It's been a year.
As we move into a new year (happy cosmic lap around a hot, gassy sphere, by the way!) we'd like to bid farewell to 2017. Sure, there were some rough bits, but those will eventually smooth down with the wear of time. As a fond farewell, we compiled a list of some of our favorite things we consumed in 2017. From books, to TV, to games, we tried to cover all the essentials. Now, this list was literally curated by a bunch of monkeys, so if you feel like we left something out please let us know! You can tweet us @ThinkGeek with your good-natured suggestions. We want to hear what awesome things you discovered in 2017 so we can add them to our Steam Library/Netflix Queue/Goodreads/what-have-you. Without further ado!
Blade Runner 2049
Chosen by Jeff, Director of Product Marketing and Regan, Defender of the Oxford Comma
Jeff: "I was skeptical of adding to the original film's universe, but 2049 felt like it was a perfect extension of Ridley Scott's original world."
Regan: "Because we've been waiting so long and it was so very pretty."
From Rotten Tomatoes:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Chosen by Stephanie, Marketing Manager
"A thrilling spy story that I could not put down. Read it in 48 hours and neglected all other responsibilities."
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women--a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947--are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
Favorite Video Game
Horizon Zero Dawn
Chosen by Bianca, Social Media Monkey, and Erin, Email Marketing Monkey
Bianca: "As soon as I saw the announce trailer, I knew this game was made for me, and I was SO STOKED that it didn't disappoint! Amazing open-world action RPG with excellent character development and ROBOT DINOSAURS. What more could you want?
Erin: "Strong female protagonist? Check. Stealth action adventure? Check. Fighting dinosaurs? Check. Great story to slowly uncover? Check. Literally checked all my boxes."
From Guerilla Games:
Explore a vibrant world rich with the beauty of nature - but inhabited by awe-inspiring, highly advanced machines. As a young machine hunter named Aloy, you must unravel the mysteries of this world and discover your own destiny.
Favorite TV Series
Stranger Things Season 2
Chosen by Noreen, Customer Service Monkey
"Stranger Things season 2 expanded on an already excellent story and took us along for a nostalgic adventure that we'll never forget."
When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.
Favorite ThinkGeek Product
Groot USB Car Charger
Chosen by Midge, Senior Graphic Designer
"He dances while we listen to tunes!"
Have your phone charge to the cutest little floral colossus this side of the galaxy. The Marvel Groot USB Car Charger features the little guy in his tiny pot dancing around while he charges your phone or any other compatible device. Groot will stay nice and safe inside your cup holder, so, luckily, he won't need to make the ultimate sacrifice just so your phone doesn't die.
It turns out it's less impactful if you put random numbers of things in a favorite list, so we had to pick just one in each category. Here's the rest of our shortlist that didn't make the cut:
- Wonder Woman
- Get Out
- Thor Ragnarok
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
- Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
- Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
- For Honor
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NINE NINE!!!)
- Game of Thrones
- The Good Place
- Black Mirror
- Feisty Pets
- Longclaw Foam Sword
- Little Kisses Macaron Heels
- The Batman 1966 Shakespeare's Bust Bank
- Star Wars Geeki Tikis
- Snorlax Bean Bag Chair