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The magic of bottle episodes: how “background check” saved New Girl

The magic of bottle episodes: how “background check” saved New Girl

Very rarely does an episode from a mediocre TV show appear out of nowhere and change your life. Even more rarely is that episode a bottle episode. However, season 4 episode 6 of Fox’s New Girl aired years ago and completely changed everything I thought I knew about comedy. This episode, called Background Check, starts with Winston (Lamorne Morris) warning everyone in the loft that, in order to pass police academy, his supervisor is coming over to perform a routine…

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A Traveler’s Guide to the Galaxy

A Traveler’s Guide to the Galaxy

Life on the Outer Rim got you down? Sick of moisture farming and blue milk? Drop those power converters and listen up! We’re Lucas-Williams Inc., the galaxy’s leader in interstellar retreat planning, and we’re here to help you get far, far away for a long time. Here’s a list of our top five destinations for the traveler looking to trade two suns for one killer vacation. 1) Hoth Tired of sand? Try the snow! Located in the secluded Anoat sector,…

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The One I’ve Been Waiting For: A Love Letter to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino

The One I’ve Been Waiting For: A Love Letter to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino

Reasons I love the Palladinos/favorite moments of the Gilmore Girls revival: “I smell snow” opening Setting Emily and Lorelai’s huge fight in the kitchen, where their biggest fights always happened Seeing LANE’S FATHER. Paris in the Chilton bathroom Carole King coming back Lorelai going to do “Wild: and finding her version of it behind a coffee shop. In Omnia Paratus. The Gorilla masks. I want my own life and death brigade. For just that one sequence, set so perfectly to…

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A Brief Review of ‘Sense8’: Flawed But Still Worth Watching

A Brief Review of ‘Sense8’: Flawed But Still Worth Watching

Before I rant about a social justice issue or reflect on the fact that I have just started my last year of college, I want to talk about something I watched over the summer—something that I urge you to hurry and binge-watch before schoolwork really starts to build up. It’s a new-ish Netflix show called Sense8. Disclaimer: if you don’t enjoy things that don’t really make sense, then you might not enjoy Sense8, because for the entirety of the first…

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Women in TV: Broad City and The Craft

Women in TV: Broad City and The Craft

When I was applying to college, I considered a couple of all-women’s schools, namely Barnard and Wellesley. I loved both, but I also had qualms about them. They were, indeed, all women’s schools. Surrounded by other women entirely (surely brilliant, beautiful ones for the record), how would I make guy friends? Or find dates? (I was comically set in my perceived straightness as a high school junior). Given my concerns about how an all-female environment might affect my social life,…

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The Kinds of Books to Devote Time to This Summer

The Kinds of Books to Devote Time to This Summer

Though it is painful to admit that finals are approaching, soon we’ll all be staring wistfully out of the library windows, daydreaming about how we’ll spend our free time between jobs or internships this summer. Whether you’re an English major like me who just wants to rebel and read something for fun for once (as if that’s possible) or someone engaged in unrelated studies that typically has no time to devote to reading, many of us hope to read during…

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The Higher Importance of Zayn Malik’s Departure from One Direction

The Higher Importance of Zayn Malik’s Departure from One Direction

By writing this blog, I will be revealing that I know much more about One Direction off of the top of my head than I would generally like to admit to the public. However, Zayn Malik’s recent move to quit the boyband has become fairly unavoidable news, and I think there are implications to his choice that merit examination even if you couldn’t care less about the band itself. Being half-Pakistani, Zayn was the only person of color in the…

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Why the Parks and Recreation Series Finale Was Everything I Wanted

Why the Parks and Recreation Series Finale Was Everything I Wanted

Warning: This review contains spoilers of the Parks and Rec finale. The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation, the one before the series’ actual finale that aired a few weeks ago, could have functioned just fine as an ending for the whole show. I wouldn’t have been happy about it, but it left off at a good point of transition for Leslie from local to federal government. There were unanswered questions, but the finale ended on a note of potential after…

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“Lifting” on Tumblr: Inside an Illegal Online Community

“Lifting” on Tumblr: Inside an Illegal Online Community

The internet is weird. We all know this. Yet, we all still have those moments where we stumble upon a corner of the internet where the masks of anonymity have allowed people to reveal themselves in ways we almost wish we had never seen. I qualify that statement with “almost” because I am weirdly fascinated by idiosyncratic human behavior and find myself virtually eavesdropping on unfamiliar online communities all of the time. My most interesting recent discovery is that on…

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