2011: A Year in Review

2011 Sucked. Hard. There were two Apocalypse predictions and the end of the Space Shuttle program (marking the end of American space travel for the near future). We lost tech pioneers: Dennis Ritchie, Lisp inventor John McCarthy, and The Steve. We lost great TV actors: Harry Morgan, James Arness, Peter Falk, and Babylon 5’s Jeff Connaway. We also lost the great writer and rationalist Christopher Hitchens, Forbidden Planet’s beautiful Anne Francis, WarGames’ Professor Falken, and the beloved character actor Charles Napier. We said a fond farewell to Charlie Sheen’s career and the withered remains of his sanity and we snapped into a Slim Jim one last time for the Macho Man. One the bright side we saw the last of Osama Bin Laden, “lil’ Kim” Kim Jong-Il, and Jeffery Ross’s alter ego, Muammar Gaddafi (May Obama’s Bloodlust never end).

There wasn’t really much for me in the area of Movies. Super 8 was ok, but that was about it. For TV we saw the cancellation of Stargate Universe. Curb your Enthusiasm had a great season as did Always Sunny and Louie. This was a good year for games. Portal 2 was an amazing sequel to an amazing game and the same can be said for Batman Arkham City. Deus Ex: Human Revolution made me remember why I loved the original Deus Ex (Boss battles not withstanding). This was a big year for Nintendo as well with the release of the 3DS and the 25th anniversary of The Legend Of Zelda. The 3DS had a rocky and controversial launch but really started to come together after the December update and the release of actual games. Super Mario 3D Land is a fun romp that makes great use of the 3D. Mario Kart 7 is a welcome addition to the Mario Kart franchise though Mario Kart DS is still my favorite entry. Lastly, Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword is simply wonderful.

All-in-all, fuck 2011. Here comes 2012.

EDIT: I went to see Sherlock Holmes. While its ending was a bit too Hollywood for my tastes, all in all it was a good film. 

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