As far as the so-called resolution shows go, I don’t agree that once the resolution happens, the show has to end. Case in point, even though I know a lot of people disagree: Prison Break. Once Michael had successfully, y’know, affected the prison break of his brother Linc, by this logic the show was over. But the second season was thrilling in its own right, as Michael and his gang evade authorities, even though there was technically no breaking of prisons involved. The third season actually did put some of them back in prison, which in turn looked kind of forced, unless you just accepted the storytelling logic at that point. But the fourth season finally advanced the narrative so that the machinations that had put Linc in prison to begin with were themselves resolved. Which just goes to show that even if it was three out of four original seasons, there was still three seasons of storytelling from the original premise, even though the first season achieved the original goal.
My thought is, too often viewers think too small. Even Voyager, which had many, many detractors, actually made people angry all over again at the end of the series because we spent all that time rooting for them to get home, and yet we never get to see home. There really are fans who wish there would’ve been more. Conceivably, there could’ve been a whole new season following the return home, following the crew as it acclimates back to “normalcy,” and whether or not it even is normal, after spending seven years together the way they did.
There’s always more story at the end of a story. Granted, it has to feel earned (another “too often” for me is that too often a story continues but really just spins its wheels because it isn’t actually adding anything relevant to the narrative). Good storytelling always looks beyond what seemed like the original point. That’s why I liked Lost so much, and why it bothered so many other fans. It just kept getting bigger, rather than settling on one simple answer, which I think is what a lot of fans wanted. That first season looked like it was just full of nonsense elements that were just there to be nonsense elements, or to have a far simpler solution than what was eventually delivered. What’s in the hatch? Well, to those fans, the answers. Except, that hatch contained more questions. Although ironically, it also did, basically, have the answers. Just not in the way fans expected, again. To truly appreciate what we found in the hatch, there had to be a lot more layers of the onion peeled back.
Which to my mind is the only kind of storytelling worth taking seriously. If you’re just going to mess around, don’t waste my time.