Velma always seemed like an odd experiment, a reimagining of Scooby-Doo in adult animated form where the danger is real and the jokes are even cruder. It could have worked, but by all accounts… no. not at all.
The first two episodes of Velma have arrived on HBO Max. They weren’t really liked by the critics, but the audience’s opinions? These are cruel.
Currently, Velma is reviewing 50% of the critics on HBO-Max – very poor Rotten tomatoesand only 9% out of hundreds of audience results.
Before you go in and say “Well, this is people reviewing bombing the show because it made the cast more diverse” that’s… kind of the weirdest thing here. Seems to be a disturbing movie Both aspects of her potential audience here. Sure, there will be the usual “Recast Diversity” haters, but if you watch the show itself, it almost feels like Mocks Offers that offer a variety or social messages. It’s led to what you might have thought would be a more left-leaning fanbase of the show to accuse creator Mindy Kaling of actually making it up a bit. reservation Project, where people cite past comments she’s made and things like her liking JK Rowling’s recent tweets as evidence of her personal opinions.
Above all, the humor doesn’t seem to really connect with any audience. The show seems like it’s trying to annoy anyone who’s watching, and the Scooby Doo IP seems almost secondary to the whole concept. Scooby Doo has achieved great success over the years as both a children’s animation and live-action film, and while it’s possible that some adult animated versions of the concept may have worked, this iteration seems to have rubbed all potential audiences the wrong way. This is a show where Daphne and Velma finally kiss, yet its would-be liberal audience writes it off for feeling animosity.
Which is a shame, because this is already an excellent actor here. Constance Wu, Sam Richardson, Glen Howerton. And I definitely love Kaling’s work before, whether it’s The Office or The Mindy Project or more recently, I’ve Never. But a movie? Something went wrong here, and it’s harder to roast than any new show I’ve seen since The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix. Although this rose to 13% of the audience in the end. Right now, Velma really doesn’t have anything else to compare herself to in terms of how poorly she scored, and she can’t blame a politically driven review bombing campaign given that. Both Aspects of the Aisle hate her for various reasons. What a strange situation.
Update (1/15): Time hasn’t made this better because more people have watched the show, which HBO now says is the most-watched Max animated original series premiere of all time (there’s not much to compare it to, even Harley Quinn premiered on the DC Universe).
- With nearly 3,000 ratings, Velma has a 7% audience share Rotten tomatoes.
- Filma has a 0.4/10 in user reviews Metacritic (A 59/100 from critics).
- Filma got 1.4/5 in Audience Score The Google.
- With nearly 9,000 votes in, Velma has a 1.7/10 in IMDB.
In short, Vilma has hit the holy trinity: It is, in fact, bombarded by right-wing viewers complaining about “awakened” content. However, unlike other series that do this, left-wing viewers do not find the show tenable, and they are also Score it low. Not because of the “wake up” content, but because it’s just… bad. Then you have the third pillar, which is to annoy the Scooby-Doo fans who love the classic series and IP and hate that they are used in this way for bad adult cartoons. This may actually be the largest of the bunch, based on the reviews I read online.
Mindy Kaling has continued to draw Velma’s ire online, with many citing her constant “self-inclusion” in her series, with a recurring theme of an Indian girl desperate for white attention also present in her other shows.
But it has also been brought up that Charlie Grundy is actually credited as the creator of the film. Grundy was a frequent collaborator of Kaling and in the aftermath of Vilma’s cases he was accused of being a “nepotist” case, the son of a former Love Boat star and congressman, with his mother a Hollywood television writer. It has gotten very personal with these two, with many looking for explanations as to why Velma is around This is amazing bad.