By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year again. Students are back in school, the cool weather is on its way and everyone’s favorite shows are returning for the fall season. Here are a few shows I think you should look out for:
Since I’m a native New Yorker, I have an overwhelming bias for Law and Order: SVU. Season 14’s finale ended with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. [SPOILER ALERT BELOW]
Detective Olivia Benson, one of the show’s remaining original characters, returns home following a disappointing verdict in which a rapist is acquitted of assault charges. She hears a strange noise in her apartment and attempts to investigate where it’s coming from, only to find the acquitted rapist in her living room with a gun pointing in her direction. Then, the screen fades to black. Will Benson survive the ordeal or are her days numbered? SVU airs on NBC on Wednesday nights.
The show that’s loosely based on the life on COM’s very own PR alum Judy Smith has been one of the most popular shows on television since the series premiered in April 2012. Ms. Olivia Pope and her incredible crisis management staff are responsible for cleaning up the mistakes of people and preventing their secrets from being exposed. They fix people’s problems before these problems ruin their lives. Pope is strong when it comes to the workplace but becomes vulnerable when in the vicinity of her former client, the current President of the United States. She has feelings for the president, and the feelings are mutual between the two. Will they ever become an item? We’ll just have to wait and see. Scandal shall return for its third season on October 3 on ABC.
The Marvel based show premiered on September 24 to a resounding 12.12 million viewers, which is pretty awesome. The series premiere was the largest for a network drama in four years. People really go crazy for anything Marvel related. The show follows around Agent Phil Coulson as he assembles a select group of agents known as the S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect the world from evil. Sounds like a typical Marvel plot, doesn’t it? It’s going to be interesting to see if the show continues to attract large amounts of viewers, since this is Marvel’s first television series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesday nights.
CBS’s new show grips you right from the start. A prominent doctor, who is moments away from performing brain surgery on the president, is abducted along with her family. The assailants inform her that her family will die unless she kills the president during the operation. What would you do in that situation? Be known as the doctor responsible for killing the president or risk your family’s life for the sake of saving one of the most powerful men in the world? Tough call. Hostages airs on CBS at 10 pm on Tuesdays.
By Ryan Galindo, Staff Writer
To tell you the truth, before this past weekend, I have never taken a tour of Boston―not one Duck Tour or a single yard on the Freedom Trail. I made it a point on my bucket list to go on a tour one day because I feel it’s almost mandatory as a transplant to do so.
Finally, after three months of procrastinating, I can finally say that I’ve taken a tour of Boston―or something like it―and it’s not the way I had planned it to be. I didn’t ride a single Duck Boat or follow a single brink of the Freedom Trail.
On Sunday, I participated in Boston University’s annual Amazing Race, which pits teams made up of BU students in a race around the city of Boston. Much like the reality television show it gets its inspiration from, the race included figuring out clues that lead contestants to their next destinations, and at some of these destinations, a task had to be completed in order to receive the next clue. The winning group would win $1500, but if the group were one of BU’s active student groups, it would win $3000 instead.
I was one of eight people that represented my favorite club, the Boston University Filipino Student Association. It sounded like a good idea. I absolutely love watching “The Amazing Race” on CBS and always dreamed of being part of it, so it was almost automatic that I agreed to play the moment I was asked to join the team.
With the race beginning at 9 a.m. sharp, I woke up at around 8 a.m. to get my things ready and do a bit of stretching. I thought nothing could ever wake me up that early on a Sunday morning, but apparently the prospect of $3000 can!
When the race began at the Student Activities Office, my team and about 30 other teams ran toward the Kenmore T stop in order to get to Arlington because that was where the first clue told us to go. In actuality the clue was a bit more vague and had asked us to go to Medieval Manor Theatre. We didn’t understand what the clue meant, so it took us roughly 30 minutes to figure out where we needed to go. We ran down many streets, confused―and we weren’t alone. Other teams were just as perplexed.
When we finally found the theater, we were asked to perform a short Shakespearean skit, which we (horribly) did, thus earning our next clue.
And that was the first leg of the race.
We had many other stops to reach. We went from the Charles River Campus, to Arlington, to the South End, to Chinatown, to the TD Garden, to the John Hancock House, to Columbus Park, to the site of the Boston Massacre and even gruelingly raced up Beacon Hill. Did I mention it was grueling?
Unfortunately, we didn’t win the race nor the $3000 as we were one of the later teams to arrive at Cheers near the Boston Common and were eliminated. It was bittersweet: bitter, because we had lost and sweet, because that was one of the hardest and strenuous things I have ever done. We had a good run though. I believe we were one of the top 20 teams to finish.
Would I recommend this race to anyone? Yes, I would. It’s really fun, and you really do get to see Boston and interact with its citizens because we weren’t allowed any electronic devices to help us find our way around the city. We got around the city through our own personal knowledge and the kindness of pedestrians that helped us.
We lost the race, but I personally believe I’ve gained another level of appreciation for the city in which I live and the people I share it with.
Fewer people fell during BU’s amazing race, based on the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.”