I think it’s time for me to tell Netflix “see you soon”. Why? Well, it’s as simple as trying to find space in my streaming budget for a show that Netflix just lost.
I would say that boost is the best thing about TV in 2022: you still have monthly control over all your streaming purchases. If I somehow got tired of live TV, I could cancel Sling TV and come back when the shows I want were on again.
Because no matter how popular a service is, even if it’s one of our top streaming services, your subscription should only be based if you think you’re getting what you pay for. And since Netflix is raising its prices, there’s no better time than now to examine your relationship with it.
Netflix lost a show I really want to watch
Somehow, in the midst of all the December chaos, I missed the news that AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire was finally leaving Netflix (December 14, 2021). The series is a reimagining of the early PC revolution, starring Lee Pace (who played famed Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (who was also in Narcos: Mexico), and Mackenzie Davis. (who starred in San Junipero episode of Black Mirror).
It was one of those shows I started, loved enough to watch half a season, then deprioritized as something new caught my eye. If I had been careful, I might have resumed watching the moment he left. But that didn’t happen.
Instead, I remembered how much I wanted to watch Halt and Catch Fire after watching HBO Max’s amazing Station Eleven adaptation of the novel. The two shows have one thing in common: putting Mackenzie Davis in a starring role. Davis, if you’ve never enjoyed any of his performances, is a singular talent on screen and consistently compelling.
In Halt and Catch Fire, Davis plays Cameron Howe, an extremely intelligent and creative programmer whose ideas are too new for his colleagues, creating constant debate and turmoil. Howe’s locations involve a computer that’s more like Alexa, engaging the user in conversation. And Davis plays the part perfectly, delivering dialogue with all the crackling intonation he needs.
And now that I had watched all of Station Eleven, where she owned the screen as Kirsten Raymonde, I had to finish what I started. But Netflix was all out.
So where is Halt and Catch Fire streaming?
AMC, the cable channel that gave us other popular TV shows like The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad (both of which are still on Netflix) took Halt and Catch Fire to its own streaming service: AMC Plus (called , of course, AMC+ ).
AMC Plus only has a 7-day free trial and costs $8.99 per month thereafter. So, I started said free trial, finished the first of four seasons of Halt and Catch Fire immediately, and started doing the math to watch the next three seasons.
I have 30 episodes of Halt and Catch Fire left (each about 45 minutes), which equates to about 22.5 hours. And while I can see myself watching almost four hours a day of the series next week, I don’t have that much time.
So, I watched Netflix — which will soon cost me $19.99 a month for 4K streaming — and decided I needed a break.
Netflix’s February Doesn’t Do Much For Me
Luckily for me, my Netflix account should be charged on February 9, 2022. That gives me plenty of time to check out Kirsten Bell’s new wine and murder mystery series, The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (though reviews aren’t so strong), and All of Us Are Dead, a highly anticipated South Korean zombie thriller set in a high school. Both are highlights on our list of new movies and shows to watch this weekend.
But once February rolls around, I’m not sure I need Netflix – which is why I can cut it out without remorse. Murderville, a deceptively true crime series that uses comedy sketches to keep comedians like Will Arnett and Kumail Nanjiani laughing while solving murders, has a premise that bugs me. I’ve never been fascinated by the story of con artist Anna Delvey, so I can hope to skip Inventing Anna, the Shonda Rhimes series about Mrs. Delvey. And I’m not a dating game type, so I can barely see myself watching Love Is Blind season 2.
Netflix is doing its best to be topical with this Kanye West docu-series, but I don’t miss the old Kanye that much.
There is one thing that might tempt me: The Cuphead Show! Adapting a video game that I enjoy watching others play (but I’m not good enough to make any decent progress), this series has my name written on it. But, honestly, I think I can wait.
So believe me, readers. Take some time to think about the next month’s worth of content expected from the streaming services you pay for. Feel free to cancel your Netflix subscription. What’s the worst, you come back a little later?
I know I’ll be back for stuff like Stranger Things season 4, and whenever the folks at Black Mirror come up with a more cringe-worthy tech nightmare than NFTs, Netflix will be right where I left off.