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Dear Lord

Once, just once, I would like for news of a shows cancellation to not be met with internet petitions and letter writing campaigns.

I know, I know, I've participated in them as well but the fact that every time a show is cancelled, no matter how long the run, or how ready it is to go, that people get all up in arms and try and stop it, well, it gets a little tiring.

Numb3rs has had 6 seasons. That a lot. The only show that I've watched that has had more was SG-1 and I watched the whole thing within a year and wasn't fannish about it, so I tend not to count it.

It's just, you'd think that the more campaigns of this kind that go on, the less weight they carry with them each time they happen. Can we not save our efforts for the great shows that are killed before their time and actually have a chance of succeeding (I loved SGA and Terminator to pieces but while I may have raged against their untimely cancellation, I never participated in the campaigns to keep them, since I knew TPTB were not going to listen no matter what).

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maekala
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Has it actually been cancelled yet? I thought it was just a reduction in number of episodes. Granted, that does sound like the first step to cancellation, but I hadn't heard an official axing announcement.
paraka
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I haven't bothered to look so maybe I'm jumping the gun. I think it wasn't an official announcement that prompted the flurry I'm seeing but Rob Morrow pleading to the fans for help.

And maybe this is just me being selfish, but while I loved the show, it lost it's shine for me a while ago, so I don't really have a stake in it anymore. When I left I felt like the show wasn't the same one I started watching, the character interactions were spread too thin over too many characters. I hated the fact that they replaced Megan when she left, not because I didn't like the new girl but they already had too many characters on the show.

But seriously, I'm tired of all the internet campaigns.
maekala
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah. That sounds completely plausible. Personally, I haven't really watched in about two seasons. The only one I've seen recently was...602? I think. When David and Colby and what's-her-face made the bet about getting a date. That was mostly for just that one slashy scene. Of course, when I heard about the engagement, I about gagged. I much preferred Charlie and Amita to have an ambiguous relationship.
paraka
Nov. 6th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
I started watching the show last season, enough to get a feel for the new girl, but like I said, it felt like the show was over crowded and Don, my favourite character, kept getting shunted to the side. Throw into the fact that there was less and less brother interactions/family moments, a lot of focus on romantic relationships and it's on Friday nights I just started missing episodes and not catching up, then I gave up completely.

I have no idea what's going on in the show right now.

Of course, when I heard about the engagement, I about gagged. I much preferred Charlie and Amita to have an ambiguous relationship.
God, are you serious? I think I just gagged too. I really like Amita, and I liked them as friends but I never enjoyed their love story. I don't know how much their dynamic has changed but I really hated how Charlie takes her for granted so much and Amita lets him walk all over her and kind of hates it. :S
maekala
Nov. 6th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
It's awful. They're all lovey-dovey now and just *not* the characters who started the series. To me, Charlie is actually really clingy and insecure like he's afraid Amita is going to figure out what's going on and just leave. Really, *really* makes me gag. I just hope they don't end the series with a wedding. *barf*
paradise_city
Nov. 6th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. The show isn't an awesome as it used to be, so I don't quite understand why the fans have such a hard time letting it go. Because my opinion should be everyone's, obvs.
paraka
Nov. 6th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Because my opinion should be everyone's, obvs.
Obvs. :P

I can sort of get people's trouble letting go. Sometimes, even when a show isn't as good as it used to be, people stick with it, because it's their fandom and the community they're used to living in. When a show is taken off the air however, that's often the point when a lot of people choose to move on. Even if some stay, the creativity often dies down for lack of new input, or at the very least changes a lot.

I've seen it happen elsewhere. Take QaF, my first fandom for example. The last two seasons really weren't that awesome but people were still upset and angry when it was over. People started leaving the fandom even before it was over. I know I left pretty quickly but I was around enough to listen to people complain about how the fandom was dying. For a while it was practically dead, now it's back to being active, but it's a very different fandom from the one I was in. Writing styles are different, fic styles are different. It makes a big difference when canon is closed. In some ways it can be freeing to writers to know that they don't have to worry about their fic being jossed later on, OTOH I find sometimes that less exploration goes on because people already have a complete idea of what a character is like. When a show is still airing you can say "well this could happen" but once it's closed people are like "well it didn't, so you're OOC".

... and I'll stop rambling now.
the_muppet
Nov. 6th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Has Numb3rs been cancelled? Can't say I'm surprised if so - I think it's run it's course and I stopped watching at the end of S5.
paraka
Nov. 6th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Has Numb3rs been cancelled?
I guess it hasn't officially been cancelled yet, but there are rumours? The episodes have been cut down to 16 for this season.

I think it's run it's course and I stopped watching at the end of S5.
I stopped watching at the beginning of S5. Honestly I was surprised it made it to 6 seasons, my shows never seem to. The show had changed so much to what originally drew me in and while I liked the new characters they were adding focus to, it often felt like the cast was too big for the show. *shrugs*

I can kind of understand though people wanting it to go on. Sometimes, even when a show isn't as good as it used to be, people stick with it, because it's their fandom and the community they're used to living in. When a show is taken off the air however, that's often the point when a lot of people choose to move on. Even if some stay, the creativity often dies down for lack of new input.

Still, I'm not sad to see the show cancelled.
edgyauthor
Nov. 6th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about the overwhelming amount of petitions. While I don't mind it most of the time (most of my shows NEVER get a season 2), it's grating to see it happen for shows that have been on a while, or have at least ended with closure.

Like Charmed. While I'd stopped watching it long before this, I think around season 7 or something people were petitioning to keep the show on the air...and it worked. I wanted to scream, "You got SEVEN SEASONS! Let it go!"
paraka
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
it's grating to see it happen for shows that have been on a while, or have at least ended with closure.
Well, I understand people being upset if there's still more story to tell, even if it's had a number of seasons. For example when Stargate SG-1 was canceled, I wasn't all that upset at first since season 9 had really sucked. However season 10 was really great and had potential to keep going so I was a little upset once I saw that.

But yeah, it is a lot harder to feel sympathy for a show being canceled when it's been on the air for a lot of seasons.

I'm still super bitter that Terminator won't get a 3rd season.
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