HBO Max’s series Velma is without a doubt the biggest disaster I have ever seen. And it is with great disappointment that I come to you with the news that season 2 is in development. This comes from Deadline who reported that this dumpster fire was the “streamers most-watched animated series debut ever.” Personally, I didn’t give Velma any streams. But for everyone who did, how does it feel being the DJ Khaled meme “Congratulations, you played yourself.”
For those who need a recap on why Velma is so terrible, let us refresh your memories.
Velma didn’t care for where it came from. All it cared about was showing that it knew what the “youths” or grown-up fans wanted. What they ended up with instead was a poorly written and structured show that dumped information by the bucket load to get the plot moving, leaned on “edgy” stereotypes, and felt like one cookie-cutter punch line after another that left a nasty aftertaste.
The show also went as far as making fun of the kind of people who watch cartoons as adults aka the people you want to watch this show. And I can laugh at myself, sure. But there was no balance in Velma when it came to actual storytelling and appreciation of the characters or the viewers who love Scooby Doo and grew up with it. Instead, it looked down on the viewer, ultimately making Velma a painfully dull watch with no heart.
And don’t even get me started on the long-awaited Velma and Daphne romance!
Velma didn’t deliver when it came to these two. In one episode Velma is head over heels for Fred and giving him life advice in an alley. And the next she’s ignoring Fred and blushing when Daphne looks at her. Basically, this back and forth on Velma makes it seem like the show wants to appease queer fans while playing it safe with homophobes who don’t want that for Velma. And what we’re left with is a set of relationships that feel disingenuous from the start.
I’m not alone in feeling the disappointment when it comes Velma getting a season 2.
Some were ready with memes about the development room for season 2.
Others wondered if we could give season 2 the Morbius treatment where it’s clear how much of a joke this is.
Some were pointing out the inconsistencies of some shows getting canceled and others getting another season, even though the latter is a shit show.
Others felt the betrayal of a friend telling them they were excited for season 2.
There were some…who were happy about it?
And all we can think about when it comes to those who liked season 1 is:
Velma season one is available on HBO Max.