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by Jody Duncan

Cinefex 171

We on the Cinefex editorial staff were about a month into our two-month research and writing period for issue 171 when, in a single day in mid-March, four of the five films we were covering had their release dates pulled due to pandemic-related movie theater closures. We dubbed it the ‘Saint Patrick’s Day Massacre,’ and it left us shell-shocked. Worse, it left us with no new movies to cover, and precious little time to come up with new content.

Our dilemma paled in comparison to those who had fallen ill with the virus, or those who were losing loved ones. To paraphrase a great silver-screen philosopher, the problems of a few visual effects journalists amounted to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But we had to come up with something for our next issue, and we had to do it fast.

What was most important, we grasped immediately, was to get ourselves back on solid ground, and off the quicksand of constantly shifting film release dates. What could we count on? What entertainment content was going to be there, no matter how bad the pandemic got, or how long the shelter-in-place orders remained in effect?

The answer was obvious: content from streaming channels would still air as planned, no matter what, and likely to an even larger audience. We had briefly talked about doing an all-streaming issue in the past. If ever there was a time to do it, it was now.

So, here is our all-streaming issue, with coverage of six of the most compelling and popular shows airing during the Great Stay at Home of spring 2020: Westworld (HBO), Devs (Hulu), Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access), Tales from the Loop and The Boys (Amazon Prime), and Altered Carbon (Netflix).

Sit back, relax, and read the pages of Cinefex 171 to learn about these fascinating productions. What else do you have to do? Wishing you all good health!

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