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Jumped the shark
on August 22, 2008
The first season was smashing, and it looked as though the second season was going to be just as strong. But somewhere along the way the tone of the show changed, becoming more politically opinionated on the issues they are dealing with, and the characters becoming increasingly introspective.
This could have been a solid development, if well handled. Instead, we're treated to trite political comments with all the insight of a 60 Minutes expose, and an ever-changing group of characters who one by one lose sight of their purpose and devolve into annoyingly self-centered twits.
By the end of the season the only fun left is guessing which character is going to become the next who will ignore their job and potentially allow millions to die because they have fallen in love with someone they met hours earlier or because they (finally) got caught committing some crime.
Things don't improve in Season 3, which swaps the original cast out, and the revolving door continues in the later seasons. McDonald's has better retention. Makes you wonder what the hiring process is like. Again, this could be interesting if well handled, but the producers took the easy way out, and instead recycle the "I don't agree with X, so I'm going to whine about it for a while, no one listens so I'll get maudlin, and finally leave" character arc.
Buy the first season. If you loved it, rather than buying the later seasons, watch season one again.