Best of 2013

It is the end of the year. I considered posting this earlier, but how could I post something about the best of the year, when there was still more of the year to go. Listed here are some of the best things I’ve encountered in 2013. Whether it is Comedy, new TV shows, Video Games, you name it. I wanted to highlight some of the best of the best that came around this year. So without any further delay, I present you with the Best of 2013.

*Keep in mind these are based only on things that I have experienced. If it isn’t on the list, I didn’t experience it.

Best New TV Show
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The freshman comedy has been consistently funny. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical on the onset because I am not one of the legion who love Andy Samberg. However, this show is making my change my mind as the interplay between him and Andre Braugher is absolutely fantastic. And it isn’t just those two who keep me coming back each week, but the entire cast. Everyone works well off each other and it feels more like a proper ensemble with every passing episode.

2. Almost Human

Almost Human

Almost Human

Almost Human has done wonders when it comes to pushing our technology while remaining ground in it’s not too distant future setting. Though I’d be positively stunned if we had wonderful robots as complex as Dorian and the DRN series. Dorian and Kennex are a match made in heaven as heir banter always sees to hit the mark. Notably, the episodes could use some work with expanding some other minor characters and breaking away from the dull case of the weeks they’ve been doing. That said, they make their case of the weeks entertaining and I can’t wait to see more from the cops.

1. Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

This wasn’t a difficult decision for me as I’ve found week after week of Sleepy Hollow compelling. Even in their one of episodes, the writers have the story in mind and are careful to intertwine clues, hints, and more information that ties back to the big issue, you know. stopping the apocalypse. For a show that could have so easily been outlandish and unrelatable, it has managed to keep itself ground and self aware so as to never push to far without out being afraid to push at all. Each episode treads a fine balance that could tip into the absurd, but has thus far kept me engaged and anxiously waiting for more. Fox must have seen this too as they very early on decided the show would be picked up for a second season. Besides, who can resist the wonderful platonic chemistry between Abbie and Ichabod.

*I did not plan that my top three shows would all have a dynamic pair, center around cops, and be a FOX shows.

Best Comedy
3. The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wold of Wall Street

The Wold of Wall Street

I debated putting The Wolf of Wall Street higher on this list, in the number two slot, but then I realized that as much as I laughed in this movie, I had as many moments of frustration. Rightfully so, this film was more than a funny movie, but a class act film. Scorsese made a great one with this. Leonardo was hilarious and so was Jonah Hill in the absolute scumbag drug addict roles. It lead to many a hilarious moment.

2. The World’s End

The World's End

The World’s End

I’ll admit I am an Edgar Wright addict. I love his films and his unique directorial perspective. The Cornetto trilogy came to an end which was absolutely amazing. Going into the film I was a little iffy considering the premise was the most out there of them all. But in the end it had just as much of a social commentary as any of the others. Luckily, the film also brought the funny and I found myself laughing at the whole gang as they crawled through pubs and fought alien robots.

1. This is the End

This is the End

This is the End

I laughed my butt off the entire movie in the theatre. Then I watched it at home again and laughed the entire time again. Somehow these guys have tapped into the humor button in my brain and know exactly what they need to do to make me laugh. It didn’t hurt that the film had an apocalyptic setting with a bunch of wonderful cameo’s that worked to the films favor rather than it’s detriment. Never again will I be able to look at Michael Cera the same.

Best Video Game
3. Bioshock Infinite

Booker and Elizabeth

Booker and Elizabeth

I’m putting this game on the list, even though I haven’t yet played it. I’ve watched bits and pieces and have been reluctant as it is a shooter, which I’m not particularly fond of. However, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things in regard to the story that it was telling.

2. Tomb Raider

Lara Croft

Lara Croft

It has been a long time since I plowed through a game so quickly. It says a lot when I can be so engaged in a game that all awareness of time disappears and quickly the game is done. That’s how it felt when I played Tomb Raider. The game managed to keep me engaged the entire time as a shot at the Solarii and storm guards. I might be odd, but the fire mechanics worked better for me than any other game I’ve previously played. It was even better that Tomb Raider featured a woman being the ass kicker not not just the assistant or secondary character. This was Lara’s story, it was Lara’s mission. It was wonderful seeing Lara progress through the game. I did wish that some of the tomb puzzles were a bit more challenging. Also that I had more gameplay hours.

1. The Last of Us

Ellie and Joel

Ellie defends Joel

I’ll admit it took me forever to get through the game. At first. Getting used to fighting with such a limited supply of ammo was something I needed to adjust to. But I think in the back of my head I just didn’t want the story to end. Every moment was gripping. Each time we got to see what was going on how Joel was growing closer to Ellie. It was touching. Not to mention the gameplay mechanics were absolutely wonderful and the transitions were done fantastically. If there’s a world I wish I could explore more it would be the terribly devastated world of the Last of Us, even if that means I need to fight a horde of bloaters to do it.

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