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Would You Be A Companion?

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The eighth season of “Doctor Who” premieres on BBC America this Saturday, August 23. I wrote this article back in January when I was binge watching “Doctor Who” but decided to save it for now.

 

A blue box drops from the sky. A man, who seems off his rocker, asks you to join him in his spaceship. He says he travels in time and space. If you are a Whovian, or anyone with basic knowledge of pop culture, you would know I was describing the Doctor. If you really had the opportunity to leave your life behind to travel the universe, would you? For the past couple of days I have been asking myself that. I have gone between yes and no numerous times. I think I have finally settled on an answer. So let’s go through the process step by step, together!

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A+ Relationships

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I am about to set a scene for you. Are you ready? Good. Close your eyes. Imagine the summer sun peaking through the treetops, children laughing and playing, people barbecuing and hanging out. Now look a little closer, there is a room in a house that seems darkened, save for a faint flickering of light. That would be me, sitting alone in my room, rewatching “Parks and Recreation” (for the third time.) I bet you have a lot of questions, dear reader, like “why?” and “don’t you have a laundry list of new shows to start?” and “but isn’t it summer?” To that I say, shut up and leave me alone.

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A Short Observation

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Hello everyone! Yes, yes I am alive and well. I know I have not been present lately, for which I have an excellent reason (excuse.) The past few months have been quite busy because of two major things. The first being finals, gag me, and the second being study abroad. Shout it to the rooftops, I am in London, England. While these things have kept me busy and running around, I now have the time to write a fun little article about British television!

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Testing the Waters: Doctor Who

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Maybe it’s the hype, maybe it’s the rustling about season 8, maybe it’s the fact that it’s fantastic but you’ve finally given into your curiosity and want to start watching Doctor Who. Who can blame you? All your nerdtastic friends are doing it. Not to mention, Doctor Who is arguably one of the most successful TV shows of all time and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary! That’s nothing to turn your nose up at. But with all that success, and all those episodes, it can be quite daunting to figure out where to start especially if you are a non commital person and would prefer to give it a taste first. After all, there have been 11 doctors, 7 seasons since the 2005 reboot, and 26 seasons of Classic Doctor Who, which we won’t even touch in this. Overwhelmed yet? Don’t be. Lucky for you, you have options.

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Best Shows for Procrastination

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Ah, It’s that time of year again! Spring is in the air, leaves are back on the trees, the sun is out until 7:30, and your teachers have all swamped the crap out of you with finals bull. But don’t fret, my wonderful procrastination bugs! There is Netflix to be watched, and time to be wasted on things less constructive, but far more enjoyable, than that paper waiting for you in Microsoft Word. So it is with great honor I present to you the best TV shows to procrastinate with during finals.

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The 100: Murphy’s Law and Humanity

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This week I found myself really struggling to get through the most recent episode of The 100. For the first time I’m saying that not because of the characters, or the lines, or the cheesiness, but because there were some legitimately difficult themes and struggles that these characters were going through. This episode stuck with me and even days after I watched it I am sitting in front of my computer uncomfortable with what I saw.

Humanity is a theme in The 100 that the characters both on the ground and on the ark are continuously struggling with. This week on the ground we saw the aftermath of Wells’s death. We saw his fingers chopped up leading to a knife which promptly caused a Clarke freak out leading to the accusation of John Murphy being accused of slaughtering Wells. We saw how brutal these kids are and how there is no grey area. Mind you, while John Murphy may deserve to get hung, these kids aren’t murderers. Most of them got arrested for petty theft or something small and yet we saw how desensitized they are to death because they have been dealing with it their entire lives.

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The 100: Clarke

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I am very proud to say that after two weeks of mopey exposition The 100 has managed to develop their lead into an actual human being. I was honestly getting pretty worried and losing all hope for the show considering Clarke is the lead and had shown a single emotion for two entire episodes. Now this does NOT mean that I am totally convinced The 100 will survive to see another season. Honestly the show has a lot going for it, but as far as the characters go I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings.

Clarke being the lead of the show is a crucial character. For the first couple episodes of The 100 I found myself incredibly worried about the shows success because of Clarke’s one-dimensional writing. She was used purely for exposition, and she seemed like she couldn’t show a shred of humanity for more than a millisecond before channeling back into stone cold bitch face mode. Now I’m not saying that’s wrong. I’m not saying that female characters have to be bubbly, have to cry, or anything. I’m saying that as a lead character no matter what gender they are I can’t as an audience member believe that they can only feel one emotion without seeing why or getting something to justify it which I didn’t feel we had up until episode 3. We finally got to see her be human. We got to see her feel and it was lovely.

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