Netflix has canceled 1899 after just one season even though it has received praise and positive reviews and is currently sitting with a 76% Critics and 74% Audience score over on RT.
The cancellation is just the latest bizarre decision from Netflix but this is the same company that has greenlit The Witcher for a fourth season, also gave us The Witcher: Blood Origin, four seasons of Umbrella Academy, and four seasons of Dear White People. Oh, and also Cuties.
What’s It About?
1899 was from the creators of Dark, which I have spoken about before and is a real mind twister of excellence and originality. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’m halfway through 1899 and the first few episodes were a tad slow but it’s quickly picked up and is already full of WTF moments.
The show is about the mysterious happenings on the deck of a migrant steamship heading west to leave the old continent. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift on the open sea. What they will find on board, will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.
I’m gutted it’s been canceled. Normally I wouldn’t continue watching but I’m too invested now and I need to know where it was heading.
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese announced:
“We would have loved to finish this incredible journey with a second and third season as we did with ‘Dark.’ But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned. That’s life.”
I would still recommend 1899 and hopefully, someone else will pick it up. But as of now, it’s another own goal from Netflix. Here’s the trailer if you do fancy it: