By Matthew Wong
Warning: spoilers ahead!
With the end of the second season of The Mandalorian, fans have many things to look forward to in the third season. To recap, the second season of one of Disney+’s most popular shows revolved around transporting Grogu, the Child, or Baby Yoda, back to his kind (the Jedi). There were many new characters, but many old characters from the first season and previous movies made an appearance to the delight of many fans, including me.
By Shannon Walsh
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift shifts from her typical music style for her first album of 2020 entitled, Folklore.
For Swift fans, this record was different from her previous country and pop albums. For those who still think of her as the eighteen year old who only sings breakup songs, well, this album is a world away from that. Swift, now 30, is a newly blossomed woman, significantly more mature from when she first began her career.
By Grace Barrios
On December 4th, the new Netflix biopic series Selena: The Series, starring Christian Serratos, who plays the transcendent Mexian-American singer, premiered. The opening scene, a flash forward, shows Selena feeling afraid before performing for the first time without her original band that she has been playing with all her life. But then, she arrives on stage and starts to sing with that powerful voice of hers, and it’s clear that she is right where she is meant to be.
The first scene was a strong opening to the series, and I believe anyone watching will be hypnotized by the voice of Selena and the spot-on imitation by Serratos.
By Ava Aschettino
2020 has been full of ups and downs for most, so many have been looking forward to the holidays to lift their spirits. NBC took note and elevated the excitement for this year’s holiday season by announcing a live, musical version of the Christmas classic, The Grinch. Friends and families gathered with their mugs of cocoa and bags of popcorn on December 9th to watch Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison offer his interpretation of the infamously nasty Santa Claus impersonator, the Grinch.
Morrison stars alongside Denis O’Hare as Old Max, Booboo Stewart as Young Max, and Amelia Minto as the littlest Who, Cyndi-Lou Who.
By Katherine Pinnock
Face it: you’ve spent more evenings than you’d like browsing through Netflix, scrolling through what seems like an endless stream of movies and TV shows, only to give in and restart Grey’s Anatomy for the zillionth time.
Trust me, I’ve been there. But now you won’t have to! From melodramatic reality TV to heartbreaking limited series on real events, here are three TV shows that I recommend for when you “have nothing to watch.”
1. Selling Sunset
The only thing more over-the-top than the real estate agents on this show is the million dollar homes they are selling. Selling Sunset first premiered on Netflix in March 2019 and has a total of 24 episodes available to stream. The three-season reality TV show focuses on the lives and livelihoods of nine real estate agents at the Oppenheim Group. Between the luxurious views of Beverly Hills and the seemingly never ending workplace drama, viewers will never be bored while watching this outstanding series.
By James Skvarla
Among Us, the brand new game that is sweeping the nation, is available on both PC and mobile devices. The game has simplistic graphics, but what it does not have in cutting edge features, it makes up for in game play.
The game, although simple, is intriguing because of its original concept. Players begin by registering as either a crewmate or an imposter. While playing the game, crewmates have to complete tasks in order to maintain the map in which they are playing. At the same time, imposters are trying to sabotage the players’ progress and eliminate the crewmates one by one. When players report the bodies of their deceased crewmates, they must decide whether to vote a player out who they think is suspicious or vote to skip if there is not enough evidence to accuse someone of being an imposter.
The game does not require players to have accounts or track progress, which makes for more friendly play rather than a game of competition. This also means that there are no specific usernames for the characters, so players can be as creative as they want with the usernames.
By Greta Flanagan
The year is 1997. You come home from school ready to unwind with some video games on your PlayStation console, and you start-up a new game--one filled with lovable, multi-faceted characters set to save the world from the megacorporation draining the planet of its life-force. Twenty-three years later, that game gets remade for a new generation of fans, with new graphics and new adventures to explore.
Final Fantasy VII is the most popular game within the Final Fantasy franchise, a series released by Square in 1987. When asked which game in the franchise fans would be interested in seeing remade, a resounding majority pointed towards VII, and in 2015, a remake was announced to be in the making.
But what is Final Fantasy VII about? What makes it so popular? Well, VII is a role-playing game that follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary, who joins an eco-terrorist group that aims to take down a corporation called Shinra, which has been draining the planet of its natural resources out of sheer greed. Events later send Cloud and his gang to hunt down Sephiroth, a human set on wounding the planet. It’s no wonder why the game is so appealing, especially to today’s world. A corporation harming the planet for monetary gain? I wonder if that sounds familiar? The game is full of three-dimensional characters and a well-developed, intricate world that immerses the gamer entirely.
By Ava Aschettino
Yet another streaming service was unveiled to the world as HBO Max, AT&T’s newest addition, was launched on May 27, 2020. Charging $14.99 a month, some potential subscribers are unsatisfied with the hefty fee, especially in this foggy economic climate. However, will fifteen dollars each month be what stands in the way of reuniting the world with the Friends series? Here’s what you need to know:
In HBO Max’s ambitious attempt to tackle competition like Netflix and Disney Plus, the content provider does, in fact, put up a fight. In its strides to become a true competitor, AT&T purchased Time Warner for a whopping $85.4 billion. By purchasing Time Warner, AT&T also acquired HBO, TBS, TNT, CNN and the Warner Bros. film and television studios. The content of these many platforms is available on HBO Max, which provides more than 2,000 titles with 10,000 plus hours of media to binge.
By Stefanie Sadocha
Stuck at home? Podcasts are a great way to pass the time. Apple Podcasts and Spotify have a variety of podcasts on nearly any topic. From cooking, to health, to pop culture, to sports, there is definitely a podcast out there for you. Here are my top recommendations:
1. Pop Culture
Pretty Basic with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz
Pretty Basic is hosted by Youtube sensations Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz. Each week, the girls discuss topics ranging from pop culture to mental health to LA living. Listeners also get an inside look into the crazy world of being a social media influencer and the business side of being a Youtuber.
Happy Hour with Gretchen Geraghty
Hosted by social media influencer and Youtuber Gretchen Geraghty, listeners get an inside look into her life as a rising influencer. Gretchen discusses nearly everything going on in her life like what it’s like living in Boston, what her fitness journey entails, and how she remains optimistic. Gretchen is also occasionally joined by other social media influencers including Maggie and Emma MacDonald, Arlin Moore, and even her friends from Boston University.
By Ava Aschettino
Step aside Hamilton, there’s a new “mega musical” on the Great White Way. Six has taken the world, and now Broadway, by storm, quickly rising to become the second highest streamed Broadway cast recording of all time, trailing behind the 2015 Hamilton recording.
Six recounts the stories of King Henry the 8th’s… six wives. His wives, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr reunite in the twenty-first century to form a “rockband,” but then argue over who the leader of the band should be. So, each of the queens performs a song about how tragic her life was because of the King. Each queen also describes Henry’s behavior, her affection towards him, how she separated from the king, or, simply, how she died.