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‘Castlevania’ offers gore-filled fun but falls short in season three

‘Castlevania’ offers gore-filled fun but falls short in season three

Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

The animated series for Castlevania is one of the few good shows based on a video game. It doesn’t alter the original story too much by removing or adding in completely new plot lines. Castlevania is available to stream on Netflix and currently has three seasons. It is not based on one certain game b...

The spirit of Halloween trapped inside of movies

The spirit of Halloween trapped inside of movies

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2020

Halloween is slowly approaching, but it doesn’t feel like the spooky season. Balancing a job and school on top of a pandemic has made it harder for students to relax. Sometimes it’s OK to sit back and get into the Halloween spirit with some movies. Here are some classic Halloween movies tha...

The Topical is a hilarious garbage fire

The Topical is a hilarious garbage fire

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

October 14, 2020

Did you know that America started a war with Mars? Did you know that having George Clooney live in the attic increases property value? Neither did I until the Topical told me about it. The Topical is The Onion and The Onion Public Radio’s podcast that I find absolutely hilarious. None of it’s rea...

“Euphoria” focuses on troubled yet realistic teenagers

“Euphoria” focuses on troubled yet realistic teenagers

Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

October 8, 2020

There’ve been many TV shows set in high school over the last few years. . A lot of these series fall short by having unrealistic characters, refusing to show just how dark one’s teenage years can be. “Euphoria” breaks this trend by writing about realistic teens with realistic problems, explor...

You must keep breathing

You must keep breathing

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 11, 2020

Shoulders are things that can fall to the ground, right? Saying the word ‘free’ forces you to smile, correct? This podcast forces you to relax...at first, anyway. I’m not going to lie- I tried to stay awake during this podcast. I really did. But Hester’s voice is so soothing that I’ve ended up falling asl...

“The Umbrella Academy” portrays family dysfunction with a superhero twist

“The Umbrella Academy” portrays family dysfunction with a superhero twist

Will Phillips, Lifestyle Editor

August 27, 2020

Is your family dysfunctional? It surely doesn’t hold a match to the family in “The Umbrella Academy”, which follows a group of anti-heroes equipped with unmatched superpowers (and daddy issues). The Netflix Original is based on graphic novels by Gerald Way.  The show starts with an eccentric billionair...

Why ‘The Midnight Gospel’ is the best show for quarantine

Why ‘The Midnight Gospel’ is the best show for quarantine

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

What do singing zombies, philosophical debates, blackholes and saxophone playing angel-Satan relationships have in common? The show, “The Midnight Gospel”. I was apprehensive when I first started watching this show. I thought it was going to be all about religion. I was going to watch it just fo...

Persistence in beating the odds shown in ‘Self-Made’

Persistence in beating the odds shown in 'Self-Made'

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

“Self Made” is a limited series based on the life of Sarah Breedlove or “Madam C. J. Walker,”   the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.  The series follows her rise from humble beginnings to becoming a brand name.   Netflix and many celebrity executive producers ba...

Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ full of unique mysteries, relatable characters

Netflix's 'Locke & Key' full of unique mysteries, relatable characters

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

“Locke & Key” seems to open a new door to mystery at every unexpected moment. The recently released Netflix series, based on a comic book series from the minds of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, exceeds all expectations as the Locke family dives into a new, adventurous and magical world. ...

Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ still has room to improve

Hulu's 'Little Fires Everywhere' still has room to improve

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

“Little Fires Everywhere” is a new Hulu original series, originally written by Celeste Ng, that adapts the tale of the Shaker Heights residents, the Richardsons, and the bohemian travelers, the Warrens. The series features heavyweight actresses and executive producers, Reese Witherspoon (Elen...

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ explores themes of individuality, personal growth

BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' explores themes of individuality, personal growth

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

BTS are continuously killing it with their passionate personalities and endless exploratory themes. Their recently released album “Map of the Soul: 7” is no exception. This new album continues the delve into the groups’ inner psyches and characters following last year’s “Map of the Soul: Per...

USI Theater’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ hilarious, utterly sincere

USI Theater's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' hilarious, utterly sincere

Emma Corry, Feature Editor

February 25, 2020

Growing up can be trying for any young teen. It’s even harder if you’re a Jewish-Polish teen living in 1930s Brooklyn.  The Great Depression and an inevitable world war can’t compare to the greatest challenge of all: your own family. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon was USI Thea...

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