Best Of The Worst
2015 has been an amazing year for nerds everywhere, from awesome movies like The Force Awakens, Ant-Man and Mad Max: Fury Road, to more awesome video games than I can even count. But, for all of 2015’s highs, there were also a few lows. And now we are going to make fun of them! So without further ado, here are 2015’s biggest disappointments.
True Detective Season 2
The first season of True Detective was fantastic, leaving many excited about where the series could go from there. Unfortunately, however, the second season proved that it really is impossible to catch lightning in a bottle twice. All of the southern, existentialist charm from the first season evaporated into a bunch of depressed (and depressing) cops trying to solve a murder that no one, sometimes not even the cops themselves, cared about. Season 2 wasn’t wholly without value, as the performances were still good and some of its ideas were decent, hence it being at the bottom of this list.
The Good Dinosaur
Some people were excited when Pixar first announced that it would be releasing two movies in 2015, but many others, like myself, were terrified that Pixar would stretch itself too thin. Thankfully Inside Out turned out great, but The Good Dinosaur proves that the animation titans are capable of making mistakes. The Good Dinosaur is now famous for its behind-the-scenes drama, and it really shows. A confusing tone, questionable character design and a generic, unimaginative story all make The Good Dinosaur Pixar’s first real bomb. But on the plus side, Pixar is more than capable of surviving one failure. This could lead to higher quality control in the future, so maybe it will be a good thing. Maybe.
Few people had high expectations for Supergirl after its poorly received first trailer, but considering that the past few years have introduced a whole slew of successful superhero shows like Arrow, The Flash and Gotham, some people had hope that Supergirl’s first live-action debut could soar above the competition. Instead, the show became the most generic superhero show it possibly could be, focusing on love triangles and an extremely annoying boss character more than, you know, SUPERGIRL FIGHTING CRIME. The show could pull a Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and suddenly better in its second season, but I am not holding my breath.
Fantastic Four (better known as Fant4stic)
Oh, Fant4stic. Where to even begin. If you are a fan of Geek Speak, you will know about how Steve and I feel about Fant4stic, so I will try to keep it brief. Fant4stic is an abomination of a superhero movie that attempts to take a silly, over-the-top team like the Fantastic Four and drag them down with grit, angst, spotty CGI and one really bad wig. It is a movie so bad that it may have ruined director Josh Trank’s entire career. It is a movie so bad that the producers had to come in in the middle of editing, practically fire the director and bring back all of the actors for reshoots to try to salvage what they could. Alas, there was little they could have done, as Fant4stic was DOOMed from the very beginning.
Konami and Kojima’s Divorce
For the past several years, Konami and Kojima were almost synonymous with each other. Metal Gear Solid was Konami’s flagship franchise, and all was well in the world. But this past year there was trouble in paradise, to put it delicately. While we don’t know all of the details, here is what we do know: The executives at Konami and Kojima had such a huge falling out that Kojima was fired in all but name. It started with Konami cancelling the new Silent Hill video game, which was going to be a collaboration between Kojima and renowned director Guillermo Del Toro. Despite the huge public backlash, Konami didn’t end it there. They then forced Kojima to wrap up production on Metal Gear Solid 5 before it was finished, leaving the game with an unsatisfying ending and a bitter taste in gamers’ mouths. The divide between Kojima and Konami got so bad that Konami didn’t even allow Kojima to accept awards on for his work on Metal Gear Solid 5. Now, the two are separated, with Konami still holding the rights to the Metal Gear franchise and Kojima getting a sweet new deal with Sony. It appears that the drama is over, for now at least. But it was still the biggest and most heart-wrenching disappointment of 2015.
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