The other day, I was looking at shows that are building up on my DVR, and Scott, my husband, just shook his head and sighed. I have six episodes of Burn Notice (which includes last season’s finale) and five episodes of Royal Pains on there. That’s every episode of the first and all but the first two episodes of the second so far this season. I can’t bring myself to watch them (although I have hopes about that changing soon with Burn Notice…). Why? Because I hate a story line so much on both shows that I can’t enjoy the shows themselves. And yes, the title of this post is about a Shipper (which, if you don’t know, means someone who roots for a certain relationship (ergo, “shipper”) from a TV show, movie, book, whatever. Not all of this rant is about relationship woes on TV, but I suppose there is an underlying theme for most of them. 😉
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In the case of Burn Notice, they spent so much time getting Michael and Fiona together into a true couple rather than exes with unresolved feelings…but then at the end of last season, she gave herself up and was sent to prison. We’re six episodes in now, and she’s STILL in prison. If she’d been there for one or two…or heck, even just three episodes, I’d have been okay. But six? The relationship between Michael and Fi as well as her relationships with the other characters were one of my favorite parts of the show. To have her in prison means that, for the most part, that’s gone.
As for Royal Pains, the story line of Hank and Evan being at odds started last season, and while it bothered me, I figured it was temporary. But then it got to the point this season that they actually severed their partnership, each doing concierge medicine after Evan hired his own doctors. I hate that. One of the best parts of the show for me is the relationship between the brothers. Did I expect calm and perfect all the time? No, not at all. But they can disagree about the way things are done without going to this extreme. It takes away my joy of the show. Then, of course, I was a big fan of Jill and Hank, and now, she’s gone—and simply because TPTB (the powers that be) didn’t want Hank with a non-doctor. *rolling eyes* Frustrating, and when it’s on top of the split, it just means one more reason for me to not watch. Depending on how long it takes Hank and Evan to get back together, I may or may not be completely done with this show. I hope I’m not. It’s been one of my favorite summer shows since it started, just like Burn Notice.
So…that conversation about those shows I had with my husband really got me thinking. It seems I run into that a lot with shows. For a few seasons, I love it, and then for some reason, they decide to shake things up by doing something major with the cast or a story line…and then I just can’t watch anymore. Of course, then there are the shows that do that and it works out for the better.
Take Bones, for example. At the end of six seasons, they decided to change the game so drastically that I thought for SURE I was done with the show. I moaned and groaned and grinched and nearly cried when I found out they were writing lead Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy into the show—I mean, yes, I absolutely wanted Booth and Bones to be a couple. I’d wanted it for six seasons! But suddenly, after not realizing anything of that nature had happened between them, she was pregnant and telling Booth it was his? I was so unhappy. But I had faith. I had faith in Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan. And I was totally justified in that faith because, while I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see them actually get together that night last season after Vincent Nigel-Murray’s murder, Booth and Brennan are now officially a couple, living together, and they have a beautiful baby girl. The show didn’t suffer with them finally becoming a couple. It’s still the same funny, witty, fantastic show it’s always been. It hasn’t become all about the relationship…which is good because the cases and the rest of the cast have always been such a big part of the draw of the show. So bravo, Team Bones!
Two other shows that have brought two much-wanted characters together without suffering any adverse affects are Rookie Blue (with Sam and Andy) and Psych (with Shawn and Juliet). I’ve enjoyed both since the couples became official, which makes my shipper’s heart happy. 😉
Another show that had a new couple form several seasons in was Eureka. While the show is now over (*cry*), I had to add it here for one main reason: the time jump. Season four, episode one was a game changer for the show. Taking a big risk, the writers sent the main core characters back to 1947. When Carter, Allison, Jo, Fargo, and Henry returned to the present, it was to a different reality. It was a mixed reaction for me at the time. Back in 1947, Carter and Allison realized they had feelings for one another, but when they got back, Carter was still with Tessa (They had broken up in the other reality). And while Allison had been in charge at Global Dynamics, Fargo was now the head of it all, which was weird for everyone. Jo and Zane had been together in the old reality, but in the new one, they’d never been in love (which sucked because I’d loved them together). Finally, Henry was married, which was awesome because it seemed like he was happy. It all worked out for the best. Allison’s son wasn’t autistic anymore, Henry was happily married, Carter and Allison got together, Fargo grew up and matured (for the most part), and Jo and Zane made their way back to each other. It was a giant shift in the show when the characters went back in time and came back to a different Eureka, but it worked beautifully to change it all up yet keep the show fans loved.
My last example of a show that did something big that totally worked is The Big Bang Theory. I have loved that show from the very beginning. I’ve seen each and every episode—and most of them multiple times… But honestly, the smartest thing that show did was bring in Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch as Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski. I love Kaley Cuoco as Penny, but having some nerdy women join her was a genius move. Bernadette is the perfect girlfriend-turned-wife for Howard, and if Amy were any more hysterical, I’d cry every episode from laughing so hard. The three ladies together round out the cast and give it a feminine, softer side to it all. They are a blast.
Then…you have the other side of the coin. Shows that change up everything at what I consider to be a detriment to a great show.
The top of my list besides what I hope is a temporary situation for both Burn Notice and Royal Pains?
In Plain Sight.
Like Bones, the powers that be decided to write Mary McCormack’s pregnancy into the show. Where I was scared about the other, on this show, I was plain old pissed off. Temperance Brennan could do her job just fine being pregnant. Mary Shannon? Sure, she could do her job, but it wouldn’t be the same. Mary was never one to hide from danger. She often put herself in the line of fire, so to speak, when on the job. But I knew that being pregnant, she would have to change how she operated—and that ticked me off. Part of the reason I loved that show for almost four seasons was because of the way Mary did her job. Then they ruined it for me even further by making the father of the baby her ex-husband and not Marshall, her partner—and who shippers wanted her with. Even then, I saved up episodes, hoping against hope that Mary’s pregnancy would bring her and Marshall together, but no…not only did Marshall end up starting a relationship with a cheerleader-type peppy chick (the total opposite of Mary, who he’d crushed on since the beginning of the show!), he ended up getting engaged and then his fiance basically made him choose between her or his relationship with Mary. I didn’t watch any of the final season. I was so angry, I swear I had smoke coming out my ears. (When I read this to Scott, he just nodded his head and rolled his eyes, remembering my rants. LOL)
The other major changes to a show that lost me as a viewer happened on TNT’s Hawthorne. From the beginning, I adored that show—and not just because Vaughn…erm, Michael Vartan was on it. I loved the lead character, Christina Hawthorne, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. But they just had to screw it up. They shut down the hospital the characters worked in, and things were jacked up at the new place—bitchy co-workers, a change of jobs for Christina…totally different dynamics. Then, once they got Christina and Tom (Michael V’s character) together, married with a baby on the way, it was like it went from a show that I still enjoyed even with the issues I already mentioned to a show that was so different from the beginning…and one that I absolutely hated. Christina was attacked, causing her to lose the baby. That sent her into a tailspin, and she had an affair. I honestly have no idea how the show ended. After I stopped watching, I kept up slightly by reading about the episodes, but even that ticked me off enough that I just quit completely.
On a slightly less…dramatic note, there are three shows that I feel like ruined a good thing, all to different degrees.
One was Ghost Whisperer. (Yes, I went back that far. 😉 ) It was one of my favorite shows, and the Melinda/Jim relationship was one of my all-time favorites. And then, for some weird reason, they killed Jim off only to bring him back in a new body. Huh? After a couple of episodes where we saw the new guy’s body for a while, viewers then just got to see the Jim we knew and loved—so while we as viewers saw the original actor, heard his voice, etc, everyone on the show saw the new guy. Melinda knew he was Jim inside, and she eventually got her friends to believe her. But everyone else thought he was a new guy that she eventually had a relationship with. It really made no sense to me why they screwed the show up like that…and ultimately, I believe, it led to the downfall and cancellation.
Another show that royally screwed the pooch, in my opinion, was Criminal Minds. If you’ve been a reader on here for a while, you know how very much I loved this show. For a long time, it was tied with Alias for my favorite show ever. Then, just before season six started, A.J. Cook (who plays JJ) was fired, and Paget Brewster’s episode order was reduced. Paget’s last appearance of that season (and at the time, we thought of the series) came in episode eighteen. I was SO unhappy. I’d been feeling angry at the show for a while because of the lack of Morgan/Garcia flirting (like they’d done so much of the first three seasons), but the firings of A.J. and Paget was the last straw. I kept watching, though, because I still loved it. Then…yay! They asked both ladies to come back. Apparently, fans weren’t happy with the firings. (Go figure.) But now, Paget has quit the show (she wants to move on; I think part of it is bitterness over the way she was treated—and I can’t really blame her). But honestly, I stopped watching at some point last season because I was just tired of having so little Morgan/Garcia interaction. That was a big draw for me, their relationship—even if it was just a REALLY flirty friendship—and it’s basically gone. I’m going to start watching next season to see if I like the new girl and see if we get any good M/G stuff now that I know she & Kevin Lynch broke up. But I don’t know if I’ll continue. *sigh*
The last major change a show did that I disliked so much that I stopped watching was when Breaking In returned to FOX after being canceled. As much as I’ve liked her in other roles in the past, I did not like Megan Mullally’s character AT ALL. After one and a half episodes with her in it, I stopped watching. I just couldn’t enjoy it, which really sucked.
Finally…we are down to shows that have made some major changes but it’s too early to tell how those changes are going to affect the shows (& my viewership…).
The biggest one for me is Castle. Last season was huge for the show. Both Castle and Beckett admitted their feelings to the other, and the finale ended with them on their way to the bedroom. I have as much faith in Andrew Marlowe and company as I did in Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, so I honestly believe this change will only make the show better for me.
This season of Covert Affairs is tough for me so far. We’re only three episodes in, but they’ve split Annie and Auggie up, putting her with a new boss, which seems to be changing her personality in a way that I’m not sure I like. Plus, Auggie is engaged now and seems to have lost his ability to speak Annie-ese—I have a hard time thinking that he really couldn’t “see” how much he was hurting Annie when he told her in last season’s finale that he was going to Eritrea to see his girlfriend (just as she was getting ready to admit her feelings, darnit!) and then again this season when he told Annie he was going to propose to Parker. Also, from what I’ve read, Auggie is going to go much darker this season, which I’m not sure I’ll like. I’m hopeful that I’ll still be able to enjoy the show. It’s one of my favorites. But I guess we’ll see…
Two shows that I don’t watch anymore but I know have major changes that happened at the end of last season are Dexter and Glee. On the first, Deb now knows Dex’s secret…and she realizes she loves him. Not just loves him like a brother (they aren’t blood brother and sister, but still, they were raised as siblings and think of themselves as siblings—at least until recently, I guess?), but like LOVES him loves him. Ew. So how the knowledge that Dexter is a killer and Deb loves him will affect the show will be interesting for viewers. And then on Glee, half their cast graduated. Rachel is going to NYC. Other characters are going off doing other things. I know fans are interested to see how the show is going to handle all of that.
So there you have it. My random thoughts and complaints. 😉 Do you have a show that you loved that went through a major change of some sort? Did it affect your enjoyment of it like it does mine? We’d love to hear, so leave us a comment and let us know!