I suppose it is a corollary to sod’s law that any character you particularly like in a TV serial will either die or having something horrible happen to him or her. Or else, the entire television universe is conspiring against me…
Well, take a look at the evidence. Mr. Spock died, didn’t he? Well, all right, he came back to life thanks to the Genesis Project, but that’s besides the point. I liked him and he died! Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer died too, but came back again, which, if you ask me, is way too cheesy. And don’t forget, Angel became “bad” and later left the show, which in my book is akin to dying. But then, a vampire is an undead, so I guess he doesn’t count, does he?
Mulder and Scully also had horrible things done to them. Thankfully, the details are too hazy for me to recall now. At least there’s a new X-Files movie in the future to look forward to. Oh, but wait… given my luck in such matters, “looking forward” is perhaps not an appropriate term.
Closer to the present, I really liked the Ninth Doctor, with his sticky-out ears, his extra-long nose, and the amusing Northern accent. What does he do? He goes and regenerates into the funny-but-sometimes-annoying Tenth Doctor. Bah! Not that I dislike the Tenth Doctor, but we all know who he’s going to regenerate into, don’t we? And then Rose! Oh, Rose… Not to mention the horrible things that are likely to happen at the end of series four next month.
Oh, and let’s not forget Captain Jack Harkness, and what he is going to “evolve” into in the future!
Which of course reminds me of Torchwood and the death of Toshiko Sato, the most inoffensive member of a pretty volatile team. Well, at least she died heroically; though I must also register my displeasure at the other horrible things that happened to her. Falling for an evil alien lesbian and a defrosted guy from the past is bad enough, but to nurse an unrequited love for a team member who can only be described as a “total arse” is just as bad. Speaking of which, Dr. Owen “I-Torture-People-in-Happy-Relationships” Harper had his moments too — before he was shot, and resorted to stalking about as the waking dead for about half of the second series.
**SPOILERS for Bones for unaired episodes in India follow**
And here comes the icing on the cake. The only serial I currently follow on TV is Bones. We are two seasons behind — season one is running on Star World right now, while season three draws to a close in the US. And guess what I learnt yesterday night? In the penultimate episode of the season (the last episode telecast so far), Booth takes a bullet meant for Bones, and the episode ends with his vision fading as Bones cradles her “dying partner” (words from the official site).
Hello?! Unfair! It tell you, it’s a conspiracy! Even though I’m 50-50 on whether Booth really dies… but still…