Another Life - Netflix First Contact SF series

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When a mysterious alien artifact lands on Earth, Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) has to lead humanity’s first interstellar mission to its planet of origin, while her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make first contact with the artifact back on earth. Another Life explores the miracle of life, how precious life is in a universe mostly empty of it, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.
An Interstellar War Looms in the Latest Trailer for Katee Sackhoff’s Sci-Fi Series Another Life
 

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The Walking Dead star Elizabeth Ludlow has already found her next role and it's coming to Netflix. Having moved on from her role as Arat on AMC's zombie show early in its ninth season, Ludlow quickly appeared in Godzilla: King of thee Monsters, now with her next role coming in Another Life. Ludlow shared the first trailer for Another Life on her social media channels on Tuesday.

"She's a young recruit from the streets," Ludlow tells ComicBook.com about her Another Life character Cas Isakovic. "A young woman of color who wants to do something better with her life. Katee Sackhoff takes me under her wing and we form this relationship and this bond. We go to space together and we have a whole other group of young kids that we take with us. I don't want to say too much, but it's definitely more action coming your way, for sure."
Netflix's Another Life Trailer Released With The Walking Dead's Elizabeth Ludlow

"It was a pretty intense shoot," Ludlow said of Another Life. "It was three months, 10 episodes, in Vancouver and it was block shooting, which can at times prove to be a little difficult. Overall, I think [Another Life and The Walking Dead] work pretty similar. I can't think of any major differences."
 

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Looks interesting but Netflix's offerings haven't really grabbed me for the most part. I hope this one does.
 

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Looks interesting but Netflix's offerings haven't really grabbed me for the most part. I hope this one does.
I hope it's as good as the promises. I'd hate, if it were another generic first contact, they are evil bs. There has been too many of them and none of the other kind.
 

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First contact stories are a difficult sell to the masses if they aren't shooting at each other. The general public these days probably don't have the attention span to let the story unfold. Fingers crossed though.
 
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First contact stories are a difficult sell to the masses if they aren't shooting at each other. The general public these days probably don't have the attention span to let the story unfold. Fingers crossed though.
I got a first contact story in the finishing piece and it broke taboo, because while it is first contact, it's also accepting that they have always been here. That the humanity was watched and there was never an invasion in the plan.

All the first contact stories we have had in past ten years has been invasions. Even Garland's Annihilation was one of them.
 

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Would you consider Arrival/The Story of Your Life an invasion first contact story?
 

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I wish they weren't so rare. I'm getting more than a little tired of the CGI explosions every five minutes in films.
 

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Watching the first episode of this. Good premise, but... I just don't believe it. It feels awkward to me. The dialogue is weak, the effects (including sound effects) already feel dated, the acting seems off, (or it is the directing? I can never tell), plus more.. The writing isn't great either. The characters seem a little one dimensional. The science is messy...

Maybe I'm being too harsh. I'll give it a chance, hopefully it (or I) gets better.
 
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The reviews I've seen so far range from poor to god awful. So Netflix fails to deliver yet again.
 

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The reviews I've seen so far range from poor to god awful. So Netflix fails to deliver yet again.
I couldn't sleep so I watched first five episodes. I cannot see how they failed to deliver. This is a very different first contact story from the others.
 

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I couldn't sleep so I watched first five episodes. I cannot see how they failed to deliver. This is a very different first contact story from the others.
I've not seen it myself yet. I was just going on the reviews I've seen. What did you think of it?
 

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What did you think of it?
I quite like it. I wanted to do the whole review on the first half today. But I'm afraid I have to postbone the whole things, as I'm crying and having hard time. What I can say is that the whole case of unknown alien species coming to a world that has suffered through the whole catastrophe due to the climate change. They give a subtle references, like for example one of the space crew said, "I'm miss St Petersburg. It was so beautiful city before it was swept away by the floods."

The only unbelievable cases are the FTL and the fact that the two main characters are a couple, with a little girl between them. Katee's character head off into the unknown after the alien craft lands, and her crew goes through hardships and deaths. You can easily spot many concepts that we have spoken in the chronicles before and the writing is exciting. In fact, there is things we can learn from it, like for example the alien sitting on Earth.

It is as mystifying as Garland's Annihilation species and it shares some of the unique features like the crystal matrix with Garland's creation and the use of whole spectrum of colours. But, as this is a series involving us going to unknown to find out about the source of the alien species, the First Contact case goes way beyond, and it even claims that there is life in space.

You will find AI's, advanced space-ships running with anti-gravity and FTL engine similar to the Alcubierre drives. They have figured out hibernation and other things, but yet, they are only around seventy years ahead of us. Maybe a century at max.

The series never touches in the first half what really happened to the humanity, but it really deals with the situation about what happens, when we encounter aliens and realise that we are not alone in this universe. I'm also glad that there has not been multiverse concept or TT at the first half.

If you want to see an alternative series, heavily dealing with the futurism and SF concepts, I warmly recommend this series.
 

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That's the first intelligent and positive thing I've heard about the series. Cheers.
Indeed. I'll give it another shot, with my critical side toned down.
 
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Indeed. I'll give it another shot, with my critical side toned down.
Nope, I just can't do it.

Sending out a bunch of sketchy amateurs to save, or represent, humanity doesn't work for me. One of them isn't even trained?

It reminds me of Danny Boyle's Sunshine, and that was much better than this. It feels incredibly rushed.
 
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