Destination: Point-of-Exile, Colorado.
Past mistakes catch up with the town of Polvo.
Something else instead!
Continuing the trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. [more inside]
Tragedy leads to innovation; innovation leads to tragedy.
The Last Policeman is a 2012 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: BEGINNING OF THE END Season 5, Ep 17
"The Screen's First Full-Length Science-Fiction Thriller with Real Live Creatures!" Peter Graves is a serious science man with an interesting discovery: a substance that makes vegetables grow king-size economy style right out of the ground. But what will happen when the local insect life discovers them? Bert I. Gordon, "Mr. Big" is back with a tale of grasshopers terrorizing a helpless postcard. Say what you want about these old sci-fi movies with questionable effects, they're still more fun than your standard contemporary Warner Bros. superhero flick, or so says me. By the way, did you know that Peter Graves went to the University of Minnesota? YouTube (Official, with annotations!) (1h32m) Premiered November 25, 1993. [more inside]
"I am Time grown weary to destroy the world, embarked on a course of world annihilation."
The team takes a break.
In Andrei Tarkovsky's Russian-language masterpiece, a Stalker leads two men into the Zone – an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers – to find the Room, a place where it is believed one's secret hopes come true. Adapted by its authors from the book Roadside Picnic, Stalker (trailer) is a beautiful, ponderous, dreamlike film – one which, though difficult to summarize, commonly ranks among the greatest films of all time.
A power outage creates an unlikely friendship. [more inside]
Cleverman: Terra Nullius Season 1, Ep 6
As the Containment Authority prepares to clear the city of Hairypeople, Koen must finally face his destiny as the Cleverman. (season finale)
Cleverman: A Man of Vision Season 1, Ep 5
Charlotte agrees to one last attempt at IVF at a clinic offering new technology; Slade offers Waruu a tempting deal. [more inside]
ars PARADOXICA is a love letter to physics, fiction, and the future. It's a disorienting journey through spacetime and the Cold War. It's a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night. It's also a serial audio drama. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE Season 5, Ep 13
"Fantastic! Weird! Horrifying!" "Alive...Without A Body... Fed By An Unspeakable Horror From Hell!" How gifted does a doctor have to be that, when his GF is decapitated in a crash, his thought is, "I can fix this!" Two-for-two on a bad idea streak, he goes out and tries to kill attractive women so he can get her a new chassis. This movie teaches us that not only are free-standing heads capable of speech, they can communicate with horrible monsters. It's Mike Nelson's first episode as host, and boy, they change a lot of things with this episode, including updating the set and changing the door sequence! It's a pretty good episode riffing-wise, too. YouTube (1h31m) Premiered October 30, 1993. Did you know there is a stage musical based on the film, "Head: The Musical!" (Vimeo 1h40m) [more inside]
I recently started listening to ars PARADOXICA (via collectallfour's AskMe) and am really enjoying it. Is there any interest in adding it to the FanFare podcast feeds? [more inside]
Cleverman: Containment Season 1, Ep 2
Koen seeks answers regarding his strange new powers, so he heads into The Zone; Aunty Linda realizes there is a new Cleverman.
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. [more inside]
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. [more inside]
Blakes 7: Seek – Locate – Destroy Season 1, Ep 6
In which our intrepid seven heroes encounter the ruthless Queen of All Space, and her peeved henchman with a gun arm, Travis. Travis hates Blake, Servalan wants power, Avon wants money, Vila wants to steal something, and Blake just wants to be left alone long enough to steal to bring down the tyrannous Federation … except he leaves something important behind. [more inside]
Blakes 7: The Web Season 1, Ep 5
Aka The One With The Mud Men. The crew get new outfits, including Gan who chooses a lovely macrame vest. But one of the crew is a traitor! Who are The Lost? What's the deal with the mutant baby in a jar? And what is the secret of The Space Web that has ensnared the Liberator? And, can Blake make the ultimate decision? [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Water Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
Severe rationing can't save the Destiny's dwindling water supply, forcing Colonel Young and Lieutenant Scott to seek out drinkable water on a deadly ice planet. [more inside]
Blakes 7: Time Squad Season 1, Ep 4
The Liberator crew intersects a strange ship, and finds a group of killers from the past on board who will stop at nothing to kill Blake's Six and take over the ship. But why? And can Gan and Jenna stop them? What is Gan's dark secret? Meanwhile, in the other plot, Blake decides to become a terrorist with a fiendish plot to blow up a Federation communications outpost, but does he have the skills to avoid flesh-eating plants, the Federation's crack security forces, a super-high tech killbot? And can he, Avon and Villa trust a silent, mysterious stranger?
Blakes 7: Cygnus Alpha Season 1, Ep 3
Blake, Jenna, and Avon commandeer the alien ship, which is surprisingly easy to fly, and decide to jet off to the fearsome Cygnus Alpha, the prison planet they have just escaped being sent from to find a crew for the newly-named Liberator, but what is the fearsome mystery of Cygnus Alpha, who will survive, and what is BRIAN BLESSED shouting about? [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Light Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
Nearly out of power, Destiny has dropped out of F.T.L. and is flying directly toward a sun. The crew has no access to core systems and no way to change the ship's course. Colonel Young conducts a lottery to determine who will escape certain death to try and find a habitable planet with the shuttle. [more inside]
In the far future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people. [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Darkness Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
Destiny suffers a power crisis, putting the lives of the stranded crew in jeopardy when even the emergency reserves run dry. Colonel Young orders everyone to limit their power consumption and Dr. Rush pushes himself to his breaking point. Meanwhile Eli begins recording individual messages from the crew in case they don’t survive. [more inside]
Blakes 7: Star Fall Season 1, Ep 2
Blake, Jenna and Vila (and some other potential members of the eponymous Seven, who may or may not make it to the end of the episode) take an all expenses paid cruise to the mysterious planet, Cygnus Alpha... and you won't believe what happens next... [more inside]
Blakes 7: The Way Back Season 1, Ep 1
Roj Blake, brainwashed by the Federation, learns of his true identity - a major resistance leader against what appears to be a corrupt society. Unbelieving at first, he is persuaded to attend a rebel's meeting illegally outside the dome... and then things get interesting. [more inside]
A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Air (Part 3) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
With the air supply failing on Destiny, a team disembarks to a desert-like planet in search of lime or a similar mineral to scrub the ship’s air of carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, with life on the ship looking bleak, Colonel Young reports in to General O’Neill and Chloe has one last chance to see her mother, courtesy of the communication stones. [more inside]
It's people. PEOPLE! [more inside]
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]
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]
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. [more inside]
The 100: Stealing Fire Season 3, Ep 9
While Polis prepares to pass the flame, Arkadia deals with its traitors.
Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: MONSTER A-GO GO Season 4, Ep 21
"An Astronaut Went Up... A 'Guess What' Came Down!" "The Picture That Comes Complete with a 10-Foot Tall Monster to Give You the Wim-Wams!" "How did a 10-foot-tall monster get into that little bitty space capsule?" "You've Never Seen a Picture Like This--Thank Goodness!" It's never a good sign when the poster taglines themselves make fun of the movie. One of the absolute worst movies in MST history, and of all time. With short CIRCUS ON ICE: A newsreel report of the 40th Annual Carnival of the Toronto Skating Club. It's iceberg time again! You may think you know what a bad movie looks like. You may think you can handle bad movies. You may think badfilm is nothing to be afraid of. The punishment for your hubris takes the form of a viewing of MONSTER A-GO GO. If you're a fan or born MSTie this should not be missed, but it can be lethal if you haven't built up an immunity. One of a handful of the most terrible movies MST ever did, up there with the likes of Robot Monster and Red Zone Cuba. And don't relax yet, one its primary rivals is on the way in just three weeks.... YouTube (1h32m) Premiered January 1, 1993. Trailer - Unriffed (DO NOT WATCH) [more inside]
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)
In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue. [more inside]
I had proposed this before (http://fanfare.metafilter.com/5438/PKD-Book-Club), but now that I can actually post book posts, I'll get this started again. [more inside]
Individual posts for each book with spoilers allowed for the whole series, punching bags passed out for everything past Wizard and Glass? [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: CRASH OF MOONS Season 4, Ep 17
"Classic Sci-Fi Advenure" Two moons are going to crash into each other, natch. It's our old friends Rocky Jones and Winky to save the people living on them! With short General Hospital #2: More scenes from very early episodes of the long-running soap opera. Deja-vu! One month ago we watched a short made of old General Hospital scenes matched with a movie made of old Rocky Jones, Space Ranger episodes. And lo, we have the same composition for this episode! This is the one where one role is played by John Banner, Sgt. Schultz himself, and the guys won't let you forget it. Satellite News points out that the title card of the movie leaves out the "The," so by their naming conventions the movie is not titled "Crash of the Moons," but just, "Crash of Moons." So, where did the "The" go? Tune in next week and find out.... YouTube (1h32m) Premiered November 28, 1992. [more inside]
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. [more inside]
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]
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE Season 4, Ep 16
"Out of This World SHOCK SENSATION!" "SEE: The Strangest of All Rites in the Temple of Love!" Astronauts land on a hitherto unknown moon of Jupiter and discover lonely nubile maidens, our solar system's greatest resource. This episode is especially notable for containing the saga of "Timmy," an evil alien Crow that comes aboard the SOL. The Timmy puppet was actually one of the theater puppets; they're painted back to give them a better silhouette. YouTube (1h31m) Premiered November 26, 1992 (Turkey Day marathon). [more inside]
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.
The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes Season 1, Ep 10
Events on Eros come to a head in the season finale.