- There is no possible way in can be worse
- It has a lot of making up to do
Thankfully, our old trusting friend the mass media (!) have dug deep to at least give us films, TV shows and video games that can potentially turn things around. Good old faceless multi-media conglomerates, always so caring!
Much like the House of Mouse did with Marvel after purchasing them, Disney has seen to it that the good times are back in the galaxy far, far away. Two films deep into this new era, and everything is rosy. We left Episode 7 in a promising state, with Rey and Luke Skywalker stood atop a grassy hill ready to for one hell of a Jedi montage, complete with moving rocks, jumping off things, and hopefully fighting some seagulls. We have no reason to doubt that this won’t be another film of the year candidate when it releases on December 15th.
Next years slate of Marvel movies may be sans a big team-up movie as we had in both 2016 and 2016, but it will be the first triple header ever from the MCU. Things kick off with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5th, following on from the out of nowhere mega hit of 2014. Everyone is back, and plot details are thin on the ground going off the trailer, but we know from several sources that Star Lord will be in search of his Dad.
Perhaps none have me more worried and excited in equal measure than March 24th Power Rangers. On the one hand - Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Bill Hader as Alpha 5, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Zords, and the greatest theme song in the history of time brought back into our lives. On the other hand - the unknown cast, the leaked image of Alpha 5 “the sexual predroid”, divisive costumes and Zord designs, and a trailer that put exactly no fears to bed.
Keeping things going with yet another sequel to a surprise hit, War for the Planet of the Apes comes out on July 14th, and will see some of the last pockets of humanity go up against Andy Serkis’ MVP (Most Valuable Primate) Caesar. It has the same team behind it as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and it looks likely to carry on the rebooted series solid track record.
Those that read my 2016 awards know that the choice for best TV show was a straight shootout between Stranger Things and the eventual winner. Though it ultimately came in second place, I could not be more hyped for S2. S1 was perfect, and while it wrapped everything up satisfyingly, it did still leave the door open for a tonne more questions. No date yet, but anticipation will run uninterrupted until it finally lands.
Now the big fish I know I’m landing (until it goes the way of every other Rockstar game and gets delayed) - Red Dead Redemption 2. The worst kept secret in gaming, we knew it has been coming for years, but that didn’t stop the internet from losing it’s mind when the below trailer finally released us from this awful purgatory we’d been stuck in since the first RDR in 2010. Just watch this, soak it in, and think of the plentiful beavers we’ll all be slaying in Autumn.
I have never been more excited for a game in my life (my YouTube history of watching near enough every Lets Play preview that exists is testament to this), and even if the other games I mentioned don’t come to fruition, I’d still consider getting my hands on the Switch if Breath of the Wild reviews are as good as they could be. It is simply too tantalising not to own.
Darren is a columnist and a co-host on almost all our podcasts, including PopScorn and Gotta Cast 'Em All. He is a long time blogger, known for his previous website The Gutteridge Log, and his in-depth analysis and explanation of pop culture media.