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29 December 2017 @ 09:36 pm
It's that time of year again.  
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2017?
Grantchester, American Gods, Powerless, Black Butler, The Expanse, The Defenders, Mary Kills People, The Gifted, Critical Role, and Castlevania.

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2017?
The ones that I let go weren't by choice since they ended up getting unjustly cancelled. Dark Matter, Sense8, Powerless, Stitchers, all of these shows were sadly cancelled. Otherwise, I don't think I purposefully let go of any other show, not that I can recall anyway.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2017? Why?
Marvel's Runaways, because I forgot when it premiered. I plan on binge-watching once the entire season is finished though. Also Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which I just recently discovered but haven't had the chance of getting to watch it properly from the beginning, because I was confused and intrigued. Thankfully I ventured into the fandom and I'm already liking what I see, so whenever I get the chance to I'll plop my butt down and start from the first season. Sadly the show was announced to have been cancelled right after the second season ended and just after I just discovered it. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to watch it nonetheless. I was previously curious about Voltron: Legendary Defender but just never got around to it due to other shows. Legion is another one, since I heard a lot about the show from others but never did find the time to actually watch the first season yet.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2018?
I'm not always up on what is coming out, but I'm deeply intrigued by Miss Sherlock, a Japanese re-imagining of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories but with Sherlock and Watson both being women. I'm also curious about Cloak & Dagger, Black Lightning and Netflix's Sabrina, just to see how well they do and whether they'll be worth watching further. Aside from that, I can't think of anything else at the moment? It'll come to me later, I'm sure.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2017?
The Defenders. I've already previously shared about my thoughts on the season, but to reiterate, it wasn't necessarily bad just rather meh and disappointing as a whole. I felt like it could have been executed much better than what they had planned as the seasonal plot. Bull started out that way in its second season since it didn't feel like it did from the first season, especially with the lacking of the camaraderie of the team and Jason Bull not really acting as compassionate at certain points and I was worried they were heading into that dreadful "the protagonist is a dick but it's acceptable because they're brilliant at what they do" territory which I hate, but things kind of smoothed out a bit later on, especially with the Christmas episode, so I'm hoping it continues to improve.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2018 unless things significantly improve?
I hate to say it, but American Gods. Don't get me wrong, the first season was utterly brilliant and flawless in its execution, however with Bryan Fuller leaving as showrunner it's left me rather uneasy about who they'll get to replace him. I'm trying not to be negative about it because not every showrunner replacement is necessarily bad, but I'm also nervous because Bryan has a very distinct style of visual storytelling that was pretty much the very signature of the first season, and without that continuing into the second season and beyond it's going to look rather strange in comparison. I'm also worried about the handling of certain characters and their individual storylines, especially characters who were expanded a bit from the books. So, again, we'll have to see.

Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show is like my happy place, and it just keeps getting better and better. Also Critical Role, because no matter what is happening with the story I just love these people and seeing them play and have fun and be silly with each other is the best thing.

Your main fandom of the year?
Critical Role, considering it has over one hundred episodes, each of them featuring nearly four to five hours long, I have been making my way through the show practically all year as it continued on, so therefore it has definitely been my main obsession this year due to that kind of investment. And I don't regret it, not one bit. I should also say my other main fandom this year is Colin Farrell, because let's face it ever since FBAWTFT I've been so invested with him and his career, which he's had quite a busy one this year in particular.

Your favorite film you watched this year?
Wonder Woman, Logan, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Your favorite book read this year?
I didn't read as much this year as I had planned too, which is a sad thing indeed. However, the best book I received was Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting by Matt Mercer, a campaign guide to the world in which Matt himself created and whether you play D&D yourself or are just a fan of the show it is easily the best thing to own, complete with official fan artwork for the book and everything is so amazingly detailed, it's the best read I could have had this year.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Kesha's entire Rainbow album is not only the best comeback album in a long time, it featured so many amazing bops along with it being such a positive and uplifting message all around. Also Evanescence's new album, Synthesis, which was a comeback I didn't expect since Amy Lee has done her own solo stuff for the last few years, so this album was a pleasant surprise. It features new songs along with some powerful reworked versions of their older ones.

Your favorite TV show(s) of the year?
Dark Matter, Sense8, Wynonna Earp, The Gifted, Agents of SHIELD, Critical Role, American Gods, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Berlin Station, Stranger Things, Bull, Orphan Black, and The Expanse.

Your favorite online fandom community of the year?
It would probably have to be the Critical Role fandom, nicknamed the Critter community. After discovering the show I went to see where the fans resided, and while they're everywhere, the fandom community on Tumblr is such a great place. Critical Role Source was the first place I checked out and it was such a great place to find fanartists, gif makers, and other fans who create fanworks and contribute to the CR fandom community.

Colin Farrell Source is another Tumblr community where it basically contributes to the Farrellution that emerged not long after FBAWTFT came out last year, for what I'm forever grateful for.

When it comes to LJ there aren't active fandom communities anymore, which I am forever sad about. However, I am utterly grateful that iconpraise exists because it has introduced me to some amazing iconmakers who I wouldn't have known about because icon communities are few and far between these days.

And as always, AO3 for providing a place to binge on fanfiction from different fandoms.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Critical Role. I discovered it early this year after seeing some clips of Ashley Johnson on it, and while I was intimidated at first because of how many episodes there were, not to mention how long each episode was and the format of the show in general, I gradually ended up watching full length episodes and I was so glad I did because it is so addicting and captivating, the story itself is woven so beautifully that I consider it better than most long-running shows that I have watched. And the best part is that most of it is accidental, it's through role-play by the individual players and the story carefully woven together by their amazing DM who tries to connect everything together in the narrative that is being told. I have never seen anything like this before, in terms of people sitting around streaming their Dungeons & Dragons campaign story for hours every week, and it's a format that I didn't expect to end up loving but here I am.

Your fandom that made an unexpected comeback this year?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because it celebrated into 20th anniversary this year and there was a lot of things revisiting the show in many aspects, from interviews with the cast to the fandom remembering their favorite episodes and seasons and characters and rewatching the show all over again. There was a lot of new merchandise unveiled this year too because of the anniversary, as well, and I definitely took advantage of that. Will & Grace was another unexpected comeback. Usually revivals in general are a huge hit or miss with me, most times being a miss, but Will & Grace's revival is actually quite good. It never misses a beat and it feels like the cast truly never left, plus it actually makes the effort of making improvements while still remaining true to itself. Psych as well, actually, with their Christmas special movie that just came out. It made me very nostalgic to watch the series all over again.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Stitchers, and I say this as a fan of the show, the third season could have been much better than it was. Considering that it barely was renewed for its third season to begin with, you'd think that they would've hustled to try and move the plot along. But instead they dilly-dallied, focused too much of romantic relationships and all of that soap opera drama instead of progressing the plot, and ended the season on a massive cliffhanger which then the show wound up getting cancelled shortly thereafter anyway. I don't like huge seasonal cliffhangers on shows in general anyway, but with a show that was dangerously on the bubble of cancellation? You'd think that they would've wanted a more contained season so there was some sense of satisfaction from the story in case it didn't get renewed. It was just disappointing because with all the mystery surrounding Kirsten and her family and the bigger plot that had going on with her connection with the program, it was always in the background and never in the forefront as it should have been, especially for its third season dealing with it. Don't get me wrong, I loved this show and saw the potential of where it could have gone, but the third season was disappointing compared to the previous seasons.

Other disappointments this year were the other cancellations of my shows. Sense8 and Dark Matter in particular hurt the most because there was no reason to cancel them. It's not like they had bad ratings or anything. Netflix and Syfy did these two shows dirty, and I'll forever be bitter about it.

There are also certain individuals, from actors to creators, who I have previously admired that have been revealed to be majorly disappointing this year for different reasons and to varying degrees. While I may still be a fan of the fandoms they are/were involved in, they lost my respect.

Your fandom boyfriend(s) of the year?
Robbie Reyes (Agents of SHIELD), Percy de Rolo (Critical Role), Daniel Miller (Berlin Station), Percival Graves (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them).

Your fandom girlfriend(s) of the year?
Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daisy Johnson (Agents of SHIELD), Jessica Jones (The Defenders), Cable McCrory (Bull), Two (Dark Matter), Vex'ahlia (Critical Role), Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow), Camille Engelson (Stitchers), Nancy Wheeler (Stranger Things), Amanda Brotzman (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency), Clarice Ferguson (The Gifted), Diana (Wonder Woman).

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
I got to go to a couple of conventions, which I haven't done in some years, and I got to see and meet some actors who I have admired. These are local conventions so it cuts down the expenses of what you would normally cost for traveling and such, and I'm going to another local one very soon.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I say this almost every time, but I miss the fandom community that used to reside here on LJ. I miss having fandom communities where you can communicate and actually engage in conversation and discussion with other fans, an actual constructive discussion and not the hostile environment that fandom discussion have become recently. Over the years the general fandom environment has shifted into something that has become less welcoming and more of a competition of who is morally right or wrong in loving certain characters or pairings, and it's so exhausting but also troubling to me. While fandom has always had issues, drama and wanks and such which are unavoidable, it has become less contained and more widespread in the acceptance of such toxic behavior and mentality. That's not to say every fandom out there is like that, but this shift is very noticeable for the general fandom experience and I wish it wasn't the case.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
All the ones I mentioned previously that I wanted to watch but didn't for various reasons.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Critical Role starts a brand new campaign, so I'm excited about being introduced to new characters and a fresh story to jump right into, especially since this will be the first time I would be watching from the beginning rather than coming into the show midway through. Jessica Jones's second season is one I'm highly anticipating. The Sense8 finale special will premiere next year too, which will be bittersweet but at least we're getting a proper conclusion to the story. Upcoming movies such as Tomb Raider, Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, Oceans 8, and Aquaman. And for the first time in a long while I'm actually excited for Doctor Who to return.
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L: kittymeringues on December 30th, 2017 06:43 am (UTC)
Same re: Runaways. Let's both watch it next year!

I'm so mad we'll now never get to know where the plot with Stitchers was supposed to head to!! Coulda done with less relationship drama, furreal.
Renée: Claire. No ordinary girl.rogueslayer452 on December 30th, 2017 08:52 am (UTC)
I'm so mad we'll now never get to know where the plot with Stitchers was supposed to head to!! Coulda done with less relationship drama, furreal.

The plot had potential, they just took too long to do anything with it and the show ended up getting cancelled with too many questions left unanswered when really, three seasons in, we should've gotten more than what we did. And while I'm not opposed to a show having a romance angle when it makes sense, the third season spent an unnecessary amount of time with the relationship drama and not enough time developing anything with the plot which aggravated me.
Profiterole: Sense8 - Nomi and Amanita_profiterole_ on December 30th, 2017 02:41 pm (UTC)
I wonder when The Expanse is coming back. The last time I checked, there was no date yet.

I hope you'll enjoy Runaways as much as I do. :D
Renée: BSG. Sharon Valerii.rogueslayer452 on December 30th, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm wondering when they're going to give us the date because, while there will be a third season, there's been nothing announced of when it'll be premiering which I find odd.

I hope I do, as well. I keep seeing so many people loving it, so I'm intrigued. :D
Profiterole: The Secret Circle - Diana Adam Cassie_profiterole_ on December 30th, 2017 05:49 pm (UTC)
Some people seem to find Runaways too slow, but that's what I love about it. It's strongly character-focused.
Renée: Caprica. Zoe Graystone.rogueslayer452 on December 30th, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
The only complaints I've seen of the show is some people seem to not like the focus on the parents that much, plus the pacing is a bit slow as you mentioned, but otherwise the general consensus seem to be majorly positive. So I'm intrigued.
Profiterole: X-Men - Xavier and Magneto_profiterole_ on December 30th, 2017 07:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't expect to find the parents interesting, but I definitely do.
author_by_night: Pawnee sign by nuv0le_rapideauthor_by_night on December 30th, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's sad to me because it seems a LOT of people want fandom back on LJ, but no one seems to know how to revive it. I honestly think a bunch of fandom types need to get together and say "here's how we do it", but that's never going to happen. Plus, a lot of people just aren't interested, and that makes it hard. Or they're interested, but not in the same fandoms. Case in point, I've never even heard of Critical Role. Otherwise, I'd love to squee with you. :/

And yeesh, tumblr fandom (I assume that's what you're describing) sounds downright exhausting. It's why I won't post there; I feel like anything I'll say will be problematic. I've run into enough problems on Facebook. (Although I've also removed some of the people in question, but that's harder on tumblr because people can still follow you, I believe, not to mention reblogging.)

Edited at 2017-12-30 03:04 pm (UTC)
Renée: Haven. Audrey Parker.rogueslayer452 on December 30th, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
It's sad to me because it seems a LOT of people want fandom back on LJ, but no one seems to know how to revive it.

Yeah, it's honestly sad because I've even seen this attempt through fandom friending memes lately but you always get the "I don't do fandom" people commenting which makes it harder to try and find more fandom people who are still out there on LJ to connect with. Hell, I've even seen people on Tumblr reminiscing about the days when fandom dominated LJ and wishing that we could go back to that, but it's true that nobody seems to know how to go about to revive it. Even the attempt at people transferring to DW hasn't been that successful because the fandom activity on DW is just the same as it is on LJ, which isn't much based on what I've seen.

Case in point, I've never even heard of Critical Role. Otherwise, I'd love to squee with you. :/

I wrote a brief recommendation post a while back in case you're interested. :)

And yeesh, tumblr fandom (I assume that's what you're describing) sounds downright exhausting.

Yeah, it really is exhausting. And it's funny because I've been involved in fandom for quite a long time, and while what's happening isn't anything new in terms of fandom wank it's different in that it's just wrapped up in faux concern when really it's just people playing the moral superiority card. It's immature and exhausting, but it's also terrifying for the damage it can created, which while it mostly resides on that site unfortunately this toxic mentality bled to other parts of fandom elsewhere.

Although I've also removed some of the people in question, but that's harder on tumblr because people can still follow you, I believe, not to mention reblogging.

You can block people which can prevent them from following or reblogging you, but otherwise it's impossible to escape most people unless you put your Tumblr to private. Which is why I prefer LJ to write out my thoughts because Tumblr isn't the proper platform or outlet for that, not to mention I connect with others better here than over there.
Profiterole: Star Trek - Kirk and Spock_profiterole_ on December 30th, 2017 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's really depressing to see all the "I don't do fandom" people invading the rare multi-fandom friending memes when they get friending frenzies all the time.
Renée: Jessica Jones.rogueslayer452 on December 30th, 2017 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly! It honestly irritates me because it's like, if you're not into fandom or don't talk much about fandom, then why are you commenting on a fandom-specific friending meme? It makes no sense, and it makes finding newer fannish friends much harder when non-fannish folks are invading those spaces.
author_by_night: Pawnee sign by nuv0le_rapideauthor_by_night on December 30th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is, the last one I did even the person who made it said she wasn't into fandom. So why are you making one?

I don't think they see it as "invading" though, I think they see it as a way of making friends, even if it's not their specific thing. And to be fair, I've made a lot of friends (that I still have on my flist) who admitted they weren't into fandoms, but there to make more LJ friends. Still, it's disheartening when you're trying to find people who are into fandom specifically.


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Profiterole: The Secret Circle - Diana Adam Cassie_profiterole_ on December 30th, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh no, they don't see it as invading, but I do. It's hurtful to read a dozen comments rejecting my hobbies in a space specifically dedicated to my hobbies. Not being interested is a thing, but some commenters are vocal about not wanting anything to do with fandom.
author_by_night: Pawnee sign by nuv0le_rapideauthor_by_night on December 30th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
I have thoughts but I'm going to PM you. :)
Naomi: DW Amy so over thisfrelling_tralk on December 31st, 2017 04:03 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, with some fandom memes I see people listing similar shows to me and start to get excited, only to be really discouraged to then come across them saying that they’re not interested in someone who only talks about fandom, and too much fandom talk is a no-no for them. It seems to be a fairly prevalent thing on LJ now, that most people are really looking for people who are blogging more about their daily life :(
Profiterole: The Secret Circle - Diana Adam Cassie_profiterole_ on December 31st, 2017 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, and this makes little sense to me, because I talk about RL stuff with RL people, but I can't talk about TV shows and books with RL people (I can sometimes talk about movies, since I mostly watch blockbusters, so there can be some overlap there, but that's about it), so I go online specifically for that.

Also, I must say that the rare times I mentioned something I did IRL, I got like 1 or 2 comments. And they were from people also commenting on my fandom posts, not from anti-fandom people.
Naomi: SV Lana pigtails By eternity-fatefrelling_tralk on December 31st, 2017 04:22 pm (UTC)
I mean honestly yeah, everyone is different I suppose, but I don’t get what’s supposed to be a turnoff about a blog that is discussing tv/movies/books? Surely that holds more interest when it comes to having discussions with likeminded people, rather than just reading the details of someone’s day... And yet it’s so often people saying that they have zero interest in reading about ‘fandom’, while I don’t think I’ve ever seen the reverse with people saying that they only want to read about fandom, and don’t want to friend anyone who talks about their real life
Profiterole: Kings - Jack and David_profiterole_ on December 31st, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
I guess they don't find it personal enough? Which is completely wrong, because my fandom posts are influenced by my bisexuality, whereas the discount I got at the supermarket isn't.
author_by_night: LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapideauthor_by_night on December 30th, 2017 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'll check out the rec post!

Yeah, tumblr tends to follow you. I've had sucky misunderstandings on LJ, but at least they stayed where they happened. tumblr escalates.


Yeah, it really is exhausting. And it's funny because I've been involved in fandom for quite a long time, and while what's happening isn't anything new in terms of fandom wank it's different in that it's just wrapped up in faux concern when really it's just people playing the moral superiority card.


Definitely.

I've been involved with fandom for a long time too (2000), and I agree that fandom wank itself is nothing new, but it's taken on a different kind of bad. You're right, people end up playing the moral superiority card. They just want to argue. It happened a bit back then, but a lot more now, and again, it goes back to tumblr spiraling out of control. Sometimes posts would get screencapped and you'd still have to deal with the fallout from that, but often you deleted the post and that was it. Also, the wank communities had a Don't Attack Teenagers policy, whereas on tumblr, naive thirteen year olds end up being the target of nasty stuff. They're thirteen. I thank the stars tumblr didn't exist when I was thirteen.

Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on December 31st, 2017 10:28 am (UTC)
I've had sucky misunderstandings on LJ, but at least they stayed where they happened. tumblr escalates.

Yes, exactly. When there's a misunderstanding or you make a mistake or some kind of drama for whatever reason happens on such places like LJ, regardless what it's about it's always in a self-contained space. Whereas with Tumblr, because with the format of the platform being about sharing via reblogging, there are no boundaries like that and no way of escaping it. Once something is out there, it'll remain there forever and everyone can see it and interject themselves into the conversation that didn't even concern them to begin with and that they could've easily ignored, and it can escalate very quickly, oftentimes with them twisting the situation to fit their own narrative. It's pretty terrifying how quickly it can get out of hand over there because someone wasn't staying in their lane.

I thank the stars tumblr didn't exist when I was thirteen.

Same here, and I say that with most social media these days.
Chelsea: Winter → Snowmansictransits on December 30th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
I forgot about Sabrina, that's on my list as well, depending on how dark they go with it. Lately I haven't found myself being all that into the darker shows.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on December 30th, 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
I feel like most things that wants to become darker only goes down the grimdark route for the wrong reasons. There's nothing wrong with taking a story and making it darker and more serious in tone, but there has to be a reason for it other than making it ~gritty and realistic~ which is often the defense. And sadly we've been kind of having an issue with too much grimdark material out there, from movies to television.

With Sabrina, since it is to be adapted from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a comic that is purposefully meant to be much darker, I am remaining cautiously optimistic. I am intrigued with the concept, it just needs to be executed properly.
Naomi: The Handmaid’s Tale Emily blue by acciosfrelling_tralk on December 31st, 2017 04:09 pm (UTC)
Marvel's Runaways and Sabrina are both shows that I’m thinking of checking out as well!

And totally agree on missing what fandom once had with LJ :( I’ve grumbled about this too many times to count really, but I find it so frustrating that all the big fandom activity is on tumblr and nowhere else, and it’s all about reblogging and talking AT people. LJ dying wouldn’t be so bad if there were at least say active fandom message boards where we could have thoughtful discussions, but there really doesn’t seem to much fandom activity anywhere but on tumblr and maybe twitter
Renée: Dark Matter. Two.rogueslayer452 on January 1st, 2018 12:45 pm (UTC)
but I find it so frustrating that all the big fandom activity is on tumblr and nowhere else, and it’s all about reblogging and talking AT people.

Yeah, I know what you mean. And honestly, I don't mind that fandom has gone off to different places and platforms, that has always the inevitable evolution with being online and I accepted that a long time ago, but even so it's very depressing seeing the decline of what made fandom a community. I am on Tumblr myself, but it's such an impersonal space that I have hardly talked to anyone, not even my mutuals. People just rely on likes/reblogs as validation and not enough proper interaction with commenting back and forth (most likely due to the formatting of the site, since the original intent before fandom migrated there wasn't for conversation but for sharing pictures), and any kind of discussion or post about something, will mostly end up becoming unwanted ~discourse of some kind, much of which gets lost in the void because there is no archived thread there to keep a singular discussion contained within itself.

I feel like most people also miss the way fandom used to be, but they just don't know how to go about fixing it. :/
haebin: birdhaebin on January 1st, 2018 02:33 pm (UTC)
Loved all the answers you gave! Was so interesting to read. :)
Hope this year will be filled with great series which won't be cancelled. *crossesfingers*

I am utterly grateful that iconpraise exists because it has introduced me to some amazing iconmakers who I wouldn't have known about because icon communities are few and far between these days.
Same here! It is a great source for finding awesome Icons! :D
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on January 1st, 2018 08:35 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too.

It does make me sad because iconmakers used to thrive here on LJ, there was so many talented people with different creative styles, whereas nowadays unless you know where to go it's hard to find any new icons for newer fandoms. But places like iconpraise I can not only find new iconmakers, but also their own communities as well. :D