Best of 2009
For the first time since 2002, I will not be giving out my yearly awards. I will, however, be listing my favorites of the year in pop culture!
Best TV Show: Dexter (2 years in a row!)
Best Movie: Inglorious Basterds
Best Sports Moment: Twins beat Tigers in Game 163 to win AL Central
Best Music Artist: Darius Rucker (2 years in a row!)
Best Song: “Roll with Me” by Montgomery Gentry
Best Athlete: Joe Mauer
Best Blog: Jordan Krogman Photography
My 2009 Pop Culture Icon: Michael C. Hall (2 years in a row! As much for his role on Dexter as his role in Six Feet Under, which I hadn’t seen until this year.) Other candidates up for consideration included Quentin Tarantino, Darius Rucker, Joe Mauer, Montgomery Gentry, Rainn Wilson, Tracy Morgan, Orlando Cabrera, Phillip Rivers, Jordan Krogman, Weezer, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Best Oldies of 2009
I also am traditionally behind the times a little, not catching on to trends until it’s way too late. So here are my favorites of 2009 that weren’t necessarily new in 2009 but were new to me.
Best TV Show: Six Feet Under (now perhaps my favorite all-time show)
Best Movie: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, from our Best Picture project)
Best Song: “Spaceman” by The Killers (came out in 2008)
Dexter Finale Leaves Me Shaken
Finales are always the best episodes of TV shows, whether it’s a season finale or series finale. The Office (BBC) brought tears to my eyes when David Brent closed out the series by finally telling a joke that made his co-workers laugh. What I thought at the time was the Scrubs finale featured a musical look into the future that was so well-done Lauren and I chose it as our first dance song. Six Feet Under left me speechless after they fast-forwarded through the years to show how all the main characters die. And Arrested Development really wrapped things up perfectly after three short-lived seasons.
But none of those gave me quite the same feeling as this season’s Dexter finale which aired last Sunday. That was five days ago, and I’m still thinking about how it ended! [SPOILER ALERT!] In the final minute of the episode, the writers gruesomely killed off one of the main characters in shocking fashion. E! ranked it as the single most shocking death in episodic TV history. It’s certainly a shame that they got rid of my second favorite character on the show (and by far the most attractive), but it will certainly open up Season 5 to some crazy possibilities. (As amazing as this season of Dexter was, I’d still say Season 2 was the best, by a hair. Season 1 would be third and Season 3 with Jimmy Smits would be last.)