As soon as Netflix dropped Another Life, I was counting the days for my nieces and nephew to leave (auntie of the year lol) so I could binge-watch this baby. As a die-hard fan of Battlestar Galactica (mentioned here), I could not wait to see my beloved Starbuck aka Kara Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) star in yet another “Sci-Fi Show” especially after so long!
However, after watching the show, I felt so sorry for Katee Sackhoff for being associated with this… mess. If she knew beforehand, then I truly hope she was extremely well compensated (some of that Netflix monies, baby), because in my eyes, Katee Sackhoff was Sci-Fi Royalty and after watching it, I felt that Another Life was just… beneath her.
It felt like they took elements from all the sci-fi shows and movies out there (literally all of them) and implemented them in Another Life lol I kept getting a sense of deja vu, much like when I was watching another Netflix show called The Order (dis). I’d recognize something that I knew for a fact that I’d seen earlier in a movie or another tv show. When the little girl was tracing her mother’s face with her fingers, that part strongly reminded me of Kirsten Dunst doing the same in Interview with the Vampire. A certain Japanese word kept running through my head during a certain episode. I don’t wanna’ say it because it’s just too… geeky, but I guess I’ll have to, to be able to explain. Kobayashi Maru, there, I said it. Sure, a lot of other shows pay “homage” to Star Trek and the like, so “lightly borrowing” isn’t unheard of, but dang, the entire show was a mash-up of literally every other sci-fi show or sci-fi movie out there lol
Aside from Katee Sackhoff, I didn’t care much for the rest of the cast. I hated that they cast the overly pretty Justin Chatwin as Katee Sackhoff’s husband on the show. I felt that it was justified on Battlestar Galactica because in the original, Starbuck was actually a dude. I saw no point of doing that on Another Life though. Also, other than the husband, there weren’t that many dudes that were nice to look at on Another Life lol Also, growing up in the 90’s, I remember watching Cruel Intentions starring a fresh-faced Selma Blair, but every time she came on-screen during this show, I couldn’t help but notice how much she’d aged, which in turn made me realize how much I’ve aged. I didn’t enjoy having to acknowledge my mortality every other episode lol Also, the little girl kept saying “mum” and “mummy” and you know how crazy I get when I feel like someone is being forced into dropping their accent, except I googled her and she’s Canadian, so I don’t know what’s up with the whole “mum” thing.
That said, a few episodes in, the cast kinda’ grew on me. In fact, the whole show grew on me! I’m a huge fan of trashy British Reality TV Shows (dis) because of all the drama! That’s literally what this show felt like. It’s basically a bunch of whiny kids, on a mission, in space, with a lot of… shall we say, less common partnering (Netflix trying to be “woke” lol) Whatever, dude. As much as I dislike drama in my real life, I love it when it’s on tv and cannot get enough, so the more drama, the better, as far as I was concerned!
It might not sound like it, but just like The Order (dis), I was thoroughly entertained and breezed through Another Life! It felt like a reality tv show with a sprinkle of sci-fi for flavor, which was perfect timing because I was kinda’ going through Love Island withdrawal (dis) lol I truly hope Another Life survives for another season!