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Pulled this from [personal profile] killabeez since it looks like fun! My trouble will be pacing myself not to post multiple things in one day, lol.


Day 01 - A show that never should have been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


And Day 01 is "A show that never should have been canceled"


I do actually have a list here, so I'll touch on them all briefly, but the Big One is probably the most obvious thing ever.


1) Sports Night: This Aaron Sorkin series, predating The West Wing, is so freaking amazing. And ok, I'm not positive that it was actually canceled since I haven't done research into that recently, but this was definitely a show that was due for more. I love the cast of characters. This show has all the winning aspects of West Wing and in fact you see a few similar character backgrounds. Absolutely amazing show and one of the very few 1/2-hour episode shows that I own on DVD.


2) (Disney's) Gargoyles: I'm still not clear on the details of what happened after season 2, but the third season isn't really in-line with the original creator's vision - which is what gave rise to the awesome comics that continued in his intention. This is my favorite "serious" animated show.


3) (Disney's) Zorro: I'm rewatching this from the beginning right now on my lovely, lovely DVD boxsets and I'm again floored by just how awesome this series is. Apparently Disney and ABC had a legal dispute about who owned the series rights so a third season was trapped in stasis and by the time things were settled, Walt Disney decided Zorro had lost its huge fan success. Personally I could use some more story time. (Besides, seasons back in those days were 39 weeks! Isn't that frigging awesome?)


4) Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: I haven't finished this series yet, in part because it is very dark and often super depressing, and also due to the fact that I know it was canceled before its time; I know I'm going to be left wanting more. What I have seen of this show (a season and a half) is amazing. The characters fascinate me, I'm in love with Summer Glau as Cameron, and the whole question of humanity and good and evil and issues of determining what is the right thing to do... fascinating. These characters are flawed, the situation is dire, and goddamn are the stories dark. I've been stunned a few times by how devastating things can get.


5) And now the obvious choice: Firefly. So many unanswered questions and stories left unexplored. The comics don't fulfill near enough and in all honesty the film Serenity, while amazing, contradicts some established canon and was totally mistaken in its removal of certain characters. This show has so many good points it's near impossible to list them all off the top of my head. It had (and still has) such potential. The cast members are amazing, the characters in the verse are unbeatably cool, and the mix of the wild west and sci-fi future is just plain interesting! Firefly, I find it impossible to determine my favorite episode or favorite character.

The only good thing about these shows getting canceled is that they didn't really have time to go sour, jump the shark, go bad (however you wish to term it). I have a number of other series that I look at and grimace how things turned out, so I guess I'll do my best to look on the bright side and fulfill my addiction to these shows through fandom and fanfic. (In fact I'm off to read some Firefly fic right now...)

Comments

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heffermonkey
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Don't think I'll EVER get over the cancellation of Firefly! So much potential....

*weeps*
enmuse
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
*hugs* IKR? I have a fic series I really need to pick up again that would, er, "correct" some things from the film. (Besides the you-know-what event, the thing that really bothers me about the movie is the whole Simon was the one to get River away - CUZ THAT SO CONTRADICTS WHAT WE UNDERSTAND FROM SERIES CANON. Ok, spaz over. ^_~)
heffermonkey
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
uh-huh! So many things NEED to be changed to make the movie more 'canonical'? YET I still watch it because it's the characters and I would watch anything for the characters. I liked the idea of the film, but there the differences were too immense to truly adore it.

I think a re-watch of the season is in order though, don't think I've watched it since the middle of last year.
enmuse
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
My friend and I "celebrated" Valentine's Day this year by signing onto Skype and watching Serenity together - across state lines, lol. She's in Iowa and I'm up in Minnesota. We got ridiculously giddy throughout and it was a bunch of fun - actually I think I posted our "chat" in my journal. XD Some parts of it are pretty funny, I think.

Rewatching the series is always a fun thing, another friend and I were working on that earlier this year. We keep bouncing around on what we watch though, lol.
heffermonkey
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
haha a fab idea to celebrate! I usually watch random Stargate episodes with my friend who lives the other end of the country and try to out do each other on 'quoting' lines before the other person. Always fun n games.

Definitely going to re-watch either this week or next - I need to see the snark of Mal, squee of Kaylee and general awesomeness of WASH!
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