This isn’t the first time that Netflix has taken something we liked and decided not to continue forward with it. Most rec, they chose not to renew Felicia D. Henderson‘s sapphic romance adaptation of V.E. Schwab‘s First Kill. The series featured up-and-coming actresses Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis in a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance that pitted vampires against monster hunters.
We are far from excited about the announcement. We generally loved the series and found ourselves drawn into the story being told. First Kill features two families pitted against each other, and they really felt like a family unit. This can be hard to achieve, especially when the cast hasn’t worked together before, let alone even met. But they managed to convince viewers that we were looking in on them. This helped elevate the stories and stakes found throughout season one.
But what really gets to us about losing First Kill after only one season is all the unanswered questions. We will never get the chance to see if Juliette (Hook) and Cal (Lewis) find their way back to each other and learn to forgive. We won’t know what happens with Elinor (Gracie Dzienny), Oliver (Dylan McNamara), Theo (Phillip Mullings Jr.) and Apollo (Dominic Goodman). There are so many loose ends that will never get tied up.
And while yes, that would typically be the most frustrating part of losing First Kill, it is far from it. The real crush is the loss of a story that features such remarkable representation. The sapphic romance found within the series was refreshing. This wasn’t a “coming out” story or about finding themselves. Jules and Cal’s characters already knew where they stood in their sexuality and what they wanted. Finding this story in the fantasy genre felt like finding a needle in a haystack.
There is already a push on social media to get Netflix to undo their choice, and maybe, just maybe, Fist Kill will be a series we can save. What are your thoughts on the news? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.
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