Things I’d like to see in the coming year

The year is coming to an end. There are some who like to use it as time to look back. Some like to look forward. There is nothing that says you can’t do both though. In this entry, I’m gonna talk about things I’d like to see happen in the next year, while looking back to last year as reasons/causes for these new events, trends, and ideas to come up. I probably shouldn’t have posted this so late, since nobody will read it now, but oh well.

Enough with the sequels: Let’s see. We had 2 Fast 2 Furious, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, American Wedding, Bad Boys II, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, Spy Kids 3D, The Jungle Book 2, Shanghai Knights, Scary Movie 3,, X2: Xmen United, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and two Matrix Sequels with the final Lord of the Rings movie on its way (though I wouldn’t necessarily call that a sequel, more like a chapter). That’s 16 sequels, far too many to come out in one year and for far too many movies that shouldn’t have had sequels (I mean did we really need 2 Fast 2 Furious). Oh and of course we had 1 prequel as well, Dumb and Dumberer. Now granted I saw a bunch of these sequels and liked them, but original ideas will get me to the theaters a lot faster. Now, I haven’t looked at the new releases for next year yet, but I do know Spiderman 2 will be out next year, along with the third Harry Potter movie, Barbershop 2, and The Whole Ten Yards. So, the trend continues on into 2004 and I’ll be grimacing at the prospect of more sequels.

The Olympic Games: They are still the pinnacle of human athletic achievement and still full of great moments to remember. The real spotlight, though, will be on not the athletes, but on the site itself, Athens. For months, there have been several worries about the city’s readiness for the big event. Nevertheless, it will be great to see that NBC will have something in their summer TV lineup besides terrible reality shows like For Love or Money or For Love or Money 2. *shutters*

Internet Community Features: Friendster.com has proven that people are looking to get connected to other people, whether it be old friends or just trying to find new ones. Soon enough, we’ll see more copycats spring up like tribe.net and others. It is not just these sites looking to connect people that will spring up, but old mainstays like AOL and Yahoo will attempt to connect people further, with there own personal services. I’d like to see some other mainstays take cracks at this and not just the portal sites. For example, more shopping sites should have a feature like Amazon friends, where you email discounts to your friends. Even Amazon could expand it’s Amazon friends lists with links to a messenger program or something. Just feeling the need to connect more people to each other.

A Space Shuttle Flight: One year after the disaster that befell Columbia, it is time to put that behind and move onto to further space exploration. It’ll be an emotional victory for NASA to get the shuttle flying again so soon.

The Lakers: Bill Walton said at the beginning of the season “it would be a disappointment if they lost one game.” Well, this Laker team with its four future hall of famers has already lost five games, but they look so good now that those might be the only loses they’ll have. In fact, many analysts say that the Lakers have only begun to play up to their full potential. Now that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league.

Well that’s all for now. There are plenty more cheers and jeers to relate, but for now this will do. Happy Holidays.