Letter From The Editor-In-Chief: Cumberbatch Takes On The Bard, Glee Turns 100, and Marvel Fun, Oh My!

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Hello wonderful readers,

As the editor-in-chief of 4 Your Excitement, I thought it would only be fitting that I carve myself a little place on the site to share a weekly review/editorial of all that went down during this week in pop-culture and entertainment. As the ringleader/benevolent overlord of this opinionated bunch of amazing writers, it is only fitting that I too share my feelings on the world of pop-culture.

It was a good week for the theatre world as one of the things that grabbed my attention this week was the official confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to take on one of the bard’s most famous works, Hamlet. As a fairly new member of the Cumber-collective (barely a year in) and a huge fan of Shakespeare, I found this super exciting as Cumberbatch definitely has the chops to take on Hamlet. It is truly a pleasure to watch Cumberbatch act (the man can give a master class in acting), and seeing him hit the stage on the West End will no doubt be a highlight as I unfortunately missed out on Cumberbatch’s best friend Tom Hiddleston’s run of Coriolanus. Definitely time to head to London!

This week, the world also said goodbye to Glee‘s New Directions as the show wrapped up its 100th episode celebration. I won’t lie; the episode broke me down. I used to be a diehard Gleek and heavily invested in the show. After the disasters that were seasons 3 and 4, I found myself questioning why I was still watching. After the death of Cory Monteith, I was quite hesitant to keep watching as I knew it would break my heart to see the show without his character Finn. I watched the first few episodes of this season out of loyalty but after “The End of the Twerk” aired, I divorced myself from the show. I hung up my giant “L” foam hand and called it a day on a show that I loved so much and had some much faith in. After the show took its winter hiatus, I pretty much told myself that I was going to forget about the show for good.

Then I caught wind of what they had planned, and like the rest of the flock that had given up on the show, I found myself watching the two-parter. By the end of the episodes, the only thing I could think of and say was “Dammit Glee! I tried to quit you but you just won’t let me be! Last night’s episode reminded me of why I fell in love the show back in May 2009 and why it hurt so much to watch it fall apart. Can I please get through one season without ending up sobbing ugly?” To say that I cried ugly tears would be an understatement; those echoes in the classroom and that bow from Schue, along with the latest rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin'” did me in. Those two episodes had me asking ultimately “Where the hell has this amazing writing been for the last 3 seasons?!” For this former fan, Glee should have ended the whole series with this celebration. It would have went out on a fantastic high, and I could have easily lived with that. It goes on though. Whether I cave again and watch remains to be seen…

Lastly, Marvel flooded my life this with awesomeness. It delivered tons of fun news about its future plans, including much needed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D love (hello Amy Acker!). The introduction of Acker’s character to the show is, for me, the ultimate sign that the show has found its bearings and is hitting its stride. I sincerely hope that it gets picked up for a second season.

Marvel is also all set to roll out Captain America: The Winter Soldier to its American audiences next week (the UK fans are already loving it, the lucky ones!). We here at 4 Your Excitement have been celebrating its launch with some features; needless to say, we are ready for it and whatever else Marvel wants to throw at us (we’re looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man). I am a HUGE Marvel fan so after watching the special program: Marvel: Assembling A Universe, I really cannot wait for the next 2 years to come.

This past week has delivered us some major things to be super excited for. Can’t wait to see what else entertainment and pop-culture throws our way. It will be a great pleasure of mine to share it with all of you, our loyal readers! Let me know what YOU were most excited about this week! Hit the comments below!

Until next week,

Erika Rivera
Editor-in-Chief of 4 Your Excitement


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