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Obligatory end-of-year post. I was going to do the meme that everybody's posting today, but it's got too many questions! I get bored after answering about ten. So instead I'll point you at this rather wonderful 2016 song, which nicely sums up everything we've all been thinking. Not safe for work; but then it probably couldn't have been. It's tempting to hope for better for 2017, but bearing in mind that Trump hasn't even come to power yet, my natural tendency towards optimism is currently feeling a tad wobbly.

2016, then. The good bits. Best telly (other than the mothballed old stuff that I usually watch) has probably been Lucifer. I heartily recommend that one to most of you. Season one was fun last year, but season two has been terrific, and Tom Ellis is a revelation. Here he is (in character) belting out a jazzed up version of All Along The Watchtower.

Best book... I wish I could say the final Temeraire, but it seemed a bit of a damp squib, somehow. Mind you, my expectations were probably set a bit high. Instead I think I'll go with The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by Dave Hone, because tyrannosaurs. Basically he wrote the book I've been wanting since I was about four. Now all I need is for somebody to write similar ones for all the other types of dinosaur! And Dimetrodon while they're at it. And listen! The first fireworks of the evening.

Best music is an awkward one, as I don't listen to much modern stuff. Lee Mead put out a new album earlier this year, called Some Enchanted Evening, which I like a lot. Nice to see him doing some old standards, as he always was good at them. And Holly Johnson had a new single out this year called Ascension, which was good. Even if did come from the Eddie the Eagle film. (Sorry, I grew up in Cheltenham. I have an Eddie the Eagle allergy.)

Best film is another awkward one. Pretty sure I've only seen one 2016 film this year, which was the live action (well, mostly CGI, actually) remake of The Jungle Book. Fortunately I absolutely loved it, which is just as well, as I guess it wins by default. Trailer here.

Looking back at my list, I see that the first book I read in 2016 was Immortal In Death by JD Robb. Sounds frighteningly prescient for the year that was to follow, so if all of that was in any way my fault, I apologise! Last book of the year was Is There Life Outside The Box? by Peter Davison. Less murder, more jokes. Also, a special pair of sentences for you, lost_spook! On page 196: "I was keen to make The Last Detective; it reminded me of a show I'd watched as a teenager called Public Eye that starred Alfred Burke. With its easy pace and gentle humour and world-weary central character, it had been a success for many years." (Yeah, he's not in love with punctuation. Sorry about that. ;) The index, however, is a thing of beauty.) But see! All you need to do is abduct Peter Davison, and extract the missing episodes from his brain! This is a faultless plan for 2017.

Um. And I shall leave it there. Happy 2017, everybody. Let's try to keep the NHS; try to stop Trump inadvertently starting a nuclear war with China via Twitter; and, I don't know. Hope that Trump takes his head off, and reveals that he was Hillary Clinton all along? Well, it's a thought.

See you in January.


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Dec. 31st, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
Aww, Peter Davison and Public Eye! You know, after I watched PE, I felt sure I had remembered Peter discussing it on one of the commentaries, but then I wasn't sure. Maybe he did, then! (And, sorry, Peter, but Public Eye is better than The Last Detective!)

And, hey, if you only see one film a year, make it a good one! ;-)

Happy New Year - let's indeed hope that somehow 2017 is not as bad as we all fear at this point. ♥
Dec. 31st, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
My over-riding memory of TLD is of being unreasonably delighted when his character started dating one played by Josette Simon. Dayna and the Fifth Doctor! So you're probably right in that assessment. It was an enjoyable enough show though.

And thank you, you too. And yeah. Yay, democracy. :/
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:49 am (UTC)
I didn't see very much of it, but I liked what I did - I'm sorrier still now I didn't catch more if we got Five/Dayna!

But, yeah, I think he's forgotten that Public Eye was also pretty hard-hitting, bleak and weird by turns as well as sometimes light and funny. It was all the things by the nature of its format, in a way I haven't quite seen any other show be before or since.

Yeah, worst form of government, apart from all the others...
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:07 pm (UTC)
I think she played a social worker. Not in many episodes though, sadly.

She also did a series once where she was married to Paul McGann. Clearly she has a thing for the Doctor!

Edited at 2017-01-01 08:08 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
Well, it shows good taste, I suppose! ;-)
Dec. 31st, 2016 08:50 pm (UTC)
Happy New Years! :)
Dec. 31st, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And you. See you in your monthly fandom post in a few hours. :)
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:58 am (UTC)
Lucifer - So much love!!! S2 is bringing all the feels.

Temeraire - I went into it with no expectations and very much enjoyed it. I liked the battle and the adorable ending.

The Jungle Book - I loved it, I loved the changes they made to the ending. Much more satifying :)

Happy 2017 - Let's defend the vulnerable and call out our governments when they suck.
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes! The changed ending was very much appreciated. I loved that bit. And such a beautifully made film all round. The kid playing Mowgli was incredible.
Jan. 1st, 2017 11:45 am (UTC)
Happy 2017!

It's been years since I've seen a new film so you're one up on me! The newest film I saw this year was 'Thor'.
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen that one yet. I watched "The Winter Soldier" the other night for the first time. Not a big Captain America fan. I did like his sidekick Falcon though.

I very much recommend "The Jungle Book", if you feel like inching forward into 2016 now that it's safely out of the way! :)
Jan. 2nd, 2017 11:55 am (UTC)
'Thor' is all right (you'll be glad to hear I think the Iron Man films are the best of the Avengers ones I've seen).

I shall watch 'The Jungle Boook'! When it's on telly, as usual with my film watching:S
Jan. 2nd, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC)
Free films are definitely best!
Jan. 1st, 2017 11:51 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you.

I was a bit disappointed by the last Temeraire book as well - I thought the ending was a bit rushed and kinda meh. :-(
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes. Too much going on, and not enough attention paid to old enemies, or old friends. Still, maybe she didn't want to make it too final an ending, in case she wants to revisit it.

And thank you. I hope you're having a nice 2017 so far!
Jan. 1st, 2017 02:07 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! Let's hope this year is an improvement on the last. *hugs*

New films... I think yours beats mine. I think the newest I've watched is Inside Out. I've spent the past week watching Carry On films.

That video was definitely well worth watching. Thanks for the link.
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
Carry Ons are good too! Although I only really like the black and white ones. Old films are very often best.

2017 has surely got to be better than 2016?! Although I do rather feel like saying that is tempting fate. :/
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