A lot of shows are ending this year - some having run their course, while others are being axed - but the one that hits me hardest, as the most mind-boggling and senseless decision, is Amazon pulling the plug on The Tick after only two seasons.
What sort of world do we live in where such a wonderfully witty - and smartly entertaining - show can be dropped, yet soul-destroying fare such as Love Island, Naked Attraction, and everything on ITVbe continues to survive, like cockroaches in a post-apocalyptic cultural wasteland?
Because of technical issues pertaining to the house move, I was a bit behind getting to this season of The Tick, but I hung on every moment of the series once I got to see it.
The world-building that has gone into every detail of The Tick's universe is amazing, and for jam-packed with inspirational material for gamers thinking of running an off-kilter, light-hearted superhero campaign that subverts the genre without ridiculing it.
And, ohhhh, that multi-plot thread cliffhanger that'll now never get resolved!
I know I have often said that we live in a "Golden Age" of genre entertainment - and I still believe that's true - but what a pity that, for all the big shows and blockbuster movies, sometimes the little guys get brushed aside or trampled under foot.
I read this week that Tick creator, Ben Edlund, had tried to interest other networks in picking up the show, but to no avail, which is so sad.
But the big disappointment has to lie with Amazon for killing the show in the first place (after they revived it in 2016).
Conversely, I remain encouraged by Edlund's eternal - Tick-like - optimism...
Please continue to choose love and hope for good things. And I think we might as well accept it as a law of the universe: when the time is right #TheTick always comes back...— ben_edlund (@ben_edlund) June 14, 2019