Did you know that it’s been a whole three years since Lab Rats: Elite Force first aired? Like you, we were so excited when Disney XD decided to merge two of our all-time favorite shows, Lab Rats and Mighty Med. The series, which started and ended in 2016, brought together some of our favorite characters from both shows, including Chase, Bree, Kaz, Oliver and Skyler.
Unfortunately, the series came to an end pretty quickly, and Disney decided not to renew it for a second season. The problem with that, of course, was that fans of the show were left with a major cliffhanger that they had no way to solve. Inevitably, several fans took to the internet to express their frustrations about the ending of the show. Not only were there passionate tweets from fans begging for Disney to bring the show back, but there were also petitions fans could sign to show the network just how badly they wanted the the series to be extended.
Well, now that a few years have passed, we think we’ve all settled down enough to discuss why the show actually ended. After all, there’s got to be a reason, right? Well, fam, here’s what we know:
How did the series end?
Fans of the series will recall that the first and final season left off with a huge cliffhanger. For starters, it was revealed that Chase got a girlfriend, which was awesome until we discovered she was, like, very evil. Then, towards the end of the episode, Bree got mad at Rodysseus for lying to Chase and hurt him using her newfound superpowers, which she once thought to be totally useless.
Obviously, there are a million different directions the series could’ve gone, which leads us to believe that Disney wasn’t planning on ending the series there. Honestly, bringing it back for another season would’ve been helpful so that we could resolve everything that happened in the finale, but alas, we never got our wish and the end of the series still haunts us to this day. Seriously, we have so many unanswered questions!
How did fans react?
When fans found out the series wouldn’t be renewed, they were very upset — especially because it felt like there was so much more to the story that never got told. In response to Disney deciding not to renew the show, fans joined forces by creating petitions, expressing their love for the show, and of course, complaining on the internet about how badly they needed it to continue. Even with thousands of signatures, they unfortunately failed.
Why did it come to an end after the first season?
Honestly, there’s no clear reason as to why the series ended, and it seems like diehard fans really wanted it to continue. Plus, the actors totally fell in love with it. Spencer Boldman, for example, sent a sentimental tweet after the series ended, and although he was part of Lab Rats before it turned into Lab Rats: Elite Force, it’s clear he really appreciated and loved the show.
The actor wrote, “Lab Rats has forever changed my life & I have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity Disney @CPetey222 & @MooreBryan have given me.” Aw!
— Spencer Boldman (@SpencerBoldman) October 22, 2016
Considering everyone seemed super happy to be a part of the show, we have to assume it wasn’t renewed because of its ratings. The finale episode only brought in .55 million viewers, which could be the reason Disney XD decided not to move forward with a second season. Regardless, we miss the series, and we really wish Disney XD would consider giving it another chance.