The Agony of Shipping and Cancellation

In an effort to clear off at least some space on my TiVo before the new season of shows begin airing, I’ve been trying to catch up on the loads of shows that I have recorded and that taunt me every time I turn on my TV.

FYI, this post has spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen Covert Affairs and thinks they might want to, especially the final two seasons. You’ve been warned.

COVERT AFFAIRS -- Episode 309 "Suffragette City" -- Pictured: (l-r) Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, Christopher Gorham as Auggie Anderson  -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/USA Network)

COVERT AFFAIRS — Episode 309 “Suffragette City” — Pictured: (l-r) Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, Christopher Gorham as Auggie Anderson — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/USA Network)

Most recently, I caught up on what ended up being the final season of Covert Affairs. I’ve loved this show and the characters of Annie and Auggie, fellow CIA operatives, since the first episode. Both have gone through various romantic relationships before, finally, in the fourth season these two, who are perfect for each other, finally acted on a mutual attraction that grew out of one of the best friendships on TV. My inner fangirl delighted in this, anxiously awaiting each new episode. And then a bad thing happened. The writers broke them up.

Okay, Trish, don’t freak out. I have to believe that the writers have Annie and Auggie as the endgame. How could they not? Even when the fifth season started and the storylines took Auggie toward one of his exes, Tash, (who I didn’t particularly like), and Annie toward a new love, Ryan, (which, oddly, I did), I still believed that something would happen and Annie and Auggie would find their way back to each other.

And then another bad thing happened. The show was cancelled after its fifth season, about the same time as another favorite on the same network, White Collar, was also cancelled. We are left hanging at the end of the season with Auggie, having left the CIA, to travel the world with Tash, and Annie considering (and seeming to decide to accept, based on her final facial expression) a marriage proposal from Ryan. Aside from the obvious frustration that we won’t be able to see how this would have all played out, the worst part is I feel the writers just erased much of the romantic attraction between these two as if it were just a passing flirtation. I couldn’t quite buy that in one season they’re obviously in love and in a lovely relationship and then when they meet up at the beginning of the next season, after several months of not seeing each other, it’s just gone and they’re both okay with that. WTH?! (Trish’s inner fangirl and writer is screaming.)

This isn’t the first time that I’ve wished that when a show starts, all the parties involved knew how long the show would last and thus the various arcs, including the romantic ones, could be planned accordingly and offer the viewers who stick with a show and are invested in those relationships (or ‘ships) the payoff they deserve. It would be so much better for the storytelling, and it would avoid fangirl frustration and anger (i.e. Trish wouldn’t still be angry days after watching the final episode).

Have you ever been angered by lack of resolution of a ‘ship you follow on a show when the show was cancelled before it could be resolved? FYI, I’m still mad about Firefly and how we never got to see Mal and Inara become a couple. Grrr. And I was looking forward to seeing an eventual relationship between Riley and Gabriel on last year’s Intelligence, but some boobhead decided to cancel it after one season, too. Grr, again.

So, fellow shippers, tell me your stories of woe from the land of Shiplandia.

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