Monday, 11 March 2013
Thursday, 7 March 2013
It might seem a little strange to be writing about what I’m most looking forward to in 2013 when we’re already two months and change into the year. But it’s not really. January and February are dumping grounds for tired blockbusters (A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack the Giant Slayer, I’m looking at you), and even March isn’t really up to snuff. It’s once March draws to a close, just like the first buds of spring, we start to see the first fruits of our pop-culture tree. So in no particular order, here are the pop culture goodies I’m most looking forward to this year:
Breaking Bad: season 5 part 2 – I said no particular order, but this has to be number one. Out of TV and film. The final eight episodes of what is currently the best show on television, bar none. I have no idea what to expect, as Vince Gilligan and co always manage to zig when I expect them to zag. But the closing moments of last season have set these episodes up nicely.
Arrested Development: new episodes – I hesitate to call this season 4, as apparently Mitch Hurwitz doesn’t want us calling it that, but if it weren’t for the end of Walter White’s misadventures, this would be my most anticipated event of the year. I shall be getting Netflix just so I can watch the further adventures of the Bluth clan. The most brilliant comedy of recent years back on TV, and not a day too soon.
Game of Thrones: season 3 – Here we are. This is the big one. The GoT team begins to adapt A Storm of Swords, arguably (actually it’s not arguable in the slightest) the best of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga. After a second season that split fans, I’m hoping that David Benioff and Dan Weiss overcome the slips in their difficult second season, and deliver a season for the ages. All together now, “And who are you, the proud lord said . . .”
Doctor Who: season 7 part 2 and 50th anniversary special – 50 years of Doctor Who, eh? It’s pretty amazing when you think about it, and I hope that Stephen Moffat and crew are up to the task. On the face of it, a 60-minute anniversary special doesn’t seem like half as much as we need, and with every day that passes I fear more and more that we won’t be getting any kind of multi-doctor tale. Still, I have no doubt it will be spectacular.
Man of Steel – Superman has always been my favourite superhero, and we haven’t had a good Superman move since Superman 2. I’m really hoping that Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan can do justice to the man of steel. And I do hope that they let the movie be a little bit fun, too.