What a great tv show Digimon is, isn't it? Who could forget such cool characters like Ty, T.K., Mimi, Joe, and more characters. I surprisingly remember more of the digimons' names than the human characters themselves. Something sad happened along the way though.
I was quickly zipping through the original series on Youtube and then I hit a roadblock at episode 52. The series had ended, and with possibly one of the most saddest episodes in the series with a man who was stuck in eternity in some fantasy land which was an accumulation of toys, every hint of color mixed up, and other such nonsense all because of a failed attempt to get to the land the Digimon resided in. He tried to force the kids to stay and try to bring him to the land of the Digi, but good prevailed and he was left for eternity in his land of nothingness. His last words were something like "No, don't leave me here! Take me with you! Ahhhhh!" The episode continues to haunt me to this day wondering where his source of food came from keeping in mind he'd been stuck there since the series began....
Then I saw the direct sequel to the 1st series, except this wasn't one of those deals where they followed the main characters where they were more grown up. Instead they went to a new, younger group, and only 2 of the younger characters from the 1st series were in this new group. As you can expect, my soul was crushed.
Then the spin off shows succeeding the 2nd series just kept getting worse. The 3rd and 4th series had the same "venture throughout digiland, meet new monsters and bosses" deal, but completely scrapped the original cast with completely new characters. The sting was greater than ever this time, almost beyond disrepair to have me lead a normal life.
The franchise began multiple spin off shows each one more and more different. Take "Digimon Data Squad" for example where the story focuses primarily on 1 character who has a watch encasing his awesome agumon who can't even talk so there's no emotional connection to speak of. He goes out capturing those rogue Digimon with his watch thing which he mysteriously gets because of so and so and fits the typical "goofball discovers humongous power, gets responsibility in this new organization, faces lots of evil, and comedic humor ensues" archetype in anime.
I've since gotten over that, and with much difficulty have restored myself to my former self, no longer obsessed with small tiffs about the Digi world, and thinking realistically. I thought "Of course the creators needed a fresh new cast of characters, new ideas, and new reboots of the series!" If they had tried to carry on 10 seasons with just the cast from series 1 the whole thing would've collapsed into a million bricks.
If it did happen though, I'm thinking to myself the potential of seeing them go from middle school to adulthood in no time with their digimon growing ever so mature and becoming seasoned veterans. Except in the pilot episode one of the digimon of the heroes would be corrupted by a new state of the art virus causing it to go rogue wanting to kill Digimon by sight. Sadly, this forces the other Digimon heroes to put down this former friend, but now ravenous rogue digimon, but at the cost of the former digiwielders' sanity from the fact he had just lost one of his closest friends.
Just thought I'd share something that's been bothering me for a long time. As a youngster I had trouble trying to accept these facts, but there they were, and they could not be denied. I still have similar problems with Pokemon, especially with the ultimate Ask Ketchum, Misty, and Brock trio splitting up and only making cameo appearances from time to time.
On another note with shows that painfully had to be cancelled, I agree that some shows like MONK and The Office (US version) should have been cancelled since alot of the former gusto and ideas had started running out. I think for The Office the departure of Steve Carell may have hastened the cancellation of The Office. I'm not entirely sure, just a theory of mine. I still don't know if Fox is going to finally stop ordering new seasons of The Simpsons, but that's really up to the ratings.
Thanks for reading this "short" tangent on Digimon, and tv shows' lasting luster, which the Simpsons in my opinion has run out of mostly.