I am not ashamed to admit that Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the music, the cheesy Hallmark movies, the gaudy decorations, and all of the wonderful smells that range from the pine of the Christmas trees to the cinnamon of the cookies baked for the holidays. I also love the smell of frankincense that fills my church for Advent as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Oh, and I love presents, giving and receiving them, as well!
I also enjoy making a Christmas wish list. I have one over on Amazon (but I’m not shallow enough to link it on this post) that my friends and family use as a guide for picking out a gift for me. I also have one that includes things that aren’t always attainable in this world, such as peace for all mankind, warm food and shelter for the homeless, and at least one gift for every child in the world, no matter how big or small it may be.
For this post I’m going to be making a Geeky Christmas List. Feel free to list any of your own wishes in the comments section below, and let me know what you think about my list as well!
First off, I hope that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will be at least as good as the last few. From what I’ve read so far, the team’s dynamic will be changed. How? Raphael will be the leader in this series and Leonardo will have a “rebellious heart” (whatever that means). It looks like Donnie and Mike will remain basically the same characters. Look for Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to hit Nickelodeon next fall. I haven’t seen any artwork for the new series, but it will supposedly follow a more traditional animation style similar to the original 1980’s cartoon. Here’s a look at the logo:
My next wish is that I hope that the upcoming Black Panther film (February, 2018) will bring back a more serious tone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the latest Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy flicks laying on the humor to annoying levels (at least in my opinion), I hope that T’Challa and the people of Wakanda cut back on the comedy a bit and focus on getting some serious work done. After all, it’s the last move before Avengers: Infinity War hits the big screen (May, 2018). You can’t tell me that Marvel will make Thanos’ attempt at conquering everything a buddy comedy, right? Let’s hope that it’s pretty serious as well.
My next wish is that the upcoming Aquaman film (December, 2018) proves to be a success similar to this 2017’s brilliant Wonder Woman. 2017’s other DC film, Justice League, appears to be somewhat divisive among fans and critics. I personally enjoyed it, but professional critics (and a lot of fanboys) attacked it for its CGI, what they saw as a disjointed plot, rushed story, and, my personal favorite, too much humor. Let’s hope that Aquaman can bring fans and critics together once again. Jason Momoa looked good as Aquaman in the JL film, and gave a nice balance of grit and humor to his character. I believe that he has enough charisma to carry a film on his own, so here’s hoping for a successful cinematic run for Arthur Curry.
Another wish that I have for Christmas this year is that The Walking Dead finds its mojo when it returns for the second half of season eight. With an “all out war” promised at the end of season seven, fans haven’t been offered much in the way of actual conflict. Sure, the season opener featured an attack on the Sanctuary by the Kingdom, the Hilltop, and Alexandria, but it was nothing more than a drawn out action sequence. There have also been character developing episodes that focused on Negan, King Ezekiel and Eugene, but unlike similar episodes in the past (and I know that I’m in the minority when it comes to enjoying these types of episodes), something is missing this time around. At the end of this weekend’s episode, I was completely ready for Eugene to die. He annoyed the fire out of me! Let’s pray that the mid-season finale amps things up and that it will carry over into the second half of the season next year.
My next wish is a selfish one. This year I was only able to attend one sci-fi/pop culture convention. While I really enjoyed my time at Louisiana Comic Con, I sorely missed getting to visit with my friends at CoastCon, CyPhaCon, and Southern Geek Fest. Wizard World has lost my interest thanks to crazy crowds and absurd pricing. I’d much rather stick with the smaller conventions where I can actually here myself talk to other people. Hopefully I will make it to at least one of my favorite conventions this year.
My list continues with a wish that is really all on me. I hope to catch up on all of the shows that I have fallen behind on over the last couple of years. I’m way behind on Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Doctor Who. Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor turned me off to the show, but with a new Doctor on the horizon, I’ve decided to give Capaldi another chance and have started watching that show again. As far as the rest of the shows go, I just need more time. Between work and life, I don’t have time to sit down and binge watch shows like I want to.
I’m not a very big fan of anime, but I do enjoy watching it every now and then. With Batman Ninja coming soon, I hope that it is better than the last Batman anime that I watched, 2008’s Batman: Gotham Knight, which is an anthology of six anime shorts. I didn’t really care for any of the shorts that much, even with Kevin Conroy voicing the Dark Knight Detective. The trailer for Batman Ninja was released in October of this year, and included a peek at a few of the villains that Batman will face, including the Joker and Gorilla Grodd.
Something else that I’m wishing for this year is a truce between Marvel and DC Comics fans over the films, the cartoons, and the comics of each series. I highly doubt that this will happen, but a boy can dream. I enjoy both Marvel and DC’s offerings for different reasons, and while I might be a hardcore DC fan, I won’t automatically dislike any Marvel work just because it’s from Marvel. Let’s all work together to make this wish come true!
Speaking of comics, my next wish is that the Doomsday Clock series from DC Comics is good. I haven’t read any of the DC Rebirth stuff yet (I’m still reading stories from the New 52), but I’m very intrigued by the combination of the Watchmen and the rest of the DC Universe, specifically the interaction of Superman with Dr. Manhattan.
A project that I’ve been waiting on for some time is about to come to fruition. It’s the topic of my next wish, which is that I hope that the screen adaptation of Steve Alten’s first MEG book is successful. I loved the first three books in Alten’s MEG series about Jonas Taylor and his adventures squaring off against Megalodon sharks. The first book, MEG, is probably my favorite, but I also love The Trench.
The film is supposedly coming out in August of 2018. It has been green-lighted, halted, restarted, etc. since the 90’s. The version that is coming out next year will star Jason Statham (Snatch, Revolver, The Expendables) and Li Bingbing (The Forbidden Kingdom). I’ve never been a fan of Statham’s work, but I’m hoping that MEG is more than just another action yarn in the deep blue sea.
Star Trek makes it to my wish list this year as well. I haven’t watched Star Trek: Discovery other than the first episode that aired on CBS Television and probably won’t see it until it comes out on Blu-ray and the fan series Star Trek Continues ended last month, so I don’t have a whole lot of new Trek content to look forward to except possibly reading a Trek book or comic. My wish is that CBS and Paramount come to their senses and loosen up the tight reins they’ve placed on fan produced shows. Star Trek Continues was a brilliant show and it will be sorely missed. Don’t let the good guys suffer for the actions of a greedy few. I guess I’ll just watch some reruns of classic Trek until something new comes along.
My final wish is that all of you have a Merry Christmas. I’ll probably do at least one more post this year for the upcoming Star Wars film, and possibly an End of the Year review. Until then, I want to say that I appreciate each and every one of you that read my posts. May all of your Christmas wishes come true!