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Review: ‘Tiger King’ proves that no one is innocent

Josie Howell, Sports Editor

The Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King’ has recently captured all of America’s attention. There is not a single word in the English dictionary that would perfectly sum up the insane series. This documentary includes illegal tiger selling, polygamy, gay rednecks and murder schemes.

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Series that can be rewatched time and time again

Breanna HillArts & Entertainment Editor

We all know those series that speak to us on a deeper level. They’re rare, they’re remarkable and unlike any other. A few come to my mind instantly. Each one comes in handy when I’m in a dry spell when it comes to watching something. Here are some of my favorites that I can watch anytime, anywhere without any worry that I’ll grow tired of the content.

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Hot Take: Top 5 Netflix original series

Breanna HillA&E Editor

Netflix is usually hit or miss, really. Sometimes they offer incredible selections, and sometimes they manage to do the exact opposite. As someone who logs onto Netflix quite religiously, I have seen numerous Netflix originals. I’ve decided to rank my top five Netflix originals series. 

First comes “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. This Netflix original follows the life of Sabrina the teenage witch. I grew up with Sabrina in a separate series on television called “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that came out in 1996. This spin-off series that Netflix produced follows the same principles of that television show, but adds a bit more drama. Sabrina ends up having to leave her mortal life and her friends to attend a school filled with other witches and warlocks. The entire series is about her trying to navigate through this new part of her life while simultaneously trying to hold on to her previous mortal life. I believe the series is very well done. Netflix has already released two seasons and they’re currently filming the third season. I highly recommend watching it if you’re getting hyped up about spooky season. 

Taking the second spot is “You” which was released in September of 2018. This series blew up almost immediately. This show is about a young woman named Beck living in New York City, attempting to live out her dream to become a writer. She runs into a seemingly nice bookstore clerk named Joe. His exterior is absolutely charming, but on the inside he’s an obsessive, compulsive liar who ends up stalking her, gaining her trust and even killing a few of her friends and loved ones along the way. This is a prime example of a psychological thriller-filled TV show. The viewers loved it so much that despite how the series ended (no spoilers, I promise) they have renewed it for another season set to debut in December of this year. 

Third on the list is “The Haunting of Hill House” which made its first appearance on Netflix in October of 2018. In the 10 episodes that were released this past year, the incredibly talented actors and actresses were able to give what any horror series/movie enthusiast craves the most: pure terror. The popular series followed the story of an unusual family and their past memories of their horrific childhood spent in a haunted house. All throughout the show there are a number of flashbacks showing what they endured while living in an unholy environment. There have been a number of confirmations that there will be a season 2 and though the audience might not be able to handle it at times, it’s supposed to be even scarier than the first season. It is set to be released sometime in the upcoming year. 

Next on our list is “13 Reasons Why”. This show was first released on the platform in March of 2017. The first season of the show follows a new student named Hannah Baker at Liberty High. She deals with serious issues such as bullying, depression, sexual violence and suicide. After Hannah commits suicide, she leaves tapes to all of those who wronged her in some way. The next two seasons that follow are filled with more questions about the Hannah story, and even involves more Liberty High students dying. I feel like this series is incredibly important because it deals with such hard-to-swallow issues that most of society tries to cover up and avoid talking about. This show not only talks about it, but expresses why it needs to be uncovered and dealt with. The show recently released their third season. Check it out. 

Finally we have “Atypical”, which first flashed across the screen in August of 2017. So far the show has released two seasons, both having ten episodes each. “Atypical” is about an autistic high school boy named Sam dealing with the daily structures that people on the spectrum face. Throughout the series, viewers are able to learn about what autistic people really deal with while also being humored every now and again. The series does an incredible job of educating others while tugging at the heartstrings as well. Immediately right after the second season was released, Netflix gave the thumbs-up for season three. There is still no exact release date for season three, but typically the seasons come out during the fall season, so make sure to stay tuned. 

Each of these series have been a staple in my binge-watching at some point or another. I believe them to be the best that Netflix has to offer, ya know, in their Netflix original series department. I highly recommend if you’re in a slump, or between shows which we all tend to be in from time to time, to check these shows out. They are all incredibly done.

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A newcomer’s look at Star Wars: “It felt slow and meandering”

James King , A&E Writer

I like Star Wars, But I didn’t like Star Wars. Let me start out by saying that I like Star Wars as a franchise. I enjoyed the Clone Wars Movie and TV show, I enjoyed the amazing mini-series by Genndy Taratokosky of Samurai Jack and Hotel Transylvania fame. I just had never seen the original Star wars movie. In fact I haven’t seen most of the Star Wars movies.

I know that in and of itself is a feat, one that I had wanted to correct for a long time. After buying the Blu-ray collection I finally set out to fix the gap in my cultural knowledge. My thoughts after finally sitting down and watch the movie classic Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope? I liked it. It was okay, I wasn’t blown away by it. Good, but not great. I was honestly kind of shocked.

Star Wars is considered one of the greatest movies ever made by many. While I did enjoy what I saw, it felt slow and meandering. It felt weirdly paced. I know some of this isn’t the movie’s fault as many scenes have been added on to it, but taking the movie as I have seen it didn’t feel like the added scenes did anything to enhance the experience. Even many of the characters felt overly generic. The only place where the movie shined for me was in the design and in the dialogue.

I liked how Star Wars never explained the world it was set in. Many modern movies will make entire sections of their movies dedicated to explaining how the world or its mythology works, Star Wars doesn’t. Sure there’s the vague explanation of the Force, but the rest of the world feels lived in and real. The dialogue feels real too. Han Solo feels like a legitimate jerk, and Leia, while needing to be rescued, never feels like a damsel in distress.

The design of everything really sells the world as something real and lived in. Every alien feels unique like the evolved in some far off planet. Spaceships range from barely held together rust buckets to crisp, new behemoths of technology. That isn’t to say all of the special effects and design were great, the version I watched had some poorly implemented CGI. A lot the characters couldn’t really match the graining feel of the footage, and it dragged down much of the CGI.  Though there was something that surprised me about the movie and that’s how many scenes no one seems to talk about or pass over.

I felt that I had picked up the general story of Star Wars because It has been integrated into, parodied, and talked about at length so many times, to the point that it’s a movie that is impossible to avoid being spoiled on. We all know the story of the farm boy, who yearns for adventure in space and then gets dragged into fighting the evil empire and he triumphs because they never expected him to win the day. Though what NO one talks about is the little scenes that set the stage for the movie, Luke talking his future with his uncle, buying the droids, the little droid graveyard the Jawas have in their vehicle. Characters doing the kind of mundane things that you never see a character doing in modern movies. Most parodies or abridged versions I’ve ever seen I’ve jumped straight to the action where the movie starts to gain momentum. The first third of the movie is almost completely skipped. I know they may not be the most interesting, but I do feel they help set the world up and the characters in an organic way.

I liked the movie, but I didn’t love it. I feel if I had a history with it, or if I watched it at the right time in my life I would have had a deeper connection with this movie. I also feel that the movie was hyped up so much for me that, it may have never lived up to the lofty praise it has received. It’s a franchise I do enjoy or at least the parts I’ve seen of it, but the movie that I watched, that started it all, felt a little boring at parts and felt like it got by on the strength of its characters alone. I look forward to watching the rest of the movies, but this one didn’t hook me.