It seems like it has become a tradition for TV networks to cancel some of the great TV series. If you are among those, who follow-up on several TV series, then you will probably know what I mean. It is the worst feeling, when you watch a series and then you find out that it got cancelled. The show gets killed with no proper ending, with no conclusion and with several unanswered questions. It just ends and sometimes you regret watching it in the first place. It happened to me many times, so I decided to put together a list of some canceled TV series, which I watched.
This TV series tells a story about a group of inmates and guards, who have mysteriously and without a trace disappeared from Alcatraz on March 21, 1963. To cover up the truth, the government comes up with a story that the prison has been closed due to unsafe conditions and all prisoners have been transferred. Of course, this is not actually what happened. In the present day, the inmates start returning and they continue with their criminal ways. They are unaged and completely unaware of where they have spent all the missing decades. Inmates are acting out of character and it seems like they are searching for specific objects. Among those, who witnessed dozens of hardened criminals mysteriously disappearing, was a jailer Emerson Hauser (Sam Neil). He joined the FBI and is a head of a secret division which is hunting down the inmates in present time. He recruits Alcatraz-obsessed genius Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia-those who watched Lost will surely remember him) and San Francisco PD detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), who seems somehow destined for this task. The show was filled with anticipation and questions, and has always left us wondering what happened back in 1963. And before those answers were provided, FOX decided not to renew the series for the 2nd season. The show had the possibilities to become a great show. But FOX has a habit of cancelling shows just when they are about to get good. So, the season finale became the series finale.
What at first seems to be a day like any other, soon turns out not to be. Everyone on Earth blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, at the exactly same moment. During their blackout, people have a vision of where they will be or what they will be doing on April 29, 2010, that is six months into the future. An elite FBI task force is immediately formed to investigate who or what caused the global blackout and the possibility of the blackout happening again. Stanford Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance) is the leader of that FBI team, which is headed by Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes). It was fascinating to see how things came together on the path to the flash forward visions. Throughout the season, many surprises were revealed, as each episode showed what was really happening in the small visions. The show had a great storyline, likable characters ad just the right amount of Sci-Fi (enough to still be somewhat believable). Overall, the show was very interesting and intriguing, with breath-taking moments and a philosophical way of thinking. Every episode had people glued to the screen, as they were wondering what is going to happen next. And what happened left them stunned, from episode to episode. The layout of the show was in many ways similar to Lost, since there were always cliffhangers and questions to be answered, but it did differ in the fact that the questions always got answered, with logical explanation behind. After 22 episodes, ABC decided to cancel the show. A very promising show again lost the opportunity to evolve and to develop its story. I am not sorry that I watched it, but I wanted more.
The show tells a story about Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), who finds himself in the middle a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself. After his girlfriend Leila Buchanan (Sarah Roemer) disappears from their Caribbean cruise in mysterious circumstances, he goes looking for her. In the meantime, the president Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) faces a hard decision, as he is just about to announce that he is releasing prisoners, who were secretly captivated and hidden from the rest of the world. The detainees are not from the Earth. Their leader is Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes). The president intends to do that, even though he does not receive the approval of Blake Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek), his Director of National Intelligence. Sterling and his national intelligence supporters are determined to protect the project, as they intended to keep their actions as a secret, even from president Martinez. Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind. This show was one of the best Sci-Fi series that came in the past few years. The Event was not hard to follow, anything that happened during each episode, left a cliffhanger and you wanting for the next. It was truly an entertaining show, especially the last 7 or 8 episodes of the series when it all kicked off. It was like an emotional roller coaster at the beginning, as you could sympathize with the Aliens and dislike the humans, especially the president and his decisions. The show actually reminded me a little bit of a horror movie, but with a really great story line and quite realistic scenarios. It was more than just a Sci-Fi show. It was political. It was love. And this was a story about people trying to find their home and reunite with their families. This was The Event. And again, a great TV show got cancelled after just one season. NBC decided that ratings were to low and decided not to give it a chance to continue.
It is a classical police drama, infused with science-fiction tropes. The show is asking what it means to be a human being in a world, which is overwhelmed by technology. Science and technology are evolving at an uncontrollable place. Unknown drugs and weapons flooded the streets and schools. The contraband was controlled and distributed by violent, faceless, criminal organizations. The crime rate was an astounding 400%. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, law enforcement implements developed a new strategy: every police officer was partnered with an advanced, combat-model android. The show was a really great example of smart science fiction, especially of speculative science fiction, as the writers took what is happening in the news and asked where it will lead in the near future. Almost Human shows the human interaction between the two leading characters: detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) and a synthetic android Dorian (Michael Ealy). Interaction between the two f them is what makes the show so interesting and quite provoking as well. Kennex was badly injured during a mission and that left him feeling like he and the androids have failed the human kind. Because of that, he now resents the android partners and is furious when his boss Captain Sandra Maldonado (Lily Taylor) teams him up with an advanced model android Dorian, which is designed to feel, think and act like a human being. Dorian is in many ways more human than the flesh and blood men and women that surround him. Despite of being an android, he is very believable and convincing, as he is conveying emotions that are almost human. The show is probably one of the rare Sci-Fi series that comprises action, thriller and humor, all packed into one. After one season, sadly, FOX decided to cancel it.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if one day, we would just lose electricity? Well, this is exactly what happens in this show. One day, the world is suddenly thrown back into the dark ages. Planes begin falling from the sky, hospitals are shut down and all communication is impossible. Since there is no modern technology left, nobody can tell us why. 15 years later, life is back to what it once was, long before the industrial revolution. Families are living in quiet cul-de-sacs and when the sun goes down, lanterns and candles are used. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger is lurking. A young woman’s life gets dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously and unbeknownst to her, had something to do with the blackout. The show starts as Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) returns home to Chicago in a panic, telling his wife that the electricity is about to go out. Before that happens, he manages to contact his brother Miles Matheson (Billy Burke) and also to download something from the Internet. When the blackout hits, it’s a global phenomena and it stays permanent. 15 years later, Ben is living with his children Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Danny (Graham Rogers) in a small rural village. Life is good, even without electricity, until Capt. Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) of the local militia arrives to arrest Ben. Militia is under the command of Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons). Several are killed in the ensuing skirmish and Danny is taken away as a prisoner. Charlie sets off to Chicago with two others from the village, Aaron (Zak Orth) and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips), to find her uncle Miles. During their journey, many secrets are revealed. The writers were brilliant to work with the amount of time they were granted. The power went out sequentially and the fact is, that it is a man-made phenomena. It was planned. Why? If you want to gain more insight to what has happened, you have to watch every episode. It is not a show for those who want to figure the story out in 5 minute. I started watching it just a few days ago and yesterday, I was sad to hear that the NBC decided to cancel it. Despite the fact that it had 2 seasons, I would love to see more.
If you made it to the end of my list, then you have probably realized that I love Sci-Fi TV series. But not all of them are good. There are several Sci-Fi shows airing daily and it is hard to decide which one to watch. The story has to be fresh and intriguing. It has to be new and unseen. It has to pull you in and make you wonder what is going to happen next. Not just Sci-Fi series, all TV series should be like that. The sad thing is that the TV series on the list were great, because they all had everything that is mentioned above and despite all that, the TV networks decided to cancel them.
By Janette Verdnik