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Resident Alien: Girls' Night  Season 2, Ep 3

Harry meets a woman unlike any other and realizes that she is the key to his new mission. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 10, 2022 - 10 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SHE-CREATURE  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 8

Rewatch! Because in the 50s even our creatures had to be obviously gendered. A lady is hypnotized and, as all hypnotized people do, summons a lobster woman. It's the last episode on Observer World before Mike destroys it. Oops! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Feb 10, 2022 - 2 comments

Resident Alien: The Wire  Season 2, Ep 2

Harry has a plan to save Asta and himself but first he must attend the Sheriff's poker game. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 3, 2022 - 6 comments

Resident Alien: Old Friends  Season 2, Ep 1

Harry, the alien, is back on Earth but doesn't remember who he is, and only Asta can keep him safe. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jan 31, 2022 - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 7

Rewatch! Scientists invent a time machine. Lady comes from the future, where apparently most people are sterile, in order to take fertile men back with her. If there's anything these movies have taught me, it's that the future causes impotency. But she kills a nurse in order to take her place, because the future causes psychopathy too. In the show's "plot," we're still in Observer world. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jan 26, 2022 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE MOLE PEOPLE  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 3

Rewatch! Albinos oppress humanoid creatures beneath the surface of the Earth, and the situation is remedied by white guys from the surface. Warning: contains The Load. Previously. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 6, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Timecrimes

in Nacho Vigalondo's time-travel thriller, a man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 6, 2022 - 16 comments

The Silent Sea: The Silent Sea (Full Season)  Season 1, Ep 0

During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets. (Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Dec 27, 2021 - 9 comments

Movie: Last and First Men

Tilda Swinton narrates the bleak future of humanity in the only feature directed by the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 12, 2021 - 7 comments

Movie: Encounter

Two brothers embark on a journey with their father (Riz Ahmed), who is trying to protect them from an alien threat. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 10, 2021 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LASERBLAST  Rewatch   Season 7, Ep 6

Re-rewatch! A kid living out in the desert gets a ray gun that also turns him green, and he takes out his frustrations in an orgy of laser violence against innocent Star Wars signs, until goofy lizard aliens stop him. It's the last episode of the Comedy Central era of the show. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Dec 2, 2021 - 12 comments

Foundation: The Leap  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 10

An unexpected ally helps Salvor broker an alliance. A confrontation between the Brothers leads to unthinkable consequences.
posted by Gary on Nov 19, 2021 - 14 comments

Foundation: The First Crisis  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 9

On Terminus, the null field has become even more powerful. Brother Dawn makes a daring choice.
posted by Gary on Nov 12, 2021 - 33 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN  Rewatch   Season 7, Ep 4

Rewatch! One of MST3K's Double Adjective Man movies, the others being The Amazing Colossal Man, Teenage Cave Man and Amazing Transparent Man. (There's also Indestructable Man, The Brute Man, The Projected Man and, of course, The Pumaman.) An astronaut returns to Earth and is affected by something that makes him kill people, kind of like a slightly more competent Monster A-Go-Go. In the host segments, Crow shepherds his movie Earth Vs. Soup to completion and through focus groups, a sequence inspired in no small part by Best Brains' experiences in getting MST3K The Movie made. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Nov 11, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: Finch

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his dying creator's beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship, and what it means to be human. (Apple TV +)
posted by rozcakj on Nov 5, 2021 - 5 comments

Foundation: The Missing Piece  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 8

Brother Day embarks on a journey that no other Cleon has ever attempted. Salvor prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to return home.
posted by rodlymight on Nov 5, 2021 - 28 comments

Paraiso: Paraíso (Paradise) - Season One  Season 1, Ep 0

Levante (Spain), 1992, the summer is coming to an end in a coastal town when three 15-year-old girls, Sandra, Eva, and Malena, disappear without a trace from a nightclub. When the police investigation appears to be taking the wrong direction, Javi, Sandra's younger brother, takes things into his own hands, along with Quino and Álvaro, his best friends, and Zeta, the class bully. Together they discover the girls are being held by something not of this world… [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 2, 2021 - 3 comments

Foundation: Mysteries and Martyrs  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 7

The Anacreons and their hostages board the fabled Invictus warship. The bond between Brother Dawn and Azura intensifies.
posted by rodlymight on Oct 29, 2021 - 24 comments

Foundation: Death and the Maiden  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 6

Brother Day meets Zephyr Halima—a would-be leader who opposes the Empire. Brother Dusk grows suspicious of Brother Dawn.
posted by rodlymight on Oct 22, 2021 - 24 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST  Rewatch   Season 7, Ep 1

Rewatch! A dead astronaut comes back down to Earth, not-dead but infested by aliens who plan to use his body as a spearhead to invade Earth. Is it just me or is that a weird plan? Also with a short, Once Upon A Honeymoon, which naturally has to do with telephones. We re-enter the series after The Movie, without Frank and now with new regular Pearl Forrester. It's the beginning of Season 7, only six episodes long and the last hurrah of the show on Comedy Central. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Oct 21, 2021 - 3 comments

Foundation: Upon Awakening  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 5

A flashback reveals the origin of Gaal’s conflict between faith and science. The standoff on Terminus takes an unfortunate turn.
posted by rodlymight on Oct 15, 2021 - 16 comments

Movie: Donnie Darko

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 14, 2021 - 11 comments

Foundation: Barbarians at the Gate  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 4

Salvor faces off with an enemy of the Empire. Brothers Day and Dusk are at odds, while Brother Dawn wrestles with his truth. [more inside]
posted by rodlymight on Oct 8, 2021 - 13 comments

Doom Patrol: Dada Patrol  Season 3, Ep 5

Armed with slightly greater understanding of what's going on than they had at this time last week, our heroes set out to infiltrate a group of art terrorists or something, a vague mission that leads to decidedly tangible results.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Oct 7, 2021 - 9 comments

Foundation: The Mathematician's Ghost  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 3

Brother Dusk reflects on his legacy as he prepares for ascension. The Foundation arrives on Terminus and finds a mysterious object. [more inside]
posted by rodlymight on Oct 2, 2021 - 19 comments

Doom Patrol: Undead Patrol  Season 3, Ep 4

Our heroes become brain-hungry zombies, in what is very probably the most normal event to happen in this week's episode.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Oct 1, 2021 - 15 comments

Doom Patrol: Dead Patrol  Season 3, Ep 3

Dorothy and Larry come home to a problem they can't solve alone. But not to worry! The Doom Patrol makes new friends, who are obviously not in any way there to lay the groundwork for a spinoff series, clearly.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 25, 2021 - 11 comments

Doom Patrol: Vacay Patrol  Season 3, Ep 2

Our heroes head to a resort (that's seen better days) in search of a recharge, unaware that a threat is waiting for them there...and has been waiting for a really, really, *really,* REALLY long time. [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 24, 2021 - 7 comments

Doom Patrol: Possibilities Patrol  Season 3, Ep 1

Yay! [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 24, 2021 - 12 comments

Book: XX

Drawing on Dada, punk and the modernist movements of the twentieth century, XX is assembled from redacted NASA reports, artwork, magazine articles, secret transcripts and a novel within a novel. Deconstructing layout and language in order to explore how idea propagate, acclaimed designer and artist Rian Hughes's debut novel presents a compelling vision of humanity's unique place in the universe, and a realistic depiction of what might happen in the wake of the biggest scientific discovery in human history. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on Aug 18, 2021 - 2 comments

Book: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot.
posted by curious nu on Jul 16, 2021 - 11 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CREEPING TERROR  Rewatch   Season 6, Ep 6

Re-rewatch! Time to watch a carpet eat half a small town again! The great thing about this movie is nothing. The great thing about this episode is that the movie is so goofy and nonsensical that it's watchable on its own just to try to figure out whatever the hell is coming next. The riffs add onto that. This is unquestionably in the worst-of-the-worst pile, a bona-fide cinematic un-chievement. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Jun 3, 2021 - 1 comment

Intergalactic: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

In the outskirts of outer space, a fearless young cop and galactic pilot finds her life changed forever when she is accused of treason.
posted by Kyol on Jun 2, 2021 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Intersections In Real Time  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 18

John Sheridan is interrogated in his prison cell. Will he sign a confession? And what will happen to him if he doesn’t? “The truth is sometimes what you believe it to be and sometimes what you decide it to be. My task is to make you... decide to believe differently.” [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on May 28, 2021 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: The Face of the Enemy  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 17

The battle to free Earth from the Clark regime continues. Sheridan attempts to rescue his father. Garibaldi commits a betrayal and learns some devastating truths. “I think the last guy got thirty pieces of silver for the same job.” [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on May 23, 2021 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: The Exercise of Vital Powers  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 16

Garibaldi journeys to Mars to meet his secretive employer at last. Meanwhile, Dr. Franklin and Lyta continue trying to free the Shadow-implanted telepaths. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on May 19, 2021 - 6 comments

Alhambeura Goongjeonui Chooeok: (Memories of the Alhambra)  Season 1, Ep 0

While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain. (Netflix, tvN) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on May 16, 2021 - 1 comment

Book: Project Hail Mary

A man wakes up, alone and amnesiac. He gradually remembers that he's on a mission to save humanity.
posted by jessamyn on May 9, 2021 - 20 comments

Book: Fugitive Telemetry

The latest in Martha Wells's stellar Murderbot series, novella-length Fugitive Telemetry, is out. [more inside]
posted by Coaticass on Apr 29, 2021 - 20 comments

Movie: Stowaway

A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences. This 2021 Hard Sci-Fi film is a modern retelling of Tom Godwin's 1954 The Cold Equations, a "needlessly cruel" short story that likely "got the equations themselves wrongs" in order to pose a moral dilemma for the characters. In the film, once the ship docks with the Aldrin Mars Cycler (named for its inventor, astronaut Buzz Aldrin) and leaves Earth's gravity well, there are no other voices or characters, enhancing the feeling of isolation ahead of the crew on their two year mission. The very realistic spacecraft spins the habit module on a tether to create artificial gravity and was mocked-up for the film by Scott Manley in Kerbal Space Program, while the claustrophobic interiors look like they were shot on a real space station.
posted by autopilot on Apr 26, 2021 - 36 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 TO THE MOON  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 24

Rewatch! At least I think it is, this is one of those movies it's easy to forget exists for some reason. This is another of those movies where half of the time amounts to: "Gee whiz! Space!" There's a lot of preparing and rocketry and interviews with intrepid scientists and getting ready to let's all go to space. With cats. Then we get to space and meet aliens. Who want our cats. The short, however, is Design for Dreaming, and it's terrific, just completely crazy, bonkers, nutso, a highlight of the show's entire run. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Apr 22, 2021 - 1 comment

Resident Alien: End of the World As We Know It  Season 1, Ep 8

Secrets are revealed when Harry's stuck in an icy crevasse with Asta and D'Arcy. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Mar 18, 2021 - 12 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE ATOMIC BRAIN  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 18

Rewatch! An old rich lady decides to use her considerable resources, including her own mad scientist and a nuclear reactor in her basement (wow, really?), to have her brain swapped into the body of one of three younger women. The eventual result? Let's just say she better hope she can develop a taste for Meow Mix. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Mar 18, 2021 - 0 comments

Movie: Forbidden Empire

In the grand tradition of Russian fantasy films comes a new version of the supernatural legend of The Viy, written by Nicolai Gogol. An eighteenth century English cartographer sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Romanian forest. Streaming on Amazon Prime. Note: this is a bad movie. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Mar 14, 2021 - 4 comments

Resident Alien: The Green Glow  Season 1, Ep 7

Fearing he's facing failure, Harry enlists an unlikely ally to help find his ship. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 13, 2021 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: BEGINNING OF THE END  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 17

Rewatch! On of the more entertaining of the episodes featuring the 50s monster attack genre of movie. Huge grasshoppers attack (a postcard of) Chicago while the army is helpless against the giant insect menace. Directed by Bert I. Gordon, Mr. BIG himself. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Mar 11, 2021 - 2 comments

Book: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

The fourth and final book in Becky Chambers' Wayfarers series. With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Mar 8, 2021 - 10 comments

Debris: Pilot  Season 1, Ep 1

MI6 agent Finola Jones and CIA agent Bryan Beneventi are jointly investigating alien spacecraft debris that has been falling to earth the past 6 months. Some strange phenomena have been occurring wherever the alien spacecraft debris appears. (NBC) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 2, 2021 - 39 comments

Movie: Aliens

Fifty-seven years after surviving an alien loose aboard her ship, first officer Ripley finds herself returning to the planet where she first encountered the creature. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Feb 17, 2021 - 53 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 13

Rewatch! A brilliant scientist is thought of as "mad," and only because he saves his girlfriend's severed head when she is killed in a car crash, then keeps it alive by setting it in Neck Juice (TM), allowing her to befriend the terrible monster he keeps in his basement while he goes out trying to murder women to provide her with a donor body. But really, is that "mad?" Okay. Yeah, on further reflection I guess it is. Oh, and he has an assistant with his own weird issues. This is Mike Nelson's first episode as host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Feb 11, 2021 - 4 comments

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