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Jodie Whittaker Is Off to a Fantastic Start in Doctor Who

It felt like an eternity floating through all that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff for the 13th Doctor to make her proper premiere. But nearly seven months after regenerating and being blown out of the TARDIS, Jodie Whittaker became “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” starting a brand-new direction for the beloved Doctor Who. Each and every regeneration, folks complain and complain about how the new Doctor just isn’t their Doctor. Well, this Whovian is here to tell you to grab your fish...

For Better or Worse, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Is More of What We’ve Seen Before

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a very strange game to try to pin down. Among of all the Assassin’s Creed games—and there are 12 of them in total—it is the only one to not feature any actual assassins. In fact, it is basically a reskin of 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins with a few extra bells and whistles added on. Origins was a prequel to the entire franchise and gave an origin story to the Assassin Order. Odyssey, which takes place 400...

Soulcalibur VI Welcomes Players Back to the Stage of History

I spent the second half of October diving into Soulcalibur VI, and as a fan of the popular fighting-game series, so far I feel this installment stacks up to the standard set by its predecessors. It’s also a convenient entry point for players new to Soulcalibur, as instead of advancing the already elaborate story forward like previous games have done, Soulcalibur VI goes back in time in order to revisit the events that form the backdrop of those games. It opens...

Suspiria Spills Over with Stimulating Shocks

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria is every bit as twisted, stylish, and violent as its 1977 counterpart. In the same way that David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a faithful throwback of the John Carpenter classic, Guadagnino adheres greatly to the creepy uneasiness that made Dario Argento’s original film such a nightmarish trip. And while the film is sure to be deeply polarizing for going insane with its panic, terror, and gore, the boldness of its insanity makes it all the more...

Zombie Land Saga Is the Perfect Wacky Anime for Halloween

October means a lot of different things to different people. Scarves, the ability to finally break out flannel, the carving of pumpkins, deciding on a Halloween costume, the start of the fall anime season, the happy accident when your multiple moods collide. Every quarter of the year also marks the beginning of a new anime season. In the months leading up to the first week of premiers, the community is usually buzzing with the season’s most anticipated shows. This...

Twin Cities Game Stores Welcome Guilds of Ravnica

For anyone who has ever considered learning to play Magic: The Gathering (MTG), there are few ways that are better than to attend a prerelease. Every year, Wizards of the Coast releases at least two or three expansions to its 25-year-old collectible card game and sponsors events both online and in person at game stores across the globe. These events are designed to show players how to use the new mechanics that are being introduced into the set, give...

City of Ghosts Is a Perfect October Ghost Story

In October, I often get in the mood for a ghost story. City of Ghosts, a spooky middle grade fiction book by Victoria Schwab, fit the bill for me. It is the story of Cassidy Blake, who has the ability to see ghosts and to visit the realm of spirits. Her parents are paranormal investigators who relocate to Edinburgh, Scotland, to film a television show about haunted cities. Her best friend happens to be a ghost named Jacob. Once they...

5 Questions for Marissa Meyer to Answer in Archenemies

When most people think of November, they think of elections, Thanksgiving, and sweater weather. When I think of November, I think of book release dates. We are now mere weeks away from the release of Archenemies, the second installment in the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. Best known for the Lunar Chronicles, her fairy-tale sci-fi series, Meyer has continuously won over fans for the past six years with her attention to detail and diverse characters. Previously sticking mostly to adaptations and retellings,...

Cat Crimes Is a Great Combination of Cats and Logic

Personally, I think logic is a fairly vital skill for kids to learn. Even going beyond the obvious uses of logic in programming and other computer-related disciplines, a strong sense of logic helps in figuring out day-to-day problems. The trouble is that sometimes logic exercises can be presented in fairly dry or unrelatable situations. Pencil-and-paper exercises are fun for travel, but they can be daunting for anyone still learning how to order their thoughts. This is where Cat Crimes,...

Iron Fist Season 2 Was the Iron Fist We Deserved

In 2017, I wrote about the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist. In that article, I argued that though the show fell short, especially in comparison to Jessica Jones or Daredevil, it was not nearly the disaster it got credit for being. With that said, I binged the second season of Iron Fist after it was released last month, and I would like to declare that its creators obviously heard the complaints and bad reviews and definitely did their homework...
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