Ah, 2009. What can I say about it?
Seriously, what can I say about it? These days, my brain feels like mushb- valuable cells are used up memorizing The Lorax rather than what I did this past year. Free time? I have to go to bed early to get up with the kids. And getting the theater happens, but it doesn’t happen often. And besides, it just feels like a lot of 2009 movies sucked. Plus, these days, with the invention of TV series on DVD sets, we’ve been watching more TV shows.
But, it’s 2010, and reflection on the year past is the in thing. So, here are some things I will remember about 2009.
1.) Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5. I will spare you my rant, as Al and I wrote an entire article on it. But my favorite TV show ever came to an end, and for better or for worse, that was truly notable. It always sucks to lose something you love, and no TV show before or since has yet grabbed me like BSG did. Plus, it meant another visit from Al. That’s always good.
2.) Mutant Reviewers from Hell moves sites. I’m not quite the technophobe that Sue is, but I, too, dislike change. However, it was a change for the best and there were some darn good reasons for doing it (like it doesn’t take the site two days to load anymore). It definitely counts as memorable.
3.) I discovered my first real webcomics. The two I read? P.H.D. (are you surprised?) and The Least I Could Do. You see the connection, don’t you? I know. But seriously, we don’t even get a newspaper anymore (except on Sundays, and then for the coupons), because we find everything out online. And my favorite print comics either ended (Calvin, Far Side, Foxtrot) or should have ended (For Better or for Worse). So bring on the webcomics!
4.) Star Trek hits the movies again, and it’s the first one I’ve seen in a long time. (I think the last one was First Contact. Which also might mean it’s the first one anyone’s seen in a long time, but still.) And it was PHENOMENAL. Well, okay. Maybe it’s not the Best Picture Ever. But good effects, good acting, good story… hello, world, sci-fi is AWESOME.
5.) Speaking of awesome sci-fi, one memorable movie I saw in theaters was District 9. Too gory for the Oscars, I’m betting, but can we stop declaring Avatar the best sci-fi movie ever, when from what I hear, both Star Trek and District 9 hold their own against this mammoth? I really want to see more and more sci-fi gaining popularity, because darn it, I like it.
6.) We finally get into Dollhouse, and yes, it gets cancelled. Which, hey, I’m more surprised it lasted as long as it did, as it was a Joss Whedon show on FOX. (Seriously. What was he thinking?) Dollhouse has its flaws, but it is still one heck of a series. Also? Fringe rocks.
7.) Nine comes out. It sucks. One of these days, I’ll actually review it, because tearing things apart is fun. But the awards shows seem to be drooling over it, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. So people sing. Whoopee. There’s more to a musical than that, people!
8.) I can now recite Cars, Wall-E, Exodus Earth, Blue Planet, and Finding Nemo. Okay, so I could do Cars and Nemo in 2008, and Wall-E is probably the biggest cheat on the planet in this category, but you get my point. My kids rule my TV set during waking hours.
9.) Big Bang Theory becomes truly popular. I have to admit, I’m still at a loss for this. Don’t get me wrong – I love this show. But it’s smart humor. I don’t usually have a lot of faith in the general public to appreciate it. And yet, somehow – maybe because of Penny – this show has made itself a home in pop culture. I love it when I’m wrong on this sort of count.
10.) To be honest? I can’t think of a number 10. Partly because I’m lazy and up against a deadline, partly because I can never remember what year something happened, and partly because like I said, those valuable brain cells are taken up by things like The Lorax. (Which, given 2010 diesel emissions standards, is pretty fitting.) Besides, isn’t there something poetic in 9 for 2009? I think so.
So, there’s 2009 under our belts. Hope you all have a wonderful 2010!