By Pajiba Staff | Guides | December 21, 2017 |
By Pajiba Staff | Guides | December 21, 2017 |
This is the time when we celebrate another year coming to a close by cheering (and jeering) the best and worst in film, television, and all the things. But lost amid so many top ten lists are the odd little baubles of pop culture or social media that brought us such glistening joy. So this year, we toast these too. It might be a podcast episode, a TV show’s curious tease, a wild video or a bonkers book. Anything’s fair game. Here are the odds and ends that thrilled us in 2017.
April Fools Day 2017, or as I’ll remember it: the day that Rick and Morty unceremoniously dropped their eagerly anticipated season 3 premiere to zero fanfare, during a time when chances were good that fans would expect it to be a hoax. But it wasn’t. The show’s prank was that it DIDN’T prank us at all. And then people caught on that it really was airing, and word spread, and more fans watched the premiere… and THAT’S when we got pranked. Because we all had to wait another few months to see the rest of the season. Nice job, assholes.—Tori Preston
Over Thanksgiving, my brother recommended I check out Radiolab’s “Oliver Sipple.” All he’d tell me was that the podcast episode was about the man credited with saving President Gerald Ford from an assassin’s shot, and the grief his heroism brought him. I listened, and learned Sipple’s story is shocking, tragic, and important. “Oliver Sipple” poses questions about the role of the press, in a way I wish The Post had dared. And it refuses to offer easy answers for such challenging questions. So, as an American, a reporter, and a queer woman, I was left informed and conflicted. I can’t recommend enough you give it a listen. As food for thought goes, this is a feast. And look, I know you’ll want to google his story. Don’t. Just listen. This is masterful, thoughtful storytelling you don’t want to miss.—Kristy Puchko
Priestdaddy was easily the book of the year for me: A tragi-comic memoir of poet Lockwood’s father, a Catholic priest who balances casual bigotry with drinking in his underwear, and the ‘too weird to be made up’ hijinks of moving back into the family home as an adult. Anyone familiar with the author’s poetry will be familiar with the deftly bonkers ways she balances laugh out loud humour with crushing heartache, and Priestdaddy is no exception as it paints a portrait of a strange, abrasive, and often aggravating figure who Lockwood loves but struggles to like. It’s the best book of the year featuring a chapter dedicated to discovering cum on your hotel bed.—Kayleigh Donaldson
So um, is Whiterose building a time machine in Mr. Robot? The narrative arc for the character in the most recent third season seemed to encourage a prevailing fan theory that the leader of the shadowy hacker group the Dark Army is ultimately pursuing a way to manipulate and master our linear understanding of time. A mysterious project that needs to be moved to the Congo, where it could be more hidden. A lover who commits suicide, but promises to see Whiterose again in another life. The constant references to Back to the Future, portrayed as the favorite movie of protagonist Elliot and his dead father, Edward, who manifests in his mind as Mr. Robot. And poor, broken Angela, shattered by how Whiterose promised a reunion with her mother — who died of cancer so many years ago — and then reneged on her offer after she got what she wanted out of Angela. If this show transforms from being about revolution-wanting hackers fighting back against shadowy elites to the leader of those shadowy elites trying to build a damn time machine, I honestly won’t be mad. Bring it on, Sam Esmail.—Roxana Hadadi
I had literally never listened to an audiobook in my life until 2017, because I thought it was something for which I should feel ashamed, and I’m still a little hesitant to mention it aloud. But strapped for “reading” time, I started listening to audiobooks at the gym, in the car, while doing yard work, while making dinner, and got hooked in a huge way. It’s like a whole different, wonderful experience. I’m bingeing on them now, trying to catch up after losing so much ground when the twins came along. The success of a great audiobook can often be attributed nearly as much to the narrators as the writing, and there were a couple of standouts for me this year: Rosario Dawson elevated what I thought was an otherwise mediocre Andy Weir novel, Artemis, and Carrie Coon is fantastic in Tom Perrotta’s equally fantastic Mrs. Fletcher. I should also note that I’m a much bigger fan of Neil Gaimman’s novels when he reads them aloud. — Dustin Rowles
What are your favorite Pop Culture odds and ends of 2017?