I just noticed that Wiseguy, the 1987-1990 crime drama, is streaming on Hulu. Alan Sepinwall described it as "a dark, moody, intelligent drama" that was "20 years ahead of its time" due to its then-groundbreakingly-lengthy story arcs, which allowed the show to develop richer villains than the typical case-of-the-week shows of the time. From what I've read, it seems like an important foundational show for modern TV, but it's been largely forgotten today. I think I'm going to watch it - would anybody else be interested in watching along with me? [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Abandoned Rewatch Season 3, Ep 6
Quark finds a baby in a pile of junk, then things get weird. Who's your daddy? [more inside]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Real Me Rewatch Season 5, Ep 2
Dawn gets in trouble when Harmony comes round looking to kill Buffy, so it's big sis to the rescue as always. Giles seeks purpose and profit margins.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy vs. Dracula Rewatch Season 5, Ep 1
Buffy meets Dracula, and she and her friends find themselves under his enthralling powers. The encounter leads Buffy to rededicate herself to her Slayer training. A new family member appears.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Restless Rewatch Season 4, Ep 22
Called on by the Scoobies conjoining spell, a representation of the first Slayer stalks them in their dreams.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Primeval Rewatch Season 4, Ep 21
A loose lipped Spike leads Buffy to reunite the splintered Scoobies. Adam's plan to incite a large human/demon battle to insure lots of body parts for new friends is brought to light, and Riley finds himself under the cyberdemonman's control. Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles combine their strengths to take Adam down.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Yoko Factor Rewatch Season 4, Ep 20
As Adam prepares his plan, he enlists Spike to fracture the Scoobies. Not a difficult task given their diverging paths this year. Riley learns the full truth of Buffy's relationship with Angel, then comes face to face with him.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New Moon Rising Rewatch Season 4, Ep 19
Oz unexpectedly shows up in town, forcing Willow to fully confront her feelings for Tara. Riley makes a break from the Initiative. Adam makes a deal with Spike.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Where the Wild Things Are Rewatch Season 4, Ep 18
Buffy and Riley can't keep their hands off each other, which becomes a problem when spirits of abused children start feeding on their sexual energy. Xander and Anya fight about a sexual slowdown in their relationship, and she commiserates with Spike about their lost powers. Giles sings!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Superstar Rewatch Season 4, Ep 17
Jonathan is just like the coolest guy ever. Movie star, philanthropist, sex symbol, class protector and the person Buffy and the gang go to when they need slaying help. But after he brushes off a serious demon attack, Buffy starts to realize that things aren't adding up.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This Year's Girl / Who Are You? Rewatch Season 4, Ep 15
As Buffy reunites with Riley, a coma-bound Faith is tormented by dreams of the vengeful Slayer. She awakens to a world that has moved beyond her. After a parting gift from the Mayor lets her switch bodies with Buffy, she flails wildly between sowing chaos and experiencing life as a beloved protector. Adam introduces a group of vampires to religion.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Goodbye Iowa Rewatch Season 4, Ep 14
Between Buffy's accusations, Walsh's death, and withdrawal from Initiative drugs, Riley is not having a good time. Adam explores the outside world and returns home to learn about himself. Tara sabotages a spell.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The I in Team Rewatch Season 4, Ep 13
Buffy is psyched to join up with The Initiative and spend time with Riley in the field and in bed. Professor Walsh is not as psyched about these developments, and tries to take the Slayer out of the picture. Willow grows closer to Tara, Riley tries to recapture Hostile 17, and the secret of Room 314 is revealed.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A New Man Rewatch Season 4, Ep 12
Buffy meets with Professor Walsh outside of office hours. Giles, feeling out of place at Buffy's surprise birthday party, reconnects with Ethan Rayne, who delivers a warning about the Initiative and then turns him into a demon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doomed Rewatch Season 4, Ep 11
Buffy and Riley debrief each other on their secret identities, but are interrupted by an earthquake. It's tied to another group of demons trying to open the Hellmouth, so it's back to school time for our gang. Spike searches for purpose, and finds it.
I'm assuming it exists already somewhere and I just can't find it, but a Star Wars movies rewatch before the new movie comes out? [more inside]
Angel: Parting Gifts Rewatch Season 1, Ep 10
Angel fears his quest is hopeless after losing Doyle's visions, only to find he imparted them to Cordelia with his goodbye kiss. Other forces are after her newfound powers, and newly badass rogue demon hunter Wesley Wyndham-Price arrives in town just in time to help rescue her from their clutches.
Angel: Hero Rewatch Season 1, Ep 9
Doyle enlists Angel to help stop The Scourge, a group determined to purge human blood from demon kind. As Doyle reveals his full identity to Cordelia, he makes the ultimate sacrifice.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Hush Rewatch Season 4, Ep 10
Scary monsters The Gentlemen steal all of Sunnydale's voices so that they may harvest seven hearts under cover of silence. Buffy and Riley come face to face with the secrets they've been keeping. Willow meets Tara, a shy witch impressed by her power.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Something Blue Rewatch Season 4, Ep 9
As Buffy and Riley grow closer, Willow continues to experience great pain over Oz's departure. She turns to magic, casting a spell that her will be done. It ends up making her angry comments reality, most notably that Buffy and Spike should get married.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Pangs Rewatch Season 4, Ep 8
Buffy seeks a perfect Thanksgiving. Spike seeks asylum from the Initiative. Native spirits seek vengeance. Angel lurks.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Initiative Rewatch Season 4, Ep 7
Buffy's TA Riley is crushing on her. They've got more in common than either of them know, as he's part of the Initiative, a military organization hunting vampires and demons on campus. Spike escapes their facility and goes after Buffy, finding Willow and immense headpain instead. Xander and Harmony face off.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wild at Heart Rewatch Season 4, Ep 6
Oz takes notice of a sexy lady werewolf, and Buffy takes notice of a military presence on campus.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beer Bad Rewatch Season 4, Ep 5
Still smarting from her fling with Parker, Buffy drowns her sorrows in beer. But the bartender, sick of know-it-all students talking down to him, has altered his wares to regress his consumers to the Stone Age.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fear, Itself Rewatch Season 4, Ep 4
The gang attends a Halloween party where their worst fears are realized, in a much more character-driven way than Season 1's Nightmares. Don't taunt the fear demon. It's tacky.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harsh Light of Day Rewatch Season 4, Ep 3
Buffy's relationship with Parker deepens, then implodes. Anya returns to town with Xander on the mind. Spike is back, having been dumped by Drusilla again and picked up a newly vamped Harmony as a rebound. They're searching for the presumed mythical Gem of Amarra, a stone that makes vampires invulnerable.
Farscape: They've Got a Secret Rewatch Season 1, Ep 10
While inspecting access shafts D'Argo is flushed into space. The DRDs turn on the crew and Moya cuts off life support, while the crew attempts to find the cause from a revived but delusional D'Argo. [via]
Anyone interested in doing an X-Files "highlights reel" in the few-months runup to the new episodes? [more inside]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Living Conditions Rewatch Season 4, Ep 2
Buffy's convinced her irritating roommate Kathy is a demon. She's right.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Freshman Rewatch Season 4, Ep 1
While Willow and Oz take to college life quickly, Buffy feels adrift until she meets a fellow awkward student. When he disappears, she investigates to find a gang of vampires preying on freshmen.
Farscape: That Old Black Magic Rewatch Season 1, Ep 8
On a commerce planet, Crichton finds himself lured into an alternate reality controlled by Maldis, a being who feeds off negative energy. He is pitted against Crais in a fight to the death, leaving Zhaan to tap into her old darkness to try and help him. [via]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day Rewatch Season 3, Ep 21
As the Mayor's Ascenscion looms, Faith tries to take Angel out of action. Buffy gives Faith her knife back, Anya tries to give Xander a way out, and Willow gives Oz all her parts. On Graduation Day, Sunnydale High's Class of '99 makes a desperate and costly stand.
Farscape: Thank God It's Friday, Again Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
D'Argo, after threatening the crew with Luxan hyper-rage, is later found docile and happy on a planet and decides to stay. Crichton discovers that the planet's food contains a drug, with the help of a small band of rebels immune to its effects, and must determine a way to convince the others of the truth and the true nature of the drug. [via]
Farscape: Back and Back and Back to the Future Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
The crew comes across a ship that is molecularly de-stabilizing. D'Argo makes everyone bring the ship's escape pod aboard when he discovers that the ship's passengers are Ilanics, long-time allies of the Luxans. Aboard the escape pod, Crichton gets a shock and starts experiencing strange visions of the future, first of himself and one of the Ilanics, then of Moya's destruction. [via]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Prom Rewatch Season 3, Ep 20
Hoping to set her free to live a normal(ish) life, Angel breaks up with Buffy for good just before Prom. While she's processing this she has to stop some hellhounds from tearing the dance apart.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Choices Rewatch Season 3, Ep 19
As post high school life looms, Buffy steps up her efforts to take down the Mayor. Faith gets a loses a pretty knife, Willow makes a questionable educational decision, and the Mayor wants his spider box.
Farscape: Throne for a Loss Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
Rygel's plot to appear regal backfires when he, along with a much needed part of Moya's propulsion system, are snatched by Tavlecs who possess drug-dispensing power gauntlets. [via]
Farscape: Exodus from Genesis Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Moya is invaded by spawning space bugs, which produce clones of the crew. To complicate matters, a Peacekeeper retrieval squad arrives and Aeryn begins to suffer heat delirium. [via]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Earshot Rewatch Season 3, Ep 18
A close encounter with a telepathic demon's blood gives Buffy the ability to hear others' thoughts. As the constant barrage of thoughts incapacitates her, she overhears someone thinking of killing off the student body. The rest of the gang works to figure out who's behind the plot and save Buffy before she's driven insane.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Enemies Rewatch Season 3, Ep 17
As Buffy and the gang start uncovering the Mayor's plans for ascension, he plots with Faith to once again remove Angel's soul.
Farscape: I, E.T. Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
A Peacekeeper beacon goes off and Moya has to land on an alien planet to prevent its signal being intercepted and Moya being discovered. Crichton, D'Argo and Aeryn leave Moya and explore the planet in search of a substance that can be used to numb Moya's senses so the beacon can be removed but Crichton gets separated from the group and meets up with some inhabitants of the planet who hide him from the authorities. [via] [more inside]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doppelgangland Rewatch Season 3, Ep 16
Anyanka enlists Willow's help to retrieve her power amulet from the alternate dimension, but ends up bringing Willow's vampire doppelgänger over instead.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Consequences Rewatch Season 3, Ep 15
While Faith tries to pin the deputy mayor's murder on Buffy, Angel and Wesley each try to save her in their own way.
Anyone up for watching Farscape? I don't know if it should be a 1st watch or rewatch. I've seen the series a couple times through, but not recently enough, so I think I could easily participate in a first watch thread. [more inside]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Girls Rewatch Season 3, Ep 14
Wesley Wyndham-Price arrives in town to serve as Buffy and Faith's new watcher. Rather than submit to the order he wishes to impose, the slayers explore a more impulsive attitude, with deadly consequences.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Zeppo Rewatch Season 3, Ep 13
A sidelined Xander's search for purpose and identity takes centre stage while the rest of the gang fends off yet another apocalypse in the background.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless Rewatch Season 3, Ep 12
Unbeknownst to her, Buffy faces a traditional test on her 18th birthday. Weakened of her slayer strength by Giles, she must survive an encounter with an unstable vamp.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gingerbread Rewatch Season 3, Ep 11
Joyce makes a surprise appearance while Buffy's patrolling and finds the bodies of two young children. Haunted by the sight (and by apparitions of the dead Hansel and Gretel), she whips Sunnydale's adults into a witch hunting frenzy.
For the past few months I've been posting First Watch with Books Threads for the initial seasons of Game of Thrones. In several weeks, we'll complete season 3. Season 4 threads already exist on FanFare from when they aired live. Should I bother to create new ones, or end at S03E10?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends Season 3, Ep 10
Angel is tormented by visions of those he's killed, manifestations of the First Evil. It's Christmas Eve and if The First has it's way, either Buffy or Angel won't live to celebrate.