A disturbing trend of instant ratings gratification
What I have found is too many shows fall victim to a network's need for instant ratings gratification. This is a disturbing trend which will lead to the eventual disintegration of modern television by, what they probably consider to be, a small, insignificant, fraction of TV viewers.
For instance, I am part of a growing trend of people who will not pay for subscription television. I watch select shows on Hulu or directly from the studios because I cannot justify paying $65 a month to watch reruns of "Law and Order," "COPS," or the various tripe which deluges me in my late-night waking hours. (And $65 a month is considered dirt-cheap by many standards.)
Instead, I watch specific shows when and where I want. I dropped cable two years ago and have not looked back since, driven partly by network executives' apparent desire to insult my intelligence at every turn with reality mind-trash.
That is not to say there might not be good shows on now. But I will not give the abusers a chance, instead remembering their previous assaults upon me.
It makes me thankful the modern network executive school of thought did not reign with such influence on older shows which I absolutely adored. In particular, I think about "Babylon 5" back in the 90s. I got interested in that show during the fifth season. Recently I have spent time on Hulu and the TheWB watching the entire series from the pilot and, ugh, I can see where B5 would have easily been canceled in the 2000s after the first season, when it took the second season to get much better, and rocked in the third.
A more recent example is "Stargate: SG1." Frankly, I thought that show sucked up until the eighth season, which is when, I believe, the Aurthurian story arc began with the Ori and what-not. Fabulous! Enticed by that and a new understand of the show, I have gone back to watch earlier seasons to find that the show has grown on me. Thankfully, Blessed are the Early SciFi Gods.
"The 4400" was another show mentioned here that I found to be much better in later seasons. And I am sure the list could continue. Many great shows had slow starts, I would say due to the complex story lines and in-depth character development. (Which a lot of great movie series endure, lending to people "hating" the first movie while people like me are then ready for the sequels.)
And so comes "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Many story tangents, a developing story arc (with my favorite villainess and "Garbage" front-woman, rowr!), a mechano-woman slowly becoming less of a recreational unit and more self-aware (a foreshadow to "Terminator: Salvation"???), and the relentless pursuit of staving off Judgment Day while giving us more and more back-stories to the movie duo-triologies.
You cannot always have a "Battlestar Galactica" on your hands, which just kicked ass starting with the mini-series, and continued to do so even with its drawn-out episodes of social commentary. Which, Lord forbid, made some people think a little.
And while I build up what I would like to think is an intellectual argument, I digress to much less.
Fuck you, Fox.
Paris, a recreational unit becoming self-aware.