Who Watches the Cult?

Who Watches the Cult?

Did you pick up on the similarities between Watchmen and AHS season 7?
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American Horror Story's seventh season, Cult, came to an end back in November. Still, I decided to re-watch the entire season over winter break. Part of this decision was out of boredom. But there was another reason I did this.

Halfway through the season back in November, my philosophy class started reading Watchmen. Once we began reading it, I immediately began to see reflections of the graphic novel throughout the episodes.

That being said, I also decided to re-watch Cult in order to really look for those similarities between season seven and The Watchmen. Some of them were quite obvious while others may be a bit of a stretch, but this is what I've got:

1. Ozymandias

This one was an obvious tie. Ozymandias is the son of the leading couple in Cult, Ally and Ivy. Ozymandias is also the name of one of the main vigilantes in Watchmen. Ozy in Cult does not have quite as important of a role as Adrian Veidt does in Watchmen, but the name tie is very noticeable.

2. Costumes

Just as the vigilantes in Watchmen wear costumes to protect their personal identities from being exposed to the public, members of Kai's cult wear clown costumes when they perform their murder rituals to hide theirs. The situations are different but the reasoning behind wearing costumes is the same.

3. Political Events

Both Watchmen and Cult are centered around major political events. Cult takes place during and after the recent presidential election while Watchmen takes place after the Vietnam War, when the United States and the Soviet Union were on the verge of starting World War III.

4. Comics


Yes, Watchmen itself is a graphic novel. However, there is a comic within the comic. A boy at the newstand in Watchmen is seen in multiple chapters reading from "Tales of the Black Freighter." Events in the comic parallel events going on in Watchmen. On a somewhat similar note, Ozymandias in Cult is seen reading a comic about a killer clown, Twisty. This comic seems to parallel what is going on with Kai and his Cult dressing up like clowns when they murder people.

5. Symbols

Throughout Watchmen, a smiley face symbol with a splatter of blood is seen. I believe it represents the murder of the Comedian, one of the vigilantes (it may have other symbolism too but I'm not exactly sure what that may be). Whenever the clown cult commits a murder, they leave behind a smiley face symbol, too. It also has a splatter of blood, just in a different spot.

I did find some more ties but I wasn't exactly sure how to explain them and they were a bit of a stretch. Still, the five points that I made above cannot be denied. I don't know if these are coincidental or if the writers of Cult had Watchmen in mind, but either way I think it's pretty neat.



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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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