With every passing day, my crush on Kate Leth just seems to grow. Her latest comic, Hellcat, is a delight and her fashion sense and style are always on point, but what I’m really getting into is her podcast, Less Than Live with Kate or Die. The show comes out roughly every two weeks—or whenever Kate has some spare time; she did just move to the United States from Canada, after all—and features Kate discussing all things comics. She talks about what’s going on in her life and career, what books she’s reading or excited about, and then ends the episode with an interview with a special guest. Her guests usually work in comics (Erica Henderson, Chip Zdarsky, Noelle Stevenson, Becky Cloonan, and more), but every so often she talks with someone who does something else (like Jeffrey Cranor, one half of the ridiculously popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast). Kate’s excitement about everything is infectious, and it’s just a really, really fun podcast to listen to. One of my personal favorites is episode 25, where Kate interviews Christopher Sebela, who is doing the interview from a freakin’ clown motel that’s next to a graveyard in Nevada. Totally fine.
– Allison Racicot, Staff Writer
The 100 is back in full-swing with Season 3, which started a few weeks ago, and I don’t care what the majority says: I love this season so far. I love how ruthless Clarke has become; I love how we get to see more of Monty and his mom; I love how they’re taking Raven’s storyline and giving her character due time in the midst of the chaotic main plot. I even love – yes, this is totally an unpopular opinion – Bellamy and how easily Pike was able to manipulate him into joining his side against the grounders. I love it because it makes sense, especially if you take into context everything Bellamy has been through not just since the end of season 2, but the very beginning of season 1. I understand where he’s coming from and why he thinks siding with Pike is the best choice for him and his people right now. The only thing I could do without is the City of Light ridiculousness with Jaha, but at least they don’t focus on that subplot for very long. It’s a tense, nail biting season so far and I can’t wait to see how everything falls into place. (Bellamy Blake Defense Squad for life.)
– Gabby Taub, Staff Writer
As I type this, I finished watching the Gravity Falls series finale a couple hours ago. Since they were doing a 72 hour marathon up until its series finale, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to tune in and refresh myself until the big ending. Created by Alex Hirsch, it tells the story about twins Dipper and Mabel Pines spending a summer at their great uncle Stan (Grunkle Stan’s) Mystery Shack, where he sells fake mysteries. However, after Dipper finds a mysterious journal, weird things pop up in Gravity Falls. A lot of people, including Hirsch himself, have called the show “Twin Peaks meets The Simpsons”. Although I haven’t watched either series, I can see the comparisons. The show does a great job balancing humor and mystery. At the same time, it really makes you care about the characters and their family dynamic (if you would’ve told me a long time ago that I would be caring about a character named Grunkle Stan, I would’ve given you a strange look). I’m really going to miss this series, but I can’t wait to see what else Hirsch has in store since he’s going to develop a new series at Fox. Thank you Mr. Hirsch for creating a fun, hilarious, and heartwarming series.
– Janelle Smith, Staff Writer
As we are without cable in my apartment, I’ve had to wait for TV shows to show up on Netflix and Amazon Prime before I can get caught up. Thus, last night I embarked on the very stressful journey that is Teen Wolf Season 5A. I’ve been a little obsessed with Teen Wolf since this summer when my best friend demanded that I start watching it, and I’ve been very anxious about getting caught up on Season 5A since I’ve actually sort of been avoiding spoilers. This season things are getting real weird and spooky – so far, it’s better than Season 4, though it was a difficult task to follow up the heart-wrenching end of Season 3. They’ve added a few new characters to shake up the Pack and the season Big Bads are actually pretty terrifying. I’ve got about 4 episodes until the end of 5A, which means I’ll be checking on Hulu for 5B, which is airing right now. I’m totally convinced that this is the season that Stiles and Lydia finally fall in love and are together forever, so I have high hopes for all the weird stuff going on.
– Christina Casano, Assistant Editor