Prison School Episode 7 HOT!
This episode is virtually all about Meiko and the anxiety that drives her to attempt to impress Mari, who is seriously scary. Perhaps this dynamic will soon lend itself to a different source of conflict. For now however, Meiko's biggest conflict is with the boys stuck in the Prison, and so far, they don't seem to be making things easier for her.
Prison School Episode 7
What's nice about this episode is that there is a beautiful twist that involves Gakusho's destruction of the figurines he practically ruined his life and reputation for. Despite the fact that Gakusho is ultimately just as gross as the rest of the guys, "Prison School" always manages to make him endearing to the audience. As a result, it's just as heartbreaking as it could be when he is forced to destroy the figurines he worked so hard for.
They met doing neighborhood work, and they want to disrupt the status quo of gentrification and the school to prison pipeline. Northside neighborhood resident Latasha James and community organizer Christopher Rashad Green speak truthfully about where we need to go and what we need to do to re-imagine our community.
Shingo, on furlough from the prison, meets a girl named Anzu at the arcade in town. When Gakuto turns to his Guan Yu figurine for guidance, the tip of his sword falls off, starting a chain of events with momentous consequences.
In one of the most relentless and physically intense episodes of Arrow ever, Oliver Queen finally conquers Ricardo Diaz and gets free of Slabside prison. Flashforwards and life outside of prison were wisely held for the week, instead dedicating the episode to what felt more like a short action movie that was all climax. Oh, and then there was that Olicity reunion.
Admiral Wulff Yularen (Malcolm Sinclair) has spoken to the Emperor himself and the consequences for the galaxy in the face of the Aldhani robbery will be fierce. This bureaucracy racing to outdo itself in closing its fist around the populace is a perfect example of the banality of evil. All of these people jockey for position on how best to choke the life from the people of the galaxy as viscerally and literally as that KX-series droid choking Cassian against the wall at the end of the episode.
Like all of the characters on the show, though, even those in positions of power are in prisons of some kind, as Partagaz (Anton Lesser) reminds Dedra to watch her back, even in the wake of her victory in the boardroom. No one is safe, no matter how high up the chain of command they are.
For Cassian, we see two important keys in his life. First, we get a window into the past and see the Stormtroopers (fresh from service in the Clone Wars, you can see it in their masks) occupying Ferrix and hanging his father. We also understand why he might have been sent to that camp as a kid, back when the sentence for a crime as severe as attacking Stormtroopers must have been much lighter. As the walls of the prison of his own making close in on him, he's sentenced to a harsher sentence for crimes he didn't even commit. This injustice will need to be answered. Between this affront of the courts and Maarva's desperate pleas to fight against the Empire, this will go a long way to giving us a look at the Cassian we know from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story": A Cassian willing to risk his life for the benefit of the galaxy.
The entire Imperial Security Bureau is overly-bright with white walls, much like the dystopian future of George Lucas's early masterpiece, "THX-1138." This nightmarish hell seems to be permeating further and further into the bowels of Coruscant and the Empire is truly the fascist, conservative government that Lucas lampooned in that film. (I've written about that in the past and you can read more about that here.) But beyond that, there's another subtle nod to the movie in this episode. As Kleya makes her way through sets that look remarkably similar to some that called "THX-1138" home, static over the radio calls out the designation "L-U-H-three-one-four..." THX-1138's wife in the film, played by Maggie McOmie, is designated LUH-3147. George Lucas included references to "THX-1138" in most of his movies and projects, it's nice to see Andor doing it a little more subtly.
The other movie, "The Apartment," has some thematic and visual significance to this particular episode of "Andor" as well. "The Apartment" was Billy Wilder's 1960 masterpiece, sharply written and acted. But how can a romantic comedy be influencing this show? Well, when we look at the story of Syril Karn, we see a lot of Jack Lemmon's Buddy Boy. He's trapped in a corporate machine, doing what he needs to in order to get ahead. Like Buddy Boy, he has to swallow his pride a lot.
But there's a visual connection that makes an even stronger case. In "The Apartment", the nightmarish prison of corporate life is represented by the office building. Rows of desks stretching to infinity are an expansive prison for those climbing the corporate ladder, and it's exactly this sort of prison we see Syril resigned to at the end of the episode. He's even put on the uniform of his jailers, trading his tailored brown suit for the muted grays of the Empire. It's such a nice, smart touch. "The Apartment" is one of those movies that writers lose their minds over because it's so well written, and it's no wonder that the writers of "Andor" would find inspiration from it.
"Andor" episode 7 really shows us how difficult and stressful life is for everyone living under the boot of the Empire. Some of these are prisons of their own making, some are more metaphorical than others. But everyone is living in a sort of hell and it's fascinating to watch the degrees of hell they have to endure. As the episode closes on Syril's new hell, we're left to imagine that to him, this prison is just as bad as the one Cassian has been relegated to on Niamos.
Is resisting the way we free ourselves from our literal and figurative prisons? It seems likely. Next week, we'll get more answers. In the meantime, we'll have to do our best to escape our own prisons.
On the new streaming show Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch, founders step into the Entrepreneur Elevator and have just 60 seconds to present their idea, product or business to a panel of investors. Whether an entrepreneur gets invited into the boardroom or sent back to the ground floor depends on what our experts think in that first minute. Here, we break down the lessons aspiring business owners can take away from each episode's pitches.
That's where shows like Entrepreneur's Elevator Pitch can help. Each week, the online series features several small-business owners who try to win investors through a 60-second elevator pitch. If they succeed, they're invited in to further explain their product. Here are three things we learned from episode seven of the series.
This episode of Elevator Pitch showed the value of research prior to an investor meeting. In addition to identifying possible objections and building them into the pitch, entrepreneurs can also gain an advantage by ensuring ahead of time that they're actually meeting with the right investors. This will help save time and increase the odds that a pitch will be successful on the first try.
The final episode is one big thrilling conclusion and is a nice return to the Stranger Things that I love as it brought our characters back together again, mixed the high-stakes action and thrills with the softer, tender sides to these characters, and kept us on the edge of our couch until the very end. 041b061a72