An ending and new beginnings

An exciting season for TV | Jay Benedict reporter | So, initially, this was supposed to be all about the new comedies that are premiering this fall and anything that was missed or passed over last week. Then, something huge happened. Nickelodeon announced that its severely underrated and under-watched animated series “Avatar: The Legend of Korra” is done. The third season’s finale aired about a month ago and the network has decided to start the final season immediately. It will be available on Nick.com starting Friday, Oct. 3. “The Legend of Korra” is a sequel series to the successful and critically acclaimed “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” The original series is fully available and a must-watch…

For better or worse

Fall TV’s highlights and flops | Jay Benedict reporter | It’s officially fall, and that means cooler temperatures, colorful foliage, pumpkin-flavored everything and TV networks throwing pilots at audiences. Networks find it increasingly difficult to put hits on the screen. Most of last year’s show were forgettable, and there may have been a record set for shows canceled after just a few episodes. Fortunately, this year looks a little better. The charge for better content this season is driven by DC comic book adaptations. DC seems to have temporarily admitted defeat to Marvel in theaters, so the company is trying to stay ahead on the small screen. With Marvel doubling down on its “S.H.I.E.L.D.” franchise…

Bungie delivers with ‘Destiny’

| Jay Benedict reporter | “Destiny” is the most hyped and one of the most anticipated releases of year, and it mostly lives up to the hype. “Destiny” is the newest game from revered developer, Bungie, which is best known for the creation of the Halo franchise. Bungie’s work with Halo earned them a reputation for multiplayer action, game mechanics, in-depth storytelling and lore creation. “Destiny,” at its core, retains most of the formula that made Halo so popular. The most polished aspect of this game is simply how well it works. It’s hard to describe, but movement-hopping on vehicles, traversing terrain, swapping weapons, unleashing special powers and shooting-all feel like second-nature. This game does…

What happens in Sin City should stay there

| Jay Benedict reporter | “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” has a bad case of “The Matrix Syndrome.” The original “The Matrix” movie was well-reviewed by critics and audiences came out in droves to see the Wachowski Brothers’ dystopian futuristic flick. It even won Oscars. The film was praised for its original and interesting plot and the groundbreaking technical and special effects, in spite of Keanu Reeves’ bland, emotionless delivery in the lead role. It’s the movie that gave Hollywood bullet time. The team reassembled and churned out two sequels to “The Matrix,” but neither film approached the bar that the first had set. That’s partly because the concept and technology simply got…

Campus copes with high temperatures

John Botts, sophomore in finance, spends time in between classes laying in the shade to try and cool off during the hot summer days.

| Jay Benedict reporter | “I might as well be studying outside,” said Emma Tompkins. “At least there’s a breeze out there.” Tompkins, senior in therapeutic recreation, was studying on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center on Monday afternoon. The building’s cooling system had been offline more than 48 hours, bringing the inside temperature to 90 degrees. Sweat poured off Tompkins as she studied her notes. “Classes should be canceled when it feels like this,” Tompkins said. “It’s distracting and uncomfortable. We’ve got Canvas and email, professors should use them and let us work from home.” However, down the hall in the Human Performance Lab, exercise science majors kept at work, despite the…

Back to the Future

1994: A 20 Year Retrospective | Jay Benedict reporter | Two decades ago, the world was treated to one of the best years in entertainment ever. Most freshmen at PSU, however, were born after this wonderful year. So, here’s an education on what you missed and for us older students, prepare to bask in nostalgia. If you don’t remember it or are unaware of just how great it was, here is a retrospective of the entertainment industry in 1994. Film Film was the strongest that year and many of the releases have become classics. Some of the greatest examples of cinema include the likes of “ Forrest Gump,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Lion King.” It…

Study guide

Several workshops geared for academic success | Jay Benedict reporter | One of the biggest challenges facing freshmen, and all students, is how to properly study and prepare for tests and papers. The Academic Success Workshop Series offers tips and tricks to help students tackle their academics. Sponsored by the Student Success Center in 113 Axe Library, the workshops start in late August and cover anything the academically concerned student could need. Each session builds off the last as the semester progresses, but each is specific enough to stand on its own merits. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up this fall according to Student Success Counselor Ashley Wadell Build Your Personal Strategy for a…

Summer music preview

| Jay Benedict writer | Summer entertainment is known for its blockbuster movies, TV repeats and songs that encapsulate the spirit of the season. They’re songs that sound best while driving with the windows down, with the volume pumped up and belting them out shamelessly until you’re stuck at a stoplight and people start giving you looks. Last summer saw hits like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us.” Hits from established acts will be popular, but undoubtedly some newcomers will make a splash as well. Here’s a preview of albums that have been announced that might just contain the singles that will be overplayed on…

Solid last production, plot ‘phones’ it in

| Jay Benedict reporter | “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is the final production the Grubbs Studio Theater will hold. Strangely, its final show also features something the theater has never seen before. Local band Deadeye scored the play and performs the songs, as well as the sound effects, live. It adds something special to the experience. That’s a good thing because without this gimmick the play might have trouble standing on its own. At their cores, plays or any entertainment production seek to accomplish a goal. Plays are comedic for enjoyment, tragic and take the audience on a dramatic journey. They have a motive. Sometimes that motive is simply artistic and other times it’s to…

Good people doing bad things: ‘Fargo’ is a must-see

| Jay Benedict writer | “Your problem is, you’ve spent your whole life thinking there are rules…there aren’t.” Thus begins one of the most fantastic short monologues in recent television history. Billy Bob Thorton brings chaos to a small Minnesota town and a bunch of tragically funny characters get caught up in the mix. This is the recipe that FX has implemented in its new and wonderful dark comedy/drama. It borrows pieces of its blueprint from the Coen brothers’ 1996 film by the same name, but the series is neither a sequel or prequel; it’s more of spiritual re-imagination. The original “Fargo” won more than 60 awards, including two Oscars, so taking a page from…