Siren, The Haunting of Hill House, Versailles, Dear White People, Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, History of Horror, Doctor Who (coming back to it after years of not watching), and Reverie. Not a whole lot in comparison to previous years.
Which TV shows did you let go of in 2018?
Wynonna Earp. It's disappointing, to be honest, because the show started out with so much potential and high promise, and I absolutely adore the character of Wynonna, Melanie portrays her incredibly well with the emotional moments and comedic timing. However, what happened in the beginning of the third season really ruined my love for the show, to the point that I just stopped watching altogether. Reverie was a new show that premiered this year that I tried out, but after watching the pilot episode I just felt nothing towards it. I usually stick it out for a few more episodes to see if a show improves or is worth my time, but for some reason Reverie didn't really invoke that. So I wasn't at all surprised that it got cancelled. It's a shame though, it had a strong cast (Sarah Shahi and Sendhil Ramamurthy sharing the same screen together? Like hello?) but the writing lacked what could have been interesting interactions.
Also, Bull. I actually hadn't been caught up with it for a while, I kinda paused in the middle of the second season for unrelated reasons and planned on catching up to it eventually, but after hearing what happened to Eliza Dushku and also with the character of Cable, who was my favorite character on the show, I've decided that I'm no longer interested in catching up.
Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2018? Why?
Initially I wanted to try out The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when it was first announced, but the more that I learned about what it was going to be like the less inclined I felt to watch it. I'm not really a fan of the Riverdale-esque feel, nor am I a fan of the main actress they cast as Sabrina. I also was slightly tempted to get into Volton: Legendary Defender, but from the toxicity of the fandom and the issues the show had overall, I just don't really feel inclined to get into it. Not that the desire to watch it was strong to begin with, it was mere curiosity, but I don't want to waste my time watching eight seasons of something that I'm only vaguely curious about.
Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2019?
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, because I'm a huge fan of the movie and I'm fascinated to see what they do with this prequel series. NOS4A2 I'm definitely curious about. And although I didn't even bother watching the ending of Pretty Little Liars, I will at least check out the first few episodes of its spin-off, The Perfectionists. I doubt I'll keep with it despite my love of Alison and Mona, I just want to know what it'll be like in terms of plot and tone.
Which TV show impressed you least in 2018?
Wynonna Earp and Reverie, as aforementioned above to the point where I just stopped watching both; one was disappointing because it started out strong but it became a mess, and the second just didn't draw me in at all.
Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2019 unless things significantly improve?
Probably Stranger Things. I loved the first season, but the second season, while not necessarily bad, it still could've been much better than it was. They definitely have to get better at writing women, since that's something that left me feeling rather cold during the second season for sure.
Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, since it's been going solid and strong for five seasons already and with NBC picking it up I suspect we'll be seeing more awesome things from it. Also The Expanse, it's been getting better and stronger with each season for three seasons now, from the writing and performances to the plot and story unraveling, so I have no doubt that they'll continue doing fantastic things with the show in the future. Same with Agents of SHIELD, which has also been getting better and better with each season.
Your main fandom of the year?
Gosh, I don't even know. I think probably The Expanse. I was already watching it but with the cancellation of the show and it getting renewed by Amazon, I kind of went into a massive rewatch of all current three seasons and I just ended up loving it even more than I already did, and it was such a great way of celebrating with fandom who made the renewal from cancellation possible.
Your favorite film you watched this year?
Deadpool 2, Tomb Raider, Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean's 8, and Venom.
Your favorite book read this year?
The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith, which is the novelization of the movie, and it adds a lot of detail and depth to the world and the characters. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, which I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. As a whole, I somewhat accomplished my goal of finishing books I had already started previously this year to make room for getting into newer books. My goal essentially is just to read more, so I'm hoping that by 2019 I'll be getting into more books that I've been wanting to read for a long time now.
Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
For albums: BLACKPINK's "Square Up" mini-album, Hayley Kiyoko's "Expectations", Janelle Monáe's "Dirty Computer", Heathers: The Musical soundtrack, Ninja Sex Party's "Cool Patrol", and Namie Amuro's "Finally", which is her final studio album (although technically released last year, she officially retired in October of this year so it still counts). As for individual songs: "SOLO" by Jennie, "Monster" by KIRA ft. GUMI, "Never Say Die" by CHVRCHES, "Daisuki" by DAOKO, and "Danny Don't You Know" by Ninja Sex Party. And, of course, dozens more because once I find a song that I love I'll listen to it ad nauseum.
Your favorite TV show(s) of the year?
At this point I think it's a four-way tie between The Expanse, The Haunting of Hill House, Cloak & Dagger, and Agents of Shield.
Your favorite online fandom community of the year?
For specific fandoms, definitely the Venom fandom. I initially had no desire to see the movie until people started raving about it, and once I saw it I understood the hype. The Venom fandom was possibly the biggest surprises when it came to how active they were, from discussions to a wide variety of fanart and fanwork in general. It's been a widely welcoming community of fans from both the comics and the movie, talking about Eddie Brock, the Venom Symbiote, the Symbrock ship, and everything else in between.
Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I think it would probably have to say The Haunting of Hill House since it was a series I didn't expect would move me as much as it did. I mean, I love horror in general so I knew I would love it based on the things I read, but I wasn't prepared for how emotionally invested I would get with the story and the characters and how brilliantly the series was made. Also very recently I just got into Versailles, a show that had recently finished its third and final season so I'm a bit late to the party, but nonetheless it was an accidental discovery because my sister had been watching it and I managed to catch the middle of an episode and I got so invested with what was happening that I became intrigued immediately.
Your fandom that made an unexpected comeback this year?
Not so much a fandom, necessarily, but a particular ship: Dean/Castiel. I stopped watching Supernatural eons ago and I have no plans on returning back to that show ever again for obvious reasons, but I adored Dean/Castiel as a pairing and despite not caring about the show anymore I still have love for them. I decided to revisit them specifically by reading fanfic, I don't particular care about the context just as long as I get something good and I definitely do. It has been a long while and I didn't expect it to make a comeback alongside my regular fanfic reading, yet it did.
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Netflix cancelling their Marvel shows due to all the streaming wars nonsense with the new Disney streaming service. It's quite possibly the stupidest business decision they could've made especially since their Marvel lineup was successful and popular. It's disappointing because, while I know that the shows would've ended at some point down the line, they should have at least allowed their shows to give a proper way of concluding together since that's how it seemed like they were heading that way anyway. But nope, the whole Netflix versus Disney/Marvel just ruined something fantastic because of greed and pride.
Also, Tumblr banning adult content quite possibly killed the entire popularity of the site. While I may grouse about the majority of fandom having migrated there and how toxic the place was at times, that website has a lot what many sites don't; freedom of expression, explore and discovery yourself, your sexuality, shared interests of wide varieties, etc, a lot of this is through the fandom community via fanart, fanfiction, sharing gifs, graphics, and the like. Complete censorship of this freedom of expression is incredibly dangerous and does more harm than good, as seen with the shitty algorithm that is basically censoring innocent posts that don't even go against their new policy guidelines at all. It's not only frustrating, it's also just majorly disappointing that now fandom will become even more fragmented than it already has been.
Your fandom boyfriend(s) of the year?
Percival Graves, who is essentially my husband lbr.
Your fandom girlfriend(s) of the year?
Daisy Johnson (Agents of SHIELD), Theodora Crain (The Haunting of Hill House), Nico Minoru (Marvel's Runaways), Camina Drummer (The Expanse), Bobbie Draper (The Expanse), Lara Croft (Tomb Raider), and Astrid Leong (Crazy Rich Asians).
Your biggest squee moment of the year?
The Expanse and Brooklyn Nine-Nine got saved from cancellation. I was legitimately shocked when they were cancelled by Syfy and FOX respectively, though probably not at all surprised considering both networks have done this many times with good shows. However, Brookyn Nine-Nine was picked up by NBC thereby making it the fastest renewal from a cancellation in television history, not to mention an emotional rollar coaster within 48-hours. Adding to that, was how Rosa Diaz came out as bisexual on the show, which was not just monumental for B99 but also for television as well when it comes to bisexual visibility. And The Expanse, probably one of the best science fiction shows on Syfy since Dark Matter (another show they unjustly cancelled last year), was picked up by Amazon thanks to the incredible determination and dedication from the fandom.
And then, of course, the Sense8 finale special happened this year. It's bittersweet to say the least because it means the show is officially over despite the fact that it shouldn't be, however this special wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the fanbase and thereby it's truly a miracle and gift that we even got it in the first place as a means of closure. And it was such a beautiful special that truly captured the reasons why Sense8 as a whole was such a beautiful, heartfelt show.
The most missed of your old fandoms?
I'm going to be like a broken record at this point, but just the sense of fandom community in general since everyone is so spread out that it's sad that fandom as a whole is so fragmented. Even here on LJ, seeing people saying that while they watch certain shows/movies they aren't "fandom people" and don't like talking about it and that just doesn't compute in my head, imho.
The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I've been kinda curious about Harlots, I've seen the gifs around and it looks interesting.
Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
For movies, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman: 1984, The New Mutants, Us, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Men In Black: International, and Happy Death Day 2U. When it comes to television shows, I'm really looking forward to seeing what the sixth season of Agents of SHIELD will bring especially after how the fifth season ended and how it'll all be connected with the MCU movies of the year. The Expanse will have its fourth season on Amazon Prime, which I'm really excited about because not only am I fascinated with the story to see it continue, but the fact that it's been given a second chance makes me even more anticipated for what they're going to be bringing to the new season. And just overall a lot of my returning shows, to be honest.
With other things, while I'm not going to the event since it's in the UK, Richard Armitage will apparently be attending Starfury: Red Dragon 5 next year, which I believe will be his first ever fan convention. However, I will be attending a Backstreet Boys concert next year! The last time I saw them in concert was years ago in Vegas, however they are performing locally which is a rarity so we've already booked tickets and everything. I'm so hyped.