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HBO Max's 'Velma' Is Going Absolutely Wild In Reviews And Online

HBO Max’s ‘Velma’ Is Going Absolutely Wild In Reviews And Online

Velma has always felt like a bit of an odd experience, a reimagining of Scooby Doo in an adult animation format where the danger is real and the jokes are cruder. It could have worked, but in every way it doesn’t. No way.

The first two episodes of Velma have arrived on HBO Max. They didn’t really impress the critics, but the critics of the public? Those are brutal.

Currently, Velma is reviewing with a very bad for HBO-Max 50% of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and has just 9% on hundreds of audience scores.

Before you jump in and say, “Well, it’s critics bombarding the show because it made the cast more diverse,” that’s… kinda one of the weirdest things here. Velma looks heartbreaking both sides of his potential audience here. Sure, there will be the usual “diversity overhaul” haters, but if you watch the show itself, you’ll feel like it’s almost mocking of shows that do diversity casting or social messaging. This has led to what you might assume to be a more left-leaning fan base for the series to accuse creator Mindy Kaling of actually doing a bit of it. conservative project, as people cite past comments she’s made and things like her liking of JK Rowling’s recent tweets as proof of her personal views.

Above all, it feels like the humor doesn’t really connect with any audience. The show feels like it’s trying to annoy everyone watching it, and the Scooby Doo IP feels almost secondary to the whole concept. Scooby-Doo has enjoyed great success over the years as a children’s cartoon and with live-action movies, and while it’s possible an adult-animated version of the concept may have worked, this iteration seems to have rubbed all potential audiences the wrong way. It’s a show that finally got Daphne and Velma to share a kiss, and yet its potential liberal audience cancels it because of how antagonistic it all feels.

It’s a shame, because it really is a stellar cast here. Constance Wu, Sam Richardson, Glenn Howerton. And I’ve certainly loved Kaling’s work before, whether it’s The Office, The Mindy Project, or more recently, Never Have I Ever. But Velma? Something has gone deeply wrong here, and it’s getting tougher than pretty much any new show I’ve seen since The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix. Although even that eventually achieved an audience score of 13%. Right now, Velma really has nothing else to compare to in terms of scoring, and he can’t blame a politically motivated bombing campaign given that both sides of the aisle don’t like it for different reasons. What a weird situation.

Update (1/15): The weather hasn’t improved as more people have watched the series, which HBO says is its most-watched debut original Max anime series of all time (not that there’s much else to compare, even Harley Quinn created on DC Universe).

  • With nearly 3,000 reviews, Velma has a 7% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Velma has a 0.4/10 in user reviews on Metacritic (a 59/100 from critics).
  • Velma has an Audience Score of 1.4/5 on Google.
  • With nearly 9,000 votes, Velma has a 1.7/10 on IMDB.

In short, Velma hit the holy trinity: she’s actually being bombarded by right-wing viewers complaining about “woke” content. And yet, unlike other shows that do this, leftist viewers don’t find the show defensible and are also mark it low. Not because of the “woke” content, but because it’s just… bad. And then you have the third pillar, upset Scooby Doo fans who love the classic and IP series and hate that it’s being used this way for a bad adult cartoon. This may actually be the most important band, based on the reviews I read online.

Mindy Kaling has continued to draw ire online for Velma, with many citing her constant “self-insertion” into her series, with the repeated theme of an Indian girl desperate for white attention also being in place in her other series. emissions.

But it’s also been hinted that Charlie Grandy is actually credited as the creator of Velma. Grandy was a frequent collaborator with Kaling and following Velma’s troubles, was accused of being a case of ‘nepotism’, the son of a former Love Boat star and congressman, with his mother a writer Hollywood television. It got quite personal with these two, many are looking for explanations as to why Velma is that evil.

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