Monthly Look Ahead: August 2020

Welcome to August! Normally I make some comment like “August is the last chance to enjoy summer” but really no one has enjoyed this summer and I doubt this coming month will really change that. July was alright and so far, August seems to be on track to be decent, but I don’t have that much going on, and I apologize in advance. Nevertheless, here’s what it is:

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  • At the start of this year, my brother was doing an internship in a different city and when Corona got bad, he came home, but left some of his stuff behind. Now he/my family has to go get it, and I’m probably going to tag along because a change of scenery always does me good, and it’ll only be for the day, so it’s not a huge health risk.
  • I mentioned it in last month’s MLA too, but I’ve been kind of co-running a virtual quidditch league for friends, and season 2 of it starts this month. There are new features and teams and we’re really excited for people to try them out. It’s always good fun.
  • Agents Of SHIELD is ending for good this month and though I am very much not looking forward to its end, I do have faith that the finale will be really cool and I am excited to celebrate the legacy of this amazing show.

agents of shield s7 gif.

Job interviews picked up in July, so that’s nice. Fingers crossed for August. And fingers crossed we keep getting nice weather. Anything you’re looking forward to this month?

That’s all for now!

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: July 2020

And just like that, this dumpster fire of a year is half over. Welcome to July, y’all.

I, to no one’s surprise, still don’t have a lot going on. I spend my days playing video games and applying to jobs and thinking about reading books but in the end just scrolling through Instagram until I fall asleep. So, good times. Anyway, here’s what I’m looking forward to this July.

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  • Neon Trees were supposed to release their new album last month but with all the social issues going on, they decided to postpone it. Its new date is July 24th.
  • The musical Hamilton is being released on Disney+ on July 3rd. This is a big deal because it’s a great musical, but it’s also, as fas as I know, the first modern musical to be pro-shot and released professionally while it’s still running and popular. It was supposed to come out as a movie in late 2021, but they pushed it up. I saw it live in February, but I’m excited to see it in HD and with the original cast.
  • The Umbrella Academy finally has a season 2 date: the 31st. I liked the first season so I’ll definitely watch the second. Hopefully it has a great soundtrack the way season one did.
    Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Poster Hides Spoilery Easter Eggs | TVLine
  • A friend I used to play Muggle Quidditch with made a virtual version of the game and after doing a bunch of test games, we got old teammates from school to join in and we’ve got a little virtual tournament going. Preliminary games started a few weeks ago, but the knockout rounds will start this month, and I’m excited. I was content to just watch the games, but I’ve been playing as the Snitch. It’s all really fun and a good way for us to interact from a distance.

So that’s my July! Ontario also entered into Stage 2 of reopening, and things have been okay so far, so that’s good news for us and the rest of Canada. If only our neighbour to the south could get their act together for one minute…Anyway, make your own Monthly Look Ahead post, okay? Okay.

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: June 2020

Well, here we are in June. The pandemic still rages on. I had my mom give me a haircut on the patio the other day because I was in need and knew there was no chance of a professional cut anytime soon. Though some things are opening up again here in Canada. And I’m allowed to see friends again. So nobody trigger a second wave, okay?

Anyway, like with May, there’s a lot of TV things to look forward to here. It is what it is (read that in the Tik Tok meme voice).

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  • My #1 celeb crush Darren Criss has a new musical comedy show called Royalties coming out on the 1st and it’ll guest star a lot of his pals from Starkid as well as other mainstream celebrities, so I’m excited to see that. Unfortunately it’s on that new mobile streaming thing Quibi, so I’ll have to probably start a free trial just to watch.
  • Neon Trees, one of my favourite bands, is FINALLY releasing a new album on the 27th. It’s been six years since their last one, so it’s really about time. I’ve enjoyed the two singles we’ve gotten so far, so I have high hopes for the rest of the songs.

    Neon Trees' new album.
    My ears are ready!
  • My birthday is in June! Obviously I don’t have anything planned, but maybe I’ll be able to see a few friends from a safe distance. Honestly, this will probably the first birthday I really don’t want to celebrate. It’s kind of been a sucky year that I don’t really want to recognize, and things don’t really seem to be on track for any improvement for this next year. But at least there’ll be cake.
  • The DC show Doom Patrol comes back for its second season this month. I didn’t love the first season in terms of the story, but I liked the characters, so I’ll probably keep watching just for them.
  • Season 5 of Queer Eye is coming out on the 5th, and that is always such a pure show. Its purity is much needed in these dark, uncertain times.

And that’s about it. I’m glad to be getting more warm weather these days, so maybe I’ll get more fresh air this June…but probably not. What are you going to be getting up to this month?

That’s all for now!

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: May 2020

How are we doing, folks? Still staying at home, I hope.

April flew by and now May is here. Though it’s not what we want, I think I for one am a little more used to this new normal and can go back to looking forward to things like TV shows and stuff without feeling guilty and wrong. I hope you can do the same. So without further ado, here’s what I’m excited for in May.

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  • My favourite TV show is finally back for its seventh and final season. Agents Of SHIELD begins on the 27th at 10pm. I’ll be sorry to see this show go, but I’m so looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to it, and I trust that this last season will be very good.
  • The show Blindspot was supposed to begin its final season at the end of April but because of the Parks And Rec special, it got pushed into May. I enjoy this show a lot and the cliffhanger last season has me very excited to get back into the action.
  • The newest CW superhero show Stargirl starts on the 19th. It looks decent, and goodness knows I can never say no to an Arrowverse show.
    Stargirl still.
  • Ben Platt’s filmed concert will be put on Netflix on the 20th, and I’m excited because he’s such a good singer!
  • Season two of Dead To Me is also out on the 8th. I didn’t love the first season, but it was entertaining enough, so I shall continue.
  • There are more proshot musicals coming this month. I thiiiink I saw a tweet about a British theater streaming Fun Home, and Andrew Loyd Webber uploads his shows to YouTube one at a time every weekend, and Playbill last month streamed Bandstand so they may have a new one soon. I’m glad such content is being released because now is the time to lose yourself in a musical for two hours.
  • A few other shows I’m considering watching but am on the fence about so far are Hollywood (out on the 1st), Space Force (out on the 29th), and Upload (out also on the 1st).
  • There’s been a duck laying eggs in our backyard, and towards the end of the month, the eggs will hopefully hatch. There’ll probably be a blog post later on going more in detail about this, but it’s been very exciting for my family.
  • I’ve gotten into decent routines for quarantine socialization. From playing games online to sitting in cars and chatting through rolled-down windows to the curling club’s virtual Bingo, I’m glad to have friends and people to interact with, and I look forward to doing more of it in May.

 

So a lot of screen time going on, but what else am I to do? I’d love to know what you’re looking forward to in May.

And, because it’s tradition now, here is my favourite May: Melinda May. I can’t wait for her to be back on my screen.

May in 6x13 of SHIELD.
She got stabbed with that very sword and lived to tell the tale. Iconic.

That’s all for now!

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Monthly Look Ahead: April 2020

Well. March was some kind of month, eh? And it seems April will also be a weird one as well. I know I said I wouldn’t talk about coronavirus too much more on this blog, but for a Monthly Look Ahead, I can’t avoid it. Being stuck inside all day and night means there’s very little to look excitedly ahead to, and there’s always a risk that the things we do still have could get cancelled or postponed. But this is the cross we bear as we all work together to deal with this pandemic.

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  • A week ago I took out our old Nintendo Wii that I haven’t touched in probably a decade. I have a handful of games I never beat, one of which is Zelda: Twilight Princess, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing it again. I think I’m over halfway through, so I plan to beat that this month. I’m a huge Zelda fan so I always regretted never finishing that one. I also never beat Wind Waker for the Gamecube, so I will probably play that one afterward.
    Link in Twilight Princess.
  • A new season of Nailed It is out on Netflix on April 1st. It’s by no means a favourite show of mine, but it’s easy to watch and entertaining.
  • Two shows are airing their series finales this month: Modern Family and Schitt’s Creek. Both had really great runs and both will have a farewell documentary thing air before their final episodes. So, needless to say, I will be crying.

There’s no better time than now to do your own Monthly Look Ahead, because it’s now that we need reminding that there are still good things happening in our world to look forward to, even if it’s something small like beating a 15 year old video game. What’s getting you out of bed this month?

I hope everyone is staying safe at home.

We're All In This Together.

That’s all for now.

 

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