Amazon’s Lore proves you can’t please everyone

LORE -- Photo Credit: Curtis Baker/Amazon Studios -- Acquired via EPK.TV
LORE -- Photo Credit: Curtis Baker/Amazon Studios -- Acquired via EPK.TV /

Lore Season 2 debuted earlier this month and fans immediately tuned in. There was a definite shift in the storytelling, which some loved and some hated. You just can’t please everyone!

Creators know that trying to please everyone who is going to watched, read, or listen is impossible. Amazon’s Lore proved that this month. When Season 2 dropped, there were immediate reactions of praise and hate, depending on who you found on Twitter.

I’ll personally say that the episodes were mixed. Some episodes I adored and others I weren’t too sure about. There were elements from each episode I loved and elements that I wish could have be done better. The episodes like “Burke and Hare” and “Mary Webster” felt like I was watching an episode of this horror anthology, but then “Jack Parsons” made me feel like I’d tuned into something completely different.

When reading others’ reviewers, you can tell who are fans of the podcast and those who wanted something a little more TV focused. Fans of the podcast missed everything that made Lore Season 1 unique. They missed Aaron Mahnke’s narration and the way the stories were told. They missed the focus on the facts and that feeling of being a campfire tale.

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Those who are fans of just the TV show enjoyed the step back from the narration and the focus on the storytelling through the characters. They loved the way it felt like watching a horror anthology show, offering something separate to the podcast.

And this all proves that you can’t please everyone. Those who loved the first season didn’t care for the second and those who loved the second found some faults with the first.

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Before even going into the second season, someone asked me if Mahnke would narrate again. They didn’t want that because many viewers complained of Mahnke’s voice. This is something, for me, that makes it unique and draws more on the podcast, but I can also see why people don’t like it. The narration from the character’s points of views added a different layer in the second season.

LORE — Photo Credit: Julie Vrabelova/Amazon Studios — Acquired via EPK.TV
LORE — Photo Credit: Julie Vrabelova/Amazon Studios — Acquired via EPK.TV /

What should the show do for Lore Season 3, assuming Amazon renews the series? Well, this is going to depend on a few things. Who does the show want to please? They can’t please everyone, so showrunner Sean Crouch and the EPs are going to have to decide who they want to connect with.

They’re also going to need to look at what worked and what didn’t. Then they’ll need to assess what they could do differently and whether they want to change anything. This assumes that Crouch will remain for the third season and there’s not a new showrunner to give it another flare.

And let’s not forget there will be the need to look at viewing rates. They’ll be able to talk about this with Amazon to see how many tuned in and stuck with it all the way through. It tells them if Lore Season 1 or Season 2 worked better.

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What do you think about Lore? Did you prefer the first or the second season? Which episode has been your favorite so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Lore is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.