The highly acclaimed young adult fantasy series Lockwood & Co is the latest victim to Netflix’s cancelling spree. Despite only minimal advertising, Lockwood & Co has gathered rave reviews and topped the charts in several countries. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for Netflix, who have decided to cancel the show after only one season.
Ironically, it is this habit of Netflix cancelling the young adult fantasy series that is probably the reason why the show has failed to reach their expectations. Apparently being number one in 18 countries wasn’t enough for that. It is commonly known in the nerd community that Netflix tends to cancel fantasy shows directed specifically at young adults. This is why many viewers won’t watch a show until at least a second season has been greenlit to avoid disappointment. In many ways, the cancellation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The Story Arc
The cancellation is particularly frustrating, because there are 5 books in total, and season one only covers the first two. Fans of the books know what is to come, and that the arc could be finalized with one more season. The books finish the complete story arc in a satisfactory way, and it truly is a shame that one of the best book adaptations should not be finalized, despite being a major success.
The “Save Lockwood & Co” Campaign
One of the wonderful things about nerds is that they are passionate about their stories and shows. Immediately after the announcement, the fans went to work and started a petition (which at the time of writing this article had gathered over 16700 signatures) to find a new home for their beloved show. Hashtags like “DisneyforLockwoodandCo” are trending on Twitter, and fans are writing mails and hosting watch parties.
Campaigns like these have worked in the past, for example with Lucifer. However, back then, Netflix was the savior of the show, instead of its executioner. Although the campaign might not work, it is amazing to see the audience make their voices heard. After all, they are Netflix customers, and the customer is always right. Right?
If you want to help the campaign, you can sign the petition here.
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Maria is our resident nerd and passionate about all things fantasy and science fiction. She is Spanish and grew up in Germany, which is why she is a native speaker of both languages. Becoming a fantasy writer was only logical to combine her skills and passions. In addition, she is working on her English degree and loves to play tennis and dance Salsa. She is currently writing her first novel and will mainly be covering Star Wars, Star Trek and Shadow & Bone.