Ridge Report Writing and Photography Contest

This year, you can submit a short story, poetry piece, and/or photography connecting to one of three possible themes. Your options are "Hush", "Bang", and "Click". Be as creative as you want!

Entries will be accepted starting Monday May 1st 2017

The deadline for entering is Friday May 20th 2017

First place winners in each category (short story, photography, and poetry) will have their entry published on the Ridge Report website and will be awarded a prize.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Episode 5-11 Review

Marvel has a acquired a taste for success that can't be satisfied with its movies. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is the company's attempt to translate their cinematic success to the small screen, which wasn't the smoothest transition. It has garnered fair reception, not because of its excellence, but because of the movies and its potential. The first four episodes managed to pass with a good grade, but has the next seven episodes truly shown something for the fans who were disappointed and hoping for more at the initial episodes.

The first four episodes chronicled the multiple adventures of a S.H.I.E.L.D team that were loosely connected. This lack of continuity was a weakness and its overall dependence on the movies for success was also a flaw. The continuity issue does seem to have improved, with characters from old episodes reappearing and long term antagonists carving a bigger spot for themselves in the show. Also notable is the cliffhanger ending in episode ten and the show now using a "previously in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" introduction, which helps break the monotonous format of each episode being the next, completely unrelated, brand new adventure. The show has a few overarching story lines, which may help it build up to something bigger. However, there is not much faith to be had in the hope that something epic will end off the long term stories. One burning question from the pilot itself was finally resolved in episode 11, but with a very lame, obvious, and uncreative ending. It shows the series does not contain strong storytelling, creativity, and execution. It also doesn't seem to be stronger on the movie relation front. The show had an official tie-in episode with Thor: The Dark World, and while the episode can be commended for not using the movie for its overall plot, it is also weak in the fact it offered nothing new to the movie universe itself. That is common to the show itself, as it does not have much importance or gravitas. Most of the characters are not easy to relate to and do not gain affection form the audience.

Agents of S.H.I..E.L.D has still yet to prove that is is a show to be reckoned with on television, as it fails to create a strong, well told overarching storyline that can hit the notes the movies did so wonderfully. It is not mediocre series, but not the show Marvel fans were expecting. It is the hype that is its downfall. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is a time passer that can entertain, but not one that can rise up to the expectations set on it. 

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