Criminal was an ambitious and experimental series released by Netflix last year. Can we expect to see more interrogations in the future?
'Criminal' is one of Netflix's impressive and innovative international crime anthology shows which sway away from the adrenaline-inducing action scenes and focuses on the mundane but highly important aspect of police work: interrogation.
'Criminal' provided a fresh new take on crime shows focusing on human behavior, and intelligently playing on prejudice and bias. As a result, the audience was hooked and stayed till the end to verify whether they made the right judgment on the innocence and guilt of each suspect.
'Criminal' season 1 has a total of 12 episodes with 4 different countries (3 episodes for each).
These are Criminal: France, Criminal: Germany, Criminal: Spain, and Criminal: UK. Four countries, four languages, yet all events unfold within the confinement of three rooms: the interrogation room, the observation room, and the hallway.
It's almost a year since the show dropped on the streaming platform, can we expect to see more? Let's find out.
As of this writing, there are still no announcements about the renewal of 'Criminal' for season 2.
Each episode from the first season is a stand-alone drama where we see events unfolding in the interrogation room.
Criminal is one of Netflix's experimental shows. Until now, it's still unsure whether the results pleased Netflix enough for it to continue releasing for more.
Last year, showrunners Jim Field Smith and George Kay talked to Cosmopolitan about their thoughts on the show.
The two creators are yearning to continue creating more episodes and extend the show worldwide saying, “We hope to bring this arena to more people [worldwide]"
They believe that this is the way for the show to evolve and keep breathing.
If 'Criminal' will ever be renewed for season 2, we can expect to see more subjects from different countries in Asia and perhaps America.
Although everything will still unfold in the interrogation room, we can expect to see new faces, hear new languages, and meet new people to judge on screen. It is also interesting to see how the showrunners would incorporate new cultures unto the behavior of the suspects who will be subjected to interrogation.
It is too early to tell. But if the showrunners indeed decide to create episodes from other countries, then entirely new cast members can be expected.
It is also possible to see different directors for each episode just like in the first season.
Criminal deserves high praise for its fresh new take on the crime drama. But while it successfully wrapped the unique setup, the public might have forgotten about it already. The show is no longer creating a buzz on social media, and we haven't seen eager people campaigning for a second season either.
Critics like Nerdly also half-heartedly received the show pointing out the flaw in releasing only 3 episodes for each country, hindering the audience to be fully immersed in the series.
With all of these said, the show's future seems as dark and murky as its interrogation rooms.