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Television

The Arts and Entertainment resident TV critic presents a guide for summer entertainment. Grab your favorite snack and relax on those warm summer nights. (Graphic created by Ryan Ascalon)

Summer Showtime: The hottest movies and TV series to beat the heat

Ryan Ascalon July 3, 2023
Summer’s heating up with these must-watch movies and shows.
The Arcane title card that bursts onto screen after the mesmerizing title sequence of each episode. The striking visuals set the tone for the viewers journey through the series. (Image Courtesy of Netflix. Graphic created by Ryan Ascalon.)

The Idiot Box: ‘Arcane,’ emotional depth and action-packed thrills

Ryan Ascalon May 14, 2023
Discover how “Arcane” shatters expectations with stunning animation, complex characters and a mesmerizing soundtrack.
“The Owl House” title card displays at the end of the opening theme. Step into the magical world and discover the wonders that await. (Images courtesy of Disney. Graphic created by Ryan Ascalon.)

The Idiot Box: ‘The Owl House,’ simply enchanting

Ryan Ascalon April 29, 2023
Discover the reasons why 'The Owl House' has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.
The Bad Batch title card appears at the start of each episode. It is accompanied by a military-style drum cadence, a tribute to the shows soldiers. (Image courtesy of Disney+. Graphic created by Ryan Ascalon.)

The Idiot Box: ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch,’ Study or Suffer

Ryan Ascalon April 19, 2023
With a galaxy in turmoil and a budding rebellion on the way, The Bad Batch will play.
The “Doom Patrol” title card reveals itself at the end of the title sequence with an eerie animation depicting the origins of each of the characters. The cast’s journeys from misfits to heroes are what give this DC series an edge against its competition.  (Picture courtesy HBO Max. Graphic created by Ryan Ascalon.)

The Idiot Box: ‘Doom Patrol,’ from tragedy to triumph

Ryan Ascalon April 13, 2023
DC’s niche superhero team makes a big impression with the latest season of “Doom Patrol.”
Screencaps from the various works featured in The State Hornet Spring Picks. (Images courtesy of Universal Pictures, Studio Ghibli, Disney+, Fuji TV, NBC, Paramount Pictures, Open Road Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Netflix. Graphic made in Canva by Ryan Ascalon)

The State Hornet Spring Picks: 10 movies and TV shows to vibe with

Ryan Ascalon April 9, 2023
Feel the spring sun and smell the flowers in these stories!
The “Primal” title card plays at the start of each episode. It means the survival of the fittest at any cost. (Picture courtesy of HBO Max. Graphic created in Canva by Ryan Ascalon.)

The Idiot Box: ‘Primal,’ A masterpiece of minimalistic, animated storytelling

Ryan Ascalon April 3, 2023
Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Primal” delivers thrills, chills and emotional damage all through visuals.
A Guide to the Mandalorian Galaxy digs into the Disney+ show, featuring everyone’s favorite mini-yoda: Grogu. “The Mandalorian” title graphic courtesy of The Walt Disney Company. (Graphic made in Canva by Isaac Streeter)

A Guide to The Mandalorian Galaxy: ‘The Mines of Mandalore’ and ‘The Convert’

Ryan Ascalon March 17, 2023
Staff writer Ryan Ascalon takes on the two latest episodes of the hit series “The Mandalorian.”
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