TV Review: Another Life

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I just finished watching the first season of Another Life on Netflix. As soon as the trailer showed Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck!), I was in. After a mysterious alien artifact lands on Earth and starts sending a signal to a deep space planet, a ship is sent to investigate the planet and possibly attempt first contact, while scientists on Earth try to engage with the artifact. Most of the show takes place on the ship with Katee Sackhoff as commander however the drama (and there is lots of drama) also unfolds on Earth where her husband is the chief scientist studying the artifact.

The first few episodes aren't great, but is was just enough interesting plot techniques and character development to keep you watching. Your efforts are rewarded with the later episodes of the season, which are very good. There are also tonnes of references to sci-fi classics and some new angles on standard sci-fi topics too, like "spawning" new characters out of soma-sleep when someone dies or new expertise is needed, plus the ever-likable Samuel Anderson (P.E.) as the evolving ship's AI. Fingers crossed it gets renewed.


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