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Movie: Soylent Green

It's people. PEOPLE! [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 17, 2016 - 12 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Air (Part 2)  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

In part 2 of the series premiere, approximately 80 scientists, military personnel and civilians find themselves stranded on a large, damaged Ancient space ship, several billion light years from Earth. The new, reluctant crew discover that they're locked out of the ship's systems, life support is failing and they will need to make repairs fast or run out of air in a matter of hours. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 16, 2016 - 4 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Air (Part 1)  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

College dropout Eli Walllace solves a mathematical equation in an online computer game, planted there by Stargate Command. For his achievement, Dr. Nicholas Rush and General Jack O'Neill recruit Wallace to the Icarus program, which is attempting to dial a nine-chevron address with the Stargate. When the hidden base is attacked, an evacuation begins. But with the planet's unstable core about to go critical and lacking any other means of escape, approximately 80 people are forced to step through the gate and head to an unknown destination -- on the other side of the universe. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 8, 2016 - 20 comments

Movie: Westworld

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 5, 2016 - 25 comments

Movie: Moon

In Duncan Jones (nee Zowie Bowie, son of David)'s debut feature, astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell in a celebrated showcase performance) has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, alongside his computer companion GERTY. Despite not storming the box office, Moon (trailer) drew comparisons to movies like Solaris, Alien, and 2001, found critical praise (though not universally), won several awards, and still maintains a healthy following seven years later. (Some links contain spoilers)
posted by churl on Mar 12, 2016 - 16 comments

Movie: Twelve Monkeys

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 15, 2016 - 9 comments

The Expanse: Season 1: "Dulcinea" through "Leviathan Wakes"  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 0

A thread to discuss the entire first season of The Expanse, as well as the James S. A. Corey book it's based on: Leviathan Wakes.
posted by zarq on Feb 4, 2016 - 58 comments

The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes  Season 1, Ep 10

Events on Eros come to a head in the season finale.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Feb 3, 2016 - 84 comments

The Expanse: Critical Mass  Season 1, Ep 9

Miller, Holden and his crew are trapped on Eros. Avasarala discovers the origin of the mystery ships.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Feb 3, 2016 - 5 comments

The Expanse: Back to the Butcher  Season 1, Ep 5

In a flashback, Fred Johnson visits Anderson Station. In the present, he offers to help the survivors from Canterbury and Donnager. The survivors ponder his offer. Havelock recuperates from a boo-boo. Miller searches for Julie Mao and flops his hair.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Jan 6, 2016 - 32 comments

The Expanse: CQB  Season 1, Ep 4

Holden and crew find themselves in the middle of a desperate battle. Miller’s partner goes missing.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 31, 2015 - 51 comments

The Expanse: Remember the Cant  Season 1, Ep 3

Holden and crew are taken prisoner by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy. Miller deals with rioters. Avasarala plays politics.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 31, 2015 - 13 comments

The Expanse: The Big Empty  Season 1, Ep 2

Holden and crew are trapped in a badly damaged shuttle. On Ceres, Miller uncovers clues about Julie Mao. On Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala questions a terrorist.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Dec 31, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 25

The DS9 cast "gets a chance to pretend to be someone else for a scene or two, which is goofy and fun until the sociopath shows up." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 23, 2015 - 13 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Family Business  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 23

Quark and Rom's Moogie Introduces Feminism to Ferenginar. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Die is Cast  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 21

Garak reluctantly tortures Odo for information to prove his loyalty to his former mentor, Enabran Tain, as a joint Tal Shiar / Obsidian Order attack on the Founders in the Omarian Nebula is underway without Starfleet's involvement. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Through the Looking Glass  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 19

A second visit to the twisted, brutal Mirror Universe, this time with pirates, Sisko's dead wife and freedom fighters. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 2, 2015 - 10 comments

The Expanse: Dulcinea (Pilot)  Season 1, Ep 1

The pilot for a new series on SyFy based on James SA Corey's series of books that begin with Leviathan Wakes. In the US, the show begins airing on 14 December but SyFy has put the pilot on youtube.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Nov 28, 2015 - 65 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Visionary  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 17

In which O’Brien meets O’Brien, and all hell breaks loose.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 25, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Destiny  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 15

An ancient Bajoran prophecy of doom complicates the first joint Bajoran, Cardassian, and Federation science mission: an attempt to establish a permanent communications link through the wormhole. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2015 - 13 comments

Book: Foundation and Empire: "The Mule"

In the imaginary science of 'Pataphysics there's the concept of the "clinamen", or "swerve". As method in the arts, it can be roughly paraphrased as: "To create art you must first create a system. Once you have the system, you must introduce an anomaly which brings the system into a state of chaos. Then you have art." To put it bluntly, until writing "The Mule", Asimov's Foundation series was a perfect system, described by the imaginary science of psychohistory. Things were moving predictably to a predicted end. But then there came a swerve, in the form of "The Mule", a warlord not predicted by Hari Seldon. And in the titular character, Asimov created one of the most interesting anti-heroes of early science fiction. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 14, 2015 - 9 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Life Support  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 13

A fatally-injured Vedek Bareil struggles to stay alive long enough to complete the most important act of his career. Jake goes on a disastrous double date with Nog. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 11, 2015 - 17 comments

Book: Foundation and Empire: "The General"

"The General" is the last of the classic Foundation stories. In it Asimov tackles the central dynamic head on, setting the "living will" of a single human being against the "dead hand" of psychohistory. It should be no surprise, and indeed is no surprise to modern readers, that the long arc of history doesn't bend around brilliant individuals. There are other characters than the titular general, but Bel Riose is the only one that matters. He knows exactly what he's up against, and backs himself to win. He's undoubtedly the purest example of a tragic hero in the series. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 10, 2015 - 5 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Tense, Part I  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 11

A transporter accident sends Sisko, Bashir, and Dax three centuries into Earth's dark past to 2024, where the United States has attempted to solve the problem of homelessness by erecting "Sanctuary Districts" -- makeshift ghettos for unemployed and / or mentally ill persons. They've arrived just days before a violent incident that will lead to a turning point in Earth's history. Now they must find a way to avoid disrupting the timeline and get back to the 24th century. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 4, 2015 - 16 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Defiant  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 9

Commander Riker shows up on DS9, charms the crew and convinces Major Kira to take him on a tour of the station and the Defiant. After she unlocks the Defiant's systems, he stuns her and steals the ship. Sisko assists Gul Dukat on Cardassia Prime to prevent the ship from entering Cardassian territory. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 28, 2015 - 22 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Traders"

The next jump forward in the Foundation storyline takes us well into the second century of the 1000 year plan (which, incidentally, was the original name of the the first book). A merchant from the Foundation on a trading mission to a distant planet runs afoul of local laws and customs. Another trader, Linmar Ponyets, is sent to save him. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 27, 2015 - 4 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Mayors"

Compared to the previous story, there's a lot more going on in "The Mayors". While "The Encyclopedists" is a bit bare bones, this story is painted on a much bigger canvas. Political intrigue, deluded mobs and huge warships flying through space all feature. All of this is familiar from space opera, both modern and contemporary to the Foundation series. But in this story, it isn't the most destructive weapon that wins the day, but the soft power of religious authority. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 24, 2015 - 3 comments

Book: Foundation: "The Encyclopedists"

Science fiction fandom was introduced to the Foundation and psychohistory in a 1942 short story called "Foundation". When it was collected in a book, it was renamed "The Encyclopedists". It is the story of a library on a worthless planet on the far edge of a collapsing empire. And it's the story of a small city mayor who rises to the occasion presented to him by history, becoming one of the most beloved heroes of science fiction, Salvor Hardin. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Civil Defense  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 7

While converting the station's old ore processing unit into a deuterium refinery, Chief O'Brien and Jake Sisko accidentally trip an old Cardassian security program, which was set to put the station on lockdown in the event of a Bajoran uprising during the Occupation. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 22, 2015 - 25 comments

Book: Foundation

The Foundation Trilogy is the space epic's space epic. It follows the history of The Foundation for centuries, from its beginnings as a library on a rinky dink planet on the edge of the Milky Way, to burgeoning galactic empirehood. But before there's a Foundation, there's one guy with a plan, Hari Seldon. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 21, 2015 - 16 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Skin  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 5

Major Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassians and told she is actually an undercover field operative of their Obsidian Order named Iliana Ghemor whose appearance was altered and memory erased. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 14, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Equilibrium  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 4

Jadzia can't get a song out of her head. And who was that masked man? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 11, 2015 - 5 comments

Continuum: Final Hour  Season 4, Ep 6

Series Finale. Kiera and Alec risk everything to stop the future soldiers and their devastating plan. Kellog, despite a loose alliance with Kiera, has plans of his own. All factions clash violently in order to determine which path the future will take. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 10, 2015 - 10 comments

Continuum: The Desperate Hours  Season 4, Ep 5

The penultimate episode of Continuum. Despite sharing her agenda with her partner, Kiera pushes Carlos’ patience to the limit as she pressures him for more time. Kellog faces unexpected peril. Carlos reveals all to Dillon. The future soldiers stage a daring raid to free their recently imprisoned leader.
posted by zarq on Oct 10, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The House of Quark  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 3

When a Klingon warrior is accidentally killed in Quark's Bar, Quark becomes the unwilling steward of a Klingon Great House. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search, Part II  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 2

We can't all just get along. Also, Odo's first family reunion becomes rather awkward. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 5, 2015 - 14 comments

Continuum: Zero Hour  Season 4, Ep 4

Kellog starts to realize that everything is not as it seems. Alec prepares to meet his destiny.
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2015 - 3 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search, Part 1  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 1

Season 3 Premiere: Sisko takes an untested Starfleet warship into the Gamma Quadrant in an attempt to find the Founders of the Dominion. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 1, 2015 - 30 comments

Minority Report: Mr. Nice Guy  Season 1, Ep 2

Dash and Vega combine their efforts to track down a killer who is in a state of heartbreak. Dash also continues to try and get in touch with his siblings.
posted by cashman on Oct 1, 2015 - 2 comments

Continuum: Power Hour  Season 4, Ep 3

Lucas challenges Alec and Julian to man up as authors of their own destinies, so Alec joins Carlos and the VPD in Betty's old position and Julian tries to destroy his Theseus legacy. Kellog meets with Carlos and threatens to pull funding for the entire police force. Kiera and Garza form an alliance and recon the new future soldiers' compound. Is Kiera's trust of Brad putting everyone in danger?
posted by zarq on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tribunal  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 25

The Cardassians arrest Miles O'Brien for working with the Maquis. In the Cardassian judicial system, the accused's guilt is already established and the trial is only an Orwellian formality. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 22, 2015 - 23 comments

Continuum: Rush Hour  Season 4, Ep 2

Kellog leverages Alec by exploiting his weakness: Emily. Kiera attempts to negotiate with Kellog, unaware that Liber8 have other, darker plans. Meanwhile Alec, tired of feeling helpless, impulsively sets off to save Emily on his own.
posted by zarq on Sep 19, 2015 - 16 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Crossover  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 23

Kira and Bashir accidentally cross to the Mirror Universe, where a Klingon-Cardassian alliance rules, Terrans are enslaved, and no one has discovered the wormhole to the Gamma quadrant. A century before, James T. Kirk had made a similar crossover, affecting human and galactic history. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 16, 2015 - 13 comments

Continuum: Lost Hours  Season 4, Ep 1

Newly arrived time travelers threaten to destroy Kiera and her alliance with Brad. But can her reignited desire to return to her own time and son be reconciled with the threat they now pose? Alec attempts to take revenge against Kellog. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Blood Oath  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 19

John "Kor" Colicos, William "Koloth" Campbell and Michael "Kang" Ansara return to Star Trek playing their Original Series characters, in an episode inspired by the classic films The Magnificent Seven and Seven Samurai. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 1, 2015 - 11 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Playing God  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 17

While hosting her first Trill initiate Dax discovers a tiny, expanding protouniverse that threatens to destroy DS9 and the Bajoran system. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 26, 2015 - 5 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rivals  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 11

Quark feels threatened when a con artist arrives on the station and opens up a competing bar. Meanwhile, Chief O'Brien is determined to beat Doctor Bashir at racquetball. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 5, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Sight  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 9

While noted scientist Gideon Seyetik is preparing for an ambitious project to re-ignite a star, Sisko is intrigued by a woman who keeps disappearing. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 29, 2015 - 11 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rules of Acquisition  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 7

Quark represents Grand Nagus Zek in a plot to establish a Ferengi business presence in the Gamma Quadrant. Pel, a young Ferengi, teams up with Quark and they learn that to do business in the Gamma Quadrant they must contact the Keremma, a member race of the Dominion. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 22, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Cardassians  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 5

Garak investigates the identity of a Cardassian boy abandoned on Bajor. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 15, 2015 - 22 comments

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