TV Review: Nightflyers – Season 1 (2019)

NightflyersHey look, it’s every space movie/TV show ever made all mashed in together…this also isn’t a compliment

Stars: Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith, Angus Sampson
Creators: 
Jeff Buhler, George R.R. Martin

Synopsis: A collection of scientists and space explorers embark on a trip aboard the Nightflyer, travelling through the void in search of the Alien species called the Volcryn. While the journey seems simple enough, it is instantly plagued by strange occurrences and mysterious deaths and as they get closer to the Volcryn, these weird events start getting worse.

Opinion: Remember when George R.R. Martin was going to finish the Game of Thrones book series? Well, apparently, he didn’t do that and instead wrote/helped make this terrible excuse for a sci-fi series instead. I am aware that it’s based on a book of his that I have not read, but the show itself is exactly like someone watched every possible sci-fi, in space, horror film they could and then mashed them all together to make this TV series. Nothing is new or original ranging from an evil on-board computer with its own evolved personality, visions and mental telepathy and of course an alien being which are all text book space plot lines. Not only that….it’s just plain boring. I could probably count on one hand the number of decent moments within the entire 10-episode season, which is so disappointing because honestly it trailered so damn well. Even, and I hate to say this, the characters are for the most part dull and predictable except for 3 special exceptions. Before I mention my shining stars, I need to point out that this isn’t me saying the acting was bad, everyone on the show did a brilliant job, the way the characters were written and the dialogue they were given was itself predictable and uninteresting. The 3 that I did like though were Thale (Sam Strike), Lommie (Maya Eshet) & Rowan (Angus Sampson) who gets special mention for being an incredibly creepy psychopath. With those 3 and a handful of weird and kind of interesting plot points, this show able to redeem itself somewhat and able to not be deemed a complete failure. A definite struggle at times but I managed to get through it, mostly because I needed to see how it ended and ummm look the ending fits the rest of the show….disappointing. As a final word, I love me some good creepy space sci-fi and unfortnatly this didn’t come close to what I think it could have been.

Scare Factor: Oh god, like you could see it trying really hard to be scary but most of the time it was just too predictable or confusing for it to work. There are some good gory scenes and as I mentioned previously, Roman is a great creepy psychopath, but they are short moments in a series that felt very long.

Rating:

nightflyer rating

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