2016 had its ups and downs for sure, but 2017 is a new year, and there are 365 new days to experience. There will be new movies, music, games, television, events, and selfishly - sales! I thought I'd kick the year off with a list of the 5 thing things I am most excited for in 2017!
I am a sucker for the expanded universe type of storytelling, most because it fits with the types of stories I like to create. It's cool to know that a whole world is alive outside of the events of the characters or plot of a single story. The Marvel series on Netflix are some of the best examples of this type of storytelling, and when the Punisher arrived in season 2 of Daredevil I wanted more. I can't wait to see what Jon Bernthal brings to The Punisher series this year, and I hope it retains all of the fun and grit from the first half of Daredevil.
Star Wars Episode VIII
Who isn't excited for Star Wars? Every entry in the series has received unbelievable hype, even the few that didn't live up to the hopes of Star Wars fans. I quite enjoyed The Force Awakens, despite it being a retelling of A New Hope. It introduced a new set of characters, that I connected with a little more than any others in the Star Wars canon. I'm really looking forward to the continuation of Kylo Ren's, Rey's, and even Poe Dameron's stories in Episode VIII. I also want to know the title! If it's anything like modern sequels, Dark or Darkness will be included in the subtitle, in an attempt to allude to the dark nature of the movie. Here's hoping whatever it is sticks.
The Flaming Lips are one of my all-time favorite bands, and I love that they try something new with each album they release. Not all of their albums are my favorites, but Oczy Mlody is shaping up to be. The Lips have released 3 tracks leading up to the Album's release this month, and they are fantastic in every way that the Flaming lips are know to be, with psychedelic sounds, and bittersweet lyrics from frontman Wayne Coyne. I am glad I won't have to wait too long for this one!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
What can I say about the newest Zelda game? I am stoked because the Legend of Zelda is my favorite video game franchise. I am jazzed because the game looks beautiful, both the art direction and the world they've built. I am excited to explore that world, which looks inspired by the roots of the series, rather than relying on some of the series' tropes. Even if it does follow the standard collect the items for the sword to collect more items to defeat Ganon, I'll love it because Nintendo always delivers on the Zelda experience.
What in the world could I be more excited for this year? I know it's cheesy, but I can't wait to call my fiance my wife, and I am excited to be a husband. The day will come sooner than expected, especially with all the work we have left to do, but when it does I hope it lasts forever. Well, at least until we head out for the honeymoon! June can't come soon enough!