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TV Review: The Guest

Horror show will make you shiver

By Eliza Rodrigueza

Netflix has a new Korean show called The Guest. It takes place in South Korea and will get you hooked on the very first episode. Of course, that may not happen if you’re not a fan of horror.

Heaven of Horror explains the opening of the show this way: “In episode 1 of The Guest, the three main characters are introduced. First, we meet them as kids as we essentially witness how their lives end up being shaped by brutal events in their childhood.” You soon see them as adults. One is a psychic taxi driver who was born into a long line of shaman, one is a Catholic priest, and the third is a detective who is following in her mother’s footsteps.

Although at first the action and events in The Guest may seem slow moving, the more you watch, the more addicting it becomes. Give episode one about twenty minutes, and then WATCH OUT!

So far, there is only one season on Netflix, but all sixteen episodes contain situations that will leave shivers running down your spine!

Warning: This show is not meant for young children. It contains bloody and terrifying subject matter.

Attack on Titan (anime): New Season Reviewed

by Paula Huerta

The anime series Attack on Titan is one of the best anime series I’ve ever seen! The details in the animation and story line are greatly thought out. The show falls under the category of action, dark fantasy, and post-apocalyptic. The creator, Hajime Isayama, has spoken out to say that the latest season will not include a happy ending. He jokingly said that once the fans have seen the new season, he will make a waterfall out of our tears.

Season 4 was released on December 7, 2020. Because of the time difference between Japan and the U.S., fans that live in the United States were actually able to watch it on December 6!

I believe the reason people love this series is because they cling to the characters, and they grow an attachment to them. Personally, I think it is sad that this astonishing series is coming to an end. I would definitely recommend this show to those who love action, but it’s also great for  those who love humorous and heartwarming stories too.

In my opinion, Attack on Titan, when put into numbers, is an 8.5/10. It loses a point-and-a-half solely because the show has a few parts missing that were in the books. To avoid any confusion when watching the animated series, I highly recommend reading the books first!

Based on pure enjoyment of the series, Attack on Titan is a solid 10/10!

Season Two of “The Mandalorian” Review

By Brandon Nunez

The second season of The Mandalorian is underway and only two episodes away from its season finale. It stars Pedro Pascal as “Mando,” Gina Carano as “Cara Dune,” Carl Weathers as “Greef Karga,” Giancarlo Esposito as “Moff Gideon,” and Rosario Dawson as “Ahsoka Tano,” with Temuera Morrison taking the role of “Boba Fett” (after playing his father, Jango Fett) and Grogu (baby Yoda) who is voiced by David Acord.

The story currently follows on Mando’s quest to find his and Grogu’s kind to raise him and help him control his powers. In the meantime, he is helping people to honor his code and gain information; all while being pursued by the remnants of the Empire.

The show takes its time to establish the people and communities that Mando meets and his effects on them. It also gives us insight on the different Mandalorian cultures across the galaxy and how Mando’s culture has a problem with taking off helmets while most other Mandalorians don’t. In season two, the show focuses more on Mando’s relationship with Grogu as a fusion between a funny/straight man and a father/son act. 

The Empire seems to want to use Grogu as a means to clone something ominous under the jurisdiction of seemingly Grand Admiral Thrawn from Rebels. In the latest episode, Grogu is captured by the Empire and Mando seeks the help from Boba and a returning Fennec Shand (played by Ming-Na Wen). We have yet to see what pans out from this in the next couple of episodes. 

Something to look forward to is the many characters from past Star Wars media coming back, such as Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan (played by Katee Sackhoff) from the Clone Wars/Rebels TV series, and the legendary Boba Fett from the movies.

Euphoria Part One: Rue Review

By Angelica Moreno

As a teenager, here to represent the collective, I can confidently say that all adolescents are ignorant and naive to all the thrills and worries life will bring to us, eventually. The split is fifty/fifty between anxious and egotistical personalities in teens, but Rue Bennet–the main character of HBO’s Euphoria–is both. In the presence of others, she’s the arrogant hard hitter, who in the face of death can be calm and collected, but when it comes to her first crush, Jules, the real emotions shine through.

Rue (played by actress and singer Zendaya) is battling addiction with drugs that put her in a place of complete loss of self control. Her everlasting mood swings keep her life on edge and the people around her on their toes. She is a grand character to be placed on a throne in the midst of every other character with just as interesting of a backstory, but Euphoria’s new attachment to the show–dedicating two episodes to our main characters without the glitter, grand color, epic montages and glitter tears replaced with actual tears–is a change no expected was coming.

Everyone saw Euphoria as a “vibe,” disregarding the glorification of drugs with its moments of the reality behind it. Euphoria is indeed a “vibe,” so when the newest episode dropped, most people’s reaction was dumbstruck.

What happened to all the colors, lights, filters, witty dialogue, and EVERYONE ON THE SHOW?!

This new addition being introduced in the next month is not to be referred to as a “new season” but as a special. “Euphoria, Part One: Rue” is its own thing, but it connects itself to the show. “Part Two: Jules,” coming out on January 24, 2021, will be about Rue’s girlfriend, Jules.

What these parts (specials) focus on is the character inside these fictional people. Along with having been playing their characters already and knowing their backstories, we will now go deeper into their mindset, values, and headspace.

“Part One” is set on Christmas Eve. Rue has called up her sponsor, Ali, after relapsing, and they meet up at a diner. They sit and talk about many problems they’ve had in their own life, problems there are in life and in society. The spotlight on drug addicts and mental health shines brightly and you can’t manage to look away.

You get to sympathize with Rue after all the bad things she’s done to the people around her; but even then, she acknowledges the bad things she’s done. She knows what she done wrong and deems those things as unforgivable. A tough break is shot through, by Ali, for her to understand nothing is unforgivable. With the many aspects of different situations, forgiving is the key to change. Ali (played by Coleman Domingo) delivers a golden line, saying, “People keep doing things that we deem unforgivable, and in return, they decide there’s no reason to change. So now you’ve got a whole bunch of people running around the world who don’t care about redemption. That’s scary.”

With the many talking points, both Ali and Rue bring to the table, Ali shows Rue that she isn’t all she seems out to be, a horrible person, and that she has a lot of work to do to reach where he is, overcoming drug addiction. You will not expect or can even imagine what other points they talk about because what they discuss is honest–it’s real. There’s no sugarcoating the many damaging things life can bring our way, but they manage to tackle every point well and not leave you asking for more, even though you’d hope it’ll go on forever. It’s just perfect.

The episode has managed to be stuck in the back of my head for days now, and I even rewatched it. It became better after the second watch. You can admire almost every second of this episode. Rue’s facial expressions, Ali’s phone call with his children, and the connection between the two; but a moment that stuck with me, without any dialogue, is the last scene. Rue and Ali finally get up to leave, and Ali gives Rue a ride home. For two minutes straight, the camera zooms in on Rue’s face. After an hour long talk, Rue sits in the passenger seat with all this new knowledge and stays silent until the credits roll. To imagine all the things going through her head after having lived her life is too much to handle. She had a nonchalant expression that then turned sad.

There’s only so much to expect in the future from Euphoria and so much that they’ll bring that we didn’t know we wanted.

Dash & Lily: The Perfect Binge-Watch for Romance Lovers

By Hermaione Sanchez

Christmas time + Quarantine = an even more perfect time to binge-watch holiday romance shows. The endless possibilities might have you going crazy but Netflix can definitely help with that, giving us Dash & Lily. When a movie is too short to touch base on things it should, and a show is dragged way too long, people tend to stay away (for the most part). 

Dash & Lily is an 8-episode rom-com series that takes place during Christmas. Dash (Austin Abrams) is a teenager who hates Christmas; he convinced his divorced parents that he’d be staying with each other during this time, and they were free to travel or whatever they wanted. This left him alone in his dad’s apartment in New York. He spends his time in a bookstore called The Strand, just like our second main character Lily (played by Midori Francis).

Lily is a teenage girl looking for love. She was left alone with her brother, Langston for Christmas while her parents traveled to Fiji, and her grandpa visited his secret girlfriend in Florida.

The show brings its focus to Langston (played by Troy Iwata) at times. He finds himself in a new relationship with Benny and is sort of trying to figure out how serious it is. Although the show mostly focuses on Dash and Lily, Langston learns some lessons and has a meaningful story. 

During one of his times at The Strand, Dash finds a book written by a mysterious girl. It is a series of dares and riddles. He finds a lot of interest in this and realizes whoever must’ve written it must be sadistic and sophisticated. Before returning the book, he writes his own set of dares. Leading to a constant exchange of it, daring each other to get out of their comfort zone. Once one of them completes the dare and writes their dare and entry or riddle, they leave the notebook where they completed the dare, whether it’s with a friend or hidden from the public. Slowly, they start to fall in love. Of course, not everything is perfect. The two teens have their own set of problems that might pull them apart… but that’s for you to find out by watching.

The dramatic irony implemented had me clicking “Watch Next Episode” the second after the previous one was done. The show did change a lot of things from its original source: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. But both are still enjoyable and perfect for this time of the year. I loved everything from the casting to the music choices and even the book allusions.

I also especially liked the representation. The series has diversity which is something a lot of people love seeing. Lily’s brother, Langston is part of the LGBTQ+ community and his relationship with Benny is a big part of his story. Lily’s family is Japanese, and the show was not afraid to display her heritage on multiple occasions.

Let’s talk about the cast. Austin Abrams plays Dash in the series. He’s best known for his role in The Walking Dead as Ron Anderson. He also appears in Euphoria, and This Is Us, as well as in films like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Chemical Hearts, with Lili Reinhart. Midori Francis plays Lily. She is best known for her lead role as Lily in the film Good Boys. Her grandfather is played by James Saito. He has been working in the industry since 1970. He’s the original shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), and is well-known as Dr. Chen in Eli Stone.