I was talking with my wife the other day about what kinds of things we liked in a television show. We had just begun watching the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who, which I’m proud to say that as she is a Douglas Adams loving, multi-time reader of the Hitchhiker trilogy, and owner of the whole Monty Python’s Flying Circus, she loved the Doctor. At the end she pointed out that what she really liked was that at the end of the episodes she had a pretty good amount of closer. We had previously tried to watch Heroes, and Lost, however she just couldn’t get into it. She hated that at the end of each episode we had one question answered, and four more questions asked. Those who watch these shows know exactly what I’m talking about.
I told her what it was like to be a comic book fan. Waiting for months for a story to be resolved, or for the shadowy villain to finnally be revealed. She said that this kind of a wait would drive her mad. I told her about a recent DC comics story line that has been going on for several years.
Modern TV has adopted a long running story system that was previously seen only on daytime soaps, where the stories play out over the course of the whole season, maybe even multiple seasons. Some shows do this well and cause fans to wait eagerly for each new episode. Some fail and are canceled before their fans can get any kind of actual answers. This has also lead to another trend that I have adopted over the last few seasons of TV. I no longer start watching a show until I’m really sure that it’ll get at least one full season. Although it looked interesting I didn’t watch Bionic Woman last year because I was fairly certain that it would last. I figured that if it did make It I could always download the first few eps to get me caught up.
So for you dear reader let me know some the great shows that I may have missed, and also some of those that were canceled before their story telling prime. And NO posts about Firefly. I say this for two reasons. One, it was on FOX, so we all should have known that it was damned from the beginning. And two. Joss Whedon would have at least wrapped up the seasons story. As he proved with Buffy every season was a self contained arch that wrapped up with every seasons finale. And third (yes I know I only said two but screw you this is my post) it’s really unoriginal. Lets hear about some old shows that left us hanging that have not already been discussed to death by geeks throughout the interweb.