“What Happened With ‘Star Wars Resistance’?”

Starwars

By KAITLYN HENSON

Staff Writer

After the finale of the popular show “Star Wars Rebels”, Lucasfilm Animation promised a brand-new animated series that was going to air in fall of 2018. This show was going to be called “Star Wars Resistance”, and fans across the globe (including myself) were hoping for a comeback on the Star Wars franchise to help the loss of “The Last Jedi”’s failure. Unfortunately, with the trailer of this new show coming across all social media, people were not impressed. The animation looks underdeveloped, the comedy is too modernized and made-up for kids, and “Star Wars Resistance” altogether reminds people once again of “The Last Jedi”, which is the last thing any Star Wars fan needs. So, what happened?

Well, this sort of pattern actually did actually occur with both “The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” tv series early on. “The Clone Wars” struggled a lot with its stand-alone film and the beginning seasons as well. But over time, it sparked a new era of Star Wars storytelling throughout animation. “Star Wars Rebels” came after that. Not a lot of people liked the first season, and it felt like the show was leaning closer to the kid’s side of television. But in the later years, people actually began to like “Star Wars Rebels” as the new generation of Star Wars fans. I probably won’t have become so enthused into Star Wars if it weren’t for the influence of “Star Wars Rebels”, and it was sad to see it go in 2018. For all we know, “Star Wars Resistance” could just be something that everyone isn’t used to yet, and needs to grow up more as years move on.

Now let’s talk about our first introduction to “Star Wars Resistance”; we are given quick glimpses of the new cast and characters presented in this show, which by all means look completely underdeveloped and just outright silly and dumb. Main character Kazuda Xiono gives the impression of someone that is too energetic and just plain stupid for the genre of “Star Wars”, and as most people know already, “Star Wars” is a very, serious fandom.

My opinion; I’m sure that a lot of little kids will grow up with “Star Wars” in this way, I’m just a little disappointed in the way Lucasfilm Animation went with the way “Star Wars Resistance” was brought to its audience. Most of the young viewers who watched “The Clone Wars” are practically adults by now, and “Star Wars Rebels” viewers are at an early age in adulthood. We need something that reflects off of our generation, and I do appreciate that Lucasfilm Animation is trying to reach ALL audiences, but do the little kids who watch “Star Wars Resistance” really going to see “Star Wars” as a kiddy ride full of dorky cracks? It doesn’t feel right to me, just not “Star Wars”. I myself haven’t watched an official episode of “Star Wars Resistance”, but that doesn’t make my opinion invalid. On Youtube, the trailer for this television show has reached over 100,000 dislikes, and barely any likes. People hate what “Star Wars” has come to in the recent years, and I myself am a little critical of the whole matter, but that does not mean “Star Wars” is a total failure overall. Everyone should enjoy what they enjoy, and perhaps “Star Wars Resistance” just isn’t a show meant for everyone.

Enhance Your Memory

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by VIANCA TEO
Staff Writer

 

Memorization is a mentally laborious task, certainly a concept every student can agree on. As a result, people are often discouraged to learn materials that require memorizing (e.g. language), believing that they are inadequate and poor in academics; such a notion is unhealthy. Generally, the brainin a cognitive process called sensory gatingdiscards information that it deems unnecessary in order to make room for new memories to form, which is actually positively beneficial. Precisely accurate and perfect memory can be incredibly burdensome: those deficit of sensory gating are vulnerable to serious mental illnessesincluding schizophrenia and autism disorders. It may be frustratingly inconvenient at times, especially when is it just impossible to retain various and easily-forgettable, fleeting details such as names, dates, and whatnot. Again, taking into account that human brains purposely extract ‘unimportant’ information, one can work their way around it. Know that memorization is an achievable skill that is masterable through productive practice and consistent stimulation. A simple, yet strategic technique is sounding words and/or phrases out aloud, rather than merely reading it silently in your head; the wordthereforebecomes more distinctive, and thus lingers longer in memory.

Alpha

By: MATTHEW BIVENS

Staff writer

With the sun shining and the sea flowing with warmth. The plains burning up and the fires running wild. The birds gliding in the sky and the winding casually blowing along the land. The growls of the prides and creatures hiding within the grass waiting for unlucky prey. Be warned the creatures hiding is not the top predator within the grass. Born from the darkest evil and the greatest light and sister to the silver light. With bright gold hair and glowing green eyes, the hand to hold the evil she was raised with. Her power is second to none, armies burn before her scorching fires. The blood of an angel and a god flow through her veins. She is the sun, the all-knowing sun. Standing under the gold light running over the land like the fire she willingly controls. An angel and god hybrid, a woman of strength and crushing power cursed to forever be limited and powerless to her jealousy. A sinner, the sinner of envy. Her envy caused her to burn the only family she ever knew down to the blackest ash. The head valkyrie, run all enemies for she will burn all you wish and want. The scorching heat, the rumbling earth, and the brightening light will see all. She will come, the power of the solar flare deep inside. One of the five leaders, a demon to those around. Run for she will crush all.

 

Run for Alpha sees all.

 

Classification:

  • Demon of the sun
  • Head valkyrie
  • Sin of envy
  • One of the five great demon heads

Powers:

  • Fire, earth, lava, wind, light/sun manipulation
  • Telepathy ( mind reading), telekinesis ( moving objects with mind), Empathy ( emotion control), a technopath ( mental control over technology)
  • Night vision, super sight, sensory powers ( sense all ), phasing ( walking on walls )
  • Enhanced strength, speed, durability, healing, and senses
  • Super intelligence and strength
  • Anti-gravity ( able to walk on walls )

Aura Color:

  • Pure gold

Demon Markings:

  • Gold hair and green eyes

Weapon:

  • Two handed hammer

Mandela Effect

By NOEL BRITO

Staff Writer

 

The Mandela Effect is the difference between how we remember something and how things really are in real life. This sounds confusing at first but once you hear examples, you understand it. Some people say that in 2012, the world had “ended” and then created a parallel universe making things different from what we remember them to what they actually are. This had started because Nelson Mandela, the first African American political leader, had died in jail in 1980’s when in reality he had died in 2013. Both times there was evidential proof that he died in both years so people began to think time traveling had occurred in this time. This might sound silly but the next examples really get you thinking. In the Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil queen says, “Mirror mirror on the wall”, as we remember right? No. Rewatching this movie it is clear she says, “Magic Mirror on the wall”. Another example, in the popular movie Star Wars, people know the famous line, “Luke I am your father”, right? Wrong again. Going back to the actual movie, Darth Vader says, “No, I am your father,”. People are starting to notice news conspiracies every day and people start to question the Mandela Effect even more if “time travel” is even possible.

“New Lil Uzi Vert Music Soon?”

By: DEMETRIOS TURK

Staff Writer

Star rapper Lil Uzi Vert might be releasing his long-anticipated album soon.

 

Lil Uzi Vert’s long-awaited album, “Eternal Atake,” could finally be dropping this weekend. Of course, everything is speculation at this point but there are a few reasons fans have hope.

At the beginning of this month, Hip Hop news source DJ Akademiks posted on Instagram his list of albums dropping in October. On this list, was Uzi’s Eternal Atake. Also, Don Cannon, the head of Generation Now, the label Uzi is signed to, liked the post and commented. The trail went quiet for a while until Monday. On Monday, Lil Uzi Vert started a live stream on Instagram. When he was asked about the album, he said it was releasing,” soon, very very soon.” Uzi also deleted a tweet on Monday that possibly hinted at the album dropping on the 16th. Him deleting the tweet could mean that the album is releasing on a different Friday.

This album has been teased for months. The first time we heard about it was on July 16th. On Instagram Uzi posted the above album art for the record.

On Twitter, he posted,” Eternal means forever. Atake means 2 overtake.” This could mean a multitude of things because Uzi is such an interesting character, it is difficult to speculate.

The album’s single,” New Patek,” released on September 18th. New Patek, is up to 30 million plays on Youtube, and around 80 million streams on Soundcloud. The song debuted at number 38 on the Billboard top 100 hip-hop chart. Uzi first posted a one-minute snippet of New Patek on Instagram on father’s day, along with a video of him dancing to the song. The video of him dancing influenced the cover art for the single.

The album has not even released yet, and there is already controversy around it.

The album art for Eternal Atake, is clearly inspired by the cult, Heaven’s Gate. The art style is identical and Uzi uses the same key slot imagery. Heaven’s Gate, is a cult/religion led by Marshall Applewhite centered around a UFO. Applewhite and his followers all committed suicide in a tragic attempt to board the fictional UFO. That being said, the surprising thing is that the people most upset about him using the logo are the surviving members of the cult. They have reached out to Uzi multiple times and have even threatened legal action against the rapper.

Lil Uzi Vert has had another issue in the past month or so: Leakers.

People are getting to Lil Uzi Vert’s music recently. Uzi posts snippets of his songs sometimes, as we saw with New Patek. This way they build hype and people know some of the songs on the album. Recently, someone leaked the full song of the popular snippet Run it up. It is all over the internet, but most easily accessible on Soundcloud.  Arguably the most anticipated snippet that leaked is Of Course, but people close to Uzi say that the “rough draft” if you will, is what leaked. Something interesting is that it has been over a year since Lil Uzi Vert’s last album, Luv is Rage 2 released. Luv is Rage 2 released last year on August 25th. Before the album dropped, Don Canon went on his radio station and played or “leaked” six songs: Walking Around with a Bank, Bag featuring Young Thug, Pet featuring Young Thug, Pretty Mami, and Loaded. The only songs that officially released from these were Pretty Mami on Luv is Rage 2, and Loaded, which was on the deluxe version. Is it really that far-fetched to think that this album will release after leaks like the last one did?

Billie Eilish

By MEGAN QUEVEDO

Staff Writer

 

Have you ever heard a song that gave you chills and just made you think so much deeper than you ever thought you could? These are the feelings that Billie Eilish conveys with her music. Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell grew up in Highland Park, Los Angeles where she was homeschooled alongside her brother and songwriting partner, Finneas O’Connell. The 16-year-old songstress recently released her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, in August 2017. This album features the songs: “COPYCAT”, “idontwannabeyouanymore”, “my boy”, “watch”, “party favor”, “bellyache”, “ocean eyes”, “hostage”, and ending on the extended version with “&burn”. This album is categorized as alternative/indie and has more than 14 million monthly listeners on Spotify. “COPYCAT”, the leading track on the album, is in Eilish’s own words about, “This ****ing girl and she keeps doing everything that I do and I wanna write about it”. With lyrics like, “Copycat tryna cop my manner. Watch your back when you can’t watch mine. Copycat tryna cop my glamour. Why so sad, bunny, can’t have mine?”, it is a very powerful opening to a debut EP. Eilish’s music has been featured on the popular TV shows 13 Reasons Why and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. She is an individual with a unique perspective on love, life, and loss. Her music reflects an old soul mixed with modern experiences. This concoction resulted in an intoxicating debut album and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.

Mortal

By CRISTOFF ZAVALA

Staff Writer

“Suicidal Thoughts” is a song by The Notorious B.I.G. which was released in 1994. The song is built around a phone call with Puff Daddy while Biggie explains that he is going to commit suicide, even though he believes that Diddy (Puff Daddy) would not understand.

During the verse, he openly admits that he does not want to reach heaven. Heaven is for “goodie-goodies”, so he wouldn’t fit in. According to him, he doesn’t deserve heaven, “All my life I been considered as the worst, lyin’ to my mother, even stealing out her purse,” Biggie tells Diddy about his past sins and crimes to which he has attached guilt. He has so much regret that he thinks his own mother would have preferred it if he had not been born, “I know my mother wished she got an abortion, she don’t even love me like she did when I was younger,” he no longer feels his mother’s love towards him, which could be a leading factor of his suicide.

“I wonder; if I died, would tears come to her eyes?”

Are Highly Intelligent People Prone to Mental Illness?

By VIANCA TEO
Staff Writer

To think too much is a disease.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A frequent misconception is the belief that those with lower IQs are ones most predisposed to developing mental disorders; however, it is not always the case. Highly intelligent individuals are actually as prone to psychological disorders. Although a person’s IQ level is certainly not a direct factor leading to mental illness, there may be a correlation to it. High IQ links to emotional hyperreactivity and a high degree of awareness to one’s environment: brighter individuals have a tendency to react more intensely to stimulus in their surroundings, triggering chronic distress. Therefore, they are likely to overthink matters and begin to conceive worrisome outcomes excessively. Notable people suffered from these conditions, namely: Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf, Beethoven, and many more—all of whom struggled with bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, etc. A highly advanced intellectual capacity is a generally desired trait, as it is commonly associated with educational and economic success—such as excelling in academics, having a wider range of career choices, possessing remarkable talents, the list goes on; such individuals with the ability reach farther in life. It is a truly exceptional phenomenon, but most do not realize that it likewise underlies some flaws, difficulties, and disadvantageous aspects to it.

Omega

By: MATTHEW BIVENS

Staff writer

With the moon shining and the stars glistening in the night sky. The woods rustled within the wind and the woodland creatures running along the fallen leaves. The howls of the packs roaming the land. Beware they are not the creatures you should be running from. Born of the darkest evils and the greatest lights and with powers that scare all. With silver hair and purple eyes, he is a necessary evil. The bloodthirst is unquenchable and proof can be seen at his feet. Men, women, child laid discarded at his feet. Armies have fallen to his wrath; to his thirst. The blood of a god and a demon flows through his veins. He is the moon, the all-seeing moon. Standing under the silver light that flowed around him like waves from the water he unmercifully controls. A demon and god hybrid, a man of power and strength cursed to never have his strength and never know peace. A sinner, the sinner of wrath. He was cursed for his wrath that caused the destruction of a village and the streets red with the sorrows of the dead. One of the four horsemen, a bringer of the apocalypse, the rider of war. Run all enemies for he will find you. The lightning will run silver, the rivers will run red, and the shadows will reach for all. He will come, The Moon reaper. One of the five leaders, a demon of great power. Run for he will come.

 

Run for Omega is coming.

 

Classification:

  • Demon of the moon
  • Horsemen of war
  • Sin of wrath
  • One of the five great demon heads

Powers:

  • Water, ice, wind, lightning, darkness/moon manipulation
  • Telepathy ( mind reading), telekinesis ( moving objects with mind), Empathy ( emotion control), a technopath ( mental control over technology)
  • Night vision, able to breath under water, walk on water, super hearing
  • Enhanced strength, speed, durability, healing, and senses
  • Super intelligence and speed
  • Anti-gravity ( able to walk on walls )

Aura color:

  • Pure Silver

Demon markings

  • Silver hair, purple cat like eyes

Weapon:

  • Single hand short sword.

Joker Film

By ETHAN BECK

Staff Writer

Not much is known about the new upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix playing the crown prince of crime, but Warner Bros. Pictures has released a teaser trailer of what seems to represent Phoenix’s character slowly losing his mind before having clown makeup on (that is important to note is not his final look, rather what he wears before becoming the Joker) and chuckling before showing off a deadpan stare that would frighten everyone except the caped crusader himself. Whether this film includes the Batman or not is still a mystery, as well as the state for many characters in the Batman universe. All that is known so far is how Phoenix portrayal of the Joker may to the character justice, and potentially play the character almost as well as Ledger, although I personally do not think anyone can dethrone Ledger as the Joker. Nonetheless, Phoenix as the Joker looks incredibly well portrayed and will give Hollywood a clean look as the madman compared to Leto’s questionable tattooed approach to the character, and even competition for Marvel on the big screen. As a fan of both, it would be great to see cinema on par with these amazing stories, and perhaps “Joker” can shed light on DC’s amazing stories just as “Dark Knight” and “Captain America: Civil War” have done for their comic inspirations.