The Five: Top 5 Fanesia moments
What is "fanesia?" It's a word I made up to describe a moment on a TV show that causes TV fans to get amnesia that the moment even happened. They just forget about it, because they think it's such a bad move that hurts that show, that when they look back on the show, they just forget that it ever happened. It doesn't matter to them and they don't consider it anymore when thinking about the show as a whole. In short, "fan amnesia."
Read on to discover my five...
- The Lone Gunmen dying on The X-Files. What a horrible decision this was. Why in God's name would Chris Carter and other writers decide to kill off such fan favorites? Hatred of fans? Fed up with the show? Who knows. But it was really a stupid thing to do in general, and specifically because it had zero impact on the plot or story arc of the show. It just seemed to happen and then things went on. So why do it? In my mind, Byers, Frohike, and Langly are still alive, in their headquarters, helping Mulder and Scully from afar. Let's hope Carter and company ressurect them somehow in the next movie.
- Edith dying on All in the Family. What a weird, depressing thing for the people behind AITM to do. What, this would show that Archie really did love her? Regular viewers already know he did. No, in my mind, Edith is still alive, married to Archie, cooking meals in Queens. (And another fanesia moment from this show: Mike and Gloria getting divorced. Nope, in my mind, they're still married, and that Gloria spinoff never happened.)
- The last episode of Seinfeld. First off, I don't believe these people would let a guy get carjacked and just stand there and laugh, I don't care how "selfish" these four were supposed to be. And the whole plot, with the trial and the former guest stars coming back to testify...ugh. Larry David came back to write this? It's almost as if he didn't understand his own creation. Yeah, I get the whole "they got what was coming to them for their selfish ways," but they always got what was coming to them! That always happened on the show. And having all these guest stars come back...it was like a clip show, and they already ran a clip show before showing this episode, so it was especially odd. Whenever this ep is shown in repeats, I don't even watch it. It never happened.
- Fitzwallace dying on The West Wing. Isn't it weird when they kill of a long-running character from the show? You can't even watch the old episodes without thinking, "oh, he dies later. How depressing." That's how I feel with Fitz (John Amos) dying. So he's still alive in my book, only retired.
- Higgins "possibly" being Robin Masters on Magnum, P.I. Another case of where the writers either forgot what happened for the first several years of the show or they thought that viewers did. Please: there's no possible way that Higgins could be Masters, because they had several scenes with Higgins completely alone in a room, talking to Masters on the phone (unless Higgins was insane, a la Norman Bates in Psycho). This was just a case of the writers getting too cute and clever, maybe extending some kernal of an idea fans had or someone had written some place. I'm happy that Higgins said in the last episode that he lied about being Masters, but by then it was too late. It was silly to bring it up at all, because it couldn't possibly be so.
What are your top 5 fanesia moments?