Looking Forward (February 2021 Update): Meet the New Year

This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2021.

It’s a New Year. But, as always, we define happiness as always looking forward to something. I was looking forward to the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It has now ended. Hoo-ray! I’m looking forward to the end of this pandemic as well. Vaccinations have begun, so maybe we’ll be able to turn the tide soon.

It’s been a strange year all-around.

Our company motto is โ€œRead. Play. Watch.โ€ And, then, of course: โ€œWrite About It.โ€

โ€œReadโ€

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Since the October update, the following books were completed:

  • The Stake, by Richard Laymon (novel)
  • Black River Falls, by Ed Gorman (novel)
  • Cibola Burn (The Expanse Book 4), by James S.A. Corey (novel)
  • The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless #3), by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)
  • Red Rain (Nameless #4), by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)
  • The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless #5), by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)
  • The Boys: Volume One: The Name of the Game, by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson (comic)
  • Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64: Those Left Behind, by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews & Will Conrad (comic)
  • Serenity: Better Days, by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews & Will Conrad (comic)
  • American Vampire: Vol. 1, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King & Raphael Albuquerque (comic)
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility, by Brian Michael Bendis (comic)
  • The Essential Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1, featuring Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (comic)
  • X-23: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1, by Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, and others (comic)
  • The Essential Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (comic strip)

Currently Reading:

  • The Last Good Measure, by Jeff Shaara (historical novel)
  • Fear Itself, by James Swallow (a Star Trek: Discovery novel)
  • Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless #6), by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down, by Colin Woodard (nonfiction)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene (nonfiction/physics)
  • Up in the Old Hotel, by Joseph Mitchell (nonfiction/fiction collection)
  • Music Theory: from absolute beginner to expert, by Nicolas Carter (nonfiction)
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium 4, by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudino & Cliff Rathburn (comic)

Looking Forward to Reading:

  • Wolf in Shadow, by David Gemmell (novel)
  • Nemesis Games (The Expanse Book #5), by James S.A. Corey (novel)
  • The Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon (comic)
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โ€œPlayโ€

Since October, the following video games were completed:

  • The Show 19
  • The Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (replay)
  • Roundabout

Currently Playing:

  • NBA 2K17
  • NBA 2K20 …yeah, playing both at the same time
  • NHL 18
  • FIFA 19
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry: New Dawn
  • Injustice 2
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (replay)
  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (replay)
  • Mass Effect 2 (replay โ€“ PS3 Insanity run) …slowly, but surely

Looking Forward to Playing:

  • Arkham Knight (replay)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (replay)
  • Destiny 2
  • Far Cry 6 (I mean, Giancarlo Esposito—how could I not?)
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

โ€œWatchโ€

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This category gets subdivided into โ€œTelevisionโ€ and โ€œMovies.โ€

Since October, the following television series were completed:

  • Shameless: Seasons 7 thru 9
  • The Boys: Season 2
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 1
  • Hell on Wheels: Seasons 2 thru 5 (final)
  • The Venture Bros.: Season 7 (final)
  • Twin Peaks: Season 2
  • Supernatural: Season 15 (final)
  • Cobra Kai: Seasons 1 thru 3 (Netflix)
  • The West Wing: Seasons 6 & 7 (final)
  • Fargo: Season 4
  • Truth Seekers: Season 1 (Amazon)
  • Mandalorian: Season 2 (Disney +)
  • Supergirl: Season 5
  • The Flash: Season 6
  • Star Trek: Discovery: Season 3 (CBS All Access)
  • The Crown: Season 4 (Netflix)

Currently Watching (TV Series):

  • Shameless: Season 10
  • Vikings: Season 6 (final)
  • Stargate SG-1: Season 1
  • The Expanse: Season 5 (Amazon)
  • The Blacklist: Season 6
  • The Stand (limited series) (CBS All Access)
  • American Gods: Season 3 (Starz)
  • WandaVision: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • Sex Education: Season 1 (Netflix)
  • Disenchantment: Season 1 (Netflix)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (rewatch)
  • In the Dark: Season 1
  • Lucifer: Season 5 (Netflix)
  • Pennyworth: Season 2 (Starz)

Looking Forward to Watching (TV Series):

  • Shameless: Season 11
  • The Orville: Season 3
  • Outlander: Season 3
  • Stargate SG-1: Seasons 2 thru 10
  • The Blacklist: Seasons 7 & 8
  • Supergirl: Season 6 (final)
  • Sex Education: Seasons 2 & 3
  • Disenchantment: Seasons 2 & 3
  • In the Dark: Seasons 2 & 3

Since the last update, the following movies were completed. I really haven’t been watching more television series, but I’ve definitely watched more movies and documentaries. Seems to be a lot of comedy specials in this list, also. Someone must have needed a laugh.

  • The Dirt (Netflix) (docu-drama)
  • Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
  • Stephen King’s A Good Marriage
  • Enola Holmes (Netflix)
  • Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  • The Impossible
  • Mission: Impossible โ€“ Fallout
  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix)
  • Uncle Frank (Amazon)
  • The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu
  • Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood
  • Ghost Town
  • The Transporter Refueled
  • Deep in the Valley (Unrated)
  • Redemption
  • Ender’s Game
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (rewatch)
  • Waiting… (rewatch)
  • Minimalism: a documentary about the important things (documentary)
  • Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (documentary)
  • With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (documentary)
  • Survival of the Film Freaks (documentary)
  • H.R. Giger Revealed (documentary)
  • Animation Outlaws (documentary)
  • Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (documentary)
  • Plastic Galaxy: the story of Star Wars toys (documentary)
  • AC/DC: Back in Black: Classic Album Under Review (documentary)
  • Gamemaster (documentary)
  • Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour (documentary/magic)
  • I Need You to Kill (comedy special/documentary)
  • Chad Daniels: As Is (comedy special)
  • David Cross: Oh Come On (comedy special)
  • Joel McHale: Live from Pyongyang (comedy special)
  • John Crist: I Got Questions (comedy special)
  • Tom Segura: Completely Normal (comedy special)
  • Tom Segura: Disgraceful (comedy special)
  • Sleazy Does it with Sally Mullins (comedy special)
  • Dan Cummins: Don’t Wake the Bear (comedy special)
  • Dan Cummins: Get Out of Here; Devil! (comedy special)
  • John Heffron: Middle Class Funny (comedy special)
  • Owen Benjamin: How Dare Me? (comedy special)
  • Doug Stanhope: No Place Like Home (comedy special)
  • Dana Gould: I Know It’s Wrong (comedy special)
  • Jay Mohr: American Treasure (comedy special)
  • Jimmy O. Yang: Good Deal (comedy special)
  • Bill Hicks: One Night Stand (comedy special)
  • George Carlin: Life is Worth Losing (comedy special)
  • Maria Bamford: Weakness is the Brand (comedy special)
  • Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (comedy special)
  • Dave Chapelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation (comedy special)
  • Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (comedy special)

Currently Watching (Movies):

  • The Irishman (Netflix)
  • Forbidden World
  • Antrum: the Deadliest Film Ever Made
  • Shadow Government (conspiracy nut documentary)
  • Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future (documentary)
  • Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (comedy special)

Looking Forward to Watching (Movies):

  • El Camino
  • Tombstone (rewatch)

The next quadmonthly report will be filed in June 2021. Hopefully, things will be looking better then.

Until then . . . (with apologies to Dr. Demento) Don’t forget to stay demented!

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