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Turn on, tune in, space out

It’s O’Dark Thirty on a Saturday morning and you’ve been rained in. Do yourself a favor and forget about venturing beyond your waterlogged doorstep. Open up your laptop, grab your remote and strap yourself in for some quality television.

Instead of scrolling through Netflix or OnDemand for hours, we’ve done the hard work for you and picked our favorite shows.

So call in sick to The Office and get Lost in the land of Westeros in your favorite tighty-whities.

Game of Thrones

By Benjamin Mullin

Winter is coming.

In “Game of Thrones,” a highly addictive fantasy drama on HBO, this ominous phrase is repeated when all hell is about to break loose — so it’s a constant refrain throughout the first season.

Unlike most fantasy stories which are full of childlike wonder, Game of Thrones is a drama custom-fit for today’s world full of petty squabbling by small-minded politicians. Most of the action takes place in King’s Landing, which is a rat’s nest full of vile bureaucrats jockeying to one-up each other for a taste of power. Think  Washington, D.C., but with lots of leather instead of designer suits.

The show differs from most in that it follows a glorious hodgepodge of characters who are all trying to outwit one another. There’s a brilliant three-foot lordling with serious daddy issues, a nobleman who wants nothing more than to return to his home and a backbiting queen who can’t stand her kingly husband, who suffers from alcoholism and an unquenchable libido.

Just because “Game of Thrones” has some unconventional characters doesn’t mean it’s devoid of all the fantasy genre conventions we all know and love. Nearly every episode has a healthy smattering of sword fights and there’s no shortage of dastardly plotting seasoned with doses of delicious dramatic irony.

The only downside to binge-watching “Game of Thrones” is that you might not be able to look away from the TV long enough to finish your homework. But if the weather is miserable, pouring yourself a goblet of grog and grabbing the remote is probably the best way to spend the day. Just remember to keep yourself warm. Winter is coming, after all.

Breaking Bad

By Scott Ledbetter

Having meth parties isn’t normal, unless you’re a Breaking Bad fan.

Breaking Bad features Walter White, a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who turns to cooking methamphetamine to pay the bills. White solicits the aid of Jesse Pinkman, a former student and current junkie. Together, they build a drug empire.

The series recently wrapped up and left a grieving fandom in its wake. If you, like me, are struggling to come to grips with the end of the series, here are a few activities to participate in while we rewatch each episode.

Meth Candy

Candy stores have been running low on blue rock candy thanks to Breaking Bad. Fans began to buy the product because they wanted to enjoy a less-dangerous alternative to Walter White’s meth. The blue color of the drug is Walter’s trademark, which is a result of the drug purity he can achieve thanks to his chemistry knowledge. If you want to remember the majesty that was Breaking Bad, grab some blue rock candy and share with your friends.


Walter gains notoriety under the moniker of “Heisenberg” as his product gains popularity. Dressed in a black jacket, glasses and hat, the crude sketches of Walter became symbolic of his drug empire. In memory of “Breaking Bad,”  keep an eye out for T-shirts and graffiti featuring the great Heisenberg.


Perhaps the biggest stretch fans have made is that White’s son, Walt Jr., has a life that revolves around breakfast, because he was often only seen during White family breakfast scenes. This gag is so deep-rooted that fans have been known to ask the actor that plays Walt Jr., RJ Mitte, to sign cereal boxes. If you’re feeling low, try breaking out a box of Raisin Bran Crunch to salute Walt Jr.


By Jessica Barber

“Lost” is a lot more than polar bears getting shot down on a disappearing island in the South Pacific. But it includes those things, too.

The sci-fi drama, known for its outrageously convincing plot lines, ran for six seasons and 120 episodes. It follows the 48 surviving passengers of Oceanic flight 815, a plane that crashed on a dynamic island full of experimental stations from the ’70s, a group of hostile natives and many mysterious forces of nature.

“Lost” is a show that targets the brain and the heart with its complexity and well-developed character relationships that created a following of die-hard “losties” like myself who try to solve all of the show’s mysteries.

Here’s some of essential features from show that present and future fans should know about:


The show’s skilled storytelling is rooted in flashbacks that reveal the survivors’ lives before the crash. When the camera zooms in on a survivor’s eye, be prepared to learn something surprising about his or her life on the mainland.


James “Sawyer” Ford is the resident “badass,” and he always has something humorously inappropriate to say.

He gives several nicknames to the other survivors including “Jumbotron” and “Pillsbury” for an overweight character, a highly sarcastic “Doc” for a spinal surgeon and “Freckles” for his love interest.


Four, eight, 15, 16, 42. At least one of these numbers appears in every episode of Lost, even before viewers learn their significance.

If you have an hour or so to kill, I highly recommend that you get lost in this series.

The Office

By Brett Appley

Obsessed is a word that I don’t use lightly, but it’s the best way I can describe my feelings for “The Office.” Love could be another word, but that’s a term I use even less often.

Where else can you find such humor, happiness and feel-good storytelling in a television show that brings together a beet farmer (Rainn Wilson), an underachieving, friend-zoned nice guy (John Krasinksi) and a boss who only wants companionship (Steve Carell)? It’s a rhetorical question, so don’t try to think of an answer.

For anyone who’s been living in a hole since 2005, “The Office” is a television comedy mockumentary that is best described as a behind-the-scenes look at a typical office workplace. But the office itself, a Scranton, Penn. branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, is as far from typical as it gets.

I hadn’t seen many episodes of the show before my sophomore year, when I hacked my friend’s Netflix account to my Xbox. It didn’t take long for me to be hooked.

The episodes are priceless. In “Basketball,” the sluggish and underwhelming office staff take on the warehouse workers in a not-so-friendly pick-up game. In “Christmas Party,” Michael throws a tantrum after receiving a homemade oven mitt during secret santa. And that’s not all, obviously. There are nine awesome seasons filled with laughs and drama.

Plus, the love story between Jim and Pam is a plot worth watching.

As a viewer who’s basically memorized the script of every episode, I encourage everyone to get on board and take a trip to Scranton.


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