06 January 2016
Fantasy and Science Fiction films and television shows in 2015
2015 is over, and this article does a decent job in covering some of its highlights in terms of fantasy and science fiction pop culture (films, television shows, and novels).
One problem with getting older is that the years seem to blend together. I now have a difficult time remembering which films, television shows, or novels (or role-playing games) came out in which year. So I always have a hard time when asked, for instance, what was my ‘favourite film of 2015’. For instance, I think that Ex Machina is a great film, one of the best science fictions films in recent years, but I can’t remember if it came out in 2015. (Okay, I just checked Wikipedia: it did.)
Another problem with getting older is that I don’t seem to be able to see nearly as many movies or television shows as I used to when I was a twenty-something with loads of spare time. (Heck, I haven’t even owned a television in over a decade. I used to rely on DVDs, and now I rely on internet subscriptions, for most of my television series watching.) And of the films and shows that I do watch, I often get to them months (or even years) after their release. So many of the films or television shows that my fellow nerds talk about, whether in person or online, are things that I haven’t seen yet (and in some cases will never see).
All that having been said, I thought that I would mention that my favourite science fiction film of 2015 was Mad Max: Fury Road. (If you want a fun afternoon, watch The Road Warrior and then Mad Max: Fury Road. The two films go quite well together.) My favourite new television series was The Man in the High Castle (about which I plan to write a post once I watch the final episode [I just finished episode 9 last night]). The Game of Thrones continues to impress, of course, and I quite enjoyed Black Mirror, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil as well (the latter two are surprises for me, as I am not a huge superhero fan).
I still need to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens (I have plans to do so this weekend). And I want to watch the first season of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (as I loved the book 10 years ago).
So many great shows are being produced these days, especially for television, it’s a surfeit of riches. And I look forward to what 2016 will bring…
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