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Seven Traumatized Children Under One Umbrella Academy

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– By Carly Twehous – [Spoilers Ahead] At a time when the superhero origin story consumes nearly every available screen, so often audiences get caught up in the bright colors, over-the-top special effects, and elaborate villains intent on world domination, that people begin forget the one thing that makes superheroes so compelling: the hero’s relentless …

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Just Another Day in Paradise: ‘The Good Place’ Review

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– By Carly Twehous – Some spoilers below Welcome! Everything is fine! This is the Good Place: A generalized, metaphysical “paradise” run exclusively on the arbitrary negative and positive energy put out into the universe. (Very Woodstock, I know.) Every action you do has a pre-assigned negative or positive value to it and your ultimate …

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Trauma Begets Trauma: A Review of ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2

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– By Carly Twehous – Spoilers below for Seasons 1 and 2 In the wake of the general disaster that was Marvel’s Defenders—a knock-off Avengers attempt that even the DCEU can out-perform—Marvel’s Netflix heroes were left to the wolves, to prove that they could, at the very least, still hold their own. Jessica Jones, after …

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‘Altered Carbon’ or Carbon Copy?

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– By Carly Twehous – As far as the ever-increasing number of disastrous Netflix originals go, Altered Carbon is… not the worst, but, it’s no Daredevil or Stranger Things, either. Here’s the elevator pitch: a ten-episode retelling of Blade Runner, but in San Francisco. Let me explain. Three-hundred years in the future, resurrection and immortality …

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‘Dark’: Carbon Copy Storytelling

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– By Carly Twehous – Editor’s Note: S1 E1 spoilers below Many a review and many a Netflix matching algorithm has said it: If you loved Stranger Things, you will at least moderately enjoy Dark, a German language, Netflix sci-fi/horror original production. Whereas Stranger Things is thrilling in a nostalgic, 80’s-conspiracy-thriller sort of way and sprinkled …