Mother/Android is the Hulu/Netflix Crossover We Need!

The upcoming Hulu/Netflix crossover is just too big of an event for me to ignore. I’m “Mr. Streaming” after all…

Have you heard about Mother/Android? It’s a Hulu original sci-fi/horror movie that premieres on Hulu on December 17. It also begins its Netflix run on January 7, 2022. What’s up with this? I always thought “Netflix people” could see Hulu originals and vice versa unless they had a subscription to both platforms. In the case with Mother/Android, you don’t have to pay two monthly subscriptions fees to enjoy this movie. Let’s take a look at what we know about this Hulu original starting with the Mother/Android trailer. (Trigger warning: There are brief flashes of violence in this 2:15 video.)

Why is This Hulu Original Coming to Netflix?

That’s the most obvious question, right? I know I’m thinking it. The problem is that no one knows for sure. Those who might have the answer aren’t sharing it online. (I should know because I searched every nook and cranny for an industry leak.) Some have speculated a few reasons that might have played into this decision:

  • The movie was sold to Netflix to give the film international distribution.
  • Netflix has a relationship with 6th & Idaho Motion Picture Company. This is the production company that gives us Mother/Android.

What we do know is that this isn’t the first time Netflix has purchased Hulu original movies for international release. There was Run, which aired on April 2, 2021. The big red streaming service also distributed Hulu’s Bad Hair in select regions.

What Mother/Android is About?

The premise is very simple. Sometime in the near future, humans have androids as workers and servants. One day, these bots become sentient and immediately attack humanity. This turns the world into a post-apocalyptic nightmare where humans are hunted down by packs of androids. The ’droids aren’t the gun-toting Terminators from Cyberdyne Systems. They’re more like packs of zombies… if zombies could run endlessly at top speed and not need to subsist on human flesh. Scary stuff!

Mother/Android’s plot is not hugely complicated. A pregnant woman named Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her husband Sam (Algee Smith) are on the run. Their goal is to get to Boston and the safety of a human compound there. Once there, she hopes to give birth to her son. Needless to say, the couple and their unborn child are being chased by the murderous androids. Will they make it? And will their family stay intact if they do?

Mother/Android is the Stuff of Rivalries

No, I’m not talking about the rivalry between humans and androids. I’m talking about the rivalry between myself and our blogmaster, Mr. Stuart Sweet. This is actually the kind of original movie that he and I will watch but for different reasons. Let’s take a look at these differences and try to figure out how he and I will respond to Mother/Android:

  1. Stuart is a Hulu guy while I prefer streaming on Netflix.
  2. Stuart is a true sci-fi geek while I prefer action films.
  3. And lastly, Stuart is highly logical whereas I tend to be more emotional.

Bottom line: He and I are going to watch this show and discuss it. Since I’m a human being with thoughts, feelings, and emotions, I’m hoping Georgia and Sam make it to Boston. Stuart, on the other hand, is a cruel, heartless, and efficient machine. He’ll definitely root for an all-out android victory. This will only pour gasoline on the raging fire that is our rivalry. Until then…

Let’s Talk About Another In-Office Rivalry

If you remember last week’s Streaming Saturday column. In it, I discussed another anonymous coworker who took great umbrage at my Wheel of Time post. I panned the movie based on the trailer. My fantasy film-loving coworker insists that my take isn’t fair. I haven’t seen a single episode of the Amazon series after all. He might have a point, emphasis on the word “might.” I still have my doubts.

So, want to guess what I’ll be doing this weekend? I won’t be watching Mother/Android. I’ll be watching a couple episodes of Wheel of Time. My coworker thinks I’m going to somehow fall in love with this show. If that happens, I’d have to publicly humiliate myself by writing a post saying, “I was wrong.” He’d love to see me wallowing in my shame, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I still think watching Wheel of Time will prove it’s the silliest, most derivative fantasy series ever. That said, I’m still willing to keep an open mind about it.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.