Fall is a magical time when pumpkin spice flows freely and the nip in the air convinces you it's alright to switch to hard liquor. And so it's my turn at bat, as one of the hosts on The Nerd Party network, to offer you a brief look at those things that I'm anticipating most for release this fall.
To the Recommending, Then!
I can't really recommend anything because I haven't experienced the things which I'm anticipating, but I can tell you that there are three things that have me ready to carve out some quality time on the couch in hopes of some superior entertainment.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
Unlike many others, my love for the old 1960s Batman TV series isn't ironic. The show is a delightful product of its time, when superheroes were marketed toward little kids in the era of Father Knows Best. It is unabashed in its insanity and clever in its jokes aimed at the parents forced to watch TV with their kids; it's a living cartoon.
As a result, the idea of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar returning to bring some zest to a cartoon story is just delightful. I may be a little tired of reboots and remakes, or even comic book movies in general, but every so often a gem like this pops up and I'm thrilled at the prospect to relive the dog days of my childhood summers camped in front of a television waiting for Robotech to air.
I saw the original 1973 film Westworld on television when I was a kid. It was on one of the UHF stations, and the image of Yul Brynner's face detaching as Michael Crichton worked with themes he'd bring back for Jurassic Park remains a delightfully haunting memory.
Will the show live up to the themes for the which Crichton was known? All I know is that Jonathan Nolan is working on it, and so I'm all in. But I also know it's on HBO, so likely it might push the boundaries of what I consider watchable.
Star Wars: Ahsoka
I'm an avid reader and huge Star Wars fan. Anyone who listens to Aggressive Negotiations knows that. While Chuck Wendig's books have been a monumental travesty of poorly-written and spottily-plotted drudgery, there have been some quality Expanded Universe books that have been released, such as Bloodline, Dark Disciple, Lost Stars, and Lords of the Sith.
The expectation for this book is, of course, gigantic. It's supposed to fill in the details about everything we didn't know about Ahsoka between Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. I won't belabor the idea that maybe some mystery would be nice to remain with these characters so that I could engage and speculate endlessly, but I trust the creative team with this character and look forward to reading more.