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Another Life
Another Life (2019 TV series) Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byAaron Martin
Starring
Composer(s)Trevor Morris
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Aaron Martin
  • Noreen Halpern
  • Chris Regina
Producer(s)
Production location(s)British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyRyan McMaster
Editor(s)Stein Myhrstad
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time37–61 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Navy Productions
  • Halfire Entertainment
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Another Life is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Aaron Martin that premiered on Netflix on July 25, 2019.[1] The series stars Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair, Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, Elizabeth Ludlow, Blu Hunt, A.J. Rivera, Alexander Eling, Alex Ozerov, Jake Abel, JayR Tinaco, Jessica Camacho, Greg Hovanessian, Barbara Williams and Lina Renna.

Synopsis

Another Life follows the crew of the Salvare, on a mission to investigate the origins of an alien artifact that mysteriously appeared on Earth. As the crew attempts to search for alien intelligence, they face inexplicable horrors that might signal the end of their mission. Simultaneously, it follows the team of scientists studying the artifact, an enormous metallic Mobius, and coping with society's reaction to the artifact.

On the Salvare, Yerxa, the initial Captain, mutinies against Niko after a disagreement on how to resolve a navigational problem. The Salvare is then severely damaged while attempting to slingshot around a star, destroying the Salvare communications equipment and damaging its stasis chambers. Niko is broken out of stasis and pilots the ship clear of the star. During repairs Yerxa approaches Niko with a knife, who kills him by kicking him into an active conduit, alienating a majority of the crew.

On Earth, Erik stumbles on the idea of directing music at the artifact, and it responds at tremendous volume. Erik theorizes its an intelligence test after discovering an encoded message in the music the artifact projects[2][3]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Katee Sackhoff as Niko Breckinridge, an astronaut who commands a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact.
  • Justin Chatwin as Erik Wallace, a scientist of the United States Interstellar Command, dedicated to finding intelligent life out in the universe. He is also the husband of Niko.
  • Samuel Anderson as William, a holographic interface of a sentient AI onboard The Salvare.
  • Blu Hunt as August Catawnee, the lead engineer and youngest member of the crew aboard The Salvare.
  • A.J. Rivera as Bernie Martinez, the Salvare's microbiologist and part-time chef.
  • Jake Abel as Sasha Harrison, the son of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, serving as the government's representative and diplomatic liaison aboard The Salvare.
  • Alex Ozerov as Oliver Sokolov, one of The Salvare's engineers.
  • Alexander Eling as Javier Almanzar, a former hacker who is onboard The Salvare as an expert in computer engineering.
  • JayR Tinaco as Zayn Petrossian, the Salvare's medic.
  • Lina Renna as Jana Breckinridge-Wallace, the daughter of Niko and Erik.
  • Selma Blair as Harper Glass, a media influencer who attempts to break one of the biggest stories in human history.
  • Elizabeth Ludlow as Cas Isakovic, Niko's second-in-command and pilot of The Salvare. She is awakened in episode 2.

Recurring

  • Jessica Camacho as Michelle Vargas, the Salvare's communications expert.
  • Barbara Williams as General Blair Dubois, General of United States Interstellar Command, in charge of United States' response to the Artifact.
  • Greg Hovanessian as Beauchamp McCarry, Niko's third-in-command and pilot of The Salvare. He is awakened in episode 7.
  • Parveen Dosanjh as Dr. Nani Singh, a scientist who is Erik’s friend and coworker.
  • Chanelle Peloso as Petra Smith, a crew member of the Salvare.

Guest

  • Tyler Hoechlin as Ian Yerxa, an astronaut and the former commander of The Salvare space explorations ship, who loses the position to Niko.
  • Martin Donovan as Egan Harrison, a politician and Sasha’s father.
  • Leifennie as Azami Ouchi, a computer engineer.

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1"Across the Universe"Omar MadhaAaron MartinJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
2"Through the Valley of Shadows"Omar MadhaNaledi JacksonJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
3"Nervous Breakdown"Metin HüseyinAlex LevineJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
4"Guilt Trip"Metin HüseyinAmanda FaheyJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
5"A Mind of its Own"Mairzee AlmasRomeo CandidoJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
6"I Think We're Alone Now"Mairzee AlmasLauren Gosnell & Alejandro AlcobaJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
7"Living the Dream"Allan ArkushLucie PagéJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
8"How the Light Gets Lost"Sheree FolksonSean ReycraftJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
9"Heart and Soul"Sheree FolksonJackie MayJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
10"Hello"Allan ArkushAaron MartinJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)

Production

Development

On April 26, 2018, Netflix announced that it had given the production a series order for a ten-episode first season.[5] The series is created by Aaron Martin who is credited as an executive producer alongside Noreen Halpern.[5] On June 19, 2019, it was confirmed that the series would premiere on July 25, 2019.[1]

Casting

On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Katee Sackhoff had been cast as a series regular.[5] On August 21, 2018, it was reported that Selma Blair had joined the cast in a recurring role.[6][7] On August 28, 2018, it was announced that Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Ludlow had joined the cast.[8] The following day, Blu Hunt joined the cast.[9] In September 2018, the rest of the main cast was revealed.[10]

Filming

Filming for the first season took place on location in Vancouver, British Columbia from August 20, 2018 to November 20, 2018.[11]

Critical reception

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a rating of 6%, based on 16 critics' reviews with an average score of 4.54/10. The website's consensus reads, "A hodgepodge of science fiction homage, Another Life lacks the distinctive spark necessary to set it apart from the array of stories it aspires to be."[12] Metacritic calculated an average score of 33 out of 100, based on 8 reviews, citing "generally unfavourable reviews".[13]

References

  1. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (June 19, 2019). "Katee Sackhoff's Another Life Sci-Fi Drama Gets Netflix Premiere Date". TVline. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Hermanns, Grant (June 18, 2019). "Netflix's Another Life Set For July Premiere!". ComingSoon. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Another Life". Halfire Entertainment. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Another Life – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2018). "Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Drama Series 'Another Life' Starring Katee Sackhoff". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Gelman, Vlada (August 21, 2018). "Selma Blair Joins Katee Sackhoff in Netflix's Space Drama Another Life". TV Line.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 21, 2018). "Selma Blair Boards Netflix Sci-Fi Drama Series 'Another Life'". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (August 28, 2018). "'Another Life': Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson & Elizabeth Faith Ludlow Join Netflix Sci-Fi Drama". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (August 29, 2018). "'New Mutants' Star Blu Hunt Joins Netflix's 'Another Life'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (September 7, 2018). "'Another Life': Eight Cast In Netflix Sci-Fi Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Takeuchi, Craig (November 26, 2018). "Filming in Vancouver: Surveillance starts up, Another Life and You Me her wrap". Inside Vancouver. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Another Life: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "Another Life: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved July 27, 2019.

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