Today is a sad day. Today is the day in which Fox cancelled (yet again) a great television series which – whilst being late to the party – I have come to adore.
But alas, we must not be sad. For though Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been removed from Fox’s schedule there may yet be hope in another studio picking up the ongoing tales of the last police department you’d would want working your case (as either the criminal or the victim to be honest).
But this isn’t a one-off occurrence. Great TV shows get cancelled all the time whilst less deserving shows are allowed to continue. Shows still in their prime like Marvel’s Agent Carter, Almost Human and Firefly are cut all the time, but there can be benefits to their sudden demise.
Some shows that have seasons breaking into the double digits might seem good at the time, but looking back, it can be very hard to re-live the experience. When a show has only a couple of seasons behind its belt, it may only take a few weeks to re-watch the whole thing. In comparison, if I wanted to catch up on Game of Thrones before the final season starts next year, I’d have to start working my way through the 70 plus hours of content now.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, all good things must to come to an end. And better to end on a high than be dragged through the mud before it’s finally allowed to rest. Whilst I love Community, it’s clear that the latter seasons were missing the spark that it had in its earlier days. Whereas Game of Thrones will end on a high (hopefully). Setting it’s bookmark down and finishing on a climactic conclusion, leaving you wanting more.
There’s even a chance that it’s not all over. Like Community‘s community are crying out for and Firefly‘s fans got; a move to the big screen could happen. Or at the very least, another studio could pick up the reigns and provide new life to the show.
But just remember, that whilst it’s gone for now, the people aren’t. Sure they’re probably all unemployed for the moment but they’ve got the opportunity to do new things. Donald Glover left community and is now Lando Calrissian in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, on top of having a top trending YouTube video!
And if – like me – you don’t want to go and see Solo: A Star Wars Story then you’ve got a whole bunch of free time to go and discover something new and fresh to watch. Browse the depths of Netflix, plunge into the lagoons of Amazon TV, rummage around on the guide function of your Freeview box or just take the dog out for a walk and get some more vitamin D now that the sun’s out.
If you take one thing away from all this, then make sure it’s the following. If there’s a television show you love, make sure to make the most of it whilst it’s still here: watch it every week; introduce your friends to it; adopt quotes for your social group; and show your love and appreciation for the cast and crew on your social media site of choice. These are all things I didn’t do for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, so now – as I work my way through the second series – I await the final episode with trepidation.
At the end of the day, it all has to end at some point. Just be glad that it left some great memories along the way.
EDIT: Huzzah!!! The Nine-Nine lives on! Told you it wasn’t all doom and gloom!