The way 2019 ended off the 2010's was like a smooth train ride...a train ride that's going at a breakneck speed in which has gone completely off the rails conducted by a bunch of insane and corrupted politicians who think they're immortal kings that's going headfirst off a cliff leaving us all wondering when will this madness stop before it's too late. In other words, 2019 was quite insane and we all hoped for a shining start to a brand new decade...but with the start of a brand new year and decade already in full swing, I think we can all agree that this scene of Thomas suddenly taking ill from Season 23's 'Free The Roads' is an accurate representation of how the first quarter of 2020 has been for many people: an absolute mess...but let's take a look at what we've gone through so far
JANUARY: the first month of a brand new year and decade and...it was absolutely miserable, it was just death upon death upon death whether of people who I enjoyed from the entertainment industry like Terry Jones of 'Monty Python' and Jack Sheldon of 'Schoolhouse Rock' or loved ones especially with the father of my high school friend CJ and let's not forget the day that one of the most famed YouTube channels in the My Little Pony fandom by the name of Duo Cartoonist was shut down which meant that some of the most celebrated projects in the community were lost to the sea for good, even the positives for the month ended up being lackluster to okay at best from simply getting a redub that spent months in development finally completed to an appreciation day with the DC Bronies on who has always been my favorite character from My Little Pony...even if the fandom may think that Twilight Sparkle is a boring character with her 'egghead' mannerisms. For what could've been a promising start to a new year and decade, January much like the events that happened in the month felt very lackluster and all we could do was hope next month was better
FEBRUARY: now this is where things really started to pick up for the year...we still had the passing of well-known people as expected like Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and not to mention the occasional bad movie or episode of television to review, but the positives for February more than made up for the lackluster ones of the previous month ranging from a special Hearts And Hooves Day meetup with the DC Bronies to Thomas The Tank Engine finding a new broadcast home on Netflix after being taken off of Nickelodeon's programming towards the end of the last year...but one of the true highlights of this month and maybe even the whole year was going to see 'Impractical Jokers: The Movie' on its opening night and I even got to meet Murr himself a few days after on the last stop of his local promotional tour of the film. February was truly a month full of love, but no one was ready for the hell that would await us just around the corner for next month
MARCH: we have finally reached where we now stand today and just when we thought that there was a light at the end of the tunnel for what had been a very lacking year, it turned out to be an oncoming train going at a breakneck speed before going completely off the rails headfirst off a cliff...I think we can all agree that while there have been plenty of highlights for this month like the upcoming documentary 'An Unlikely Fandom' having an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign as well as becoming online friends with those from the world of My Little Pony whether from the fandom or the show staff and not to mention the extremely unexpected premiere of Thomas' twenty-fourth season even if it was just two episodes for the time being, the negatives far outweigh the positives for this month unfortunately as we are currently dealing with a worldwide pandemic that has shut down the whole planet on top of the usual passing of well-known people in entertainment and the news of two famous bands at Epcot's World Showcase retiring.
As we reach the end of the first quarter for the new year, 2020 has been a massively mixed bag...we've had the good in February, the bad in January and now we have the ugly for March. But as we begin the second quarter and complete the first half, three big questions are on everyone's minds: will the coronavirus pandemic ever end, can we save our plummeting economic growth and...although we are practicing social distancing and self-isolation during these chaotic times, will we ever be able to see our friends and loved ones again when this is all over? We'll just have to wait and see...stay safe, everyone!