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Arts & Life
The Clarion \ May 6, 2020
By Mickayla Smith
Aries: You have always had high expectations
for others, but you have a higher standard for
yourself This week, take some time to relax
and let things flow. This is an important time
for learning, and if you’re too hard on yourself,
your negativity can get in the way.
Taurus: People need space sometimes in order
to grow and change for the better. You normally
don’t take time for yourself, but this is the week
to do so. Reflect on what you need and want and
think about why you need space in the first place.
Gemiui: Something has been weighing on
your mind lately and it’s starting to get to you.
Normally you have no problem with figuring
out your troubles, but this issue involves regret.
Finding out what went wrong is your first step.
Maybe you can still fix it.
Cancer: You may be experiencing some
resentment. This week, you will analyze why
there is resentment in your life and replace
it with gratitude. Sometimes it's good to be
optimistic that people are working in your favor.
Leo: New beginnings are the theme of this
week. Everything from romance to finance -
stands a good chance of eventual success if you
stay organized and plan out your success. Not
everything will be handed to you on a silver
platter, you have to put your work in.
Virgo: Something that has been hazy for you
in recent months will seem to be clear at the end
of this week. You have possibly always kept this
hazy thought or situation in the back of your
mind. It’s time to grab onto what scares you.
Libra: When you spend time around an
upbeat and joyful individual it always seems
to lift your mood. There are so many things to
lift your spirits when you’re down. Try your
best to utilize these resources in order for you
to remain happy.
Scorpio: Express yourself this week. You have
spent a lot of time with yourself, and it feels like
you’re ready to explode. You’re not a person to
make a big deal about yourself, so find creative
outlets to express yourself
Sagittarius: You want your life to be more
luxurious, and it’s okay to dream. You can get
what you want if you keep dreaming for a while,
and then execute the plan accordingly so there
aren’t any surprises when least expected.
Capricorn: A new start is what you need to
feel new again. You’re a person who grows
stronger because of change. Don’t be afraid of
the unknown until you get to know the unknown.
If your heart starts speaking to you, listen.
Aquarius: Good deeds go far, even if it
doesn’t seem like it. This week, you may see
the result of your goodness coming back to you.
Don’t lose hope just yet, the world is still good.
Pisces: Every person in your life has a reason
for being there. Each person holds a lesson or
purpose that will change your life. You have
always attracted people of all different colors,
and this is a good thing. This means you have
a greater perspective towards the world and
harmony within it.
'The Last Kingdom'
By Sam Hipp
Netflix’s “The Last Kingdom” returns with a
fourth season that delivers ten epic and engaging
Based off of author Bernard Cornwell’s
historical fiction Saxon Stories, this series
follows the exploits of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a
9th Century Saxon who finds himself entwined
in the historical events surrounding people who
would form what is now England. The primary
historical figure featured in this series is King
Alfred the Great (David Dawson), who is helped
by Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) when fighting
off the invading Danish Vikings, who threaten
the presence of Christendom in the British Isles.
This series certainly counts as a successor to
“Game of Thrones.” It carries many of the same
features which made that series great, such as
grand battles with swords and shields, political
intrigue, murders, schemes and betrayals.
While the series is an engaging, well-acted
historical epic that covers many events in the
history of 9th Century England through the
eyes of a fictional character, it falls flat in terms
of historical authenticity. This series presents a
modem, heavily stylized image of Saxons and
Danish Vikings, who are dressed in cheap, drab
leather outfits and heaps of ragged furs, wrought
by a smaller budget. It is a far cry from the
colorful linen and wool clothing and well-crafted
chain mail armor that was worn by the historical
people they portray.
Despite the historical inauthenticity in places,
this show drove me to look into the history it
portrays and read into those events and who
those people were, so this is definitely a series
to drive an interest into this area of history.
I’m giving this new season of “The Last
Kingdom”, as well as the series as a whole,
four out of five stars. I highly recommend this
to anyone who was a fan of “Game of Thrones,”
as well as history buff's (if you can get past the
inauthentic costumes and set pieces). It should
definitely be on your list of shows to binge watch
over the summer.