In a couple of days, the decade of the 2010s will be coming to an end with the arrival of 2020. I have touched on some of the decade’s bests and worsts as I have been going through the Year in Review. In this post, I am going to hit upon some more of my favorite things that I loved about this decade.
LOST Season 6. LOST is by far my favorite television program and the final season of the show aired from February 2010 until May 2010, sneaking into the decade. A few years ago I did a rewatch of the series in order and I have to say that the sixth season was better than I remembered. I loved the finale, entitled “The End,” even though many people did not. There was also the episode featuring Richard called “Ab Aeterno” which gave Richard’s back story.
The Return of Spider-Man.
Doc Ock had switched minds with Peter Parker and has assumed his identity as the Superior Spider-Man for a while during the run of Dan Slott in Amazing Spider-Man. These panels are when Spidey, the true Spidey, returns and the Green Goblin realizes it. Love this.
Mockingbird. The biggest loss to me was the cancelling of what I still believe may be my favorite comic book ever. While I have always been a Spider-Man fan and Amazing Spider-Man has been a staple for me, the eight issues of Mockingbird written by Chelsea Cain totally caught my attention and became the book I looked forward to the most. When it was cancelled, I was crushed and I still feel as if I do not know why. I know there was a huge anti-feminist agenda backlash against the series but that is silly. When comics are this good, they should be immune to such idiots.
Vision. Tom King’s Vision series was also one of the best of the decade. Vision creating himself an android family to see what family life is like and then seeing how that family deals with real life and the dangers of the Marvel Universe. It is such amazing storytelling. I missed the actual comic series, but I read through the collected series and I was totally hooked. Rumor has it that this will be part of the concept behind Disney +’s upcoming WandaVision series in 2021. If so, I cannot wait.
Books. One of my favorite books from the past decade is Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew A. Smith. It is a book that I was reading during our silent reading at school and I could not stop myself from laughing out loud. Of course, it was highly inappropriate for the Middle School class I was teaching, so I could not explain why I was laughing. But I did not care. This was a hilarious romp of our main character Austin Szerba, a teen living in Iowa who is dealing with all of the awkwardness of teenage life, plus the invasion of giant Praying Mantises that were either hungry or horny (if not both). It is a hoot of a science fiction story grounded in the libido of a teenage boy struggling with his sexuality and his life.
Ex-Heroes. A book series featuring super heroes and zombies. What more could you need? The Mighty Dragon. Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap were super heroes who battled evil in Los Angeles until the plague came and wiped out much of the population, turning them into ex-humans (aka zombies). The remaining humans and the heroes were forced into a former film studio that they turned into a fortress called The Mount. Written by Peter Clines, this book led into four other sequels (Ex-Patriots, Ex-Communication, Ex-Purgatory, and Ex-Isle.
14 is another book from Peter Clines that was such a splendid read. This one has a character named Nate getting a new apartment in this old brownstone. This is one of the positives in Nate’s life. Positives were few for him. He had no girlfriend. He hated his job. He had no money in the bank.
Turns out that there are a bunch of mysteries swirling around the brownstone and they start becoming important after he meets his next door neighbor, Mandy.
14 was a truly fun read if you enjoy trying to unravel mysteries.
CM Punk drops a pipe bomb. Moving to wrestling, this is most likely my favorite moment of the decade as CM Punk is allowed to get it all off his chest in what was to become known as the “Pipe Bomb.” His “shoot” promo led to a match with John Cena for the WWE title in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. Punk, whose contract was set to expire at midnight on that show, said that when he won that title, he would leave the WWE with title in tow. The match was one of the best of the decade and Punk did wind up winning in front of a hugely partisan crowd. Punk did leave the company with the title, but wound up returning soon after.
Match of the Decade: I think it is from way back in 2010 when Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker had their second match at Wrestlemania 26. It was absolutely thrilling and there were multiple times when I thought the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania was done. But he wound up defeating Shawn and sending the Heartbreak Kid into retirement.
Daniel Bryan turns “face” again. YES! Daniel Bryan had been “brainwashed” by the Wyatt family and the evil cult leader Bray Wyatt. The crowd, who loved Daniel and chanting “Yes” with him, did not want any of this. So when Daniel turned on Wyatt inside a steel cage, the crowd was absolutely insane. This was the Pop of the decade.
He had them in the palm of his hands.
Company of the Decade: Disney
Actor of the Decade: Daniel Day Lewis
Actress of the Decade: Meryl Streep
Movie Trivia Schmoedown Competitor of the decade: Dan Murrell
Movie Trivia Schmoedown Team of the Decade: The Patriots
Polka of the Decade: The Hamilton Polka by “Weird Al” Yankovic
New Character of the Decade: Miles Morales, Spider-Man
Best Trilogy of the Decade: Captain America
Pixar Villain of the Decade: Lotso Huggin’ Bear
Saddest Dusting: Peter Parker in Tony Stark’s arms
Saddest Death of the decade (not in Infinity War/Endgame): Bing Bong, Inside Out
Best Animated Program of the Decade: Rick & Morty
Best TV Actor of the Decade: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Best Proper Sing-a-long of the Decade: Albert, Shaving Cream from Gong Show
Best Nathan Fillion of the Decade: Castle
Podcast of the Decade: The Top 10
Best Speaker of the Decade: Kevin Smith
TV Death that hit me the hardest: Glenn from The Walking Dead
Toughest Real Life Celebrity Death: Robin Williams
Person of the Decade: Stan Lee