Lynching Prudence - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
There was some pushback from fans at the way Prudence was essentially lynched early in the series. Sabrina did it to punish her, and it wasn't a great message to send. Teen Vogue actually published a really valuable feature on it, even if not everyone agreed that the character was meant to be read that way.
Mishandling of Characters - The Bold Type
The biggest issue for the show was the way they promoted Adena and then sort of forgot she existed from time to time? They had Kat randomly decide that she wasn't to explore dating women, only to get Kadena back together in a monogamous way. From there Adena sort of didn't matter anymore, only to then randomly dump Kat in the finale because she wasn't creative when she was in a relationship? That combined with the way that just about everyone that had main cast billing (Alex, Jacqueline, and Oliver) felt like an afterthought in their own stories while Ryan, a love interest for Jane, came back in a continuous role just didn't sit right with the fans. It didn't help when the writers' room account on Twitter tried to defend Adena's lack of backstory this season because they felt they explored her enough in a one-off episode.
A Preventable Loss - Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas was a solid performer in the ratings during summer 2017. NBC opted to move it to the regular season after being off the air for over a year and on Fridays, no less. Yes, it was canceled, and yes, it was silly to think anything else would come from the mishandling of the show.
The Demise of a Gem - UnREAL
UnREAL was a refreshing look into the reality TV genre when it debuted in 2015. It all fell apart during UnREAL Season 2, but the show's final two seasons managed to capture the glory of the first one. It didn't help matters that it was shunned to Hulu for Season 4, and it was already announced as the final season. Wouldn't it have been a better idea to assess how the show performed on Hulu before confirming it was over?
An Out of Order Narrative - American Horror Story
American Horror Story dangled the apocalypse in front of our eyes like a carrot. We witnessed it occurring, and then the series went back in time to show how the Coven managed to stop the end of the world. The structure of the season was a huge mess, and the happy endings for the Murder House characters were undone as a result. In the end, it wasn't a worthwhile gamble because Satan managed to dig his claws into Emily and Timothy's child.
Netflix Evicts Three Heroes - Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil
Netflix went on a cancellation spree in the final months of 2018, but the biggest headscratchers were Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil. Even though Iron Fist was mauled by critics, the power of Marvel got it a sophomore run. However, there is said to be bad blood between Netflix and Disney as a result of Disney clawing its content back to put exclusively on Disney+. It leaves Jessica Jones and The Punisher as the sole series set in that universe on Netflix, and they are now very likely to be canceled after their upcoming seasons. All of the Marvel shows were popular, so this was a stunning blow dealt to fans.
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