It’s the last week of 2015 which means two things: lots of college football and lots of “Year in Review” lists. One of those I’m excited about, the other will be consolidated into a single post on Buzzfeed that was likely posted on Reddit after someone found it on Huffington Post, or something to that effect. While I enjoy reliving certain moments, I prefer to look ahead, and 2016 already has a promising outlook. Here are my top five things I’m excited about in January:
5. Parks and Rec Season 7 on Netflix (January 13)
Sure I’m a little behind on this one, but I didn’t start watching Parks and Rec until season five started and failed to catch up in time. This is one of my favorite sitcoms and I’m excited to see how it all wraps up. If nothing else, I hope there’s at least one more MouseRat performance in store and maybe an episode of nothing but Ron Swanson doing Ron Swanson things. I’ll settle for another performance of this hit as well.
4.Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (January 1 and 1o-PBS, January 5 and 6-in theaters)
This isn’t the full season return, rather a single episode which will air in on tv on January 1 and 10, and also in theaters next Tuesday and Wednesday only. Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) reprise their roles in the episode, which is set in the original time frame of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian London. It’s been nearly two years since we last saw an episode of Sherlock, and with Cumberbatch and Freeman continuing to be in high demand we need to enjoy any sampling we can get.
3. The Revenant (January 8)
Some of you may have been fortunate enough to see The Revenant already due to its limited release in L.A. and New York on Christmas Day. The rest of us are still waiting for the movie which has gotten everybody talking about Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting an Oscar. The trailers look great, the story is compelling, and its already getting all of that Academy buzz. This recipe can produce greatness or disappointment. Either way my interest is piqued, and I’m looking forward to seeing the end product.
2. X-Files Returns (January 24)
The truth is still out there, or so I want to believe (see what I did there). X-Files ended its original television run in 2002, then returned for a less than stellar movie in 2008. There has been a clamor for Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) since the movie, but nothing came of it until last year, when series creator Chris Carter said he was up for bringing it back. Once many of the original cast signed back on and Carter got many of his original writing team the X-Files train has been rolling at top speed. I am definitely excited for the series’ return, especially after the disappointing movie and mostly lackluster series finale. There was always an element of inconclusiveness with the previous endings, and I would love for the series to get some actual closure.
1. Seeing Star Wars again
Because 2015 shouldn’t have all the fun.