In the whole movie world, science-fiction is probably the greatest genre. It’s an immensely versatile and encompassing area that encourages authors, filmmakers, and performers to demonstrate their imagination without being limited by other genres’ constraints. With that in mind, Inverse has gone through the available sci-fi films that are currently streaming on Netflix to provide you with a choice of movies for a variety of tastes.
Stargate SG-1, the more believable cousin of Star Trek with far less campiness, is an impressive spin-off series set in the same universe as the movie Stargate (1994). In a world where humanity discovered a Stargate that can navigate a network of identical alien machines scattered across a multitude of worlds, the tough sci-fi series takes place.
SG-1 is a squad that is charged with navigating the cosmos through these doors, and they meet all manner of foreign creatures in interesting environments along the way. The show’s various stories are mostly largely based on human myths, often engaging in a more accessible manner with heady concepts of justice than the grittiness of anything like Battlestar Galactica. This series is on my list of the greatest space fiction series ever, so it’s a huge deal for it to find its foray into Netflix’s cosmos.
Dark Mirror – “White Christmas”
Black Mirror, Netflix’s beloved series of cautionary tales regarding the potential hazards of new technology, made a frightening Christmas special with “White Christmas” in Season 2, Episode 4. Two men enjoy a Christmas dinner together at a remote outpost shrouded in snow and exchange creepy tales of their former lives in the outer world where various technologies lead to death and suffering for all. Originally, their newfound solitude appears to escape their troubles entirely, but at the end, there is a surprising twist that renders this show the darkest Christmas tale ever heard.
Black Mirror is consistent with one question, while it dips into the domain of horror and satire: What does technology do to us when it’s pushed to extremes? It’s no different from “White Christmas.”
Neo Yokio – “Pink Christmas”
Neo Yokio is a criminally under-appreciated Netflix anime series that will definitely never receive a legitimate Season 2, but the next best thing is a 2018 Christmas special named “Pink Christmas.”
“A flooded New York becomes “Neo Yokio” in the future of an alternative history. Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith) is the pink-haired “magistocrat” charged with defending the city against mystical (mostly demonic) attacks with the magic abilities possessed in his family tree by all. Anime stereotypes, upper-class culture, and classism are praised by Neo Yokio almost as often as it criticizes all these things. Do not wait to watch the hilarity that is Neo Yokio if you rejoice in the absolutely strange.
Pink Christmas” is presented by his robotic butler as a festive holiday story told to Kaz, and it captures the spirit of the show as much as the capitalist spirit of Christmas does.”
A fascinating collision between documentary series and speculative science fiction, Alien Worlds apply to the majority of the cosmos the rules of human existence on Earth to envision what life on other worlds might be like.
This Netflix film provides a great deal of suggestive and realistic-looking imagery of what other worlds could be like in reality. Can that really be true? We will never know, but the purpose of this series is to make you think.
The Knight Before Christmas
As a usually overworked and depressed woman going into the holidays, Vanessa Hudgens stars, hoping she could eventually find her knight in shining armor. That’s why in the midst of the snowstorm, she trips over a literal medieval knight with shining armor who inadvertently traveled from time to the present.
Kelly Faircloth, writing for Jezebel, found this “goofy yet sweet” Knight before Christmas, writing that the film “makes little sense,” and yet frankly, the film sounds like a silly yet enjoyable tale like Kate & Leopold, but set during the Christmas season. It certainly qualifies as science fiction since it’s time travel.
During the 2019 vacation season, the sappy romantic film premiered. Is it a classic of modernity? It’s up to you to say.