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REVIEW: Maturation and missed opportunities in Season 2 of “The Politician”

The show's promotional poster, featuring Bette Midler, Judith Light, and Ben Platt in the center.

Alyce Brown, Staff Contributor

June 26, 2020

After releasing its first season just this past fall, Ryan Murphy’s fantastical political satire “The Politician” is already back for its second season on Netflix. Progressing past the high school presidential race that the first season followed, the new episodes, set two years in the future, ...

The illusion of an A24 adolescence

Senior Amulya Pillutla ships for toilet paper amidst a global pandemic, showcasing her quirky activities.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

May 24, 2020

Lady Bird, Hot Summer Nights, The Spectacular Now, Eighth Grade — what do these all have in common? They are A24 produced coming-of-age movies depicting the most precarious stage of life: adolescence.  Coming-of-age films and other teen movies are not only confined to A24; the media is infamous ...

Battle of the streaming services

Senior Prakruti Pancholi uses Amazon Prime to stream her favorite TV shows.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

May 24, 2020

In the darkest of times, people can always turn to one thing: mindless entertainment. As people all over the country are confined to their own households, streaming services are a given — but there’s only one question left to ask: which one? Not everyone can afford to splurge on a variety of streaming ser...

REVIEW: The Last Dance: The nostalgic Jordan documentary

The cover of the 2020 documentary series on Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan.

Brooke Goy, Copy Editor

May 18, 2020

The ten episode series on former NBA player and legend Michael Jordan has been a hit for sports fans struggling to fill their missing sports entertainment. Behind the scenes footage, game highlights and celebrity interviews are exciting features — especially for Chicago Bulls fans. Senior Jackson M...

REVIEW: Never Have I Ever: The other side of The Valley

Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series “Never Have I Ever” premiered on April 27, 2020.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

May 9, 2020

The raunchy party game Never Have I Ever is best known for its role in revealing the most unsuspecting people’s most risque hidden sides. Befitting the divulging nature of the party game, Netflix’s new original series, created by Mindy Kaling, effortlessly delivers a refreshing take on the tried ...

The fight for the theatrical window: AMC vs Universal gone wrong

AMC Theaters has refused to release upcoming Universal films in response to Universal’s plan to release its future films in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

May 9, 2020

Due to the success of Trolls World Tour on digital platforms, Universal is considering a change to the current theatrical window. This could forever change the business of movie theaters around the world.  Last Tuesday the studio announced that in three weeks it had grossed nearly $100 million in r...

REVIEW: All-American sheds light on societal issues

The start of All-American on Netflix inspired by a true story.

Karleigh Nading, Opinion Editor

May 9, 2020

Inspired by a true story, All-American has risen to popularity after the second season of the series was released on Netflix on Mar. 17. It follows the life of Spencer James, a football star in a low income part of the Los Angeles area.  With the hopes of making a career out of football, All-American ...

REVIEW: Sunderland ‘Til I Die

A stand at the stadium of light, the home of Sunderland A.F.C.

Jimmy Feeney, Multimedia Manager

May 7, 2020

Sunderland ‘Til I Die is a show primarily on Netflix that follows a football (soccer) club in England as they fight through some very difficult times as a football club. The series has two seasons. The first season follows the team as they play in the second division of English football for the f...

Gluten free guide to the Quad Cities

Senior Dilan Nair enjoys his gluten free Thai food at Exotic Thai in Davenport.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

April 28, 2020

Life without bread is hard enough, but the social consequences of a restricted diet add on even more tribulations to the gluten-free lifestyle. Luckily, the world has broadened its culinary landscape, and the Quad Cities has joined the movement. Just as food has sustained its role as a uniter across c...

REVIEW: Netflix original “Outer Banks,” the mystery action series you can’t get enough of

Netflix original “Outer Banks”

Jack Young, Photo Manager

April 28, 2020

“The Outer Banks” is a Netflix original series that was launched on Apr 15. It follows a teenager and his three best friends who are on a hunt to find a legendary treasure linked to the disappearance of the main character’s father. The series is set on an island referred to as the “Outer Banks...

How your favorite music artists are keeping quarantine entertaining

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert put on a blown out performance from “Beauty and the Beast” on April 16.

Brooke Goy, Copy Editor

April 28, 2020

With a limited amount of activities to do during quarantine, the entertainment industry, especially music artists, have been working to keep spirits high. On March 29, Elton John decided to host a commercial-free concert on iHeart Radio and Fox television channels, featuring many of today’s popular...

Celebrities and their responses to the coronavirus: The honorable and the ugly

Kylie Jenner poses for a mirror selfie to post on Instagram sharing how bored she is in her house.

Regan Denny, PV Only Editor

April 28, 2020

There is no doubt that everyone is experiencing different things throughout this global pandemic. For some, business is booming due to the economy shutting down non essential businesses, but for many others, these are agonizing times.  For celebrities, however, this time can be taken to relax in the...

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