Need something to watch on Netflix this weekend? We asked The Week.com’s entertainment editor, Scott Meslow, for a recommendation:
This weekend, so many moviegoers are primed to see J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness that most box-office analysts are projecting the highest-grossing opening weekend in the franchise’s 47-year history.
But if you’d rather stay home and kick back with a glass of Romulan ale, why not check out the very best Star Trek has to offer? In the wake of 1979’s disappointing Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan arrived in 1982 to give Star Trek the shot in the arm it needed. Wrath of Khan stars a never-better William Shatner as an older, sadder James T. Kirk, a former captain who is — like the Star Trek franchise itself — teetering on the brink of irrelevancy. When the villainous Khan (first introduced in the Star Trekepisode “Space Seed”) unexpectedly reemerges as a serious threat, Kirk works with his old allies to take his vindictive adversary down, leading to a high-stakes ending that’s still both shocking and genuinely tragic (even if it was undone by later films in the series). Wrath of Khan isn’t just a great Star Trek film, or even a great science-fiction film — it’s a great film, full stop.
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5 reasons the U.N. wants you to start eating insects
Reason #1? They’re good for you.
The FAO estimates that there are between 1,000 and 1,900 edible insect species. As a result, espousing the nutritional benefits of insects as a whole is tricky, akin to saying all mammals are good for you even though braised rabbit and bacon obviously have entirely different nutritional qualities.
Meet the mother from How I Met Your Mother
After eight long seasons, it’s official: Fans of CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother have finally met the mother — even if series protagonist Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) hasn’t met her yet.
She’ll be played by Cristin Milioti, a 27-year-old Tony-nominated actress. Here she is being interviewed about her role in the 2012 Broadway musical, Once:
See more Cristin Miloti here.
PHOTOS: 7 beautifully terrifying lightning storms
Two types of lightning are at play in this storm over South Dakota: The sideways cloud-to-cloud lightning (on top) and the tentacle-like cloud-to-ground lightning (at bottom). (Mike Hollingshead/SuperStock/Corbis)
Mad Men recap: Fifty Shades of Draper
In the wake of the merger, the office is in chaos, but Don abstains to engage his neighbor/mistress Sylvia in a game of Fifty Shades of Draper. Don’s relationships are predicated on control, and he’s generally very good at getting people to go along with what he wants. It’s why Don was so unnerved by Megan’s freewheeling, seductive performance of “Zou Bisou Bisou” in the season five premiere, and why he was incredulous when Peggy actually quit to work for Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough. In those cases, he found ways to draw both women back into his fold, but his power is clearly waning; Megan cries alone at the news of Robert Kennedy’s death, and Peggy bitterly insists that Don “move forward.”
Where do Twitter’s racist users live?
A mapping project by students at Humboldt State University called the Geography of Hate uses Google Maps to illustrate the hate-filled language spit out into the Twitter ether.
So where do these hate-speech spouting users live? Well… everywhere.
A flock of eagles descended on the Safeway parking lot last week, prompting police intervention.
Public Safety Director Jamie Sunderland says several people called in short succession on Thursday afternoon to report the melee.
Sunderland: “One of our officers went over there and there were 40 eagles sitting on, in and around several vehicles in the area.”
Sunderland says the eagles were feasting on garbage bags of fish product in the bed of a pickup truck.
More: “Police Break Up Eagle Party at Safeway”