“Why [would you] to harm something you love because you’re frustrated with how it’s released? “, asks Eric Kripke as season 2 drops to 2.7 stars (out of 5) in Prime Video.
Now they have turned their attention to Amazon Prime The Boys for the second season. But this time they don’t seem to have a problem with the show’s content, its characters or any of its storylines. Instead, they are angry at how it was released and showrunner Eric Kripke is understandably disappointed.
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Unlike season 1, sophomore “Boys” is broadcast on a weekly schedule, more like traditional television. This is not unheard of in streaming, where shows from Hulu to Disney + (and even the random project of Netflix) are presented in this way.
But the most common format for streaming shows is to discard an entire season at once to allow you to watch overeating. That’s what the Boys did for their first season, so fans are outraged that the show dares to wait for new installments this time.
While the second season of “Boys” is quite 98 percent certified Fresh Fresh Rotten tomatoes, his audience rating is only 81 percent and is even worse Prime Video itself, where its ranking is just above average by 2.7 out of 5.
Of course, all this really reveals a fatal flaw in the ranking system, a fanboy has been exploited for several years to intensify his petty complaints. And this time, a quick scan of these negative reviews shows that most of them are entirely related to the show’s release schedule.
“I realized that people were disappointed and, honestly, looking back, we thought we were communicating, that we were weekly,” Kripke said. TheWrap in an interview last week. And they were, with Amazon vigorously promoting the new season as coming out weekly.
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Obviously, however, the fans did not bother to pay attention to this, but simply expected it to be released in the same way as it was the first season.
“It is clear that we have had to do much more than that in retrospect to make sure that people are not surprised and disappointed,” he continued. “I’d do it differently. I mean, we announced it again. But we had to sign it neon on everything, of course.”
The bottom line, though, is that he can’t understand “why you would hurt something you love because you’re frustrated with how it’s released.”
Fortunately, since it’s so obvious how lame these review bombs are, Kripke isn’t worried that it will actually affect the show in any way, which was recently taken for a third season.
“We’re fine and it will be fine, but it’s not fun to see bad reviews about something that people actually like,” he said. “Like that doesn’t make the people who do the show feel good. I’ll say it.”
In addition, they are actually complaining about a creative decision made by Kripke and the show’s production team. “One thing they need to understand is that it’s not like corporate, grabbing Amazon’s money,” Kripke said. “It was from the producers. We wanted it. It was a creative choice.”
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“So they may like it or not, but they have to at least respect that the people who do the show wanted it to be played this way because we wanted to have time to slow down a bit and talk about everything.” he continued.
One of the disadvantages of the overeating model is that the show stays in the news cycle for a few weeks at most. “Stranger Things” and “The Haunting of Hill House” are pop bodybuilders, but neither of them holds the spotlight for more than a month with every drop.
Compare this to “Lost” or “Breaking Bad,” which managed to maintain a steady interest from the public week to the week by having this more traditional release schedule. Hulu’s The Maid’s Tale is a more recent example of a show that enjoys the same benefits of a weekly schedule.
The “boys” got a lot of noise and press when they released their first season, but quickly disappeared in the era of peak television and the next shiny new project came out. Already this season there is a more sustained interest and analysis of each episode during its premiere.
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It is not to say that one is better than the other, but to say that there is a difference in the way programs are analyzed and consumed depending on how they are broadcast. And this release plan is absolutely part of the creative vision that the production team can have for their project.
Plus, as Kripke says, why bother destroying something you love with clear bombs for something like a release schedule?
What if Prime Video just looked at the review numbers – we know they look at the algorithms when deciding on programming – without delving into what fans are complaining about and deciding that fans should hate the direction of the show and pull the plug?
Did the fans not have the “Boys” at all, if they can’t have it the way they want it?
The new episodes of “Boys” fall every Friday in Amazon Prime Video.
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