REVIEW: Another Life
At some point in the nearish future, an alien race makes contact with humans. An extra-terrestrial ship lands a strange crystalline structure upon the Earth’s surface, but rather than initiate a dialogue, the ship lies still and apparently dormant. Uncertain of the alien visitors’ intentions, human forces send out a lone ship to the alien crafts presumed point of origin in order to gather intel and determine its true intentions.
This Netflix series plays out between the efforts of earths finest scientists to communicate with the alien structure and the crew of the ship that is speeding its way through space. Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica 2004-09, and The Flash 2017-18) is mission Captain Niko, supported in her efforts by a crew made up of a rather young and undisciplined bunch of miscreants. But will they survive the treacherous journey through unchartered space, and will they be able to determine the true intention of the aliens before its too late.
I loved the remake of Battlestar Galactica, almost as much as I loved the original. One of its bright shining stars was Katee Sackhoff, and since then I’ve enjoyed many of her subsequent performances. Another Life sees her make a welcome return to the stars and this time as the captain of her very own ship. She’s on good form as well and eases effortlessly into this sci-fi romp. There’s a diverse and talented crew on hand made up of some very interesting characters, most of whom don’t seem to ever get on. Fortunately, this ship has a multitude of back-up crew sleeping snug in stasis chambers just in case of emergencies, which is handy as they experience a multitude of them. Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who 2014) produces a wonderfully appealing performance as the ships emotionally complex AI ‘William’, whilst Jake Abel (Percy Jackson 2010) and Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl 2016-19, Teen Wolf 2011-17) both add some edginess and character to the crew. Oh, and Selma Blair’s (Hell Boy 2004) in it as well, considering her recent health issues it was good to see her apparently in fine form.
At its core, Another Life is a bog-standard sci-fi serial, and you get everything you would expect as such. Some nice original twists and narratives can’t make up for the mediocrity, but it does fill that sci-fi void that I’ve been feeling recently. It’s by no means bad, but it’s a long way from amazing. The season ends on a pretty intense cliff-hanger, one which promises a multitude of seasons in the upcoming fight against alien forces. However, it is still yet to be seen if it’s enough for the mighty Netflix to cough up for a second season. Personally, I think much better series have been cancelled before now, so I don’t hold up much hope.
Another Life is available to watch now on Netflix.