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]
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 100: Remember Me Season 2, Ep 9
The alliance faces its first challenge.
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.
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]
Nineteen months after the assault on the UE HQ, the war between Earth and Vers continues. [more inside]
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]
The 100: Spacewalker Season 2, Ep 8
Clarke has Lexa's ultimatum. Is peace worth it?
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.
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]
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]
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]
The 100: Human Trials Season 2, Ep 5
While Kane leads a mission to make peace with the Grounders, Jasper agrees to participate in a risky experiment, and Finn's search for Clarke takes a violent turn.
CRFC4: The 2006 film Paprika features a team of psychotherapists who have invented a device that allows them inside the dreams of their patients. When the device is stolen, they attempt to solve a mystery that blends the real world and the dream world. [more inside]
The 100: Many Happy Returns Season 2, Ep 4
After being betrayed, Clarke takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Bellamy, Finn and Murphy race against time to save a stranger, and tensions rise between Raven and Wick.
Christopher Nolan presents a sprawling (and sprawlingly reviewed) near-three-hour epic about the end of the world and Matthew McConaughey's attempt to find a new place for humanity among the stars. [more inside]
The 100: Inclement Weather Season 2, Ep 2
Octavia looks for Lincoln, Jaha looks for the improbable baby, Kane looks for a way to keep everyone from being killed by grounders, and Clarke looks for the truth about what's going on in Mt. Weather.
The 100: The 48 Season 2, Ep 1
Picking up right where last season left us: 48 of the original 100, including Clarke, are in Mount Weather and meeting the people there. Meanwhile, many adults are now on the ground, Bellamy has a Grounder situation to deal with, and Octavia and Lincoln are off on their own.
Terry Gilliam's newest dystopian sci-fi kaleidoscope, starring Christoph Waltz.
THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB - A young tech worker in an anonymous city crosses paths with a group of armed outlaws who insist his reality is a computer simulation he must break free of to save them all. [more inside]
The Strain: Last Rites Season 1, Ep 12
Eichhorst launches an attack against the pawn shop. Later, Palmer receives a very special visitor. Old friends return.
Folks, in a galaxy, far, far away, the long cold night of no Star Wars animation that began when Disney shut down the Clone Wars is over. Star Wars Rebels arrives tonight!* (For those with access to WatchDisneyXD and a week from now for those who need to wait for the official tv airing!) We game? [more inside]
An ingenious, supremely well-executed film that's like a cross between a Twilight Zone episode and Primer. Benefits from multiple viewings, but avoid spoilers for maximum effect.
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Childhood's End (Though the Heavens Fall) Season 1, Ep 12
The heavily damaged Deucalion rams into Saazbaum's landing castle in a desperate move to continue with the plan to deactivate the landing castle's Aldnoah drive. Inaho battles Saazbaum while Yuki and Inko attempt to get Asseylum into the landing castle's Aldnoah drive room. Meanwhile Slaine returns to Saazbaum's landing castle. [more inside]
The pick for this coming Wednesday is a "crossover" pick. It's 2010's Monsters by Gareth Edwards (whose Godzilla remake hit screens this summer.) [more inside]
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.
Aldnoah.Zero: Wind, Snow and Stars (The Battle of Novostalsk) Season 1, Ep 11
Saazbaum starts his assault on UE HQ with his landing castle. Saazbaum himself leads the charge as Saazbaum's troops decimate UE forces to find and kill Asseylum. Edelrittuo and Rayet manage to get Asseylum onto the Deucalion. The plan is to deliver Asseylum to Saazbaum's landing castle so she can forcibly shut down its Aldnoah drive.
A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him. [more inside]
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.
Aldnoah.Zero: Before the War (A Storm Brewing) Season 1, Ep 10
The crew of the Deucalion work to restore power when the Aldnoah drive suddenly stops working and the ship crashes in the tundra. During the investigation, Rayet reveals her secret. Meanwhile, Saazbaum tells Slaine his side of the Tanegashima Incident.
Let's talk dates to discuss the 1987 sci-fi comedy adventure, Innerspace, starring Martin Short, Meg Ryan, and Dennis Quaid. [more inside]
Defiance: I Almost Prayed Season 2, Ep 13
The second part of Defiance's season finale begins with New York in ruins and the ancient Votan terraforming ship prepared to destroy the world in order to create a new paradise for the Votan races. Stopping Irisa from following through with the plan is the only way to save billions of lives, but the Earth Repbulic's only plan involves her death. Nolan has another plan and is willing to do whatever it takes to save his daughter. Linda Hamilton's Pilar is determined to get Christy, Alak and their unborn child out of Defiance against the wishes of a newly reconciled Stahma and Datak. How will the end of the world be stopped, Irisa dead or alive?
Defiance: All Things Must Pass Season 2, Ep 12
Part One of the two part second season finale of Defiance opens with Stahma and Datak kidnapped and left to awake chained together in the bottom of an abandoned silo. Good Tommy, still suffering from the stab wound he received from Irisa at the end of the last episode, is relentlessly pulled through the snowy woods surrounding Defiance by Nolan, determined to get him the medical help he needs. Throughout the night, flashbacks of Tommy are peppered throughout the episode, queued by his visions of friends standing in the silence of the snow filled woods. Meanwhile, Irisa takes control of Votan terraforming satellites hovering in the debris field above Earth and annihilates New York City. Lastly, Mayor Pottinger offers Amanda a surprise gift with unexpected results.
Aldnoah.Zero: Darkness Visible (Memory Device) Season 1, Ep 9
Slaine wakes up in Saazbaum's landing castle, where Saazbaum explains some of the background of the Vers-Earth war. While practicing with the Areion's combat simulator, Rayet has flashbacks to her first encounter with Nilokeras. Dr. Yagarai tries out a new treatment for Lt. Marito's PTSD, forcing him to to fully confront the memory of his first encounter with a Vers kataphrakt.
Aldnoah.Zero: Then and Now (The Day We Saw the Bird) Season 1, Ep 8
Magbaredge and her crew discover a ship hidden underground. They realize it was an Earth ship designed to be powered by an Aldnoah drive, but abandoned when it could not be activated. Princess Asseylum reveals her identity and activates the ship's Aldnoah drive. Meanwhile Cruhteo interrogates Slaine in his landing castle as Saazbaum observes. As the interrogation proceeds, Saazbaum makes a decision.
Femianne continues attacking with her kataphrakt Hellas. Inaho decides to take a gamble and join forces with Slaine. Saazbaum discovers Slaine is headed to Tanegashima. Meanwhile, Magbaredge and her crew make a surprising discovery in Tanegashima. Asseylum makes an important decision.
Aldnoah.Zero: Steel Step Suite (Island of Memory) Season 1, Ep 6
At Emperor Rayregalia's formal declaration of war against Earth, all Earth personnel with military training are conscripted, including Inaho and friends. Captain Magbaredge sets course for Tanegashima, sparking memories of the battle in Tanegashima 15 years ago. Meanwhile, Slaine escapes from Cruhteo's landing castle, even as Saazbaum asks that Slaine be captured alive for his knowledge of Dr. Troyard's research.
Aldnoah.Zero: Phantom of the Emperor (Before the Audience) Season 1, Ep 5
The Vers Emperor declares an armistice, to the dissatisfaction of the Orbital Knights. Saazbaum orders an investigation into Trillram's death, while Cruhteo is ordered by the Emperor to investigate Asseylum's death. Ignoritng the armistice, Vlad seeks a rematch with Inaho. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Point of No Return (Knights in Pursuit) Season 1, Ep 4
Friends reunite on the rescue craft, and wait for the ship helmed by XO Mizusaki to arrive to escort them to safety. Slaine decides not to reveal to Cruhteo that Princess Asseylum is still alive. Cruhteo orders another of his knights to eliminate all survivors in Shinawara. [more inside]
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Inaho and his friends are holed up in their school, having been ordered by 2nd Lt. Marito to distract the Vers Kataphrakt while a rescue operation can be organized. Based on what he's observed first-hand of the Kataphrakt, Inaho comes up with a plan to fight back against it. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Beyond the Horizon (The Longest Day on Earth) Season 1, Ep 2
The Vers invasion has started. Vers landing castles crash into Earth cities, while the ones still in orbit destroy Earth communication links. Earth defense forces are overmatched against Vers weaponry. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Princess of Vers (Princess of Mars) Season 1, Ep 1
The Princess of Vers, Asseylum Vers Allusia, heads to earth on a peace mission. It has been 15 years since Heaven's Fall, when the moon was partially destroyed during a battle between the Earth Federation and the Vers Empire. [more inside]