If a series is not watched enough, it will not be renewed, Netflix is merciless. Now a series has been hit that only started a good two months ago: fans of “Archive 81” have to be very strong now…
Netflix knows no mercy: Although the first season of “Archive 81” ends with a surprising twist and a decent cliffhanger, the horror series will not get a second season. This is reported by the US industry magazine deadline. The reasons for the dismissal are not known but that’s not uncommon on Netflix.
The streaming service is known for its merciless cost-benefit analysis of films and series: If a series did not have enough viewers or a film did not contribute to enough new registrations or subscription renewals on Netflix, there will be no sequel. On the other hand, successful films and series are often continued or expanded into entire universes (from “The Witcher” to “Army Of The Dead”).
In the case of “Archive 81”, however, the cancellation is quite surprising: the horror series was actually quite successful on Netflix. After its release on January 14, 2022, it stayed in the Netflix top 10 in the US, Germany, and other countries for a few weeks and was also watched for at least 100 million hours.
But apparently, Netflix had different expectations, or the cost-benefit calculation between budget and watched hours just didn’t work out in this case, as well deadline supposed.
This is Archive 81
In “Archive 81” the archivist Dan (Mamoudou Athie) is commissioned by the opaque businessman Virgil Davenport (Martin Donovan) to restore old video recordings of the graduate student Melody (Dina Shihabi), which fell victim to a fire 25 years earlier. At the time, Melody was investigating a mysterious sect and was looking for her birth mother.
Dan soon becomes convinced that Melody is not dead, but that he can contact her across time and space and save her life. In the last episode of “Archive 81,” the events then overturn, it goes into a parallel world and the true identity and motivation of certain characters are revealed, before there is a proper cliffhanger at the end.
This open finale will never be resolved, but at least there is a small consolation for “Archive 81” fans: The Netflix series is based on the podcast of the same name, a horror audio drama series also about archivist Dan and a woman named Melody. And the podcast actually has three seasons.