Torture and chill: The worst Netflix Originals
In an interesting turn of events, Apple might be contemplating a purchase of Netflix. With that in mind, what better time is there to take stock of the streaming service’s back catalogue? If you didn’t know, not everything that the streaming giant has produced has been a hit. There’s been a string of stinkers recently too, and we’re here to tell you exactly which play buttons most deffo don’t need to be pressed. Here are eight Netflix Originals that simply aren’t worth your time.
Will Arnett’s attempt to re-bottle BoJack Horseman’s washed-up depressive story is an unfortunate flagging failure. It’s a real heartbreaker to see Arnett unable to land even the most basic notes of drama or comedy. As he stumbles from scene to scene, it’s all the more painful knowing that this is his passion project. Following a “guru” who falls into a difficult spate of love, Flaked cannot seem to find a rhythm or tone to call its own. There’s a few chuckles here and there, and Arnett is always a hidden treasure of a performer, but it’s really not worth it.
Netflix expected to cash-in on another Black Mirror anthology-style series with this one. Unfortunately, Easy is a paltry mess of a dramedy that meanders around with little purpose. In fact, it seems to be little more than a vehicle for A-list cameo appearances than anything else. Orlando Bloom (Carnival Row) and Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist) show up in this series tracking life throughout Chicago, and whilst it’s been highly lauded by some critics, it’s a real limp drama that fails to fill its characters with any life. Aya Cash (You’re the Worst) turns up and she’s great, as she is in everything, but it’s not enough to save a series that is far from easy viewing.
A real disaster of a comedy. Following a bunch of Harvard alumni living it up in New York City, the likes of Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) and Keegan-Michael Key (Tomorrowland) attempt to sell some ridiculous setups and jokes that continuously fall flat. It finds no way of making you sympathize with any of its leads, and ends up completely directionless. It’s a real waste of stellar comedy talent. Heck, what was Netflix thinking with this one? We’re at a loss for words.
Netflix’s attempt to create an epic television event equal to that of Game of Thrones, Marco Polo falls so short of the mark that it’s almost laughable. Following famed explorer Marco Polo’s time in the court of Kublai Khan, this story never really tends to go anywhere. Entire episodes are comprised of uninteresting characters sat around doing nothing. The series was such a stinker that it’s apparently become a $200 million loss for Netflix. Lesson of the day: a high production budget doesn’t make up for a complete lack of a story.
This teen mystery is a completely perplexing story. There’s so much to unpack in its absolutely problematic depiction of suicide as a dramatic device, and how it manages, even with some sense of care, to fall into the same pratfalls as other dramas before it. We simply could not stand this story which attempts to lecture you on how sad this situation is, while reinforcing toxic stereotypes and outdated ideas about mental health. A gross misstep, to say the least.
We’ve genuinely got no idea how this thing exists. We’ve not always been the biggest fans of Kathy Bates (Misery), but Disjointed takes the idea that if you say “weed!” enough times then it becomes funny. Following a family running a Los Angeles dispensary, this comedy is filled with laugh-riot moments. Actually, no, it’s dreadful. Wandering from scene to scene without any sense of continuity, no laughs manage to make their mark. It’s somehow got a second season order – boggles the mind, right?
With a screenwriter accused of sexual assault, a production company called “Trigger Warning” (ugh), and a racially insensitive story, Bright is a total shambles of a film. David Ayer hasn’t really made a coherent film since Fury, but this attempt to repackage End of Watch in fantasy aesthetic is far from a return to form for the director. At one point, the film seems to languish in a “both sides” neutral stance while ignoring gross injustices. It’s a complete mystery, besides money, as to what Will Smith (I Am Legend) is doing in Netflix’s attempt at box office blockbuster, but Bright is simply not worth the time.
Iron Fist takes the white savior trope and beats it with a stick, until somehow, thirteen one-hour episodes manage to fall out – kind of like the worst pinata ever. With a completely uncharismatic lead in the form of Finn Jones, and action cinematography that cuts and shakes every half-second, Iron Fist has all the drama of watching paint dry. It’s a rather brainless story that becomes laughably bad. Quite frankly, it takes the crown for being one of the worst shows to have ever graced the streaming platform.