In all honesty the only thing that could've made this show successful is if it went OVERBOARD and I mean %500 FULL OVERBOARD with the razor sharp edge. Hear me out.
I know the first episode basically became a meme with its grimdark non-stop Aya torture. But maybe the very thing that brought on such a rocky first impression could've been the seeds for a cult following! The whole reason I decided I had to see the whole thing was that infamous first episode. I do agree with people saying the edge wasn't very meaningful and well-written, but I nonetheless became very interested because it stood out compared to other shows on tv. Kind of disappointed they immediately dialed down the edge. Still watched for cinnamon rolls.
I can't be the only one who became interested because of the episode 1 memes. Do you think season 2 would have a chance if it aimed for a cult following? Come to think of it most of the relatively few fans in the comments like to point out how dark the show is. Is it already a cult following?