In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Chapter Eight Season 6, Ep 8
Lee, Audrey and Monet work to escape the Polks, and Shelby and Dominic work to escape the house. One group has more success than the other.
The Good Place: The Eternal Shriek Season 1, Ep 7
Michael, concluding his unusual presence as an Architect in his Neighborhood caused all the trouble, decides to retire - to an eternity of torture. Eleanor figures the only way to stop this is to press a failsafe button that will kill Janet. Chidi is less than enthusiastic.
BrainDead: The Power of Euphemism Season 1, Ep 7
...How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics. Tense AF, as Laurel is taken into custody by the FBI (Kurt Fuller in supercreepy mode) and prepared for enhanced interrogation -- specifically, "controlled immersion", a new, less-drowny version of waterboarding. Gareth teams up with Luke to get an Intelligence Committee hearing on the use of torture, which Red manipulates as usual. But! Gustav and Rochelle have figured out some of the bugs' language and use it to make the bug-infected committee members raise their hands at the wrong times, then walk repeatedly into walls. [more inside]
Farscape: The Hidden Memory (Part 2) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 20
After a partial recovery, Aeryn leads Zhaan and D'Argo to the Gammak Base to rescue Crichton. At the base, Gilina does her best to help Crichton who is being repeatedly subjected to the Aurora Chair by Scorpius and Crais. Elsewhere, Chiana and Rygel have problems of their own when the pregnant Moya goes into labor. [via]
Farscape: Nerve (Part 1) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 19
When an injury Aeryn sustained in A Bug's Life threatens to kill her, Crichton and Chiana travel undercover to a nearby Peacekeeper base to obtain a tissue transplant, and are aided by Gilina. Base leader Scorpius penetrates Crichton's disguise and subjects him to an interrogation device called the Aurora Chair. Crichton's cellmate is a masked individual named Stark. [via]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US torturing of detainees, upping the stakes against Jack Warner Season 2, Ep 17
This week: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warns Vladimir Putin likely to invade soon. Azerbaijan prepares to host the European Games, a new Olympics-style sporting festival, drawing closer scrutiny for their terrible human rights record. Canadian senators discovered to have spent over a million dollars of the government's money for things like golf and fishing trips, hockey tickets and holidays -- but spent $24 million to discover it. And Now: Newscasters Trying Not To Swear. The main story is on torture, American's attitudes and misconceptions regarding it, and how little has changed since we learned the CIA engaged in it, how it doesn't work, and why we seem to think that it does. LWT got Dame Helen Mirram to read key excerpts from it. YouTube (15m) And Now: Newscasters Not Trying Not TO Swear. And finally, an update on former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who responded (3m) to Oliver's Trinidad TV response (4m) to his video (7m). The "epic and dramatic music" in Warner's is Ash (3m), by The Secession.
Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Resolve Season 1, Ep 13
The Jedi Kanan, captured and in the hands of Grand Moff Tarkin and the Inquisitor, is tortured in an attempt to learn more about his rebel compatriots. The crew of the Ghost strive to discover Kanan's location so a rescue can be plotted and find themselves forced to put Chopper on a dangerous mission to gather potential intelligence to Kanan's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Ezra's broadcast to the galaxy has had an effect and unbeknownst to the young Jedi in training, he is becoming a symbol of hope for those who dream of rebellion. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Argentina vs. Elliott Management and Native Advertising Season 1, Ep 13
Uganda anti-gay law invalidated due to improper procedure. Obama comments on torture. The New York Port Authority sues local New York kitchenware maker Fishs Eddy. Argentina defaults on debts due to machinations of hedge fund Elliott Management. Newscasters telling you about the things that will kill you. And a look into "native advertising," or, ads made to look like news, presented in news contexts. Bonus: The resolution of last week's space sex gecko story.
24: Live Another Day: Day 9: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Season 1, Ep 6
We learn about what Jack's been up to since the end of Day 8. MI5 gets involved in the operations.