It’s sad to think that some shows will never reach a satisfying end, that viewers will be left on the edges of their seats, forever waiting for a conclusion. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened in these cases. Whether it’s viewing figures, money, or worldwide pandemics that shut them down, we can all agree that it was too soon to say goodbye.
Even with the cliff-hangers, some shows are so good that they have us coming back for more long after the final cut. These shows were axed before they reached their prime, but their quality still stands as a testament to their worth.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
When I found out that this show had been cancelled earlier last year, I screamed so loud it scared my mum who was in the other room at the time.
The 1982 film The Dark Crystal which was set in a world already torn apart by war and starved of life. Age of Resistance was set up as a prequal and was the first time we got to see the world of the Gelflings and Skeksis still intact. Season one lived up to the hype and displayed some of the most impressive cinematography ever used for a fantasy world. The film’s clever use of animatronics was a highlight that many fans were hoping to see in a prequal that would tie in nicely with original film. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
It’s undecided as to why Age of Ressitance was cancelled, especially after receiving glowing praise from critics and loyal fanbase. However, it is suspected that it might have to do with the show’s expenses. Animatronics, even now, have proven extremely costly and time consuming to use, which could explain why it was axed so prematurely.
The Tick remains as a hidden gem on Amazon prime that never got the chance to live up to its full potential. It was set up to be a superhero parody series with witty humour and heaps of satire that would rival even The Lego Movie franchise. The story follows the adventures of Arthur Everest and a big blue man who knows nothing about himself, other than he is called The Tick. Together they uncover a trail of secrets that leads them to a criminal mastermind that was presumed dead.
While there has been no official reason as to why the show was axed after just two seasons, it is thought that viewership is the reason. While I still remain a loyal fan of The Tick, I fear we were already a dying breed long before the curtains closed.
Anne With An E
Anne with an E was a show I had been anticipating for a long time. I read Anne of Green Gables as a child and completely idolised the mischievous yet frightfully-bright-for-her-age red head that was Anne. I as rooting for her when she smashed her chalk slate over Gilbert’s head, I was with her when she and Diana got drunk on ‘raspberry cordial’, and I was laughing at her when she died her hair green. So, when Netflix revealed that they were working on an adaptation, I was beyond excited. Three Seasons later and Anne’s journey into adulthood gets cut off prematurely.
As the most recent cancellation on this list, it has been widely speculated that the pandemic may have had something to do with the cancellation of the show, while others believe that the reason lies in the disintegration of the partnership between the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and Netflix. Whatever the reason, Anne’s progression into university seems doomed to never be realised on screen.
While these shows and many others in recent history were forced to face the music too early, they still remain as an ode to the talents of the cast, producers and directors who put so much effort into ideas that didn’t pan out. A shame, but still very much binge worthy.