Another series fell victim to Netflix’s relentless chopping block when Print out was canceled just a month after it premiered. Like so many other great Netflix shows like Santa Clarita Diet The OA, and Anne with an E Print out left well before fans were ready to see it go.
Print out is about a young figure skater whose career is derailed by a devastating fall. However, her dreams of becoming an Olympian are revived when she competes as pair skaters, but she also has to consider the realities of her fragile mental health as she struggles with bipolar disorder.
Fans of Print out appreciated the stark depiction of mental health and other social issues. Despite Netflix’s cancellation, Print out‘s passionate fan base does not let the series fall into oblivion without a struggle.
What it’s all about
Print out follows Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario), a promising figure skater who suffers a traumatic injury when she slips and breaks her head on the ice. After her accident, Kat’s confidence is shaken and she submits to become a coach and work part-time as a waitress at a hotel.
Kat gets a second chance to compete when rich boy Justin (Evan Roderick) comes into her life as a potential pair skating partner and Justin’s wealthy father raises the money to ensure his son has a partner who can win him Olympic gold . But off the ice, Kat still has to cope with her emotional turmoil in her battle with bipolar disorder, as she watches her mother be constantly overwhelmed by the same disorder.
Dealing with tough problems
Print out received praise from fans for his candid portrayal of mental health in his episodes. The characters paint a raw picture of the ugliness that comes with mental health problems. Cat in particular struggles with self-harm while doubting between mania and depression. Kat’s mother, Carol (January Jones), is portrayed as a woman who has been dealing with bitter feelings while barely managing her mental state.
The side marks on Print out are also well developed and their arcs cover a myriad of pertinent issues. Kat’s friend and confidant, Marcus (Mitchell Edwards), a black man, reveals his past experiences with racial discrimination. Then the coach of Kat & Justin Dasha, a Russian ex-pat, reveals that as a young figure skater she was forced to choose between a beautiful woman and an Olympic dream.
Wealth inequality and classism also come to the fore, especially in the relationship between Kat and Justin’s wealthy background. Kat’s family is constantly plagued by financial problems that add to their mental health. Sexual assault is another problem that is being addressed in Print out when Kat’s younger sister Serena (Willow Shields) falls victim to her coach’s advances.
The story has only just begun
Fans demand a season two of it Print out for the poignant foray into social issues and the compelling story. As Print out only ran ten episodes, fans only got a taste of Kat’s story.
Season two is also important for the characters to develop further. The relationship between Kat and Justin was just starting to blossom, Kat was about to make her disorder public, and Carol was starting to keep her above water. Without at least a second season, fans of it Print out linger.
Hope for the future
There may be a ray of hope for fans wishing for season two of Print outSince Print out originated on the Pop network under the name Kiss and cry, there is a chance that the network can save the show. The main reason Netflix uses the Print out primarily because of Pop’s economic struggle to produce the show, which made the expectation for a second season a bit far-fetched.
A petition was made not long after Netflix was announced Print out‘s cancellation. The petition to revive the figure skating series reached 30,000 signatures within a week. While Netflix rarely brings shows back, even with strong public backing, the outrage from a series that ran for barely a month may spark some top-down interest in the Netflix empire.
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