Woke critics who panned Chris Pratt’s new thriller series ‘The Terminal List’ were left red-cheeked this week as it leapfrogged other shows to place No. 2 on list of America’s most-streamed shows.
‘The Terminal List,’ which stars Pratt as a US Navy Seal, racked up a whopping 1.6 billion minutes of streaming on Amazon Prime during the July 4-10 window, which marked the series’ first full week on the service after premiering on July 1.
While the show has been a hit with fans, critics showed disdain for the exciting military series.
They included The Hollywood Reporter writer Daniel Fienberg, who called it ‘the entertainment equivalent of a charred hockey puck, with the same limited range of flavor and aesthetics.’
But the reaction from people who watched the series couldn’t have been more different, with several viewers calling the show ‘great’ and ‘excellent,’ while another noted ‘critics as usual got this one wrong.’
Rotten Tomatoes, a website used to rate movies via critic and audience reviews, showed a poor rating of 40/100 among critics, but a startling 94/100 from viewers.
The Terminal List looks set to follow in the footsteps of smash-hit ranching drama Yellowstone, which was ignored by critics but watched by millions to become America’s most popular TV show.
‘The Terminal List’ stars Chris Pratt as a US Navy Seal uncovering the reasons his platoon was ambushed. The Marvel star has been repeatedly called out for possibly supporting Donald Trump, but Pratt has never made his political preferences public
Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes showed that The Terminal List had fared poorly among critics – but had a near perfect score among regular viewers
Reviews for the ‘The Terminal List’ show how out of touch critics are, as viewers rave about the series but critics put it down. The author of the book the series is based on, Jack Carr, said the show ‘triggered’ the critics
Author Jack Carr, who wrote The Terminal List novel on which the adaptation is based, spoke about the discrepancy on Tucker Carlson Tonight in early July, saying ‘It seems to have triggered quite a few of these critics.’
‘We didn’t make it for the critics. We made it for those in the arena. We made it for the soldier, sailor, airman and Marine that went downrange to Iraq and Afghanistan,’ Carr, a former Navy Seal, continued.
The contrast between critics and viewers is reminiscent of the reaction to ‘Yellowstone,’ a Paramount+ cowboy show starring Kevin Costner.
Directed and mostly written by Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone was an instant hit with viewers despite being dubbed ‘anti-woke’.
However, it failed to find the same success within the Hollywood industry being mostly snubbed at awards shows despite pulling in more than 10 million viewers.
‘The Terminal List’ stars Marvel and Jurassic World superstar Chris Pratt, who has been put under the microscope in recent months over his alleged political beliefs, though Pratt has never discussed them openly.
Pratt is a devout Christian and was caught in controversy over his beliefs when transgender actor Elliot Page accused his church, LA-based Hillsong Church, of being ‘anti-LGBTQ.’
Pratt was accused by transgender actor Elliot Page of attending an ‘anti-LGBTQ’ church, but the actor denied the claims and said ‘nothing could be further from the truth.’
Not politically correct: Yellowstone which airs on Paramount+ has been dubbed ‘anti woke’ for its focus on a land-owning white man in rural America
Pratt vehemently denied this and said ‘nothing could be further from the truth,’ and added ‘I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.’
Many used the controversy to imply Pratt was a supporter of former president Donald Trump, though the actor never personally indicated his support, and reportedly donated to Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012.
‘I don’t feel represented by either side,’ he told Men’s Fitness magazine in 2017. ‘I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us.’
The show trailed Netflix’s sci-fi teen tale ‘Stranger Things’ by a large margin, as the worldwide hit still led the pack of shows with 4.8 billion minutes of viewership.
But the data showed a large drop-off for the show of over a billion minutes, as the previous week it was watched for 5.9 billion minutes.
Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ which stars Page, also continues to rank highly among the most-watched, placing third on the list with 1.3 billion minutes during that window.
Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ rounded out the top 4 with 1.1 billion minutes watched, though the window included two days of availability to watch the Season 3 finale of the superhero series.