Rally The Students: Students Participate in Rally Day at Texas Capitol

In a bold move by the district, four buses packed with high school students made their way down to the capitol to learn and discuss political processes and concerns on Monday, February 28. Students woke up at the crack of dawn (4’o’clock to be exact) and loaded up for the for hour bus trip.

Upon arriving, students seemed partly mystified in what was many of the students’ first time being the Texas capitol. Although there wasn’t much time for sight-seeing, as students were immediately directed to the St. David’s Episcopal Church in order to meet with judges who were currently reviewing bills that would directly affect students. Due to traffic, we arrived slightly late while Mina Injarez was in the midst of explaining her current reviewing of an anti-cyberbullying bill that is currently cycling through the legislature. From what we heard, Bill HB no. 305 seeks to crack down on cyberbullying by allowing police departments state-wide to more thoroughly investigate claims of cyberbullying. This bill boasts that it will equalize the playing field against all forms of cyberbullying, even when the aggressor may attend a different school than the victim or may be home schooled.

One of the key points of bill seems to revolve around making parents more liable in cases where they are aware that an incident is taking place. An especially interesting point to make considering most of the society blames the bully more than anything, now the parents may also face consequences.

“I definitely think [the parents] should be more involved. I feel like [parents] aren’t up to date on the latest technologies; especially things like Snapchat.” said Principal Kevin Samples.

Ways to counter cyberbullying have been subject to review over the past 10 years or so as the internet has become more prevalent in society.

“Just blocking someone doesn’t solve the problem,” said Minjarez in response to a students question about what more advice could you give students about cyberbullying. “We want to stop the problem, not just ignore it.”

The next major bill that was brought before the students was HB no. 676, which seeks to raise the legal age of prosecution as an adult to 18, a raise from the current age which is 17.

“What difference does one year make in the justice system?” asked one student.

Alexander Hammond, Chief of Staff to Carol Alvarado, said, “A lot of thought goes into setting age limits. Your brain is still growing at 17, so how can you be tried as an adult while your still developing?”

Hammond was presenting two bills, the second one being HB no. 1018, seeks to set the legal limit to consume powdered alcohol to 21 years old, like all other forms of alcohol.

This bill seems pretty “no-brainer” to me and much of the other students, so there wasn’t much questioning regarding it’s passage. Although this was a good opportunity to inform students of this recently developed drug. Prior to this conference, I personally had no idea powdered alcohol existed.

The last part of this conference consisted of a panel of former students who currently occupied positions in Austin coming and explaining the best avenues to take to find success in government processes. Most of them spoke on internships and how social media plays a huge role in keeping in contact with constituents.

We departed the church with a minor taste of how government actually worked, and more was to come later. In the meantime, it was time to head down to the capitol building and meet on the front steps where a PTA rally was being led by the PTA president Lisa Holbrook.

Many of her remarks regarded what the PTA seeks to achieve this year, and recognizing the issues currently faced with the coming proposal of the system, which would allow students and parents to select what school in their district they’d like to attend.

“It all comes down to funding” said Samples. “The voucher system would allow schools to get more money per student than we currently get at the public education level.”

Many of the lead adversaries to this bill spoke up at this rally, namely among them being Representative Donna Howard.

“We don’t want the private schools getting all the funding” exclaimed a passionate Howard. “Do not doubt what your efforts here can achieve.”

Howard also went on to appeal to the masses of students present at the rally by announcing the upcoming bill XJR21, which would allow 17 year olds to vote in the primaries to select representatives.

Spirits ran high among the adults, but the students seemed to feel oddly out of place amongst all the commotion.

“They’re proposing stuff that wouldn’t affect them. They’re too old.” said Andres Garza, senior.

This narrative seemingly was playing out in the minds of all the students as they wondered around in the crowds filled with cheers and snare drums.

Tony Cervantes, senior, was skeptical, especially in regards to people in Austin passing laws over bullying. “They don’t know exactly how to handle [bullying]. [The students] should overcome the obstacle and move on.”

After the rally, students toured the capitol building and saw the hall where representatives convene in order to vote on bills just minutes before a session was about to take place.

“It’s so cool here!” exclaimed one student as they gazed up at the star on the roof of the main hall in the capitol.

Indeed, this was an excellent event for students to peer into the looking glass of government, but oddly enough, many felt as though they had no real voice while they were out there, only further reinforcing the notion that students really have no say in what happens to them.

The one opportunity students were given the opportunity to talk to a real representative, Cindy Burkett, seemed to be stripped away all to quickly, as students only got to ask about 3 questions, and seemingly got more answers from the MHS staff than the actual government official.

“Take part in your community. Allow yourself to be more involved in your community.” said Burkett

I’m sure students would have loved to been more active in their community and legislation, if only they were given a true opportunity to do so.

Prior to the event, many students were asked to research important topics regarding education to ask informed and meaningful questions in a meeting representatives that never happened.

Students Lead Demonstration On Campus Against Immigration Policies

The climate in the country has officially hit campus, as students walked out of class en masse to challenge the recent hardening of immigration laws in the U.S., which many of them feel will affect their families.

The walk out was expected to happen yesterday, but much to the relief of the administration it did not.

“We are [advocating] for the Mexican and proud,” said Kimberly, a student at MHS. “Thanks to two immigrants, I’m legal here… so I’m out here thanking my parents. I’m proud that I’m a legal immigrant.”

Kimberly was incredibly passionate about her cause, and the atmosphere of the crowd echoed her voice.

50+ students sat on the side of East Davis Street with signs that were aimed directly at President Trump. These scenes are incredibly familiar, as they are going on all around the nation as Trump’s campaign promises start to form into reality.

“All the kids here are helping spread the message.” said Kimberly.

Officers were on the scene as well in order to make sure that the students didn’t come into to harms way, or cause a disturbance on private property.

A police officer said, “I absolutely agree with what they’re doing, they have every right to do this as long as they obey laws and do not interrupt traffic.”

Students and parents alike are hugely impacted by the decisions made in this historic period in our lives. This demonstration seems to just be an embodiment of the concerns immigrant children and parents alike feel at home and in their daily lives.

There was also a demonstration going on at Skyline High School.

It All Comes to a Close

To put it plainly, in eighteen years of life, I’ve noticed that many of my peers are largely unaware of the reality that faces them on May 27th. In my mind, this is the date that things are finally turned loose, and all of my efforts for the past 13 years culminate to. To others, it is simply another stepping stone in the educational hierarchy – and this is where many people fail to ascertain the true nature and gravity of graduating. After receiving a diploma and after walking off stage, that’s when we as students get to decide what’s next – and that will be the hardest thing. Up until this point, we’ve been directed in our decisions. Since we’ve been five years old, we were told to go to school and make good grades. Since twelve, we were told that we had to start thinking about our futures that were fast approaching. Since sixteen, many students were told to go get their drivers license. In our eighteenth year of life, the decision is suddenly left up to us. “What colleges are you going to apply for?” they ask. “Are you going to take out student loans?” they question. The life of unquestioning faithfulness to the words of adults is quickly coming to a close as we become the adults.

I only recently came to grips with this idea, and I find myself in a state of disbelief. Of course I do not doubt that some of my classmates won’t go on to hit the ground sprinting following the graduation ceremony, and will fully assimilate into the strange new land across the horizon; but what of those who remain sheltered and remain oblivious to the true nature of the world outside of high school – unforgiving, cold and larger than any other. Up until this point, we’ve only received a small slice of life where our portions have been facilitated and reviewed as to not overwhelm anybody. This is not how it really works.

Life begins to rush at us at unprecedented speeds following graduation. There is no one here to tell us how much of life’s experiences we can intake at one time – it’s a free-for-all. I will take a larger portion than some, and many will likely take an even larger portion than I.

All things considered, I am bewildered by the fact that this is what 13 years amounts to. Walking across a stage into a dead-sprint through a strange wood; leaving the comfort of home for the chaos of apartment leases, car payments, copious amounts of bills and crippling college debt. To me it seems that a high school diploma buys us debt and confusion, and in turn, confusion about that debt.

Perhaps this is the world we live in.

We can only prepare so much for such a life-changing moment, and perhaps it’s unfair to expect anyone to live for that moment. My parents, especially, are constantly telling me to enjoy my final moths, because after this, that’s it. No more cradling. No more people telling me how to live. No more guidance. As I said before, life as we know it is coming to a close. No one would willingly run to

ward the apocalypse, so really, may

be we young adults are just utilizing what little time we have before the end. Maybe, it is imperative for us to continue being young until May, before we are denied that right.

I know my mom (bless her soul for raising such an inwardly reflective child with bad temperament) has always reminded how great it would be to be young again. Honestly, being young really is great. I am free to do as I please and basically excuse it as “trying to partake in new experiences.” I am free to voice my opinions and claim it in pursuit of “seeking intellectual verification.” Ina a time so full of change, I long for consistency and the perseverance of young ideals. Largely, I rebuke the storm of change.

In the coming months of college acceptance letters and copious senior events, I hope I can eek out some semblance of who I am, before I must become something else entirely.

Stranger Things

Recently, the state of affairs in these United States has taken a strange downturn. Races are crying out so that their voices may be heard; women still feel under-appreciated at home and in the workplace; voters find themselves divided among the lesser of two evils in the primary party representatives. Indeed these are strange times, and everyone seems to be entrapped in one or more of these conflicts.

Everyone older than the age of twenty-one, that is.

If we look at any high school in these United States, it would be taxing to find any student student knowing more about the 2016 presidential elections than media-fed responses such as “Donald Trump hates Mexicans,” or “Hillary is a liar.” It would be equally as hard to look at these students’ Twitters, Facebook, Instagrams or any social media platform where they haven’t put in their two-cents into the social maelstrom of #BLM and @CollinKappernick.

At first glance, it’s easy to say that the youth are just trying to get their voice out there – that perhaps they simply wish to voice their opinions to their peers and see something get done. But there lies the problem. Students simply wish to see something get done, not to get something done.

As a student, I find it increasingly disheartening to watch oh-so-many of my fellow alumni falling into the trap of generic statements on social outlets, yet when I pass by them in the hallways, they speak of nothing but the latest in-house gossip. I find it strange when some misinformed student stands in the midst of class and regurgitates the same facts and same commentary as CNN reporters or FOX reporters or the brain-vomit of any extremist on the internet.

If we are indeed the generation with the most access to knowledge, if we are indeed receiving the best public schooling there is to offer, why can only a select few individuals display the traits befitting of this fact? Why are we still letting students freely drop out of high school at the age of 16, when no job will take them seriously without at least a GED? Strangely, no one associates any of this with the current state of affairs.

To be honest (or tbh, to those who are text savvy), maybe the precipitate of this isn’t wholly the fault of the students themselves. Perhaps the burden befalls the entire generation as a whole. As long as I can remember, there has always been a mold that was pre-determined for us children of the 21st century. Parents reward anything that takes more than a micro-neuron of brainpower. Teachers congratulate students who think four times four is eight because they “at least tried.”

The age for “at least trying” is over in my opinion. The world is spiraling out of control faster than we would like to think. The ones to decide the fate of the world will be us. Be it Hillary or Trump : blue or red, they will be our president. Then four years from now, it will befall on our shoulders to decide if they shall return. The racial tension does not end at the riot shields, it ends when we say enough is enough. When people decide to stop hashtagging, and start going out and pursuing a difference – not from the comfort of the bed or the desk, but out in the real, unbridled, and tough world.

Circle of Death: Dread of the Orchestra World

Anxiety runs high with every orchestra concert. Students have to solidify their fingerings, make sure they know their parts, and most of all, work together. Perhaps there is no better way to test all of these things at once than Mr. Litle’s Circle of Death.

“It was something the director before me (we’ll call her Ms. G) did to test the kids,” orchestra director Blaine Litle said. “Basically its a small ensemble, one or two players from each section, and they play their music; it puts pressure since their sound is a lot more noticeable.”

The Circle of Death seeks to see which players need help by starting from the top of each section all the way down to the bottom. This is achieved by both comments by Litle and comments by fellow players.

“The main goal is to see where everyone is at and to help each other,” concert master of the Varsity orchestra Stephen Olvera said.

Although it’s a huge help to players, allowing them to see where they are compared to the rest of the ensemble, it’s not all happy faces and rainbows when a Circle of Death rolls around.

“It’s always a big surprise when a Circle of Death rolls around,” Olvera said. “A majority of the people don’t enjoy it because we walk into the room that day and realize it’s happening.”

But the ones who were truly surprised were the newest additions to the orchestra program – the freshmen.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” freshman Reina Garcia said. “I was nervous.”

However, students do admit that it helps a lot.

“It gets us to learn to play by ourselves and build confidence,” Garcia said. “I think it’s better to play in groups than to play by ourselves.”

Even more surprising, it seems that some people even get excited when Circle of Death rolls around.

“I think more people like it than they’d like to admit.” Litle said. “It’s a lot like a speech – if you’ve rehearsed you’re speech over and over and are well-prepared, you’re going to do fine. If not… you’re probably going to be pretty disappointed.”

Circle of Death won’t go away. With that being said, the orchestra program will only get better.

“If [the players] are willing to work for it, the Circle of Death works, and will fix all our problems,” Olvera said.

 

Orientation to Orienteering

Track, cross-country; basketball, football.

These sports are the pride and joy for us as Skeeters. But there is one club here at Mesquite High that has brought home multiple medals and trains just as hard as any other organization.

Say hello to our Mesquite High School Orienteering team!

“Orienteering is all about building great leadership skills and helping you become independent,” said Marie Romero, captain of the orienteering team. “At my first meet, I was running a yellow course, and I got lost. I was really confused and really wanted to quit. It was pretty traumatizing honestly but I’m glad I didn’t quit because I’ve grown a lot since then.”

So what exactly is orienteering?

“Orienteering is a sport where you navigate yourself through unknown terrain with a map and compass.” said senior Anthony Veiza, “You have to be able to make advanced decisions and rely on yourself.”

It may be easy to write-off orienteering as a glorified cross country, it’s actually a much more challenging sport both physically and mentally.

“It’s not all muscle like some sports,”Abel Hinojosa, the vice-president of the club, said. “It’s basically like a big Easter egg hunt – it’s a mind game where you have to make quick decisions and aim for the fastest time.”

In fact, this weekend at the first orienteering meet of this season for the North Texas Orienteering Association, Veiza managed to do just that.

“I’m proud whether I win or lose, but I only had one competitor a this meet,” Veiza said. “It was a colonel at a local Mesquite school, I can’t remember which one, and I remember passing him a couple times during the meet, and he was definitely making better decisions than I was. So, in the end, it all came down to speed – and I was faster than him.”

Anthony brought home the first place medal in the Green bracket for the meet.

“The courses get longer and more difficult as you move through the colors. The beginners start at white typically, and then they move on to yellow, orange, brown, green, and finally, red.” Veiza said.

Ultimately, orienteering is about teaching people about themselves and testing their limitations.

“At the end of the day, there’s always room to improve; I think that’s with anything really,” Veiza said. “You really only have one enemy – yourself.”

The next orienteering meet will be held on November 14 at Lake Texoma. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

 

Mesquite Meets Mary Poppins Re-Cap

The Mesquite High School Theater Department took on the challenge of being one of the first amateur theaters to perform the freshly released

Mary Poppins (musical)

Mary Poppins (musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Broadway rendition of Disney’s Mary Poppins. 

This spectacular kids’ classic about the paradoxical world around us and the value of  the family has been masterfully brought to life in The Sherman Brothers’ and Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway variation. Luckily for the audience viewing Mesquite’s performance on the weekend of Thursday, Jan. 22 to Saturday, Jan. 24, the life of the work was almost brought to life in the bold attempt of the MHS Theater Department, but seemed to lack a certain panache that would make the evening’s proceedings truly dazzling.

To begin, immediately as the performance began, I was overtaken with the set. While not the most complex scene, it was subtle and just enough to convey the setting. The artwork allowed for the scenes such as the park and Bank’s home to give off an air of simplicity yet luxury that permeated English upper-class of the time. Although, I was taken aback a tad when Mr. Banks pulled a modern-day umbrella from the wall towards the beginning of the performance, but such trivial nuances hardly detract from the overall merit.

As the night continued, I was delighted to hear tunes that I was familiar with in my youth from the original Disney production of Mary Poppins. The actors seemed to invoke the memories of childhood with familiar numbers such as Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It was heartwarming to see such numbers performed with an air of lightheartedness and outright fun that the cast provided. Personally, I find the most important thing in any performance is that the actors enjoy what they do, and as always, the cast here at Mesquite High did just that.

However, I was a bit disappointed in some of the English accents I heard. While I myself probably have a horrible English accent (as most Americans do),  almost from the get-go some characters seemed to be finding the accent they desired and unfortunately did not find it until a quarter of the way through the performance. Although, some accents actually impressed me because knowing some of the actors and having talked to them, I would have never believed that they were capable of producing such believable tones and dialects in a voice besides their own.

These variations of accents for the most part translated into splendid vocal performances by most of the cast, but a few times there were instances of  incorrect tonality for the character’s role, which did not by any means take away from the performance by the cast in general.

The same could quite possibly be said for a majority of the choreography presented throughout the night. While the score was quite impressive in the upbeat portions where large amounts of choreography were used, the choreography often seemed out of synch and confused, could have just been open night jitters.

By the end of the night, I would have to say that although some parts showed some flaws the overall performance by the cast was phenomenal.  A few things needed tightening up, but many things were very well performed.  Personally I would have liked to see a sense of ownership between actor and role but all-in-all, I enjoyed the performance. It was charming in its own way, and the willingness of the actors and their familiarity with the pieces music of Mary Poppins allowed for an enjoyable performance for everybody.

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Grover

Dr. Dennis Grover is one of the new administrators we have welcomed to Mesquite High this year. Having graduated with his doctorate from Texas A & M Commerce, Dr. Grover is a man who has adorned many hats in the teaching field.  Dr. Grover has taught special ed in math, been a councilor at Agnew Middle School, an assistant principal at McDonald and Vanston Middle School, and has finally arrived to our revamped campus. With a wife and two kids, Dr. Grover does all he can with his new extended family here at Mesquite High. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Grover, and discussed how his time here has been.

 

Izaak Lux: How has MHS treated you so far?
Dr. Grover: It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed working with the outstanding group of Senior Leaders. I’ve mostly been trying to get to know some of the students and teachers.

Lux: What have you enjoyed about MHS?

Grover: I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with the people I used to teach with; I’ve enjoyed building relationships with some of the students and Senior Leaders. You definitely get see the amount of maturity the kids have gone through over the last 9 years. They all grow up and become people you can really connect with.

Lux: Have you run into any obstacles?

Grover: Nothing big has really come up. The only thing really is that this is my first year working attendance and I have to learn all the different things that go into presiding over attendance and enrollment verification.

Lux: What responsibilities come with being the head of attendance?

Grover: I’m the guy that files the truancy cases when someone collects too many unexcused absences. I’m also the one who has to go to court in those cases, so I have talk to the student, parent and judge to figure out what to do.

Lux: Has there been anyone who has shown a lot of support or been a great advisor to you?           Grover: The Senior Leaders and their sponsors have really embraced me and kept me involved with the on goings here. But mostly everyone has been very forthcoming and inviting since I’ve been here.

Lux: What are you expecting from this school year?  

Grover: I’m looking forward to seeing ALL of the senior class graduate and to be a part of that; making sure they can be successful and hopefully helping all the underclassmen get to see that the end is near- their hard work for the past 12 or so years in finally coming to an end. Mainly, I look forward to helping anyone I can this year.

Lux: Is there anything you wish to tell the students at MHS?

Grover: Remember to have pride in your school. The building is just a building, but the school is made up of the students and staff. So be proud of who you are and where you go to school- be proud to be a Skeeter.

Finian’s Rainbow: Performance By MHS Theatre Cast Review

On February 1, 2013, I went to see our theater students performance the musical Finian’s RainbowTo say the least, the performance was rather average. The choreography was actually astounding, but voices felt lackluster at times; the characters were well portrayed, but the story felt empty, despite constantly having something going on. After sitting through approximately two and a half hours of dancing and singing, instead of feeling enlightened and emotional over the performance, I felt a sense of emptiness. I do understand that the cast did the performance as the script tells them, I also feel that there was no sense of “wow” in the performance. One of the things that make a performance truly great is being able to make a character your own, and refine it to become you. Unfortunately, I did not see any of this going on in the cast’s performance. Not to mention that at times, when I was attempting to follow dialogue, the mic crew would remind me that they were there and let out a low scratching noise over the voice of the actors. And good lord, the lights! If they weren’t shaking, they were too dim for a good acquisition of facial features.

To start at the beginning, I never really liked the score for Finian’s Rainbowthe pieces seem far too simplistic in nature. Though, that’s only on the part of the actors really, the actual score for the symphony is quite a vexing amalgamation of notes and rhythmic patterns. About the only challenging roll I found to hold a fair amount of tonal quality was in the part of Sharon. Seriously, there were some times in the performance that I was absolutely astounded by the lead actresses ability to hit the high notes that Sharon must hit. Though, I wish the same could be said of the lead actor who portrayed Woody. It’s not that he could not sing, rather, is voice simply did not fit with the rest of the cast. The vocals for Woody simply were too “poppy” in nature and lacked a musical tonality that is needed for musicals. But the cast as a whole had an amazing harmony that I cannot begin to describe. While the actors individually didn’t astonish me, the cast as whole did some things I wish I could see in every high school performance of a musical. Though, you expect good harmonies in any musical, or else I’d just go see an elementary performance of the Christmas Carol. 

Before anyone gets severely personally hurt, (as I know anyone does reading a review) there were some actually good things about the performance. For one, the actors actually managed to stay in character completely, which is a rather rare sight in high school performances as well. By this, I mean that all the actors managed to always hold their characters mannerisms, posture and even accents (which were quite convincing by the way). Also, there was never a moment where I doubted that the actors were immersing me in the story, so I was not too aware of the fact I was watching a play. So good on them for doing their jobs as they should be done.

Finally, I would like to commend the cast for selecting a piece that not only has hilarious underlying tones of crude humor and social commentary, but also in picking a piece that confronts the idea of racism. It seems many people are scared these days to perform plays simply because they are scared of the script, but in truth, the script is simply only words on a page. These words can only be made offensive or vulgar if the entire cast wishes them to be so. Thankfully, the cats did not wish for any of this mishap, and they managed to introduce this comedy and racial slander in a moderate fashion that did not have any malicious intent behind it on the part of the actors. After reviewing the script for a bit, I found I quite enjoyed the dialogue of Finian’s Rainbow because although it at times feels like a child’s story, it is similar to a Disney movie in the way it hints at more “adult” content. I may have said I disliked the musical aspect of the performance, I never said anything of the actual dialogue of the play.

Overall, the play was simply average. On top of already having some prejudice toward the play itself, I simply feel as though the actors did their job, and did not bring anything new to the table for Finian’s Rainbow. Though, I do look forward to future performances by our theater department because they all seemed to have fun when they were on the stage with those oh-so-bright lights upon them, and that is what marks a theater group that can go on to do some fabulous performances.

 

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Story by: Izaak Lux

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Last Christmas, the long anticipated comedy sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was released in theaters. The movie brought in $26.9

 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

million during the holiday season, coming in second right behind The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smogg. Movie-goers came back to have more nonsensical fun with the San Diego News Team. Leading with an all star cast, starring Will Ferrel and Steve Carrel, Anchorman 2 is a gut-busting film that the whole family can enjoy.

 

Many critics have given the movie a bad rap because of its inconsistency in plot and poor character development. While none of us are conscious of these accusations while laughing ourselves to kingdom come, looking back at the film, these points can be very easily identified. In truth, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is extremely drawn out and over the top just like its predecessor. While the film has its moments where it has its where the audience is giggling and smiling, that is all there is to the movie- moments.

 

It is often forgotten what makes a quality comedy film (And that is not cheap jokes and songs about Dobi). The film is not horrible, but it’s not great; the film is not hilarious, but it’s not bland either. The main problem faced with The Anchorman 2 is that the film finds no sense of balance in its entirety. McKay and Ferrel should have just abandoned after Anchorman, because it may be true that the sequel was quite funny to the 13 year old audience, for those of us who saw the prequel, it almost feels as though the second is a rendition rather and a sequel.

 

I give it a ** out of *****.

 

Story by Izaak Lux

 

 

 

 

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