THE ACOLYTE Showrunner Leslye Headland On Review Bombing: "Does Anyone Take That Seriously?"

THE ACOLYTE Showrunner Leslye Headland On Review Bombing: "Does Anyone Take That Seriously?"

During a new interview, The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland gives her take on review bombing, and it doesn't sound like she's really bothered all that much....

By MarkCassidy - Jul 05, 2024 07:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Over the past few years, the practice of "review-bombing" has increased among certain fanbases, with review aggregators such as Rotten Tomatoes inundated with negative reactions in at attempt to lower the movie or show's displayed public score.

The Merriam-Webster definition reads: "The flooding of a website with usually negative reviews (as of product or business) While not always the case, review bombing often seems targeted at projects that champion minorities, be it women, people of colour or the LGBTQIA community."

Now, while it's obviously true that not everyone is going to like the project in question and some will simply be registering their disapproval, you can usually tell when something has been review-bombed if a significant amount of verdicts are added before it's even been released, or if it's been generally well-received by critics and/or the average viewer.

Star Wars has been hit particularly hard of late, but The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland took the job knowing full well that the series would provoke the kind of reaction it has.

"Everybody knows what review bombing is like," she tells Collider. "Truly when the show first came out, my publicist was like, 'OK, with the review'… I was like, 'Does anybody take that seriously anymore?' Perhaps the average… I understand the point of it, which is that the average viewer would look at the site and say, 'Oh, the user review is really low.' But I think that, if you're in the Star Wars fandom, I think you already know what review bombing is. So I guess if you're totally new to the fandom and you're considering watching the show, it could affect you. But I also think that my work in the past has been very word-of-mouth anyway, so I don't know if it… I think that because behind the scenes, we all know what it is — it's not that it's not concerning — but I think it's pretty expected. I would say."

What do you make of Headland's comments? Let us know in the usual place.

In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems.

 The series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Leslye Headland created the series, based on Star Wars by George Lucas, and serves as an executive producer along with Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King and Jason Micallef. Charmaine DeGraté and Kor Adana are the co-executive producers. Rayne Roberts, Damian Anderson, Eileen Shim and Rob Bredow are the producers.

Headland also directed the premiere episodes (Eps. 101 & 102). Directors Kogonada (Eps. 103 & 107), Alex Garcia Lopez (Eps. 104 & 105) and Hanelle Culpepper (Eps. 106 & 108) round out the directing duties on the series.

"I really wanted to tell a story about the Sith," showrunner Headland told EW in a recent interview. "That was kind of my dream Star Wars idea. But it felt like the time period to do that in would be something pre-Phantom Menace. That seemed to be the most interesting trajectory for the Sith: How did the Sith go from the Rule of Two and being quote-unquote 'extinct' to Palpatine coming into power without the Jedi knowing about it?"

Award-winning composer Michael Abels, known for his work on Get Out and Us, scored The Acolyte.

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YouFlopped
YouFlopped - 7/5/2024, 7:01 AM
No one takes it seriously.

Make em mad 😡 😂🎉
Origame
Origame - 7/5/2024, 7:30 AM
@YouFlopped - yes, and watch your viewership drop like the hindenburg.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 7/5/2024, 8:13 AM
@Origame - if the viewership drops it’s not because of review bombing.
Origame
Origame - 7/5/2024, 8:33 AM
@philinterrupted - well first of all there's no review bombing.

Second, this is your audience repeatedly telling you they don't like the product. An audience that has been thoroughly proven to be primarily male yet they're constantly trying to make appeal to women while directly antagonizing men. This is not how a business is run.
BobbyDrake
BobbyDrake - 7/5/2024, 8:55 AM
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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/5/2024, 9:05 AM
@philinterrupted - It’s the second most watched Star Wars show

https://screenrant.com/star-wars-the-acolyte-success-data-despite-backlash/
Imprtracr1
Imprtracr1 - 7/5/2024, 9:23 AM
@FireandBlood - That's not saying much.
AlexGSpeaks
AlexGSpeaks - 7/5/2024, 9:33 AM
@Origame - if there is no review bombing, explain how episodes have been hit with negative reviews on sites like RT and IMDB hours before they have aired.

Also review bombing is totally a thing. Say what you want about the quality of The Marvels, but it got flooded with zero and 1 star ratings well before it actually came out.
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