Seriously Geeky Sundays – New Year, New… Fandoms?

Hi everyone, I’m back!

It’s 2021, 2020 is but a memory of lockdowns and stupid governments and… er… yeah, 2021 is already mental. So, in order to remedy it all, let’s talk about Seriously Geeky Sundays’ triumphant return, heralded by a host of angel-like beings summoned by the one, the only Heather, of Just Geeking By, which is an amazing site, FYI, go check it out and tell ’em I sent ya!

This week is all about looking forward, and seeing what crazy fun times lie ahead in geekdom!

Forget new year’s resolutions; new fandoms is what the new year is really all about! We all had high hopes for how 2021 was going to start out, and while we can’t control that we can look forward to what’s coming out in the entertainment world.

Question 1 – Let’s start big; what release are you most looking forward to this year?

I suppose the big one will be Denis Villenueve’s take on Dune, Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction tale set on the desert world of Arrakis which follows the misadventures of the warring Atreides and Harkonnen families and their ongoing battle for the “spice” that is rich on that world.

I absolutely loved Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049, a beautiful movie with a top drawer soundtrack that, in my (controversial) opinion, beats the original. Anybody who’s seen the 80s Dune movie would know that there will be a lot to improve upon, so let’s see what happens!

Bring on the sandworms!

Question 2 – What new release this year are you not that hyped up about?

Honestly, so many things! A lot of video games awaiting release just… don’t excite me. Maybe it’s because the games journalism scene has turned into a toxic waste pit thanks to the ongoing nonsense around Cyberpunk 2077, but it just all feels a bit… meh at the moment, doesn’t it?

Never mind, Keanu…

Nah, I’m getting a Series X with GamePass, then I can play good games throughout the ages instead!

Question 3 – A new year often means new characters, what upcoming character are you looking forward to meeting?

Well, it was a quiet year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year. Poor Black Widow didn’t get her movie release (as if being dead wasn’t bad enough) and, more to my disappointment, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings got pushed back too.

I will reiterate that, whilst I don’t actually read comics or follow superheroes outside of these movies, I find the idea of this movie very alluring. Delving more into Chinese culture and mysticism will be a cool trip, especially as Marvel have promised to avoid the usual stereotypes one would pin to China and its people. Plus, it’ll be nice to see the Ten Rings again, especially since the Mandarin ended up being a silly Ben Kingsley instead of a scary old baddie like everyone wanted. Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy that twist in Iron Man 3.

Plus, it’ll be a nice step up from Iron Fist, which, whilst enjoyable, had the slightly wet-lettuce Danny Rand as its hero.

Question 4 – Tell us about something that has been on your backlog/to-do list for a while that you’re going to try to get to this year.

As it happens, I’ve already started this journey!

Since 2002, I have been a big fan of Mafia and its sequel, the unsurpringly named Mafia II. These tight, story driven games were a joy to play and I got really absorbed into the plot for both Tommy Angelo and Vito Scalletta.

Then Mafia 3 was released… and it was open world. Ohhh man, that tight story telling just took a massive hit!

But, in 2021, I am revisiting this game once more, as it was part of a very fancy Mafia trilogy box I got for the PS4. The remake of the first game was excellent, the remaster of the second was good, if janky, and the third game? It has me gripped!

Set in the city of New Bordeaux (I wonder what that is a facsimile for?) we follow the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran who comes home to have his adopted family murdered by the Sicilian mob. What’s to do for this poor hero? Easy, use your mad war skills to tear down the Marcone family as bloodily as possible!

Question 5 – Thinking of a fandom you follow regularly, what event or moment (big or small) do you hope happens this year?

Oh, there’s some fiendish questions around in 2021!

Truth is, I’m not sure. I have enjoyed the Netflix original series Down to Earth, which featured everybody’s favourite heartthrob Zac Efron and his friend Darin Olien as they looked at ways of making their lives more environmentally aware by visiting beautiful and intriguing places across the world. It was beautifully shot and really interesting, so here’s hoping for a second series. It also had a really sad ending too, so I’d like to see if poor Darin was able to turn things around.

As for video games, I’m pretty much done with the long standing franchises. Most are run by Ubisoft now and I don’t know how I feel about their nickel and diming of players with storefronts and microtransactions, plus they’re supposedly a rather unpleasant place to work, so I have to ask myself if I want to give them money.

Question 6 – In the spirit of resolutions, do you have any geeky ones?

I have two, as a matter of fact.

The first is to not rush into the new console generation. The fact that there’s no Series Xs (exes?) in stock anywhere is maybe a sign that I still have some excellent titles to finish on my original model PS4, even though she sounds more and more like a fighter jet these days.

Secondly, to read more books from self published and indie published authors. Since I reviewed Each Little Universe last year I have met many other brilliant writers and continue to enjoy their works. I’m also an advanced copy reviewer for Skullgate Media now (see my first book review for them here, so I’ll get to enjoy some great content that way too!

And that’s that, we’re now firmly planted into 2021 and, whatever madness life throws our way, I will continue to support Seriously Geeky Sundays, as will all of the other amazing writers under the #SeriouslyGeekySundays hashtag, so check them out too!

See you all next Sunday, you legends!

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