Driftwood #19: The Cosplay Advisor

May 13, 2021

Local Summer Cosplay: Times of Future Past

Woman in Steampunk dress
ToFP costumes range from Renaissance to Victorian Steampunk to superheroes and Star Wars—and more!

We may not be able to attend an in-person indoor convention for a while due to Kitsune Kon and Daisho Con canceling their events this year. However, we can still attend Times of Future Past, an outdoor cosplay festival in Kewaunee, on June 26th and 27th. One day is $12 for adults, $6 for children. Buy your tickets before May 31st to get a discount.

To get more information, The Driftwood interviewed Lynne Melssen, producer of Times of Future Past, which is put on by Rose, Sword, and Thistle Productions. Meissen sent back written responses to our questions:

The Driftwood/Angel Wolske: What is Times of Future Past? Lynne Melssen: Times of Future Past Inc presents a one-of-a-kind outdoor event combining history, pop culture, and the arts in one location. Our entertainment and artisan-centered marketplace is intended to appeal to a broad and inclusive audience. Meet people from the pages of history and fantasy; superheroes; and other characters from film, literature, and television.
Spider-Man prepares to drop in on Times of Future Past.

The Driftwood/Angel: Where will the event be held and when?

Lynne Melssen: Times of Future Past will open on Saturday and Sunday, June 26 & 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Winter Park in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

The Driftwood/Angel: Who is producing the event?

Lynne Melssen: Lynne Melssen and April Roy are co-producers of the event through Rose, Sword, and Thistle Productions in Green Bay, WI. The event concept came from Lynne Melssen and Times of Future Past. It was originally produced for two years in central Iowa.

The Driftwood/Angel: What type of panels will be at the event?

Lynne Melssen: There will be a Cosplay/Costuming Panel, and patrons will also be able to learn how to play the game of Quidditch, with the Chicago Youth Quidditch organization.

The Driftwood/Angel: Can you tell us about the costume contest?

Lynne Melssen: The Costume Contest will be held both days of the event. There are two categories for the contest, Historic/Steampunk and Fantasy/Sci Fi/Anime. Prizes will be awarded for the best Men’s, Women’s and Couples costume in both categories. A Grand Prize will be awarded to the best overall costume for each day. We have three costume judges—Kaoime Malloy, Professor of Costuming and Make-up at the University of Wisconsin/GreenBay; Molly Hruska Ketchum, Board Secretary of the Iowa steampunk organization, The Brassgears Adventurer’s Society, and amateur community theatre costumer; and Cheri Ratz, costume hobbyist and former Assistant Fight Captain at the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow.

Lord Fopulence
Lord Fopulence at a Times of Future Past event.

The Driftwood/Angel: What’s the history behind the event?

Lynne Melssen: Times of Future Past was inspired by a 2014 tour of the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Dubuque Iowa. The building was built in the 1930s and included a theatre, a feasting hall, a pool room, a ladies’ salon, a gentlemen’s study, a reception hall, and more. I began imagining Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice smoking a cigar while playing billiards, a Shakespeare play being produced in the theatre, a Madrigal Dinner being held in the Feast Hall, a Suffragette discussing Votes for Women in the salon, Thomas Edison discussing his inventions in the study, and people learning to dance the Charleston in the reception hall.

I started thinking about creating an outdoor event with a mixture of historic figures and fantasy characters from across time and style genres. Strolling characters such as Abraham Lincoln and Commander Data can be found speaking with Eleanor Roosevelt and Agent Peggy Carter.The fun is that EVERYTHING is possible, all in one location! The event first opened in Iowa in 2015, and after losing our venue, the decision was made to move the event to NE Wisconsin.The Dana Farm/Winter Park seems like a perfect fit.

The Driftwood/Angel: Is there anything else we should know? 

Lynne Melssen: Patrons will see Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison on stage. Edison will be demonstrating and making voice recordings with his Cylinder Machine invention. We have Dave Rambow, Site Directorfor the H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum at Wisconsin Historical Society taking and developing tintype photographs. Studio 12 students will be performing as well, and Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s “favorite” character, will talk about what the Bard was REALLY like. In the lanes, we have a WWII couple, Captain American and Agent Peggy Carter; Spider-Man; a gender-switched Lt. Commander Data; Link from Legends of Zelda; Crooner Windsong, a 1960’s hippy; the Satyr, Farrow the Wanderer; Arthur, King of the Britons; Naughty Zoot from Monty Python fame; and more.

We encourage cosplay lovers to come try your hand at axe throwing; enjoy a cold soft drink; visit the Old Knight’s Tavern for a beer; hard lemonade or mead; visit Mona Rose Winery to sample the fruit of the vine; and check out our Artisan Marketplace with more than 40 vendors selling treasures from around the world, across time, or across the universe. Come as your favorite character! Everyone is welcome!

NOTE: Due to a hectic semester, I haven’t been able to finish Rainbow Dash and Iron Man yet. My plans are to have these costumes finished before Times of Future Past so they can be worn to the event. You can look forward to pictures of the finished products in the first Driftwood next fall.

—Angel Wolske, Cosplay Editor

Driftwood #19: Scholarship Opportunity

May 13, 2021

Apply Now for an LGBTQ+ Scholarship

Scholarship graphicThe UWGB Pride Center has made two $900 scholarships available for two students at any of the four UWGB campuses who show leadership or potential for leadership in LGBTQ+ advocacy. The application is due May 27, 2021 at midnight via e-mail to Stacie Christian, Ph.D., Pride Center director.

The intent of this scholarship is to promote activism or research in support of the LGBTQ+ community. This scholarship is open to any UWGB student with a demonstrable record or strong potential in LGBTQ+ activism or research that addresses sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The award committee recognizes that those who identify as “straight allies” can have a dramatic impact on LGBTQ+ issues, and strongly encourages both allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

Scholarship Selection Criteria:

The Pride Center has the discretion to determine how many annual scholarships are available and which student(s) enrolled in the four UW-Green Bay campuses shall receive a scholarship. Applicants must:

  1. have completed 24 college credits, 12 which must be from one of the four UW-Green Bay campus locations.
  2. be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credit hours in either an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program at UW-Green Bay at time of application.
  3. have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  4. have demonstrated a commitment to and leadership potential in LGBTQ+ activism and /or research.
  5. complete and submit a scholarship application (essay and two references) in one e-mail by the due date of May 20, 2021 to Stacie Christian, Ph.D., at christis@uwgb.edu

To apply, please submit the following information within one e-mail:

  • Students should submit a one-page essay that addresses the student’s past achievement and future goals in support of LGBTQ+ populations. Examples might include, but are not limited to: holding positions of responsibility in LGBTQ+ or ally organizations; presentation or publication of academic research of LGBTQ+ issues; thesis work leading to advancement in understanding of LGBTQ+ populations and/or issues related to those populations; community activism in support of human rights with a focus on LGBTQ+ peoples.
  • Submit one to two letters of recommendation from one to two individuals who are familiar with your LGBTQ+ or academic work.
  • Please include your name and student identification number on your essay cover sheet.

Note: This scholarship does not take financial need into consideration for award, but UWGB Financial Aid will be notified of scholarship award.

Questions? Contact Stacie Christian, Ph.D., Director of Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center, at christis@uwgb.edu.

Driftwood #19: Cooking at Home

May 13, 2021

Sticky Grilled Chicken

Sticky Grilled ChickenIngredients: 

  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2½ lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Vegetable oil, for grill


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, and green onions. Set aside ¼ cup marinade.
  2. Add chicken to a large resealable plastic bag and pour in remaining marinade. Let marinate in the fridge at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, heat grill to high. Oil grates and grill chicken, basting with reserved marinade and turning every 3 to 4 minutes, until charred and cooked through, 24 to 30 minutes total.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds before serving.
—Bruce Kong

Breakfast Crunch Wraps

CrunchwrapIf you’re like me and you wish you could eat Taco Bell breakfast every day of the week, then this is a recipe you need to try! Super simple to make and insanely delicious to eat, these copycat crunchwraps are the perfect morning meal.


  • Flour tortillas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Frozen hash brown patties
  • Shredded cheese
  • Bacon or sausage crumbles
  • Sour cream
  • Diced onion pieces (optional)


  1. Fry the hash brown patties as directed on the package.
  2. Scramble the eggs.
  3. Lightly fry/heat the tortillas.
  4. Place the warm tortillas on individual plates. Add to them the fried hash brown patties, scrambled eggs, meat crumbles, shredded cheese, and diced onions, then top with a dollop of sour cream.
  5. Fold tortillas around ingredients into wrap form, or leave them open-faced (see photos).
—Mallory Allen, Cooking Editor

Driftwood #19: Student Spotlight

May 13, 2021

Student Spotlight: Eric Wojtalewicz

Eric WNWTC-Marinette and the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus are proud to feature student Eric Wojtalewicz, who has completed courses at both institutions.

Seeking an education right here in our community has never been more attainable due to the collaborative efforts of the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition. Eric says, “I come from a really small town, so coming to Marinette was a big stepping stone for me. Both campuses have allowed me to grow and meet the requirements for my degree, all the while receiving a [high-]quality education in a beautiful location.

With a goal of becoming a pediatric psychiatrist, Eric works with children at the DAR Boys & Girls Club in Menominee, MI, creating art, playing in the gym, and sharing presentations on educational topics. Prior to this, he did similar work at a facility called the Bolton Refuge House in Eau Claire, WI, where he became a trustworthy mentor to the students.

Eric shared a favorite quote, “Stars cannot shine with darkness. Even if there are bad things in life, you can be the shining star.” It’s clear that this mindset has infiltrated both his attitude and efforts, preparing him to be a positive impact in the lives of everyone he comes across.

Joined by his peers, Eric continues to make an impact through his work on The Brandon Project, which aims to raise awareness of and reduce substance abuse within our community. He explains, “This project has really impacted me. I have been able to see the difference you can make in a small town and how the community will rally behind a great cause.”

He adds, “I encourage everyone to go out and experience the world in a new way. Being at a smaller location where your faculty and peers know you by name has really helped give me a positive experience as a first-time college student. I’ve gained great knowledge and am well-prepared to attend a larger university.”

He plans to finish his Bachelor’s degree at the UW-Green Bay main campus while also taking courses at NWTC Green Bay to support his minor, criminal justice. We wish you the best of luck, Eric, and look forward to your future endeavors!

Learn about how our community campuses, UWGB and NWTC, are making a difference together in our community through the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition.

—Kaitlyn O’Claire

Driftwood #18: Table of Contents

The Driftwood #18: April 30, 2021

News, Events, and Happenings on the Marinette Campus

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The Driftwood is our student-centered e-newsletter for the Marinette campus. We’ll bring you tips for navigating life as a masked-and-distanced or online student, as well as suggestions for entertaining yourself while you’re social distancing.

The Driftwood is published by the UWGB Practicum in Literary Publishing class.

Books Editor: Olivia Meyer
Cooking and Movies Editor: Mallory Allen
Haunted WI Editor: Aleida Toebe
Health & Fitness Editor: Bruce Kong
Music and Puzzles Editor: Sydney Sebert
News Editor: Kira Doman
School Tips, Gaming, and Anime Editor: Jasmine Hanson
Self-Care Editor: Angel Wolske

Interested in being on the Driftwood staff? Enroll in ENG 224: Practicum in Literary Publishing for the spring 2022 term.

Questions or News Items? Contact The Driftwoods advisor, Tracy Fernandez Rysavy.

Driftwood #18: Music Recs

April 30, 2021

Old and New Favorites

Discover something new to listen to with an oldie and a new pick. 

Sing to Me Instead
by Ben Platt

Ben Platt album cover In honor of the recent release of his latest single (“Imagine,” which I highly recommend), I have rediscovered my love for Ben Platt. Best known for his Broadway career, starring in musicals like Dear Evan Hansen, as well as his turn as Anna Kendrick’s love interest in Pitch Perfect, Platt released his debut album Sing to Me Instead in 2019. The album pays tribute to the Broadway part of his life and features a lot of dramatic runs and is very piano-heavy. It’s easy to listen to and invokes a lot of emotions from listeners. “Grow as We Go” is a particularly emotional track and has even gained some popularity on TikTok recently—and for a good reason. The song shows off Platt’s range as an artist, proving that he can not only belt those Broadway-esque high notes, but is also comfortable in his lower register, singing softly about a partner he wants to grow old with.

Favorite Tracks: “Share Your Address” and “Temporary Love”

—Olivia Meyer
Wish You Were Here
by Pink Floyd

album coverLooking for an album with those chill summer vibes and that ’70s psychedelic rock guitar? Maybe not, but you should still give Wish You Were Here a listen. As with most of Pink Floyd’s albums, the songs are placed in an order that serves a purpose, as each song has a smooth and effortless transition into the next one. The instrumentals alone are enough to make you appreciate the work the band puts into the quality of their songs. The album was written primarily by Roger Waters after founding band member Syd Barrett left the band due to rapidly declining mental health. Waters missed his friend and came up with the premise for the album and the title song, “Wish You Were Here,” because he was inspired by those feelings of loss, as well as the anxiety and depression that emerged within each of the band members due to their new rise to fame.

Whenever I listen to this album, I want to be driving with my windows down, and the volume turned up far louder than it should be for the sake of my speakers. While the lyrics may be tragic if you actually sit and listen to them, they’re accompanied by an arrangement of jam-worthy instruments, including the saxophone, wailing guitars, and killer drums. On your next 45-ish minute road trip, I suggest putting this on your list.

Favorite Tracks: “Welcome to the Machine” and “Wish You Were Here”

—Kira Doman

Driftwood #18: Campus News

April 30, 2021

Marinette Athletics Back in the Fall! 

Women's volleyball team

We’ve missed watching our student athletes in action this year (thanks, COVID). That’s why we’re thrilled to report that Marinette campus sports will be back in September, with Women’s Volleyball in the fall and Men’s Basketball in the spring.

To sign up for Women’s Volleyball, enroll in PHY ED 170 for the fall term. To sign up for Men’s Basketball, enroll in PHY ED 161 for the spring term. Both classes are worth one credit and may be repeated. Practice times will vary and will be determined by the coaches.

If you have questions, please contact our coaches:

🏐 Women’s Volleyball: Coach Dan Porath, porathd@uwgb.edu.
🏀 Men’s Basketball: Coach Bryan Wickstrom, wickstrb@uwgb.edu



The Brandon Project Brings Addiction Experts to Marinette

Dr. Renee Richer’s First-Year Seminar on the science of addition recently launched The Brandon Project as their capstone service project. Named after their beloved classmate Brandon McFadden, who passed away last December, The Brandon Project has been pulling in high-profile guest speakers to talk to the Marinette-Menominee and campus community about addiction and recovery. Due to COVID, all presentations have been virtual, and several of them were recorded. If you missed any, the presentations are posted on the group’s Facebook page, with more to come!

Currently, you can view a talk from Johann Hari, the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs; Columbia University’s Dr. Zach Mannes on the consequences of addiction among underrepresented populations, including military veterans, people with HIV, and elite athletes; and Dr. Eric Morse, an addiction and sports psychiatrist, on opiod addiction and how participation in sports reduces the risk of addiction.


This Weekend: Stream The Laramie Project Free! 

Laramie Project iconThis weekend (April 29 – May 2), set aside some time to view The Laramie Project, the latest from the UWGB Theatre department. This is a full production, staged and filmed, then streamed via Zoom. While tickets are free, you will need to reserve one to receive the streaming link. Each ticket is good for one viewing only.

The play centers on the aftermath of the 1998 hate-driven murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in his small town of Laramie, Wyoming. The Laramie Project is directed by Professor Rebecca Stone-Thornberry.

Visit the UWGB theater website to request a ticket and to download a resource packet about the play and the legacy of Matthew Shepard.


Marinette Bookstore Returns and Buyback Event: May 19

The UWGB bookstore is coming to the Marinette campus on May 19th for a textbook buyback and return event. Come to the Marintte campus library lobby between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to return your rented spring textbooks and to sell back those you purchased.

To return textbooks prior to May 19th: Stop by the Marinette library and ask the librarians for the required paperwork.

 To return textbooks after May 19th: You’ll need to mail or bring your books to the main Green Bay campus bookstore.

All rental returns and textbook sales need to be completed by May 21, 2021.


Register Now for Fall Classes!

Fall 2021 course registration is now open! While you likely have some time to register for courses on the Marinette campus, online classes through the main campus fill up fast. Some are already at capacity. Take a look at the Fall 2021 UWGB class schedule, and contact your Marinette campus advisor Bethany Welch to put together your schedule for fall. You can also try out our new College Scheduler tool.

If you’re having trouble scheduling your courses, check in SIS to make sure you don’t have any holds on your account. In addition, you’ll need to have completed the mandatory EverFi Sexual Assault Prevention Training, as failure to do so will also put a hold on your campus account. Check your campus email inbox for an email from automated-message@everfi-foundry.net for your personal link to begin the training.

Driftwood #18: Northern Lights

Attend the 2021 Northern Lights Virtual Launch Party!

Northern Lights coverJoin us on Wednesday, May 12th to celebrate the launch of the 2021 Northern Lights Literary and Arts Journal . This launch party will take place from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, where you can listen to the writers and artists in this year’s journal read from and discuss their works. The 2021 Northern Lights features art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography from students, faculty/staff, and alumni at the Marinette, Sheboygan, and Green Bay UWGB campuses.

Launch Party Date and Time: Wednesday, May 12th at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP here to get the Zoom link: https://uwgreenbay.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ib5JUo6htJ5Kt0

Northern Lights on Social Media

The Northern Lights is on Facebook and Instagram! Please follow us to stay connected to the journal.

Spring 2021 Sheepshead Review Coming Soon

Sheepshead Review imageThe UWGB main campus will be launching the spring 2021 issue of Sheepshead Review on Monday, May 3 at 1 p.m. This virtual launch party event will also honor English department Professor Sarah Schuetze, who passed away unexpected last January.

The spring issue’s editor-in-chief is Marinette campus alumnus August Wiegman, who chose the issue theme of “Animals” to honor Professor Schuetze’s passion for caring for animals.

“I’m extremely excited to share the work of our talented contributors,” Weigman says. “As with every spring, this semester we hosted the Rising Phoenix contest for UW-Green Bay students [who contributed to the journal], and the pieces that won are phenomenal.”

The launch event will take place on May 3rd from 1-2 pm CST via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Click here to RSVP and to get the link.

Driftwood #18: Movie Recs

April 30, 2021

Binge-Worthy Movie Series

With the end of the spring semester fast approaching, hopefully we’ll all get to spend less time doing schoolwork and more time relaxing—and what better way to do that than by having a movie marathon? Here are our recommendations for the best series binges!

Twilight postersThe Twilight Series: Even if you’ve never read the books or seen the movies, chances are high that you still have a pretty good idea as to what the infamous Twilight saga is all about. Based on the novels written by Stephenie Meyer back in the mid-to-late 2000s, this five-film series follows human high-schooler Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who, after moving in with her father in a small Washington town called Forks, falls for her enigmatic and enchanting classmate, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). But he has a big secret, one that Bella quickly unravels: he’s actually a vampire. Both know a relationship would be dangerous and forbidden, but they just can’t help the magnetic connection drawing them together. Then there’s Jacob (Taylor Lautner), Bella’s handsome friend and confidante, who’s actually a werewolf and also in love with her. That’s only the most basic of plot points, but I don’t want to give too much away! Just trust me when I say that Twilight is jam-packed with all the best elements of a guilty-pleasure movie series: forbidden relationships, wicked adversaries, epic battles, contentious love-triangles, and loads of suspense and angsty teenage drama. So, whether you’re an eternal Twilight saga stan, totally new to the franchise, or just haven’t seen the films in a while, my advice is the same: it’s time for you to carve out a day or two in your busy schedule to marathon-binge one of Gen Z’s biggest cult-classics! Available on Hulu and to rent on other streaming services. 

—Mallory Allen, Movies Editor

Raiders movie posterThe Indiana Jones Series: Binge-watching may be a guilty pleasure, but honestly, the Indiana Jones series is zero guilt, all fun for me. The first movie, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, takes place on the eve of WWII and introduces us to Dr. Indiana Jones, a mild-mannered college archaeology professor who occasionally dons a fedora, a whip, and a shirt that won’t button all the way up to swashbuckle his way around the world in search of treasure.

A pair of Army intelligence officers visit his classroom one day to let him know that Hitler has his eye on the Ark of the Covenant, the chest in which Moses stored the original Ten Commandments. Hitler believes the Ark has magical properties that will make his Nazi army invincible, and the US military isn’t taking any chances. The pair send Jones off to Nepal to seek a gold medallion that may hold the key to finding the Ark. The catch? It’s in the possession of Marion Ravenwood, the daughter of Indy’s now-deceased mentor. Unfortunately, it becomes clear as soon as he sets foot in the bar Marion owns that the two of them had an affair in the past, and that Indy, at some point, did her wrong; Marion would rather spit in his eye than help him. But when the Nazis catch up to them, the two end up on the run together, bouncing from Nepal to Cairo to an island in the Aegean Sea, solving archaeological puzzles as they track down the Biblical chest. Will they find the Ark before Hitler’s forces get their hands on it? Will the magical properties that seem to actually be a thing destroy them both? Or will Marion murder Indy first?

Series box set coverRaiders is the best of the quadrilogy, with the third movie in the series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, taking a close second. The next film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, is marred by a cliched portrayal of a cannibalistic cult in India, as well as the incessant screaming of love interest Willie Scott, a far cry from tough-as-nails Marion. The fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, suffers from a terrible script, a lack of Nazis, and Shia LaBoeuf, though the return of Karen Allen’s Marion Ravenwood makes it worth at least one watch. Binge it all now, as rumor has it Harrison Ford is about to don the famous fedora for a fifth outing as one of my two favorite action heroes from the 1980s. (The other? Han Solo, of course!) Available on Paramount+ and to rent on various streaming services. 

—Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, Driftwood Advisor

Driftwood #18: The Trash Vortex

April 30, 2021

Welcome to the Trash Vortex, the entertainment black holes that never fail to suck you in and won’t let go until the trashy, so-bad-it’s-good end. 

Trashy Childhood Cartoons

Animation is stunning, and sometimes, you just needa cutesy fun story to take your mind off of everything. Here are the Driftwood staff’s picks for “Childhood Cartoons.”

Kim Possible posterKim Possible Movie: So the Drama: Kim Possible and her best friend, Ron Stoppable, are an unstoppable pair when it comes to their crime-fighting and life-saving missions, working in comedic and entertaining sync; however, when it comes to their social lives in school, Kim becomes embarrassed with Ron’s goofy nature and her lack of a boyfriend. Ron is her best friend, but she can’t help but be humiliated any time someone implies they date. Finally, Kim meets the new kid at school, Erik, and is head over heels instantly. The two quickly develop a relationship, and Ron becomes jealous as he is edged out of Kim’s life.

Meanwhile, Kim’s archnemesis, Dr. Drakken, has found the perfect way to finally get under her skin without her even realizing. First threatening the stability of her family, Drakken kidnaps her father to obtain top-secret information from his brain, then increases some of his cloning technology, developing a plan that he keeps secret from everyone, even his own evil partner.

Drakken comes the closest he’s ever gotten to finally defeating Kim Possible, and Kim must balance saving the world while truly thinking about her friendship with Ron. Saving the world might be stressful, but it’s not as stressful as high school!

After three seasons, the ever-popular Disney Channel show Kim Possible released an insanely popular movie in 2005, called Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama. This movie, quite frankly, has an interesting plot and a pretty cool little twist! An absolute classic for anyone who grew up watching Disney Channel in the early 2000s, Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama has ridiculous one liners and fashion statements that you just can’t help but adore. Just like every other Disney Channel creation, this show and movie highlight just how important high school seems, but that you should never forget the friends who have been there for you through everything. Available on Disney+ and other streaming platforms.

—Kira Doman, Entertainment Editor

Voltron PosterVoltron: Defender of the Universe: In 1984, World Events Productions released the first episode of an anime-ish cartoon—a mashup of two series by Japan’s Toei Entertainment—that would take America’s permed mullets by storm. The premise of Voltron: Defender of the Universe was fresh and fun: Five space explorers are sent from Earth to the planet Arus to bring back Voltron, a mighty robot that, as the legend went, had once brought peace to the galaxy. With a new threat looming from a villain named King Zarkon, the Earth explorers know that Voltron may be the galaxy’s last hope.

The men (sigh) find Princess Allura and her mentor Coran are the last of Arus’s people, and fortunately, they’re just waiting for five space explorers to drop down out of the sky. Because as luck would have it, they do know where Voltron is—underneath Allura’s own castle, broken up into five robot lions that can join together to form Voltron. The explorers all happen to be men, and for some ungodly reason, Allura hands over the lion keys to all five without wanting to pilot one herself. Never mind that as the daughter of the Voltron force’s last captain, Allura knows more than any of them about how to make the lions roar. Fortunately, explorer Sven has the good sense to get injured and sent to a space hospital in episode four, so my girl Allura could don her pink space suit and join the darn force as she was OBVIOUSLY born to do.

Sounds great, right? It was, until it settled into a rhythm that went something like this: King Zarkon’s forces send a robot beast (or “robeast”) to or near Arus. The robeast wreaks havoc until the lion force arrives. The lion force gets their backsides kicked. Black-lion pilot Keith, the force’s new captain (which should have been Allura, but WHATEVER), finally gets the bright idea that, “Hey! We should form Voltron!” They do so and defeat the robeast. Rinse, and repeat. Most episodes are a beat-by-beat riff on this same plot. Did my brother Tom and I watch every one? Yes, we did. Did we ever get tired of it? No, we did not.

You can catch the magic that is the original Voltron on Netflix (select episodes) and on Hulu. If you want an actual plot that isn’t 72 episodes of the same exact thing, Netflix’s 2016 revival, Voltron: Legendary Defender, combines the fab premise with actual good writing. Sadly, they did Princess Allura dirty at the end, so stop watching before the series finale if you don’t want to see yet another woman of color sacrifice herself for her male, non-Black counterparts.

Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, Driftwood Advisor 

Phineas and Ferb posterPhineas and Ferb: Step-brothers Phineas and Ferb will stop at nothing to ensure that every day of their summer vacation is a blast. In each episode, the duo and their friends cook up a new, elaborate scheme involving some sort of insanely outlandish or ostensibly dangerous project, like assembling the world’s tallest building, crafting a giant roller coaster in their backyard, inventing a time machine, fighting evil zombies, becoming rock stars, or befriending aliens during a trip to outer space. The boys’ older sister, Candace, tries desperately to “bust” them by exposing their crazy antics to their mother, but much to Candace’s chagrin, she always seems to fail. Meanwhile, the family’s pet platypus, Perry, who doubles as a secret agent, must inevitably sneak off to battle with the show’s evil but somewhat endearing villain, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and foil his nefarious plans. Although it’s best known as a popular Disney Channel sitcom, Phineas and Ferb’s comedic style and head-shakingly humorous storylines make it an enjoyable watch for both children and adults alike! Yes, the show is totally stupid, wildly unrealistic, and utterly ridiculous… but it’s one of those where you just can’t help but smile, laugh, and keep clicking “Next episode.” Available on Disney+. 

—Mallory Allen