Main spoilers beneath for anybody who hasn’t but watched Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, so be warned!
When information first broke that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’s expansive solid could be reprising their comic-based roles for a Netflix anime sequence, followers understandably had questions, with the largest arguably being, “Erm, however why?” Fortunately, the primary episode proves the brand new sequence isn’t only a rehashing of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s supply materials, nor of Edgar Wright’s live-action movie, however fairly a Sliding Doorways-esque alt-approach to the preliminary narrative, during which the titular Michael Cera-voiced slacker goes lacking. It’s solely after watching that the title Scott Pilgrim Takes Off takes on its meant that means, however co-creator BenDavid Grabinski advised us he was extraordinarily nervous that followers would guess the large twist approach forward of time.
When CinemaBlend spoke with BenDavid Grabinski (who’s additionally behind Are You Afraid of the Darkish’s reboot seasons) forward of the present’s streaming debut, I requested how worrisome it was not solely to take away the central character for a lot of the season, but additionally to winkingly nod on the disappearance proper there within the title. Right here’s what he advised me:
I can’t fault BenDavid Grabinski for fretting over the opportunity of Scott Pilgrim’s fandom instantly pinpointing how the brand new present was pivoting away from the unique story, because it’s not precisely the most typical popular culture incidence for a challenge’s title itself to be a spoiler. Certain, there are circumstances the place one thing stealthily filmed underneath a working title is later revealed to be a part of a much bigger franchise, akin to Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane (additionally co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead) or Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch. However that’s nonetheless not fairly the identical, because the shock in these circumstances subsides in the course of the advertising marketing campaign, whereas Scott Pilgrim Takes Off wasn’t so fortunate in that respect.
All issues thought of, the inventive staff kinda made the proper resolution to go together with that identify, because it does inform viewers proper out of the gate that the ex-fighting Canadian has different locations to be, and theoretically thwarts any complaints about being hornswoggled by the premiere’s twist. (Not that viewers complaints can ever be thwarted, however nonetheless.)
Why The Creators Took Scott Pilgrim Out Of The Equation
So far as the precise resolution to go to this world with out the Intercourse Bob-Omb singer, BenDavid Grabinski advised me that was his plan from the start. And it is undoubtedly not a case of under-appreciating Scott Pilgrim as a personality, as he put it:
That is the battle that loads of high-profile initiatives have handled, since any character whose identify is within the title is of course going to attract probably the most time on-screen, outdoors of particular exceptions. However contemplating simply what number of distinctive and attention-grabbing characters Bryan Lee O’Malley stuffed the six Scott Pilgrim volumes with, spreading the love out appropriately wasn’t totally attainable with Scott nonetheless within the combine eradicating all these ex-boyfriends (and Roxie) from existence. Grabinski continued, whereas additionally declaring that it is not like Scott is actually gone from Episodes 2-6.
By the point the ultimate two episodes play out, it turns into clear looking back that Scott technically was round quite a bit, through robots and scripted portrayals, even when it wasn’t instantly apparent the primary time round. After which we get two completely different variations of him to make up for misplaced time, so all people wins. Aside from Outdated Scott, and Older Scott.
Whereas ready to see if Season 2 will get an official order, you’ll want to preserve streaming Scott Pilgrim Takes Off together with your Netflix subscriptions to persuade the platform’s bosses that it is at all times a greater world when Ramona Flowers is main the cost.