STARSHIP Captain Rankings
By Mason Hughes
Nation and World News Editor
Since the advent of Star Trek in 1966, few Science Fiction stories exclude the trope of the “Starship Captain.” From Galactica’s Adama to Star Wars’ Solo, Captains bear the immense responsibility of running their crews, defending their ships, and preserving their ideals. In this list, we’ve ranked 5 of the most popular Starship Captains, based on their feats, competence, and leadership skills. To be clear, we aren’t ranking Captains based on how well-developed their character is, but rather on their command capabilities. We’ve limited our list to Captains seen in TV or movies and to those who spent a considerable amount of on-screen time as Captains of a single ship. (sorry Thrawn!)
5. Jim Holden, Captain, Rocinante (The Expanse)
The hero of the solar system, Captain of Earthers, Martians, and Belters, James Holden did what he could to protect everyone’s rights, including the oppressed Belters living on the Outer Planets. Not only that, but he also communicated with an unknown life form called the “protomolecule” and used it to open up thousands of new planets to human exploration.
4. James T. Kirk, Captain/Admiral, USS Enterprise, USS Enterprise-A (Star Trek)
The First Star Trek Captain, James Kirk is responsible for leading the USS Enterprise through some of the diciest political and scientific quandaries of the 23rd century. The best Kirk moments come from the 80s movies, where he out-thinks Khan (one of the smartest and strongest men in human history), saves Spock, and prevents another drawn-out war between the Federation and Klingon empire by destroying a Klingon cruiser that could cloak while fired. Even when facing a midlife crisis, Kirk could still save the Federation.
3. Benjamin Sisko, Commander/Captain, Deep Space 9, USS Defiant (Star Trek)
Benjamin Sisko balanced three roles: Captain, Emissary, and Father. He was able to do all three in a stunning fashion. Not only can he be credited with leading the Federation in several key battles with the Dominion, but his political maneuvering also ensured the formation of a Klingon-Federation-Romulan alliance. He led the Defiant through the invasion of Cardassia, retook Deep Space 9, and battled the ethereal pah-wraiths with the help of the god-like Prophets of Bajor. Sisko’s only major failure? He was unable to bring Bajor into the Federation, which was kinda his main job in the first place.
2. William Adama, Commander/Admiral, Battlestar Galactica, and Battlestar Pegasus (Battlestar Galactica)
William Adama earns our number 2 spot (although I admit I seriously considered bumping him up to number one) for being the savior of the human race after a Cylon attack obliterated civilization. Adama’s military tactics were brilliant (like jumping into an atmosphere, launching your ships, and then jumping out at New Caprica) as was his ability to integrate Cylons into his fleet. His inspiring speeches never distracted his men from the brutal realities of survival. He was also willing to make the hard call to keep his men alive, as seen when he obliterated the Astral Queen and vented several compartments of his ship to space to keep a fire from spreading. He also stood up for what’s right, like when he committed treason to keep his men from being executed by Admiral Cain. I highly recommend watching the 2004 Battlestar Galactica just to see this guy in action.
1. Jean-Luc Picard, Captain/Admiral, USS Enterprise-D, USS Enterprise-E (Star Trek)
If there’s one person’s leadership style I wish every boss would follow, it's Jean-Luc Picard’s. He knows when to console his men, when to shake them to action, and when to command. Picard was not above anger, as we saw when he confronted Wesley Crusher over a cover-up at Starfleet academy, or when he refused Data’s request to shut down in Star Trek: Generations. But he also offered real concern for his crew, like when he defended Data in court, or when he eloquently denounced the prosecution of a crewman over his romulan blood. Picard talked down Gods like Q and faced his hatred for the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact. Picard led covert missions in Cardassian Space, battled Romulans, Ferengi, and resisted days of intense torture and psychological manipulation. Captain Picard is clearly the best choice for the number one slot.
CORRUPTION IN THE GRAMMY'S
BY EVE CANDELL
It is a wide known fact that American award shows have become more and more politicized and have had more and more bias over the years. One of these forerunners for bias has been The Grammys. The Grammy award is awarded by the Recording Academy and the ceremony is held in the late winter between February and March each year. The Grammy’s star studded attendance and high caliber performances make them a fan favorite in the entertainment business, however the Recording Academy has lately been facing credibility threats from nominees and from the former CEO.
Deborah Dugan, the former CEO, accused the academy of sexual harassment, rape, financial mismanagement, and conflict of interest. She claims that she was ousted from the academy for attempting to bring these issues to light. Although all of this went down before the 2020 Grammy’s Ceremony, there have been several instances of alleged corruption and cruelty over past years.
After musician Mac Miller passed away in September of 2018, the Recording Academy extended an invitation to his mother, Karen Meyers, to support his posthumous nomination for his album “Swimming” for best rap album. Although his mother was invited, Miller did not win for best rap album, and the trophy went to Cardi B for her album “Invasion of Privacy”. This win did not sit well with Miller’s family or with ex girlfriend Ariana Grande. Grande tweeted several direct tweets to the bosses of the Grammys, expressing her opinion on the unfairness, but quickly deleted them afterwards. Her tweets were quite profane, calling the loss “bullsh*t”, “f*ck”, and “trash”. She clarified that she had no beef with winner Cardi B, and thought that she was deserving of the award, but disagreed with the treatment and “manipulation” of Miller’s mother.
Another example of this injustice comes with Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, where he called out the academy for his lack of nominations for his album After Hours, despite dominating musical charts throughout the year and into 2021. In a social media post, The Weeknd said “The Grammy’s remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency…” Here, he is expressing his fury towards the process in which nominations are collected, where the choosers for nominations are not public knowledge, and are always concealed behind the scenes. The Weeknd was approached to perform at the Grammys this year before the nominations were revealed, but his team declined when he was shut out.
It is clear to see that we as viewers cannot fully understand the process by which nominations and winners are chosen, however it is obvious that there are some injustices within the academy. It will be interesting to see how this year’s awards play out for those nominated artists including Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Post Malone.
Tiktok users created a ratatouille musical
By Spencer Croston
If you are an avid TikTok user, you have most likely heard about the now famous “Ratatouille the Musical.” Based on the acclaimed animated film “Ratatouille,” the musical quickly garnered attention through TikTok. The musical’s origins began with a woman named Emily Jacobsen.
In August of 2020, Jacobsen released a video of her singing a silly song about the main character “Remy the rat” who Jacobsen referred to as “Remy the ratatouille.” In a Buzzfeed interview Jacobsen stated, “ I posted it to TikTok, sent it to my family and friends, and pretty much forgot about it.” Later in October, Jacobsen was surprised to see that videos using the song she sang began popping up everywhere on the app. It was around this time that music composer Daniel Mertzlufft discovered Jacobsens song. He created a new version of the song using Jacobsen’s vocals, but added harmonies and a musical score in the background.
Mertzlufft’s version of the song exploded on the app. Jacobsen, who had seen Mertzluffts video using her song stated, “It was from this moment that “Ratatouille the Musical” was born. People began posting videos using the song while adding their own choreography. The video also inspired many to begin writing their own songs to add to the score of “Ratatouille the Musical.” Pretty soon, people were able to put together and create the basis for an actual musical. Patton Oswald, the voice of Remy in the original 2007 film, caught wind of the musical and told the film’s director, Brad Bird, about it. It was clear to them that the internet wanted to see a real musical based on their 13 year old film.
With all the attention “Ratatouille the Musical” was receiving, Disney eventually took notice of the internet sensation. Disney loved the idea of the musical and collaborated with actual Broadway stars to put together a fundraiser for the performing arts. Music stars such as Titus Burgess, Wayne Brady, Adam Lambert, and Andre Deshields all performed a live streamed concert version of the show.
It was a massive success and raised over one million dollars for charity. The cast were all ecstatic to be a part of the show since it was the first time in history that an internet community was able to start the basis of an actual musical. With the massive success of the live streamed show, many are hoping that “Ratatouille the Musical” will one day make it to Broadway as a full length musical.
The Mandalorian Season Two: Going above and beyond season one
By Spencer Croston
To say that the first season of Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” was a monster hit would be a complete understatement. The Emmy nominated series took the world by storm when it appeared on Disney’s brand new streaming service. The show immediately became the most streamed series in history as fans watched each weekly episode in mass. James Comtois of SYFY.com stated, “Never underestimate the power of Baby Yoda! Less than two weeks after its debut on Disney Plus, The Mandalorian has officially become the most-watched television series in the U.S. across all streaming platforms.”
With the outstanding reception of the first season, Disney immediately greenlit season two. Over the summer of 2020, fans were ecstatic as the show's creative team began leaking what was to come. Many fan favorite characters from other Star Wars shows and movies would be making appearances in season two. Characters like “Bo Katan,” “Ahsoka Tano,” and “Boba Fett” were all confirmed to appear. Star Wars fan and CCHS student Mason Hughes stated, “I love seeing characters from the [Star Wars] the Clone Wars included in live action. Katee Sackhoff is an amazing actress known for her science fiction work and its awesome to see her continue that work with Star Wars. I hope that Mando will create continuity between Clone Wars, Rebels, and the Original Trilogy.”
The first episode of season two was released on October 30, 2020 and fans couldn’t have been more happy. Fan Jim Moss proclaimed on Twitter, “Just when everything seems to be going wrong… Baby Yoda comes back. #Mandalorian Season 2.”
The first episode started off the season on a strong note with excellent dialogue, intense action, and an amazing performance from Timothy Olyphant who played the new character “Cobb Vanth,” who was featured in the Star Wars Aftermath novels. The most recent episode, episode three, somehow topped the first as fans got a heartwarming reunion with the fan favorite Mandalorian, “Bo Katan,” played by Katee Sackhoff. With the exciting start to the second season, fans are ecstatic to see the rest of the season as it continues through the holiday season.
NETFLIX HOLIDAY SPECIALS
New netflix Holiday Films!
By Jada Clayton
Home Page Editor
Lights, snow, Maria Carrey singing in every elevator and peppermint everything. But one more thing that seems to be a common favorite is… CHRISTMAS MOVIES! 2020 has resulted in millions of people watching movies and shows. Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic surge, the number of Netflix subscribers doubled in the last three months. There are about 15.77 million new members that signed up. Because of this, Netflix is taking advantage and releasing 8 new holiday specials.
(Explained in chronological order)
Last week the movie Operation Christmas Drop was released, and is about a congressional aide sent to get evidence at an Air Force base but what she doesn't expect is to meet a very charming captain.
Another film that was released last week was Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. This is an adorable, adventure packed film based around a toymaker.
Coming out November 19 is the movie The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Returning from the first film of the sequel, The Princess Switch.
An exciting film coming up on November 22 is Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square. The story follows a snobby rich woman who returns to her home and then slowly has a change of heart.
Shortly after this, an iconic Netflix film, (sequel to the original; The Christmas Chronicles) is The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two. A new adventure comes when there is a threat to the North Pole.
A documentary film, Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, airs on November 27. It is about a group of dancers and their preparations for their annual dance performance.
Next, a cartoon film making an appearance is Angela´s Christmas Wish, where a young girl seeks a way to reunite her family before Christmas. The cartoon is scheduled to release December 1.
And the final film to be released by Netflix is Just Another Christmas, releasing on December 3. This film kicks off with the grouchy character falling and blacking out. He has to make something right before he can stop reliving Christmas eve day in and day out.
While these all are similar to the fantastic Christmas Hallmark movies we all know and love, make some hot cocoa, sit by the fire with loved ones and check out these new films!
Adele is making a huge 2020 comeback
By Spencer Croston
British pop icon Adele is back in the media as she returns to her career in music. Adele left a huge mark on the music industry in the early 2000’s with songs like “Rolling In The Deep,” which became an enormous hit in both Europe and the United States.
After going dark for a few years, Adele made a resurgence in 2015 when she released her album “25.” Her song, “Hello” was another immense hit that topped the charts for weeks. After her first comeback, Adele went dark again. As 2020 rolled around, it became apparent why she stepped away from music. Adele went through a nasty divorce with her ex-husband, Simon Konecki. She also spent time going through a dramatic weight loss journey, reporting that she has lost 100 pounds. Adele’s second comeback began when she started posting pictures of herself on Instagram. Some people hardly recognized her due to her weight loss. With Adele’s popularity re-surging, it was only a matter of time before she began making her way into the media again.
She quickly began trending all over the internet with an appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” People responded very positively to her performance as the host for the night. Karen Valby from Vanity Fair stated, “As this weekend’s gracious emcee, she was relaxed, charismatic, and a joy.” Adele posted about her appearance, stating, “Had the best time on SNL! Thank you to the most wonderful case, crew, writers and producers.”
Adele also recently announced that she will be releasing a new album. Her unnamed album has become the talk of the town as fans have been wondering when it will be released and what it will be called. Adele has assured fans that it will be released soon and that she is currently writing music for it.
With excitement for her music building, Adele is proving herself to be the star that people just can’t get enough of. Her increased popularity due to her recent media attention will undoubtedly help her become an even more successful artist as she prepares to end of 2020 with a bang.
The Best scary movies to watch on Halloween!
By Tyler Lybbert
Halloween has great traditions incorporated into the holiday. From fun things like pumpkin carving and drinking cider to scaring yourself at haunted houses, there are many great things to do to keep yourself entertained. One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween in my opinion is by watching scary movies. The cheesy jump scares, adrenaline rush, and (sometimes) cuddling up to a special someone are very entertaining. Afton Walker says ¨I like scary movies because it adds excitement to my life. They may not provide happiness, but they do provide adrenaline.¨ On the other hand, Emma Carver says ¨They are horrible, terrifying, awful, the worst, thrilling, and traumatizing. Shall I go on?¨Here you can find some great Halloween Movies to watch.
#1 Halloween Town
The classic Disney Movie for kids, or people who may struggle with being scared, is a great movie. Two kids find out their grandma is a witch- and so are they! They learn of a town full of supernatural creatures. Not only does Marnie, the main character, find out these awesome secrets, but she also learns her family is involved with saving the world from evil.
#2 The Witches
This adaptation of Roald Dahl's book is terrific. A child growing up being warned witches kill kids comes across a witch convention, and must find a way to put an end to it. This movie puts you on the edge of your seat, and you won't want to stop watching.
#3 The Nightmare Before Christmas
Although it could also be a Christmas movie, this definitely puts Halloween into perspective of those who are being celebrated on Halloween. Jack Skellington discovers the "regular world" where his scary friends are praised, or at least that is what goes in on his mind. He finds out about Santa Clause, and decides he wants to take over this new discovered role and town.
#4 Monster House
Keeping you on the edge of your seat, this movie is a love story gone wrong. The neighborhood kids are suspicious of what exactly is going on in the house next door. Sneaking in, they discover something they never thought possible- the house was alive.
#5 Hocus Pocus
My personal favorite movie. Back in the 1600´s three witch sisters were hung for their misdoings, but 300 years later they are finally resurrected when an unsuspecting teenager named Max accidentally brings them back. In order to save his sister and the other kids in the town, he must do away with them once and for all.
The Boys: putting a fresh spin on the superhero genre
By Spencer Croston
In an era where superhero media is copious, many have been experiencing what's been called “superhero fatigue.” With superhero content being released constantly by companies like Marvel and DC, many are over superheroes. Vaspaan Dastoor of IGN stated, “How many different superpowers can you think of before they blur together? How many backstories before nobody really cares?”
A new series from Amazon titled The Boys has been considered to be a breath of fresh air in the superhero genre. The Boys, an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comic book series of the same name, does something that no other piece of superhero media does. It satirizes the heroes and makes them the villains of the series.
The series follows Billy Butcher and his team called “The Boys” as they find ways to expose and take down the world's superheroes. The heroes of this world are corporate products rather than protectors and saviors. They are made to look good in the media, but in reality they are mostly evil murderers who get away with mass destruction. The show strives to show a realistic view of superheroes in the modern world. The series’ “heroes'' are for the most part dark parodies of famous heroes. For example, instead of Superman, “The Boys” has Homelander, an egotistical, psychopathic twist on the famous Man of Steel. Journalist Sergio Periera claimed, “It’s a perfect satire to everything happening at the moment, as these superhero properties become multibillion-dollar franchises that are controlled by the biggest studios in Hollywood.”
The show’s two seasons have shown to be extremely popular as the most recent season’s episodes averaged 900 million views per episode. Nellie Andreeva of Deadline stated, “In its first two weeks, Season 2 has nearly doubled the Season 1 worldwide audience (+89%), drawing millions of new viewers each week.” With this great success, The Boys was greenlit for a third season and a spinoff show set in the same universe. The immense positive response shows that the superhero genre isn’t dead. Viewers just want an original take on the superhero concept that isn’t a carbon copy of everything else out there.
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Hoops to hip-hop: Three basketball legends who had rap careers
It Ain't Easy by lebron James ft. Kevin Durant
K.o.b.e by kobe Bryant ft. tyra banks
What's up doc? by Shaquille o'neal ft. fu-schnikens
By Spencer Croston
Music and Books Editor
When people think of legendary basketball players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal, the last thing they picture is a rapper. What many people don’t know is that these players are just 3 of many basketball stars who have had both successful and unsuccessful rap careers. James, Bryant, and O'Neal are good examples of players who have had good success in the rap industry.
James, currently considered to be the best basketball player in the NBA has released a few songs, with his most popular being "It Ain’t Easy." While his appearances as a rapper are limited, James has been having success as a producer. He most recently produced the album Rap or Go to the League for the famous rapper 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz stated that James was the “perfect” person to produce his album. While his music career is fairly new, James is becoming successful in the rap industry.
Late basketball legend Kobe Bryant had a short lived rap career in the late 90s and early 2000s. While Bryant was dominating the NBA on the court, off the court he landed an album deal with Sony Records. His debut album "K.O.B.E" was met with mixed reviews, without much success. New York Times Editor Dexter Thomas wrote about Bryant’s song "K.O.B.E", stating, “It’s embarrassing. That cheap-sounding beat, the uninspired hook, the awkward chorus — this is more off-target than those three airballs he threw in 1997 against the Utah Jazz.” While his career as a rapper was short lived, Bryant continued to stay involved in music behind the scenes.
The basketball player with the most successful rap career is none other than Bryant’s 7’2” teammate, Shaquille O'Neal. In the 90s, O’Neal did it all. He starred in movies, had his own video game, and rapped. His first album, "Shaq Diesel," was a hit, making it to 25 on the Billboard’s Top 200 albums list. His later albums aren't as successful, but he still had some success. Zak Willis of Cheatsheet.com stated, “O’Neal sold records, featured with some legendary performers, and sprung a career that still lasts to this day.” In his free time, O’Neal still tours around the country, keeping his 30 year-old career alive.
Kanye For president:
Does he stand a chance against Trump and Biden?
Music and Books Editor
“I’m not here to win. I care that there are homeless people in front of the Gucci store.”
-Kanye West, 2020
When world famous rap star Kanye West announced in 2015 that he’d be running for president in 2020, most people didn't think he was being serious. However, on July 4, 2020, West proclaimed over twitter that he would be following through with the promise he made 5 years prior stating, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!” He announced later that he would be running with his own party entitled "The Birthday Party" and that his running mate would be Michelle Tidball, a Wyoming based pastor.
Many were still uncertain if West was seriously planning on running for President, but he eliminated all doubts when he held a campaign rally in North Carolina on July 19, 2020. In this rally, West made many false and outrageous statements, claiming that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed” a slave and that he “don’t give a f--k” if he wins the presidency.
Even though West has gained a lot of media coverage and support for his presidential run, many agree that he does not stand a chance of winning on election day. Neil Sroka, the Communications Director of the political action group "Democracy For America" stated, “The odds of being able to win as an Independent candidate for president are very long even under the best of circumstances, for a variety of reasons. The idea of trying to launch something in July of an election year is beyond absurd.”
West’s chances of becoming president have also been significantly lowered by the lack of ballots his name will actually appear on. Since he started his campaign so late into the race, he has only qualified to be on the ballots of nine states: Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Vermont, Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, and Tennessee. Although West doesn’t have a good shot of winning the presidency, he is bound to make it a very interesting election season.