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'Walking Dead' season eight premiere might be the show's saving grace

Everything has an expiration date -- my debit card, the milk in my fridge and, according to some, AMC's hit TV series "The Walking Dead." "Mercy," the show's season eight premiere, aired this past Sunday, and I'm sad to say it was met with mostly negative responses. It seems the promise of this season's theme, all-out war, was not enough to rouse people's support for Rick's fight against Negan and continued battle with zombies. I believe some lack of interest stems from the show's shift from an apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic nature. Gone are the adrenaline-filled plot lines in which walkers were the main sources of danger and every threat seemed like the end of the world. We're now firmly in the realm of human conflict over completely rebuilding a society and the battle over who gets to run that society. For this reason, many have written off the show. But all hope is not lost. "Mercy" incorporates three main things that remind us why TWD is still worth watching:


What to watch on Netflix this Halloween

The old monster flick, slasher or Disney Channel Original Movie not doing it for you? Thankfully, we always have Netflix to turn to in times of need. The streaming service has recently released a few new horror efforts just in time for your spooky movie nights.


HBO's 'Spielberg' doc is beautifully made, but boring

"Gaga: Five Foot Two" premiered on Netflix last month. The documentary feels, often, like we're simply following Gaga around as she talks to herself, unaware of the camera's presence. Sometimes it feels like an aimless but nonetheless aesthetically pleasing indie short. But throughout, the doc provides window after window into the titular megastar's life that we haven't really been privy to before. We all know about her rebranding with last year's "Joanne," the dissolution of her relationship with ex-fiance Taylor Kinney and the terrifying reverence much of her fanbase directs toward her, painting her as a religious figure of sorts.


'Blade Runner 2049' is a poignant look at what makes us human

Science fiction stories tend to fall on the more epic side. Typically, a creator imagines a strange new world or future and sets their characters off on sweeping adventures, often with the fate of countless lives on the line. What makes Ridley Scott's 1982 cult classic "Blade Runner" so special is its more personal, introspective storytelling. In it, humans have created Replicants, androids that mirror us in obvious physiological ways, making the perfect slaves. However, some Replicants begin to rebel against the system, escaping captivity and longing for a life of freedom. Harrison Ford plays Deckard, whose role as a Blade Runner is to hunt down and "retire" rebelling Replicants. On his journey, Deckard learns more about the emotions that Replicants are designed to feel, how their manufactured humanity is not at all unlike the "real" kind. He even falls in love with one named Rachel.


'Narcos' is still magical realism that (almost) never disappoints

"Narcos" season three, episode one, "The Kingpin Strategy," begins with Agent Javier Pena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who's been through this all before, in an intimate conversation with his father. The older man pleads with his son not to put his life on the line in the name of the drug war again, knowing that he's already made his decision. "So, Cali . . ." his father says, begrudgingly accepting his son's choice. The younger Pena nods his agreement,."Cali," he says in a grave tone as the screen quickly fades to black.


Trevor Noah's Family Weekend performance balanced the serious and the silly

Trevor Noah heard screams of excitement and joy as he walked out onto the stage at his nearly sold-out performance in Millett Hall on Saturday evening. As part of Miami University's annual Family Weekend, students and parents alike waited anxiously to see the young comedian, who has become a household name since his immigration to the United States in 2011.


Films to watch this Fall

We are now officially straddling summer rom-com and winter awards seasons. While horror flicks are obvious choices to indulge in for the next month or so, it would be unfortunate to neglect all other autumnally apt films. Here are eight to watch (or, most likely, re-watch) this season.


"This Is Us" returns to NBC

After the jaw-dropping and tear-jerking season one finale of NBC's hit drama "This Is Us," audiences all over the country sat in their living rooms dealing with heartache and searching for answers they were never given (and for another box of Kleenex). When the second season premiere aired last Tuesday, fans of the show received a major clue to the answer of the question everyone is dying to ask: