Netflix's Nightflyers Season 1 Review & Comments

As a Sci-fi fan, I thought I would enjoy this.
Boy was I wrong, it's plot is full of holes and the characters are not relatable in anyway so you never care what happens to them.

I would give this 1/10
 

KiLLiNG-TiME

Distinguished Member
Watched it last night its interesting & looks good but am only on the third episode so a ways to go yet.
 
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Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
As a Sci-fi fan, I thought I would enjoy this.
Boy was I wrong, it's plot is full of holes and the characters are not relatable in anyway so you never care what happens to them.

I would give this 1/10

I loved BSG and the Expanse, both very great series's. I am afraid this one doesn't even come close.

I agree that BSG is a cut above most everything else, but I think The Expanse took longer to hook me than Nightflyers, and similarly suffered from a group of characters who took a while to get behind (excepting Thomas Jane, the others were all initially throwaway, and the first few episodes showcased some really off acting by them before they settled into their roles - I'm looking at the pilot mostly).

Have you finished Nightflyers or did you just give up?
 
I agree that BSG is a cut above most everything else, but I think The Expanse took longer to hook me than Nightflyers, and similarly suffered from a group of characters who took a while to get behind (excepting Thomas Jane, the others were all initially throwaway, and the first few episodes showcased some really off acting by them before they settled into their roles - I'm looking at the pilot mostly).

Have you finished Nightflyers or did you just give up?

I gave up on episode 5 or 6 after the plot was getting completely ridiculous. The characters were doing things very silly that doesn't make sense. No one on it talks to each other about anything thats happening so if something bad happens to them no one else knows why.

I was predicting with almost 90% accuracy everything that was going to occur too so no mystery.
 

BrightonChris

Distinguished Member
I agree that BSG is a cut above most everything else, but I think The Expanse took longer to hook me than Nightflyers, and similarly suffered from a group of characters who took a while to get behind (excepting Thomas Jane, the others were all initially throwaway, and the first few episodes showcased some really off acting by them before they settled into their roles - I'm looking at the pilot mostly).

Have you finished Nightflyers or did you just give up?
I agree somewhat with that. Which is why I don't really recommend the show to most people that don't have much patience. But three series in now and I think it's some of the best world building ever put on the screen. Would you say nightflyers takes a similar approach or were you into it immediately?
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
I agree somewhat with that. Which is why I don't really recommend the show to most people that don't have much patience. But three series in now and I think it's some of the best world building ever put on the screen. Would you say nightflyers takes a similar approach or were you into it immediately?

I think Nightflyers shortcuts to the more visceral elements, but slow-builds the intricacies of the world quite well, as well as things like the ship's AI, and the aliens they are on their way to make first contact with. It's not as *cough* expansive as The Expanse, which does well to create multiple factions in multiple locations, but it does well to develop the core ideas of Event Horizon into a longer and more detailed narrative, whilst injecting plenty of future-tech niceties (the memory playback) which are used for emotional as well as nefarious purposes rather than just window dressing. I like the Solaris themes too, a comparison that only really came to me after having written the review, and thus added postscript.

In short: it's the horror shocks that will grab you early (or put you off), but the deeper dark sci-fi ideas (the damage done by plugging into the computer, the 'organic' systems) that keep you (often morbidly) curious as to what the hell is going on.
 

Hampy1972

Distinguished Member
Watched this over a ten day run on Syfy before Xmas.
I enjoyed it but sort of felt let down.
Touch of Solaris in it and some nice horror in parts but that's it.
It's well made, not that cheap feel you sometimes get.
If I'm honest, it could have been better but it's OK. I have seen worse, we all have...

Give it a 6/10.
 

encaser

Member
This suffered from using horror for its sake early doors and never had a central character that I found truly likable or interesting. Gretchen Moll is a pleasure to see (nudge, nudge Boardwalk Empire) and the psychic guy was fun at times, though.
But the story is very convoluted and takes a long time to get going. I liked its darker themes of the psyche and questions over whether immortality is possible, or desirable, through digitization.
The end does get mired though and I'd lost any passion for it when it arrived.
 

KiLLiNG-TiME

Distinguished Member
It is very typical GRRM just finished 6 & will leave it there for the evening so far so good looking forwards to seeing where it all leads.
I guess they answered my own question post 11 :facepalm: with the next episode lovely to see her again in some sci-fi excellent.

@ encaser
I don't think its horror at all as violence isn't horror & those are just the normal shock tactics that GRRM is so found of using.
 

mclingo

Distinguished Member
thoroughly enjoyed this, was spoiled a little with near black streaming / compression artifacts but excellent production otherwise. just wish NETFLIX would offer an uncompressed 1080p stream, i'd rather watch something in perfect quality uncompressed at 1080p than a crappy 4k HDR stream, this is why I still dont sign up for NETFLIX, was lucky to be offered a free month recently. I find Amazon just as bad, I tend to stick to blurays.
 
Are you saying that there's a lack of measured criticism and that views hue to extremes. On the Internet? Surely not!

It seems to be doing the same to people on here and my friends tho. I hate it and I normally love Sci Fi. Expanse and the new Star Trek on Netflix is great. This one is terrible in my opinion.
However some of my friends like it 1 other friend of mine hates it like me.

A few people on here don't like it either. It does seem to be getting mixed results its almost like a "love it or hate it" show like Marmite.
 

KoThreads

Well-known Member
Maybe I should have given it longer. I watched the first 3 episodes and then just gave up. Bad acting and the throwaway storyline that you've seen 100 times before. Truly awful.
 

Andrew1472

Distinguished Member
I just finished it and honestly it was hard work. Too much horror, not enough sci-fi for me I think, and it demanded more thought than I was willing to put in to it. My attention kept drifting. In the end I didn’t care about any of the characters or the end result.
 

MikeTVMikeTV

Well-known Member
Watched the first 2 episodes.

Its really really bad, acting is majority pretty awful and it's just dull.

Sci-fi horror, event horizon TV show? Sounds awesome.

Its not, it's cheap trash, watch Russian Doll instead.
 

VisionMan

Distinguished Member
I've had my eye on this as it was email pushed to me. Cas's review describes it as 'Marmite'. You'll either love it or hate it. I don't mind slow and off the wall (loved Solaris) and have patience so I'm going to give it a go. And thanks for the balanced review, Cas.
 

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