Are you in the mood for a new adventure? Then the new Netflix series Another Life may be just the TV show for you. The space drama, created by Aaron Martin (Slasher, Being Erica), follows astronaut Niko Brekenridge (Katee Sackhoff) and her crew as they go on a high-risk mission to explore the origins of an alien artifact. The 10 episode series also follows Niko’s scientist husband Erik (Justin Chatwin), who stays behind on Earth with their young daughter to try and figure out how to communicate with a strange glowing structure that’s recently arrived.
If the promise of a space adventure isn’t enough for you, then we here at The TV Junkies are offering up even more reasons to tune in. All 10 episodes are now available on Netflix. Read on for why Another Life should most definitely be your next binge!
Katee Sackhoff back in space!
Did you love Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica? Us too! Who didn’t? While she’s been fabulous in roles on The Flash and Longmire recently, if you’re anything like us then you’ve been dying to see Sackhoff return to space. Luckily in Another Life, Sackhoff gets to portray Niko, the leader of the space mission who gets to be all kinds of badass. She clearly worked hard to prep for this role and it shows! Sackhoff may have some great fight scenes, but Niko is a multi-layered character that lets her tap into some emotional depths as well.
In addition to Sackhoff, we were thrilled to see Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Anger Management) cast as a media influencer/journalist Harper Glass. This is a role that Blair has put her all into as Glass works to break one of the biggest stories in human history. There’s also the fact that Blair, who has recently been very open with her struggle with multiple sclerosis, credits the Another Life team with helping her cope with the disease.
A all-around strong ensemble cast
If the promise of Sackhoff and Blair on your screen still isn’t enough for you, then Another Life has plenty of other strong actors to offer up for you. Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin also stars, as well as The Walking Dead’s Elizabeth Ludlow and The Originals’ Blu Hunt.
Australian native JayR Tinaco plays Zayn, a crew member that uses the pronouns ze and hir. Zayn is the ship’s psychologist and medic who tries to help Niko as she leads the team on this dangerous mission through space. Creator Martin always seems to incorporate important representation like this in his series and Another Life is no different. Zayn’s identity never comes up as a topic of conversation or story arc, but it doesn’t have to. The space series instead shows a future, 50-75 years from now, where people are free to exist as they choose.
A true sci-fi adventure!
Sometimes you just want to sit back, prop up your feet and go on a good old-fashioned space adventure, right? Unfortunately for Niko’s crew, but great for us viewers at home, is that their mission immediately is turned on its head as the heroes are forced to deal with one disaster after another. With everything from mutiny to space viruses and an onboard AI, William (Samuel Anderson), who is more human than you’d think, Another Life has all the makings for those who love a great sci-fi romp!
Great Canadian talent BTS
Creator/showrunner Martin is well known for his work on hit Canadian series such as Slasher, Killjoys and Being Erica. He’s joined on Another Life by Alias Grace producer Noreen Halpern, who is executive producing alongside him. They are just some of the great Canadian TV talent that worked on Another Life. The writing room is filled with Canadian TV veterans including Sean Reycraft (Coroner), Amanda Fahey (Anne with an E), Naledi Jackson (Anne with an E), J.P. Larocque (Slasher), Lucie Pagé (Slasher) and Jackie May (Van Helsing), among others. We don’t know about you, but we’re always down for supporting Canadian TV!
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Another Life is now available for streaming on Netflix.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.