On July 25, 2019, a new science fiction television series, Another Life, was released on the Netflix streaming video service. As Netflix often does with their own productions, the entire series was released at once, as opposed to one episode per week as on broadcast television. I get most of my news about events in science fiction from Twitter, where I follow a collection of independent science fiction authors and fans whose opinions I have come to respect. There have been relatively few comments about the new series, but they have been curiously bimodal: some people like it and others hate it, with very few in the middle. A couple of nights ago I had a pile of tedious system administration tasks to do which took a lot of time but relatively little concentration, so I put it on to have a look for myself. I was astonished by what I saw…or rather heard.
The story is, from what I’ve seen, banal, and although they seem to have science advisors on tap which keep them from tripping over pesky things like confusing planetary systems with galaxies and the like, there are other inanities such as instantaneous communication over light-year distances and the need for suspended animation on a faster than light ship. Almost every male (including a computer-emulated hologram) with the exception of one political twit seems to have a dumbeard™, and nobody on this ship sent for first contact with mysterious aliens seems to have a rank or title.... [Read More]