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.
Here you go, Fandomaniacs: The most disappointing occurrences in geekdom from 2017!
Jason’s Disappointment: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Last Jedi failed to deliver what I was hoping for in this eighth saga episode, missed nearly every comedic beat it attempted, and left the Star Wars universe in an unpleasantly unrecognizable state. More than that, though, is the disappointment I felt when I watched Star Wars fandom eat itself from both sides in the aftermath of the movie’s release. Here’s hoping Solo is at least less divisive in 2018.
Celeste’s Disappointment: Twin Peaks
The weirdness of Twin Peaks was always a huge part of its charm, but this year’s revival took a good thing too far with a barrage of bizarreness, almost none of which had any payoff or narrative cohesion. The Dougie Jones storyline was fantastic and it was fun to see some of our old friends in Twin Peaks again, but the show spent wayyy too much time trying to set a record for the most pointlessly introduced and dropped threads in a single season, forcing us to sit through meaningless conversations between random people at The Roadhouse with no connection to anyone or anything else, and introducing dozens of new characters for no apparent reason instead of giving us time with the characters we actually care about (and most of what we did get of them was anticlimactic and honestly just depressing). Cooper deserved better.
Mandi’s Disappointment: Arrow
Although not a new show, this season has been terrible. It’s been so bad that I stopped watching. Arrow turned into a giant soap opera that didn’t even have fun plot twists. I’m awaiting word that maybe it’s improved, but I haven’t gotten it yet.
Kendra’s Disappointment: Beauty and the Beast
The amount of times I feel asleep during Beauty and the Beast is all I needed to showcase how much this movie failed. In the grand scheme of things, some things are better left alone.