Another Life (2019 TV series)
|Created by||Aaron Martin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||British Columbia, Canada|
|Running time||37–61 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||July 25, 2019 –|
Another Life is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Aaron Martin that premiered on Netflix on July 25, 2019. 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.
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
Cast and characters
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Across the Universe"||Omar Madha||Aaron Martin||July 25, 2019|
|2||"Through the Valley of Shadows"||Omar Madha||Naledi Jackson||July 25, 2019|
|3||"Nervous Breakdown"||Metin Hüseyin||Alex Levine||July 25, 2019|
|4||"Guilt Trip"||Metin Hüseyin||Amanda Fahey||July 25, 2019|
|5||"A Mind of its Own"||Mairzee Almas||Romeo Candido||July 25, 2019|
|6||"I Think We're Alone Now"||Mairzee Almas||Lauren Gosnell & Alejandro Alcoba||July 25, 2019|
|7||"Living the Dream"||Allan Arkush||Lucie Pagé||July 25, 2019|
|8||"How the Light Gets Lost"||Sheree Folkson||Sean Reycraft||July 25, 2019|
|9||"Heart and Soul"||Sheree Folkson||Jackie May||July 25, 2019|
|10||"Hello"||Allan Arkush||Aaron Martin||July 25, 2019|
On April 26, 2018, Netflix announced that it had given the production a series order for a ten-episode first season. The series is created by Aaron Martin who is credited as an executive producer alongside Noreen Halpern. On June 19, 2019, it was confirmed that the series would premiere on July 25, 2019.
On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Katee Sackhoff had been cast as a series regular. On August 21, 2018, it was reported that Selma Blair had joined the cast in a recurring role. On August 28, 2018, it was announced that Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Ludlow had joined the cast. The following day, Blu Hunt joined the cast. In September 2018, the rest of the main cast was revealed.
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." Metacritic calculated an average score of 33 out of 100, based on 8 reviews, citing "generally unfavourable reviews".
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