A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to This Critique: A “Cloak & Dagger” Review

by T. Mack

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I have to start with this: I don’t trust the whole “Freeform” name change. To be fair, I’ve been through a lot of name changes with this channel already. From “The Family Channel” to “Fox Family” in the 90’s to “ABC Family” in the 00’s. I stuck by it. But now this “Freeform” business has me thrown. It feels random and ridiculous. I get that they want to appeal to younger audiences and I understand they want that audience to know that they have fresh, edgier content. So I get why they dropped the “family.” I don’t like it, but I get it. However, this new name doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even make any sense! It’s just stupid and kind of arbitrary! Surely, there was a better choice than this. To be honest, I was basically determined to completely put down the network and all its programming over the whole thing. I mean, they flat-out told me I wasn’t their demographic, anyway. So why bother? Then they announced they were doing a Marvel show. (Because they’re owned by Disney, so of course they are!) Now, you all know how much I love, love, and LOVE me some Marvel. So naturally, I had to see what kind of disaster they made out of this new endeavor. (My expectation was basically a repeat of the Inhumans debacle on a teeny-bopper scale.) So I tuned in to watch the train wreck, snicker to myself, and go on about my business continuing to ignore the stupidly re-named network. But then a strange thing happened…

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Geek Chic: Fandom Beauty

by Taylor

You know what’s great? Fandoms. Fandoms are wonderful and make us feel like we can do anything we can imagine. You know what else can do that? Beauty items! Anything from makeup to bath bombs, finding that special item and then using it, can make you feel anything from relaxed to the boss babe you are. So when our favorite fandoms meet the world of beauty, the world explodes. I’ve compiled a list of some lovely fandom beauty items just for you! So, prepare to rock your inner geek and feel and look like a geeky rockstar!

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Girl Fight: The Power of Female Friendships

by T. Mack

(Very slight spoiler regarding one scene of Avengers: Infinity War)

Hopefully, you’ve taken my advice from earlier in the week and seen the marvelous Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven’t, I must assume you have your reasons, but I promise you’re missing out. If you have seen the film, you’ll recall the crazy cool girl fight deep in the third act between Black Widow, Okoye, Scarlet Witch, and Proxima Midnight of Thanos’ Black Order. At a certain point, Proxima Midnight stands over Scarlet Witch, who is nearly defeated, and tells her that she will die alone. From the side, we hear Black Widow’s voice correct Proxima Midnight by proclaiming clearly that, “She’s not alone.” From that point, we are treated to an incredible display of fighting as Black Widow and Okoye battle Promixa Midnight long enough for Scarlet Witch to recover herself and jump back into the fray.

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How Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Will Change the World

by T. Mack

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*NO SPOILERS*

Before it premiered this past weekend, Marvel’s Black Panther was breaking records for pre-sales and getting ready for one of the most lucrative opening weekends in MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) history. The hype surrounding the film has been intense. However, the movie absolutely lives up to all of it. This film deserves to break records. It is a film that sets new standards of excellence within the MCU and within movies in general. It is also a movie that accomplishes much more than making lots of money for film makers and the Disney Empire. This is a movie that is important to the time in which we live. It is a film that speaks to the current racial tension in America and around the world. It addresses the misrepresentation of entire people groups on a systematic level. It showcases representation in media and empowers in many ways a group of people that, though scattered throughout the globe, have all continued to feel an oppression that began hundreds of years ago. It opens the door for better representation not only of blacks, but of all minorities around the world. Possibly most importantly, this is a movie that reminds all of us of the responsibility we have to people around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves, those outside of our own communities, economic and privilege circles, and personal bubbles who could benefit from what we have to offer, but are often unwilling to give.

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Missing the X Factor: A Review of “The Gifted”

by T. Mack

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In this Golden Age of superhero films, TV networks have cashed in and created their own superhero empires. CW has the Arrowverse, featuring four difference superhero shows from DC. And they are adding a fifth this month. ABC and Netflix both have shows tying in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in Fall of 2017, Fox brought a brand, new X-Men spin-off series called, The Gifted. Though this new series takes place in an alternate time-line to Fox’s X-Men films, it is still very much tied to the history and notoriety of those heroes. And while the series has its strong points, it somehow fails to quite live up to the legend of its predecessor.

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