Let me just get rid of the only ground rules for this list right away, and there are only two, which makes my job even easier.
- No politics allowed. Come on, we had WAAAAAAAAYYYYY too much of that this whole year, and I don’t want a heated argument. Period.
- Nothing musical, only because I didn’t listen to that much new music, but I don’t listen to newer music anyway, so that doesn’t matter.
Now, I’m going to do something new here, and discuss some things that I felt kind of let down from this year. I can’t make a top 5 list of either worst games or worst movies, only because I didn’t see a lot of bad movies, nor did I play a single bad game. However, I did have a lot of things that just felt like a bunch of letdowns to my opinion, and there were enough to make a small list of five. So, let’s get this started before the year ends.
5. Jerad Leto as the Joker
You know what? I didn’t think that Suicide Squad was a bad movie. I can even say that half of Batman v. Superman was only half-bad, and that’s about it. I kind of like Suicide Squad for what it was, and I was hoping that Jerad Leto would do fine. But when I first saw him in the movie, oh wow! These are one of those moments that I really hated being wrong. This guy felt like a chore to sit through, due to his cringe worthy performance that not only looked embarrassing for him, but was also embarrassing for me to watch. He was, without a doubt, the worst part of the movie, and I still can’t understand why so many people thought he was good. I was glad that his scenes were cut out, regardless if they made his role in the movie some sense. The less of him, the better.
4. Bleach Ending
I was really hoping for this series to end in a high note. I’m a big fan of the series, and no one can tell me otherwise. But they can for the ending. I’m not saying that the ending ruined Bleach, and I can say the same thing for Lost. The last few chapters of this final story arc was confusing, it brought back a lot of characters from the past for plot conveniences and then never come back, and when it got to the last three chapter, it became poorly rushed, and an ending that felt like it was cut off with what looks like there was suppose to be another chapter afterwards. Seriously, it felt like it was incomplete and needed one more chapter or two. I was really looking forward to see how one of my favorite manga series was going to end, but I don’t know if I will ever see the end, because I don’t feel like this even had an ending. I dare you to look up the ending, and try telling me that I am wrong, because I’m not.
3. The Powerpuff Girls (2016)
I am a fan of the Powerpuff Girls. I think that the show is a lot of fun, as well as being very humorous. I even liked the last few episodes of the show as well. When I heard that this show was coming back, I immediately told my brother about it, and we saw together. We were immediately disappointed with what we saw. I got back from work, just to see the very first episode about the powerpuff girls falling in love with some boy band or whatever, and Buttercup joining a roller skate gang. I was sooooo disinterested with what I saw, that I’m glad that the next episode was about that rich snob who wants to be a powerpuff girl. At least it was someone who I know from the past and was being funny. The newer episodes was just not funny, just not interesting, but the new animation was good. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. However, I cared so little about this show that I didn’t bother watching the other episodes.
2. Second Season of Supergirl
I thought that the first season was fine. Cheesy? You Bet! I even think that Supergirl herself was pretty good. But when season two came out, I thought that the show felt like it was taken over by such a dirty liberal that I felt very uncomfortable watching it. I know that I said that I want to avoid politics, but with the content that this season had, it’s kind of hard to ignore. You have Lynda Carter who plays as the president of the United States, and it’s very obvious as to why she’s the president and not a man. She even talks like Hilary Clinton, and, of course, her episode deals with immigration. That’s just one episode, there are more issues that this season deals with that made me stop watching it. Other than that, this show’s version of Superman isn’t very interesting, but I’m not a fan of Superman anyway. Plus, I don’t understand why this show does not take place in the same universe as the other DC shows, like the Flash, Arrow, or Legends of Tomorrow. I really don’t see the point of it. But I did like the crossover that all four of these shows had. Now if only they start making a Green Lantern series. I would be all over that!
Now, for some other stuff that didn’t make it on the list:
- Film Criticism: I almost put this on my list, due to how I didn’t agree with the outrage of some of the movies that I saw this year, which were Batman v. Superman, X-Men Apocalypse, or even Suicide Squad. Not great films, but not bad enough either. I even disagreed with the critics who gave Ghostbusters a glowing review that made me want to take whatever Rotten Tomatoes say for a grain of salt. But due to how there are only four movies that I disagreed with the critics, it just wasn’t enough for me to put it on my list.
- Ghostbusters Remake: I was really, REALLY MAD at this movie and at all of the people who tried to convince me that it turned out to be good. It isn’t on my list because how on earth can I call this movie a letdown if I still knew that this movie wasn’t going to be good? I expected this movie to be a negative experience. I only saw this movie to prove my point that movie was bad, and was wrong. It was below terrible!
- The new Zelda game being held back: I really wanted to play this game right now. I felt let down that I have to wait longer, but when I realized that this game was going to be held back for the new Nintendo Switch, I started to see that this was the right decision to do.
- Nindendo discontinuing the WiiU: I was sad to see Nintendo making this decision at first, because I still wanted to see the WiiU succeed. But knowing the grand failure that this system is going through, as well as how much better the company is doing right now with the NES Classic and how promising the Nintendo Switch looks, I feel somewhat hopeful for Nintendo now. That even goes for their continuing success with the new Pokemon games that I will care about ever again!
- No Man’s Sky: I would call this a disappointment, but I can’t. I felt like the only gamer in the world who kept forgetting that this game was coming out. When it came out, I was just laughing at how bad this game turned out to be. I even commented that this game now serves as a new cautionary tale as how you should never sell or make a game.
1. The Celebrities Who Passed On
I think we can all agree that 2016 was a difficult year for those who are into pop culture and seeing the deaths of our favorite people. This year, the very first celebrity death who the whole world was sad to see was One Day at a Time fame Pat Harrington Jr., later on followed by David Bowie, and then Alan Rickman, Dan “Grizzly Adams” Haggerty, Glen Frey, Abe Vigoda, Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra Jr., Richard Bradford, Dorris Roberts, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Michael Cimino, Elie Wiesel, Gene Wilder, Kenny Baker, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher, and most recent one, Debbie Reynolds, just to name a few. I have all grew up watching or learning about those who passed away this year. We grew up reading about former first lady Nancy Reagan and holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. We grew up listening to David Bowie and the Eagle’s music. And we grew up watching our favorite movies and shows that Dorris Roberts, Gene Wilder, and Carrie Fisher was in. If there is one thing that we can find positive about all of this, its that they made us look back and either listen to our favorite music, or re-watch our favorite movie or TV show. Yes, it pains us to see them all go away the way they did, but they made us celebrate their works in a global scale by going back to their works. I bet you anything that it got those who never saw Labrynth to finally see Labrynth, as well as looking up David Bowie and his music. I even looked up Leonard Cohen and found out that he wrote Hallelujah, which is one of my favorite songs of all time. I even found out recently that Debbie Reynolds was the mother of Carrie Fisher. That’s right, I had no idea that those two were mother and daughter until their deaths, and they died peacefully one day after the other. These people will truly be missed, and I do wish the best for their families as well. I am really sad to see these people go, and I am sad to see this many people go throughout this one single year.
I hope you enjoyed reading this list of my 2016 letdowns, and I like to know what your letdowns were of this year.