Netflix's New Hauntingly Relevant Series

Netflix's New Hauntingly Relevant Series

"Don't think the future doesn't get its hands dirty."
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Netflix's new sci-fi drama series Travelers arrived to the popular streaming service this past December with 12 action-packed and emotionally-charged episodes.

The series, which was renewed for a second season last month, follows the lives of five strangers who all have one thing in common: their consciousness belongs to that of someone from the impeding apocalyptic future.

Years from now, humanity is on its last leg of survival. Under the strict instructions of their mysterious Director, volunteers have their consciousness transmitted to the body of someone in the 21st century. Their mission? To team up and fix the mistakes of generations past. Wars, terrorist attacks, natural disasters -- you name it.

These teams of travelers work to prevent or change historic events that their Director has calculated as being pivotal moments in humanity's downfall. It's believed that if enough of these pivotal events can be altered, humanity has a chance of escaping its looming demise.

But of course, tampering with fragile timelines always comes with complications. Don't let this typically predictable trope turn you off, though. Travelers takes an incredibly unique and refreshing twist on the butterfly effect and succeeds in constructing a haunting and gripping narrative about the future of humanity.

The series asks many complex and profound questions that don't always have a clear answer. The travelers' protocols instruct them to neither take lives or save lives unless explicitly told otherwise. Their missions typically aim at saving a large group of people; saving one life can only do so much for saving humanity. Their loyalty and compliance to the mission and the Director must always come first -- but can they really be expected to sit idly by while people they know they can save are dying?

This narrative is incredibly relevant in the way we perceive value of human lives in this day and age. Is it ethical to sacrifice one life to save many? Is there a human obligation to help those who we can, even if it puts others at risk? Their mission dehumanizes people as variables in an equation, and the travelers' entire belief system starts to shift when they start recognizing the people around them as tangible, real human beings.

And isn't that our problem? We turn humans into variables, objects, numbers, and statistics because it makes it easier for us to ignore those who need help. That's how discrimination works -- viewing people as less than human. That's how we're able to ignore the voices that need our help; the voices of refugees or starving children. We view them as entities separate from our own, as an entire species separate from us that we aren't connected to and have no obligation to help.

Travelers challenges that. It asks us to think of people complexly and recognize all humans as having equal value. It inspires the belief that within us all is a deep and resounding fundamental connection between humans that can't be stripped away.

The show also has a multitude of important underlying themes and subplots surrounding addiction, chronic illness, domestic violence, and bullying. Every moment is powerful and perplexing, and just when you think you've caught on to the show's rhythm, a whole new twist gets thrown into the picture.

This series is important and resonating, and I am incredibly eager to see where season two will take us. Travelers has managed to take a somewhat tired and predictable premise and make it entirely their own. The characters are fully-fleshed and complex, and every major and minor storyline is incredibly innovative and captivating. Two thumbs up from this sci-fi junkie!

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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