I have this sort of love/hate relationship with Fox.
On the one hand, I’ve realized that half of the currently-airing shows I watch (and a number that are no longer airing) are on Fox. Actually, if you just look at the networks, there is a grand total of one show I watch (Body of Proof) which is not on Fox. Fringe, Alcatraz, Touch, Glee, New Girl…all Fox.
On the other hand, Fox is really, really good at killing fantastic TV shows. We all remember the Firefly debacle. I am still prepared to violently murder (Hi, FBI!) whoever cancelled The Chicago Code, which was probably the best TV show I’ve ever seen. I’m even willing to get a little annoyed about Dollhouse, although I still have mixed feelings about that one.
Fox’s latest victim is The Finder. Now, The Finder is not the best thing ever (that one still goes to The Chicago Code.) BUT it is very good. It’s fun and silly and campy in all the right ways – and it’s got a great cast with great chemistry, and the promise of some very interesting and intelligent exploration of the characters and their relationships. It’s just fun, and fresh. And fantastically fantabulous. Fanciful and frivolous, sure, but frankly filled with fine fables of fascinating folk.
I’ve pretty much exhausted my vocabulary of relevant F-adjectives by this point, other than the obvious one which we’re avoiding in an effort to keep this blog PG-13. And honestly, if The Finder were just a fun show, I wouldn’t care so much. I didn’t care so much, for most of the season. It was amusing, sure, but I could live without it.
And then episode 13 happened. They’ve been dancing around the issue of Walter’s brain damage and his pathological compulsion to find things all season – not to mention what’s up with Isabel, and that whole Willa-marriage thing. And then wham, the season final hits us with Walter’s family and a whole host of other spoiler-iffic developments that leave you going, “Wait, what? How are they going to deal with that? What happens next? How does [character] get out of [situation]? What are the repercussions of [character] losing [valued person/object/job]? Do we finally get to explore [things we’ve been wondering about all season]?”
So I finished episode 13 really excited for season 2. Not only is The Finder fun and fabulous and all those other F-words I mentioned above, but we’re finally getting into some serious issues! We [spoilers in blue] saw a seriously darker side of Walter – killing three men, dealing with serious mommy and daddy issues, resisting arrest…and is it me or was he smiling when they finally did pin him to the ground? And Isabel lost her badge! This is the woman who wants to be attorney general someday! And Willa is gone! And Shadrack hit Timo! (Child abuse is a sensitive topic for me. And yeah, Timo’s technically an adult…but not by much) And how in the name of all that is holy is Leo going to hold everything together?
So, yeah. Episode 13: S#!t gets real.
AND THEN I FIND OUT THAT FOX HAS CANCELLED THE SHOW. This is just so wrong on so many levels. This is ending The Hunger Games right after Katniss volunteers. This is Darcy confessing his love for Elizabeth and then disappearing for the rest of the novel. This is Harry taking Snape’s memories and then not looking at them. This is a criminally cruel cock-tease and I WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. Nor will I sit, kneel, or recline.
So, yes. Peeved, Myriad is. Stand for it, she will not. To this blog, she directs you. Ways to save the show, it has.