Woke critics who slammed Chris Pratt’s new thriller series ‘The Terminal List’ had red cheeks this week as it overtook other shows to hit No. 2 on the list of most-streamed shows in America.
“The Terminal List,” which stars Pratt as a U.S. Navy Seal, racked up 1.6 billion streaming minutes on Amazon Prime during the July 4-10 window, which marked the series’ first full week on the service after its premiere in July. 1.
While the series was a hit with fans, critics showed disdain for the thrilling military series.
They included Hollywood Reporter writer Daniel Fienberg, who called it “the entertainment equivalent of a charred hockey puck, with the same limited range of flavors and aesthetics.”
But the reaction from people who watched the show couldn’t have been more different, with several viewers calling the show “awesome” and “excellent”, while another noted that “reviews, like habit, were wrong”.
Rotten Tomatoes, a website used to rate films via reviews and audience reviews, showed a poor 40/100 rating from critics, but a surprising 94/100 from viewers.
The Terminal slate looks set to follow in the footsteps of the hit ranching drama Yellowstone, which was passed over by critics but watched by millions to become America’s most popular TV show.
“The Terminal List” stars Chris Pratt as a U.S. Navy Seal finding out why his platoon was ambushed. The Marvel star has been called out multiple times for possibly supporting Donald Trump, but Pratt has never made his political preferences public
Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes showed The Terminal List fared poorly among critics – but had a near-perfect score among regular viewers
Reviews for “The Terminal List” show how out of touch critics are, as viewers rave about the series, but critics have dismissed it. The author of the book the series is based on, Jack Carr, said the show ‘triggered’ the criticism
Author Jack Carr, who wrote the novel The Terminal List on which the adaptation is based, spoke about the split on Tucker Carlson Tonight in early July, saying “It seems to have sparked a lot of that criticism.”
“We failed to attract criticism. We did it for those in the arena. We did it for the soldier, sailor, airman and navy who went down to Iraq and in Afghanistan,” continued Carr, a former Navy Seal.
The contrast between critics and viewers is reminiscent of the reaction to “Yellowstone,” a Paramount+ cowboy show starring Kevin Costner.
Directed and primarily 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 award shows despite attracting over 10 million viewers.
“The Terminal List” features Marvel and Jurassic World superstar Chris Pratt, who has come under the microscope in recent months for his alleged political beliefs, though Pratt has never openly discussed them.
Pratt is a devout Christian and was caught up in a controversy over his beliefs when transgender actor Elliot Page accused his Los Angeles-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 allegations and said ‘nothing could be further from the truth’.
Not politically correct: Yellowstone, which airs on Paramount+, has been dubbed ‘anti-revival’ for its focus on a white male landowner 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 its doors to absolutely everyone’.
Many used the controversy to imply that Pratt was a supporter of former President Donald Trump, although 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 like there’s a middle ground that’s missing because we’re focused on the things that separate us.”
The show trailed Netflix’s teen sci-fi tale “Stranger Things” by a long way, as the worldwide hit still topped the show pack with 4.8 billion viewership minutes.
But the data showed a steep drop in the show by more than a billion minutes, while the previous week it had been watched for 5.9 billion minutes.
Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” which stars Page, also continues to rank among the most-watched, ranking 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, although the window includes two days of availability to watch the season 3 finale of the superhero series.