Long term readers of this site will know that IMDb vote fraud has been exposed, numerous times, on the IMDb. Now it looks like it is probably showing its ugly head again with CBS’ reboot of Walker: Texas Ranger.
On the IMDb, the show has risen to a 6.1 rating. I thought that was interesting, considering how pitifully weak (and honestly, bad) the pilot is, and decided to look closer.
As of January 29th, almost 50% of IMDb voters have elected to give the show a full 10/10. That does not seem right, it’s too generous. Of course, at the bottom, 400 people have (unfairly) given the show a 1/10, at a stretch, you could say some Walker fanboys are coming in and trying to even the odds. Possibly Supernatural fangirls to be more precise, I’m sure CBS knows its new audience and the washy soap opera vibe is no accident.
But confirmation of deceit can be found in the reviews section of IMDb. Here, the movie is flooded with 10/10s too. What’s more, they’re generic reviews written by first-timer IMDb’ers, with no other reviews in their posting history – a classic sign of review bombing.
One user, whose account conveniently only six days old (showing up right as the show starts to get decent viewership, but bad reviews), says that it’s time for the ‘macho’ ways of the old show to go and to change direction. This person of course rated the pilot 10/10.
The show has a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an aggregator not exactly known for liking old-style action/adventure, and preferring feminized movies. So it must be bad.
Fraudsters; next time try to make it look more convincing.