Written by Desiree
The First Stage: Denial
It can't be true! What about Netflix? Surly they'll pick up a show this good! How many more episodes do I have left? What do you MEAN that's the LAST one? Ever? NO! We think it can't be true. Maybe it's a joke? Maybe it'll get picked up somewhere else. Surely there is something to stop this from happening! Denial is the first stage and can be, particularly with video games, one of the longest stages. How long before we stop believing in Beyond Good and Evil 2?(Never that's when!) How long before we accept that Alphas really does just end that way? Denial can be the hardest stage to leave because as long as we're here we can keep nourishing that tiny little seed of hope.
The Second Stage: Anger
How could they? We feel angry at the networks or developers for not having faith in the story you can see. Angry at the fans for not mobilizing in the most effective ways. Sometimes we even get mad at the creators when they move on to new projects. Why can't the world just love the things we love as much as we love them? We all have a fandom we can't help but to be passionate and fierce about but sadly, for some of us, that fandom will never be completed. I'll never know what happens after Advent Rising and no I'm still not okay with that.
The Third Stage: Bargaining
Seriously, maybe Netflix will pick the show up! Once I become a billionaire, buy Netflix, and order them to give me season three! Bargaining begins with petition signatures but more often than not ends with broken hearts. Bargaining does work every once in a blue moon though. However, that just serves to make us even more deluded in thinking that the fifth Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novel really might show up in some long forgotten basement box. No matter how far fetched or deluded the hope, some of us cling to it so strongly that we believe we can find a way to get our gang back together again.
The Fourth Stage: Depression
This is the binge watching stage. This stage is when you end up memorizing every word of every episode and know what each actor had for breakfast that day. In this stage we wallow in our despair, curl up into our blanket burritos and binge. Do you think if I re-watch enough episodes they'll think the show is popular again and pick it back up?
The Fifth Stage: Acceptance
After the anger passes, the petition fails, and we've memorized to the point where we know exactly how many times that one extra pops up we finally accept our fate. Some shows make it and some shows don't and sometimes those shows that don't are our shows. When we finally realize this we can move on, find a new fandom and start all over again.
It's never easy letting go but sometimes it's necessary. We all love our fandoms, maybe a little too much, but we have to remember the way things work in that stupid real world and know that there is always more content vying for our love and attention. Sometimes change is a good thing. What are some of you favorites that didn't survive the chopping block? Let me know in the comments below.