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News recently arrived that Raised by Wolves had been canceled at HBO. The series (not to be confused with the Irish sitcom of the same name) came from Ridley Scott and ran for two seasons, ending abruptly on a cliffhanger. For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, it focused on a collective of survivors who found refuge after the destruction of Earth, and their ongoing journeys to live on this new planet. Two androids, Mother and Father, have been tasked with raising their own human children as atheists, while all other survivors on the planet follow the religion, resulting in regular conflict between the tribes. For anyone who has seen the show, the short story is a parody. Like Sol, the mysterious and often vicious deity at the forefront of Raised by Wolves, HBO gave — and cruelly took away.

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Also last week, acknowledging his own overabundant fandom, Scott Wampler recently penned his own sobering piece for Fangoria both praising and noting the (multiple) flaws of the film Prometheus, another Ridley Scott project (and Alien spin -off) who had just turned 10. Wampler writes, “Consider the courage it must have taken to bring it to the screen with so many of its lofty notions and Lovecraftian riffs intact. the alien universe while showing us parts of it we’ve never seen before. »

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While some disagree (and still think Prometheus sucks a decade), Raised By Wolves can’t help but share the same messy cocktail of DNA. With Sir Ridley Scott attached as executive producer and directing two episodes, his slimy black tentacles are everywhere in this series. Raised By Wolves feels like an extension of Scott’s goals with Alien and Prometheus, as if they could exist in the same universe, just another planet in the solar system. In the 1979 classic, the main ship in which the alien hunts the crew is overseen by an AI also simply named “Mother”, to cite one direct reference).

The ideas for Raised By Wolves were ambitious, grand and plentiful, and felt like the best parts of Scott’s recent return to science fiction, but could siphon off the weirdness with digestible and incredibly brave 40-60 minute segments. The show took everything Scott was trying to say with Prometheus and made it right. Raised By Wolves was brave and refreshing, and it’s only fitting that his fans are so upset by this news.

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With fantastic reviews alongside high ratings, all seemed rosy for the critically acclaimed series, which makes the ax all the more questionable. So why put an end to it? The real answer comes down to the bottom line in Hollywood: money. In April this year, WarnerMedia (with HBO in tow) was sold to media company Discovery. As one of Ridley Scott’s own creations, the two merged into one grotesque final boss and spawned a Weyland-Yutani-like society with the oh-so-catchy title of “Warner Bros.” Discovery”.

Writing in April, Variety said: “During Discovery’s first quarter investor call on Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Gunnar Wiedenfels said WarnerMedia’s 2022 asset earnings forecast was $500 million lower than expected. of Discovery, and that the better than expected results of Discovery help offset those of WBD. ‘2022 will undoubtedly be a complicated year,’ he said. As such, Raised By Wolves, along with a host of other scripted vehicles including Batwoman and The Flight Attendant, were sacrificed to make room.

It’s telling to see that even tried-and-true prints like Raised by Wolves and Batwoman are being forced to make room when, from a business perspective, cheaper things have the chance to be made instead. As a mother bird, HBO saw the eggs they have in their nest and stomped on them to opt for the efficiency of factory farming instead.

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But the story really doesn’t seem to be over. With the assassination of the series, there was an almost immediate reaction from fans. With such a strong reaction from the fan base, as well as mutual support from some cast members (Abubakar Salim, the series’ spellbinding “Father”, has been very vocal on Twitter), the ground remains fertile for more.

Currently at over 13,000 signatures, the “RENEW RAISED BY WOLVES” petition on Change.org is accompanied by their official website, urging followers to streamline their tweets at specific times of the day to make the biggest splashes and to reach out to their streamers directly in an effort to raise awareness of the potential a recognized series like this could have if picked up by a rival.

Acting almost like a whistleblower and just before the show was announced to be scrapped, Salim himself wrote a statement on Reddit and Twitter:

I ask you to show this love, to make your voice heard through social networks and to help us find a new home. I’m not going to lie, it’s a beacon of hope, and a lot of it comes down to the dice rolling in our favor. But as some of you know, I like to roll the dice once in a while, and rolling ‘nat 20s’ seems to be easy for me 😉 So let’s give it a try. Give us everything. Let’s finally open this door and get the light we see from this show, flooding other homes. It was a joke. But seriously. UPDATE: Studios are watching. Always the first day. Keep on going.

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To come so directly and passionately from a known character on screen with a two-dimensional delivery and so devoid of real emotions (or just being cuckolded) is powerful. In his statement, the actor goes on to cite The Snyder Cut and his own successful results as fans fought for the franchise they loved.

Buddy it all up with the very recent #MorbinTime online joke movement, where a bunch of tongue-in-cheek nerds made fake stats and high numbers to push the success of a movie they hadn’t seen or even didn’t care (resulting in clueless Sony re-releasing their Morbius feature in theaters), and there’s proof that the fan moves are real and can work. And Salim thinks #RenewRaisedByWolves is next to hit the headlines.

Refreshingly, the official website created for the movement implores that said fans sign the petition and promote the hashtag politely rather than with brute force. Unlike some other fan moves, it feels like a community – saving something because they know it’s worth a try, not gathering an angry mob to knock on studio executives’ doors while threatening to steal their dog if they don’t renew.

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Raised By Wolves doesn’t deserve to be the next Firefly, an incredible show that was canceled too soon and absent for two decades. In its current incarnation, it’s a bittersweet, never-ending story, a cinematically beautiful fable, now ending in ellipsis. And it’s too good and too original a series to deserve that. This reaction from his fans is correct, being handled reasonably in kind, and led by a man on the inside who has just been “knocked down”, so to speak.

If Raised By Wolves wasn’t as mind-blowing and fantastically unique as it really is, then this news wouldn’t seem to hurt all that much, but shooting down this mighty Pegasus in midair feels inhumane at best – and a avoidance of the artistic medium at its worst.

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