Welcome to the newest addition to Bowl of Stew(art), TV Talk. TV is something that I actually think about a lot but I realized I don't really blog about much (expect Survivor predictions). So I'm making it a feature until Survivor returns. And I'm going to start with things I hate about television.
As much as I like watching TV some times it makes me GRR! The biggest TV frustration is learning a show you love is canceled. But there are also smaller moments that just irk. I've complied these annoyances together for a three part series of my "Television Pet Peeves," here are the first two:
1. Do you remember Woody's TV show in Toy Story 2? Stinky Pete the Prospector explains that "Woody's Roundup" was canceled and that the last episode ended with Woody and Bullseye leaping across a canon. Fans never knew if how it turned out. This is my first TV pet peeve, canceled shows ending with a cliffhanger. The one I really remember was a sci-fi show called Odyssey 5 ending with a kidnapping, one of the main characters being charged with murder, and the ultimate evil being left undefined. It was very unsatisfying. The other example was Jericho, but at least with fan support they were given half a season to wrap up the story, somewhat.
2. My second TV pet peeve is similar. I hate when a show is canceled in the middle of a great-take-a-few-seasons-to-tell story arch. Even if the writer's have a few episodes to wrap it up (or they make a TV movie) you know the longer version would have been so much better. The examples I can think of are Dollhouse, Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
Do you have an example of a last episode cliffhanger or rushed show ending? Leave a comment or share your biggest TV pet peeve. Next Wednesday I'll be sharing two more of my most hated television pet peeves.