Merilla Michael

Merilla Michael is an Arts Editor for the Tufts Daily. Originally from the Shire, she grew up in Portland, Maine. She is a senior (*cue nervous laughter*) on the pre-med track and is double majoring in Biopsychology and Classical Studies.

‘Loosely Exactly Nicole’ debuts refreshing, crude comedy

“Loosely Exactly Nicole,” which premiered its first-ever episode on Sept. 5, is loosely based on the life of actress and comedian Nicole Byer, best known for her appearances on MTV’s “Girl Code” (2013 – present). Byer shines throughout her segments on “Girl Code,” which is a comedic reality show in which a group of women gives […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ has overstayed its welcome

“Pretty Little Liars” (2010 – present), a staple of the Freeform network, formerly called ABC Family, has earned a top spot on many TV-goers’ guilty-pleasure watchlists. Loosely based on the book series of the same name by Sara Shepard, “Pretty Little Liars” (“PLL”) has taken its fans on a wild goose chase, with each of the six season finales […]

Top 10 conspiracy theories

Why spend those late nights in Tisch actually studying for your finals when you can spend them wracking your brain about all the glorious — and sometimes terrifying — conspiracy theories that people have managed to come up with? If you’re looking to do a lot of thinking while still maintaining a low level of productivity, then […]

Despite big name stars, new series ‘The Art of More’ disappoints

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the world of competitive New York auction houses? If so, the premise of Crackle’s new show, “The Art of More” (2015 – present), may pique your interest. The series debuted its first season in late November and, taking a page from Netflix’s playbook, released all 10 episodes at once. Unfortunately, […]

Top 10 dos and don’ts for surviving finals

As much as we’d all like to pretend they aren’t happening, finals are coming. Finals start in less than two weeks, right after the incredibly generous single reading day that Tufts has given us. Some of us will not come out of finals week the same, but here are some tips for surviving the week […]

‘Chicago Med’ debuts formulaic premiere

Award-winning producer Dick Wolf strikes again with the third installment of his interconnected Chicago-based shows.  Like its counterparts, “Chicago Med,” which premiered Nov. 17, doesn’t boast a well-known or experienced cast. This, coupled with fairly flat dialogue, doesn’t work in its favor. The season premiere opens with a terrible train wreck that leaves many dead and many more injured. Dr. […]

‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ live-action take on comic book

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” a Netflix original series based on the Marvel universe comic book character of the same name, released its full first season last week and made quite an impression. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is the best private investigator in New York City, despite her unorthodox methods. At first glance, she seems like just a callous […]

Top 10 Thanksgiving Foods

As we slowly but surely approach the relief that is Thanksgiving break, it’s time for those of us who plan on feasting, to pick and choose the dishes in which to indulge. It’s impossible to eat everything — though you may want to — so you might have to be selective. To help with this difficult decision, consult […]

Alessia Cara’s debut album impresses with smooth, mature sound

Alessia Cara, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Canada, started her music career at 13 by posting acoustic covers on YouTube. By 18, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings. Her first EP, “Four Pink Walls,” released on Aug. 26, presented a fresh mix of soulful R&B tracks and pop hits. She released her first full-length album, “Know-It-All,” […]

‘Master of None’ balances reflection with comedy

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari, known primarily for his role as Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation” (2009-2015) and for his standup comedy career, reaches a broad audience with his humor and unique, enjoyable nature. Now, Ansari has his own Netflix television series, which premiered on Nov. 6. A show by one of the funniest and well-known […]