Another Life opens with an ouroboros-like alien spacecraft cruising above Earth, then crashing into a soybean field and turning into a crystalline communications tower. When terrestrial attempts to analyze it reveal little information beyond that it’s broadcasting information to Pi Canis Majoris, which is 96.5 light-years from Earth, the US sends its most sophisticated spaceship, the Salvare, to make first contact.
Unfortunately, that narrative is largely kicked to the back burner after the show’s first episode in favor of a series of even more derivative Star Trek-style episodic conflicts. Set in the relatively near future where humanity has developed spaceships that can travel faster than light, and technology that puts people in stasis for long journeys, the story of the 10-episode first season (four episodes were provided for previews) largely follows Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff), a veteran astronaut who was involved in a disastrous mission to Saturn nine years before that left half the crew dead. She’s taking control of the Salvare from her own protégé Ian Yerxa (Tyler Hoechlin of Teen Wolf and Supergirl), who the US military deems too hot-headed for such a sensitive mission but still leaves on the ship to question all of Niko’s decisions.
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