Velma has always seemed like a slightly odd experiment, a reimagining of Scooby Doo in an adult animated format, where the danger is real and the jokes cruder. It could have worked, but apparently… no. In general.
The first two episodes of Velma have arrived on HBO Max. They didn’t really impress the critics, but the audience reviews did. They are cruel.
Velma currently has a very poor HBO-Max rating of 50% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and only 9% with hundreds of audience points.
Before you jump in and say “well this is why people review the show bombing because it makes the cast more diverse” this is… one of the weirdest things here. Velma looks sad both of them aspects of its potential audience here. Sure, there will be the usual “diversity makeover” haters, but if you watch the show, you’ll feel like it’s pretty much over. entertaining of shows that do diversity casting or social messaging. It turns out that what you might have assumed would be a more left-leaning fan base for the show to accuse creator Mindy Kaling of making it somewhat of a reality. conservative Project because people are citing his past comments and things like J.J.
More than anything, the humor doesn’t really seem to connect with any audience. The show feels like it’s trying to annoy everyone who watches it, and the Scooby Doo IP seems almost secondary to the whole concept. Scooby Doo has been a hit over the years in both children’s cartoons and live-action movies, and while it’s possible that some adult animated version of the concept could have worked, this iteration seems to have rubbed all potential audiences the wrong way. This is a show where Daphne and Velma end up kissing, and yet its potential liberal audience writes it off because it all seems controversial.
It’s a shame because this is a really stellar cast here. Constance Wu, Sam Richardson, Glenn Howerton. And I’ve certainly enjoyed Kaling’s work in the past, whether it was on The Office , The Mindy Project , or most recently Never Have I Ever . But Velma? Something has gone deeply wrong here, and it’s getting harder than any new show I’ve seen on Netflix The Witcher. After Blood Origin. Although even it rose to a 13% audience score in the end. Right now Velma really has nothing else to compare it to in terms of how poorly it scores, and it can’t blame a politically motivated review bombing campaign, given that both of them parties across the aisle don’t like it for a variety of reasons. What a strange situation.
Update (1/15). Time hasn’t improved this as more people have watched the show, which HBO now says is the most-watched Max original animated series premiere ever (not that there’s much to compare it to, even Harley Quinn was featured is in the DC Universe).
- With nearly 3,000 reviews, Velma has an audience rating of 7% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Velma has a user review of 0.4/10 on Metacritic (by 59/100 critics).
- Velma has an audience rating of 1.4/5 on Google.
- With nearly 9,000 votes, Velma has a score of 1.7/10 on IMDB.
In short, Velma hit the holy trinity. it actually gets bombarded by right-wing viewers who complain about “woke” content. And yet, unlike other series that do, left-leaning viewers don’t find the show defensible and too underestimating it. Not because of the “woke” content, but because it’s just…bad. And then you have the third pillar, which upsets Scooby Doo fans who love the classic series and IP and hate that it’s being used in this way for a bad adult cartoon. It might actually be the biggest group based on the reviews I read online.
Mindy Kaling continues to attract ire on the Internet for Velma, with many citing her constant “self-placement” in her series, a recurring theme of an Indian girl desperate for white attention that is also present in her other shows.
But it’s also rumored that Charlie Grandy is actually believed to be the creator of Velma. Grandy has been a frequent collaborator of Kaling’s and has been accused of nepotism in the wake of the Velma issues, the son of a former Love Boat star and congressman, and a Hollywood television writer with his mother. With both of these being quite personal, many are looking for explanations as to why Velma this bad
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