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Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Review: ‘The Witcher’ season 2 makes massive improvements

On Dec. 17, 2021 the second season of Netflix’s “The Witcher” was released, and it is remarkably different from the first season. The second season is based off of the short story “A Grain of Truth,” the second novel in the “Witcher” series “Blood of Elves,” and the beginning of the third novel “Time of Contempt.”

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Review: ‘Uncharted’ Underwhelms Expectations

On Feb. 18, 2022, “Uncharted” was released in theaters. The film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Sophia Taylor Ali as Chloe Frazer. It opened to overwhelmingly negative critical reviews, and underwhelming box office results, making only 51 million dollars in its opening weekend and one of very few movies to make less than a 1 thousand dollar-per-theater average.

Plank Article Jackson Sloat ’23

Review: Book of Boba Fett: worst Star Wars show yet

Jon Favreau’s “The Book of Boba Fett” premiered on Disney Plus starting Dec. 29, 2021. The show stars Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian, and many more special cameos. The show takes place just after the events of the second season of Jon Favreau’s other show “The Mandalorian,”  and it follows a wounded Boba Fett on his journey to take over Mos Espa as its benevolent crime boss.

Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Review: “Spider-Man No Way Home” looks to be a promising and ambitious film despite only a few details revealed

“Spider-Man No Way Home,” the long-awaited sequel to “Spider-Man Far From Home,” is directed by Jon Watts and will be released on Dec. 17, 2021. Some actors confirmed to be in the movie include Tom Holland, Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Review: “UFC 4” has something for sports and fighting game fans alike

“UFC 4” was released on Aug. 14 of 2020 and was developed by Electronic Arts Inc. and published under the company’s sports division, EA Sports. “UFC 4” is the fourth installment in the series following up “UFC 3,” which was released on Dec. 1, 2017. 

The game follows the classic sports game template with a “Career Mode,” a “Play Now” mode and an “Online” mode. Even though the game doesn’t add to the classic format of sports games, it doesn’t stop the existing game modes from being fun.

Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Review: Ted Lasso is full of talent and compelling story-telling

The dramatic comedy “Ted Lasso” aired its first episode on the streaming service Apple TV+ on Aug. 14, 2020, and the last episode of its 2nd season aired Oct. 8, 2021. The show was developed by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly. 

In the show, an American Division II college football coach, Ted Lasso played by Jason Sudeikis, is hired to coach for a Premier League soccer team in Britain by its new owner Rebecca Welton, played by Hannah Waddingham. Ted’s coaching abilities are underestimated by both the team and the country but he perseveres because of his undying optimism.

Plank Article Oliver Leinberger ’23

Review: Valorant offers an intense, competitive, and unique FPS experience

On June 2, 2020 “Valorant,” a competitive addition to PC gaming, hit the market. 

“Valorant,” released by Riot Games, is a first-person shooter multiplayer game that currently involves 16 different playable agents and seven unique maps each with their own unique features. Valorant, also known as “Valo,” is constantly releasing brand new exciting content, including new agents and maps that continue to draw current players closer to the game while simultaneously bringing new players to the fanbase. 

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Review: Can Dune deliver a blockbuster…finally?

“Dune,” the upcoming $165 million blockbuster by Legendary Pictures, is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 book of the same name. Released on October 22, 2021, and directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film includes actors Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, & Stellan Skarsgård.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Review: “Hollow Knight” has an immersive map and unique experiences for metroidvania players

The new videogame “Hollow Knight” is a new take on the classic metroidvania subgenre that delivers a completely different experience from any other video game in the genre. Created and released by the small Australian indie studio Team Cherry, “Hollow Knight” shows some of the best that the indie gaming industry has to offer. 

Despite only having a small development team of four and a small budget of 50 thousand dollars, “Hollow Knight” easily puts many AAA Games to shame with its incredible gameplay, soundtrack, and stunning visuals.