To Write the Article or To Not Write the Article: That is the Question

By Troy Kelly

Staff Writer

To write the article or to not write the article, that is the question. It’s not that I don’t want to write the article. I would love to be productive and write 1000 articles, but first it was hard picking anything I would be able to write even 600 words on. But luckily I got an amazing idea from Ms. Osborne on writing “Why I don’t want to write an article.”

The biggest things making it hard for me to do my work or write this article are Corona, my job, senioritis, and the feeling like I’m doing pointless work. And for me writing is not hard at all, it’s actually easy, it’s just that I have a hard time starting. I will wait until the absolute last minute to do something, and then do it. But once I get started I go on a flow and am able to write an article, like I’m going to do right now, fitting writing this article into this class period.

Even before Corona began I was skimming my work. But when I didn’t have to go to school, and “be present” in my google meet, it was almost impossible to get work done. The thing is, teachers push you into work and make you do it, but now in my eyes it is really a choice of whether I felt like doing my work or not.

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Breaking Bad: A Drama Series Masterpiece

By Ryan Moshasha

Staff Writer

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We live in such a great time when it comes to television. We have so many new streaming services and production companies expanding the meaning of “Storytelling.” These different companies made it a society standard to sit in front of a screen for hours, immersed in a universe of storytelling. 

One of the biggest genres of television is drama. Shows like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad are big names among this list. Now I’ve watched most of the shows listed, but nothing took dramatic TV to the next level like Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad

Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an extremely overqualified 50-year-old high school chemistry teacher named Walter White is diagnosed with a bad case of Lung Cancer, but he’s determined to keep his family financially satisfied after his passing.

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Dynasty (2017) TV Series Review

By Lynn Phillips

Staff Writer

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Dynasty is a show originally created in 1981. Due to its previous success it was brought back in 2017 on Netflix. The show is currently in its fifth season and takes place in Atlanta, Georgia in the modern setting. Some of the actors and actresses include Elizabeth Gillies, Grant Show, Adam Huber, Sam Adegoke, Alan Dale, and many, many more. The show is a stereotypical soap opera, yet it contains its own unique values and styles that set it aside from other soap operas. 

The show is about a billionaire family, the Carringtons, and their feuds with another billionaire family. The main character, Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies), is trying to start her own business and has struggles with the issues and dilemmas that are thrown her way. Her father, Blake Carrington (Grant Show), is also trying to keep his company running while being in a feud with another billionaire family and dealing with his new marriage. Fallon and her father go head to head at times due to their differences in personality. 

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Grey’s Anatomy: A Review

By Morgan Prater

Staff Writer

Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama that stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Eric Dane, Chandra Wilson, James Picken Jr., and Justin Chambers. It takes place in a hospital in Seattle, Washington called Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, which was formerly known as Seattle Grace Hospital. 

The show follows the life of a young surgical intern named Meredith Grey who is the daughter of a world-renowned surgeon named Ellis Grey. The show digs deep into Meredith’s life along with four other interns that work with her: Alex Karev, Christina Yang, Izzie Stevens, and George O’Malley. Together, they are navigating the world of surgery along with drama, relationships, and near-death experiences.

An aspect of filmmaking that I really like is the acting. Each actor plays their character’s role very well and they are very convincing as their characters. For example, Camilla Luddington plays a strong woman who continues to pursue her dreams despite being abandoned as a child and being abused by her husband. Her acting is quite convincing and even makes the viewer feel her pain.

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Eternals Movie Review 

By Camille Pendleton

Staff Writer

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Released on November 5, 2021, Marvel’s Eternals reached $402.1 million in the box office and rapidly gained popularity on Disney+. The combined creative input of Marvel president Kevin Feige and producer Nate Moore, with the addition of the exceptional director Chloe Zhao gave this movie a special flair, and millions of Marvel fans would agree. 

The star-studded cast added some major points to the success of the movie. The cast included the amazing Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harrington just to name a few. The actors’ on-screen chemistry was incredible for the audience to watch, along with a few surprise appearances from celebrities that shocked fans.

The Eternals, Thena, Ajax, Ikaris, Sersi, Druig, and an array of others must band together to defeat enemy forces, both from within their circle and from external opponents. We are introduced to the Deviants, monsters that have been roaming the earth on a mission to hunt and kill humans. 

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American Horror Story: A Review 

By Caitlin Collins 

Staff Writer 

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American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy. Having a total of 10 seasons with more coming, it stars Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Lily Rabe, and Jessica Lange. This show is not like any other show you’ve watched. Each season has its own self-contained storyline and characters, and it has been put forward that each season will introduce a new location as well. 

This show consists of physical and psychological horrors that affect a decomposing family, workers, and residents of an insane asylum, a coven of witches, a cast of circus freaks, the employees and guest at a struggling hotel, a family who moved into a mysterious farmhouse, the members of a small suburb in Michigan, the surviving members of the Apocalypse, the counselors of a creepy summer camp, and addicting vampire pills that somehow help you with success. 

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Recycling in Howard County: How You Can Get Involved

By Briley Clark

Green Team Member

Every year, millions of people worldwide pledge to better themselves in the New Year. Whether it is to start exercising or learn a language, they promise to accomplish a personal goal. This year, make the commitment to help the environment in the easiest way possible – start recycling!

Did you know that about 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, but our recycling rate is only 28%?

Millions of tons of recyclable waste is sent to our already overfilled landfills, further polluting our environment. In addition to reducing the waste sent to landfills, simply placing your recycled materials in the recycling bin rather than the trash can reduce greenhouse gas, save energy, and help to conserve our valuable natural resources. Let’s give our landfills a rest, and recycle, to make sure our environment is at its best!

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Dragon Eggs and Magic: Why You Should Watch Netflix’s ‘The Dragon Prince’

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By Akil Brathwaite

Staff Writer

There’s a lot you could say about the state of Netflix and its original shows and movies. I’m sure you could find hundreds of videos criticizing some of its more popular movies (which may be what Netflix wants, but that’s a story for another time). You could probably find hordes of upset fans causing an uproar when their favorite series gets canceled in favor of the less liked shows/movies, but if there’s one thing Netflix does decently, it’s their animated shows.

Well, maybe.

The Dragon Prince, created by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond, is one of, if not, the best thing Netflix has had the privilege to mark as theirs on the platform. It’s a series with a smaller fanbase, but you can tell that the series was made with love and care rather than a desire for money.

With a lovable cast of characters, a beautiful world and a compelling storyline, the series draws you in and creates something beautiful with only 9 episodes to a season.

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A Movie Review of Spider-Man: No Way Home

By Eli Glenn

Staff Writer

This will be a no-spoiler review of Spiderman: No Way Home. My overall opinion of this movie is that it is really enjoyable as a whole. The overall plot of this movie is that Spider-Man (Peter Parker) had his identity revealed by Mysterio. Obviously, this comes with bad things attached to it. He cannot go out and do normal things and no longer has a normal life.

The reveal of his identity also has an effect on his friend, Ned, and his girlfriend, MJ. They applied to go to MIT and didn’t get in due to all the drama associated with their names. This causes Peter to go and talk to Dr. Strange to get everything back to normal. But during the spell to make people forget about his identity, some things go wrong and suddenly villains from other universes are coming into Peter’s.

First, I want to talk about the action in this movie. There is jam-packed action, hand-to-hand combat and magic combat. I would rate the action a 9.5/10. Throughout the movie there is action and there are two major fights in the middle with stellar CGI. Out of all of the Spider-man movies, it had the best action which was one of the best aspects of this movie.

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Movie Review: Disney’s Encanto

By Zahraa Aslam 

Staff Writer 

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

Encanto is a Disney movie that came out on November 24th, 2021 starring Stephanie Beatriz (Mirabel Madrigal), John Leguizamo (Bruno Madrigal), Diane Guerrero (Isabela Madrigal), Jessica Darrow (Luisa Madrigal), Maluma (Mariano Guzman), and Wilmer Valderrama (Agustin Madrigal) along with many other stars. 

This movie takes place in the early 20th century in Colombia. It is a comedy, adventure, family, and fantasy film. 

Encanto is about how Abuela and Abuelo Madrigal had to take their kids and flee their home due to armed conflict. While they were escaping, Abuelo had to sacrifice himself in order for the others to make it out safely. He was killed, leaving Abuela on her own to raise their three kids. 

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