Review of the Year 2023

For the start of 2024, I will reflect on some of my experiences from 2023.
From binge-watching my favourite TV shows to catching the latest blockbuster movies at the cinema, my 2023 was filled with unforgettable moments. In this review, I will share my top picks for the best TV programmes, movies, and events of the year, as well as some personal highlights that made 2023 a year to remember.

Review of the Year 2023

Highlight – What one great thing happened to you this year.

I believe that Star Wars Celebrations is the ultimate convention for any fan. While any event in your hometown can be exciting, a convention dedicated to your favourite fandom is on another level. You can read about my experiences at SWCE in this blog post from last spring.

Star Wars Celebration London Excel April 2023

Surprise – Be it a TV show, film, or game that impressed you the most.

In 2023, two shows amazed me – Yellowstone and The Bear. I was more surprised by The Bear as it seemed to come out of nowhere. I read a few things about the show on social media last summer and decided to watch it. The next thing I knew, I was obsessing over a restaurant in Chicago and making the omelette

New Fandom – Did you gain a new obsession in 2022?

As I mentioned in my January 2023 round-up, I discovered my newest fandom every early on in the year. The Yellowstone franchise. So, I spend the first few months of the year getting to know the Dutton clan. My favourite programme from the franchise was 1883, I don’t know if that’s because it was the first one I watched or I just preferred that generation. But I will always have a soft spot for Elsa and her wild streak.

The Comeback Kid – Was one of your fandoms rebooted, re-released, or re-imagined.

I was lucky to see Stranger Things: The First Shadow stage show. As a fan of the Netflix TV show, I had high hopes for the live-action stage show. However, it went beyond my expectations. From the first scene, I was hooked. This prequel stage show proved that Stranger Things is a franchise going from strength to strength.

Still, going strong? – did one TV show have an amazing season? Or did a book series have a truly impressive release this year?

In the past, for this question, I answer either Stranger Things or The Mandalorian. However, as neither of these TV shows had a new season in 2023, I am a little lost for an answer. I did enjoy the newest season of Bad Batch, so I guess that is my answer.

Biggest disappointment of the Year.

Honestly, I am going to say Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I always thought of the Ant-Man movies as a comedy movie in the Marvel franchise, and that humour was sadly missing from this movie. Instead, of dynamic, funny characters. Most of the humour seemed to be centred on a walking pink blob. The lack of humour, predictable storyline, meant it was a huge disappointment for me.

Event of the year – be it a convention, viewing party, geek girl brunch etc.

As I mentioned before, one of my highlights of the year was Star Wars Celebrations, this was also my event of the year. However, I also loved going on the Game of Thrones studio tour in Ireland (I will share my photos from this experience soon).

What are you looking forward to next year?

I have a milestone birthday in 2024 (more about that in future posts)forward to celebrating with my friends and family. Apart from that, I am looking forward to many new adventures in London and beyond.

Quickfire Round

TV Show of the Year: The Bear
Movie of the Year: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Album of the Year: But Here We Are by Foo Fighters,
Book of the Year:  Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Featured Images: Pexel

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