Netflix is devolving into nothing? Let's talk about this "new" show
If you are keeping up with social and business topics right now, then you most likely heard about the stirrup Netflix has been in. Loss in revenue, "password sharing" and much more is happening right now. Not to mention all of the shows that have been "off-base" like that "Cuties" show and whatnot. I think they are really dropping the ball and have been for a bit, but maybe that's my young ignorance of the complexities of such a large company.
Without skipping too much, but trying to get to the main point of this post. Netflix was down in the first quarter and has been going down ever since the public found out. During the panic of "fixing" this, an article about password sharing was discussed and suggested a large crackdown was around the corner. I am not a business major, and I am very ignorant to all of this. However, isn't it fair to say that this is quite expected -the dropping of revenue- as we were in a big Covid scare where being home to watch content was at an all-time high? Now that things have opened up and people are travelling much more, I would immediately suspect revenue to drop as less avid content-watchers are dropping the subscription.
As well, to fix this revenue problem, and presumably a deficit in spending on production. Netflix has dropped many good shows and stopped production on a ton of content. I am aware there is a big aspect of balancing anticipated-earnings and production expenses, but if you want to keep people using the service you must also have good content consistently coming out. I feel that is not happening, and a lot of much-anticipated shows are being cancelled. I could be wrong, I highly suggest researching a bit your own, so you can be as informed as possible, on this whole Netflix topic I mean.
Hmm... am I high? Why in the world am I seeing this as a new release in my Netflix? Seems eerily similar to something I finished not too long ago..
Oh... that's because I did. Welp I'm a fool for some good nostalgia. Let's kick up episode one, lets see how they mixed this to be super cool and unique.
SPOILER ALERT - Okay probably not, but read at your own risk if you have not watched the original, La Casa De Papel. I won't be going too deep as I am currently 23:54 in the first episode, but I digress.
Okay Netflix, we have a problem. What in the world is this? Why did we need this? There is only one reasonable explanation of why this would be the case to upload something with the same exact storyline. Language barriers, to hit a new audience can be beneficial. WAIT, that can't be why Netflix remade this show, the original had a ton of languages to watch as long as non-synced lips matter.
After looking, Korean is not supported, but I will list all of the languages you can hear in the original. La Casa De Papel was a banger and all but is it really gonna be that good for maybe a couple more languages? There don't seem to be that much of a difference when comparing the two.
La Casa Languages - English, European Spanish, Italian, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Polish, Russian, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Korean Remake Languages - English, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, European Spanish, Filipino, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
I could be completely off with this whole point, but I find it hard to see the benefit. Bolded are the added languages. (Spanish was not on original, but chose not to bold that)
Continuing, the problem persists from the previous as being ~24 minutes in the first episode. EXACT SAME STORY and all, except Korean actors. The same arch, names, "Professor", outfits nearly identical, the maniac bank manager guy. I could keep going with this. My frustration of thinking a new spinoff was here is evident I am sure, so maybe I'm clouded on this. Please inform me in the comments of why this is a good thing, and how it's actually good for Netflix. I've got to be missing something here, or misunderstanding.
-Update, a couple of episodes in and there are definitely some differences that shake some spots up. However, it is still quite "faithful" to its predecessor
Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to watch it. But why wasn't this cancelled compared to something that had better potential financially, and new that spans across multiple language barriers and regions? Maybe I shot too early and there are some plot-twists later on that make me regret this post, who knows.
Okay, so this is why I had that rant at the beginning about Netflix. Sadly, I do think Netflix is going to quickly become a thing of the past. I may be missing something, but I feel like this show's release is the biggest step backward they could have made if worried about revenue and viewer retention.
I am confused and somewhat frustrated. Please enlighten me you Hivean Business Geniuses. I don't get it. Also, I know I come off really upset, but trust me I am not. I try to put some passion into every single post and hopefully that makes the post seem less bland, or boring to read. I will leave it there, thank you for reading check out the new Money Heist, and see if it hits or not.
Until next time...
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They announced that they were making this back when Squid Game came out and it had so much success. I think they are trying to play off of that. I didn't really see the need for a remake and I will likely just skip this one. I am sure it will do well though. The weird stuff always seems to and the good stuff like The OA and Sens8 gets cancelled after one or two seasons.
Yup exactly! I get the hype of wanting to continue a good show or recreating it to keep that "buzz" but man I just don't get the benefits of it in this way. OA was so good, it deserved to keep going.
I nearly started this show the other night, but ended up skipping it. What I watched of the original Money Heist was pretty good, although I never ended up finishing it.
I assumed that this Korean version would be a whole new thing, but sounds to me like it’s copy and paste just to get a few more people in on it. Odd choice, I wonder if the Spanish or Korean version will end up being more popular.
I mean for Netflix's sake, I hope the Korean does much better! lol
It is pretty much copy/paste. some things are different but obviously when a location is changed, so do some aspects to fit "realism".
personally so far, I would watch the Spanish if you do watch any more of it. All of the seasons are out, characters fit their physical looks much better, and ENG overlay sounds a bit more realistic.
Korean stuff can be hit or miss. Some shows I love and others just leave me saying WTF.
I think if they were a bit more up front about it being a copy it would be fine.
I kind of guessed it was, I liked the original, not the ending so much.
I can completely understand and agree with that. I didn't look around specifically for that case, but it just seemed so odd for nothing to be announced (That I've heard).
I loved the original, I don't like the lip-syncing shows but this was one of the first that really made me contemplate.
Thanks for commenting!
Adapting TV shows for specific national or regional markets is practice not limited to Netflix and it was actually quite common in pre-streaming era. For example, All in the Family, one of the most popular 1970s sitcoms in USA, was adaptation of BBC original. Homeland began as Israeli TV series Hatufim (Prisoners) and was also remade in Russia and India.