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Farscape: Through the Eye of the Needle  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

Present day human John Crichton is unexpectedly sucked through a wormhole and flung to "...some distant part of the universe on a ship, a living ship, full of strange alien life forms", where he becomes trapped with a group of escaped prisoners after he accidentally kills one of the local law enforcements. [via]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 3, 2015 - 24 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Homecoming  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 1

Quark gives Kira a Bajoran earring he claims was sent as a message from a Cardassian mining planet, which leads her to rescue a Bajoran prisoner of war; meanwhile, an extremist group begins to take control of Bajor. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 3, 2015 - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: IT CONQUERED THE WORLD  Season 3, Ep 11

(1956, Black & White, Sci-Fi, Venus, Carrot Monster, Roger Corman) "Every Man Its Prisoner... Every Woman Its Slave!" A carrot from Venus enlists the aid of scientist Lee Van Cleef in order to save mankind, through the strategm of attacking them with string-borne, mind-controlling bats. Hero Peter Graves reminds us at the end that Van Cleef learned almost too late that man is a feeling creature.... With the short Snow Thrills, about winter sports. Shields up, red alert! In addition to containing Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef, and the most insufferable ending monologue in MST3K's history, it's the first movie we've gotten from our heroes' long-recurring nemesis Roger Corman! YouTube (1h37m) First shown August 8, 1991. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 2, 2015 - 11 comments

Farscape?

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]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 29, 2015 - 25 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Duet  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 19

After a Cardassian man arrives on the station suffering from an illness that he could only have contracted at a Bajoran labor camp during the Occupation, Major Kira leads an investigation to determine whether he is actually a notorious war criminal. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 24, 2015 - 12 comments

Humans: Episode 2  Season 1, Ep 2

Laura feels increasingly threatened by the presence of Synth Anita, and Leo's quest for information takes him to dangerous places.
posted by tracicle on Jun 24, 2015 - 5 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Forsaken  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 17

Dr. Bashir is assigned "babysitting" duty for four visiting ambassadors. O'Brien deals with an alien computer program downloaded from a probe. Odo copes with a deeply infatuated Lwaxana "Daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed" Troi.
posted by zarq on Jun 17, 2015 - 20 comments

Humans: Pilot  Season 1, Ep 1

The Hawkins family acquire Anita, a Synth. But instead of making life easier for Laura it creates new tensions. Leo is on the run with his Synth, Max. Pete feels pushed aside by his wife's Synth and George won't part with his. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jun 16, 2015 - 12 comments

Movie: Starship Troopers

You wanna live forever? Space bugs and space marines duke it out when Robert Heinlein's military sci-fi classic gets the Verhoeven treatment, marrying visually rich action set-pieces to a broader satire of a culture that worships its armed forces. (Trailer) [more inside]
posted by churl on Jun 15, 2015 - 47 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Progress  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 15

Kira must convince an old Bajoran farmer to leave a moon becoming uninhabitable due to mining operations. Jake and Nog try to trade off Cardassian yamok sauce. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 10, 2015 - 19 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Battle Lines  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 13

After showing Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka the wormhole, she, Sisko, Bashir and Kira crash land on a moon in the Gamma Quadrant where the dead come back to life. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 3, 2015 - 10 comments

The Whispers: X Marks the Spot  Season 1, Ep 1

FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan investigates when kids are persuaded to play dangerous games.
posted by 2ht on Jun 2, 2015 - 4 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Nagus  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 11

The Ferengi's greatest politician and leader, the Grand Nagus, comes to the station. He seems very interested in Quark's bar.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 27, 2015 - 11 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Passenger  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 9

Captured criminal Rao Vantika dies in Bashir's arms... or did he? [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 20, 2015 - 7 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 7

Campy, omnipotent prankster god Q visits DS9 to spar with Sisko, accompanied by Vash. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 13, 2015 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Babel  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 5

A deadly aphasia virus hits DS9. Kira tries to track down an antidote. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 5, 2015 - 18 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

A member of the Bajoran underground seeks asylum on DS9, attracting the attention of the Cardassians and Klingons, and testing Kira's loyalties. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 29, 2015 - 24 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: POD PEOPLE  Season 3, Ep 3

aka The Unearthling, Extra-Terrestrial Visitors, Tales of Trumpy, The Return of E.T. and Los Nuevos Extraterrestres. (1983, Color, Spain, Aliens, Science Fiction, Knockoff, Horror) Movie A: Poachers in the woods incur the wrath of a mysterious entity who starts hunting them. Movie B: A singing group in the city decides to go on vacation. Movie C: A lonely adopted boy grows from a huge egg a magic aardvark he names Trumpy. The movies collide, people get killed, cut, wrap, print. A particularly beloved episode of our favorite movie-mocking cowtown puppet show, and the source of one of its most enduring catchphrases. (YouTube 1h37m) First aired June 15, 1991. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Apr 23, 2015 - 24 comments

Movie: K-PAX

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
posted by gphilip on Apr 12, 2015 - 2 comments

Movie: The Man from Earth

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
posted by gphilip on Apr 6, 2015 - 4 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Inherit the Stars (Shooting Star of Yesteryear)  Season 1, Ep 24

Some of the Orbital Knights continue battling UFE forces even after Asseylum's ceasefire order, while others choose to wait and see. In the end peace is established, with the Vers Empire providing Aldnoah technology to Earth in exchange for economic assistance. [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 29, 2015 - 4 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Unvanquished (Sky of Prayers)  Season 1, Ep 23

Klancain rescues Asseylum and Edelrittuo from the UFE commandos and manages to spirit them out of the moon base in his ship. Mazuurek vows his allegiance to Asseylum, and Asseylum contacts her grandfather, the Emperor. Slaine orders an all-out attack on the Earth forces in space, and enjoins the Orbital Knights on Earth to engage in battle earthside. However, Slaine's broadcast is interrupted by Asseylum's, declaring her intentions for peace between Vers and Earth, and her assuming the throne as Empress of Vers.
posted by needled on Mar 22, 2015 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS  Season 2, Ep 11

(1960, Color, Sci-Fi, Venus, Space Travel, International, German, Soviet, Stanislaw Lem) "You are there... on man's most exciting, most incredible journey!" "This Is A First! Fantastic! Unforgettable!" Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem, an international team arrives on Venus to investigate the origin of an alien artifact. What they find: ruin, death, and a rapidly growing supply of pudding. The first outright Soviet movie Joel and company ran up against, but not as charming as The Day The Earth Froze. A very odd film, but with nice host segments, including the Klack Holiday Commercial and an exploding Servo head. Can you believe we're nearing the end of Season Two already? Prepare yourselves: next time we have a real doozy.... YouTube (YouTube 1h37m) First aired: December 29, 1990. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 18, 2015 - 14 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Out of the Past (Chance Meeting and Separation)  Season 1, Ep 22

Slaine greets Klancain and tries to bring him to his side, as Klancain is influential among the Vers Knights loyal to the Emperor. United Earth Forces launch a two-pronged attack on the Vers moon base. The UFE attack includes a covert operation with special ops forces infiltrating the Vers moon base. [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 15, 2015 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: KING DINOSAUR, with X MARKS THE SPOT  Season 2, Ep 10

(1955, B&W, Sci-fi, Short, Gordon, Lippert) "See a Prehistoric World of Fantastic Adventure Come to Life!" Said world is teeming with lizards dinosaurs, but it's nothing a good ol' atom bomb won't take care of. With the short X Marks The Spot, which poses the question: what if Judgement Day is a traffic court? We've already had a number of films produced by Robert Lippert (a watchword for pain if ever there was one), but this is the first of eight movies directed by our old fiend Bert I. Gordon, aka "B.I.G.!" But let's not get too down on the guy, he's still alive and has a web site! Rock on Bert, we'll celebrate your name better when we get to The Magic Sword. YouTube (1h37m) First aired December 22, 1990. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 11, 2015 - 2 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Fortune's Fool (Beyond the Dream)  Season 1, Ep 21

Earth forces, including Inaho, are forced to confront the three Vers Knights without the support of the badly damaged Deucalion. Inaho is experiencing increasing side effects from using his cybernetic eye. Meanwhile, Lemrina confronts Asseylum. Count Klancain, Cruhteo's son, arrives from Vers.
posted by needled on Mar 8, 2015 - 6 comments

Helix: Vade in Pace  Season 2, Ep 8

Amy makes a play for control, the CDC team gets a lead on a cure just a strike force prepares to pull them off the island and Sarah finally finds her missing fetus.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 7, 2015 - 2 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Light of Day (The Price of Honor)  Season 1, Ep 20

Trapped by three Vers Knights working in concert, UFE squads retreat thanks to a daring intervention from the Deucalion. Mazuurek holds a personal audience with the disguised Lemrina, asking her questions about Earth. He then maneuvers to enter Slaine's landing castle while Slaine is absent and questions Edelrittuo. Lemrina is increasingly distressed with her role in Slaine's life. [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 1, 2015 - 6 comments

The 100: Bodyguard of Lies  Season 2, Ep 14

Clarke and Lexa discuss what it means to be a leader while Bellamy works to complete his mission. Jaha? Well...
posted by vibratory manner of working on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 comments

Movie: They Live

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 25, 2015 - 14 comments

Movie: The Abyss

A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 24, 2015 - 14 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Here to There (The Flaw in Paradise)  Season 1, Ep 19

Slaine embarks on a campaign to solidify his hold on the Vers power structure. Magbaredge is disappointed that the UFE higher-ups do not seem to be aware that Vers tactics may be changing with the internal political changes in Vers. As his plans unfold Slaine is conflicted about the person he has become. [more inside]
posted by needled on Feb 22, 2015 - 4 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Rose and the Ring (Through the Deep Forest)  Season 1, Ep 18

Earth forces take on Count Selnakis in New Orleans. Mazuurek continues making his way to his landing castle. Slaine and Count Marylcian begin their duel, with Harklight, Count Barouhcruz, and Lemrina - posing as Asseylum - as witnesses. The winner of the duel is entitled to all of the loser's assets. [more inside]
posted by needled on Feb 15, 2015 - 7 comments

Helix: Oubliette  Season 2, Ep 5

Kyle and Peter leave the wounded Sarah in the care of Grandma Agnes. Brother Michael has a staff meeting to motivate Ann and Amy. Brother Landry and Amy experience ups and downs in their relationships. Alan and Peter try work on their sibling issues. Caleb and Julia have a nice chat around the campfire as he sews up her wounds. Everyone asks lots of questions and the matter of legacies keeps coming up.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 14, 2015 - 2 comments

The 100: Rubicon  Season 2, Ep 12

Mt. Weather ratchets up the pressure on the 47 and on the alliance. Clarke and Lexa face a no-win scenario. Jasper gets desperate, and Bellamy uncovers some disturbing news. [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year on Feb 12, 2015 - 8 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Turning Wheel (Dawn of Intrigue)  Season 1, Ep 17

Yuki and Marito are once again assigned to the Deucalion. Count Mazuurek has been taken prisoner. While questioning Mazuurek, Inaho manages to find some common ground regarding Princess Asseylum. Count Marylcian personally arrives at the Moon base and challenges Slaine to a duel.
posted by needled on Feb 8, 2015 - 7 comments

Movie: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones, an undocumented immigrant working as a maid in Chicago, finds out she's the heir to an interstellar fortune including the ownership of Earth. This is the latest film by the Wachowski siblings.
posted by Small Dollar on Feb 8, 2015 - 133 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Soldier's Pay (Attack on the Burning Sand)  Season 1, Ep 16

The Deucalion heads back to earth. Slaine is yet to be fully accepted by the other Vers Knights. The faction opposing Slaine's ascendance enjoin Count Mazuurek to begin an offensive. Count Mazuurek, who had so far avoided hostilities with Earth forces, reluctantly deploys in his kataphrakt. Yuki and Marito are part of the squadron sent to intercept Mazuurek. Back in the Vers asteroid base, Slaine realizes he needs to make a grand display of power to silence his detractors.
posted by needled on Feb 1, 2015 - 9 comments

The 100: Survival of the Fittest  Season 2, Ep 10

Clarke and Lexa encounter a new enemy. Bellamy and Lincoln agree to work together to break into Mount Weather. Murphy helps Jaha confront his past. Octavia won't take no for an answer.
posted by vibratory manner of working on Jan 30, 2015 - 8 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Toll for the Brave (Pivoting Trap)  Season 1, Ep 15

UFE and Vers forces prepare for battle in their respective asteroid bases. Magbaredge informs Inaho about some findings from research on activating Aldnoah Drives using Asseylum's blood. Slaine continues facing contempt from other Vers Counts for being a Terran, but is defended by Saazbaum. Finally the battle starts when the Trident and Marineros bases near each other. Saazbaum also joins the battle in his refurbished Dioskuria II.
posted by needled on Jan 25, 2015 - 11 comments

The 100: Remember Me  Season 2, Ep 9

The alliance faces its first challenge.
posted by mordax on Jan 22, 2015 - 11 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Beautiful and Damned (Neighbors from Different Planets)  Season 1, Ep 14

Earth and Vers forces prepare for a major confrontation in space. Inaho and Slaine encounter each other in the initial skirmish. Lemrina vows to take all that is Asseylum's.
posted by needled on Jan 17, 2015 - 3 comments

Movie: Predestination

In this Australian sci-fi thriller, a strange, surly man takes a seat at a bar in 1975 NYC. He makes a bet with the bartender that his story will be the most incredible he has ever heard. What unfurls is a twisting tale of gender, destiny, and identity. The bartender (Ethan Hawke) has a story of his own. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 13, 2015 - 22 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: This Side of Paradise (Sleeping Beauty in the Moon)  Season 1, Ep 13

Nineteen months after the assault on the UE HQ, the war between Earth and Vers continues. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 comments

Ascension: Night Three  Season 1, Ep 6

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from Cape Kennedy aboard a colony ship. Six hundred peeps set sail that day for a ten-decade tour. A ten-decade tour! [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Dec 23, 2014 - 19 comments

The 100: Spacewalker  Season 2, Ep 8

Clarke has Lexa's ultimatum. Is peace worth it?
posted by vibratory manner of working on Dec 18, 2014 - 9 comments

The 100: Fog of War  Season 2, Ep 6

Tensions run high between Clarke and Finn, and Raven discovers that Mount Weather is interfering with Camp Jaha's communication systems. Meanwhile, Jasper and Monty discover the truth about what's going on at Mount Weather and Octavia comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.
posted by vibratory manner of working on Dec 4, 2014 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MOON ZERO TWO  Season 1, Ep 11

(1969, Color, Sci-Fi, Warner Bros., British, Western, Comedy, Sixties, Moonopoly) In the near future, mankind has a base on the moon. The pilot of a moon ferry based there is hired by crazy richguy "Hundred Percent" Hubbard to crash a satellite made of gemstone into the lunar surface. Meanwhile, go-go dancers flail about in a "Moon Bar." "The first moon 'western.'" "An Asteroid Worth Millions. A Robbery. A Murder." Moon Zero Two is a weird one. Parts of the movie seem to want to be comic, which is something the guys shied away from in later seasons, and there's animated titles as in Catalina Caper. This is also a very sixties movie, with sexy moon dancers and a blaring trumpet soundtrack. It's still the first season, but the riffing is improving, and I think the movie helps out a bit from sheer strangeness. YouTube (1h37m) First aired around January 20, 1990. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 3, 2014 - 8 comments

Movie: Dark City

CRFC6: In a dreary city where the sun never seems to rise, a man named John Murdoch awakens in a seedy hotel room with no memories and a murder rap. As he seeks to uncover the truth, and clear his name, he uncovers a much vaster conspiracy than he could ever have imagined. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Dec 2, 2014 - 15 comments

Movie: Total Recall

CRFC5: In 1990's Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven crafts a twisting and turning action thriller about a man named Quaid who wants to take a trip to Mars. Instead he decides to try out a new service that will implant memories of fantastic vacations into the minds of its customers: Rekall Incorporated. However, things become more complicated as the procedure goes wrong, and Quaid is chased by a past that he doesn't quite remember. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 24, 2014 - 18 comments

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