So Long, 2012! What Happening, 2013?
by The Nerd Machine Blog Team
2012: It came, it saw, it kicked some butt and the world didn’t end! It also provided plenty of top-quality entertainment. Here are our picks for what rocked 2012 and what we’re excited about in the New Year:
Not the ISIS agents, but actual bow and arrow-wielders. Archery came back with a vengeance this year without a Robin Hood in sight. In March, Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen ushered in arrow aficionados new and old, followed in subsequent months by The Avengers’ Hawkeye, Brave’s Merida, and in a new series on the CW, Green Arrow Oliver Queen. (Not to mention the bowman in Snow White and the Huntsman.) We’ll have to wait to see what weapons make a comeback in 2013, but with the return of Katniss and Arrow along with Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, archers aren’t going anywhere.
How Did Sherlock Survive in “The Reichenbach Fall?”
Nothing blew up Tumblr like Sherlock’s survival from his jump off St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. There are entire blogs devoted to theories of how he did it. We still don’t know, even after reading all of those speculations! Now we have to wait even longer to find out since Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are off being all famous in Star Trek and The Hobbit, respectively. You better believe every other Sherlock fan the Internet over will be glued to the TV when it comes back to find out!
The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale reprised his role as Bruce Wayne with new-to-the-franchise Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway joining the fun. Success of the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s dark and broody Batman trilogy — The Dark Knight Rises — came as no surprise. Well-written with a lot of heart, it delivered many twists and turns, and was more than your typical explosion-fest money maker.
Ruby Sparks is a tale about a lonely writer called Calvin, who creates the perfect fictional girlfriend by using his typewriter and the power of his mind. When Ruby becomes a real person and their fictitious relationship becomes real, all Calvin has to do to change her is churn out a few words… and voila! She’s perfect again. The film has an intense plot, phenomenal script and remarkable acting, and to make it all the more impressive, twenty-nine-year old leading lady Zoe Kavan, who co-stars alongside Paul Dano (Looper), wrote the screenplay for the film.
TNT’s Drama Button campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=316AzLYfAzw
This ad encompasses everything that this generation is capable of: drama at the tip of your fingers. It is in the same vein as flash mobs: unexpected awesomeness that suddenly brings crowds of people together. It must feel exactly like being in a movie, whether it’s “Do Re Mi” zapping you into The Sound of Music or “Smooth Criminal” transporting you back to Michael Jackson’s golden years. The power of music combined with the power of people can produce earth-shattering, heart-warming moments of greatness.
Mass Effect 3
In 2012, BioWare brought us the conclusion to the greatest sci-fi gaming epic ever produced. In Mass Effect, players were given the opportunity to not only play through a compelling story with incredible writing, voice acting, and top level production; we were allowed to actually affect the story, mold and influence the characters, and determine the fate of the universe. It was a polarizing final installment. Many were unhappy with how the ending was handled. Many thought that BioWare had lost its way. Still others, scores of them, loved Mass Effect 3. But whether you loved it or hated it, it was definitely memorable.
The Hunger Games
Books-turned-movies are often hit or miss, but The Hunger Games struck a chord. The lead isn’t a cowering, desperate female chasing boys around, but a strong, capable girl — how refreshing. In a dystopian society, Katniss takes her sister’s place in a televised all-youth battle royal set up by the government as payback for an uprising, years past. Her innate will to fight overcomes her expectation of death and the “girl on fire” lights the match that ignites the makings of a war. Catching Fire, the next installment of the four-part film series will be released November 2013.
John Green’s Literature Crash Course
John Green, bestselling young adult author of The Fault in Our Stars and one-half of YouTube sensation The Vlogbrothers (with Hank Green), began a miniseries in English Literature on the Crash Course channel! Humorous and educational, it kicked off in November with How and Why We Read, and continued with Romeo & Juliet and The Great Gatsby. Catcher in the Rye is coming soon. Other videos on Crash Course tackle World History, Biology, and Ecology. Check it out!
WonderCon comes to Anaheim
For the first time, WonderCon hit the home of Mickey Mouse, Anaheim! With renovations being made to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the convention moved to the Southern California city. With its success, it was announced a couple months ago that WonderCon will be returning to Anaheim in 2013.
After almost four years of anticipation, many start-up franchises (ex: Thor and Captain America) and sequels, it was finally time for Marvel to assemble the heroes into a super-sized movie. With Joss Whedon at the helm, Marvel released their final movie in Phase One of their Avengers franchise this May and you couldn’t turn around this summer without seeing Thor, Loki, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Captain America everywhere! It surpassed all expectations set for it, monetary or critical.
Whedon, Marvel, and Disney solidified themselves as storytellers of the highest caliber. Not only was The Avengers a comics-based, action movie, it delved deep into the collective mind of humanity and asked us questions like “Do we still believe in heroes?” Moreso than any other movie over the past several years, The Avengers made us look at heroes differently, hearkening back to ancient mythology, and gave us hope that when we band together we can become something more than what we are by ourselves.
Because of its success, ABC is developing a TV show pilot around SHIELD, the peacekeeping organization in the universe with Whedon and his writing partners.
WHAT’S TO COME IN 2013:
Breaking Bad Series Finale
Walter White, an innocent chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with cancer. So, what is a man to do in order to provide for his family once he’s gone? Why, cook meth of course! With AMC splitting up the final season of Breaking Bad into two halves, the first batch of episodes were gone in a blink of an eye and ended on an awesome cliffhanger. How will they end the chemistry teacher’s tale? We will find out summer 2013.
After four years in development and multiple release delays, BioShock Infinite will finally be coming to our consoles in March. Though it doesn’t exactly follow the format as set by the previous two BioShock games, it will definitely be one for suspenseful and intense play, following in the priors’ footsteps. Gone will be the underwater city of Rapture and in its place, a floating air-city called Columbia. The game is still a first-person shooter, but this time the player will also have to deal with tears in the space-time continuum and a non-silent protagonist, a first for the series. It’s already receiving critical praise and consumer desire, especially because of the aforementioned delays, so we know we’re not the only ones ready to have the bejeesus scared out of us by this stunning-looking game.
The Great Gatsby
Leonardo DiCaprio gets better with every film and needs to snag that Oscar already! The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel set in the Roaring Twenties, should be familiar to many, especially to anyone who’s taken an English Literature course. DiCaprio takes on the role of titular character Jay Gatsby, an extravagant (but mysterious) party-thrower and millionaire infatuated with his first love while Tobey Maguire plays WWI veteran Nick Carraway, through whom the story is told. Rounding out the cast is Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Carey Mulligan (Drive), Jason Clarke (Lawless), Isla Fisher (Rise of the Guardians) and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki (A Few Best Men). After a few date pushes, The Great Gatsby rolls onto the big screen May 10, 2013.
Marvel Phase Two
Avengers 2 doesn’t hit theaters until 2015, but Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins next year with the release of Iron Man 3 in May and Thor: The Dark World in November, the latter of which features our nerd overlord Zachary Levi. In 2014, Chris Evans dons red, white and blue for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and a new group of heroes will be introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. We can’t wait for Avengers hysteria to begin again!
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Chris Pine returns to the silver screen alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Pegg in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and we’re already counting down the days. The crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within their own ranks, leading them on a manhunt to locate and destroy a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Exciting, right? Cannot. Wait.
Lara Croft’s origin story is the focus of Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 release of Tomb Raider, a prequel to the franchise. In the action-adventure game, Croft must navigate a dangerous tropical island in the Dragon’s Triangle as she searches for her travel companions after a ship wreck. Along the way, she makes a transformation from frightened young woman to hardened fighter as she battles for survival, teaching herself how to use various weapons. Partnered with video game journalist Geoff Keighley, Crystal Dynamics released The Final Hours of Tomb Raider, a documentary hosted by Zachary Levi that was broadcast during Nerd HQ. Episode Two was released in October 2012. Tomb Raider hits shelves March 5.
The next year will continue the nerdly goodness with a host of great movies, games, and events. For 2013, there’s so much to look forward to, particularly the 2013 edition of Nerd HQ, and the continued growth of The Nerd Machine and the Nerd Army. Can’t wait!
What were your favorite happenings of 2012?
What are you looking forward to in 2013?