With the amount of great content Netflix puts out, it's getting harder and harder to find a social life; instead, they've generously given us Another Life.
The streaming service has had a tricky history with its sci-fi content in recent years. Firstly, we'll call attention to misfires, and there really are some bad ones. Efforts like 2018's Extinction starring Michael Peña had a lot of promise, beginning well but eventually becoming just another forgettable slog. However, the biggest disappointment has surely been The Cloverfield Paradox, which absolutely pales in comparison to both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane.
It was sci-fi at its most dull, but with something like, say, Alex Garland's Annihilation, we saw the genre at its most divisive on the platform. The ambiguous and visually imaginative horror hybrid sent some to sleep and others to the rooftops to sing its praises, generating quite the debate online.
Then, we have the all-round crowdpleaser with Stranger Things; Netflix's shining star. Now, we have Another Life ready to find its place.
Another Life on Netflix
Aaron Martin's sci-fi drama series landed on Netflix on Thursday, July 25th 2019 and genre enthusiasts may have a new favourite show to add to the list.
Across ten episodes, Another Life tells the tale of a space crew embarking on a pivotal mission to unlock the secrets of a mysterious, UFO-like object which has suddenly landed on Earth. Deeply concerned of its origins, they venture in search of life beyond their own. What will they find?
It's a great set-up for a show, with the trailer - arriving a few weeks before release - teasing something which blends the contemplative nature of Denis Villeneuve's Arrival with the terror of James Cameron's Aliens and the immersive spectacle of the influential Star Trek. It's an ambitious project, but genre-fans will decide if it has succeeded.
Whether it will or not, audiences are immediately curious about the protagonist: Niko Breckinridge. Who plays her?
Katee Sackhoff: Star of Another Life
Niko is played by 39-year-old Katee Sackhoff and has been a presence on screens since the late nineties. Her first credited role was on the 1998 TV movie Fifteen and Pregnant, followed by a role on TV series Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane a year later.
She took numerous parts on the likes of TV series' Undressed and The Fearing Mind, but if you're a horror fan, you may recognise her best from a certain franchise. She played the lead role - Jen - in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection; not exactly the height of the franchise, but certainly not without its fans.
Other horror efforts include White Noise 2: The Light, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia and Mike Flanagan's underrated 2013 effort Oculus. The latter was released the same year as Riddick, the Vin Diesel franchise sequel, which starred Katee as the character Dahl.
Let's not forget you superhero fans! Amunet Black - AKA Blacksmith - from The Flash? That's her, alright.
Sci-fi saviour Katee Sackhoff
We've spotlighted some notable projects here, but arguably, none of them was the reason she was chosen for Another Life.
The actress is most renowned for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the popular TV series Battlestar Galactica. According to Wikipedia, her work on the show saw her nominated for four Saturn Awards; she won for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005.
Katee is far from a stranger to sci-fi, so Battlestar fans will undoubtedly be over the moon to see her in a new, original series. The show ran from 2004 to 2009, but Another Life's continuation is particularly uncertain right now. Critics haven't exactly been taken with it, but audiences are still arriving to explore it. Who knows...
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