A new year always gives us optimism for what lies ahead over the next 12 months, but that doesn't mean that there's no potential for disaster in there. Here're ten things we're crossing our fingers don't actually happen.
Heroes Gets Renewed For Another Season
What? We're just saying.
Lost Turns Into Battlestar Galactica
We don't mean in the literal "Jacob was a Cylon" sense - Although, let's be honest, you've had your doubts about Ben's allegiance to the human race for quite some time - but with the final season of the acclaimed island/time travel/maybe ghosts or supernatural or something unexpected, let's face it, drama about to begin and almost every question remaining unanswered, we're nervous that we'll end up with a rerun of the end of Syfy's space opera that seemed to hit all the right notes until you started to think about it. We've got some faith that Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof know what they're doing as they approach the home stretch, but then again, we felt the same about Ron Moore.
Iron Man 2 Sucks
Sure, you could say the same about Tron Legacy, Scott Pilgrim or any of the other movies due out this year, but there's something about the Iron Man 2 trailer that makes us... nervous. Is it that Robert Downey Jr. seems a little too over the top as Tony Stark? That Mickey Rourke's Whiplash looks as ridiculous in action as he did in the stills? That the trailer is almost purposefully disjointed and choppy? There's a lot riding on the success of Marvel's third self-produced feature, and a lot more attention being paid to it than the first Iron Man movie... Here's hoping it lives up to the hype.
Corporate Comics Become More Corporate
And talking of Marvel, how will Disney's ownership affect the company now that it's a done deal? And what about DC Entertainment, now that parent company Warner Bros. isn't just paying more attention but pulling the strings? This could be the year when the comics industry changes forever, especially if Warners/DC decides to exercise their long-held option to buy Diamond Distributors and, in one fell swoop, literally own the Comic Book Direct Market, making all US publishers answerable to them.
ABC Brings Back V and FlashForward Retooled
Both V and FlashForward will have been off-air for months by the time they return in March, allowing for audiences to have forgotten all about them and for the network to hopefully decide what it is they want out of each show. Showrunners will have been replaced, creative directions (and decisions) altered, and both series will reflect what ABC thinks that audiences want to see in their science fiction. As the broadcast network most supportive of the genre right now, we're hoping that means a reversal of the much-rumored "Don't say the word 'alien'" rule, if nothing else.
Science Fiction Goes Away On Network Television
Heroes, Fringe and Better Off Ted all rumored for cancellation already? It's only January 3rd! Last year saw networks get nervous about SF TV, with Terminator and Dollhouse both canceled on Fox, Day One reduced to a mini-series tryout on NBC, and the already-mentioned retoolings of V and FlashForward. It's a trend we're hoping to see be reversed this year, but in order for that to happen, two things need to happen first: More people need to watch the shows that're still around, and the shows need to get better. Television execs, please note that those two things are connected.
The New Doctor Crashes And Burns
The last five minutes of "The End Of Time, Part Two"? Enough to convince us to have faith in Steven Moffat and Matt Smith (Sorry, but "I'm a girl? Not ginger!" amused. Simple pleasures for simple minds, you know how it is), but that doesn't mean we're not worried that audiences won't be so accepting of new hands in charge of the Tardis. Russell T Davies and David Tennant's reign has made Doctor Who a ratings juggernaut in the UK, but will that continue into a new era? And if there's a particularly rocky transition, how long would the BBC wait before wanting to step in and make changes?
SDCC Collapses Under Its Own Success
Four day passes for the 2010 San Diego Comic Con are already sold out, more than six months before the actual con. This is the quickest passes have ever sold out for the con, continuing a worrying trend that suggests that SDCC is really just getting too popular for its own good. Last year's Preview Night was uncomfortably busy, with many longtime attendees complaining about the lack of organization or even ability to move freely around the floor without running into lines for exclusive giveaways or crowds gathering to watch trailers or look at movie props. Will this year be the year when people decide that enough is enough, and consider alternatives like Wondercon or the New York Comic-Con instead?
NASA retires the Space Shuttle
This might be one that we just have to swallow: The Space Shuttle program is scheduled for mandatory retirement this year, despite the future of its successor, Project Constellation, still in some doubt. Admittedly, it's not like a lot has actually been done with the Shuttles in the last few years, but even the idea that NASA won't have any active way of getting to the stars is particularly heartbreaking.
LHC Destroys The World/Causes Us To See Our Futures/Creates Some Form Of Disaster
We'd like to think this one doesn't need an explanation.
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