Netflix cancel the controversially animated show Q-Force
The cancellation of Q-Force has resulted in a slight reduction in the number of animated series available on Netflix. The television series Q-Force, or Queer Force, followed a team of LGBTQ superspies as they sought to establish their credibility with both the government and their peers. The team was directed by Agent Mary, a James Bond-like character known as Steve Marywhether. Mary decides to propose a case for his team to solve one day in an effort to impress his superiors, the American Intelligence Agency. The agency agrees, but with a condition: Q-Force must bring on a new team member, a straight man.
Agent Mary was voiced by Steve Hayes, best known for his role as Jack on Will and Grace, in the ten-episode series, which made its premiere in September 2021. The remaining voice actors are Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gary Cole from The Good Fight, and David Harbour from Stranger Things. What’s On Netflix(opens in new tab) reported that Matt Rogers, one of the show’s writers and voice actors, said that “it did not get a second season” while speaking on the Attitudes! podcast(opens in new tab) back in May. This led them to believe that the news of the Q-cancellation forces came last month. It all adds up to another Netflix cancellation.
Q-Force follows a long list of recent Netflix animated series cancellations, including Midnight Gospel and Adventure Beast. With Phil Rynda, Director of Creative Leadership and Development for Original Animation, departing the company at the end of April, Netflix’s dedication to animated projects is also evidently waning. Since then, both ongoing and planned projects have suffered greatly.
The Twits by Roald Dahl, which had been announced with much enthusiasm, as well as new shows based on Jeff Smith’s adored comic book series Bone, Lauren Faust’s Toil and Trouble, and Wings Of Fire, which Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, was in charge of, were all canceled. The first product from Meghan Markle’s pricey collaboration with Netflix, the animated epic Pearl, was also shelved.
Antiracist Baby, an animated series for very young children, and With Kind Regards From Kindergarten, a film targeted at the same audience, were also shelved by the streamer along with other animated content that was more education-focused. Before they finished development, both initiatives were abandoned. Well, for starters, the show’s initial trailer received a lot of backlash for what viewers saw to be stereotypical portrayals of the LGBQT+ community, and several petitions were formed to have the show canceled before it even debuted.
It received only a 29 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics. Reviewers bemoaned Q-slackness, Force’s datedness, and lack of humor, which will not have helped its cause. However, it is important to note that Q-audience Force’s rating is 78 percent, indicating that it must have established a following somewhere. The negative reviews and contentious debut Q-Force had, however, will not have helped its cause for a second season, given Netflix is still in a tightening budget phase. Its audience must have simply not been large enough, as is the case with everything Netflix cancels.