This year, exactly all four Marvel’s The Defenders had a new season of their solo series hit Netflix: Jessica Jones Season 2, Luke Cage Season 2, Iron Fist Season 2, and the very recent Daredevil Season 3. Granted, we know the fate of at least three of those shows — and can pretty much guess the inevitable fate of the fourth — but there’s no denying that new episodes dropped in 2018.
Unless you’re Netflix, who’s doing exactly that.
Yesterday, the streaming giant put out its 2018 list of “The Shows We Fell in Binge With This Year,” and tell me if you notice anything missing. (Or know what half of these shows are because what the shit is a Last Chance U?)
So right off the bat, let’s talk about the “metrics” that Netflix claims it used despite its reputation for refusing to share viewer data. Just get a deep waft from this crock of shit.
Netflix series released between January 1 to November 28, 2018 with the highest average watch time per viewing session. Based on US viewing data. Ranking on this list has no relation to overall viewing.
Translation: “We used arbitrary metrics that you’ll never see. But in case you do, we also did not use metrics and pulled this list straight out of our butt.”
Now, I noticed a few internet commenters oddly defending Netflix’s decision to exclude its Marvel series by saying, “Why would it promote shows that it already canceled?” For starters, you can literally open Netflix right now and watch every single Marvel show until you curse God for giving you sight. Being canceled on Netflix means a show won’t produce new episodes, but it still very much continues to exist on the platform. So there’s a high probability that someone who doesn’t have Netflix could say, “Hey, maybe I should check out Daredevil and its boss-ass third season everyone’s talking about,” and boom. There’s a new user.
So that brings to us some interesting questions about what the hell really happened with the Marvel shows. Because just last year, the first season of Iron Fist was the most binge-watched new drama on Netflix, which is particularly amazing because it’s the worst one of these things. So either those numbers are bullshit, or somehow all four of the 2018 Marvel seasons tanked horribly. I find that pretty unlikely, but then again, that’s just speculation because nobody knows what’s going on except Netflix.
Did they piss away millions of dollars chasing what they thought were easy Marvel views only to have the numbers fart out and die?
Are they trying to spite Disney by refusing to promote the characters?
Is this all an elaborate ploy to make me watch Fastest Car even though I have no goddamn clue what that even is?!
Because if that’s last one, I’ll do it, but only if we get a four-hour miniseries with more Wadeseye. Take it or leave it.