At the end of each year we poll the Fandomania staff to bring you our favorite movies, TV shows, and video games from the year that’s concluding. Even though there’s always a lot of great stuff that excited us, there inevitably will be fan-crushing disappointments as well. In the spirit of venting out all the negativity before launching into the greatness, we begin our traditional “favorites” posts with a rundown of what disappointed us the most from the past year.
Jason’s Disappointment: Disney
There was some trepidation when Disney started buying up every entertainment company under the sun, but surely everything would turn out okay, right? Unfortunately but unsurprisingly the mega corporation has made all their decisions directed toward making as much money on their investments as possible, with little regard for common artistic sense. The results really started showing this year as Disney’s bombardment of an exhausting amount of Marvel and Star Wars content cheapened both brands and ended up with a Star Wars movie actually not succeeding at the box office. Pile on top of that a bunch of unnecessary “live action” remakes of animated classics and unasked-for lackluster sequels instead of exciting new stories, garnish it with cultural missteps like Disney’s firing of James Gunn without recognizing their own similar problems, and you have the makings of a pop culture meltdown waiting in the wings.
Kimberly’s Disappointment: The Rookie
I enjoy crime dramas and Nathan Fillion, so you would think combining the two would be a great result. However, The Rookie is a show that is a struggle to get into and Fillion’s character is difficult to care about. I’m glad he has a new show, but I won’t be an ongoing viewer.
Kendra’s Disappointment: Bad Times at the El Royale
From Roseanne’s “Ambien induced” actions to Hereditary to, well, the state of America, there have been a lot of disappointing elements throughout the year. I will focus on the one I really had high hopes for: Bad Times at the El Royale. Don’t tell me a movie is the best thriller in years and then show me a predictable crap show starring a pedo Chris Hemsworth.