I recently got around to watching Mr. Robot. And as great of a show as it is, I regret doing so.
When it was originally released, I watched the first two episodes. How could I not? As a software engineer it was pretty much my duty to watch the one show that scored highest on the computer-realism factor. And they were actually really good, but I didn’t watch any further. Why? Because it had already been renewed for a second season. My guess was that it was going to be another one of those “we’re going to milk this shit for ten fucking seasons” series. I still kept hearing nothing but praise about it though, and so I cracked. I watched the whole first season.
Fuck. I was right. The season has literally zero closure. It has raised more questions than it has answered, the last episode was one big cliffhanger. Shit. Why did I expect anything different? Why did I fall for it despite knowing what I would be in for? This seems to happen to every single serial series, and it’s infuriating. (Episodical ones can get away with a single season-finale cliffhanger, because it generally doesn’t affect more than that finale and the opening of the next season.)
It honestly feels like really bad manners. It doesn’t feel like a proper story if there is never a conclusion in sight, or if that conclusion is never reached. And what if their second season suddenly gets canceled? The fans will have zero closure. Nothing. It’s fine if you leave some things open for the story’s continuation in the next season, but straight-up pausing the entire fucking plot? No reason to do that other than “if there’s a cliffhanger the hype will stay”.
And you shouldn’t need to rely on that.