I’m sure you’ve been in a similar situation to me. You start watching a new show on the streaming service of your choice. You binge-watch the first season for it to be left on a cliff-hanger. Not being able to wait, you search online only to discover that the show has been cancelled after one season. I’m sure like me, your remote has been flung in frustration across the room. Here are nine TV shows that definitely should have had at least a second season.
1. My So-Called Life
This was a show that gave me one of my first teenage crushes: the fabulous Clare Danes. The show itself followed a group of American teenagers through high school. It was known for tackling teen issues such as identity; relationships; drinking, and even guns in schools. They never made a second season, although season one did have a hefty nineteen episodes that aired between 1994 and 1995.
It was one of those great TV shows that never made a second season, which is a shame. I felt there were more subjects to explore. The show did set Claire Danes off on a successful career, though. And Wilson Cruz also did pretty well out of it, as he’s currently the doctor on Star Trek: Discovery.
2. Space: Above and Beyond
Keeping the 90s theme going is Space: Above and Beyond. It aired in 1994 and had a pretty interesting premise. It revolved around humans battling an alien species called ‘Chigs’ – I know, a terrible name. Looking back now, it does seem a bit dated. It certainly doesn’t have the cerebral edge that Star Trek has. But it does have a story to tell. It needed at least three or four seasons to say what it needed to. Sadly, it was cancelled after one season as viewers didn’t quite take to it. That’s a shame, as it showed a lot of promise for future seasons. Maybe it’ll get a remake one day.
3. Freaks and Geeks
This cult show is now twenty years old. The premise of the show was around the experiences of high school kids. Set in the ’80s, it aired between 1999 and 2000. It had a great cast and catapulted Seth Rogan and James Franco on their paths to fame. What made it popular was the fact it was relatable. Virtually every teenage kid has gone through what some of the cast encounter. There are relationship woes; pushy parents and mental health issues that are all dealt with.
But not only are the subjects serious, but it’s also dealt with by using humour. And it worked. Sadly, it was cancelled by NBC in the US before all the original seasons hadn’t even aired. Poor viewing figures were blamed, but the Saturday at 8pm slot has to be the culprit. How many teenagers are home at 8pm on a Saturday night? A second season was never made, but there was so much more to be explored.
This Hilary Swank fronted sci-fi drama debuted on Netflix earlier this year. It showed it an awful lot of promise. A human story of exploration and abandonment as Hilary and her crew head towards Mars. If you haven’t seen it yet, then don’t worry; it doesn’t get left on a cliff-hanger. But Netflix did cancel it after the series aired.
We’re not quite sure why, but we do know it was one of the most expensive series Netflix had ever made. Each episode costing an estimated six million dollars. That could have been part of the issue, but the current filming restrictions because of the pandemic also couldn’t have helped. It’s a shame as it was a deeply humanist sci-fi story. Something that is more unusual in the genre. Who knows, maybe they will change their minds when things (finally) get back to some normality.
5. V Wars
This science-fiction horror was based on the comic book by Jonathan Maberry. The story follows a scientist and his friend as they follow a deadly outbreak that fractures society. The virus turns some people into vampires, which then starts a war between them and the humans. 2020 has been pretty mad so far, but let’s not hope this is a glimpse of what our 2021 could look like. It received mixed reviews from critics and was cancelled after one season. Maybe it was due to the fact we’ve seen that story many times before? Or it could be the fact that it just wasn’t very good. Either way, we’re unlikely to see a second season.
6. The Society
I found this the most frustrating as the show had a really cool idea behind it. It’s based around a fictional town in Connecticut, USA where a strange smell permeates around the town. After the high school students leave for a ten-day camping trip, they return the same day after the road is blocked. They return to find that the entire population of the town have disappeared. The students can only contact each other on their phones and they soon start to become tribal.
Season one was fantastic. It slowly showed how the group begins to pick leaders and how they cope with the power. It also explores the human psyche and how we deal with intense situations. Just when you think the group are getting close to discovering what’s happened to them, a real-life catastrophe hit. Netflix had initially announced a second season for this as one of their TV shows.
But, as Covid hit, it affected production schedules and the ability for filming to actually take place. This uncertainty and delay meant that ultimately the whole project was cancelled. Let’s hope a second season comes to fruition one day in the future.
7. Seven Seconds
This originally aired in early 2018. The story revolved around a white cop who accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager. After rumours of a cover-up, the city explodes in racial tension. It’s a gripping story with some fine acting. And it certainly deserves a second season.
Sadly, it was cancelled after two months. It also received mixed reviews from critics. It’s a shame that channels pay so much attention to critic views. It’s all subjective after all. But I guess that translates into viewing figures, which in turn affects the bottom line. It’s sad, as often executives are too quick to cull a series without giving it a fair shot. I feel that Seven Seconds suffered this fate. Another series would have definitely tied up some loose ends. Interestingly, Regina King won an Emmy for her performance in Seven Seconds.
Another recent Netflix offering of TV shows deserving a second season. Chambers is a supernatural horror series. It features a pretty stellar line-up, including Uma Thurman. The story revolves around a teenager who has a life-saving heart transplant. Sinister things start to happen once she starts exploring the sudden death of her donor. It’s a pretty creepy series that oozes atmosphere. There is some excellent acting and some genuinely tense moments. It also tackles an interesting concept; how we deal with death and trauma. It has a bit of a Paranormal Activity twist towards the end of the season, which isn’t a bad thing. Although, as a previous article of mine alluded to, not the last three movies.
The final scene does leave you with a load more questions than answers, which is a bad thing. Especially as it was cancelled soon after. Again, poor reviews and ratings were to blame, but the critics don’t always get it right. This one definitely had legs to go on for at least a second season.
9. Almost Human
Almost Human originally aired on the Fox network between 2013 and 2014. It was produced by the king of all things sci-fi, JJ Abrams.
The plot revolves around a police detective who works with an android with human emotions. It sounds a bit Star Trek esque, and in a way, it is. It’s set in the future – 2048 – and crime levels are at an all-time high. This is the reason that all detectives are paired with a synthetic partner. Karl Urban – of Star Trek fame – stars as the main detective who is reluctantly paired with a synthetic partner. The relationship between the two grows nicely throughout the season, and there are some genuinely funny moments. There is also plenty of action to keep adrenaline junkies happy.
Interesting to note that the series won an Emmy award for its outstanding visual effects. There was plenty of scope to grow the characters into a second season, but it was not to be. Fox cancelled it after one season, which caused fans to vent their fury on social media. The series received a cult following, and you can see why. Most things that JJ Abrams turns his hands to are great, and this is no exception.
And that’s our list of nine TV shows that should’ve had a second season. Do you agree with our list? Did we miss any out? Leave us a comment in the box below.
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Squid Game – Review
The Players and Games
On 17 September 2021, South Korean, Netflix series Squid Game was released. Unbeknown to many including writer and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, this nine-part drama quickly became the most talked about and watched show around the world.
The extremely well written, staged and thought-out show is a mix of ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Battel Royal’ all rolled into one. To make an intense and binge-able series from start to finish.
The series can be watched with subtitles or dubbed. We would suggest watching it subtitled as some of the dubbed voiceovers don’t quite match up to the characters and you can lose some of the intensity in the scenes. With both options, however, you will still be able to get a good handle of the story, as you follow hundreds of money-poor contestants take on the deadly childhood games.
SPOILERS: If you haven’t watched the whole of Squid Game yet. Stop reading here as we are about to review the players and the games, with some hefty spoilers added in.
All dressed in green tracksuits the players are the focus of the story, and the costuming made sure they did just that. In Screen Rants video Squid Game: 15 Things You Missed, we find out that Dong-hyuk wanted the players in school uniforms. But after realising they would have to wear shorts and skirts, he went with the PE style tracksuits in green, the opposite colour to red on the colour wheel… to make sure the blood stood out.
The game starts with 456 players, but there are eight main characters, who we are invited to find out more about within the story.
Seong Gi-hun (player 456)
The very first player we are introduced to is gambling addict Seong Gi-hun, Played by actor and successful model Lee Jung-jae. Gi-hun lives with his mother, bets all her money on horses, has a lot of debts, and gets his own daughter’s birthday gift from an arcade game. Which cleverly links to the boxes they use for coffins, within the game.
Gi-hun, is a great main character because through his lies and bad habits, his narrative is written to show that he has a compassionate side too, which you can relate to.
Kang Sae-byeok (player 067)
The next character we meet is Kang Sae-byeok, portrayed perfectly by model Jung Ho-yeon, in her first ever acting role. The character arc of the strong, independent, pickpocket, is so interesting and endearing to watch. She goes from depending on herself to becoming part of a team and putting her trust in others.
Her back story is of wanting money to help her brother leave an orphanage and to move her mother from North to South Korea. This puts her in a very sympathetic light which urges us the viewer to root for her.
Cho Sang-woo (Player 218)
The next player we are introduced to is Cho Sang-woo, this complex character played by popular TV actor Park Hae Soo. His own story and mannerisms are what make him such an interesting and confusing character who one minute you like, for example when he helps the team out in tug-of-war game or the other minute you despise especially after the stunt he pulled with Ali, in the marble arena. This makes him one of the best characters to have in a show like this as he is unpredictable, like we saw at the end of game six.
Oh il-Nam (player 001)
The heart and soul of the team… or so we thought! Was Oh il-Nam player 001- we should have known!
One of the smartest players in the game was expertly played by actor and writer, Oh Young-soothe. The likable old man had us going all the way to the end and even made some of us cry in the marble game making the twist at the end of the series even better.
Jang Deok-Su (Player 101)
All good games need a villain, luckily there were a lot within the 456 players, but none were as bad as actor Heo Sung-tae’s portrayal of tatted Jang Deok-su.
Player 101, comes in hitting one of the female players and leaves being dragged down by another one! His well-written character had us shouting at the screen and hoping for a worthy death, and after his betrayal to Han Mi-nyeo before tug of war, she served him the cruel departure from the game we had all hoped for.
Abdul Ali (Player 199)
After saving Gi-Hun in the red light, green light game. Abdul Ali showed not only his strength but his love and trust in others which unfortunately would also become his demise…Thanks to snaky Sang-woo.
Actor Anupam Tripathi took his first big TV role and ran with it becoming one of the most loved characters in the series. Even getting a barrage of meme’s made for the character following his wrongful and underhanded death.
Han Mi-nyeo (Player 212)
Due to the copious amounts of death and blood, it’s always wise to have a little comic relief. Han Mi-nyeo’s character was certainly that, with her frequently used catchphrase of ‘I’m good at everything, except for the things I’m not’. Portrayed by Californian born actress Kim Joo-ryeong, the loud and obnoxious character really gave the competitive edge to the game, especially in the honeycomb games when she cheated, using a lighter to melt the candy! Her character, however, did get a little grating at times.
Ji-yeong (Player 240)
Our biggest issue with this character was that there was simply not enough screen time! Played by Lee Yoo-mi in her first major role, the character of Ji-yeong captured our hearts in just three episodes. Particularly as we got to know more about her harrowing backstory if only there was a way that both Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok could have left the marble arena together!
The main part of the story of Squid Game, is the six schoolyard games, which the players must play and win to get their hands on the life-changing sum of money.
Game 1: Red Light, Green Light.
The aim of the game is not to move when the ‘creepiest doll in history’ is looking, otherwise you are eliminated, and in this game, this doesn’t just mean out! When the ‘creepy doll’ isn’t looking you need to run as quick as you can and try and cross the line within the time frame. Sounds easy right? Not when you realise if you move… you die!
Red Light, Green Light is where the players realise what kind of game they are involved in and where we lost over half to the players too!
The schoolyard set and creepy doll voice just add to the tension of this game, which is also amplified by the visuals of the game in play accompanied by the switch over to the Front Man as he watched the game through monitors whilst listening to the song ‘Fly me to the moon’.
Game 2: Honeycomb/Dalgano Candy
To be safe in this game you need to successfully cut out a shape from Honeycomb, without damaging or breaking the shape. The only tool you are given to help you is a needle.
At the beginning of this game, we truly see the back-stabbing side of Sang-woo, as he realises what game it is, as the players start to pick their shape, before knowing what they need to do.
In the know, Sang-woo goes for the easiest shape, a triangle, and neglects to warn the others as Gi-Hun walks over to pick the hardest shape, the umbrella. This game separates the cheaters from the thinkers as Mi-nyeo and Deok-su use a lighter and Gi-Hun uses his brain and licks the shape free.
The climbing frames, bright colours, childish music and gunshots provide the perfect setting to make this whole scene completely unnerving for the players and the viewers.
Game 3: Tug of War
In teams of ten, it’s time for the players to play Tug of War. The main basis of this game needs no introduction, but instead of being pulled into a pile of mud like the classic game… you get pulled to your death.
Due to the Dr, Player 111, and his extra gameplay with some of the guards. (That involved selling body parts) Deok-su and his team know what game was coming up and managed to put together a team of strongmen to win their heat. Unfortunately, Gi-hun and his team didn’t have the same knowledge and in turn looked to have a weaker team than others. Luckily Il-Nam and Sang-Woo had solid gameplay ideas which saved the team.
The setting for Tug of War, took a bit of a dark turn and away from the schoolyard setting. With yellow and grey platforms set in a pitch-black room. Within this game, we lost half the players.
Game 4: Marbles
With this series, we all had the fear that at one point out favourites would be pitted against each other but not this early! Asked to pair up the players thought they would be playing together in teams like the last game, but that was not the case.
In the game of Marbles, the pairs were left to decide for themselves what game they wanted to play, with the loser being eliminated!
Probably one of the hardest games to watch as most pairs were playing a game of chance. If you were anything like us, we were hoping there was going to be another twist where some of the characters would survive in pairs but instead, we lost some big players and learned who were not to be trusted.
Having two games back-to-back where we lost half the players each time really helped keep the momentum of the story.
Game 5: Glass Bridge
To start this horrifying game of chance, the players had to pick their order, before knowing what the game was which led to a very tense moment where Gi Hun, almost went first. His indecisiveness helping him hugely here.
The aim of this game is for the remaining players to make their way across the glass bridge hopping from glass square to glass square, hoping to land on the tempered glass, rather than the normal glass which would break instantly sending them plummeting to their death.
Again, set in a pitch-black room with a few lights this game was intense! But it did however whittled the players down to three and showed Sang-woo’s ‘do anything for the money’ character again.
The added glass blasts at the end of the game also added an extra twist of tension as front runner Sae-byeok got severely injured.
Game 6: The Squid Game
With only two players left after Sang-woo eliminated Sae-byeok with a dinner knife, it was on to the final game and namesake of the series, Squid Game.
This game is divided into attacker (Gi-hun) and defender (Sang-woo). The attackers’ objective is to reach the “home” square marked on the opposite side of the field, while the defender’s purpose is to block them and push them out to win.
However, let’s be honest we saw very little gameplay as it ended up in a fight between the two finalists. The end of the game was gripping to watch, particularly with the knives in play and Gi-huns indecisive personality. Just as we think it’s all over, rather than putting his foot in the home square Gi-hun tries to get an injured Sang-woo to walk away from the game so they can both survive, giving up on the money.
But it a massive twist Sang-woo picks up the knife from the floor and instead of killing Gi-hun, like we anticipated, he kills himself. This was a great call from writer Hwang Dong-hyuk as it was unexpected and gave us a little extra from Sang-woos character. However, we can’t help but think that maybe it would have been a bigger twist if Sang-woo did kill Gi-Hun and won the games as no one was routing for him.
What do you think about our thoughts on the players and games within Squid Game? Let us know in the comments below.
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