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.