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Maze Runner’s Final Chapter


The third and final Maze Runner movie, The Death Cure, came out on Jan 26. On IMDb, the movie was rated 7.1/10 and 94% of Google users liked it. The movie was very good and the plot seemed to really improve from the previous two movies.

The previous movie, The Scorch Trials ends with Teresa giving away the hiding place of all the immunes, which are people who cannot get the disease. When WCKD, the place that sent Thomas and his friends into the maze in the first movie, comes to the hiding place, they took Minho, one of the immune. At the end of the movie, Thomas is determined to find him and bring him back.

In The Death Cure, Thomas must try to find out how to get back into the WCKD headquarters, where they have Minho. In the beginning viewers see Thomas and some of his other friends trying to get Minho out of a shipping container, being transported by WCKD. Minho is in the headquarters of WCKD now and Thomas and his friends must try to get Minho back so that they don’t continue to try to extract immunity from his blood, to battle the scorch, which is basically being a zombie.

The Death Cure is an overall phenomenal movie, and the plot improved tremendously. The writers took some serious risks that really worked out for them. Dylan O’Brien, the actor who plays Thomas’ acting was truly mind boggling. He really put himself into the mindset of his character.

Also, Thomas Brodie Sangster, the actor who played Newt, did an awesome job with his character. In the previous movies, his character seemed to be pretty happy and positive all the time, and in the final movie the audience could really see that the character couldn’t be happy and positive in the situation he was in, yet, he was still funny and sarcastic as he has always been.

All in all, The Death Cure was astonishing. The actors really brought the whole movie together and ended the series strongly. The writers and producers did well with the creation of the movie and putting it all together. The movies definitely did justice to the books, which are amazing. The movies have cut out some really good parts of the books but the movies are awesome, almost as awesome as the books.

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CW TV shows return

Zak Kiesel / Sports Editor

After another almost month-long break, multiple CW shows are returning with new episodes. Even after the mid-season break that took place from the middle of December to late January, shows such as The Flash and Arrow took another break from the beginning of February to the end of the month to avoid competing against the Winter Olympics, and the shows returned just a couple weeks ago.

Most shows only took a two-three week break, but Legends of Tomorrow ended up taking a two-month hiatus and Riverdale a one-month break. Supergirl briefly returned from the mid-season break and did not return the same time as the other shows because Legends of Tomorrow took its time slot and there have been difficulties on set too. This break, though, did not affect any storylines or plot points, with all shows picking up right where they left off.

iZombie just returned for its fourth season on Feb. 26, not being affected by the mid-season or the Winter Olympic break.

Black Lightning, Jane the Virgin, The Flash, Arrow, and Supernatural only took a couple weeks off for the Winter Olympics, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was not affected and ran without any break, but just wrapped up on Feb. 16.

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Spoiler-free Black Panther movie review

Zak Kiesel / Sports Editor

Marvel Studios released their newest movie Black Panther on February 16 and it has been a success from both critics and fans. Everyone agrees that the new superhero movie tackles social issues while still keeping the same creativity and fantastical aspect that all Marvel movies have.

The movie follows Prince T’Challa, also known as superhero Black Panther, from the hidden and fictional country of Wakanda, Africa, and his new opportunities and responsibilities after his father, King T’Chaka, was murdered in a previous Marvel film: Captain America: Civil War. Because Black Panther takes place directly after the third Captain America film, it deals with the immediate aftermath of the King getting assassinated, allowing his son T’Challa the chance to rise up from Prince and become the new King of Wakanda. An unknown assassin, known as Killmonger, shows up uninvited and immediately threatens to take the throne for himself, posing a great threat for Black Panther.

Some of the social commentary in the movie can relate to our society and attempts to engage the audience in an ethical debate regarding foreign policies. When he takes the mantle, many moral questions arise for the young king, such as should a first-world country offer aid a struggling nation but risk its effective status of isolation?

Overall, the movie was a good mix of humor, familial and romantic relationships, and action. Killmonger was especially an intriguing character that won’t succumb to the same fate that almost all Marvel villains face of being forgettable. He was given a tragic backstory and gained the sympathy of the viewers, making him an effective villain.

T’challa was also a very likeable character, and could easily carry a whole franchise if Marvel gives him the opportunity. Unlike most other superheroes, the king is shown as a humble and mature human and does not have to go through a major personal character development plot line.

Black Panther was definitely one of the best Marvel movies made so far. It had many exciting action scenes while maintaining dramatic and moving scenes. Everyone should see it because it tackles important social issues but offers the same excitement as any other action movie.

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Dismissed: The Drama You Don’t Want to Miss


A student who has gotten perfect grades his whole life and his English teacher gives him a B+ on his paper, he starts to go through a psychotic spiral. The movie is Dismissed and it came to Netflix on October 8.

Dylan Sprouse, brother of the Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, stars as Lucas Ward. He is the perfect person for this role. He plays the psycho role astonishingly. The interesting thing about Dismissed is that Lucas is so organized and clean, yet when he starts to spiral, his tendencies change and he becomes less meticulous.

Lucas is truly one of the creepiest characters. He can seem so sweet and sympathetic, but truly he is only in it for himself. He manipulates everyone in his life to do what he wants them to. His father is a defense attorney and seems to be afraid of what Lucas is capable of. Lucas had other teachers at previous schools that have also been the victim of Lucas’ torture.

The whole cast of this movie is so awesome, they all worked together really well and the movie comes together because of the cast. They all worked really hard on this project, especially Dylan Sprouse and Kent Osborne, who played Mr. Butler, the English teacher that Lucas begins to torture after he gives him a B+. They all were very strong actors and did justice to this movie.

The movie is so amazing, it was so suspenseful, it keeps people on the edge of their seat the whole time. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen next. The fact that it’s on Netflix makes the movie even better because it’s so easily accessible.

Dismissed brings forth a realization that psychopaths aren’t so easy to notice. Lucas seems so normal even though he is a murderous sociopath. It makes the viewer paranoid. This movie was such a creepy and dark psychological thriller.

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Golden Globes 2018


75th Annual Golden Globes Awards aired on January 7. These award shows are very prestigious and many amazing people have won. This year there were a couple of really outstanding things that happened. Yet there were some huge mistakes.

During the show, so many men and women wore black outfits to show their support for victims of sexual assault. It was truly astonishing to see all these stars coming together to fight against sexual assault in the entertainment industry and beyond that. The fact that these people wanted to show their support in such a bold way is incredible.

One of the mistakes made during the show was in the best motion picture musical or comedy category, the nominees were Lady Bird, I, Tonya, The Disaster Artist, Get Out and The Greatest Showman. Most of those motion pictures seem to fit into that category, all except one, Get Out. That movie is neither a comedy nor a musical. Get Out is a movie about a couple who go to meet the girlfriend’s parents and throughout the trip he realizes and sees things that lead him to assume that the family is deeply disturbed. The movie is categorized as a mystery/thriller. Director, Jordan Peele, was quite upset that the Golden Globes called it a comedy.

Regarding the Best Television Series- Drama category the show that won, compared the the other shows that were nominees, caused uproar within the fan base of many shows such as, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. The show that won the award for that category was The Handmaid’s Tale. Many people upset by this choice because shows like Stranger Things and Game of Thrones have higher ratings. Stranger Things has a 9/10 rating according to Rotten Tomatoes, Game of Thrones has a 9.5/10 whereas The Handmaid’s Tale has a 8.6/10. The winner of this category was disappointing for many.

The 2018 Golden Globes had some really strong aspects to it. There were also some poorly thought out and underdeveloped aspects to it. All in all, the categories should have been worked on and thought through more. The best moment of the night was when all the men and women came together to show their support for victims of sexual assault by wearing black outfits.

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This Really is the Greatest Show

KEIRA BARRY / Associate Editor

“Ladies and Gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for.” Lights. Music. Action. So begins 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman, a box-office hit that, since its premiere on December 8, 2017, has generated $345.4 million and captivated the hearts of viewers across the nation.

Of course, the first thing people will want to rave about in Greatest Showman is the soundtrack, and justifiably so– the soundtrack is incredible. From the can’t-give-up attitude of “A Million Dreams,” to the heart-wrenching “Rewrite the Stars,” and from the unapologetic anthem that is “This is Me,” to the flashy show tune “This is the Greatest Show,” every song in this movie is a masterpiece in its own right.

In addition, The Greatest Showman featured several dance numbers, which were well-choreographed and well-executed. They’re flashy, they’re captivating, and they make you want to stand up and dance in the middle of the theater.

The cast is easily as incredible as the music. Headlined by names like Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson, its star-studded cast is enough of a reason to go see it, even if musicals aren’t usually your thing.

But just as the circus has problems and cracks behind the scenes, Greatest Showman could have been better. I would have liked it to be longer. The film felt rushed, and both the plot and characters developed too fast for my liking. With a little more time, the movie could’ve easily shown us a little more of the rising action rather than speeding from introduction to climax.

Even if it was a little fast, the storyline was quite moving. Seriously, it’s been a long time since a film moved me to tears. Greatest Showman’s messages about accepting others, being yourself, and choosing your own destiny are powerful and unmissable (even better that it’s based on the true story of P.T. Barnum’s circus).

Additionally, the film relies heavily on CGI. I understand Hollywood is struggling, and that budget and safety could pose issues, but could they not have used a real circus?

Overall, even if musicals aren’t really your thing, this one is different. It can join the ranks of Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen as far as I’m concerned. Whether the audience is a performer or a spectator, born into wealth or born into hard work, an outcast or a social butterfly, Greatest Showman speaks to that one person we all are: a dreamer.

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Lackluster Super Bowl

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief

Super Bowl LII was an intense game for many, and after a head-to-head game with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, the Eagles took home the win. As exciting as that is, the Super Bowl would not be complete without the iconic commercials and astounding halftime performances. This year, Justin Timberlake took the stage, becoming the first musician with three Super Bowl halftime performances.
As Timberlake stepped to the stage, he rolled through his songs “Cry Me a River” and “SexyBack,” and nothing really sparked his performance besides his Prince tribute, since Prince is the King of Minnesota. He did not have any special guests come out, even though that is normally a big feature of the show, and the stage design was not as interesting as expected. Although, expectations were pretty high seeing as Lady Gaga came down from the rafters last show.
“Timberlake’s performance was lacking. He barely sang, and when he did it was subpar at best. He had killer dance moves, but I was just so distracted by his absolutely hideous outfit. Beyoncé could have done better,” junior Hannah Dawson said.
Of course the Super Bowl wouldn’t be as entertaining without its iconic commercials, but this year even the advertisements were lacking and only a few stood out.
Star Wars fans got their first teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving fans the initial glimpse at the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie. The film will feature Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian.
Pepsi put out a political commercial this year, delivering a blast from the past and aiming to bridge the generational gap between its consumers. It features several generations of Pepsi, including previous commercials with Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears, and Michael Jackson.
Many Titans expressed their feelings towards the political commercials. “They were extremely political, and I was overwhelmed. The ones that tried to be funny weren’t, and the serious ones were a hit and a miss. I’ve honestly seen better, and I was very disappointed with the adverts this year,” junior Pamyla Absher said.
All in all, the few good commercials made up for Timberlake’s lacking performance, and perhaps next year they’ll pick up the pace.

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Youtube should take control

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief
YouTube vlogger Logan Paul shocked his 15 million viewers after posting a vlog on Dec. 31 that took place in Japan’s Mount Fiji known as the “Suicide Forest” famous for the high number of self-inflicted deaths that occur there. Paul captured the group’s discovery of a dead body.
During the video, Paul and his friends were seen laughing and zooming in on the deceased man. Though the video has since been removed, his insensitive actions has caused quite a stir in the media, and is the most talked about YouTube controversy since the youtuber ‘PewDiePie’ was punished last year for inappropriate content. Many of Paul’s fellow YouTuber’s complained that “Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.”
“Logan Paul is super insensitive and needs to think before he speaks especially when he has so many young viewers,” senior Mara Spivey said.
YouTube has grown to be such a large platform, that it should be more prepared when encountering these problems instead of taking nearly two weeks to take action. That video should have been removed from the platform within 24 hours of it being uploaded, but instead Paul had to take it down himself.
Eventually, they pulled Paul’s channel from Google Preferred and put on hold two other projects on YouTube Red he’s involved in. Paul recognized he has made a serious error, tweeting that he had been “misguided by shock and awe.” He has expressed remorse for them in an apology video, but that was seen as shallow. He later announced he’ll be taking a break from posting videos.
“Making comedy out of suicide is inconsiderate and offensive to not only the viewers of the video, but also the victims, family,” senior Rena Khodaverdi said.
After all the consequences are set in place, that doesn’t mean Paul’s career is over. With 15 million subscribers, he was the fourth highest paid YouTube star in 2016, and has a dedicated fan base who will still watch his videos and buy merchandise.
This incident has given YouTubers the insight of how far is too far, and have made it very clear that this does not represent YouTube culture for one’s actions. YouTube stated they are going to watch more carefully what is being posted. Youtubers should remember that they are influencers and role models for the young generation.

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Busting the myths of cannabis

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief

Since marijuana is becoming legal for recreational use this year it is time to put some some myths to rest.
Myth number one: Marijuana doesn’t affect the chances of young people reaching their full potential. One in 15 high-school seniors now use marijuana daily, and marijuana is one of the only legal or illegal drugs that shows a five year increase in the MTF (Monitoring the future) survey of drug use. Half of the teenage population try Marijuana before they graduate, and nearly 7 percent of high-school seniors who smoke pot daily or near- daily basis are already addicted or on their way. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Myth number two: Holland and Portugal have legalized marijuana. Even though Holland has weed haze-filled “coffee shops”, this capital has never actually legalized cannabis. There has been an official policy since 1976 of not enforcing existing laws against the possession or selling of small amounts. However, growing and importing pot is still illegal in the Netherlands. As for Portugal, they decriminalized all drugs, but that does not mean they are legalized. (Source: Cato Institute, Time).
Myth number three: Marijuana use causes cancer. It may be true that both marijuana and tobacco contain carcinogens, a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue, but the consumption amount between the two is very different with tobacco use being greater than pot use. Even though marijuana does contain this cancer-causing chemical, it also contains the chemical THC, which may kill aging cells and avoid them from becoming cancerous. Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years, suggests that pot can prevent the growth of cancerous tumors. (Source: Washington Post).
Myth number four: Marijuana use leads to dependence or addiction. As marijuana remains the most widely used illegal drug in the United States, marijuana’s dependence seems similar to other chemical dependencies it is likely to be less severe. It is possible to become dependent on marijuana, but in minor cases of heavy users. About nine percent of marijuana users become clinically dependent, as compared to 15 percent of cocaine users and 24 percent of heroin users. (National Institute of Health).

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Astros Win


We have crowned the new kings of baseball for the year 2017 and now that the Astros have won the World Series, let us recap on arguably one of the most exciting World Series in the history of the sport.

The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 7 in LA to be crowned World Series champions. This was a very exciting World Series, with a record setting 25 combined home runs by both teams in seven games. That is astonishing, considering the pitching staffs that were on display: Clayton Kershaw, who’s viewed as baseball’s best pitcher; Dallas Kuechel, who’s a recurring all star; and Justin Verlander, a guaranteed hall of famer, along with very good pitchers like Yu Darvish and Rich Hill. The unexpected offense was mainly down to the elite offense that both teams possess, but even so, nobody saw this sort of hitting coming at all.

One thing I have noticed in baseball, now that the Astros have won, is that the teams that continue to win the World Series are practically always the same team. Now, I understand how confusing that sounds considering over the past four years we have had big markets like San Francisco and Chicago win as well as smaller markets like Kansas City and Houston. But one element that all of these teams possess is that they are made of a bunch of young stars, drafted and brought up through their organizations, with very few free agent acquisition. Meanwhile these teams that keep getting to the World Series and losing are teams assembled through money and trades rather than building through the draft. Clearly this trend should be a message to GM’s all over the league.

After this postseason, baseball is completely on the rise in the world of sports. It has been a long time since baseball has been king of the sportsland in America, but with declining ratings due to the social controversies in the NFL, and the elitist element inside the NBA, baseball, through its young stars such as Jose Altuve and Aaron Judge, has unexpectedly driven itself on to the top of the sports world.

This postseason has been extremely entertaining and the World Series was the perfect way to cap it off. One can only hope to continue and see great things from the sport of baseball once again.


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