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The X-Files Is Leaving Netflix This Month, Here Are The Details

x-files fight the futureThe rise of streaming services like Netflix has allowed us to binge like we never have before, but it has also lead a new problem that we never would have expected to arise before. As rights and deals run their course and expire, easy access to shows comes and goes. Every month, Netflix adds more titles to its list, while at the same time others disappear. Some come back eventually, others don’t. There was a big to-do a while back, when it looked like Doctor Who was leaving the streaming service (it didn’t), and Red Dwarf is no longer available, and now it looks like if you want to marathon The X-Files, you better do it by the end of the month.

You can handle that, right? Watching nine seasons, all 202 episodes of The X-Files in less than a months? I have faith you can pull this off by April 1. You may have to call in sick to work, but that’s a small price to pay. What are you doing still reading this, you have more important business to take care right now.

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Five Great Sci-Fi Flicks Coming To Netflix In February

Ah, January is finally over, which means all of the movies headed to theaters will be at least 8% more likely to be engaging, with the possible exception of Jupiter Ascending, which had a predictably horrible debut at Sundance. Critics, right? Thankfully, NetflixNetflix is filling February with a bunch of new-to-streaming features, and they’re adding five solid 2014 sci-fi releases. As well as the first season of Richie Rich, which isn’t sci-fi, but I feel like I’m living in a weird alternate reality where people like Richie Rich again. Anyway, set your My Lists.

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Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (February 7)
One of my favorite sci-fi/horrors of last year, Tommy Wirkola’s splatstick-filled sequel Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead is a non-stop slip-n-slide through some of the most insanely imaginative gore out there. An advancement on its predecessor in every way, this flick pits the surviving Martin (Vegar Hoel) against that Nazi zombie bastard Herzog (Ørjan Gamst), who is stopping at nothing to raise all the dead German soldiers he can to take over the world. But Martin has two secret weapons: a zombie arm that also has dead-raising powers, and a trio of American zombie killers (including Martin Starr) who are fully invested in putting these bodies back into the ground no matter what it takes. And what it takes is a lot of blood-soaked special effects.

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Netflix Isn’t Dropping Doctor Who But Red Dwarf Is Gone

Doctor WhoReports circulated earlier this week that Netflix was going to drop streaming for a ton of popular British shows—most notable for our interests were Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Torchwood, and a handful of others. The news kicked off a massive outcry from fans, but as it turns out, there wasn’t as much need to be concerned as many initially thought. At least some of those shows, chief among them the adventures of a certain two-hearted Time Lord from Gallifrey, will remain available for your streaming needs. For a few others favorite titles, however, fans are shit out of luck.

According to Variety, a new deal has been struck between Netflix and the powers that be at the BBC, and for the foreseeable future you’ll still be able to watch these shows on your computer, tablet, smartphone, TV, or whatever your preferred delivery system:

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Netflix Is Dropping Doctor Who And Red Dwarf Soon, Here Are The Details

SadDocWith a new Doctor in Peter Capaldi and one chapter of his adventures with Clara closed in tragic fashion, the long wait for season 9 of Doctor Who has begun. Thankfully, you can revisit most of the Doctor’s “modern” adventures — beginning with Christopher Eccleston and stretching through the David Tennant and Matt Smith years — on Netflix. I would be very surprised if some of you weren’t in the midst of a trip back through those episodes as I write this. Well, I’ve got some bad news for all you Whovians: Netflix will be dropping Doctor Who from its streaming lineup at the end of the month, along with other British favorites such as Who spinoff Torchwood, cult favorite Red Dwarf, and a ton of other British fare.

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Black Mirror, The UK’s Brilliant Sci-Fi Anthology, Is Now On Netflix

black mirrorNetflix taketh away (bye bye, Battlestar Galactica, among others), but Netflix also giveth — and I’m not just talking about the possibility of more Star Trek, or even about J. Michael Straczynski’s upcoming series Sense8. I’m talking about an awesome sci-fi import from across the pond: Black Mirror.

I’m totally obsessed with this show. It’s the best sci-fi anthology since The Twilight Zone, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Its incisive critiques on social media, technology addiction, and humans’ unfailing ability to convince themselves of their own realities (usually with the help of technology and social media) often take brutal forms. I’ve had to turn away more than once, but for me that signals powerful television. All the cringe-worthy moments have a purpose. And now, all those cringe-worthy moments are a lot easier to view, thanks to Netflix.

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J. Michael Straczynski Says Netflix’s Sense8 Will ‘Blow The Doors Off’ The TV Business

JMSBabylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has been interacting with his audience online since 1991. I remember exciting those early days were, how novel it seemed to be able to actually write a post to the man behind one of my favorite shows and know that there was a chance he might actually respond. It was a sneak preview of a dynamic that’s become so common that we take it for granted in this Twitter-fied age, but back then it was largely unprecedented. Now, some 23 years later, JMS is still engaging in that online back-and-forth with his fans, and yesterday he laid out some bold statements about just what we should expect from his upcoming Netflix science fiction series Sense8.

If you’ve been following our coverage, you’ll know that Sense8 is a collaboration between Straczynski and a pair of legendary, oft-controversial science fiction icons: the Wachowskis, creators of the Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and the upcoming Jupiter Ascending. We still don’t know much about the secretive Sense8, but it’s said to involve a group of characters scattered across the globe, all connected by a “collective vision of violence” and that there will be some mysterious “entity” trying to kill all of them. JMS’ latest Facebook post doesn’t reveal any further specifics, but he’s most definitely talking a big game. Here’s Straczynski:

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