Why SYFY should have renewed Deadly Class for a second season

DEADLY CLASS -- Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY -- Acquired via NBC Media Village
DEADLY CLASS -- Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY -- Acquired via NBC Media Village /

SYFY chose to cancel the cult-favorite Deadly Class. It’s a shame because there was plenty more to tell. Here’s why it should have been renewed.

Deadly Class didn’t get the best live ratings on SYFY but that didn’t mean it was a show to cancel. With an in-built audience there, it could have been an excellent addition to the lineup already on the network. However, it was canceled after just one season and here’s why that cancellation was a mistake.

Most of the time, a book adaptation loses some of the elements that make it special. It’s not quite the same for fans of the original source material. Even graphic novel adaptations can sometimes suffer, especially when certain elements are changed.

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However, Deadly Class didn’t suffer from that. In fact, the adaptation added more value to the story, building deeper characterization and storytelling.

One of the issues of a graphic novel is that it’s short. There’s a lot of exposition from the main character and not much time to delve into the side characters. Rick Remender took his original work and delved deeper. He created well-rounded characters that weren’t complete stereotypes of their color/culture/etc.

Plus, we got a show that was all about diversity. Out of the core five characters, only one was a straight white male. When you expand to the side characters, there were a few more but they didn’t take the limelight. In fact, Saya, Maria, and Willie were the characters that received most of the development, giving us something exciting and enticing about the series in a way that no other show has really been able to offer.

Then there’s the willingness to not go for the straightforward storylines. What you think will happen doesn’t necessarily happen – unless you’ve read the graphic novels, of course! This isn’t a show that follows a particular pattern and there aren’t necessarily happy endings. Each of the characters are flawed and that’s a good thing.

There was so much potential for the future of Deadly Class and that’s not just because there are more graphic novels to adapt. This was a show with highs and lows in storytelling and pacing that drew you into it in a way that many other shows can’t. It remains Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, making it clear that this is something all fans of the graphic novel (and even those who haven’t read the novels before) need to check out.

You’ll want to continue the story with the graphic novels afterward. Get them on Amazon now.

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Deadly Class is available on Digital HD now.