We all know streaming platforms strive to create the latest “hot thing” to gain new subscribers. However, in the effort to release new content that pins bums to seats, there’s inevitably going to be some savage culling. The latest to feel the wrath of Netflix’s cutting knife is supernatural thriller 1899. To say fans are a little pissed off is an understatement, and quite rightly so, as 1899 was shaping up rather nicely.
If you’ve not seen 1899 – and might not bother as you know there is only one season – it’s entirely set on an ocean liner heading to America. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go according to plan and so begins an intriguing plot that meddles with time and space, casting doubts across those onboard regarding where this journey is headed.
Created by the same team behind Netflix’s previous series Dark, 1899 had everything going for it. A great plot, excellent actors, and importantly decent reviews with a 74% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet even that wasn’t enough to save the promising show from annihilation. Creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Freise confirmed on social media that it wouldn’t be picked up for a second season.
“With a heavy heart we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed. We would have loved to finish this incredible journey with a second and third season as we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned. That’s life,” the statement reads. “We know this will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you were a part of this wonderful adventure. We love you. Never forget.”
It’s easy to understand fans’ frustration when there seems to be no rhyme or reason for a cancellation. Some shows seemingly carry on forever (when they should’ve bowed out gracefully), while others never achieve their full potential.
Where to go now?
Made even worse is the fact that the season ended on a cliffhanger (like any good show would). As the statement mentions, the creators envisioned at least three seasons to tell the full story. Maybe, just maybe, another streaming platform might save 1899 from the watery depths. Netflix saved Lucifer so why wouldn’t Disney+ or Amazon Prime step in if the conditions were right?
What are your thoughts on the cancellation? Did you agree or disagree with Netflix’s decision, let us know.