When stories have been written about the spate of Netflix cancellations over the past few months, the focus has been on the number of cancellations, not on which shows have been cut.
There was some mild sadness about “Archive 81” being enjoyed by horror fans, and disappointment that the highly acclaimed family drama “The Babysitter’s Club” didn’t get more time but rather the likes of the sci-fi epic “Another Life,” a superhero drama The Education of Dion. and a lot of animated undoes didn’t cause much protest.
It wasn’t always like that. When Netflix shut down OA, the protests were deafening. One fan was so outraged by this decision that she went on a hunger strike outside the Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles, (will open in a new tab) and no one (will open in a new tab)but two (will open in a new tab) active petitions urging Netflix to change its mind and order another season. It was the same with Sense8, Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s big-budget drama whose fans were outraged when the news of its cancellation arrived. After all, fans were somewhat reassured when a two-hour special was released in 2018.
Personally, I was very disappointed with the ending of GLOW, an Alison Brie-led show about the questionable origins of a female wrestling show that has established itself as a quirky, generous comedy-drama with a great ensemble cast. But he had three seasons, and although he deserved a fourth, I can live with this result.
But there’s one show’s premature ending that really hurt me, a show that was just picking up steam and could turn into something very special, only for Netflix to cut it after just one season…
This show is cursed. He had such great potential. It was a generous fantasy drama with a fresh twist on a classic story, a charismatic star, and a world that I wanted to see expanded. Then Netflix canceled it after just one season.
The show, directed by 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford, flipped the Arthurian legend by focusing on Nimue, a young woman with magical powers who teams up with Arthur, then a young mercenary. The two team up in search of the mage Merlin and deliver an ancient sword to him.
Their search, however, is interrupted by a terrifying group known as the Red Paladins, religious zealots bent on erasing our magic from the face of the earth, who have managed to make the spineless King Uther an accomplice in their actions.
The show’s first installment was fast-paced, fast-paced and full of great performances, especially Langford and Devon Terrell who played the young Arthur. The pair’s chemistry grew as the season went on as they faced Peter Mullan’s terrifying father Carden, leader of the Red Paladins.
To make matters worse, the series ended with a real cliffhanger, just as the Knights of the Round Table began to show themselves and form a real gang.
While the cost of making the show was undoubtedly high, Damn reviews were good (will open in a new tab)and this young cast, most of which were largely unknown, has grown into something very special. As the world expanded and more familiar Arthurian tales were told, I was excited to watch it unfold and was sure it would draw a large audience.
It also felt like the kind of show everyone from young teens to retirees will enjoy, with clear storytelling and themes that treat everyone as adults, even viewers who haven’t been there yet.
Given a second season, it could be something special.
Was it Cursed from the start?
May be. While he toured fancy hotels and TV studios to talk about his overlong remastered version of Justice League, Zack Snyder revealed (will open in a new tab) he was working on a new interpretation of the Arthurian legend. during the 19th century gold rush (will open in a new tab). The first announcement of such a project would elicit the howls of studio executives the world over because, no matter how hard they try, no one seems to be able to get King Arthur right, and the list of costly failures keeps piling up.
Guy Ritchie tried and cost Warner Bros. over $200 million, Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 performance was a bombshell, and Starz’s expensive TV adaptation of Camelot was canceled after one season.
Cursed was different from those attempts. Firstly, it was actually connected, and secondly, it felt flexible and creative, feeling true to the Arthurian legend while trying to push it in a new direction. It was also brilliant entertainment and deserves to be turned into a five-season drama.
What a disgrace.
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