Editorials & Opinions

The Devil of Hell’s kitchen is back for a new exciting season

By Matthew Renton, '20

|Photo: Nicole Rivelli, Netflix - All Rights Reserved ©

I’ll be upfront about this before I go on with the rest of the review: I am a major fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don’t love everything it has done (I thought The Defenders was total crap and Thor: The Dark World was unwatchable) and I don’t believe that being a fan impedes my ability to review the show, but I will admit to having a bias that I believe my readers should be aware of when reading this review.

The main question on everybody's mind after the end of The Defenders was “how in the hell did Matt survive a building falling on his head?” And the answer to that question is simple: he just did. Very little explanation is given; indeed, very little is connected to The Defenders at all. While some may view this as poor storytelling or world-building, I see it as a breath of fresh air. The only information you need to know from The Defenders in order to jump straight into Daredevil season 3 is that a building fell on Matt. If Matt had been beaten a little more badly at the end of season 2, it would be entirely possible to skip The Defenders and jump straight into the new season.

Jumping into the season, the heavy themes became clear, including the loss of faith, the ability of those in power to deceive, and the question of doing the right thing in morally gray areas. Thankfully, these themes are rarely discussed in pure dialogue, as the writers have chosen to show the characters acting these themes out within the story, saving the show from becoming a philosophy lecture.

Alongside these heavy themes are the action scenes Daredevil has become well-known for. Once again, the directors have tried to top the now-famous hallway fight from season 1 as they did with the stairwell sequence from season 2, which I (unpopularly, I imagine) believe they succeeded in doing this time.

This season also introduces a new villain, who has an episode with about 20 minutes of backstory dedicated to them that, quite frankly, gave me goosebumps.

However, another established character is given almost an entire episode of backstory that dragged the otherwise fast pace of the show to a snail’s crawl, not ruining the show, but certainly killing the momentum of the build-up to a fantastic climax.

Having said this, all of the returning cast certainly brought their A-game to the show (Vincent D’Onofrio was stellar as The Kingpin, as usual) even in spite of some of the flaws in the writing.

Overall, I thought Daredevil season 3 did a great job of washing the sour taste of The Defenders out of my mouth. Though not quite as tight as the first season, season 3 was a thrilling ride filled with complex themes, brilliant action sequences, and some incredible character development, though not without its flaws, especially in slower episodes that appear to be just fillers.

We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we? Does this apply to international students?

By Alinoe Roussie, '22

International students have been a part of the Texas A&M University’s programs for almost as long as the campuses have existed, but their integration with the other students was and still is not very apparent. From the initial fear of the unknown to unintended isolation from the University itself, foreign students can have a hard time socializing which is a key element of university education.

Integration is jeopardized even before the school year begins. As freshmen, the New Student Conference (NSC) already isolates foreigners from their future peers. The International Student Services (ISS) man- dates international students to choose the last NSC scheduled, which is two days before salt camp. This not only limits contact with American / A & M culture and values, but it does so all through the first semester, if not during all of college education because course selection is heavily peer influenced.

Texas A&M University has a long history of graduating international students. Beginning with the first international student graduating in 1889, followed by other international students becoming heads of state in countries such as Bolivia and Panama. Overall, the success of international students has led to A&M having the interest of a global audience.

Although the records look great, encasing international students together and brute forcing traditions onto them hasn’t been an effective way for this school to share its values. What the ISS could do is first to truly understand how profoundly radical the change in educational system is. Adaptation to the latter is what will occupy students minds the most and socializing won’t be a priority. Except socializing is an important factor during tertiary education and therefore the ISS should facilitate this aspect as much as possible. The ISS should try to incorporate those students as much as possible through different means like encouraging an even allocation of international students to pre-existing NSC dates or mandatory Salt camp. The ISS could also give them the opportunity to meet fellow international students thanks to specific ethnic societies.

Internationals could become more confident and comfortable in any situation, alone or with a group of friends. Knowing they have the opportunity to meet people who share more than just a degree with them creates emotional stability which benefits both the student's college education and maturity.

I represent one of 120 nationalities at this university and though I believe it should matter when I meet new people, I should also be able to identify as a sea aggie and like most foreigners, I don’t.

Data overload; When useless College Station emails takes over your Tamu inbox

By Emely Cruz, '22

|Photo: Virginia Limon

College Station emails for events and organizations for main campus.

The faculty and staff on campus constantly hold students accountable for not checking their school emails. They fail to realize that the majority of students school email addresses are basically an abyss. Everything that gets sent to our school emails is very likely to remain unseen. This is due to the large amount of random emails sent from college station. More than 3/4 ‘s of the emails I receive do not apply to me. There are so many that I lose the stamina to fish through to see if anything is important.

For example, the clutter in my email caused me to miss a note about an assignment I submitted on ecampus. My lab assistant was trying to inform me that my file was corrupted and I needed to re submit the assignment. In the midst of all the weeks emails, I wasn’t able to respond or even read the important email from my instructor which caused me to lose credit on my assignment. Unfortunately, this is not the only instance of this happening. I also missed an email from my advisor over scheduling a meeting which resulted in me having to take the last available time slot. This became a problem since I had previously made plans to work on a project at that time.

However, the problem is not only about the quantity of emails sent, it is also about the content. At the start of the semester many students struggled to differentiate between the emails directed towards College Station and Galveston students. This resulted in multiple problems, that could have been easily avoided. For starters, some students attended the wrong New Student Conference (NSC) and others accidentally purchased parking passes designated for College Station students. In order to prevent problems like this the TAMU offices should make clear in order to keep students from making such large mistakes.

The Nautilus Staff

Mylasia Miklas, '20

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