So, I've been pretty bummed with the end of the tv season this year:
First of all, Hawaii Five-0: SO disappointed in the writing and in how OOC they made Danny and Rachael in the last couple of episodes. That said,
Okay, yes, the last two episodes of Community were some fantastic stuff.
And the end of Castle was fine- nobody with a brain believes that Beckett's gonna die, but I'm vaguely hopeful that the two main characters will finally get together.
The last Raising Hope was really cute and did something that a lot of the season-enders have not managed to: stayed true to the real spirit of the show.
But I've put my faith in a couple of new shows only to have them cancelled:
Mad Love (a little trite, but full of potential and Tyler Labine was, as always, just adorably juvenile). It could have been something better if the vanilla couple (Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke) had been a little more quirky and written with more depth. I got the feeling that the writers were planning to shift the focus from them to the much more interesting couple (Labine and Judy Greer) in the second season- I was kind of counting on that and kind of looking forward to it, but they got cut off just as they were gearing up to do that. Too bad they didn't make that shift at the mid-season, which is when as a viewer, I was ready for it to happen. This was the most disappointing cancellation.
Next is Outsourced, which was flawed in that while most of the cast was Indian, the two white dudes were the focus of most of the action. But MOST OF THE CAST WAS INDIAN! It was good to see these wonderful actors of color doing work that was funny, fairly well written and not totally embarrassing or degrading. The saving grace of the show getting cancelled is that at least they went out with some pretty good plot resolutions. There was a wedding and two lovely romances begun in the last two episodes, along with a good number of the bit players growing a little character development. I wish they had gotten another season, but as a viewer I feel like I can put it in a box marked done and be okay with it.
The last cancelled show I've been watching is Breaking In. It wasn't perfect, it wasn't new or groundbreaking, but it was good for some laughs- mostly phallic and pop-culture related, but the pop culture was not so very well done as in Community. Still it had Christian Slater and Bret Harrison and Christian Slater and Michael Rosenbaum (and did I mention Christian Slater?) which just did my Heather's-loving heart good to see every week (for the super-duper long season that it got of seven, count 'em, seven episodes). Mostly, my inner slasher kind of loved this show for how Slater's character, the boss of a high tech security firm that tested and design security systems of all kinds, constantly hit on Bret Harrisons' character, the newbie with the slacker heart of gold. Slater hardly ever spoke to Harrison without something phallic in his hands- cigar, golf club, sword, tazer, branding iron (that brands his own initials on his steaks when he bbq's), remote control, etc. and was constantly calling him pet names- cupcake, champ, buckeroo, chicken wing, Suzie Q, etc., touching him (but forbidding Harrison to touch him back), talking about penises in his presence (your fly is open, you're boned, put some fuzz on those kiwis (while actually poking him in the crotch, thank you very much), you know it's never wise to yell at a man who can deep fry your cajones, (and so very succinctly while explaining something about the Roswell crash) probes, etc.) and spent a disproportional amount of time teaching Harrison that he really shouldn't be wasting his energy panting after the office cutie (Melanie). And then, then in the season/series finale, after he has finally convinced Harrison that he was really over Melanie, Slater tells Harrison (and Harrison only- not the whole team) that they are going to Las Vegas to rob a casino and all I can hear is him telling Harrison that they are running off the Vegas to get gay married (er- civil unioned). And on that note, my personal canon is complete and I can actually almost be glad of the cancellation because the writers will not have the chance to squash my slashy fantasy that Slater and Harrison do go off to "rob a casino" and come home with Slater having tricked Harrison into connubial bliss that he didn't think he wanted, but of course finds he is really happy with (which is how just about everything went between them during the series).This entry was originally posted at http://wendynever.dreamwidth.org/49870.html. Please comment there using OpenID.