And while Mike White quit Twitter and other wonderful people involved in the show mourned, raged...and promptly deleted those thoughts, I can't help but feel that viewers lost out the most.
The day Enlightened got canceled, I was already in a tail-spin. I couldn't refresh a window without RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE showing up everywhere. I wanted to believe that this was exclusive to American culture but again, headlines and common sense proved otherwise. In high school I was obsessed with Chris Cornell and I read some article about how he had a nervous breakdown about 'society' and he was scared of fatherhood and bringing another person into this cruel world. My thoughts were somewhere along the lines of "get over it, dumbass" and "BLAH I DON'T WANNA DO AP US HW!" Fast forward to 2013 and I'm the dumbass fearing for humanity and thought of birthing a daughter anytime in the near future.
And here was a TV show that was actually fucking doing something about this shit. Here was a show that didn't have gratuitous sex or violence or sexual violence, not because of censorship but because the work's creators were hell-bent on doing so. Here was a show that as one reviewer put it, MADE YOU FEEL ALL THE THINGS. It was pro-women and pro-underdog and pro-love and pro-hope and pro all of these things that have been presented to us in such predictable and boring ways by lesser artists. It took all that shit and made it funny and sad and unexpected. Blah. I am not articulating this in the way I wanted to. I'll make a list instead.
1.) If you have ever loved an addict, or any person that just couldn't get their shit together in a very real way, find Levi's episode, "Higher Power." It will help you heal.
2.) I hope that this will light a fire under the asses of every creative young person that wants to provide an alternative voice to this generation. (As in, we want to tell stories that aren't ripped directly from our [live]journals.)
3.) Fuck HBO. Okay, I know nothing. I am not an insider. Industry acronyms overwhelm me. I have no idea who is really to blame so I'm just going to say fuck HBO. You've lost the trust of so many people. Congratulations on alienating a whole slew of potential collaborators.
A final thought:
Lots of people are saying that the season finale did all it needed to do to wrap up the series and that this makes everything okay because the show can exist in this perfect however-many-episode vacuum. Hello. This was because Mike White saw the writing on the wall long before the cancellation was a trending topic. You don't think these folks could have come up with a Season 3? Really? I still feel like Dougie isn't okay and that I'm going to see him crying on a curb outside the Mayan Theater in downtown L.A.
STAY STRONG IMAGINED DOUGIE, YOU AND CONNIE FIND LOVE IN THE HOPELESS PLACE THAT IS MY ALTERNATE UNIVERSE LAND.