Well, it’s that time of the year where we say farewell to one digit and welcome the following one. It’s a tradition as old as time itself and here we are, taking part in humanities great big “goodbye” to 2013. But before we say bye, let’s look back and see what happened and what the TGTRS head writer has to say about it, eh?
January – what happened in January, you ask? Well, in January, we lost Michael Winner. That, so far as I recall, we the big event that stuck with me. A celebrity death. Slow month, eh?
February – we had a big rock go pop over Russia and a Pope hang up his hat. The biggest things to happen cross between science and religion. That’s got to be ironic…
March – another celebrity death, this time Richard Griffith’s, a particularly hard blow to my generation who grew up watching him in Harry Potter.
April – in April we had the Boston Bombings, and the deaths of Thatcher and Ebert. There’s a lot of death this year…
May – the death of special effects genius Ray Harryhausen hit some of us harder than others and I’m guessing some of you don’t know who he was. Fame be fickle, methinks.
June – we got the first few parts of the Edward Snowden information leak which revealed the extend to which we were all being spied on.
July – we had birth of a prince and the deaths of Cory Monteith and Mel Smith. Very few sentences will have been said involving all three of those people. You read it here first. Probably.
August – David Frost died. Yep. Another death.
September – other than a Syrian gas attack, the only thing notable about September, to me, is that no one who directly impacted my life, died. Remarkable.
October – the death of Tom Clancy takes notable place for October.
November – Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines and Vietnam, and Paul Walker of driving movie fame died.
December – it’s probably premature, since there are still 24 hours and 38 minutes before it ends, but in December, we lost Nelson Mandela, Ronnie Biggs, Peter O Toole, my grandmother and a bunch more people.
All in all, it’s been a depressing year, filled with death, destruction and horrors like those we will never really comprehend. Oh, and fiction agrees. The Postman was set in 2013, Book of Eli had the apocalypse begin in 2013. All in all, 3 films display this as the kick-off year for a dystopian future whilst 4 games show it as the year where shit gets serious.
If it’s any consolation, only Pacific Rim shows 2014 to be a negative year, so we might have everything starting to look up. We can hope so, right?
We have all had a shitty year, but we’ll get through it. We always do. Worst case scenario, the end of the world happens. We’re not that lucky though. We’ll see. See you on the other side, humanity. Good luck and have a Happy New Year.