Netflix has developed such a reputation for canceling sensational fantasy series without a care in the world that subscribers are fully prepared for the worst-case scenario from the second a new effects-driven episodic offering set in a more complex reality appears on the platform, with Lockwood & Co. being just the latest example.
Despite making an impressive debut on the platform's viewership chart to become the world's most-watched series, the doomsayers were already out in force declaring that no point in overinvesting when there was a real possibility that it would become the latest in a long line of hits immediately cast on the scrapheap.
Lockwood & Co. has earned deserved praise from critics and customers, but there's one main issue that a lot of people have is that the final episode ends on a cliffhanger that may be picked up off the bat in a second season that is by no means guaranteed to get the green light.
Undeterred, Joe Cornish, the creator and executive producer, said in his Discussion of Film that he intends to extend the duration of the otherworldly investigators by at least two seasons.
When Netflix's record shows that there's every reason to expect Lockwood & Co. to fall, it's difficult to put the pessimism to the side, but there aren't many fingers left in the hope the company will surprise its fantasy followers for a change.