Everyone knows that familiar feeling all too well. The boulder of anxiety that crushes your chest, the sadness and despair of knowing there’s nothing you can do, the anger and confusion of being told, “It’s not you, it’s us”, when you know all too well that you could have done more to save them, and really, it is your fault.
When one of your favourite TV shows gets cancelled.
“It was such a good show!”
“The plot was so well developed!”
“The characters were so hot!”
Yes, we all know the familiar shouts of exasperation we’ve shared with family and friends because we can’t believe that the network pulled the plug on our weekly binges. And I’m not talking about the mainstream fan-favourites (yes, I’m looking at you, weeping in the corner over the death of Stephan – and the whole series, really. You got your 8 seasons!) No, I’m talking about the junior shows. The little seedlings with potential Oak-greatness. We nurtured it, cared for it, were oh-so-loyal to it every week, and all for what? For it to be ripped out by its meagre roots before it was even given a chance to sprout.
Am I being a bit overdramatic?
Perhaps. But I really am confused. I don’t understand how some TV shows have 20 seasons to back them up, whilst others scrape the bottom of the barrel with a measly 9 episodes! Really good TV shows, too.
A human police officer with a traumatic past, suffering from PTSD, now paired up with an Artificially Intelligent partner with issues of his own. Who wouldn’t want to watch that? ‘Almost Human’ didn’t make it to its second season, and I was left asking myself all the questions posed above and hating the Fox network.
Life is life, and at least we have our ole faithful’s that we can re-watch, wallowing in self-despair at the loss of our loved ones. We reblog the photo sets on Tumblr when the vintage-filtered photo of Freak & Geeks pops up and triple tap it on Instagram, revelling in the youth of James Franco and Jason Segal.
We’ll always love you, but we need to move on. We’ll always remember you. That’s why there are whole Instagram accounts dedicated to your legacy. RIP.