Unpopular opinion: Castlevania is incredibly overrated
By - i_am_deathstroke
I'm sure this long diatribe against the show, written by someone unfamiliar with the source material, and posted on a hub for series fans will go down well. Yes, a real blockbuster this one.
Also, Lords of Shadows is a reboot whose lore is not used in the show so it won't do much to help understand.
I am unfamiliar with the source material but how is that a bad thing?
Not bad per se, but this is in large part a show for the existing fans in terms of callbacks, references and character. You might not find this version of Dracula someone you "get" and that's fine; but to one familiar with the games he fits in better.
Or to put it another way, it's similar to how movie critics complained about continuity lockout when they saw Infinity War, even though that movie was built to be a payoff to 10 years of continuity.
I disagree with this. The first season and about half the second season are connected to the games as they tell the same story.
The rest is all original content with original characters some of which use the names of the characters from the games. Even the characters that are from the games (Trevor, Sypha, Alucard, Dracula) are not the same. Dracula and Alucard for example are nothing like their game counterparts.
As for you Infinity War example, if you really believe that the show can't be enjoyed without having played the games then you have a lesser opinion on the writing then op does.
The "references" in the show feel like they took a list off the internet and said "this will do". They aren't from the heart, they are there to be on a list in youtube. Those aren't there for the old fans.
The show is a pseudo-adaptation of one of the earliest events in the Castlevania timeline, what continuity is there to know?
Even then, the show is separate from the games while Infinity War was an event that strung together multiple things that whose seeds have been laid over many years. That's just a poor example.
I agree with some of it, but I he certainly did not communicate it well at all.
You don't have to be familiar with the source material to be able to criticize it, saying otherwise is just plain stupid.
Adaptations should be able to stand on their own WITHOUT the source material, not force people to have to get things out of it to fix holes.
The first season and half of the second season are very good imo as they are adaptions of Castlevania 3. The rest of the series is good action scenes with mediocre-awful writing.
I’m a big fan of the games and was really disappointed by the show for much of the reasons you listed above. Still, I don’t think it’s very fruitful to post my negative views in a group where pretty much everyone is a fan of the show. Unless I was really into arguing and getting downvoted to oblivion that is.
I wouldn’t call the show very overrated though, with metacritic average of 71. Most critics seem to agree that the show is a rare instance of a video game adaption that isn’t downright awful. Personally I quite agree.
Well that's just like, your *opinion*, man.
Warren Ellis is your typical reddit atheist, fedora and everything.
That pretty much about sums up all the problems with the show.
The show should've just been a movie trilogy like they were planing to, that way they would have focused on the stuff that mattered instead of just not knowing what to do the later seasons.
Castlevania, as a Netflix show, is overrated.
Castlevania, as a game franchise, is not.