The X-Files and other series coming to an end
Though I started 2015 filling my daily reviews slot with short-run series like Space 1999 and Alien Nation, the bulk of the year has been spent on The X-Files and its spin-offs. With The Lone Gunmen ending today, that leaves just The X-Files' last season and its final film, which will bring us just short of the New Year. I'll pick them up again late January when the event mini-series airs, but in the meantime, expect me to catch up on Doctor Who (reminds me I haven't watched all of Series 9 yet, no spoilers please), and then embark on, well, skip to the end of this post for the possibilities.
The other series that will be ending with 2015 is each Saturday's Snapshots of Jimmy Olsen. Not that the well has dried or anything, but I never imagined I would stick with the series more than 52 weeks simply because there are lots of other characters I'd like to tackle as well. 2016 will bring a new focus to Saturdays, and yes, it's still in the Superman Family, but I'm gonna keep the surprise to myself for now.
Other Year 9 Highlights
-The year was marked by movie-watching projects that, while not producing very many individual posts, did fuel my This Week in Geek feature. Last December, I was watching/discovering one indie sci-fi film a day. This led to me making a New Year's "resolution" to watch the 50 "most favorited" films on iCheckMovies.com that I hadn't already seen. And now I'm in ISpyDecember, discovering one spy film a day for the month.
-With A Force Awakens soon coming out, I've finally lifted the ban on "That Franchise I Never Talk About", not that you're supposed to be happy about it, necessarily. The other S.Wars I've covered this year is Secret Wars, which I would have covered completely except for the fact this summer event ISN'T OVER YET! Come on, Marvel. I feel like I have to finish it given I stuck through DC's inferior event, Convergence to its end.
-If you like dating advice, I've added Lucy Lane and Kara Zor-El to the Dating Advice series formerly represented only by Lois Lane and Diana Prince.
-Arrowed, in which I imagined comics series as TV series continued, moving away from DC Comics in time, and turning to Marvel properties.
-I guess my "hottest" post this year was about the Black Widow controversy, i.e. WAS Avengers Age of Ultron sexist?
-Obituaries: Always sad to write these tributes, but this year we lost - and I felt the need to honor - Leonard Nimoy, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Lee, and Murphy Anderson. :-(
Siskoid's Blog of Geekery hasn't been my only outlet this year. My participation in others' podcasts (shout out to Fire & Water, Secret Origins, and Rolled Spine) led to creating my own, the Lonely Hearts Romance Comics Podcast, in addition to French-language, improv-related podcast Catégorie Libre. And there might be more in 2016. I've got ideas! And then there's the Legion of Super-Bloggers, where I was mostly in charge of various round tables, covering the original Adventure Comics era and the grand experiment that is Hot or Not? At some point, I inherited the whole of the Who's Who feature, covering all the post-Baxter series Legionnaires, am now handling 5YL comics fellow Super-Blogger Anj didn't cover (Annuals and Legionnaires #1-18), and am setting the table for covering the Reboot era by Spring of 2016 (with a neat twist, if it all works out).
So, what's next?
I've got two finalists when it comes to next year's daily reviews. Battlestar Galactica, including the original and 1980 series and at the tail end, Caprica too, is one. About four and a half months of content, and if I'm unsure, it's because the bulk of that is extremely depressing. Do I want to put myself through that in the bleak midwinter? The other is the DC Animated Universe continuity, which would exclude anything that's not strictly DCAU (Legion, Teen Titans, the later DVD movies, Brave & the Bold...), but WOULD include the comics set in that continuity. Others have covered the Batman and Superman shows, obviously, but by going all in like this, I think I can make it my own. If I do this one, it'll take more than two years, but I'd take breaks between series to do other things (even that long run of BSG) which would stretch things out. Even if I did only the televisual stuff, it would take more than a year, so it's a worthy project for the SBG. I don't know yet, what do you think?
As for the rest, I've dropped some hints, I'm just not ready to give definitive answers yet. Why ruin a good mystery? Perhaps you should tell ME what you want to see on the blog. I'll certainly see what I can do. But if all the series I've ever reviewed make comebacks - The X-Files are, as is Star Trek, and Doctor Who keeps on truckin' - I might not need that much to fill the daily slot, ha! Still, I hope you stick around for the secondary content if the shows covered aren't your jam. Comics, role-playing games, movies... that 10th year will hopefully have something for everyone.