Thursday, April 18, 2024

Netflix strikes again, cancelling 1899

On Monday, Netflix announced that it has cancelled multi-lingual series 1899 after one season, not even two months after it premiered. Co-creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Freise later confirmed the news in a post on Instagram. The two previously worked on another Netflix series, Dark.

“With a heavy heart we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed,” they wrote in their statement. “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. We know this will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you were part of this wonderful adventure. We love you. Never forget.”

1899 follows a group of Europeans travelling to New York from the UK on a steam ship called the Kerberos during the titular year. They are following the same route as its sister ship, the Prometheus, which disappeared four months earlier. On the way to the United States, mysterious events start taking place on the ship after they receive a message from the missing Prometheus.

Queer fans were particularly invested in 1899, as it featured Elite star Miguel Bernardeau in the role of Ángel, a wealthy Spaniard travelling with his priest brother, José Pimentão’s Ramiro. The show goes on to reveal that Ángel and Ramiro aren’t actually brothers, but lovers in disguise. There is also another gay character in the show named Kester, who was played by Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen.

“As a lot of you may already know… 1899 will not be renewed for a 2nd and 3rd season,” Lynggaard Tønnesen wrote on Twitter. “We are all truly devastated by this fact. This photo was taken the first night I met these people. You can take away the show, but you can’t take away family🖤 Thank you all for watching.”

Shows led by queer characters being cancelled by streaming platforms isn’t a new trend, and seems like one that will continue.

Ty Galiz-Rowe

Ty is a freelance games writer and esports expert.