The Good Stuff that Happened in 2016: Travis’s List

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Look, no one is going to argue that 2016 didn’t suck. But some great stuff happened this year, too!  In the last few days of 2016, The Debate Team is going to do their darnedest to remind you that 2016 wasn’t a complete loss.

Hamilton

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This was the year of Hamilton and it was everywhere.  One of those places was my ear holes.  I know you can’t get away from Hamilton and you’re probably sick of hearing how great it is.  Too freaking bad.  I finally gave the album a listen in February and I’ve been hooked every since.  After one listen, I bought the Chernow biography and, after 3 listens, I pre-ordered the Official Hamilton book.  Over the course of this year, I’ve listened to the album too many times to count (at least once a week and most weeks more than that) and still haven’t grown tired of it.

DCW

My love for the DCW universe has not gone undocumented.  But this year has blown me away.  “The Flash” ended it’s second season with a huge twist which lead to Flashpoint, which has created some amazing moments, including Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) discussing his hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone. “Arrow” has bounced back this season by getting back to it’s roots.  “Legends of Tomorrow” premiered and gave us a decent show with great characters in season 1 and has improved vastly in Season 2 by dropping dead weight and introducing some great new characters. And “Supergirl” has been brought into the fold moving from CBS to The CW and by all accounts becoming a better show, with less constraints.  And let’s not forget last season’s Flash/Supergirl crossover which was everything BvS should have been.

Deadpool

Not much to say about this film.  You either loved it, or it wasn’t made for you.  It was a joy to watch Reynolds finally get this character to the screen and the film was a live action Deadpool comic.  It was pretty much perfect.

“Gravity Falls”

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One of the best Disney cartoons of all time came to an end this past February, and the final episode was phenomenal.  A wonderful mix of Twin Peaks and X-Files for kids, the only bad thing about this series it that it’s over.  If you haven’t watched ‘Gravity Falls’ pause this list, go watch it, and come back when you’re done.

Marvel Films

Marvel continued it’s trend of putting out two movies a year and once again both of them were fantastic.  Captain America: Civil War was essentially Avengers 3, and that’s not a bad thing.  And even though it was packed full of heroes, including introducing the new Spider-Man, it also managed to further Captain America’s journey building on all that has come before it.  Meanwhile, Doctor Strange introduced magic into the MCU in a film backed with amazing special effects, and a show down that was the opposite of all the city destroying finale’s we’ve come to expect from super hero films.

“Stranger Things”

Do you love the 80s?  How about Stephen King, John Carpenter, & synth scores?  If you said “yes” to any of these things and you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet, why are you here?!?!?!  If you have seen it, then all I have to say is, Poor Barb.

Magical World of Harry Potter

This summer brought us the first of two new stories in the world of Harry Potter in the form of the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.  While most of the world didn’t have the chance to see the play, we could all ready the script and enjoy the introducing to the children of Harry and Draco.  Personally, I hope we see more of their kids.

November brought us the first movie in the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them series and it was everything I didn’t know I wanted in a movie set 6 decades before the HP saga.  It was a blast and I can’t wait for more!

Trolls

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Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, & Ron Funches all in a movie filled with great music, and the trolls we all grew up with? What’s not to love?!?!

Rogue One

Loved it!  More thoughts in Episode 32!!

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