Friday Flashback: 2009 – Short Term Memory
By Troy Brownfield
One of the great philosophers of our time said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Though that was only one of many valuable lessons from Mr. Bueller, it’s worth remembering. The end of the year is typically a good time to take stock of what has come before, and this lesson is not lost on newspapers, magazines, and websites without number that scramble to put out “Best of” lists.
Today, I’m not going to talk about a Top Ten or a Best Of or even a Worst Of in anything resembling a conventional sense. I’d just like to ask you, “What about comics and genre entertainment did you TRULY ENJOY in 2009?”
I have a few offerings . . .
“Lost”: An engaging, time-tripping, mind-bending season that ended with a dramatic good-bye and (possibly) a clean slate for the final season.
“Battlestar Galactica”: Though they hit the “history is a cycle” button a bit hard in the very last scene, that is totally how you do a finale.
“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”: My two-year-old, my four-year-old, my wife, and I love watching this together. The kids dig the action, and we dig the humor. Plus, I may have the only toddler on Earth that puts on a cape and red turtleneck to pretend that he’s Etrigan.
“Star Trek”: I was almost embarrassed at how much I enjoyed that movie.
“The Hangover”: Okay, obviously not genre, but I can’t remember the last time that I laughed that hard at a movie.
“Up”: A beautifully rendered fantasy, made all the better by the bittersweet opening sequence and the hilarity of Dug. He really took—SQUIRREL!!!
“Planetary”: An absolutely perfect final issue for one of my favorite comic reading experiences of all.
“Beasts of Burden”: Brilliant, accessible, and beautifully painted.
“The Walking Dead”: Though we all remember the moments of shock and violence, Rick and Carl’s father-son discussion about Carl’s confession was heartbreakingly realistic.
“Batman and Robin”: Morrison, Quitely, and unbridled lunacy.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Incredible Hercules”: Fun. Every single time.
All right, campers . . . what were the things that you TRULY ENJOYED in 2009? Run the board . . . comics, TV, films . . . hell, throw in music if you want. Let’s talk.