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The Department of Time: La leyenda del tiempo (The Legend of Time)  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 8

Season finale. When the Ministry discovers that a young Salvador Dali has designed a film poster in 1924 depicting a modern electronic tablet computer, the team is sent to investigate. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 14, 2018 - 7 comments

Babylon 5: Spider in the Web  Season 2, Ep 6

A negotiation between Futurecorp and the Provisional Martian Government is derailed by the assassination of the Futurecorp Representative... and Talia is next on the hit list. "You threw one [telepath] out a third-story window on Io." "There was an ample pool beneath the window!" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 13, 2018 - 0 comments

The 100: Sleeping Giants  Season 5, Ep 3

Bellamy leads the charge investigating a potential way home. Meanwhile, Clarke and Madi deal with the new, uncertain threat to their home.
posted by vibratory manner of working on May 13, 2018 - 5 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de venganza (Time of Revenge)  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 7

In 1843, Isabella II of Spain became Queen at the age of 13 (with her mother Maria Christina assuming regency). A year later, she demanded to visit the Ministry of Time. Former Ministry agent Armando Leiva, who recruited Irene back in 1960, has escaped from a Ministry prison in the Middle Ages and plans to kill the Queen during her visit. With the very existence of the Ministry at stake, Ernesto, Amelia and Alonso are sent to foil Leiva's plans. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 11, 2018 - 3 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de pícaros. (Time of Rogues)  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 6

The Ministry is called to investigate when archaeologists find a cell phone belonging to a missing 21st century corrupt executive in a room that was sealed off in 1520. Julián, Amelia and Alonso travel to the past and meet the novella-inspiring Lazarillo de Tormes. Meanwhile, Irene interrogates Paul Walcott who has been captured by the Ministry and locked in a 1053 prison in Huesca. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 10, 2018 - 1 comment

The Department of Time: Cualquier tiempo pasado (Any time in the past is better)  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 5

Julián, Amelia and Alonso travel to 1981 to ensure a Picasso painting is returned to Spain. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 9, 2018 - 6 comments

The Department of Time: Una negociación a tiempo (Bargaining in time)  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 4

Salvador sends the team to 1491 to save the first discoverer of the time doors from the Spanish Inquisition. Amelia hides her job at the Ministry by telling her 1880 parents that she has a boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 7, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: The Long Dark  Season 2, Ep 5

An ancient Earth vessel, the Copernicus, is found when it drifts near Babylon 5. Meanwhile, Garibaldi takes an interest in a raving veteran of the Earth-Minbari war. "Take my advice and go back to the time you came from. The future isn't what it used to be." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 5, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Logan's Run

An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 5, 2018 - 15 comments

Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 3, 2018 - 12 comments

The Department of Time: Cómo se reescribe el tiempo (How time is rewritten)  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

The Ministry sends agents to 1940 after a man being chased by Nazis promises to show Heinrich Himmler how to travel in time if he'll spare his life. Amelia, Julián and Alonso travel to Montserrat. Ernesto and Irene go to Hendaye, where Hitler and Franco negotiate Spain's participation in WWII. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 3, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: A Distant Star  Season 2, Ep 4

Sheridan attempts to save an old friend, who is stranded in hyperspace. Delenn faces dissent. Franklin attempts to improve the health of station personnel. "We are starstuff. We are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. And as we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 29, 2018 - 3 comments

Westworld: Reunion  Season 2, Ep 2

Starting at the beginning. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet on Apr 29, 2018 - 71 comments

Movie: Looker

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 23, 2018 - 7 comments

Westworld: Journey into Night  Season 2, Ep 1

The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet on Apr 22, 2018 - 93 comments

Babylon 5: The Geometry of Shadows  Season 2, Ep 3

Londo attempts to woo a gathering of Technomages who have arrived on the station, to mirror an event in the early Empire and bring himself prestige. Ivanova tries to stop the regularly scheduled Green Drazi/Purple Drazi conflict. "There is a storm coming, a black and terrible storm. We would not have our knowledge lost or used to ill purpose. From this place we will launch ourselves into the stars. With luck, you will never see our kind again in your lifetime." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 21, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: Revelations  Season 2, Ep 2

Franklin busies himself with saving Delenn and Garibaldi. Sheridan's sister arrives to discuss his late wife, Anna. G'Kar returns with news. Morden makes a request. "The darkness has come again." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 14, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Predator

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 12, 2018 - 29 comments

Movie: Scanners

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 9, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Points of Departure  Season 2, Ep 1

[exposition, the episode] Goodbye Sinclair; hello Sheridan. Sheridan, previously the only Earth Force commanding officer responsible for taking down a Minbari ship during the war, has been assigned to Babylon 5 as Sinclair. A rogue Minbari warship is on the loose. Lennier reveals a secret. "I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 8, 2018 - 7 comments

Movie: Threads

Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 7, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: Chrysalis  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 22

The Centauri and the Narn bicker about the ownership of an outpost, and one side takes decisive action. Delenn takes an irreversible step, after consulting with Kosh. Garibaldi's informant is killed and he wants to find out why. "And so it begins." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 2, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Chrysalis  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 22

The Centauri and the Narn bicker about the ownership of an outpost, and one side takes decisive action. Delenn takes an irreversible step, after consulting with Kosh. Garibaldi's informant is killed and he wants to find out why. "And so it begins." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 2, 2018 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST  Season 10, Ep 7

"The Riding Moon Creates a Monster" From the depths of space comes a meteor, which konks a guy in the head, causing the most logical thing to happen: sometimes he turns into a lizard and kills people. A fun episode, generally enjoyed by the three main fansites we track. The movie, which contains a character named Johnny Longbow, was actually co-written by Batman co-creator Bill Finger. Episode 1007 is available on YouTube. Premiered June 13, 1999. Six episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 29, 2018 - 10 comments

Babylon 5: The Quality of Mercy  Season 1, Ep 21

[minor arc] Dr. Franklin discovers an illegal medical establishment in Downbelow, which is stepping on the toes of his mildly-less-illegal medical establishment in Downbelow. Meanwhile, Lennier and Londo go out for drinks and a murderer is sentenced to the "death of personality." "I'm perfectly happy to inconvenience myself for your benefit. [...] Here my friend, here you will see the heart and soul of Babylon 5. Also its spleen, its kidneys--a veritable parade of internal organs." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 25, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: Avatar

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 24, 2018 - 38 comments

Babylon 5: Babylon Square  Season 1, Ep 20

[major arc] Babylon 4 reappears after vanishing four years ago. The Grey Council meets. "Summoned, I come. In Valen's name, I take the place that has been prepared for me. I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and the light." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 22, 2018 - 8 comments

Babylon 5: A Voice in the Wilderness, Part 1 and Part 2  Season 1, Ep 18

[arc episodes] The planet around which Babylon 5 orbits begins to activate long-dormant weapons systems that threaten Babylon 5. Mars colony loses communication with Babylon 5 due to rioting, to Garibaldi's distress. Delenn's old mentor arrives on the station. "Incorrect answer! The third principle of sentient life is the capacity for self-sacrifice: the conscious ability to override evolution and self-preservation for a cause, a friend, a loved one. It has been too long, Delenn. You have forgotten your training. Soon you will have forgotten all about your old friend Draal." "Not if I live to be a thousand and one." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 17, 2018 - 3 comments

Westworld: The Stray  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

Elsie and Stubbs head into the hills in pursuit of a missing host. Teddy gets a new backstory, which sets him off in pursuit of a new villain, leaving Dolores alone in Sweetwater. Bernard investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts. William finds an attraction he'd like to pursue and drags Logan along for the ride. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Mar 14, 2018 - 0 comments

Babylon 5: Legacies  Season 1, Ep 17

[arc] A Minbari war cruiser arrives to display the body of a fallen Warrior caste leader. Meanwhile, Talia and Ivanova butt heads over the fate of a young telepath... "You talk like a Minbari, Commander! Perhaps there was some small wisdom in letting your species survive." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 14, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Eyes  Season 1, Ep 16

[minor arc episode] Sinclair and his staff are investigated by internal affairs because of the past year events, thanks to Jeffrey "haven't found a rule I wouldn't bend" Sinclair. Meanwhile, Garibaldi and Lennier bond over rebuilding an Old Earth motorcycle. "I must admit, Mr. Garibaldi, I am fascinated by this vehicle. Do you realize that it was a symbol of masculinity in your society at one time?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 10, 2018 - 2 comments

Westworld: Chestnut  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

A pair of guests arrive at Westworld with different expectations; Bernard and Theresa Cullen debate about the recent host anomaly; a behavior engineer tweaks the emotions of a madam in Sweetwater's brothel; a cocky programmer pitches a new narrative. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Mar 9, 2018 - 2 comments

Westworld: The Original  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld - a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android "hosts" - top programmer Bernard Lowe alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher's daughter named Dolores encounters a gunslinger named Teddy in the street - but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black and, later, by a supporting host's unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Mar 9, 2018 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: FUTURE WAR  Season 10, Ep 4

"It came from the future to hunt humans." A human taken from the past to be a slave in the future escapes to the present. He's chased by a familiar-looking guy with a really big chin and his dinosaur trackers. Nicely inconspicuous, future guy! He's helped by a street-wise nun and her street gang friends. Thank you for not killing me. In the words of Crow, "You know, I could point out it's not the future and there isn't a war, but you know me. I don't like to complain." This is a particularly laughable movie, although not one of the show's more famous episodes. Episode 1004 is available on YouTube. Premiered April 25, 1999. Nine episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 7, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Grail  Season 1, Ep 15

[standalone, but with a hint to a future plot point] A man seeking the Holy Grail arrives on the station. Meanwhile, a gang boss in Downbelow is somehow wiping the minds of those who oppose him... "But as I was leaving on the shuttle, I looked back--and the station [Babylon 4] just sort of… wrinkled, twisted like putty, and then just disappeared. The minute I left!" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 3, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: TKO  Season 1, Ep 14

[standalone] Ivanova meets with a Rabbi to deal with her father's death. Meanwhile, an old friend of Garibaldi's arrives on Babylon 5 for an alien-only cage match tournament called the Mutai. "They change. They stay the same. Russia is Russia. Your father used to say, 'If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world's fruit basket'." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 3, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 1, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: Signs and Portents  Season 1, Ep 13

[major arc; the season's titular episode] Mr. Morden asks a question, repeatedly. A Centauri delegation arrives, and cannot prevent the thing which they know will happen (as they deny their fate). "What do you want? [...] And then what?" The spoiler discussion! [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 25, 2018 - 13 comments

Babylon 5: Signs and Portents  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 13

[major arc; the season's titular episode] Mr. Morden asks a question, repeatedly. A Centauri delegation arrives, and cannot prevent the thing which they know will happen (as they deny their fate). "What do you want? [...] And then what?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 25, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Mute

A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner. [more inside]
posted by graventy on Feb 25, 2018 - 22 comments

Movie: Terminator 2

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 25, 2018 - 25 comments

Colony: Ronin  Season 2, Ep 13

A revelation about the fate of the colony forces the Bowman family to make an impossible choice as the entire bloc is scheduled for rendition to the factory. (Season Finale) [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 21, 2018 - 17 comments

Colony: Seppuku  Season 2, Ep 12

Will, Katie, and Broussard battle the Red Hand for control of the RAP gauntlet and Snyder helps Helena regain control over the Los Angeles block. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 18, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: By Any Means Necessary  Season 1, Ep 12

[arc episode] A dock worker is killed in an accident involving a exploding Narn freighter, leading to a strike. Meanwhile, G'Kar needs a plant from the aforementioned Narn freighter for a religious ceremony, but finds that past decision of his has complicated his life... "Oh, why does the universe hate me so?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 17, 2018 - 4 comments

Colony: Lost Boy  Season 2, Ep 11

An attack on the Green Zone, told from five different points of view. Bram is no more the good son. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 16, 2018 - 10 comments

Colony: The Garden of Beasts  Season 2, Ep 10

Will, Katie, and Broussard search for a way out of the colony. Maddie gets some visitors in the Green Zone. Bram looks for closure. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 14, 2018 - 14 comments

Colony: Tamam Shud  Season 2, Ep 9

Will and Katie attempt to make contact with a new arrival in the bloc. Bob has some questions for the Bowman family. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 12, 2018 - 11 comments

Babylon 5: Survivors  Season 1, Ep 11

[skippable arc episode/almost standalone] Garibaldi's past catches up with him when he is framed for an assassination attempt on the President--and the lead investigator is an old family friend... "The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 11, 2018 - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Believers  Season 1, Ep 10

[standalone] Dr. Franklin locks horns with an alien couple who intend to deny life-saving care for their son based on their religious beliefs--namely, that surgery releases the soul, condemning one to a fate worse than death. "No one knows what is written in the stream until the waters surround him." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 11, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Deathwalker  Season 1, Ep 9

Na'Toth, G'Kar's aide, has a chance to avenge her family and fulfill her blood debt when the Dilgar woman who tortured and killed her family arrives on Babylon 5. But this woman, Jhda'dur, is prepared to make a deal... Meanwhile, Talia aides Kosh with an unusual negotiation. "Then listen to the music, not the song" and "There is a hole in your mind..." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 11, 2018 - 14 comments

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