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TV on DVD: “Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXII”

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII, available March 24, comes to us without a theme or anniversary tie-in — just another slate of four pretty-funny-to-outright-hilarious outings with Joel, Mike, Crow and Tom Servo, ranging from forgotten ’70s TV pilots to an actual, bona fide Academy Award winner. Without further ado, Popdose MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek give you Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII!

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Streaming Review: Sewing Hope

Sewing Hope is a documentary about the St. Monica Girls Training School and Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. With locations in Gulu and Atiak, Uganda, the school works with girls who have returned home after being kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army. It’s heavy work. The Lord’s Resistance Army became well known in 2012 thanks to a documentary and a social media campaign about its leader, Joseph Kony, as in #Kony2012 . An organization called Invisible Children created a video that was posted to YouTube and started the social media campaign with the goal of having Kony arrested by the end of 2012. The idea was to make him so famous that those in power had to respond. Invisible Children was a very small organization, and the campaign lacked some of the professionalism associated with the major NGOs, and, well, Kony is still at large, although not in Uganda. It’s unclear how many children were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army, which is one of the criticisms of Invisible Children. They may have overstated the number of …

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Why Stephen Colbert’s “We’ll Meet Again” Singalong Was the Greatest Send-Off in TV History

It’s been half a day since Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report and the way it went out is still circulating in my head. Not even today’s Mellowmas installment could purge it. And that’s a good thing, because, Christ, that was awful. I didn’t really have an idea of what special stunt Colbert would do to say goodbye, but I was positive that Jon Stewart would be involved in some capacity. And when Colbert started to sing “We’ll Meet Again” with Stewart walking on midway through the first verse, I nearly lost it. But I don’t think anybody was prepared for what came next. Dozens of celebrities who had been on the show over the years then popped up in groups to sing along, accompanied only by Randy Newman’s piano. With every new crop, you recalled their appearances over the years, from frequent guests like Neil Degrasse Tyson and Doris Kearns Goodwin to D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton to that time when Gloria Steinem did a cooking segment with Jane Fonda. The sheer number of guests …

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The top 5 almost-forgotten holiday TV specials

With “A Charlie Brown Christmas” having already made its first appearance of the season, and ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” well underway, we’re into TV holiday special territory once again. But what specials of yesteryear (specifically my own childhood) seem to have gotten lost amid the onslaught? Here are five worthy of re-consideration. 5) ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974): This stands out as one of the only Rankin/Bass Christmas specials to be traditionally animated, rather than made by posing little plastic dolls, a meticulous process that no doubt led to insanity and this scene from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” You’ll recall the story involved a family of mice, and a clock, and a little nerdy mouse who almost destroys Christmas, and the voice of George Gobel. It was sweet and old-fashioned, which is probably why nobody watches it anymore. The good news is, apparently nobody watched the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie either, so there’s hope for humanity. 4) Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962): Hard to say if you could really classify …

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JUST WONDERING: 10 comic book TV questions

I have to admit that I’ve kind of given up lately on brainy, morally ambiguous cable and Netflix shows like “House of Cards,” “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire,” in favor of a genre that is less taxing on my overworked cranium: comic book shows, and Lord knows there’s no shortage this year. But just because I enjoy these hours of action-packed escapism doesn’t mean they don’t leave a few nagging questions in their wake. I’m still a season behind on “Arrow,” so I’ll refrain from sharing my queries on that one in case they’ve since been answered. (Things like, “Oliver Queen’s a billionaire, shouldn’t he own more shirts?”) But maybe the more comic-book-literate can help me answer these: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. 1) When Phil Coulson runs into people he used to know, say from high school or the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, how does he explain being alive? And has anyone told Captain America yet? 2) Since S.H.I.E.L.D. is officially disbanded and operating as a shadow organization, who’s paying their electric and jet fuel and mercenary bills, …

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TV on DVD Review: My Little Pony – The Complete Series

This may surprise you, but as a boy child growing up in the 1980s, I did not see a lot of My Little Pony. This was the heyday of Clearly Defined Gender Roles, and as was decreed there were Boy Shows (and Toys) and Girl Shows (and Toys). Most of the shows were Boy Shows—Transformers, GoBots, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Thundercats (Cheetarah was female, yes, but served only to attract the prepubescent male gaze). There were precious few shows that seemed directed at girls, or, at the very least, not to very broad societal archetypes of gender. As such, as said, I did not see a lot of My Little Pony because I was too busy getting indoctrinated into the propaganda of war cartoons. I agreed to take on this assignment because I knew my wife would enjoy revisiting a cartoon she watched when she was a kid, or, as it turns out, seeing the cartoon version of one of her best-loved childhood toy lines, only to discover that she had never seen …

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Holy YouTube! Fifteen Videos Inspired by the Batman TV Show

Legions of Bat-fans can now rejoice because, after years of wrangling between studios, individuals, and estates of individuals, the seemingly impossible has happened: the 1966 Batman television show will finally be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download. If you don’t believe me, check out this promo and see for yourself. There’s going to be a big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con today with more details as to what to expect from these sets and what extras will be included. But until then, here are a few videos to help get you in the mood.