1. Your main fandom of the year?
I remain a multifandom woman. This year I said goodbye to some of my favourite shows, found several news ones , and maintained old attachments. Perhaps The Americans
was one where I joined in the most discussions? 2. Your favourite film watched this year? Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
("The People vs Fritz Bauer"), about an amazing rl person, Fritz Bauer, German-Jewish, Social Democrat, gay, tries to get justice done against Nazis in 1950s and 1960s Germany where everyone is still in denial mode, and being gay is still illegal. Burkhart Klaußner is amazing in the title role. (And the movie is gutsy enough to open with a tv clip showing the real Fritz Bauer before we get introduced to Klaußner in the role, and there's no suspension of disbelief necessary. 3. Your favourite book read this year?
I did a lot of rereading of old favourites this year, but leaving those aside, probably Wind Raker
, the fourth volume in the "Order of the Air" series by Jo Graham and Melissa Scott. This time, our heroes tackle archaeology, mystical dark forces and real life politics in Hawaii. 4. Your favourite TV show of the year?
Difficult to choose. The one which most surprised me by how much I fell in love with it was Better Call Saul
. Because I had started to watch it solely because of the earned trust in the creative team from Breaking Bad
; I didn't exactly burn with curiosity about Saul Goodman's origin story, Saul Goodman having been an amusing comic relief character in BB about whom I had no strong feelings one way or the other. But lo and behold, did I ever develop strong feelings for Jimmy McGill. Who is still funny (they'd never waste Bob Odenkirk's comedic talents), but also absolutely heartbreaking and incredibly endearing. And I like the ensemble, and the various complex relationships - Jimmy and Chuck, Jimmy and Kim (LOVE Kim, especially), Jimmy and Howard Hamlin, and, as a work in progress, Jimmy and Mike.
Now both Agent Carter
and Jessica Jones
I had hoped and expected to love (both the shows and the title characters), and so I did, so there wasn't the same element of surprise involved. The Americans
had a painfully good third season and continues to feed my rage and award juries which ignore it. Bates Motel
: ditto. Elementary
gave me a great third season and while I'm not yet feeling the same level in the fourth, it still provides me with enough so I continue to love it. Doctor Who
, after a lull in my fannish investment during the Eleventh Doctor era, made me fall for the Twelth Doctor, Clara Oswald and friends (and foes) all over again.
But really, in terms of "When did fondness become love? I must convert more people to watch this show, let me write that manifesto!", there can be only one choice: Black Sails
. Dammit, pirates, how could I fall for you so hard! 5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year? theamericans
, which I've shamefully neglected in recent months due to various matters. Must become better again when the new season starts!6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?Black Sails
I started last year, and Agent Carter
and Jessica Jones
weren't exactly new discoveries because I knew some of the characters of the former already via the MCU, and was familiar with the source material of the later. Better Call Saul
was a spin-off from a show I was familiar with. So I shall look to one of my oldest fandoms, historical novels, and nominate sonetka
's wonderful website with its witty and thorough overview of novels starring Anne Boleyn, The head that launched a thousand books
.7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?Once upon a Time
, season 4, rivals with The Good Wife
, season 6, for the title; The Good Wife
wins, barely. I drew the consequences and quit both shows. 8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
There are about a million reasons why dating Saul Goodman would be a bad idea, but Jimmy McGill, post-Slippin Jimmy, pre-Saul days? In a heartbeat. He's a movie buff, he's funny, he's kind, and he'd even into providing free pedicure for the work stressed woman. 9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Peggy Carter. Me and a million other people. But: Peggy! She's ultra competent, she's loyal, she has the art of sarcasm down to a t, she can love deeply without becoming all about one person, instead valuing other relationships as well, and she's gorgeous. 10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Norma Bates invites family and friends for supper in 3.07, ominously titled The Last Supper
. But in fact it's as fluffy as any scene on this show could get... considering that two characters at the table have deeply traumatic rape history (with each other), another character is a budding serial killer, another is a corrupt cop, one is a profession drug smuggler with gigantic mommy issues, one is Norma Bates who is, well, Norma, and the only nonviolent, non-traumatized, non-trauma causing, nice and normal person on the table, Emma, has an illness which condems her to die in her 20s. And yet this manages to be an absolutely heartwarming, squee worthy moment. This show, I tell you. 11. The most missed of your old fandoms?
The Babylon 5 community has started a series review, but I just don't have the time right now. The recent silly (nothing wrong with that, but it was) trailer for the next Star Trek Reboot movie also made me nostalgic for my
Trek, and for ye olde days of discussing DS9 episodes and themes at ds9agogo
. 12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?
I'm currently eying How to get away with Murder
. Maybe I'll also dare the Hamilton
juggernaut.13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Bryan Fuller's version of American Gods
, based on Neil Gaiman's novel (which I love). Season 2 of Agent Carter
, season 4 of The Americans
, season 3 of Black Sails
, season 4 of Bates Motel
(definitely); season 2 of Better Call Saul