As the spring winds down, so do our favorite shows on television.
During the holiday weekend, I was able to catch up on all those shows I had recorded, but hadn’t found the time to watch.
This included many of the season-finales.
I love a good cliff hanger, like anybody, but some of these are unnecessary.
For example, one of the shows I regularly watch had a dramatic ending that left you guessing.
OK, that’s fine. I get it.
Here’s the problem, the show has been cancelled.
Perhaps the writers and producers of the show didn’t know it was going to be cancelled before the episode was taped. Fine, I get that. But, maybe, just maybe, when you do know it will be, you shoot another ending.
Rumors are the producers are hoping the show gets picked up on cable, but who knows. My life will never be the same unless I know how it turns out.
Another show I frequently watch did the same thing. Of course, this show will continue it’s run next fall, but the end featured a dramatic ending. One of those that leave you going, “Did that just happen?”
And yes, since I just watched the show a few days ago, I’m anxiously awaiting the next season.
But by the fall, will I remember?
Now, I’m invested. I’ve watched 20-plus episodes this season. I know the characters and the stories. They have me hooked, so to speak.
In a couple weeks, I will have moved on with my life. I won’t be as invested from week to week.
The first few episodes of the next season are usually kind of fun. Which characters left and which new characters are they introducing? Of course, it takes me a couple episodes to remember the stories and the characters.
I suppose the hope of the studio is you go out and buy the season on DVD and watch it all summer long in anticipation of the new season. And I’m sure people do that. I’m not one of those people.
So yes, I’m glad they build up anticipation for the show in three months. It makes for good TV and makes you think about their show a few days and weeks after the new episodes cease.
But by the time that first episode rolls around next fall, will anybody remember the season finale?
By having these dramatic endings, all they are doing is giving us frustration. I want to know what happens now. I don’t want to wait. And by the time I can find that out, I won’t remember or care.
Why do they do this to us?