The Gazebo wrote:
I can relate to waiting in vain. The Woodsmen, if introduced in the original series, would probably have ended up equally iconic to Bob. For me, it was the lack of follow-up to Sarah Palmer at the store and Hawk's visit to her house. If I'm not mistaken, that was episode 12, and I was giddy as hell. I really, really thought we were about to head into a masterful last 6-7 hours that would redeem and justify anything I had problems with earlier on. If I had been asked there and then to place a bet on the overall quality and enjoyment come September, I wouldn't have hesitated to go all in. Instead, the episode kind of fizzled out, and after about 20 minutes of episode 13, I finally gave up, letting apathy, scorn, sarcasm - and a bit of depression - take over. As for Mr. C, that was a real disappointment. Such a thrilling opening, before going on to become a run-of-the-mill villain, more interested in coordinates than being a threat to our beloved town or its people.
Well put. I understand the ways in which people have rationalized these deficiencies to enjoy the show and not have to admit that it has any flaws, but at this point, not having rewatched it in full, I'm not buying it. A rewatch free of the weekly anticipation could allow one to view the work more completely, which is why you should probably try it (although if you're not a fanboy, you might not have the inclination). You're right though -- Mr. C, such interesting early scenes, later the promise of supernatural physical powers, then nothing. Very little with Sarah was explored, leaving fans to fill it in with theories that are nothing more than fan fiction. The Woodsmen could be considered as just one of several of the "Strange Forces of Existence", so one can kind of excuse that promise not being fulfilled, but that doesn't mean the show wouldn't have benefitted from a follow-up.