Another Life (2019 TV series)
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|Created by||Aaron Martin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||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 streaming television series created by Aaron Martin that premiered on Netflix on July 25, 2019. The series stars Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, Elizabeth Ludlow, Blu Hunt, A.J. Rivera, Alexander Eling, Alex Ozerov, Jake Abel, JayR Tinaco, Lina Renna, Jessica Camacho, Barbara Williams, Parveen Dosanjh, Greg Hovanessian, and Chanelle Peloso. In October 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.
A flying object, shaped like a potato chip with the center cut out (i.e. an annulus in a hyperbolic plane), lands on Earth and grows a crystal shell. Erik Wallace (Justin Chatwin), a scientist employed by the United States Interstellar Command, fails to discover a way to communicate with the alien monolith. Wallace's wife, Captain Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff), takes the spaceship Salvare and its crew to find the origin of the artifact.
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 aboard Salvare.
- Blu Hunt as August Catawnee, the lead engineer and youngest member of the crew aboard Salvare.
- A.J. Rivera as Bernie Martinez, Salvare's microbiologist and part-time chef.
- Jake Abel as Sasha Harrison (season 1), the son of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, serving as the government's representative and diplomatic liaison aboard Salvare.
- Alex Ozerov as Oliver Sokolov, a Salvare engineer.
- Alexander Eling as Javier Almanzar, a former hacker who is aboard Salvare as an expert in computer engineering.
- JayR Tinaco as Zayn Petrossian, 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 Salvare. She is awakened in episode 2.
- Tongayi Chirisa as Richard Ncube (season 2)
- Jessica Camacho as Michelle Vargas (season 1), Salvare's communications expert.
- Barbara Williams as General Blair Dubois, General of United States Interstellar Command, in charge of United States' policy to the artifact.
- Greg Hovanessian as Beauchamp McCarry, Niko's third-in-command and pilot of Salvare. He is awakened in episode 7.
- Parveen Dosanjh as Dr. Nani Singh, a scientist who is Erik's friend and co-worker.
- Chanelle Peloso as Petra Smith (season 1), a crew member of Salvare.
- Dillon Casey as Seth Gage (season 2)
- Shannon Chan-Kent as Iara (season 2)
- Kurt Yaeger as Dillon Conner (season 2)
- Tyler Hoechlin as Ian Yerxa, an astronaut and the former commander of the space explorations ship Salvare, who loses the position to Niko.
- Martin Donovan as Egan Harrison, a politician and Sasha's father.
- Leifennie as Azami Ouchi, a computer engineer.
Season 1 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||1||"Across the Universe"||Omar Madha||Aaron Martin||July 25, 2019|
|2||2||"Through the Valley of Shadows"||Omar Madha||Naledi Jackson||July 25, 2019|
|3||3||"Nervous Breakdown"||Metin Hüseyin||Alex Levine||July 25, 2019|
|4||4||"Guilt Trip"||Metin Hüseyin||Amanda Fahey||July 25, 2019|
|5||5||"A Mind of its Own"||Mairzee Almas||Romeo Candido||July 25, 2019|
|6||6||"I Think We're Alone Now"||Mairzee Almas||Lauren Gosnell & Alejandro Alcoba||July 25, 2019|
|7||7||"Living the Dream"||Allan Arkush||Lucie Pagé||July 25, 2019|
|8||8||"How the Light Gets Lost"||Sheree Folkson||Sean Reycraft||July 25, 2019|
|9||9||"Heart and Soul"||Sheree Folkson||Jackie May||July 25, 2019|
|10||10||"Hello"||Allan Arkush||Aaron Martin||July 25, 2019|
|Title ||Directed by||Written by ||Original release date|
|11||1||"Live to Fight Another Day"||TBA||Aaron Martin||TBA|
|12||2||"Smoke and Mirrors"||TBA||Lauren Gosnell||TBA|
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 October 29, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season. 
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. On June 23, 2020, Tongayi Chirisa was cast as a series regular while Dillon Casey, Shannon Chan-Kent, and Kurt Yaeger joined the cast in recurring roles for the second season.
Filming for the first season took place on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, from August 20, 2018, to November 20, 2018. Filming for the second season was expected to begin on March 2, 2020, and conclude on June 9, 2020, but was put on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic. Filming for the second season resumed on August 28, 2020, and is scheduled to conclude on November 24, 2020.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 6% of 18 critic ratings are positive for the series, with an average rating 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 unfavorable reviews".
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