack with Keith. Claire is still concerned about Gabe. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Life's Too Short Season 1, Ep 9
Gabe tells his little brother Anthony to go play while he smokes up with a friend, and Anthony does, with disastrous results. Nate learns that he has failed his funeral director license exam, and goes on a tour of local funeral homes with Brenda in order to check out the competition. David realizes that he and his square dance instructor are not compatible. Ruth goes on a hiking trip with Hiram, and inadvertently takes a second trip alone. Claire is concerned about Gabe. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA VS. BARUGON Rewatch Season 3, Ep 4
Rewatch! Second of the Gamera kaiju films, in which a spinning, jet-propelled turtle fights monsters and destroys buildings. This one was of the age where Gamera was still mostly feared, and it's the only Gamera movie without any kids in it! The monster he fights, with freezing tongue and rainbow destruction beam, is rather random. Previously.
Six Feet Under: Crossroads Season 1, Ep 8
A recently divorced woman out celebrating with her girlfriends lets her newfound liberation go to her head, giving Rico a chance to showcase his restoration abilities at Kroehner. During a slow period at Fisher & Sons, Nate rents out a room to a senior square dance group and David practices some figures with the handsome young instructor. Ruth muses about the comparative attractions of her two suitors. Brenda has a house guest. Claire goes on a group hike in the mountains and gets to know those in the group better than she had expected. [more inside]
Six Feet Under: Brotherhood Season 1, Ep 7
When a young Army vet dies of Gulf War Syndrome, his brother opts for cremation and disposal though he had wanted a military funeral. Billy interrupts a private moment between Brenda and Nate and thwarts their plan for a weekend getaway. Ruth invites Hiram over for a family dinner, and also takes a florist job in Nikolai's shop. David meets an open-minded associate priest and votes on whether he should be hired by St. Bart's. Claire lacks interest in algebra and the PSATs.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA VS. GAOS Rewatch Season 3, Ep 8
Rewatch! Another movie about Japan's fiery spinning menace who's also the friend to children. This is the third Gamera movie, and the third that MST has done. This is the one where Gamera makes the transition from menace to hero, to protect Japan from space vampire Gaos (or "Gyaos" depending on transliteration). Not nearly as weird as Gamera vs. Guiron, it still generally works as a monster movie, and may be the best of the Gamera films. Previously.
Six Feet Under: The Room Season 1, Ep 6
In the cold open, Mr. Jones wakes up to find himself a widower after 56 years of marriage. Ruth introduces David to Hiram and is pursued by florist Nikolai. Claire forms a connection with both Billy and Brenda. David fends off the advances of Tracy Montrose Blair and welcomes the advances of a pick up from a gay bar. Nate discovers that Nathaniel had some interesting bookkeeping methods. And all the Fishers, plus Brenda and Rico, have a chance to learn a little about love and grief from Mr. Jones, who isn't able to bear the separation from his beloved Hattie for long.
Six Feet Under: An Open Book Season 1, Ep 5
A porn actress meets with catastrophe while getting ready for a date in her bathroom; David considers becoming a deacon at his family's conservative church; Nate gets to know Brenda's parents, her brother Billy, and some of her formative literary influences; and Ruth and Claire reassess their relationship.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA VS. GUIRON Rewatch Season 3, Ep 12
Rewatch! It's the first of three Gamera movies in a row, out of MST's five. This is by far the silliest of the lot. Two kids are abducted by space ladies that want to eat their brains, but are rescued by Gamera after a fight with knife monster Guiron. There's so much in this episode: the Bike Song, "Cornjob," dancing go-go, giant turtle gymnastics, and, of course: The Gamera Song. He is filled with turtle meat! Previously.
Six Feet Under: Familia Season 1, Ep 4
In the cold open, gang member Manuel Pedro Antonio "Paco" Bolin meets up with members of a rival gang. Everyone speculates as to the cause of the fire in the house across the street, Paco helps David find his inner gangster, Brenda is invited to dinner, and Ruth catches Nate eating out before dinner.
Six Feet Under: The Foot Season 1, Ep 3
There's an unfortunate industrial dough mixer incident in the cold open, Nate and David consider selling the family business, Claire decides she wants a piece of the family business, Ruth tries a new financial gambit, and Rico holds everything together.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BEATNIKS Rewatch Season 4, Ep 15
Rewatch! No, they're not Beatniks. They're not even Boatniks. A young thug is content with a life of robbery until it turns out he can sing, but his grasping for fortune and respectability is held back by his jilted criminal buddies. It was directed and written by voice actor Paul "Boris Badenov" Frees! There's also a General Hospital soap opera short, which are unfortunately among the most boring shorts MST did, but does have their commercial for The Booze Council.
Six Feet Under: The Will Season 1, Ep 2
Nathaniel's will is read, and the Fishers have questions. Nate begins to learn both the ropes of running a funeral home and more about Brenda, David has drinks with his ex-fiancée, Ruth tells the hairdresser she's been seeing to take a hike, and Claire "goes to market" with Gabe.
Six Feet Under: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
On Christmas Eve, Nathaniel Fisher Sr. is on the way to the airport to pick up his son Nate, when tragedy strikes in the form of a city bus. [more inside]
Lately I've been thinking that I'd like to rewatch the Six Feet Under series. I was surprised to find that it isn't in the FanFare database. Would anyone else like to watch it and discuss each episode in FanFare as we proceed? And if you do, I was thinking I might post one episode thread a day for the entire 63-episode run. Is that a comfortable pace for you?
Mystery Science Theater 3000: OPERATION DOUBLE 007 Rewatch Season 5, Ep 8
Rewatch! Sean Connery's brother sure can do a lot. Plastic surgery, hypnosis, martial arts and so on. His brother's taken time off to go to the future to worship a huge flying head, so Secret Agent Central Casting sent him instead. He's up against an evil organization that somehow convinced a flotilla of clothes-averse young women to work for them, in capacities ranging from showgirl distraction brigade to movie screen. M and Moneypenny are involved somehow. In case you couldn't tell, this is an extremely silly movie and fully deserving being thrown against a wall and mocked by joke-making machines.Previously.