Since we’re on the subject, I thought I’d list my personal Top 10 Most Devastating Cancellations…
To many, it was an acquired taste, but David Milch’s anti-western was unlike another. Although I wasn’t totally won over at first, the show gradually became tops of my viewing list. There was talk of some follow-up movies…that never came to be.
9. Quantum Leap
This one was particularly cruel because the series finale was actually scripted as a season finale given the fact the show’s producers were told they’d be coming back for another season. They didn’t. And that downbeat final reveal of Sam Beckett’s fate was tagged on by the network.
Of course, this one will make most every scifi fan’s list. It’s amazing how much love and support this series has generated given it aired only a single season.
Series creator Susan Harris apparently had a five year plan for the show. Sound familiar? This one stands out for me because it was my first experience of a show going out on a cliffhanger. Was Jessica actually executed by firing squad??? Sixteen year old me was livid!
6. Twin Peaks
Pete and Audrey caught in the bank explosion! Ben Horne bloodied and left for dead! Agent Cooper possessed by evil Bob! Well, finally, after 25 years, we have answers.
Much love for this show. So much love that, after its premature cancellation, I lobbied to get series leads Ben Browder and Claudia Black on Stargate.
4. Stargate: SG-1
Yes, ten seasons is a magnificent ride, but there were still stories to tell.
3. Stargate: Atlantis
This cancellation came so out of left field and seemed so illogical. What a great opportunity to have a fan favorite series pass the torch to a new spinoff with an amazing Friday Stargate double-bill! Nope, it was not to be.
2. Stargate Universe
This one hurt as the series was really gathering steam in its second season – only to hit the cancellation wall. Somewhere, out there, Destiny’s crew is still in stasis, crossing the vast void between galaxies.
1. Dark Matter
Did you have any doubt what would take the #1 spot? This one is especially frustrating for the fact that I had a five year plan going in. I have all the answers! Now, it would seem, the rest of the story will go untold.
Update on the DM front: It’s crunch time. Conference call tomorrow!