Shoot For Teams: Behind The Music

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This article is co-authored by Carlos Williams, Mike Myslinski, and Steven Widman.

Introduction:

It started out as an idea. We had all known each other for a while. Carlos and I met back in 2012 when he did a show at The Rock. I met Myz when he asked Los and I to open for him at The Ember in 2013. I met Steven when we both found out we liked Andy Mineo in choir class and went to his St. Paul concert in 2016. After C-Los finished produced Steven’s mixtape in November, he had the idea of the four of us coming together to do a single (which would later become “Tuesday”) and that expanded into forming a group and making an album. After three months of recording, writing, mixing, and getting the project mastered and marketed, The Forks released our debut album Shoot For Teams on February 16, 2018. We’ve been blessed with this opportunity and we felt it would be a fun experience to write a commentary piece about the album. Without further ado, The Forks presents…

Shoot For Teams: Behind The Music

1. In The Presence (ft. MyzBeatz & C-Los)

This song was written to be hype for getting into God’s presence! Time with Him is essential and irreplaceable in the life of a follower. Living water will flow through us and effect others; we engage when we spend time with Him. We have Him leading from our quiet place together. That’s what this song is about! – M

This song evolved from an idea from another song. “Coram Deo” is the key phrase in this one. It simply means “to be in the presence of God.” Myz and I wanted to communicate the importance of being in God’s presence. For me, my decisions should flow from that place. Favorite Line: “You’ll never be in His presence if you just come for presents, but if came to feel his presence, you might get a present.” If you anticipate God’s presence and not just the benefits it brings, you get all those things. But we worship God, because He’s God. – C

2. The G.O.A.T. (Ft. SW & 2K)

I think this song was just for fun, just to get into the studio and show what God has given us and knowing that we do it all through him. Nothing that I have is from my own power or my own strength. – S

Steven and I each took a song to come with conceptually. Steven took the other song, and I came up with this one. From the moment we heard Los’s beat, I was hooked. It was big and bold and fast and I knew we needed to write material to match that. And then the idea came: if our God is for us, than who can stop us. We took that premise and built the concept of the God of All Time. Steven and I each wrote our verses and would meet once a week to touch base, and then break off and keep improving, which is resulted in an escalation of us wanting to bring our best and the best out of each other. I’m very honored by and proud of this song. – K

3. Let Me Go (ft. C-Los & MyzBeatz)

I’d just got back from Guam. I spent a few months out there for work, and I had a pretty nice vibe out there while I was making music. The song itself sounds like you’re on the beach or poolside hanging out! But truth be told, I had a moment where God just started speaking to me through the hook I wrote for the song. I think we all have a moment in life where you question God and whether or not he cares for me, because a lot of the things that were going on in the world around me, happening to people who looked like me. I’m also always thinking about making sure my family is being taken care of to the best of my abilities and how I can insure their future. God told me not to worry about it. So I’m trying to do that! – C

This track is about the battle of mind games and defeating doubt. Instead of letting the enemy defeat us in our mind, we need to remember the truth in Christ and His promises for us about who we are! It’s a real battle at times, but He never let’s us go. – M

4. Nomads (ft. SW, 2K & MyzBeatz)

Nomads was more of an encouragement song for our fellow brothers and sisters who are sharing the Gospel and sometimes may be unmotivated to do so, or sometimes have a hard time sharing. We’re just giving some encouragement for that. – S

Myz, Steven, and I were brainstorming over at Myz’s apartment and he had the idea of it sounding like being in a desert and the idea of wandering like the Israelites. We each came to that with a different perspective. I came with the viewpoint of modern day Christians feeling like they’re wandering and lost because of ridicule or discouragement that they might be feeling for their faith. My favorite part of this song is absolutely Myz’s vocals when he sings “This for the Nomads/Never going back.” – K

This song is about continuing to share Jesus even though it is difficult at times. We can feel like wanderers or drifters in our lives and feel like we are the only ones carrying out the faith! But Moses and other biblical characters were faithful. This track is built to encourage those to keep sharing their faith no matter how many rejections you’ve faced or how difficult it can be. – M

5. Stuck in a Trap (ft. SW & C-Los)

Stuck in a Trap was just a message that I wanted to share. I’ve had a few people in life that aren’t saved that have told me that they feel too tainted for God’s love and God’s grace, and it’s something that hurts to hear. But also, Jesus can give them the hope of what the Gospel actually says about this situation. With this song, even in the process, there was a time where I was going through a difficult time with my own walk and I listened to this song and it actually spoke to me in that time. I truly hope and pray this song changes somebody’s way of thinking. God will do the work. – S

I’m starting to like trap music. Not the lyrics that most rappers rap over it, but the style of hip-hop itself. I think SW and I did an exceptional job of making sure there was substance in our lyrics for this one. This may be the more important message I want people to hear from this album. Falling into temptation often seems like repeatedly falling into a trap. It’s a lot harder to see God in dark places, but He is in fact there and ready to pull you out of the trap you can’t seem to break free of. – C

6. Step Yo Game Up (ft. SW & 2K)

“Step Yo Game Up” was more of a competitive song as well as a message of what I’ve been seeing lately as far as people worshipping things that are worthless. But there’s definitely a competitive aspect that says “I have this God-given talent, and I have what it takes to be good at this.” I just need to prove it, and I do it through music. – S

Steven took point on this one. We approached it as a sort of sequel to his song “The Reason” from his Reminiscent mixtape. I always thought of it being like us saying “look what God has given us and what we can do through him”. It’s also us talking about the idea of false idols and that we need to step our game up in recognizing them and helping others find the truth. – K

7. Tuesday

When Los brought up the idea of doing a song with all four of us, I was excited. It was going to be a cypher of sorts, a way to get in and out fast and show off skills. So I approached the first verse of Tuesday as an opportunity to introduced myself and the group at the end of the album and I wrote just that, an introduction for the finale. – K

“Tuesday” was just a blessing to be a part of. It was originally C-Los and Myz’s song, but they allowed us to be on it. I just wanted to contribute the best I could! The message was just more of a “don’t sleep on ‘The Forks’ crew because we have God-given talent and we’re gonna use it for Him.” – S

This track is just fun and rapping for Jesus. Before SFT, Carlos and I did most of our studio time on Tuesday nights as we worked on music! This is a banner to come together as a group and competitively slay this beat with one another. – M

When we were recording Myz’s mixtape, Phenom4Eons, a lot of times, Tuesday was the only day of the week that he could come over to record. So when we did get together, we had to make the most of it, getting as many quality recordings for as many songs as we could. As believers, we are instructed to give our best at everything we do. For us and the process of creating music, that was a Tuesday. – C

 

Shoot For Teams is available on all digital stores and streamers or right here. You can also find The Forks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TheForksRap.

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The First Annual KohGrammys

The First Annual KohGrammys

The KohGrammys is the first official music awards on this blog. We decided we’d adopt the same categories as the Grammys and accept all music released between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, with the addition of music from October-December 2016, seeing as they will also be included in the Grammy season.

Record of the Year:

  • “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
  • “It Ain’t Me,” Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • “Waiving Through A Window,” Ben Platt
  • “Feels,” Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
  • “Give Love,” Andy Grammer featuring LunchMoney Lewis
  • “Gorgeous,” Taylor Swift
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “I’ll Find You,” Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
  • “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Artist of the Year:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • NF
  • Demi Lovato
  • Lecrae
  • Bruno Mars

Album of the Year:

  • ÷, Ed Sheeran
  • Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Soundtrack)
  • All Things Work Together, Lecrae
  • Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato
  • Evolve, Imagine Dragons

Song of the Year:

  • “This Town,” Niall Horan
  • “Castle on the Hill,” Ed Sheeran
  • “Give Love,” Andy Grammer featuring LunchMoney Lewis
  • “Boy,” Lee Brice
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur
  • “Cry Baby,” Demi Lovato
  • “Praying,” Kesha

Best New Artist:

  • Niall Horan
  • Magic & Bird
  • Wordsplayed
  • James Arthur
  • Ben Platt
  • Aha Gazelle
  • 1K Phew

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • “New Man,” Ed Sheeran
  • “This Town,” Niall Horan
  • “What About Us,” P!nk
  • “Words Fail,” Ben Platt
  • “Praying,” Kesha
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” Taylor Swift
  • “Pray,” Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Give Love,” Andy Grammer featuring LunchMoney Lewis
  • “It Ain’t Me,” Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • “You Will Be Found,” The Cast of Dear Evan Hansen
  • “It’s Not Like I Like You,” Static-P
  • “Instruction,” Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don
  • “No Promises,” Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
  • “Play That Song,” Train
  • “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran featuring Beyoncé

Best Pop Vocal Album:

  • ÷, Ed Sheeran
  • Places, Lea Michele
  • Reputation, Taylor Swift
  • Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato
  • 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

Best Alternative Album:

  • Nemesis, Bridget Mendler
  • Back from the Edge, James Arthur
  • Rainbow, Kesha
  • a girl a bottle a boat, Train

Best Alternative Song:

  • “Atlantis,” Bridget Mendler
  • “Praying,” Kesha
  • “Do You Miss Me At All,” Bridget Mendler
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur
  • “Writer in the Dark,” Lorde
  • “Slow Hands,” Niall Horan
  • “Lights Down Low,” MAX
  • “Why,” Sabrina Carpenter
  • “Play That Song,” Train

Best Dance Recording:

  • “Feels,” Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
  • “Paris,” The Chainsmokers
  • “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay
  • “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
  • “Rockabye,” Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paula and Anne-Marie
  • “It Ain’t Me,” Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • “Instruction,” Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don
  • “No Promises,” Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

Best Dance Album:

  • Memories…Do Not Open, The Chainsmokers
  • We Belong, GAWVI
  • AVICI (01), Avicii
  • Funky Wav Bounce Vol. 1, Calvin Harris
  • Dance of Times, Eliane Elias

Best Rock Performance:

  • “Believer,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Take It All Back,” Judah & the Lion
  • “Feed The Machine,” Nickelback
  • “One More Light,” Linkin Park
  • “Ophelia,” The Lumineers

Best Rock Song:

  • “Believer,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Take It All Back,” Judah & the Lion
  • “Walk on Water,” Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • “Feed The Machine,” Nickelback
  • “Song on Fire,” Nickelback
  • “One More Light,” Linkin Park
  • “Champion,” Fall Out Boy

Best Rock Album:

  • One More Light, Linkin Park
  • Cleopatra, The Lumineers
  • Evolve, Imagine Dragons
  • Feed The Machine, Nickelback

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Nickelback
  • Imagine Dragons
  • The Lumineers
  • Linkin Park
  • Judah & the Lion

Best Rap Performance:

  • “LEGEND,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed (Magic & Bird)
  • “Intro III,” NF
  • “R.U.T.S.,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed
  • “Come & Get Me,” Lecrae
  • “Art of Drifting,” KB
  • “Everybody,” Logic
  • “DNA.” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Arose,” Eminem

Rap Artist of the Year:

  • Andy Mineo
  • Lecrae
  • NF
  • Eminem
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Logic
  • KB

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

  • “I’m The One,” DJ Khalid feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, & Lil Wayne
  • “JUDO,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed featuring Judo
  • “1-800-273-8255,” Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
  • “I’ll Find You,” Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
  • “Cry For You,” Lecrae featuring Taylor Hill
  • “Let You Down,” NF
  • “Sing to You,” KB featuring Casey J.
  • “Walk On Water,” Eminem featuring Beyoncé
  • “River,” Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran
  • “End Game,” Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future

Best Rap Song:

  • “DNA,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “KIDZ,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed
  • “Take It Back,” Logic
  • “Bounce Back,” Big Sean
  • “Remember This,” NF
  • “Tempo,” KB
  • “Facts,” Lecrae
  • “Forever,” Trip Lee

Best Rap Album:

  • Magic & Bird, Andy Mineo & Wordsplayed
  • I Decided, Big Sean
  • Everbody, Logic
  • All Things Work Together, Lecrae
  • Perception, NF
  • Today We Rebel, KB
  • Revival, Eminem

Best Country Performance:

  • “Something I’m Good At,” Brett Eldridge
  • “Ask Me How I Know,” Garth Brooks
  • “Unforgettable,” Thomas Rhett
  • “Boy,” Lee Brice
  • “My Old Man,” Zach Brown Band

Best Country Song:

  • “Something I’m Good At,” Brett Eldridge
  • “Boy,” Lee Brice
  • “A Girl Like You,” Easton Corbin
  • “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” Jon Pardi
  • “Unforgettable,” Thomas Rhett

Best Country Album:

  • Brett Eldridge, Brett Eldridge
  • From A Room, Vol. 1, Chris Stapleton
  • Welcome Home, Zach Brown Band
  • Love and War, Brad Paisley
  • Heart Break, Lady Antebellum

Best Contemporary Christian Song:

  • “O God Forgive Us,” for KING & COUNTRY featuring KB
  • “I’ll Find You,” Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
  • “Hills and Valleys,” Tauren Wells
  • “Rise,” Danny Gokey
  • “Old Church Choir,” Zach Williams

Best Contemporary Christian Album:

  • Jonah, KJ-52
  • Magic & Bird, Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed (Magic & Bird)
  • All Things Work Together, Lecrae
  • One-Way Conversations, Hollyn
  • Echoes, Matt Maher
  • Truly Madly Deeply, Relient K

Best Musical Theatre Album:

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Bandstand
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Baby Driver
  • The Greatest Showman
  • La La Land

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

  • “Evermore,” Beauty and the Beast
  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “Rewrite the Stars,” The Greatest Showman
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land
  • “Another Day of Sun,” La La Land

Time Out For Sports III: The Thunderdome

Time Out For Sports III: The Thunderdome

Hello everyone. It’s been an entire football season since I’ve written a Time Out For Sports piece, so what better time to come back and revisit the NFL than with another playoff essay. Today, I’m going to examine the final two weeks of 2018 NFL playoffs and end with my prediction for who will be in Super Bowl LII. I do want to make Time Out For Sports a weekly mini-series until we reach Super Bowl LII. So here we go.

Previously On The Playoffs

At the start of the playoffs, this is what we saw for the playoff seedings.

AFC:

  1. New England Patriots (13-3)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (12-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
  5. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
  6. Buffalo Bills (9-7)

NFC:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (12-4)
  4. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
  5. Carolina Panthers (11-5)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

NFC Wild Cards

The Atlanta Falcons faced the Los Angeles Rams in the deciding game that launched the NFC Playoffs. Matt Ryan and the offense led the team to a round one victory over the Jared Goff and the Rams, seeing the defending NFC champions eliminate a fan favorite early on. The Falcons will advance to Philadelphia this Saturday to play the seemingly unstoppable Eagles, under the leadership of Nick Foles.

The second wild card game pit two rivals against each other to reach the frozen tundra of Minnesota. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints pulled out a narrow victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, setting up a playoff rematch between two bitter enemies.

AFC Wild Cards

The AFC playoffs are always rather dull and weird, and this year was no exception. Marcus Mariota led the Tennessee Titans to an amazing comeback victory over Alex Smith and the favored Kansas City Chiefs. The upset Titans team is now poised to play Tom Brady and the legendary New England Patriots on Saturday.

The Buffalo Bills eeked into the playoffs thanks to a Ravens loss in week 17. The team found themselves locked out of the end zone by the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Blake Bortles and the offense were able to put one touchdown’s distance between them and Tyrod Taylor’s Bills. A last second Bills QB injury resulted in the infamous Peterman taking the field for a late, valiant drive that ended in the game winning Jacksonville interception. The Jags will be traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers next Sunday.

NFC Divisional

The Minnesota Vikings are having their best season since 2009 when Brett Favre led them to the championship game. Coincidentally, the current team will be facing the same team that ended their 2009 playoff run in Drew Brees and the Saints. Led by the surprise MVP candidate Case Keenum, the Vikes are a complete team, marked by the league’s top defense, featuring a murderer’s row including Everson Griffen and Xavier Rhodes, and an underrated offense consisting of a strong WR corp in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph and a powerhouse run game with Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon. What’s even more impressive? This team is playing on second strings. Case stepped in for Sam Bradford in week 2 and never left. After 4 weeks, Murray & McKinnon got their shot after rookie sensation Dalvin Cook suffered a season ending injury. So just them being this good is a feat. However, they aren’t done. They rematch the team that stopped them from appearing in Super Bowl XLIV, something Vikings fans and players alike haven’t forgotten. The fact that the Vikings are hosting the New Orleans Saints is going to affect a lot. The Vikings are going to pull out the victory, holding Brees’ offense to just 14 points and ending with a score of 28-14.

The Eagles were looking like an unbeatable playoff team. Then they lost MVP QB Carson Wentz to a torn ACL. While Nick Foles is a solid placeholder, he’s not going to lead them to a Super Bowl. At best, he leads them to a first round bye and faceoff with the defending Atlanta Falcons. Ryan’s team will be hyped up from their previous victory and will have rings on the brain. The Falcons will upset the Eagles and land the birds the Philly, 35-24.

AFC Divisional

The Jacksonville Jaguars squaring off with the Pittsburgh Steelers is a matchup many will predict going one way. The Steelers are strong offense with a solid defense. That was until Antonio Brown’s injury. Now the Steelers are in a bad position going into this game, especially against a well-rounded shock team like the Jags. The Jags will upset, holding Ben Rothlisberger to just 14. Final score: 42-14, Jags.

The Patriots are a team everyone has their eyes on. Many assumed last year’s Super Bowl win would have signaled the retirement of Tom Brady and the end of the Pats dynasty. Brady crushed that idea with his return and 13-3 record. The Pats had a solid year, but aren’t a well-rounded team. In fact, the defense is bad. The offense is only good because of Tom Brady. The Titans may not be the most even match, but the surprise upset over the Chiefs could provide the required momentum to stop Brady from another championship. As much as I hate that team, I have to side with the Patriots. 28-14, Pats.

NFC Championship Game

The Minnesota Vikings have a home field Super Bowl on their minds and nothing will stop them from reaching that game. Having defeated them once before, the Atlanta Falcons might be the easiest game left for the Vikings to win, but it’ll still be a fun one. The unstoppable defense of the Vikings will neutralize Ryan’s offense, while the Falcons defense just won’t be able to hold Keenum’s strong offense. 24-7, Vikes.

AFC Championship Game

Here’s where Brady’s season ends. The Jaguars defense will be the MVP of this game, shutting down Brady and holding him to just 14 points. Bortles and his offense will show how weak the Pats defense is and run up the score as much as possible, finishing with a 28-14 win.

Super Bowl LII

The 52nd Super Bowl is an article for another day, mainly next week for updated analysis, but to give a quick prediction, I’m saying a Vikings/Jaguars Super Bowl is on the cards and would be the most evenly matched game of the season. The difference would come down to the offensive game. Keenum’s team will be a difficult one for the Jags to cover as efficiently, while Bortles’ team won’t be able to put up as many points against the top defense. The Vikes will bring home their first Lombardi, winning 35-21. Check back next week for updated analysis and predictions following the NFL Divisional Round Playoffs.

Playoffs Bracket

Phenom4Eons: A Review

Phenom4Eons: A Review

Introduction:

This #MusicMonday gets personal. As a musician myself, I am friends with several artists of varying backgrounds. This week, I’d like to take some time to highlight a friend and collaborator of mine: MyzBeatz. Myz is a rapper based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and works as a campus pastor at UND, heading up Chi Alpha. Along with my friends SW, C-Los, and myself, MyzBeatz makes up a rap group based out of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, called The Forks. Having been active since his teenage years in Apple Valley, MN, he released three projects before switching artist identities and moving to Grand Forks. His first project, Salt + Light, was released in 2013. He followed that up with a collaborative mixtape with UND artist D’Tay called Who Am I? in 2014. In 2014, he also released two singles: Take Offense and BassHeads, which featured D’Tay and Casstaway. He appeared on C-Los’s 2015 single Show N’ Tell (Remix), alongside Reschad Oliver and Empty Vessel, followed by features on Treal B’s 2016 EP Apathy and C-Los’s award winning 2016 single Together. Today I’m reviewing his 2016 album Phenom4Eons, in honor of The Forks’ newest collaboration. I will also be reviewing C-Los’s album SonRize at a later date, as well as SW’s Reminiscent. You can check out Phenom4Eons and download it for free here.

1. The Nobodys

The production is really solid. The beat comes in hard and immediately gets your head bobbing. The hook is catchy. Myz introduces himself and C-Los as he starts ripping in. His flow pattern is really impressive. He rides the beat very well. The theme for the album is set up well with this really solid intro track. The last hook he’s joined by C-Los who has a really funny bit with him.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

2. This City

The second song slows things down and pitches us a deeper track. The vocals on the hook are really solid. The wordplay is killer, especially with all the local in-jokes. While it grooves at a slower pace, the track is exceptional. He grooves right along with the beat and it’s very impressive.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

3. Finding Myz

The track starts with really pretty vocals and an emotional setup. This track is very real and intense. The idea of self-identity and discovering yourself is truly exceptional. The vocals are truly spectacular. The production is really great.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

4. BassHeads (ft. Ki’Shon, Seckond Chaynce, & Casstaway)

Things get lighter and more fun with this one, as we get a fun track about his love for bass. Myz goes first and rides the beat like it’s a bike. Ki’Shon goes next and adopts a style like KB and flows pretty well with it. After an intro from C-Los, Seckond Chaynce jumps on like it’s nothing and absolutely murders it. His chopper style allows him to spit bars at a supersonic pace. Casstaway, a veteran of Myz’s records, gets on and rides the beat well. Seckon Chaynce and Myz are really the highlights of the track, along with the incredible production, but the track is a perfect jam.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

5. Ancient Glory

The hook is gorgeous! While the uncredited female vocalist remains anonymous, she sounds familiar; her vocals are absolutely knockout. The track is slower and more personal, which Myz proves is a strong point for him. While the verses don’t quite love up to the hook, the sentiment is there are and, therefore, very appreciated. While so far this one seems to be a bit of step back, it’s still a pretty tune.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

6. No Air

The gasps for air in the intro are a nice touch. Myz’s vocals are absolutely dynamite on the track. Myz gets on and rides the beat once again. He grooves right along on the medium paced beat. The production is a standout hit, especially in the mixing. While short, it’s a sweet track.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

7. Sinking (Interlude)

The production on this interlude fits the title 100%. It’s a really well produced beat that generates emotions like sinking. It’s a nice interlude that gives a breather before we jump into the next track.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

8. Deep Waters

The interlude before sets up this track very well. The track about being rescued from drowning in sin has some really beautiful vocals from Myz. The flow is solid too, in keeping with the slow song pattern. This track might have the best vocals of the record.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

9. Shipwrecked

The strings and vocal samples that start of the song are beautiful. This song is an inspirational sequel to last song and absolutely outdoes the previous track. Myz absolutely kills the track and delivers some solid wordplay. He paints a really vivid picture and delivers a rap parable that is unparalleled in anything I’ve heard in CHH or otherwise. The C-Los cameos are a really nice touch too.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

10. Tapdance

The pianos and choir vocals are a really pretty way to start the next track. This one has another inspirational start to it. The tap-dancing sample is a stroke of genius. The song about purity and holding hope is a true jam. The track is a head-nodder and Myz grooves on it incredibly. The vocals are spectacular; between the female vocals and Myz’s own, it creates what could be a mix of the most real and the most pretty track. The choir vocals work like a siren song and it really creates what might be the best performance on the record.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

11. I Salute You

Sampling horns in an epic style already has me in. The beat is a jam and an absolute banger. The song serves as a thank you to the military. The C-Los cameos are a perfect fit and the song itself is a great jam. It’s an arena jam waiting for an Alerus Center audience.  The lyricism and energy are excellent and infectious.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

12. Surface (ft. Jacie J)

Now we’re slowing things down again. With a really pretty piano sample and some wonderful production, Myz brings up another real topic in living a “two-face” life. Jacie J’s vocals are strong and a perfect fit for the track. The wordplay is incredible and his performance is wonderful. The examination of the idea of denominations among the Protestant Christian faith is an incredible topic that is never explored in either mainstream music or Christian music. The song is groundbreaking and truly a treasure on this record.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

13. Six Feet Under

The faster paced track is storytelling track is absolutely aggressive and wastes no time in getting the story across. It’s a great track telling the story of the betrayal, trail, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s redemption song for the people who haven’t heard the story before and a fresh spin for those who have lost count of how many times they’ve heard it. It’s very well done and a perfect fit for the record.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

14. Tidals (ft. Abbi Grimaldi)

We flow (literally) from the last song to the newest one. The song is gentle and peaceful and serene. The synths and samples of rolling waves are a perfect blend into the production. Abbi’s vocals are a sweet fit into the track. The overall vocals are pretty. The lyricism is stellar. The story of just a daily struggle to spend time with God is a really well done topic that often gets overlooked in CHH. It’s another groundbreaking track for the record.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

15. The Depths You Go (ft. Bryce Meyer)

The flow (sorry, the puns about the songs being connected by crashing waves was too good to pass up a second time) from song to song doesn’t let up as we get another serene and peaceful song. The acoustic guitars mixed into the production are perfect. The production is excellent. Bryce’s vocals are a perfect fit for the track and work on every level. The lyricism on this one is excellent as well. Entering through the topic of the unexplored depths of the ocean, Myz creates another perfect song for the album. This is a genuinely perfect song. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. The flow pattern, vocals, production, samples, topics, lyrics, and the vibes are all perfectly stitched together to create another hit.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

16. Phenom

We roll (there, I changed it up, happy?) right into the final song seamlessly. The production is absolutely incredible. Myz’s vocals are beautiful at the start of the track. We fade out and come back with a dripping, ticking, ominous vibe. Myz’s vocals are chilling as we enter the finale. It’s a terrifying. Myz is delivering what is a Grammy-worthy with the performance he’s delivering here. The tension builds with the production and it starts to lighten up but it’s growing into an inspirational track. Myz keeps speeding up as things brighten up. The beat creates a sense of fleeting time and the need to get to work before Jesus comes back. This final song is groundbreaking and incredible and captures the entire sense of the album in one incredibly produced song that wraps up the message in a way that deserves a Grammy. We are left in total silence for 22 seconds to reflect on what we just heard. This track is genius, masterfully performed and produced, executed in a manner that plays like an NF song at the start and ends in the most original way ever. If you weren’t a MyzBeatz fan before, you are now.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

Conclusion:

Phemom4Eons is a project that starts pretty cut and dry. It starts how you might expect a local rap album to: a fun jam that you might listen to once, that feels maybe more surface than substance. But the album is like the ocean that it bases its theme on, it has layer after layer that just keeps getting deeper and deeper the more you dive into it. The production is incredible and Myz’s performances are stellar, with some displays of lyricism and wordplay that truly left me speechless. There are ideas and themes in this project that are groundbreaking; things we always think about but never say, articulated into words. I can’t recommend this album enough.

Album Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

 

Fall Preview: 20 Movies I Can’t Wait to See

20. American Madeamerican-made-movie-poster-2017-20003055-1280x0

Following the adventures of a CIA drug runner, American Made intrigues me. This film seems like it’s the Tom Cruise movie we’ve needed to see for a while from him.

  • Release Date: September 29th
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhall Gleeson, & Sarah Wright
  • Written By: Greg Spinelli

19. Battle of the Sexesomyvigfmyc082ay8fv6-o

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of Billie Jean King and her infamous Tennis match with former champ and hustler Bobby Riggs.

  • Release Date: September 22nd
  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, & Elizabeth Shue
  • Written By: Simon Beaufoy

18. Blade Runner 2049zz4f1c300d

Set 30 years after the original, a new younger blade runner is set on the trail of a long buried secret that leads him straight to the missing Rick Deckard.

  • Release Date: October 6th
  • Director: Denis Villenueve
  • Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Jared Leto
  • Written By: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green

17. Geostormgeostorm-trailer-700x300

This movie sounds so bad that I have to see it. Global warming versus the world? Wow.

  • Release Date: October 20th
  • Director: Dean Devlin
  • Starring: Gerard Butler, Talitha Eliana Bateman, and Abbie Cormish
  • Written By: Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot

16. Leatherface

Following a group of youngsters who have escaped from a mental institution, they begin being picked off by the young boy who will become Leatherface.

  • Release Date: October 20th
  • Directors: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
  • Starring: Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, and Lili Taylor
  • Written By: Seth M. Sherwood

15. Flatlinersflatliners-remake-release-date-summer-2017

After an experiment goes wrong, a group of college students are haunted by the side effects of their attempts to play with death.

  • Release Date: September 29th
  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Starring: Nina Robrev, Ellen Page, and Diego Luna
  • Written By: Ben Ripley and Peter Filardi

14. The Snowmanmaxresdefault

A detective hunts for an elusive serial killer who’s MO is decapitating bodies and leaving a snow head in their place.

  • Release Date: October 20th
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and Val Kilmer
  • Written By: Hossein Amini, Peter Straughan, and Søren Sveistrup

13. Marshallmarshall

Thurgood Marshall’s life is an interesting one. As a history nerd and film lover, biopics are my favorites and it doesn’t hurt that there is Oscar buzz surrounding the film.

  • Release Date: October 13th
  • Director: Reginald Hudlin
  • Starring: Dan Stevens, Chadwick Boseman, and Josh Gad
  • Written By: Jacob and Michael Koskoff

12. Happy Death Daymaxresdefault1

A woman awakes every day after being murdered and must prevent her death to break the cycle.

  • Release DateOctober 13th
  • Director: Christopher Landon
  • Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine
  • Written By: Scott Lobdell

11. Darkest Hourdarkest_hour_gary_oldman_images

Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill and his ascension during World War II.

  • Release Date: November 22nd
  • Director: Joe Wright
  • Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn
  • Written By: Anthony McCarten

10. Daddy’s Home 2daddys-home-2-slice-600x200

The sequel to 2015’s surprise comedy hit, the film follows Ferrell and Whalberg’s characters as they must deal with their fathers going through what they did.

  • Release Date: November 10th
  • Director: Sean Anders
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Whalberg, and Mel Gibson
  • Written By: Sean Anders and Brian Burns

9. Kingsman: The Golden Circlekingsman-the-golden-circle-logo

The sequel to 2015’s breakout spy hit, Kingsman: The Golden Circle looks to expand the universe by introducing an international plot and bringing the Kingsman into direct contact with their American counterparts: the Statesman.

  • Release Date: September 22nd
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Channing Tatum
  • Written By: Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman

8. Itit-movie-2017-pennywise-bill-skarsgard

The second adaption of Steven King’s most popular novel, It follows the Losers’ Club as they are terrorized by their greatest fear: Pennywise.

  • Release Date: September 8th
  • Director: Andy Muschietti
  • Starring:  Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, and Finn Wolfhard
  • Written By: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman

7. Suburbiconsuburbicon

Set in the 1950s, a quite suburban community is rocked by a violent home invasion. I’m mainly excited for this film based on the story and the writers involved. I love the Coen Brothers.

  • Release Date: October 27th
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Issac
  • Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov

6. Wonderwonder-cur

Based on the bestselling book, the film tells the story of a socially anxious kid who deals with bullying and characterized by the helmet he wears.

  • Release Date: November 17th
  • Director: Stephen Chbosky
  • Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay
  • Written By: Stephen Chbosky, Steven Conrad, and Jack Thorne

5. Brad’s Statusmv5bn2e2yjaxymytyzjhys00owu2ltkwntetm2u0mgfhymzmyjawxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymjm4oti2mtu-_v1_

The latest film from Amazon Studios, the studio that made Manchester By the Sea and The Big SickBrad’s Status sees a father and son travel to tour colleges, which leads the father to reflect on his life and what he’s done with it.

  • Release Date: September 15th
  • Director: Mike White
  • Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, and Jenna Fischer
  • Written By: Mike White

4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri239293_146_news_hub_198282_677x251

After the disappearance and probable murder of a young girl, the police investigation slows, leading to her mother to take action, attracting the attention of another sheriff.

  • Release Date: November 10th
  • Director: Martin McDonaugh
  • Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Peter Dinklage
  • Written By: Martin McDonaugh

3. Thor: Ragnarokgallery-1469440016-logo-thor-ragnarok

When Hela arrives to start the apocalypse of the gods, Thor is thrust from Asgard without his hammer and must battle his old friend The Hulk, before enlisting him, Loki, and Valkyrie in their quest to save Asgard and find the only person who can stop Ragnarok: Odin.

  • Release Date: November 3rd
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo
  • Written By: Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost

2. Justice Leaguebg

Following the death of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman begin assembling a team of superpowered metahumans to defend the Earth from an incoming invasion of the forces of Apokolips, lead by Steppenwolf.

  • Release Date: November 17th
  • Directors: Zack Snyder and Joss Wheadon
  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller
  • Written By: Chris Terrio and Joss Wheadon

1. Murder on the Orient Expressew_website_2700x1800-murderexpress

Based on the classic novel by Agatha Christie, a man is murdered on a train stuck in the snow and it’s up to the world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot, to solve the mystery before the train reaches Istanbul.

  • Release Date: November 10th
  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe
  • Written By: Michael Green

 

Top 15 Broadway (and Off-Broadway) Musicals

Top 15 Broadway (and Off-Broadway) Musicals

Introduction:

Musical theatre is one of my favorite mediums of storytelling. I was introduced to it at a young age in elementary school and soon became obsessed with performing in, and later writing, musicals. While performing in smaller school musicals and originals around my town in middle school was fun, high school introduced me to a whole new world (pun intended) of musical theatre. Here are my fifteen favorite musicals from both Broadway and Off-Broadway of all time.

15. School of Rock (2015-)school-of-rock-broadway

Based on the cult classic film starring Jack Black, the musical adapted to the stage by Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera) is a fun, brilliant joyride with excellent music and a fantastic performance by Alex Brightman. The show might’ve won the Tony for Best Musical had it not been up against Hamilton.

14. Grease (1971-1980, 1993-1999)grease-musical-raleigh-febraury-2016

The musical that inspired the classic film, Jim Jacobs’ profane and aggressive treasure was based on his own high school experiences and were transformed into a musical that spoke to youthful audiences of the time. The music is iconic, so much so that after it’s 1980 closing, the musical was revived for a 90s run.

13. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (2013-2015)thumb_100_1920x0_0_0_auto

Originally written for television, Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II crafted a wonderful adaption of the French version of the classic story. The TV musical was adapted for Broadway in 2013 by Douglas Carter Beane, who translated it with poise and fantastical grace. The show is wonderful and near and dear to my heart, admittedly because I played the role of Jean-Michel in my junior year of high school.

12. The Addams Family (2010-2011)1476917706-5428757-the_addams_family_musical_tickets

The Broadway adaption of Charles Addams’ comic strip family came as a surprise to many. The show was adapted by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and featured great music with a wonderful story. The show also had great performances by Kevin Chamberlain, Nathan Lane, Krysta Rodriguez, and Bebe Neuwirth.

11. 21 Chump Street (2014)14444585426_a76a70bb6f_b

Based on an episode of This American Life, the fifteen minute musical debuted as a radio drama before making an Off-Broadway debut. The musical was written by the genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also played the Narrator. The show featured a stellar premiere performance from Anthony Ramos, who would go on to star in Hamilton. The show is often overlooked, but features incredible music and a tragic tale.

10. In The Heights (2008-2011)alt_50684

Speaking of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius playwright made his debut with this show. A wonderful snapshot of the world of Washington Heights, Lin starred in the lead role and wrote the music. The show’s earliest draft was written by Miranda, but the show’s credited playwright is Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the book. The show features rap, salsa, and tons of wonderful music. The show also introduced the Broadway world to not just Lin, but also the wonderful talents of Christopher Jackson, Mandy Gonzalez, and Javier Muñoz. The show also won the Tony for Best Musical.

9. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2010-2011)

I’m a sucker for a historically based story, especially when it’s accurate. I’m also a sucker for rock musicals. Alex Timbers brilliantly combines the two into a wonderful show, with a fantastic performance from Benjamin Walker in the title role. The show was snubbed by The Book of Mormon, but this musical is still a fantastic satire with wonderful music.

8. Chicago (1975-1977, 1996-)event_image-135

The longest running musical in Broadway history, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s prolific show is spectacle that is unlike anything else on Broadway. Despite receiving a short original run with mixed reviews, the show was revived to mass praise and acclaim in 1996 and is still running 21 years later. It’s a fantastic show with wonderful music. I played D.A. Harrsion when my school performed it my sophomore year. It’s a show unique in design and style.

7. Wicked (2003-)wicked-the-musical

One of the greatest musicals of the 21st century, the show, adapted by Winnie Holzman from the prolific book by Gregory Maguire, features great music and breakout performances from Broadway legends Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenowith. Telling the alternative take of the classic story, one of cinema and literature’s greatest villains becomes one of Broadway’s most tragic heroes. It’s a wonderful show that pushed the boundaries of what could be done from a technical standpoint in design for Broadway shows.

6. Little Shop of Horrors (1982-1987, 2003-2004)000188_hero

One of Off-Broadway’s biggest hits, the show is based on the 1960 film and the musical, in turn, inspired the 1986 remake. It made a brief revival on Broadway in 2003, but was panned by critics. The show features incredible music that is memorable and featured a great performance from Ellen Greene. I played the role of Bernstein in my freshman year production of the show, but lends to my bias, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a wonderful show.

5. Heathers (2014)home-girls

The brief Off-Broadway run might seem like it was a failure, but Heathers (based on the 80s cult classic film) found a huge cult audience and won over many fans. With a book wonderfully adapted by Lawrence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the show features amazing music and breakout performances by Barrett Wilbert Weed, Jessica Keenan Wynn, and Ryan McCartan.

4. Jekyll & Hyde (1997-2001, 2013)000181_hero

This show is haunting, prolific, and an incredible thrill ride. Adapted from the literary classic by Leslie Bricusse, the show featured a breakout performance from Robert Cuccioli from its original cast, Coleen Sexton from the final cast, and an incredible  surprise turn from David Hasselhoff. The show ran for 5 years and received a DVD recording of Hasselfhoff’s final performance. The show made a very brief revival in 2013, but was not very memorable. It is a fantastic show with vocally challenging roles.

3. RENT (1996-2008, 2011-2012)rent

You thought I wasn’t going to include one of Broadway’s greatest shows? You’re crazy. Jonathan Larson is on the same level of genius as Lin-Manuel Miranda, but his time was tragically cut short. His crowning achievement is this wonderful rock show about living with AIDS, as well as living in New York. Broadway legends are born from this show, including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia. With great music and a wonderful cast, this show goes down in history as one of the greats. Born in 1996 and running to an end in 2008, the show was revived Off-Broadway for a relatively brief run.

2. Dear Evan Hansen (2016-)90

Many will eye-roll because I included a very new musical, but this show truly deserves it. This show is a wonderful treasure, with incredible music and a touching story about suicide and loss. Ben Platt makes a huge star turn with his amazing performance. The show is written by Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo behind the Oscar-winning masterpiece La La Land. It’s for sure one of my most favorite shows.

1. Hamilton (2015-)hamilton

Of course this my number one. Hamilton is the perfect show in my opinion. It blends everything I love into one massive show: American history, rap music, and great storytelling. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a certifiable genius, writing a masterpiece show. It also features incredible performances from Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr, and Jonathan Groff, all of which are now certifiable Broadway royalty. It’s an incredible show, with music unparralled and performances unmatched in any musical, on or off Broadway, in the history of the craft.

 

Doctor Who: Alternative Series Pitch

Doctor Who: Alternative Series Pitch

This pitch was posted on kkoho87.wix.com/kalebkohowrites on December 5, 2015, before the release of series 9 & 10 and the announcement of the Jodie Whitaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. Whenever you read “12” or “Capaldi”, replace it with “13” or “Whitaker”.

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I got the idea for this pitch from the news that Peter Capaldi (the current Twelfth Doctor) wanted to do other projects on the side, which would result in shorter seasons. I decided to keep the standard twelve episode season. I’d also like to note that I haven’t seen a single episode of season nine at this time. I do not get BBC America on cable. Moving on…

Introduction

This season would open with the Twelfth Doctor in his TARDIS. He is basically distraught over losing Clara a few episodes ago in Season Nine or is basically doing something in his Tardis. He flashes back to his time in another incarnation. This would allow Capaldi to appear in the beginning of the series and end of the series or begin and end each episode, while being able to work on his projects. What incarnation would be spending time with, you ask? Well, I’m telling you that it’s a Doctor we haven’t seen a lot of. We’ve seen his beginning and ending, but what about in between? Of course I’m talking about that one hit wonder from the 90’s, the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. From here on out, I will be pitching each episode with a possible title and synopsis for each episode.

Episode #10.1 – The Eighth Day

This episode would begin with our flashback. The episode would lead into 8 and his companion, Grace (as we last saw them at the end of 1996’s Doctor Who movie). The episode would feature the Eighth Doctor take Grace back to the never before seen eighth day of Earth’s creation. There, they find aliens being created, one of which is the Silence. The 8th Doctor forgets ever meeting them at the end because of a Silence erasing the adventure from his mind. Twelve closes the episode by filling any loopholes with his smooth Scottish psychobabble. They leave the day as the winners however, defeating a plot by the silence to kill Adam & Eve to end Humans before they grew.

Episode #10.2 – Enter Grace

The Eighth Doctor & Grace battle Cybermen, who plan to delete an entire planet to expand their power. Grace is the hero in this episode and we get better development with her character. She shows grace on the Cybermen, allowing them to leave with their lives when The Doctor stops them.

Episode #10.3 – Exterminate

The Doctor & Grace encounter a group of rouge Daleks who plan to destroy a Time Lord embassy on the planet of the Sontarans. The Doctor & Grace foil the war criminals. The Doctor first catches wind of the 1st Great Time War, prompting him to return to Gallifrey.

Episode #10.4 – The Drums of War

The Doctor & Grace are summoned to Gallifrey by the War Council of Gallifrey. The council informs the Doctor of their dire need of his help. The Doctor refuses to get involved, even when being urged by a regenerated Master. Part One of a three part story.

Episode #10.5 – Treachery of the Time Lords

The Eighth Doctor & Grace are planning on leaving Gallifrey to continue exploration. Eight’s TARDIS is damaged by the Daleks as the fight is brought to Gallifrey. The War Council continues to hound the Doctor to join them in their war with the Daleks, begging him to save Gallifrey. He refuses. The head Time Lord, played by Timothy Dalton, hires an assassin to kill Grace and make it look like a Dalek killed her. Grace is killed. The Eighth Doctor is enraged and agrees to fight the Daleks, believing them to be the killers. He is assigned to the Master’s unit. End of Part Two or Three.

Episode #10.6 – Run

The Eighth Doctor fights ferociously and even brings the war to a tipping point. The Master, who is drunk while celebrating their inevitable victory, reveals it was the Time Lord War Council’s fault. Eight already knows what he is doing is wrong. With this new information, he decides to run. He sneaks into the TARDIS shed and steals his repaired TARDIS & flees Gallifrey, being branded a war criminal. Part 3 of 3.

Episode #10.7 – The Battle of New York

The Doctor is hiding out in New York City in the year 5000 A.D, when a group of Time Lords sent to arrest him attack. The Doctor defeats them and escapes. He continues on in a life of depressed solitude, blaming himself for Grace’s death. He begins suffering from PTSD.

Episode #10.8 – No More War

The Eighth Doctor finds himself battling The Master’s unit, who is sent to capture him for his war crimes, when they all discover the 1st Time War is over, but a second has broke out. The Master is called back to Gallifrey. The Doctor refuses involvement.

Episode #10.9 – The Skaro Advancement

The Eighth Doctor is kidnapped by the Master and his Time Lords & forced to travel to Skaro to lead a covert ops group of Time Lords in their attempts to end the Second Great Time War. The Doctor helps blow up the capital and kills several Daleks, however he refuses to aid the Time Lords and further. The Second Great Time War is won by the Time Lords, but a third and final war breaks out in revenge only months later.

Episode #10.10 – 2000 A.D.

The Doctor finds himself on Earth when Y2K, which wasn’t supposed to happen, breaks out due to a temporal anomaly. The Doctor is able to source the problem to Sontarans and moves on. The events of Y2K are erased, with the destruction date being set back thousand and thousands of years into the future.

Episode #10.11 – The Dalek Offensive

Part 1 of 2: The Doctor is forced into a confrontation between the Time Lords and Daleks & is taken war prisoner by the Daleks. He believes he is to die soon, not wanting to live any longer. The Daleks put him on death row. The Daleks take him to the execution chamber & he is set to die, but the Doctor isn’t done yet.

Episode #10.12 – The Night of the Doctor

The Doctor is saved from death row by the Master. The Master (who has gone rogue) has a plan to end the Time Wars forever, but he needs the Doctor’s help in doing so. The Master & The Doctor sneak back to Gallifrey & steal a weapon called The Moment. The Master & Doctor escape to a safe place to use the device. The Doctor asks what the point of this device is, to which the Master replies by telling him it’s a weapon to blow up Gallifrey & kill everyone, that there’s no other way to end it, and that he wants the drumming to stop. The Doctor defeats the Master and turns him over to the Time Lords, resulting in a full pardon for the Doctor and The Master was to be punished. The Doctor is reinvigorated with new life and purpose, but because of the Time Lords reputation in the Time Wars, he can’t save anyone because they don’t trust him. This is the case with Claire, who dies rather than let the Doctor save her. The Doctor dies in the crash with her, but, as the Night of The Doctor showed, he chose his regeneration into the War Doctor (played by John Hurt). Leading us back full circle, we catch up with 12 who is on his TARDIS concluding his flashback & telling us the untold story of the 8th Doctor.