Fallen Angel

Angel.jpgThe television series Angel, an offshoot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and brainchild of Joss Whedon, has been cancelled.

This marks the end of the third Joss Whedon show, after Buffy and Firefly. I've not yet watched an episode of Angel, as I am just beginning the first season of Buffy on DVD. Still, based on what I have seen from Firefly, Joss is an amazing screenwriter and has a knack for witty dialogue, well-developed characters, and unconventional story lines. I assume that the same holds true for Angel, and it will be sorely missed.

In a sense, this is an example of the creative destruction economists are so fond of talking about - out with the old, in with the new. But this can be especially difficult for those consumers who fit within a market niche. Since the costs of producing a high-quality television show are high, TV producers tend to focus on the larger demographics. Specialty cable stations like the Sci-Fi Channel alleviate this somewhat, since producers no longer need to compete with the many other TV shows available on network television, but a significantly large viewer base is still required in order to make a profit.

The Sci-Fi Channel apparently rejected Firefly, so perhaps its fan base is not large enough to sustain continued production. This is unfortunate for those of us in the minority, but the only alternative would be to somehow impose our values on others, which would make even more people unhappy.

Ah, if I only I were a philosopher-king...

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That sucks tremendously. I

That sucks tremendously. I never got into Buffy (though I'm starting to with Sunday night syndication), but here at home we watch Angel religiously. It's smart, well-acted, tight, well-shot, nicely choreographed, well-written (from so many perspectives), and not afraid to take chances.

There may be hope. From what I understand, the producers were trying to interest UPN in picking up the series. Whether there is any validity to that, I don't know, but it's a nice thought.

This season, the show really began to hit its stride. It's too bad.

Oh yeah. I'm glad it was

Oh yeah.

I'm glad it was Catallarchy who broke this awful news to me gently. I avoided hyperbole above, but Angel really is perhaps my favorite show on television.

We aim to please - er,

We aim to please - er, depress. Sorry :(

Firefly was too expensive

Firefly was too expensive for Sci-Fi, or at least so the story went. Firefly, a rookie series just getting its wings cost something around $1-2 million per episode, and that was *without* high cast salaries. Being unable to deliver ratings with that high a cost is pretty much a death knell.

Angel has been good this season, but Season 4 was hands down the best. Also, at the end, it had Zoe from Firefly, which was cool. &_&

Zoe was in the first season

Zoe was in the first season of Alias as well (and possible the later seasons; I haven't gotten that far yet).

Tonight's episode was

Tonight's episode was especially fantastic.

It'd be an entertainment tragedy if this show were to walk with grave finality into the ether with this season's conclusion.