Netflix Was Wrong To Cancel October Faction After Just One Season – Here’s Why
Netflix recently announced that they had cancelled their new show, October Faction after just one season, and I think that was the wrong decision.
It seems like it was a very different time when the likes of October Faction and V-Wars came out.
It was a time when we could go outside without worrying about getting COVID-19.
Anyway, this week it was revealed that Netflix had cancelled two of their shows based on IDW Publishing comics.
Those shows were October Faction and V-Wars. The other show they made which was based on a comic from IDW Publishing was Locke & Key.
Locke & Key performed better with audiences and got renewed for a second season.
However, I honestly believe Netflix was wrong to cancel October Faction.
October Faction wasn’t great, but it had potential
The first reason why I thought the show was as terrible as everyone said it was was because people didn’t think about its potential.
OK, so the first season wasn’t very good.
The thing I actually enjoyed about it was the world it had started to build and the huge potential that offered.
With the October Faction comics, the world it inhabits is thriving with monsters and we didn’t really get to see that in this first season of the show.
However, it could have expanded into that and could have ended up becoming Netflix’s very own Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
The real issue the show had was that it was pretty badly miscast.
They needed to take more from the comics
The series starred Tamara Taylor, J. C. MacKenzie, Aurora Burghart, Gabriel Darku, Wendy Crewson, Megan Follows and Stephen McHattie.
I’m going to sound rather mean here, but I thought every actor was miscast in this series.
The Allens weren’t as interesting as they are in the comics.
I also thought the first season focused way too much on the high-school drama.
I thought that the show could have ended up being good if they opted to leave all of that behind and just explore the world more.
There was a tease that the show might go abroad at the beginning of the series.
However, that never happened, but it could have done in future seasons.
Netflix has a problem with shows based on comic books
One of things I think the show missed out on was taking more inspiration from the comics.
The show doesn’t really resemble the comics that much, and that’s a shame because the October Faction comics are great.
They are full of interesting monsters and great characters. You also see what it’s like to be a monster in the comics, and the show didn’t really cover that aspect of the comics that much.
There was a bit of it with the ‘monsters task force’, however, it didn’t’ go beyond that point.
That’s what Season 2 would have covered and I really wanted to see that.
All this said, I do understand why Netflix binned it. I’m just more upset that the first season was so poorly executed.
There was so much wasted potential and now we’ll never get to see the comics brought to the small screen the way they should have been.
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Do you think Netflix was right to cancel October Faction after just one season?
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