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The Resurrection of a Genre: Review of Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’

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— By Carly Twehous — Let’s be honest. There hasn’t been any decent science fiction on American television since the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Enterprise — I’m still pretending that the last episode never happened — that aired way back in 2005. That’s going on twelve years, for all you math whizzes out there. An argument can be made …

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What Parents Need to Know About Mental Illness

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In this bonus clip from our discussion on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, guest panelist Luke Maxwell discusses the importance of parents educating their children about mental health. To learn more about Luke’s work with suicide prevention and for additional resources visit http://www.ucantberased.com/ For the full panel discussion on 13 Reasons Why click here.

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Last Man Standing: ‘The Walking Dead’ Review

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Last Man Standing: A Review and Defense of AMC’s The Walking Dead By Carly Twehous   Admittedly, I am rather late on jumping on The Walking Dead wagon train. I’ve always had this disproportionate, yet completely reasonable fear of cannibals and, well, flesh-eating zombies fit the bill. Eventually, I broke down. It was finals week, I’d just finished my traditional …

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An American Horror Story: Review of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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— By Carly Twehous — Best-selling author, Margaret Atwood, published her prolific dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, in 1985, a year after George Orwell’s famous Big Brother society was supposed to take place. Western culture, it seems, has an innate fascination with end-of-society epics and forlorn, tragic heroes. There an inherent cultural fear that began with Orwell and Aldus Huxley …

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‘Alien: Covenant’—Michael Fassbender(s) Steals the Show

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(2017—Director: Ridley Scott) ★★★ 1/2  (out of 5 stars) (Potential spoilers below) 2017 marks the fortieth year in the career of celebrated director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, The Martian). Scott at the moment appears to devote the majority of his interests and seasoned talents in returning to the roots of Alien, his 1979 commercial breakthrough, through a more intelligent …

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Too Little, Too Late: 13 Reasons Why

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— By Carly Twehous — [Warning for spoilers and discussion on suicide.] Since it hit Netflix last month, 13 Reasons Why has been a subject of debate, discussion, and deliberation among both critics and the general audiences. Whether negative or positive, 13 Reasons has caused quite a stir, given its graphic depiction of suicide in the final episode. School districts …

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The Perils of Corporate Omniscience: The Circle Review

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(2017—Director: James Ponsoldt) ★★ (out of 5 stars) One of The Circle’s first trailers, released last December, starts off with a modified version of the scene in which Emma Watson’s character undergoes an interview for a job at the titular Internet corporation. The interviewer presses her, “You’re most scared of…?” to which she replies, “Unfulfilled potential.” In that case, the …

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The Darkest Corners of the Internet

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An Open Discussion on Fan-Fiction Part Two: The Darkest Corners of the Internet By Carly Twehous If we’re going to have an open and frank discussion on fan-fiction, I believe it is important to first get the facts straight. Of the main platforms of fan-fiction distribution—Archive of Our Own (AO3), Tumblr, Fanfiction.net, and LiveJournal—only AO3 has a sufficient enough tagging …