When I look back on the past year, it’s been an interesting ride personally, professionally, and as a film/Television fan. I went through a couple of occupational changes with going from being a delivery driver to being back in a call center for the first time in three and a half years. Also, I had a brush with high blood pressure (it’s normal level now). My dating life? OOF. However on a better note than that, I re-connected with an old college friend (via playing Halo: Infinite on Xbox), and started careful and meticulous planning for a couple of future endeavors.
2021 was also an interesting period in the world of entertainment. From director Zack Snyder finally realizing his complete version of Warner Bros/DC Comics’ Justice League, to actor Daniel Craig’s final bow as 007, and even Dave Chappelle inadvertently forcing me to take a hard look at what defines “good” stand-up comedy– there were many moments in the world of entertainment throughout 2021 that had a cultural impact. However, if I had to name 2021 the “year of…” anything, I would call it…
THE YEAR OF MAXIMUM NOSTALGIA
There has never been a more blatant attempt by Hollywood to tug at our heartstrings through nostalgia than in the past year. To me, it was remarkable just how mixed the results were across different forms of media. I mean, you have blatant cash grabs like The Matrix: Resurrections, which reveled too much in being meta and making fun of reboots, remakes and other instances of film studios trying to appeal to us through nostalgia, while at the same time becoming one of the worst versions of what director Lana Wachowski and writers David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon so aptly satirize. On the flip side, you had some projects such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife, that gave us lovely callbacks and easter eggs from the franchise’s past without ever overdoing it, while also bringing fresh ideas that propel these beloved Intellectual Properties (IP’s) into a new era.
I noticed that some of us have been getting a little to caught up in nostalgia when it comes to certain IP’s or other realms of entertainment such as video games or stand-up comedy. You know, the level that drives the toxic sections of fandom to be even worse or that makes people really fixate and get caught in how things “used to be”, knowing full well our society changed too much for that. Oh– and don’t admit on the internet that you enjoy a remake of an IP that virtually everyone seems to hate, because, the shitstorm of comments that will bear down…
In closing, I want to see some positive things pertaining to my life, and pertaining to how us, as fans of different fandoms across forms of media, look at or analyze nostalgic throwbacks. As far as what I’d like to see across entertainment, I would some of us to be more careful when it comes how caught up we become in nostalgia, to have fondness for what has come before, but not to lose any sight in the here and now. When it comes to my personal (and professional) life, my goals for 2022 are to take this site to the next level (as in beef it up a little), complete and publish my first book, and maybe… start a podcast?
I know that talking about my life and talking about media nostalgia is quite a weird juxtaposition, but I thank for reading this far. I wish nothing but success, happiness and understanding in the New Year.