The Odyssey Online: Twentieth Issue

Editor’s Note: Closing Credits for 2015

Thank you.

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Finales: always the most anticipated, yet because of that anticipation, often the most disappointing. They’re especially difficult to do well when they’ve been built up to after months and weeks of time, energy, and investment. All of these words describe the commitment each member of our Arcadia team has put into making our branch of the Odyssey a slam dunk (I used a sport’s term–that’s how rare a mythical creature we are).

Thus, by way of starting out, I want to introduce the very real possibility that this editor’s note will not do justice to all the thought’s running through my head right now.

This is our last issue–last of the Fall, last of the year, and a personal milestone, last as Editor-in-Chief.

What a semester.


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Online Submission #19

Finding Hope From A Child’s Perspective in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room (2015)

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With SAG and Golden Globe nominations already pouring in, Room is a movie you are going to be hearing a lot about in the next few months, and for good reason. Based on Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel of the same name, the movie relies almost solely on its two leads to tell the story of Ma and her son, Jack. What could have been a huge gamble, however, has resulted in one of the most inspiring pictures of the year.

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The Odyssey Online: Nineteenth Issue

‘Destiny is all’ in BBC America’s “The Last Kingdom”

Bernard Cornwell’s popular book series gets adapted for the small screen, to thrilling results

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Based on the first book in Bernard Cornwell’s series, The Saxon Tales, BBC America’s “The Last Kingdom” follows the adventures of Uhtred, son of Uhtred, born Saxon but raised by their enemy, the Danes, when his father is killed in battle. This dual identity becomes the show’s central conflict, as throughout its eight episode first season Uhtred finds himself caught in the middle of their dispute over who will gain control of ‘the last kingdom’ of Wessex. England’s future as a united country depends on the outcome of these fights yet with friends on both sides (his Danish ‘brother from another mother,’ Ragnar, and feisty soul mate, Brida; the Saxon preacher, Father Beocca, he’s known since childhood and new pal, Leofric) Uhtred’s loyalties remain forever torn between the two groups. How he manages to balance these opposing commitments, without denying any part of who he is–as a combined product of both perspectives–makes for great television drama and is how the show is able to succeed where other attempts at Dark Ages set series have failed.

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The Bond’s of Brotherhood Run Deep on SyFy’s “Almighty Johnsons” and DirecTV’s “Kingdom”

How two very different shows address the themes of family and siblings

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Online Submission #18

Destroying Our Hang-Ups With The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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“That’s a sexist term,” animated Rebecca remarks in the theme song to the CW’s new series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. That term she’s referring too? The series’ title, of course—“crazy ex-girlfriend”—a name main character, Rebecca Bunch, becomes all too familiar with as she’s repeatedly accused of being one. As right as she is to denounce the label, Rebecca has a tendency, as her new friend, Paula, kindly puts it, to be in denial when it comes to the motives behind her recent major life changes. The show, however, couldn’t be more blunt and it is that dedication to truth that has made creator/star Rachel Bloom’s musical romcom such a standout, while at the same time threatening to become too effective in its realness.

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The Odyssey Online: Seventeenth Issue

Just When I Thought I Was Out… FX’s “Fargo” Pulled Me Back In

You betcha season 2 is better than season 1.

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After sticking it out through season one of FX’s “Fargo,” I was ready to call it quits. Exactly why is a tougher question to answer. Derived from the Coen Brothers’ film of the same name, the anthology series starts with the story of Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), a constantly belittled life insurance salesman who, after an encounter with a mysterious killer, Lorne Malvo (an exceptionally good Billy Bob Thornton), decides to finally stand up for himself. Which, in “Fargo,” equates to a ton of dead bodies.

Also in the first season, viewers are introduced to the Solverson family: Molly (Allison Tolman), the good-at-her-job cop who is closest to putting together the facts behind her hometown’s recent string of murders, and Lou, her father, a retired good cop who now runs a local diner.

The Solversons, and various locations in the Midwest, are the main carryovers into season two’s prequel, which flashes back 27 years from season one’s 2006, to 1979. At this point in time, Molly is a little girl and Lou is a Minnesota State Trooper. Yet while there are numerous other parallels between the first season and the second, many of which would be spoilers to disclose, season two does them better. More importantly, season two does them with a greater sense of hope.

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The Odyssey Online: Sixteenth Issue

Cyber Monday, TV Edition

A guide to cool gifts available for the channel surfer in your life.

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Cyber Monday is here and for TV fans everywhere, that means network websites jostling each other to offer the best shop discounts (HBO, Showtime, FX, etc.). It’s a great opportunity to stock-up on all the official merchandise you’d been eyeballing throughout the year but holding off on due to price

There is a larger question, though, of how do you surprise the binge-watcher who knows these network shops’ inventories like the back of their hand? The answer is in the fan community. So many great artists have turned to online marketplaces like Etsy to celebrate their favorite shows with amazing products. The trick is knowing where to look amongst the endless array of search options. With the help of this guide, I hope to make that search a little easier.

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