This is Us 2×16 “Vegas Baby”

Big Three Moments of the Week

It’s wedding season on This is Us and the nerds are headed to Vegas. But instead of something in Hangover fashion, we’ve got confrontations, struggles, and a whole lot of heart to hearts. And if a tear wasn’t shed, would it still be This is Us — would it … would it? Probably not — let’s be real here. “Vegas Baby” was an interesting choice after the three part episodes dedicated to Jack’s death, but allowing us to see these sides of the characters made for intriguing episodes knowing how each of them distinctly deal with grief.

That said, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming of “Big Three Moments of the Week” — moments that all heighten the fact that human beings should never ever make assumptions and communication is the key to any successful relationship.

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Black Panther and the Relationships That Shape Us

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Spoilers Ahead

Believe the hype — it’s real, it’s wonderful, and it’s the best cinematic experience in recent years with some of the most captivating performances that have ever graced our screens. Black Panther is a masterpiece; it’s an undeniable brilliance, but I’m not here to write a film review, there’s plenty of those already. I’m here to talk about the relationships that I can’t stop thinking about, and how the film emphasized the importance of unity and communication. And the story of the Black Panther, the emphasis on T’Challa as a man, a King — an Avenger is only beginning. A beginning that’s brought to us by the relationships that shape and mold human beings making Black Panther the first Marvel film that’s achieved balance masterfully. There’s a reason this film is so celebrated, and it’s because in giving us an action packed adventure, it gave us a profoundly moving story about the human psyche and the revolutionary heart that’s found in the connections we make. In making T’Challa the King that he is, the film explores the different relationships between people in a way none like it have before.

In the words of director Ryan Coogler: “Storytelling is the tool that human beings have to trigger empathy. Cinema is a form of storytelling that’s so immersive that it’s not like any other medium.”

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The Ghostlight | Terra Incognita Productions

 

“In a place where reality and fiction collide, and your greatest desires intermingle with the darkest corners of your mind — this place can only be illuminated by — The Ghostlight.”

There’s a great deal I’m a fan of when it comes to story telling, and thought-provoking ones are at the top of that list. I’m also a fan of stories told by women because we’re finally at a time where it’s happening more frequently than not. And most importantly, I’m a fan of the way growth takes place in media that’s planned out. That’s why when my friends over at Terra Incognita Productions announced the start of their series, The Ghostlight, I knew we were in for something special. Also, this is coming from someone who’s not a fan of horror or anything that could potentially freak me out, I could vouch for it working for those faint at heart. (Plus, even for those who aren’t a fan of said genre, the Twilight Zone is universally appreciated for the riveting tales it told. Am I right or am I right?) The Ghostlight is a creative gem, a collaborative effort where each episode is uniquely intriguing. My only complaint? They should be longer, but I mean, fine — I get it, they’re meant to be short stories.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching NBC’s Timeless

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If there was ever a series today more appropriately titled to convey its value,  it’s Timeless because that’s what this show has been from its very first episode, which is a rare treat in and of itself. I expected to like Timeless sure, but sixteen episodes later I didn’t expect to call it the best thing on network television. I didn’t expect to rally everyone I know to watch it because it’s that great and worthy of such praise. But here I am, I’ve done my part to tell everyone I know in person, and I’m now here to convince you, internet. Also, I can vouch not every TV show I watch, no matter how great is for everyone, but sometimes, just sometimes, if you could find at least three reasons to cling onto something then who knows what it could do for you. So without further ado, here are 10 reasons why Timeless is the show we should all be watching.

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Gun Control | The Christian Perspective

Silence often makes things worse, and today, we can no longer afford it. For so long this website has been focused solely on entertainment, and we’ve made the conscious effort to keep religion and politics at minimal discussion in order not to stir up any controversy. And I’ll be honest in admitting of the fact that I was personally hesitant to write this because I’d be bombarded with hateful comments. But my minuscule fear of backlash is absolutely nothing in comparison to the fear kids and parents must be facing today — or anyone who’s the victim of gun point because of their race, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities.

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This is Us 2×14 “Super Bowl Sunday” and 2×15 “The Car”

To Jack Pearson | Part II and III

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Jack Pearson is a superhero — and sometimes, the superhero dies in the end, and though he is gone, the superhero’s story lives on, the superhero’s legacy paves the road for what’ll lie ahead. The people the superhero leaves behind learn of the fact that in being themselves, they played a vast role in giving him the powers he’s had. And that’s not to undermine the superhero, but rather, it’s intended to highlight a kind of greatness, which showcases that all-consuming, immaculate adoration has great power to inspire human beings to be the very best versions of themselves. Jack Pearson is in all of them — because they are him. They are the reason he’s chosen to lead the kind of heroic life, where unbeknownst to him, to everyone, he’s consistently done everything in his power to protect those whose love tirelessly fueled him. Therefore, when a hero like that leaves this world, all that remains is strength, perseverance, and profoundly comforting wistfulness.

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