The Oberlin Review

“Discovery” Takes Star Trek Franchise to New Frontiers

Indrani Kharbanda

September 29, 2017

Sunday marked the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek television program since 2005 and one of the most anticipated shows of 2017. Speculation has abounded as to whether it would live up to the standards set by past series and high fan expectations; fortunately, Discovery delivers. Though the pilot episode eschews the earnest idealism of previous Trek installments in favor of the darker fare that’s more in line with the rebooted films and the sociopolitical situation America finds itself in today, the new series is enjoyable to watch for newcomers and returning fans alike. The series was slated to debut in January 2017, but was delayed due to conflict between CBS and then-showrunner, co-creator Bry...

Noah Hawley’s “Legion” Explores Mutant Minds

Christian Bolles, Columnist

March 3, 2017

In the second episode of Legion, Fargo creator Noah Hawley’s first attempt at a Marvel television series, the protagonist, David, tells his lover — whom he is forbidden to touch — that they are engaged in “a romance of the mind.” This is as much of a mission statement as the show’s mind-boggling, brilliant and often elusive script is willing to provide. Hawley’s fascination with the human mind is the entry point for the series, which tells David’s story and follows his path from disempowerment to untold amounts of power. David quickly learns that the symptoms of schizophrenia that placed him in a psychiatric institution, where the show’s pilot is set, might not be the caused by mental illness at all. H...

30 Rock Concludes: A Lasting Legacy

Willa Rubin, Staff Writer

February 8, 2013

Tina Fey’s magnum opus 30 Rock, which aired seven seasons, came to a close last Thursday in a two-part episode. The finale perfectly concluded the series by coming full circle from the pilot, which introduced the hopelessly nerdy, single, feminist Liz Lemon, a head writer for her own TV show. In the final episode, the now-married Liz and her husband Criss Chros meet their two adopted children, and TGS with Tracy Jordan is finally canceled. The lasting legacy of 30 Rock, however, is not the plot, nor the true back-office turmoil of producing network television. It is the insightful wit of Tina Fey, in the way she gently pokes fun at herself and at popular culture that allows us to be so fond of the show. But above all,...

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