2016 was pretty good to us geeks. There was tons to watch, read, and discuss. And looking at 2017, things are only getting better. I'm just going to go ahead and call it right now. 2017 will be the The Year of The Geek.
So you can start marking your calendars, as I bring to you 2 comprehensive mega-lists of all things geek in film and TV.
ALL SHOWS GREAT AND SMALL
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What a great year for science fiction/fantasy shows! From Preacher to Timeless, Westworld to Stranger Things, the live action/animation combination of Son of Zorn, the X-Files reboot, TV adaptations of Exorcist and Van Helsing, AND 12 different time travel shows, including the debut of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, you probably thought 2016 was overwhelming in the sheer volume of shows to keep up with (I'm trying to watch the entire S01 of Westworld in the last 3 days of 2016!) But wait till you see what's in store for 2017. Apart from returning shows like GOT S07, all the DC/CW shows, Stranger Things S02, and of course, after a wait of 37 years, Sherlock S04, here is a comprehensive list of science fiction/fantasy shows in 2017, including a few reboots of classics, and a few final seasons.
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We want to see: The return of Moriarty, what the excellent Toby Jones has in store for us, but most importantly, how Sherlock reacts to John's baby.
We want to see: Heroes creator Tim Kring's new offering about a boy who wakes up from a 12 year long coma, with some unusual powers.
We want to see: Tarsem Singh direct Vincent D’Onofrio in a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
We want to see: The very few happy events in the middle of the unfortunate ones, and also how many looks NPH pulls off in one show, really.
We want to see: Archie reimagined as a Gossip Girl-murder-mystery mashup. Though we still want to know who Archie will pick, and how Moose landed Midge.
We want to see: Amidst all the dark, brooding superhero shows, a great cast in a light comedy about insurance adjustors who handle the massive damages caused by heroes.
We want to see: Professor Xavier's son and his near-infinite powers in a show helmed by Bryan Singer.
We want to see: That weird glowing hand thing, and if this Marvel-Netflix show works better than Luke Cage.
THE HANDMAID'S TALE
We want to see: The adaptation of Atwood's novel about a future where women are subjugated to being childbearers.
We want to see: The never-before-told story of Black Bolt and his royal family, and finally a realisation of the Inhumans storyline hinted at in Agents of Shield
We want to see: The Avengers Assemble of the Netflix-Marvel shows, with all of them coming together under one roof.
We want to see: What magic happens when Bryan Fuller works with Neil Gaiman.
TIME AFTER TIME
We want to see: If this TV reboot about H.G. Wells time travelling to modern day to catch Jack the Ripper will deviate from the 1979 film.
We want to see: A TV comedy from Lord + Miller about a couple of professors who invent a time machine. And Adam Pally!
We want to see: Jon Bernthal get his own show as Frank Castle.
We want to see: What happens when a psychic lands up in the town of Midnight and meets a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
We want to see: Sasha as Lieutenant Commander of the USS Discovery, set 10 years before the original Star Trek series.
CORMORAN STRIKE MYSTERIES
We want to see: Rowling's crime mystery novels on BBC.
We want to see: David Lynch continue the 1990 series in present day. And how weird it gets.
We want to see: An adaptation of the Stephen King novella about the terrors and supernatural creatures that emerge from the mist that seeps into a town.
KISS ME FIRST
We want to see: This virtual world thriller about 2 teenage girls and their alternate identities in the game Agora, adapted by Brian Elsley, creator of Skins.
We want to see: The first live action TV series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, set 300 years in the future, aboard Orville, an interstellar exploratory ship.
BILL NYE SAVES THE WORLD
We want to see: The return of our favourite Science Guy and his bow ties, thanks to Netflix.
We want to see: An animated show based on the friendship between Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, as they go through puberty. Starring Kroll and fellow Oh, Hello boy John Mulaney.
BIG HERO 6
We want to see: Stan Lee inducting T.J. Miller into superherodom. Remember, T.J., great power...you know the drill.
TANGLED: THE SERIES
We want to see: How Rapunzel got her hair back. I'll have what she's having.
We want to see: The samurai prince take on Aku again. After 12 years!
We want to see: Rogen + Goldberg's comedy about a janitor who is recruited to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity.
We want to see: A darker version of The Tick, tinged with black humour and set in a world real violence and consequences. And how Edlund and Amazon use this superhero parody to reflect modern superheroes.
We want to see: Fukunaga's next series, based on a Norwegian show about a guy who lives a fantasy life in his dreams, but is actually at an institution, featuring a reunited Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
We want to see: Kinnaman in yet another dystopian future, this time as an elite interstellar warrior, tasked with solving a murder in a time where the mind is digitized and the soul transferable between bodies.
We want to see: This show. In this millenium. With Nerdist's Jonah Ray as the host, and comedians Yount and Vaughn as his robot sidekicks. Netflix is winning this year.
We want to see: The adaptation of Dan Simmon's novel, about a mysterious predator that stalks a Royal Expedition crew in 1847.
As declared earlier, Netflix is totes winning 2017. Apart from several returning shows (including this year's hit Stranger Things), they have A Series of Unfortunate Events, Iron Fist, Defenders, Punisher, Kiss Me First, Altered Carbon, Maniac, Big Mouth, MST3K and of course, Bill Nye saving the world. Plus, there's always cable television.
So if any of you had any plans of going in to work, just call in sick for the year, and head over to All Films Geek and Wonderful.
Scribe: Basabdatta Dasgupta
Captain's Log: Basabdatta Dasgupta is Dinosaur Supervisor and core member over at Geek Fruit HQ. She spends her time obsessively consuming a higher class of pop culture, and wishing someone would gift her a time turner. Also, she watches Legends of Tomorrow.