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Babylon 5: Grey 17 is Missing  Season 3, Ep 19

We return to Spoopy Sector for Spoopy Times. Ivanova and Zach Allen seek rogue telepaths for hire. Delenn is to become Ranger One, but someone wants to prevent it... "I'm in awe, Lennier. The way you can take a simple proposition and turn it inside out so that it says what you want it to say rather than what it actually says. Does this come naturally or did you attend some sort of…martial arts class for the philosophically inclined?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 12, 2019 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DAY TIME ENDED  Season 12, Ep 4

"The World Became a Living Hell... When Past, Present and Future Collided...." It certainly did. I'm not even sure what's going on here. Some supernovas happen, and then a family sensibly living in the middle of the desert have crazy encounters with aliens, there's some kind of time-space shenanigans, and by the end you're not sure if they're all in the afterlife or on a journey to an alien city. Solar power may have had something to do with it. Kicking off the second half of (Kinga hand gesture) The Gauntlet, this may be the most challenging film of the sextet. The highlight is a surprise host segment visit from an old friend who, after over 200 episodes, is no longer "missing".... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 2, 2019 - 25 comments

Babylon 5: Walkabout  Season 3, Ep 18

Kosh arrives at Babylon 5. Lyta returns. Sheridan tests a plan for taking on the Shadows. Franklin, now a civilian, meets a lounge singer on his "walkabout." "The theory is: if you are separated from yourself, you start walking... and you keep walking until you meet yourself. Then you sit down and have a long talk. You talk about everything that you've learned, everything that you... felt. And you talk until you run out of words. Now, that's vital, because the real important things can't be said. And then, if you are lucky, you look up and there's just you, and you can go home." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 29, 2018 - 4 comments

Book: Alice Isn't Dead

Keisha's wife is dead. Or she's supposed to be. One day, Alice shows up in the background of a TV news story, staring directly at the camera. And then again. And again. Already riddled with anxiety, Keisha abandons her old life to become a truck driver, looking for the wife she no longer believes is dead and investigating the clues she left behind that may point to a larger, more sinister mystery. Based on the podcast of the same name by Joseph Fink (Welcome to Night Vale).
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 26, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: War Without End (Part 2)   Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 17

[all-spoilers!] The crew have to steal Babylon 4 and save Sheridan from his time slippage. "Let us make an end of it quickly, before it stops me. I am as tired of my life as you are." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 22, 2018 - 4 comments

Book: The Book of M

A man in India suddenly loses his shadow, a phenomenon scientists cannot explain. As people around the globe watch, fascinated, from their TV screens, he unexpectedly begins to lose something else, too: his memories. Soon, he isn't the only one afflicted. In communities all around the globe, people's shadows disappear, and in their place come strange and unfathomable abilities that threaten humanity's very existence.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 19, 2018 - 8 comments

Babylon 5: War Without End (Part 1)  Season 3, Ep 16

We return to Babylon 4, in the past... because they have received a message from the future: Babylon 5 will be destroyed by a Shadow fleet in 8 days. "He is the closed circle. He is returning to the beginning." and "Zathras understand. ... ... No. Zathras not understand. But Zathras do! Zathras good at doings, not understandings." and "Welcome back from the abyss. Your timing, as always, is quite exceptional. Just in time to die." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 16, 2018 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LORDS OF THE DEEP  Season 12, Ep 3

"The ultimate underwater adventure!" Under de sea... there's scary psychic stingray monsters that control people and turn them into goo! But hey, everything's better where it is wetter, right? Not a film to show to marine biology students. It's episode three of "The Gauntlet," and a weird movie. The SOL has issues with psychic sea monsters and Kinga and Max stage a morning talk show. For fun! Episode 1203 is available on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 12, 2018 - 17 comments

Movie: Time Trap

A group of students become trapped inside a mysterious cave where they discover time passes differently underground than on the surface.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 11, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: Interludes and Examinations  Season 3, Ep 15

The Shadows begin open war. Adira, the dancer-with-a-heart-of-gold that Londo fell in love with in season 1, returns to the station. Franklin and Garibaldi have confrontations about Franklin's addiction. "All I want now is revenge. They took from me the one thing that I have… have ever truly loved. [...] Give me this, and the safety of my people--and let the rest of the galaxy burn. I don't care any more." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 8, 2018 - 2 comments

Book: An Unkindness of Ghosts

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war. [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel on Dec 5, 2018 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: ATLANTIC RIM  Season 12, Ep 2

In a world that we are assured bears no relationship with anything created by Guillermo Del Toro, three pilots of experimental, implausibly humanoid giant robots fight against monsters from the ocean. Where do the monsters come from and why are they attacking now? Who knows! What's more important is that our heroes, Black Guy, Woman and Obnoxious Bro, fight the monsters to both the stern disapproval and enthusiastic approval of General Father Figure. At last the crew of the Satellite of Love come up against the fearsome work of The Asylum, makers of mockbusters extraordure. In subplot news, this is the second of the six movies of "The Gauntlet," Kinga's latest ratings stunt, a sequence of films shown to Jonah and the bots back-to-back. They hold up well, even though the movie is exceptionally tiresome. "Flush them the movie!" Episode 1202 is available on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 5, 2018 - 30 comments

Movie: 2.0

The megabudget sequel to the 2010 Tamil-language smash Enthiran brings back Rajinikanth in the dual role of Dr. Vaseegaran, government super scientist and Chitti, his AI/robot creation. All of the cell phones in Chennai have flown into the sky and coalesced into a bird-like monster. Only Chitti, Dr. Vaseegaran, and the doctor's newest robot Nila can save the city.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 2, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Ship of Tears  Season 3, Ep 14

Bester comes with confidential news of a Shadow weapons shipment... Meanwhile, G'Kar continues his campaign to be part of the anti-Shadow war council. "I suspect you'd rather walk out that door and wall me up inside! Do a little re-creation of The Cask of Amontillado. 'For the love of God, Montresor!'" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 1, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon  Season 3, Ep 13

King Arthur arrives on the station, but Franklin isn't so sure... "By G'Quan, I can't recall the last time I was in a fight like that! No moral ambiguity, no hopeless battle against ancient and overwhelming forces! They were the bad guys, as you say, and we were the good guys. And they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 24, 2018 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MAC AND ME  Season 12, Ep 1

A wheelchair-bound kid befriends an alien, and then careens off a cliff, goes to McDonalds, gets shot up by NASA, and witnesses the alien and his family become US citizens. MST is back baby, and off to a great start for the shortened Season 12! The premise is that, while you're free to watch the episodes whenever you want, Jonah and the 'bots are supposed subjected to these six movies back-to-back! The riffing and sketches are great in this one (yes, I started watching it within minutes of it premiering on Netflix). Episode 1201 can be seen on Netflix. First aired today, November 22, 2018. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 22, 2018 - 36 comments

Babylon 5: Sic Transit Vir  Season 3, Ep 12

Vir's new fiance, Lyndisty, arrives on the station. Ivanova investigates reports of missing Narn. "Are you not seeing me now? I would assume that you see me every time we meet. Unless I have become translucent, or insubstantial, and no one has thought to inform me until now." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 17, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark  Season 3, Ep 11

Given the massive changes on B5, Delenn attempts to repeat the ceremony seen in "The Parliament of Dreams" to help people transition. Garibaldi attempts to purge B5 of hidden Nightwatch agents. Londo moves against Refa, taking inspiration from the Old Empire. "From the stars we came... To the stars we return, from now until the end of time. We therefore commit these bodies to the deep." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 10, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Severed Dreams  Season 3, Ep 10

President Clark attempts to seize B5. Many alien races begin declaring war on their neighbours, and Delenn goes to confront the Grey Council on their complacency. "That's what makes this war different from anything we have ever gone through before. This time, we know everyone we kill." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 3, 2018 - 6 comments

Lexx: I Worship His Shadow  Season 1, Ep 1

His Divine Shadow rules The Cluster with absolute power and an impenetrable bureaucracy, where even a minor infringement of the rules results in horrible punishment. This episodes opens with a futile attempt by the Brunen-G to stop His Divine Shadow. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Oct 30, 2018 - 10 comments

Babylon 5: Point of No Return  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 9

[all-spoilers!] [titular episode of season] Everything goes to hell. "You have a chance few others will ever have, Mollari. You still have three opportunities to avoid the fire that waits for you at the end of your journey. You have already wasted two others. You must save the eye that does not see. You must not kill the one who is already dead. And at the last, you must surrender yourself to your greatest fear, knowing that it will destroy you. Now if you have failed all the others, that is your final chance for redemption." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 27, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: Point of No Return  Season 3, Ep 9

[titular episode of season] Everything goes to hell. "You have a chance few others will ever have, Mollari. You still have three opportunities to avoid the fire that waits for you at the end of your journey. You have already wasted two others. You must save the eye that does not see. You must not kill the one who is already dead. And at the last, you must surrender yourself to your greatest fear, knowing that it will destroy you. Now if you have failed all the others, that is your final chance for redemption." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 27, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Messages from Earth  Season 3, Ep 8

Sheridan attempts to stop Earthforce from merging a human pilot with a Shadow ship on Ganymede. "And they have much to be concerned about. There's always the threat of an attack by, say, a giant space dragon—the kind that eats the sun every 30 days? It's a nuisance, but what can you expect from reptiles? Did I mention that my nose is on fire, and that I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 27, 2018 - 0 comments

Babylon 5: Exogenesis  Season 3, Ep 7

Ivanova seeks to discover if Lieutenant Corwin is suitable to join the Conspiracy of Light. Franklin and Marcus discover something strange happening with the Lurkers... "Word is, something screwy's happening back home." "This is not exactly a revelation." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 20, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Dust to Dust  Season 3, Ep 6

Bester has his annual pilgrimage to B5 to investigate a telepathy-inducing drug called Dust, and engages in a bad cop/slightly less bad cop dynamic with Garibaldi. Turns out, G'Kar wants some Dust for his own reasons... "The universe is already mad. Anything else would be redundant." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 13, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Circle

Could you trust a jury of your peers with your life? The contestants of a mysterious death game must make harrowing decisions as they strategize for survival in this psychological sci-fi thriller. [more inside]
posted by knownassociate on Oct 4, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Voices of Authority  Season 3, Ep 5

Ivanova, Marcus, and Draal seek out First Ones. G'Kar and a Ministry of Peace officer, separately, investigate the strange behaviour of members of Sheridan's "Conspiracy of Light"... "Zog? What do you mean 'zog'? Zog what? Zog yes, zog no?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 29, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane  Season 3, Ep 4

One of Brother Theo's monks is having visions of murder, and believes himself to be going mad... Lyta and Kosh return to B5 after a time on the Vorlon Homeworld, which no human has ever before seen. "Gambling is one of the lesser sins. I've always thought if you're going to sin, you may as well go for one of the really big ones." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 29, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: A Day in the Strife  Season 3, Ep 3

An alien probe arrives at B5, with an ultimatum: answer its questions to receive a reward; fail, and die. Delenn makes an offer. Garibaldi confronts Franklin. Sheridan bumps into an acquaintance. "I don't know what my superiors would say if I started showing up everywhere with a Narn bodyguard." "They will say, 'Here is a man who will live to be a hundred and fifty!'" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 22, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Convictions  Season 3, Ep 2

A terrorist/bomber causes chaos on Babylon 5. Missionaries from many faiths arrive on B5 after Kosh's decision in the season two finale. "There, you see? I'm going to live!" "So it would seem. Well, it is an imperfect universe." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 15, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Matters of Honor  Season 3, Ep 1

Welcome to 2260, the year where people keep playing with matches while standing in a puddle of kerosene, next to a house fire. A mysterious man named Marcus Cole arrives on B5... "Good! I hate being cheered up. It's… depressing." "So, in that case… We're all going to die horrible, painful, lingering deaths." "Thank you. I feel so much better now." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 8, 2018 - 7 comments

Babylon 5: The Fall of Night  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 22

[full spoilers!] Earth sends representatives of the Ministry of Peace to the station. The last Narn battleship arrives at Babylon 5, requesting protection. Kosh makes a decision. "We came to this place because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing, it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last, best hope for victory." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 2, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: The Fall of Night  Season 2, Ep 22

Earth sends representatives of the Ministry of Peace to the station. The last Narn battleship arrives at Babylon 5, requesting protection. Kosh makes a decision. "We came to this place because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing, it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last, best hope for victory." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 2, 2018 - 1 comment

Babylon 5: Comes the Inquisitor  Season 2, Ep 20

Kosh mortally tests Delenn. Meanwhile, G'kar begins the Resistance. "The Vorlons are." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 25, 2018 - 8 comments

Babylon 5: The Long, Twilight Struggle  Season 2, Ep 20

The Narn wanted freedom from the Centauri... They fail. "There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. [...] We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 17, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Divided Loyalties  Season 2, Ep 19

Lyta Alexander (the telepath from the pilot movie, The Gathering) returns to B5 with a warning: there's a sleeper agent for PsiCorps on the station... "I never told them. I never told anyone. I hid it all away in the smallest, tiniest corner of my mind." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 11, 2018 - 8 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)  First Watch   Season 3, Ep 2

The agents travel to Spain and France in 1943 to ensure the success of Britain's "Operation Mincemeat" during WWII. A Spanish spy captured in Nazi-occupied France is revealed to be an important figure in the Ministry's past and its present. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 9, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Confessions and Lamentations  Season 2, Ep 18

A metaphor for AIDS as seen in the 1980s plague has hit the Markab on the station. "What happens? What happens is that we honor the memory of those who are no longer with us by using what we have learned to save others. To exercise faith, and patience, and charity. To reach out to those who are afraid. If we can do that, then their passing will have had meaning and we will grow from it." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 6, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Knives  Season 2, Ep 17

Londo meets with an old friend, who has danger on his heels... Sheridan goes to the heretofore unmentioned Spooky Sector (Grey Sector) and begins hallucinating... Or does he? "Insanity is part of the times. You must learn to embrace the madness. Let it fire you." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 4, 2018 - 1 comment

Babylon 5: In the Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum  Season 2, Ep 16

Much is revealed about Kosh and Mr. Morden. "I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I would gaze up into your lifeless eyes and wave, like this. Can you and your associates arrange this for me, Mr. Morden?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 29, 2018 - 10 comments

Colony: What Goes Around  Season 3, Ep 13

Will has to make a sacrifice to save his family. Katie wants to save refugees outside the wall. Snyder struggles to control the Seattle colony amidst war. Bram and Gracie face a big decision. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 26, 2018 - 10 comments

Babylon 5: And Now For a Word  Season 2, Ep 15

This is the semi-mandatory fake documentary/fake news show episode. Like all other fake documentary episodes, it is awful. "The job of Babylon 5 is not to enforce the peace. It's to create the peace." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 21, 2018 - 2 comments

Colony: Bonzo  Season 3, Ep 12

Will and the outliers must save figure out what to do re: Kynes from Snyder's IGA force. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 19, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: There All The Honor Lies  Season 2, Ep 14

Sheridan kills a Minbari in self-defense, but it seems as though he is being set up to lose his command... Meanwhile, Ivanova runs a gift shop, Sheridan and Kosh seek understanding, and Vir receives a message from Centauri Prime. About 'truth': "Ah, yes. The favorite song of the legally ignorant." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 15, 2018 - 1 comment

Colony: Disposable Heroes  Season 3, Ep 11

The Outliers deal with an emergency with the help of Will, Katie, Broussard and Amy. Snyder makes a play to take over Seattle. Kynes runs damage control. (IMDB) // Actually, the gang evaluate the Seattle Outliers Club, who now have a problem/ are being activated. Snyder tests Kynes, who is now forced to trigger his master plan early. Bram may have a plan of his own, Gracie is the forgotten Bowman if not for Bram. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 13, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: The Blob

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 6, 2018 - 9 comments

Colony: Sea Spray  Season 3, Ep 10

Will and Katie wonder if they are really safe in Seattle. Snyder finds compromising information on Everett Kynes. Amy and Broussard part ways. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 5, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Hunter, Prey  Season 2, Ep 13

The former doctor for President Clark is in hiding on Babylon 5, and Sheridan needs to protect the doctor before Clark's goons silence him forever... Meanwhile, we learn more about Kosh and the Vorlon. "I sought understanding. I listen to the song. Your thoughts became the song." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 1, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Tau

A woman is held captive by a Software engineer in a futuristic smart house and hopes to escape by manipulating the A. I. program that controls the house. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jun 30, 2018 - 8 comments

Colony: The Big Empty  Season 3, Ep 9

Will and Bram help Broussard and Amy kidnap a high-ranking IGA officer. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jun 28, 2018 - 4 comments

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