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1984: The Ultimate Dystopian Novel

By Michael Staudt

The novel 1984 was written by George Orwell and published on July 8, 1949. The main characters in the novel thrive in a country called Oceania. These characters include Winston Smith, a worker of the Ministry of Truth, his wife Julia, a member of the anti – sex league, Big Brother, the man who owns Oceania, and O’Brien, an officer of the government that deceives Winston and Julia into submitting towards Big Brother.

The government surveillance committee known as Big Brother contributes to the forming of an organization called “The Ministry Of Truth,” which produces the propaganda and news articles of the society.

When Winston commits “thoughtcrime” and sexual actions to revolt against Big Brother, he and his wife Julia are caught and arrested by the thoughtpolice. In the end, Winston submits to the Ministry Of Truth and Big Brother.

This novel is an excellent piece of literature because it describes the struggles society may face. This states the possibility of concealment and inaccurate information aimed towards a country from their federal government. The story also challenges the thoughts one may have about the innocence of government and societies around the world.

I extremely enjoyed the creativity and thought put into the book.  Overall I recommend reading this to challenge your perception of society and enjoy a fantastic piece of literature.



Review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Premiere

By Kaleb Lyonnais

Last week, die-hard fans watched a new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the first time in what felt like years (it was only a few months). The previous season ended with a sneak peak at the new one. This left viewers with two questions: who is this new director, and why did Daisy leave?

Fans of Marvel’s movies remember S.H.I.E.L.D. having been destroyed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A small group of agents continued working without government authorization for a few years, with Agent Coulson as director. Movie fans also remember Coulson dying in the first Avengers movie; the short explanation is that Nick Fury is a liar.

In the new season, S.H.I.E.L.D. has regained government sanction as the chief enforcers of the Sokovia Accords (the thing everyone was fighting about in Civil War). This came with a new, government-appointed director, but the only thing that is revealed about him is that he is paranoid.

The most exciting development of the premiere was the introduction of Ghost Rider. Characterized by his flaming skull, Ghost Rider is a difficult character to portray; he appears tawdry if the special effects are haphazard, but gaudy if they are overdone. This time the special effects were realistic and subtle, a credit to Computer graphics.

The plot was not particularly interesting; this episode mostly facilitated the plots of future episodes. Daisy, now inexplicably a vigilante known as Quake, was investigating something trivial when she found Ghost Rider. Old friends are trying to balance working for (or undercutting) the new director and remaining friends. Also, Life Model Decoys were invented.

The new season will certainly be interesting. The premiere did not answer any questions but instead raised many more. Fans can look forward to dramatic plotlines, exciting fight scenes, and more, surprisingly good, special effects.

Little Women Review

By Emma Burns
Prescott has a growing fine arts scene, one that many schools, including Yavapai College, have become a part of. Recently, the college presented the Broadway hit Little Women, originally a heartwarming novel by Louisa May Alcott. This production featured a number of fantastic actors and actresses, including community members from all walks of life.
The story follows Jo March, an outspoken writer who lives in Massachusetts, as well as her three sisters: Beth, Amy, and Meg. This timeless classic features love, loss, and lives being lived. In YC’s rendition, the sisters, played by Taylor McFarland, Liz Aranda, Judah Neese, and Kayla McMahon had amazing chemistry and created an excellent family dynamic.
The set constructed by students at Yavapai looked spectacular, and was a rotating mini-stage, creating various scenes in one large set piece. The costumes were all handmade by the Yavapai Costume department; they all turned out wonderfully, with incredible period accuracy. The show was accompanied by a live pit orchestra, where one former and one current Tri-City Prep student could be found. These were graduate Devon Bonelli (Class of 2016) and senior Kaleb Lyonnais.
One of the best things about this show by far was the raw emotion and talent one witnessed while watching. It was evident that all cast members truly cared about the roles that they were playing, and gave everything they had while making this show come alive.
Although as of now all shows have stopped, there is still a chance to witness and even participate in theatre at YC. The Christmas show titled It’s a Wonderful Life premiers on December 15th, and runs until the 17th. After that, if you would like to get involved with a production either backstage or acting, auditions for Into the Woods (the College’s spring presentation) are on November 2nd and 3rd in YC’s music department.

The Little Prince: A Review

By Natalie Krafft

On August 5th, Netflix premiered yet another original film, this one based off the book The Little Prince. Director Mark Osborne adds a modern touch to the story that is very needed in this dark world. This new release serves as a good reminder for all kids that they don’t have to grow up just yet.

The story follows a little girl who is being shoved into adulthood too fast by her workaholic mother. It’s not until the little girl meets her eccentric aviator neighbor does she learn to be a child, realizing that getting into Werth Academy isn’t the most important thing. Throughout the movie, the aviator tells stories about the Little Prince. When the aviator is in the hospital, she takes his plane and flies to find the Little Prince. However, when she gets there, she finds that the Little Prince is all grown up. She helps him remember what it was like being a little kid, and he eventually does remember after seeing the sunset (made from part sun and part of the dust remains of his rose that he loved). She goes back finally realizing that even if the aviator dies, he’ll always be with her.

I personally thought that the animation was really unique and well done. It does stick with typical 3D animation, but it also has a sort of paper mache vibe that’s at first awkward but then incredibly fascinating. The music, by Hans Zimmer and Camille (a French singer-songwriter), was great! Camille’s singing was really nice, especially considering that The Little Prince was originally written in French.

The Little Prince book cover

The original cover of the book.

The Little Prince movie cover

The movie cover, with re-imagined illustrations and plot.

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Sherlock’s “The Abominable Bride”: A Review

By Emilia Wurtz

Sherlock is a BBC show, based on the famous work of Arthur Conan Doyle, that has gained popularity in the United States. Sherlock follows Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) as they take on murder cases. “The Abominable Bride”, a Christmas special released at the end of 2015, takes a new view on the life of Sherlock Holmes. Unlike the show, it takes place in 1895, at the height of the Victorian Age.

A new case shows up for the Victorian Sherlock, but he isn’t too keen on taking it on at first. A crazed woman in a wedding gown took her own life. Suicide isn’t really Sherlock’s usual case. That was, until she showed up later and killed her husband. It didn’t seem possible, and so Sherlock took the case.

If you are a fan of Sherlock, you will quite enjoy this special. It’s got an interesting case and quite the plot twist at the end. While the plot may be confusing at first, the ending explains it all.

“The Abominable Bride” was a big hit, and many went to the theater to see it. In fact, on a per-screen gross average, it beat titles like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With 11.6 million watching, it became the most popular show over the holiday season. Fans of the show were excited because Sherlock hasn’t aired a new episode since 2014 and the last episode ended on a significant cliffhanger.

Spoiler Alert: this section sums up the plot of the show up to “The Abominable Bride.” If you have not seen this part of the show, don’t click the read more.

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