X-Cast – Psylocke, Blink, Rogue. You can really have a lot of fun with the cast and shine a different light on the various versions of characters you already know. Imagine a good and pure version of Magneto or Sabertooth, Old Man Logan, an evil Professor X.
This is the 8th entry into the X-Men Cinematic universe reboot plan. Check out the intro to it all HERE.
In the reboot plan filled with things that will never happen, this one stands out as the least likely of the bunch. But what I’m about to write makes sense and I’m very excited about it. I think this will make an excellent side-adventure to the X-Universe. This one will take place on HBO, or a similar channel. The Exiles are a perfect team for the television format, and I think it needs to not be constrained by regular TV because of it’s potential graphic nature. Obviously it would work on an AMC type channel too, but I like this on premium cable.
For those unfamiliar with the Exiles, they are a team of multidimensional X-Men. Each member is plucked from their univers moments before their death. So in their universe, they are dead as they were meant to be, but they get to continue on here. They live in the Crystal Palace which exists outside of time and space. The mission of the team is to correct things that have gone wrong in different universes (hiccups in time). This allows for many different versions of characters we know and love. It also allows for lots of big deaths because the regular characters in our universe are not involved.
The first episode of this show will begin with Psylocke getting plucked out of our universe right before she dies in X-Men: Shadow King. This will be the big tie-in with the cinematic universe. She will eventually become the leader of the Exiles. I would also love to see Anna Paquin’s Rogue on the team. Both Olivia Munn and Anna Paquin already have ties with HBO if it were to be on that channel.
The other character that has to be on this show is Blink. Both her an Psylocke will be the two constants as long as the show is running. The rest of the cast will be a revolving door of different lengths.
Each episode will focus on a different universe and the team fixing the time hiccup (with some episodes lasting more than one). The greater mystery of the show is discovering what the Crystal Palace is, who built it, who is in charge, and who is sending them on these missions. The story can take place over a single season or multiple seasons. The story-lines are endless.
X-Cast – Deadpool, Cable, Psylocke, Domino, Fantomex, X-23, and Forge
X-Force has had many different incarnations in the comics, and the movie version will be borrowing a bit from all as well as forging its own path. One major thing in common with the comics is the edgier tone, reflected in the movie with its R rating. It’s important for this reboot to mix in more R rated movies. I feel it keeps it fresh and different from the Marvel world. This story is also key to the overall big picture, and with the exception of a few hints in previous movies, is actually kind of a prequel for things to come.
This is the sixth movie in my reboot plan. Read the introduction, with links to all the published posts HERE.
We’ve already been introduced to Cable in Deadpool 2. From there we know he came from the future to save the person who becomes the savior of his timeline. We also get hints that he’s the son of Cyclops.
This movie opens in Cable’s future timeline as it looks like it’s about to be erased. Cable has failed. They send back an assassin, X-23 to help Cable succeed (this is how we get the X-23 from Logan into this rebooted universe). She finds Cable and Domino, and the three of them put together a team.
After the full team is assembled, we learn that the savior is a girl named Hope, and she is just a newborn child at this time. When she grows up, she will unite the human and mutant races and save humanity in the process.
We then flash to the future again, only the timeline is different. We are now in Bishop’s future, and we learn that Hope has enslaved the human and mutant population and rules the world with an iron fist. Bishop wakes up in the present time, and the previous scene was a dream as he remembered the full story of what he’s supposed to be doing.
Bishop leaves the X-Men to seek out Hope as X-Force does the same. They come into conflict and a battle ensues. Domino is killed in this battle, but X-Force is simply too powerful for Bishop. Cable makes off with Hope. Bishop, believing he’s saving his future is relentless, chasing Cable everywhere he goes. In the end, X-Force reunites with Cable in a final plan to kill Bishop. The battle doesn’t go their way, but with the technology X-23 brought back, Cable is able to jump into the time stream with Hope to save her.
Before the portal closes, Bishop breaks free from X-Force and jumps in after them. After the credits, we see X-23 getting the portal back open to follow. Deadpool pushes her aside and jumps into the future instead and X-23’s technology is now broken, leaving her stuck in this timeline.
Check out the next chapter, X-Men: Shadow King
The Fantastic Four can be interesting. I promise you. Their origin story, and most of their earth-bound stories are not where they shine though. The stories that have captivated me most are the ones where they are travelling in space, or travelling through other dimensions, or when they are part of a bigger story that spans through other comics. This is where they shine. This is where we will utilize them.
Mr. Fantastic is a genius that can do so much with his mind and he can be an integral part of so much more. We’ve already been introduced to his potential in Dark Phoenix. There, we also met Sue and their son, Franklin. Franklin is just a kid, but he may be the most powerful mutant in the universe.
The first Fantastic Four movie will be set in space. No backstory, no origin story. They are already the Fantastic Four, and have been a team for a while. The movie opens with a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Beast. Mr. Fantastic has been studying Tabby’s Star, which has been baffling real life scientists for a few years now. Some speculate there could be a Dyson Sphere (energy collecting solar panels) around it. It will be fun to combine real life science-fiction with this movie.
After the groundwork is laid in the beginning, the Fantastic Four, with Franklin, head out to space to get a closer look at Tabby’s Star. Along the way, they make stops at a few planets and moons with alien life. They learn of a great race that controls the sector of the galaxy where Tabby’s Star resides, and hear rumors of a great war.
When they enter that sector of the galaxy, there indeed is a war. Tabby’s Star is actually a Dyson Sphere used to create power for the great army in their battle against Annihilus. Annihilus’s forces are bent on taking over the entire galaxy, and this sector is the only real threat standing in his way.
Because the fate of the galaxy is at stake, the Fantastic Four become drawn in to help. I think of this movie as a grand space opera with extremely high stakes. There will be a minor sub-plot developing Franklin’s character and hinting at how powerful he will become. In the end, it’s Mr. Fantastic’s great mind along with the rest of the Fantastic Four that are key in defeating Annihilus.
Read the next chapter here: X-Men Reboot: X-Force
I’m combining these two movies into one post because I don’t have much to say about them. Timeline wise, Deadpool is the 2nd movie to be released in the reboot plan & in the actual Fox slate (after New Mutants, before Dark Phoenix). Gambit has been pushed back and has no official release date. This will be the 4th movie in my reboot plan.
X-Cast – Deadpool, Cable, Domino
It honestly doesn’t matter much what they do here. I have complete trust in the Deadpool people. When I originally wrote this, my only wish was that Cable & Domino would be in this one. Since they’ve both been cast (Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz), that’s proof my trust is justified. We’ll also be seeing the return of Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Some minor hints to the bigger picture of the reboot should be laid down in this film. First, would be Cable’s backstory of how he came to this timeline from the future, how he’s here to save a mutant who’s destined to save the world, and small hints that he’s the child of Cyclops.
X-23: As the larger story of the reboot grows, we will see Cable pitted against Bishop. In Cable’s future the mystery mutant is the savior, but in Bishop’s, the mutant is the destroyer. X-23 will be an assassin sent from the future to kill one of them. I really liked Dafne Keen’s X-23, and I definitely like tying in Logan (the movie) to this universe. But, I would like to see X-23 in her late teens and Dafne is only 12-years-old. At the very least, we can use Logan as the jumping off point for the character’s introduction. I think this could be a good film to start her story line, but there are a couple other places she could be as well (I’ll point them out as they come along).
X-Cast – Gambit, Psylocke, Fantomex
They cast Channing Tatum for the role of Gambit. Have they written this film already? I don’t know. All we do know is that this was originally penciled in for a 2016 release and continues to be pushed back. Will it be cut? Maybe. But it still has a lot of potential, so it’s part of my reboot plan.
Gambit has potential because he’s one of the coolest X-Men. There was a time he competed with, and maybe even surpassed Wolverine’s popularity in the comics. He’s such a great member of the X-Men, but unfortunately like most X-Men, not quite as interesting solo.
To help boost the potential of this movie, I’m pairing him with Psylocke as Gambit’s partner in thievery and love interest. While I’m aware that Rogue is the natural choice for this, we don’t always have to exactly follow the comics. This love affair will play an important emotional role down the line.
In my opinion, Psylocke may be the best cast superhero since Hugh Jackman, so I’m excited to keep Olivia Munn in this reboot. Obviously I want her to be in this movie, but I really want her to play a large role in it…possibly even take the lead and title of the film away from Gambit.
I think Psylocke is the coolest female superhero in the entirety of comics. I’m a huge fan and was blown away when they cast Olivia Munn. With Wonder Woman proving female superhero success, and the coming Captain Marvel, Fox can have their strong female with Psylocke. She can easily carry this movie as the lead. So if you’re asking me, this should definitely be Psylocke’s movie.
Fantomex will play the antagonist in this movie, but everyone is a thief. The lines between good and bad are blurred with all the characters. I honestly don’t have a direction for the main plot of this movie because for me it’s really about establishing the characters for their stories down the road. Obviously there has to be a plot, but for the purposes of the larger reboot, I’m more concerned with what is established as it works towards the end goal.
Next up is the FANTASTIC FOUR.
X-Cast – Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, Storm, Rogue, Ice Man, Bishop, and Beast, under the leadership of Professor X.
This one is super hard to fit in my reboot because it’s already been announced and we already know it’ll be taking place in the 90’s. Yes, stupid ass Fox will just continue down this idiotic path of fucking up all the X-Timelines for…reasons. Also, Dark Phoenix was a story I was saving for the X-Factor movie later down the road in this plan. But Fox signed Sophie Fisher to multiple movies, and she does make an excellent Jean Grey, so they will be continuing their sub-par storytelling.
So here’s what will have to be done. New Mutants will take place in the Deadpool timeline, while this one will take place before that. The final scene of this one will flash forward to the future (the Deadpool timeline) and we’ll be all caught up. The big bonus here is that we can now bring in Storm much earlier than I planned, as well as bringing back Olivia Munn’s Psylocke and Ellen Paige’s Kitty Pryde.
I’m aware of how large this cast is. As you will see though, the large cast is necessary. The X-Men will be split up into multiple teams for the final battle, and this can’t be done with a more traditional sized team. We can also take advantage of the fact that a lot of these characters have already been introduced in the previous X-Film. This will also eventually lead to X-Factor and X-Force spin-offs, so this is a great place to have many of the characters live right now.
The main focus of this movie will be Jean Grey and the Phoenix force, but first, a subplot. Since we have to have a movie set in the 90’s, why not take advantage of it and give the backstory of Bishop here. We all now know and love him from New Mutants, let’s see how he got to our timeline. He will arrive with most of his memory gone about why. He remembers that there will be a mutant from this era who takes over the world and must be stopped. He can’t remember who this was. This will all make a lot of sense much later in the reboot, but for now, just know it’s an important part of the larger story-line all these movies lead to.
The Shi’ar have been tracking the deadly Phoenix force for as long as they have existed, and it has currently brought them to earth. They set up a base on the moon, and we learn about the Shi’ar and the Phoenix Force during early scenes in the movie. We only see hints that Jean Grey has it until a small disturbing event forces it out. For a moment, Jean loses control before Professor X is able to get her back.
Jean Grey brings Cyclops home to meet her parents after this. Professor X thought it would be a good idea for her to have a weekend away. Unfortunately, the Shi’ar have tracked the Phoenix Force to Jean due to the events that just happened. They come to earth, and blow up the Grey house, killing everyone in it except Jean and Cyclops. Saving herself and Cyclops took a lot out of Jean, and she’s unconscious. Cyclops manages to get them to safety, but the Shi’ar believe their mission to be successful.
When Jean & Scott return to the X-Mansion, Jean is still unconscious, but waking periodically. Every time she wakes, she is more the Dark Phoenix. The Shi’ar that attacked the Grey house return to the moon, only to find out their mission was unsuccessful and they send another team to the X-Mansion.
The Shi’ar arrive, but Professor X is able to convince them they don’t need to kill Jean. Together, they can work to both save Jean and destroy the Phoenix Force.
After reading the minds of the Shi’ar, Professor X knows they will turn their backs on the deal at a moment’s notice. He sends Bishop, Psylocke, and Kitty Pryde to meet with a friend that has the capability to escape into space. Introducing Reed Richards. We also get to meet Sue Richards and their mutant child, Franklin, in this scene.
When Jean wakes up and realizes her parents are dead, the Phoenix completely takes over and she becomes Dark Phoenix. She heads straight for the moon to destroy the Shi’ar. The rest of the X-Men board Reed Richard’s ship and head after her.
When they arrive at the moon, the X-Men split up into the following teams:
Team 1: Kitty Pryde & Beast – They stay on the ship, working on a scientific resolution to the problem. Eventually working with one of the Shi’ar scientists.
Team 2: Professor X & Storm- They head to the Shi’ar leadership on the moon to attempt a peaceful, diplomatic resolution.
Team 3: Nightcrawler & Cyclops – They’re tasked with direct confrontation with Dark Phoenix.
Team 4: Psylocke, Ice Man, Rogue, and Bishop – Bishop leads this team on the battlefield, holding back the Shi’ar from killing Jean.
Team 1 comes up with an idea that fails. Team 2 has no luck finding a diplomatic solution, but do stall the Shi’ar. Team 4 is overtaken. Dark Phoenix becomes highly agitated when the Shi’ar push past Team 4 and bring the battle to her.
The end between Cyclops and Jean Grey will match the comics story-line.
The post-credits will flash forward to the Deadpool timeline and we see Sophie Fisher, only she is not Jean Grey, she’s Madelyne Prior.
The next chapter of the reboot plan will discuss the Deadpool 2 and the Gambit movie. Read that HERE.
X-Cast – Bishop & Colossus (Teachers), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (from Deadpool), Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Mirage, Warlock, Quentin Quire, and Northstar.
If you haven’t read the intro to my reboot plan, check that out HERE.
As of now, the cast looks to be Magik, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Warlock. Magic and Wolfsbane have already been cast and I think Maisie Williams will be an excellent Wolfsbane! I would love to add three more to the team: Negasonic Teenage Warhead (for the Deadpool Tie-In), Quentin Quire (he will be important in the larger X-Story throughout the years, and this is the perfect place to introduce him), and Northstar (de-aged as a teen here, and him being the first openly gay character in Marvel comics is important).
At some point there has to be a cameo with Deadpool in a scene with Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Any other cameo would be nice too (maybe even a scene with Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner).
I understand that some of these characters were not actually New Mutants in the comics, but I’m okay with that. Northstar brings important diversity to the X-Cast, and would be the first openly gay hero in Marvel cinematic history. This is the perfect movie for that to happen in, and he’s the perfect character to fulfill this roll.
It’s a large cast, I know. But I really want to use this movie to draw in a whole new, younger audience. I wanted Boomer to be here too, so I did make cuts! This cast of teens will be in school, learning their powers and limits, but still have the typical teen angst. There needs to be a larger cast to accommodate the teachers and make it feel full enough to feel like an actual classroom. But in the grand scheme of things, most of these movies will have a large cast. This has to be worked out in the right way. Ocean’s Eleven had a large cast and it was done right, so it can be done.
Colossus from Deadpool will be brought in as a teacher/mentor along with Bishop. The common theme of the teachers is their constant stressing of the importance in proper training of their powers and learning teamwork. Colossus will be stern and firm, very serious. The students will constantly be trying to get him to laugh, but always fail. Bishop will be more soft and caring. He takes a close one-on-one interest in the kids, learning about them and guiding them. This will play a larger role in the movie plan later down the line.
While the teachers play a role, this film is really about the kids. It’s all from their perspective. The main X-Men team exists, we know they’re out there battling, but we’re watching it through the New Mutant’s eyes. Outside of the teachers, the main X-Cast only shows up in limited, brief cameos. I’d would like to see a scene of them watching the blackbird through the window, off to a mission, with awe in their faces.
As this team of young heroes are learning their powers and how to work together as a team, they will be growing up and working on all sorts of issues. Cannonball struggling with his capabilities to lead the team and the burdens that come with it. Northstar struggling with being both a mutant and gay. Magik struggling to connect and fit in with her peers. Quentin Quire struggling with anger issues.
The team eventually begins to drift into two camps. Quentin, Northstar, Wolfbane, and Warlock are careless, but feel they are ready to be out there. Cannonball preaches that they should be focusing on their training, and the others fall behind him. This leads to a bitter divide and when the big bad is introduced to the plot, Quentin Quire leads his side to strike out on their own.
Quentin’s team quickly find themselves in a battle that’s way beyond their current capabilities. They are defeated in a brutal, one-sided battle. In the end of this battle, Warlock lays dead on the ground.
Quentin abandons the team after this, blaming everyone but himself. Rather than having learned an important lesson, he just becomes more angry. The rest rejoin the New Mutants and work even harder to learn so they can avenge Warlock’s death. They all train really hard, and go back into battle, finally defeating the antagonist.
In the end this large team of 8 will become a more streamlined team of 6. Being the next X-Film to come out, this will jump-start the future of X. Bishop is established in this film, and he plays a vital role in the overall story these movies lead to. Bishop, Northstar, Sunspot, and Dani Moonstar (Mirage) establish a great diverse cast, which is so important.
Next up will be X-Men Reboot: Dark Phoenix
It seems that most of the big water cooler television shows are taking place on cable channels these days and it’s becoming harder for shows to survive on network television. I would like to take a network and rebuild in a baseball rebuilding way. This makes no sense right now, but it will, I promise.
Rebuilding can take a couple of years, but the payoff will be a perennial contender (for the playoffs) for the highest ratings. If I were in charge…
1. The first thing I would tackle is to rebuild the trust of the audience. Much of this idea is taken form an earlier post of mine, https://thehollywoodrant.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/tv-shows-trust/
Investing time in a show, especially a serialized show, that gets cancelled at some point during or after the season, leaves all the viewers with an unresolved cliffhanger. Repeated infractions like this has destroyed my trust. I’m to the point that I won’t even watch a new show until I know it’s successful and will return for a second season. To rebuild the trust, I will promise the audience a 1 or 2 hour movie to wrap up the hanging plot threads of all cancelled shows.
2. Many AMC, cable-type shows divide their seasons in half. While this does give us a long break in the middle that we might not want, it gives us fewer reruns. Some shows even go straight through the half season with no reruns. This is great for me because reruns ruin the momentum of a show. Having a mid-season finale and a mid-season premier gives the viewer more “holy shit” episodes per season. So here I would put all shows on this format and have no in-season reruns.
3. Instead of in-season reruns, I would build in four live episodes. These would be placed one week before the season premier, mid-season premier, and 1 to 3 episodes before the season and mid-season finale. These episodes will be like the Talking Dead. Almost a complete ripoff. There will be a live audience and a panel of actors from the show, as well as a host. They will recap what has happened so far, answer questions from callers and the audience as well as tease what is to come. There will be behind-the-scenes information, stories, and clips. This will give current viewers something more exciting than a rerun as well as bring newer viewers up to speed.
4. Fear the Walking Dead bridges the gap between seasons of Walking Dead. More of this! Obviously this can’t be done for every show, or even a few of them, but doing it for the network’s biggest shows (1 or 2 max) is a good idea.
5. Finally, the reason this should compare with a baseball team’s rebuild: patience. Give a few years to slowly build back that audience. Look at the Chicago Cubs, whose rebuild began four years before their Wold Series Championship. You have to allow time for the audience’s trust to grow. Allow the good ideas to build an audience, and give them more seasons.Don’t be so quick to cancel a show that shows promise. Give shows like this a bit more time to grow. Even Seinfeld wasn’t a big hit in its first season. The Grinder was a good idea, and a funny, unique sitcom. There was a cult audience out there that loved this show. It was not the next Seinfeld, but it could’ve definitely grown bigger.
I grew up an X-Men fan. They were the only comic book I liked, & I read anything mutant. The first couple X-Men films were very exciting, but I was on some level, disappointed in all the solo Wolverine movies (except for the most recent one), and all the X-Team movies since then. Also, I’m obviously not alone when I say the Fantastic Four movies have left a lot to be desired. I argue about this stuff to anyone who’ll listen, and they always ask, “what would you do to fix it?”
Over the next few posts, I’ll be outlining my plan to fix the X-Men Cinematic Universe, which will include the Fantastic Four. This will be a complete reboot, with the exception of Deadpool. This plan will cover thirteen films and take the X-Men all the way to the mid-2020’s.
In comparison to a lot of other super heroes, the Fantastic Four are not the most exciting. They are, however, integral in the Marvel Universe in so many ways. The most boring part about them is their origin and earth-bound stories. This is why their movies have failed. I will be placing them where they are most fun: in space, in other dimensions, or playing vital roles in bigger story-lines.
Franklin Richards, the son of Sue & Reed Richards is a mutant, and a great tie-in with the X-Men. He also plays a vital role in the bigger story of Onslaught, who will be the big bad all of these movies are leading up to.
While I’ve never been a fan of rebooting movies, it has become obvious the X-Men are in a dire need of this. The timelines they’ve played with have made everything ridiculous. Also, a lot of their famous cast are now done.
While Fox has not been very good at making superhero movies, they have been great at casting. That’s probably the reason they held off on a reboot thus far, and is why they have multiple great Professor X’s and Magneto’s right now. I can’t keep all or most of the current cast in a reboot, but I feel like I can keep a few. Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke are three I’d absolutely love to keep. Three would be tough, and as good as Quicksilver has been, he’s just not necessary to the plan. Northstar (who basically has the same powers as Quicksilver) is a big part of this, meaning Evan Peters can be cut. Olivia Munn wasn’t a major character in Apocalypse, almost like Deadpool was in Wolverine, so she’s definitely doable. Sophie Turner is a bit tougher. I’d love to keep her, but if it can’t be well done, then recast her.
The one thing that’s great about the current X-Universe (other than Fox’s casting) is Deadpool. This is why I want to reboot everything into the Deadpool Universe/timeline. I would utilize Deadpool like how Marvel utilized Iron Man by making him the center of the universe at first.
A lot of people may be screaming right now to just give it all back to Marvel. First of all, that won’t happen, but more importantly, you don’t really want that. Marvel simply can’t and won’t put out that many movies in one year. To truly do the X-Men and Fantastic Four justice, Marvel would need to double the number of movies it releases each year. Does this sound realistic? No.
Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader, and Magneto: My 3 favorite villains of all time, in no particular order. But it’s well known that Magneto has been done to death in the movies. So I’ll be giving him a little break for a while, but he will be an impactful part of the larger story-line.
These movies will press boundaries, and even have a different feel from one another while still tie together. Deadpool & X-Force will headline the R-Rated angle, while New Mutants will have a “teen” feel, taking place in the Xavier School. Fantastic Four will be otherworldly, taking place in space and other dimensions. And the X-Men films will be grand in scope, and epic in outcomes.
One more thing before I get into the actual movie slate. The X-Universe has only one top-tier black character: Storm. Beyond that, Bishop is the only other really cool black character. Bishop will play a major role in my plan, but there’s unfortunately no room for Storm until later. With the exception of the few actual casting suggestions I make, I’m going to stay away from race with the knowledge that they should be casting black, Asian, Latino, and gay characters. Change anyone, it ultimately doesn’t matter to the story, but they need to have a diverse cast. I’m sure there will be some uprising online if they cast a black actor to play Cyclops, but screw those people, it has to be done.
So all that being said, come back to read the plan as it unfolds. My upcoming posts will outline the movie release slate and the important plot points that will happen in them. I do this fully aware that there are X-Movies already in the works, and this plan can be easily amended to accommodate that. For example, has the Gambit movie been shelved? If so, I’ll find another way to reintroduce Psylocke. Is the next X-Film doing the Dark Phoenix story? Fine; because there’s a hundred other great stories to choose from to replace it.
This is part 1 of a 13 part series about this reboot. Below is the slate I’ll be working with. As they are posted, I’ll turn this list into links.
X-Men: Onslaught Part 1
Fantastic 4: Part 2
X-Men: Onslaught Part 2
This was my final post at my old blog (thehollywoodrant.blogspot.com) and it’s an issue I’ve always been passionate about. To me, there’s nothing worse than investing my time in a television show that gets cancelled without any closure. Having this happen to me way too many times, I’ve found my trust int networks to do right by me slowly dwindling to the point where I’m not willing to give any new show a chance until I’m sure it won’t be cancelled.
As I age I become more hesitant to watch anything new that comes on my television. Work, love, family; these are just a few real-life factors that force us all to have less time for TV as we get older.
But there’s another factor at play here: TRUST. Years and years of withering trust in the shows I watch to give an ending to building story-lines has made me very unwilling to give a new show a chance. Why should I waste my time on anything if they’re not going to finish the story?
I don’t stand alone here. There’s not a single person out there who hasn’t had this happen to them on multiple occasions. It usually happens in the form of struggling shows filming a huge, game-changing finale, complete with cliffhanger ending, all in the hopes of drawing enough interest to save said show. Then the show gets cancelled. This is infuriating, but usually some time passes, the weather heats up, trips to the beach are taken, and I’ve quickly forgotten about it.
Problem is, that’s all fine and dandy the first few times it happens, but sooner or later, trust in the television industry to do right by me and all of the people who invested their time falls apart completely.
For some reason, when a show is cancelled a few episodes in, it feels even worse. Maybe it’s because there’s no summer to wash away the hurt, I don’t know, but it feels worse nonetheless. Recently, a coworker invested her time in Zero Hour, and I begrudgingly invested my time in Do No Harm. Both of these shows were cancelled after only a couple of episodes. We can quickly and easily look back at the two, three hours we wasted and think of all the things we could’ve done instead, or all the other shows we could’ve put our time into instead. I still have four episodes of Shameless to catch up on. Damn, wish I would’ve done that instead.
I believe all of this is causing anger amongst the fans of television, and I’m pretty sure this is playing a role into lower-than-expected ratings for some of the network’s biggest debuts. The networks were expecting big things from the previously mentioned Zero Hour and Do No Harm as well as the earlier debuts of 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. All of them failed. But even in failure, at least 10 to 20 million different people invested some of their time in at least one of these shows, and stuck with them past their first and second episodes. That adds up to a lot of pissed off people who want to know what happens next.
To solve this problem, I propose that television networks do the following: first, if a show has failed in a prime spot in your schedule, burn off the remaining episodes on Saturday instead of four to six months later in the summer. Second, if a show gets cancelled without a chance to wrap up story-lines, allow the show to film a two-hour TV movie to please the fans and give them some closure. There is no third. This is simply about building that trust back, and if these two steps are followed, the fans will again have trust that their time won’t be wasted because the stories they decide to invest in will be guaranteed to have an ending.