Although it caused some controversy among fans who preferred a more literal adaptation, the eight-part anime series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off on Netflix is a fantastic take on the original plot and is based on gorgeous graphic books by Bryan Lee O’Malley. After sparking a romance, Scott and Ramona find themselves in a jam when Ramona’s seven wicked exes challenge him to fight for her hand in marriage.
Although the show has received mostly excellent reviews from critics, viewers have had varied reactions, particularly because the titular hero is underdeveloped for the majority of the series.
Fans were pumped up since it seems like the show finished on a cliffhanger for a possible second season. Having said that, the co-directors have stated their intention to not proceed with this Scott and Ramona storyline. Until further notice.
O’Malley and co-producer BenDavid Grabinski told Rolling Stone that they don’t see the show as a platform for a long-running Netflix series, but rather as a standalone adaption.
“We loved what we did,” O’Malley said. “We put it all in there. We don’t have any ideas lying on the floor. We pretty much put them all in. I never say never, but right now, it seems like it would take about 50 different miracles simultaneously for another season to happen. So we’ll see.”
I’d agree that Scott Pilgrim Takes Off wraps up most of its hanging threads by the end of its eight-episode run (even if there are still parts of the graphic novels I would have liked to have seen adapted). But there was one story that was teased at the end of the show and never resolved: The original series’ villain Gideon Graves is plotting alongside his new girlfriend Julie Powers. Because Takes Off remixes a lot of the Scott Pilgrim story, Gideon is not the main antagonist like he is in the graphic novels, but the show’s post-credits scene shows him and Julie scheming in his lair. As he looks at footage of Scott, Ramona, and all their friends, Gideon says ominously, “it’s time for the real game to begin.” Certainly seems like a lead-in for a second season with Gideon as the main baddie, right?
Apparently, that is not the case.
“The post-credit scene is a goof,” Grabinski said on X (formerly Twitter) “It makes us laugh. It’s fun to see those two characters like that and imagine what they’re up to. We have zero plans for any future seasons or spin-offs but we never planned to make this show in the first place so who knows what the future will bring?”
Some may find this disappointing, and I get that. Maybe we don’t need to get ready for another round of terrible Scott Pilgrim takes every couple of years, considering how difficult it seems to be for O’Malley and everyone who has read or watched the adaptations of Scott Pilgrim. Is it necessary to keep saying that it’s horrible that Scott is seeing a high school student?