Settling in for the Long March

The festive period is now far behind us. All of the Christmas decorations are packed away.

Now comes the long march to warm weather.

This year I aim to get in better shape. Last year, I managed to regain some of my fitness level… something I never actually realised until a friend took this picture of me last spring.

My goal is to look like this again. I really don’t look that trim right now!

In the meantime, the cold nights are on the way. Luckily, there are a number of things in the world of indoor entertainment to keep us occupied during the cold winter months.

Here are the things I’m excited about.

The Witcher

This series hit Netflix just before Christmas and I’m really enjoying it! I wouldn’t say it’s amazing, but I’m loving it because my expectations were pretty low and it’s turned out to be a solid show. I like the characters, the tone, the story and definitely the action!

I also cannot say enough good things about the rich music, which perfectly sets the tone of the world and also narrates Geralt’s escapades. It’s absolutely worth hitting ‘Watch Credits’ on Netflix to make sure you hear the bard’s songs before you get auto-skipped to the next episode.

I love Henry Cavill as Geralt.

I had trouble seeing past his white hair and grisled speech for the first episode, but once the story got going I really warmed to him. This is one to watch, even if you know nothing about the books it is based on.

Now all I have to do is find a cheap copy of The Witcher 3 for our Nintendo Switch 😛

Star Trek: Picard

Due at the end of January, this show appears to be the ‘Logan’ of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I have deliberately avoided a lot of clips and info as I want to experience this as unspoiled as possible. As a big Star Trek fan, I genuinely cannot wait for Picard’s swansong in the Trek universe.

Disney Plus

While America is already enjoying this streaming service, we still have three months to go until it launches in the UK. Naturally, shows like The Mandalorian have already been spoiled via random memes and GIFs.

But fortunately none of the upcoming Marvel shows are out yet, so I’m looking forward to those.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

And finally… this is the big game of 2020 for me personally. FFVII promises a ground-up remake of one of my favourite games, featuring modern production values.

Like the Picard series, I’ve also been avoiding a lot of the hype for this. But the trailer from E3 still blows me away when I watch it. The only downside is that it’s going to be episodic and there’s currently no telling how many game releases will make up the entire game.

I still feel like Square Enix shot themselves in the foot by giving fans the remake they’d been clamouring for. Making a game as big and complex as FFVII is one thing when you’re dealing with little character sprites and text-based dialogue. But making that game with full 3D environments, HD graphics and voice acting… that’s a whole new ball game. I wouldn’t be surprised if it requires five full game releases over the next decade.

Still, I’m excited to check out this first chapter so roll on March!

So that’s what I’m looking forward to. Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, folks!

2 thoughts on “Settling in for the Long March

  1. I’m two episodes away from finishing The Witcher, and while I’m okay with it…it’s kind of grating! Like episode 3 was SUPER cool, and Geralt is great, but sometimes I feel like tearing my hair out and screaming, “What the heck is happening?! Who are you?!”

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    1. Lol! I think I know what you mean 😆 I’m not familiar with the books or games so I would have open to a bit more ‘hand holding’ in the world building. Luckily I have a few buddies who are super into the game so they were explaining who certain people/organisations were.

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