Another week, another midpoint rose ceremony, another episode that ends with a woman sobbing. This week's episode opens up where Hannah was deciding whether to give it a second try or just move on and leave it in the past. Meanwhile the girls are waiting for Peter to come back to the group date. They spend a few more minutes hugging and cuddling and not quite kissing, but finally Peter has had enough. “I can’t do this,” he says. He wipes the sparkles from Hannah’s dress off his jeans and heads back to the women, who have been patiently composing their sex stories for his future amusement. Peter gathers all the ladies together and informs him that he’s canceling the date, well the daytime portion, at least. “I’m just not in the right headspace right now to have fun with you guys and enjoy this,” he says. “This is not fair to you all, at all.” But drinks later, okay? The ladies were very annoyed.
Heading into the drinks, Peter tells the girls “Hannah is in the past and she gone from my life and I would like to start a new chapter with one of you ladies.” Natasha is not on board with this idea.“I want to get to know a free Peter,” she fumes. “I don’t want to get to know a chained Peter.” When she sits down with the Bachelor, Natasha lets him know she’s “really upset” about everything that’s happened, and she doesn’t think it’s fair that Peter is working out his issues “at the expense” of the other women.
Moving on to Sydney, Peter and Sydney have a very personal talk. Sydney talks to Peter how she had to deal with a lot of “racial profiling” while growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. She and Peter make out for a bit, and then it’s time for Mykenna and Peter to have some one-on-one time… most of which involves making out. The rose date goes on and Sydney gets the group date rose.
We’re back in the mansion and it’s time for the cocktail party, Kelsey plans her one-on-one with Peter while Kelsey plans to open a bottle of champagne she’s been saving for a special moment. She goes into the house to get Peter but Mykenna grabs and leaves with him and she got mad because Mykenna had a date with Peter and she didn’t. Once Mykenna is done with Peter she walks back in the house and Kelsey tells her “You disrespected me, and I know you don’t really care.” This leaves Kelsey very emotional, then of the girls grab her to fix her makeup before she sits with Peter. She goes outside and Peter and Hannah Ann pass by where her champagne is and they open it up. Kelsey hears it, gets up goes around the corner to check and she sees they’re drinking her bottle. She runs off to the bathroom and Peter goes after her while Hannah Ann is all confused about why she got mad. The rest of the girls tell Hannah Ann about her bottle and Hannah Ann feels bad because she didn’t know. Peter leaves and Kelsey doesn’t want to talk to him, he leaves she comes out and Hannah Ann wants to talk to her but Kelsey starts storming on her. After that all happens, she finally sits down with Peter and share a romantic toast until she drinks from the bottle and gets all wet.
Chris Harrison walks in and says, “Ladies it's time for the rose ceremony.” Three of them leave and the rest of the girls celebrate a toast with Peter.
The next day, is the first real group date of the week, starring Alexa, Mykenna, Natasha, Deandra, Lexi, Victoria F., Kelsey, and Hannah Ann. They meet Peter in front of Revolve, the ladies are going to get some free clothes on this date, but they’re also going to have to compete in a fashion show modeling their clothes. The winner gets over 40 shopping bags filled with Revolve clothing and accessories. The winner of this group date is Hannah Ann. Victoria F gets mad that she won, cries and wants to leave. Peter later on, talks to her and pulls her out and she wants the cameras to leave them for a bit. After they finish talking Peter takes Hannah Ann to talk when Hannh Ann tells Peter what happened with Kelsey and her and she says she felt bulled from Kelsey which then Peter goes and gets Kelsey and tells her what Hannah Ann told and Kelsey cries and tell the girls what Hannah Ann told Peter. The episode ends with Kelsey running off to the bathroom and crying tears of frustration (again). “There’s a difference between me saying not nice words to her face,” sobs Kelsey, “and constantly bullying somebody.”
Next week on The Bachelor, more crying with a pillow fight competition and the return of Demi Burnett from The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise.
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
Fashion Week is the most anticipated event in the fashion industry. What is fashion week? Fashion week is a series of designer presentations held biannually in Paris, Londen, Milan, and New York, with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year. Fashion week took place in Paris ( Monday, September 23-Tuesday-October 1) and New York (September 6-Saturday, September 14). Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation for Paris and CFDA for New York. Fashion Week is held at venues throughout the cities.
Fashion Week is part of the “Big 4”, which means four cities. Each of these cities is a fashion capital of the world. Fashion week happens twice a year in the major fashion capitals of the world; New York, London , Milan and Paris. Models walk the runway and show different types of styles. An example can be haute couture, which is held semiannually for the spring/summer and autumn/winter seasons. In addition, every year, famous brands like Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Céline host their shows in historical places such as the Carrousel du Louvre and the Grand Palais.
The first Fashion Week was held in 1945 in the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture established another set of rules to regulate and determine Haute Couture houses. In order to meet the criteria, the house had to ensure they followed the updated rules including in each season, a couture house must present a collection of at least 35 runs with both daytime and evening wear to the Paris press. Others included having at least 20 members on staff, and that every design must include fittings and be made-to-order for the clientele.
The next Fashion Week will start in New York from Feb 6- Feb 13, London will be next Feb 14- Feb 18 and last will be Milan from Feb 18- Feb 24.
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
Airline pilot Peter Weber begins his search for love, meeting 30 accomplished women eager to catch his eye. The show starts off with all the 30 girls backgrounds, most all of them have a pretty good job such as a caregiver, nurse, attorney, and flight attendant. Chris Harrison asks Peter about Hannah Brown, which is obvious foreshadowing for Hannah’s crashing the episode later. But before we get there, we see some truly iconic limo intros. One of the women’s grandmas wrote Peter a letter which is sweet but also a little premature, right?
As time goes on and the girls are in the mansion waiting to talk to Peter, a limo pulls up and miss Hannah Brown pulls up and all the 30 girls are shocked as all who are watching. Hannah Brown pulls up and gives Peter back his wings that he gave her when they first meet on Hannah season (season 15 of The Bachelorette). He assures the other woman she’s not coming back onto the show. (Little did they know.)
Chris Harrison comes by and drops off the first-impression rose, so now it’s on. Hannah Ann and Peter bond about being close with their families. The other women snark at Hannah Ann laughing with Peter and say, “Maybe she’s funny,” which is actually an excellent shade, but in the end, Hannah Ann gets the first impression rose.
On the first group date, nine women get flight training. They have to do math, define oddly sexual plane terms, and spin on an orbit machine that simulates fake turbulence. Victoria P. is terrified of this because she has PTSD from vomiting after a teacup ride growing up. Peter comforts Victoria in the bathroom after she throws up. After this, the women then have to compete in a plane- themed obstacle course. Kelly ends up coming on top but she cheated in the obstacle course in which annoys the other women. Her prize was a private plane ride with Peter. At the end of the first group date, Kelly gets the rose which means she is saved from the second rose ceremony.
Onto the one-on-one date, which goes to Madison. On this date, Peter takes Madison to his house in which her parents are renewing their vows and takes her to the ceremony. After the ceremony, they go to dinner in which they talk about their parents and love. They kiss. She gets a rose. Peter’s family comes in while they are dancing and they all start to dance.
Hannah Brown returns to host the second group date. The women weren’t very happy about it. In this group date, they will have to talk about the most awarded place they have had sex. She starts it, says her story about how she had sex in a windmill with Peter and how they did it 4 times. The girl have their time to start writing their story. While that is happening, Peter goes backstage and Hannah is crying her eyes out and they start talking about how Hannah regrets sending Peter home. "I question what I should’ve done,” Hannah continues, referencing their relationship. “I question a lot.” To this, Peter asks Hannah if it ever crossed her mind to ask him out the way she did Tyler at the end of her season.“Do you regret sending me home?” Peter asks, to which Hannah says, “Yeah, I question it all the time.” They go back and forth like this for a while. “I know there’s still something there,” Hannah says.
The first episode ends as Peter asks Hannah to join and come back and give it another try. In the next episode, we will know Hannah’s answer. At the end, the show gives clips on the next episode which is a lot of crying and threatening Peter, Victoria F said, I’ll leave and Hannah can stay” which can mean she might have stayed, but who knows.
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
The Orange County and L.A. area is a breeding ground for independent music artists. One group to arise from the babble is Mind Monogram, a spacey alt rock quartet consisting of Edgar A. Ruiz, Christian Caro, Billy Azzurdia, and Bryam M. Mejia.
In 2014, Ruiz started recording a solo project with help from Caro. Quickly, the project became a full band as the other members were added.
With each member, an aspect of their whole style was added as they each brought their own influences. The influences include music from the 50s and 60s to modern indie and hip-hop. They focus on creating moods and atmosphere in their music, and have created a unique “vibe”.
They can be found on Spotify or Youtube, and their most recent song “11:11” is a great example of their entire style. “Chasing Rabbits” and “Insomniac” are also great examples of their chill sound.
When asked for advice on becoming a musician for a career, they responded, “follow your instincts and the rest will follow. Your sound will develop and everything will continue to progress. As for making a career of it, invest time in your craft to reach that goal. Stay creative throughout life and see where that leads you.”
Reporter: John Servin
On November 12, 2019, Disney released their own streaming service in the form of Disney Plus, which included all Disney-owned films and shows, ranging from the past and present day. With the release of Disney Plus, they created their own Original shows, including The Mandalorian.
The Mandolrian is a stand alone show from the Star Wars universe, about a bounty hunter named Mando, who belongs to a race called Mandalorians. He is seen as nothing more than a man that will do anything to make a profit, being considered as one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. As the series progresses, we begin to learn more about our protagonist and his character as a whole. We learn that Mando, is an orphan since his parents were killed when he was a child during the Clone Wars, and was taken in by the people of Mandalore. Although the Mandalorians have a reputation for being ruthless warriors, Mando shows his soft side a good amount within the show. As part of the Mandalorian religion, Mando can never take off his helmet that was welded for him. His mask is a metaphor as it is a persona. When he has his mask on, people only see him as a bounty hunter that does anything to make a score. Underneath it all, Mando has his own moral code, and overall is a caring person.
With only a few episodes under its belt, I would consider The Mandalorian the best television series within the Star Wars universe. The show is also rated highly within the Star Wars film installments. I personally put it with the ranks of the original trilogy, which are the best films in Star Wars. The Mandalorian is a very, very well produced show. The visual imagery and animations are incredible, and the cast is spectacular. Pedro Pascal, who plays Mando, is one of the only main recurring characters, and does an excellent job playing his part. Although The Mandolorian is a great show, the plot isn’t specifically explained or connected to the main Star Wars storyline. Overall, I would rate The Mandalorian a 9/10.
The Mandalorian is a highly praised show, and is a must-see for Star Wars fans or anyone who has or is planning to buy membership for Disney Plus.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
ABC’s show, The Bachelor features returning contestant, 28 year old Peter Weber . Weber first received national attention after placing third on season fifteen of The Bachelorette. During the first promo released on November 25, 2019, ABC also released the air date which will be January 6, 2020. The promo, features a lot of crying and drama -even more than expected. Host, Chris Harrison said, “ This season there is going to be a lot more drama than the other past seasons on The Bachelor.” The ABC promo hints that Hannah Brown, the bachelorette of season fifteen might be back to give it a second chance. If this is the case, this might be the best season, but we’ll have to wait to find out until January 6, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
The Estancia Drama students will be presenting a show called “It’s A Wonderful Life” from December 5th through December 7th. The students are working very hard, despite the challenges they face while not having their drama teacher present.
Due to their teacher being gone for health reasons, the drama students were left to step up for their upcoming performance. Senior, Leah Thunstrom said, “Trying to figure out how to build a show from the ground up was extremely hard. I never realized how much work was done by Ms. M until she wasn’t here. Although it's super difficult, every person in the troupe has carried some extra weight and has been patient as we try to figure out how to create a show. I definitely learned a lot about Ms. Maranian through this and I’m honored to be doing this for her so she can get better.”
Throughout the process, many of the students gained a further respect for Ms. M and all the work she does. “Without Ms.M there to direct us, it gave me a deeper understanding of what she does and how difficult it can be,” said Megan James. They are also working together no matter their experience. “The heart of this show is really within the troupe, everyone has stepped up to put it together whether it’s their first show or their fifth,” said Senior, Sarah Reich, president of drama.
The students aren’t completely alone. They have the help of Mr. Williams, a social science teacher at Estancia. He helps the students’ guest director. The guest director is Tony Palermo, who adapted “It’s a Wonderful Life” into the radio-on-stage show the students are performing.
The show will open at the Barbara Van Holt Theater at 7 pm on December 5th, 6th, and 7th. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo
On November 8th, 2019, Dr. Sleep, directed by Mike Flanagan, was released in theaters around the country. Flanagan, known for his horror movies which he both writes and directs, was given quite large shoes to fill as he tried to follow Stanley Kubrick’s highly praised film The Shining. Though Dr. Sleep is not as critically successful, the film is a satisfying, modern follow up to it's 1980 original. Though both the movies are based off of novels of the same names by Stephen King, they should be regarded and admired as their own series. Dr. Sleep is a mix of an adaptation from the book, and a sequel to The Shining, but leans heavily towards Kubrick’s work. This movie works in several genres, though most would define it as a thriller. It has several elements of horror, including jump scares, mild gore, and long tense scenes that draw the viewer closer to the screen in anticipation. However, there is greater on the characters and how they develop throughout the story, which a lot of horror movies seem to leave out in favor of more fear factor.
In the film Danny Torrance, a person with a psychic power he calls the shining, grows up and attempts to cope with the trauma of what happened in the previous film. He turns to alcohol, just like his father, and ends up in a small town in New England. There he is contacted by a girl with his same powers and they discover a group of very dangerous people who also “shine”.
Ewan McGregor, a Scottish actor famous for roles in the Star Wars series, the Danny Boyle black comedy Trainspotting, and an upcoming role in DC’s Birds of Prey, acts with palpable sincerity and pain. He plays the tortured soul of Danny, and delivers a convincing performance, topped with a New England accent, that is extremely immersive. Opposite him is Rebecca Ferguson, a Swedish actress who was in recent installments of the Mission Impossible series, Men In Black, and The Greatest Showman. Her performance doesn’t hinder the film, though it is quite unremarkable. Her accent occasionally makes it through and displaces any accent buffs. She does, however, deliver a menacing performance as the antagonist, threatening the viewer by merely appearing on screen. Sadly, Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall did not appear for the sequel, and instead Henry Thomas and Alexandra Essoe played Jack and Wendy Torrance.
Dr. Sleep reaches much further into the magical elements explored in The Shining and explains all the events of the previous film. There are many explanations that are not told to the audience, but shown. The powers don’t seem to overwhelm the viewer, even though most of the plot revolves around it. The cinematography is nothing to sing songs about but it's cohesive and beautiful. There are some shots that succeed fantastically at building suspense. However, there is a sequence where there are many crossfades between shots that are jarring and out of place. Though these are meant as an homage to Kubrick’s film, it simply does not achieve the same effect as it is overused. There is also a sequence in which a young child is subject to unspeakable actions, and it is displayed gruesomely.
Though Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie at 76 out of 100, I believe the movie deserves a higher grade of at least 80. At a run time of 2 hours and 32 minutes, the movie does not bring anything revolutionary to the art of film, but it is still a great thrilling movie. Critics and box office numbers may disagree, but I say it's a movie definitely worth watching.
Reporter: John Servin
The Fish Fry opened on September 20th through September 22nd; 5-10 p.m. Friday, 12-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. It has been around for 72 years at Fairview Park. Money that is raised by Fish Fry is being donated to Children's hospitals in Orange County, Knots of Love, Project Cuddle, Some Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa Boys and Girls Club, Save our Youth, and local high school sports. The Costa Mesa Fish Fry has raised more than $6 million for the community. Students that are Costa Mesa residents came to The Fish Fry to see what they had to offer. Miriam Arriaga, a student that goes to Estancia High School came to hang out at The Fish Fry on September 21st and saw some friends of hers that she hasn’t seen in 2 years. She said, “I got a funnel cake and I was wishing they had strawberry toppings but they ran out.” Estancia, Costa Mesa and Early College High School students were in attendance. Most of the time many families are having fun with their kids and walking around the area. On the other side of Fairview, where the parking lot was at; music and food stands were displayed everywhere. Older couples could be found near the stage and danced to the music. Others were sitting in chairs, watching the couples, listening to T- Bird and the Flock. A 10th grader Dylan Park from Early College said, “It was pretty alright. I had fun with my friends”. The park was filled with laughter, joy, and smiles all around as many look forward to this event in years to come.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
What if you knew when you would die? The amount of anxiety and nervousness you would get if you don't live your life everyday with no worries? What if you could find it out easily by just downloading one simple app? The exact date and time you would have till your death. Countdown comes out on October 25th. Justin Dec is the director of the movie. Actress Elizabeth Lial, is the protagonist and is a nurse who downloads an app; where you can find out the exact time and date for your death. Once you open the app, it asks if you accept the fate; knowing the consequences of what’s bound to happen next. She accepts it and it shows she has three days to live. Time is ticking faster and faster. A figure follows her every step of the way and she has to figure out what she has to do to stop the time before it runs out. No matter what happens, such as getting a new phone and a new service, it’ll still follow you and keep continuing to countdown until you actually do something about it. I think it’s a cool way for viewers to watch this movie because it’s basically social media displayed in a movie and I would think people can relate to wondering how they would die. Student at Estancia High School, Lesley Hernandez said, "it's a pretty cool app and it would be exciting yet scary to actually have the real thing.¨
Reporter: Leslie Ventura