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.