Netflix has let viewers in outrage after cancelling their supernatural horror, Chambers, after a single season.
Starring newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose, who is of Apache/Puerto Rican descent, as well as Uma Thurman, the ten episode series tells the story of a girl haunted by mysterious visions and trauma surrounding her donor after receiving a heart transplant.
And viewers of the show, which featured five Native stars in total, have now expressed their dismay at the axing, as they noted the show was ‘revolutionary and trailblazing’ for indigenous community.
Netflix has let viewers in outrage after cancelling their supernatural horror, Chambers, after a single season
In a statement by Netflix on Tuesday, it was revealed: ‘Chambers will not return for a second season.
‘We’re grateful to creator and showrunner Leah Rachel’ for bringing this story to us and to her fellow executive producers Alfonso Gomez Rejon, Steve Gaghan from Super Emotional, Winnie Kemp and Wolfgang Hammer from Super Deluxe, and Jennifer Yale.
‘We’re also thankful to the tireless crew, and to our incredible cast, especially Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn and talented newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose.’
While the series didn’t fair critically, and has only a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Twitter appeared to be awash with fans of the show who wanted the show’s diverse representation to be celebration further.
Plot: Starring newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose and Uma Thurman, the series tells the story of a girl haunted by visions and trauma surrounding her donor after receiving a heart transplant
Not happy: Viewers of the show, which featured five Native stars in total, have now expressed their dismay at the axing, as they noted the show was ‘revolutionary and trailblazing’ for indigenous community
Tweets included the likes of: #savechambers i can’t believe such a revolutionary show might not be renewed for another season. everything about it is so beautiful ! the lead actress is a talented indigenous woman and y’all should go watch chambers on netflix because representation matters.’
‘My heart hurts to hear that #Chambers on @netflix is cancelled. It’s a trailblazing show for our community with incredible work by Onkwehón:we. @silvanalyrarose- I know this sucks, but just know that we’ll be seeing SO much more from you.’
‘This is devastating but not surprising. @netflix has a long history of anti-indigeneity. They promoted Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous6 that was nothing but racism on display more than they did Chambers that was truly revolutionary & provided complex & authentic Native representation.’
‘Just when Netflix announces a partnership with Canadian Indigenous media groups, they cancel the groundbreaking U.S. series, Chambers, that was the first series to feature an Indigenous lead and strong positive representation of contemporary natives and communities.’
‘This is b*******. This is a majority Native cast w/ a brilliant plot & acting that critiques settlers & exposes the b******* & appropriation of new age-ism. It’s one of the best shows of the year that’s received nothing but incredible reviews. Y’all better bring it back @netflix.’
‘When I watched Chambers, I was so overwhelmed by a thing I had never really fully experienced: representation. I actually wondered if my life would be different if I’d had this sooner. Why would you take that away?’
‘I’m so sad because Netflix has cancelled Chambers. I loved that show so much and it’s so disappointing. It was the first show EVER to star a Native American woman in the lead role and seeing that for the first time meant a lot to me.’
‘@netflix you really cancelled #Chambers. The only time native kids like me have EVER seen ourselves represented. That was something special and you stole it. It would’ve been a successful show but you never even gave it a chance. #savechambers.’
The show’s talented lead Sivan, 19, who is from the San Carlos Apache tribe, also offered her own heartwarming statement as she took to the social media site:
‘Chambers is a beautiful show. everyone, but me, involved are experienced, trained, and deeply talented. my talent is grown form the scorn of the earth. i am the lead of the show and i am proud of the hard work and the result. please continue to stream chambers and enjoy. thank u.’
In the show Uma Thurman plays Nancy, the mother of a young girl who died suddenly, whose heart was used for a Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose) who had an unexpected heart attack.
After the transplant, Sasha notices different personality traits that start to develop with her new heart.
The Chambers cast also includes Tony Goldwyn as Ben Lefevre, the husband of Thurman’s character, Nancy Lefevre.
Marcus Lavoi stars as Sasha’s father, Big Frank Yazzie, with Lilliya Scarlett Reid as the late Becky Lefevre.
The cast also includes Michael Stahl-David, Nicholas Galitzine, Lili Taylor and Kyanna Simone Simpson.
Speaking previously about the show, Sivan expressed her hopes that Chambers would give women like her more opportunities
‘I think “Chambers” is really (at the forefront of) an important conversation of inclusion and how simple it really can be.
‘I went to a high school that was off a reservation town and there’s so much insensitivity in the world. Those kinds of murals (speaking of the murals of Native American on horseback, wearing a feathered headdress on the show), they’re everywhere.
‘We have football teams, we have high schools across the country that love to wear war bonnets to their football games on Friday nights. We’ve got to stop covering up that there’s bad things in the world and that there’s insensitivity.’
Sivan also expressed hopes that the show gave a more realistic representation of Native American culture, calling her character ‘an Instagram loving, super cute teen girl.’
‘And that’s literally everyone else on the (reservation) that I grew up with. That’s all I hope they see, too, is like, “Yeah, she’s very normal.” And Native American, the subject, it sounds dark and it’s ominous and so big and grand, but we’re still here and we’re nice people.’