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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 - 3 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 - 5 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 - 14 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 - 21 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 - 3 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

Movie: Gattaca

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 11, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Waterworld

In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 9, 2018 - 16 comments

Colony: Good Intentions  Season 2, Ep 8

Snyder and Helena do damage control. Will's position gets risky. Kate is back in the Resistance. Bram comes home. Lindsay meets some fanatics. Charlie's instincts kick in. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 8, 2018 - 11 comments

Colony: Free Radicals  Season 2, Ep 7

The Red Hand escalates. Bram gets recruited. Will and Broussard both recognize their limits. The true nature of the Colony is revealed. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 7, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: And the Sky Full of Stars  Season 1, Ep 8

[major arc] Two "Knights" kidnap Sinclair and force him to relive his memories of the last battle of the Earth-Minbari war, as they are convinced he is a collaborator or spy. "I know you. I know who you are. I know you." and "What do you want?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 5, 2018 - 9 comments

Star Trek: Discovery: The War Without, The War Within  Season 1, Ep 14

Burnham and the crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence; Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 5, 2018 - 56 comments

Colony: Fallout   Season 2, Ep 6

The Resistance reaches out to Katie; Will wants to help his wife bury her past. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 4, 2018 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Discovery: What's Past Is Prologue  Season 1, Ep 13

Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 28, 2018 - 111 comments

Colony: Company Man  Season 2, Ep 5

Will returns to an unfamiliar workplace. At home, Katie tries to stay on her best behavior. Broussard and his cell make a startling discovery about the Wall. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jan 28, 2018 - 10 comments

Colony: Panopticon  Season 2, Ep 4

Katie and Will catch up. Charlie's home but not safe. Jennifer performs under pressure. Unbeknownst to them all, the Preliminary Global Authority considers "total rendition" for the Los Angeles bloc. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jan 23, 2018 - 11 comments

Babylon 5: Mind War  Season 1, Ep 6

[arc episode] An old flame of Talia's from Psi Corps, arrives at Babylon 5 with a warning. Meanwhile, G'Kar warns Sakai away from her job job at logging mineral deposits on Sigma-957. "Let me pass on to you the one thing I've learned about this place. No one here is exactly what he appears. Not Mollari, not Delenn, not Sinclair… and not me." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 21, 2018 - 8 comments

Colony: Sublimation   Season 2, Ep 3

Will, Devon and Charlie journey home; Katie says goodbye to her daughter; Bram makes friends at camp; Maddie finds a new project. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jan 19, 2018 - 5 comments

Colony: Somewhere Out There  Season 2, Ep 2

Will teams up with Devon to find Charlie. Bram moves out of the zone and proves smarter than his teacher. Jennifer makes a play. Katie burns some bridges. Maddie takes a step.
posted by nubs on Jan 15, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams  Season 1, Ep 5

[arc episode, most meaningful in retrospect] Babylon 5 is having a "week of religious festivals" to encourage inter-species respect. G'Kar fears he is being followed by an assassin. Sinclair's on-and-off-again lover, Catherine Sakai, arrives. "Aaahhh, our household gods. In a world where every day is a struggle for survival, you need all the gods you can get." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 13, 2018 - 10 comments

Babylon 5: Infection  Season 1, Ep 4

[standalone episode] Franklin's terrible doctor friends brings terrible space artifacts and terribly experiments on them with no protection, which turns someone on board into a terrible superpowered space-Nazi. "The one trick Earth hasn't been able to crack. The ability to create living ships that thrive in the vacuum of space..." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 7, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: Born to the Purple  Season 1, Ep 3

[mostly crisis-of-the-week] Londo falls in love with Adira, a Centauri dancer... but she is a (literal) slave to someone who wants Londo's priceless Purple Files (aka Centauri Blackmail Material). Meanwhile, someone is using the ultra-privileged Gold Channel for surreptitious communications. "What do you want, you moon-faced assassin of joy?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 7, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Soul Hunter  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

A Soul Hunter arrives on Babylon 5, to collect a soul. The Minbari, who believe in reincarnation, are especially appalled, but all aliens hate Soul Hunters--while humans have no knowledge of it. "A quaint lie, pretty fantasy. The soul ends with death, unless we act to preserve it." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 1, 2018 - 8 comments

Black Mirror: Black Museum  Season 4, Ep 6

On a dusty stretch of highway, a traveler stumbles across a museum that boasts rare criminal artifacts -- and a disturbing main attraction.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 45 comments

Black Mirror: Metalhead  Season 4, Ep 5

At an abandoned warehouse, scavengers searching for supplies encounter a ruthless foe and flee for their lives through a bleak wasteland.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 59 comments

Black Mirror: Hang the DJ  Season 4, Ep 4

Paired up by a dating program that puts an expiration date on all relationships, Frank and Amy soon begin to question the system's logic.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 50 comments

Black Mirror: Crocodile  Season 4, Ep 3

Architect Mia scrambles to keep a dark secret under wraps, while insurance investigator Shazia harvests people's memories of a nearby accident scene.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 66 comments

Black Mirror: Arkangel  Season 4, Ep 2

Worried about her daughter's safety, single mom Marie signs up for a cutting-edge device that monitors the girl's whereabouts -- and much more
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 41 comments

Black Mirror: USS Callister  Season 4, Ep 1

Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what it seems.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 99 comments

Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 1

On the Earth-led station Babylon 5: The Narn invade Ragesh 3 in a sneak attack, to retake it from Centauri. Raiders are a problem near Babylon 5. The Earth Alliance elects its president. "Blood calls out for blood." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 28, 2017 - 24 comments

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time  Season 10, Ep 13

Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 25, 2017 - 77 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SPACE CHILDREN  Season 9, Ep 6

Kids serve the telepathic bidding of a Blob from Space to sabotage military weapons. The twist: the Blob is a good guy! With short Century 21 Calling: At the Seattle World's Fair, everyone is excited about PHONES. You'll be able to record frequently-called numbers onto little plastic cards! An uncommonly ridiculous movie and short combo. Warning: contains Uncle Fester in shorts! This is another episode that's not on DVD, and probably never will be. Vimeo (1h32m) Premiered June 13, 1998. 20 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 13, 2017 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE PHANTOM PLANET  Season 9, Ep 2

"Science Shocker of the Space Age!" "See!! A 6ft astronaut shrink to 6 inches before your very eyes! See!! The Moon Maidens! See!! The attack of the Fire People!" An astronaut is stranded on a planetoid that makes him small. There are other small people there, and he assimilates into their culture. Then they're destroyed and he's rescued. Film that for long enough and you have yourself a movie. You know, every year of my life I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and the best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful, if you just take the time to look at it. In Castle Forrester, Pearl gets her Mad Scientist kit. Promo YouTube (1h32m) Premiered March 21, 1998. 24 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 8, 2017 - 11 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Human Is  Season 1, Ep 6

Vera is overjoyed when her husband returns from a dangerous mission, but is he the same man?
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 30, 2017 - 9 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK  Season 8, Ep 22

"Caught in a future world, his only escape is back in time." Raul Julia is Aram Fingal, who lives in a future dystopia and gets in trouble by scrolling up Casablanca at his data entry job. So he's doppled into a baboon--thankfully, not an anteater--but an impish schoolkid loses his body, so he's then-doppled into the world-running computer for safe keeping. He pretends to be Rick from Casablanca, meets his dead mom of whom he asks, "My nuts?" and runs afoul of both computech Apollonia Jones and the CEO of Novicorp. Look, I've seen the movie several times and I'm just as lost as you are. This has gotta be the most nonsensical movie in MST3K's rich history of nonsense. Gloriously silly and yet seems not to even notice. Made for public television, it's another strong contender for Worst Movie They Riffed. It's filled with heaping helpings of made-up future jargon like a kind of sad Nadsat. Get ready everyone, it's Fingal time! In the host segments, Pearl decides to run her own pledge drive and rake in the dollars. This is the end of season eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered November 22, 1997. 26 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 26, 2017 - 33 comments

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