Firefly fans and really any Whedonite can relate to having their show cancelled. Just the mere thought of one’s show going belly up can raise the blood pressure of the average devoted fan. It’s like losing a best friend or going through a horrible break up. Ice cream and tears are sure to be participants in the pity fest. For those non fandomers who have friend going through cancellation, it is best not to engage if your only advice is, “It’s only a show.” Your head will be chewed. So get comfortable as we breakdown the stages of post fandom cancellation.
1: DENIAL: When you first hear or read that your show has been cancelled, we all go through doubt and disbelief.
So you read as much as you can to try to find an article dispelling this horrific news.
2. ISOLATION: But, oh no! It is true! The moment you always new would come but never prepared yourself for has indeed arrived. You have been a victim of cancellation.
You feel numb and withdraw from any activities that don’t involve surfing IMDb and re-watching old episodes of the cancelled show.
Your friends are going to wonder where you are, but you don’t care. You have just experienced a very traumatic experience. You need alone time.
3. ANGER: But your friends decide to reach out to you despite telling them to stay away. But, as non- Fandomers, they won’t know your pain. They don’t know you devastation.
And as soon as they try to help you “feel better” by saying “It’s is just a show,”
Or, to join another Fandom.
But its not just another show and you cant just join another fandom, so you snap at them like a rubber band.
4. DEPRESSION: And after your friends have left you to your solitude, crying is likely to be expected.
You’ll cry on the floor. You will cry in the kitchen. You will cry at a Walgreen’s commercial. Just expect crying. A lot of crying.
5. ACCEPTANCE: But after all those tears subside, you might finally see the light at the end of the road.
So you call up your friends, even though they were wrong for minimizing your feelings toward a show.
And you decide you are okay to watch something other than the cancelled show, but not with out a chocolate buzz of course.
You made it! You finally made it out with little damage. And you can possibly be fine.
Unless, of course, some idiot tries to remake the show and therefore dishonoring its memory. (Because we all know the original was better.) If that happens, there will be war.