The State of the Culture – 1

What in the world is going on in this world? We react to the biggest news in recent weeks.

What we’re covering: People across the world “putting on their happy face”, the biggest sports failure of the 21st century, the most hyped up movie of the internet age, and more.

HEADLINER: The AAF Suspends Operations

Well… it was fun while it lasted? It was pretty easy to see this coming from a mile away. Since the surprisingly well-received debut of the AAF, the league has all but fallen off the face of the earth in subsequent weeks. On April 2nd, the AAF finally accepted their fate and shut down operations. While extremely gimmicky in its short lifetime, the league is proving to be more and more dysfunctional in its afterlife – with news coming daily about the mishandling of the entire operation from the start. It’s a definite shame that the NFL still has no sort of G-League or Farm System set up, but it’s been proven time and time again that it might just be for the better.

On another note, will someone please sign Johnny Football?

In Television: The Twilight Zone

The newest iteration of The Twilight Zone is already making waves in the culture two episodes in. The first episode, The Comedian, ushered in the new show slowly but surely, and left a little to be desired… but then there was Nightmare at 30,000 Feet. The spin on the classic Twilight Zone episode starred Adam Scott (who nailed it), and served as a more stunning introduction to the new season of the show. Nightmare left the lasting impression that a Twilight Zone episode should, and served as the real “bang” that kicked the show in motion. It’s still hard to say just how good the new season will be, but with Jordan Peele at the helm, it appears to be headed in the right direction.

In Music: Drake and Future tease fanboys everywhere.

In the streaming era, music fans constantly demand that music be released now. When Drake and Future teased that What A Time To Be Alive 2 was “already cooked,” it sent the internet into a frenzy. We expect the project to release sometime before the end of the summer, but the more important thing is that it exists.

When What A Time To Be Alive dropped in 2015, it immediately became the bow that tied together one of the best years in hip hop history, and became a staple in hip hop culture. Since then, Drake and Future have both seen their careers dip in unexpected ways, but the duo getting together for another victory lap could be exactly what they both need to keep their careers from dropping further.

Naturally, there’s nothing else to say except drop it!!! Now.

Oddity: Avengers: Endgame breaking literally every record.

Everyone knows the hurricane of hype surrounding Avengers: Endgame by now, but somehow, the movie continues to reach new levels of absurdity in the weeks before its release. With tickets going for $15,000 on eBay (yes, really), new theories being created every day, and the movie’s press run in full swing, it’s crazy to think that this is only the calm before the storm. Some projection sites even have the movie going over $1 billion worldwide in its first weekend, and at this point, that isn’t even the wildest speculation for Endgame (some people really believe Ant-Man will shrink into Thanos’ anus and expand to kill him, look it up).

Is $15,000 too much for a ticket? Probably, but we’re in the endgame now, anything is appropriate.

Event of the Week: JOKER Trailer

Piggybacking off of the success of Shazam!, DC decided it was the right time to drop their first official look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, and it’s stunning in all the right ways. While good trailers don’t guarantee a good movie (especially with you, DC), it’s hard not to be excited by the Martin Scorsese-produced take on Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime. The influence of Taxi Driver is apparent throughout the trailer (what better movie to be inspired by), as Phoenix looks to explore a new side of the Joker in 80’s Gotham.

People will complain about the over-abundance of Batman-related properties in our current culture, but Joker is too good to ignore as a property at this point. Will the movie be great? Who knows, but the trailer is effective in making October 4th a highlighted date on our calendar.