An adrenaline-packed dystopian drama that cares not for logic or science

Kang Seo Hae (Park Shin Hye, left) and Han Tae Sul (Cho Seung Woo) attempt to evade the shadowy Control Bureau and gather information from time-travellers coming to Earth in Sisyphus

Kang Seo Hae (Park Shin Hye, left) and Han Tae Sul (Cho Seung Woo) attempt to evade the shadowy Control Bureau in Sisyphus.

This review contains minor spoilers and covers episodes 1-4 of Sisyphus, which is currently available on Netflix.

If 2020 was the year for slice-of-life K-dramas, then 2021 heralds a new age of the dystopian genre for ravenous K-drama fans all over the world.

Enter Sisyphus, with its time-travelling, shadowy operative and fugitive plotlines, yet surprisingly without the big budget that usually accompanies such Marvel-esque dramas on Netflix.

Han Tae Sul (Cho Seung Woo from Stranger) is a once-in-a-lifetime tech prodigy, with the brains of Albert Einstein, the inventive genius of Nikola Tesla and the playboy characteristics of Tony Stark all rolled into one.

He inadvertently finds himself teamed up with Kang Seo Hae (Park Shin Hye from #Alive), a feisty brawler from the future who was

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The Expanse Is the Decade’s Defining Science Fiction Series

Every generation has its own science fiction saga that speaks to its moment.

In the 1960s, Star Trek spoke to the psychedelic horror of a world seemingly going insane. In the 1970s and 1980s, Star Wars appealed to a generation disenfranchised by Watergate and Vietnam. In the 1990s, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager extrapolated a utopian future from the peace and prosperity of the post-Cold War era. In January 2007, The Guardian described Battlestar Galactica as “the only award-winning drama that dares tackle the war on terror.”

The Expanse is the science fiction epic that speaks most acutely to the current cultural moment. It is a science fiction allegory that holds up an uncomfortable mirror to the world not as it exists two hundred years from now, but as it is in the present. Actor Shohreh Aghdashloo approached the show in that light:

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Gov. Wolf and COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Announce Plan to Vaccinate Teachers, Other School Staff

Wolf administration, national guard and local IUs partnering to administer the J&J vaccine
Classroom learning and nutritious meals are important, especially for our youngest students

As part of the priority to safely and quickly get more students back in the classroom, Governor Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force today announced that Pennsylvania will use the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for PreK-12 teachers and other school staff.

The governor was joined by task force members Sen. Art Haywood, from the Senate Democratic Caucus, Rep. Bridget Kosierowski from the House Democratic Caucus, Sen. Ryan Aument from the Senate Republican Caucus, and Rep. Tim O’Neal from the House Republican Caucus.

“This new single-dose vaccine adds another layer of support to get students and teachers back in the classroom,” Gov. Wolf said. “Teachers and staff who work with our children will be vaccinated, and I commend the task

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Buffalo parents question no-spectator policy at school basketball games | Education

Radford, the longtime parent advocate, has been critical of how the district has handled reopening the schools and is among those leading the charge for parent spectators at basketball games, along with his son, Aymanuel, a former assistant coach in the district.

“We’re just asking to have the same rights as every other parent in Section VI has,” Samuel Radford said.

The district explained its rationale in a letter, citing concerns over emerging Covid-19 variants, the size of its school gymnasiums, the ability to keep fans socially distanced and the lack of staffing to enforce safety protocols at the games.

State wants to cancel six Regents exams

New York State is poised to cancel six Regents exams scheduled for June because of the uneven learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Kriner Cash addressed the issue this week when he was asked about the no-spectator policy by the Board of Education.

“What we’re doing

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