Which TV shows did you start watching in 2019?
Doom Patrol, Euphoria, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Which TV shows did you let go of in 2019?
Unfortunately, the shows of mine that were cancelled. :(
Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2019? Why?
I mean, I didn't intend to initially because I didn't pay attention much to the announcements, but now I really want to watch The Mandalorian. It's a half-hour show that's still going, but the only reason I'm not watching currently is because I don't have Disney+. I'm hoping that once it's finished it'll be released onto DVD and not held hostage. I mean, the first season will have eight episodes and hopefully it'll be getting another season, so I don't know if they plan on releasing a DVD and if they do it'll be long after the show is completed. But either way, I need it.
Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2020?
I can't really think of anything at the moment, if nothing else I'll try to see if I can check out the shows that premiered this year that I didn't get a chance to see but now want to. But in regards to newer shows coming out next year, I have no idea.
Which TV show impressed you least in 2019?
I wasn't even watching it since I stopped long ago, but even without watching it's everywhere and hard to get away from and, boy, the way Game of Thrones ended was such a massive letdown even for anyone who went into it with low expectations. Like, even if you didn't expect anything in the slightest you weren't prepared for the fuckery that went down with its final season. I didn't even care what happened with that show anymore, but it managed to really piss me off with how it was all mishandled and rushed and disrespectful to the characters and the story overall.
Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2020 unless things significantly improve?
None that I can think of. I don't really have a whole lot of shows that fit into this category, especially since a lot of shows I had are either going to be done or have been cancelled. So.
Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get?
I can't think of any, to be perfectly honest. Mostly because I know that, even though there's been shows that I have endured a lot of bullshit for, there will always be a breaking point where I'm just like, enough is enough.
Your main fandom of the year?
At this point I'm going to have to say The Mandalorian, because regardless whether you've seen the show or not everyone seems to agree that: we all love the Mandalorian and his awkward parental tenderness with Baby Yoda. Like, the fact that I can go online and see people basically gush about that? An instant mood, and definitely the best positive thing to come from the SW fandom that is usually so divisive.
Your favorite film you watched this year?
Midsommar. Just, that whole movie was amazing, and it made me really appreciate Florence Pugh as the amazing actress that she is.
Your favorite book read this year?
The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. I was curious about these books, and after reading Annihilation I was instantly hooked into the story and immediately got the rest of the trilogy. It's the right amount of bizarre and creepy and ambiguity that I absolutely enjoy.
Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Au/Ra is an artist I discovered this year and she's absolutely amazing. "Ghost" is a song done for the Death Stranding soundtrack, however all her songs from "Outsiders" to "Panic Room" to "Assassin", just everything. She's amazing. It's remarkable that she's still a teenager and able to create such interestingly profound yet relatable songs. I have just been addicted to her voice, her sound, her lyrics, and ugh, everything. I highly recommend her.
Your favorite TV show(s) of the year?
Kind of a tie between Cloak & Dagger and Doom Patrol. Like, these are the shows that impressed me the most this year and had a lot of fun with, for different reasons.
Your favorite online fandom community of the year?
I would have to say Critical Role. Now, I tend to have a complicated relationship with that fandom at times just from how unnecessarily reactionary they tend to be whenever something happens, the second campaign has been rifled with that to the point where I had to basically take a break from most blogs I followed because they didn't know how to act (to be fair this is true for a lot of fandoms, but I've been with CR since the first campaign and there wasn't that much drama as there seems to be with C2). With that being said, however, seeing the community come together to help fund The Legend of Vox Machina Kickstarter, raising over 11 million dollars for the animated series, exceeding everyone's expectations and befuddling the entire cast? That is the kind of good, positive, and uplifting content I liked seeing.
Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Doom Patrol. One of the only DC shows that actually is good, unique and different from the other DC shows that are out there. It's a nice balance of embracing the comic book absurdity while also taking the characters and their personal journeys seriously. Plus, it's the kind of dysfunctional found family I enjoy. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this show, and I'm happy that it's getting a second season.
Your fandom that made an unexpected comeback this year?
Oddly enough, Supernatural. I mentioned this as my answer to this question last year wherein it's less about the show itself but more for the Dean/Castiel content, and that hasn't changed. But then the announcement came that the show was ending after fifteen seasons. Now, we all know there's been the ongoing joke about how the show would go on forever, that it's like a cockroach that will never die, that it's basically CW's biggest juggernaut outside of their DCTV lineup, etc. I stopped watching and caring about the show after the sixth season, but I cannot deny that hearing this news I felt a bit melancholy for some reason. It's strange. It's more for the characters than the story to be honest, specifically one character in particular: Castiel. Regardless of my disinterest with the show Castiel has always been my favorite, with Dean/Castiel being my OTP. So yeah, I don't know. I only know what's going on through osmosis what comes across my dash, and obviously I have no expectations (zero in fact) outside of let my baby be okay in the end. That's all.
With that, I will also say that it turned into a Misha Collins resurgence as well. I never stopped loving him, but from being away from the show/fandom for years I kind of fell out of following everything he was doing. But now I'm back.
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
As already stated, everything involving the final season of Game of Thrones, including what happened after the fact. The showrunners/main writers proving themselves to be incompetent hacks who had no idea what they were doing (and outright admitted it in an interview Q&A) to many cast members still being beholden to them and HBO by dismissing and gaslighting the fans for their disappointment of how the show ended.
The leadership change at Marvel which led to all Marvel shows to being cancelled, like I knew it was coming since it had been rumored for a while but it finally became a reality and it frustrates and angers me that it had to happen this way. We knew that Disney buying Marvel was going to create a catastrophic ripple effect, but cancelling all non-MCU Marvel shows on other networks and streaming services just so Disney+ can have full reign of control over Marvel content (that will just be MCU-related, from what it looks like) is downright stupid. Both can coexist with each other, and the fact that this is more of a fighting over rights of properties thing makes it even worse because these shows deserved better, imho.
Also, the revelation about JKR supporting and agrees with transphobic views. I've been disappointed with and lost a lot of respect for her over the years, and there's been evidence that she follows this particular dangerous rhetoric, but the most recent incident really solidified what most feared, even moreso since she'll probably never apologize or reconsider and learn from it either. It's massively disappointing and disheartening.
Your fandom boyfriend(s) of the year?
Mando/Dyn Jarren (The Mandalorian). Listen, I haven't even watched the show outside of clips and such online, but damn I'm really attracted to the character.
Your fandom girlfriend(s) of the year?
Daisy Johnson (Agents of SHIELD), Alison DiLaurentis (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Ava Jalali (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Bobbie Draper (The Expanse), Camina Drummer (The Expanse), Beauregard Lionett (Critical Role, Campaign 2).
Your biggest squee moment of the year?
The incredible success that Critical Role has achieved in 2019 alone, from parting ways with G&S to create their own company and control their own content to the insanely successful Kickstarter that has helped funded them a full-length animated series of events from their first campaign, to making a deal with Amazon Prime to getting it distributed there with a second season of the animated series already secured. And just everything else in between, making their company grow in the way that they want it. They have come such a long way from being just a small RPG D&D streaming show on G&S and have grown into something incredibly influential and remarkable for the D&D community. I am just so proud of them, and I cannot wait to see what else they can accomplish in the future.
The most missed of your old fandoms?
My answer remains the same every year, since it's true. Having actual communities to conduct discussions in a controlled environment instead of relying on whatever "discourse" is happening among an open forum spaces. A lot of times it's just people yelling into a void, and discussions are often hijacked and misconstrued by individuals wants to derail the conversation taking place for their own agendas. I just miss metas and discussions where you can engage with other fans without worry that someone might want to interject with their bullshit.
The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I wasn't actually interested in watching His Dark Materials, mostly because I was unfamiliar with the source material and I didn't think it would be for me. However, seeing all the talk surrounding the show and people really liking it so far, I'm deeply curious about it. Also Watchmen, which I hear isn't at all like what the movie or the comics the movie was based on is but is more of a continuation of that universe in a way, or at least a different take on the source material, and I'm intrigued by that concept.
Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
I've been thinking about the video games that are most likely going to generate a lot of buzz next year, such as The Last Of Us: Part 2, Cyberpunk 2727, and the remake of Resident Evil 3. For movies, Wonder Woman 1984, because I'm interested in seeing where that story goes. And yeah, despite my gripes Black Widow does seem interesting if nothing more than for the other actors involved. The teaser trailer did hype that up, not gonna lie. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, I don't know when it'll be released in the US, but it'll be premiering in early 2020 for Australians. And as for shows, it's going to be bittersweet saying goodbye to Agents of SHIELD, which will be having their seventh and final season, and it's literally the last Marvel show on television. At least they get to have their proper goodbyes instead of rushing things to conclude when they had so much more planned.