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After a respectable effort in the first season, The Messengers has been cancelled by the CW according to TVLine. The drama series with a religious sci-fi theme was cancelled after three of the ten episodes created for season one. While The Messengers did intrigue critics enough to come back for episode 2 according to The New York Times, it ultimately could not deliver and so there will be no Season 2.
For those unfamiliar with the premise, The Messengers is about five people who are chosen to become angels in order to stop the devil from carrying out the apocalypse. These five people all drop dead after a mysterious force pushes through them. Hours later they come back to life and gradually discover new capabilities such as telepathy and healing powers. This team varies in age, occupation, and personality. It consists of a mother, federal agent, scientist, televangelist, and high schooler. The commonality between them, other than a shared goal, is wings that can be seen in windows and mirrors. In addition, the other major character at play in this scenario is The Man who appears on earth at the same time the chosen five die. He is made of molten rock and his eyes burn red with heat. His part is to consistently remind these people who what is done with their gifts is up to them.
The Messengers revolves around the theme of imperfection and moral ambiguity, according to A.V. Club. It is the classic struggle of what should be done versus what wants to be done. Will the character use the gift for the greater good, or for his/her own self-interested motives? In this case, it is a decision between preventing the apocalypse or satisfying a personal struggle each chosen person faces. Heroes is a show that shares similar aspects in its approach, says Variety. While the show does use a religious twist, it is primarily used as backing for the plot and only used when necessary, according to TVLine.
The Messengers did have potential despite the CW’s little faith in it. The show airs on Friday nights, which typically indicates a network sees lower potential in the show according to Variety. It turns out the CW’s hunch was right on this one. From the premiere, the reviews were mediocre. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, “The Messengers certainly offers enough in its premiere to be worth a return visit next week, just to see where it’s going.” Most critics shared the opinion that the show was interesting enough to tune in for a few more episodes. Though the audience reviews were a bit more promising, it ultimately did not attract a large enough following. The Messengers could not deliver after what modest potential people gave it, and so there will be no Season 2 for fans.
It does not seem the CW show bombed in any particular category. The two most prominent gripes were lackluster characters and that the plot was a bit unconvincing. Tom Long from The Detroit News claimed, “The Messengers seems far-fetched…”. Ellen Gray of Philadelphia Daily News stated, “…its characters so far aren’t that interesting.” The Messengers could not deliver, so therefore there will be no Season 2. According to statistics from HitFix, The show premiered at 1.195 million viewers. From there viewership dropped to 771,000 viewers for episode two, and 651,000 viewers for episode three. For those that did enjoy what the show had to offer, the finale is on Friday, June 19th.
By James Flynn
Variety: TV Review: ‘The Messengers’ By Brian Lowry
A.V. Club: The Messengers adds angels to the CW’s supernatural fold By Molly Eichel
Metacritic: The Messengers (2015): Season 1
HitFix: ‘The Messengers’ won’t get a Second Season on the CW By Daniel Feinberg
TVLine: The Messengers Cancelled by The CW by Andy Swift
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