A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of courage and teamwork are clearly addressed, with plotlines and dialogue about astronauts who brave great danger to protect others, and a group of people who must work together to accomplish a crucial task.
Positive Role Models
Strong women like Niko and General Dubois are at the center of the action, tough, sympathetic, and in charge. Many of the characters on the Salvare's mission, though, are thinly drawn stereotypes. One character, Zayn, appears to be male and wears makeup and has an atypical gender presentation, which goes unmentioned by the rest of the cast.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are in constant mortal danger from otherworldly threats and from each other. Though gore and violence are downplayed, deaths occur onscreen, there's sci-fi weaponry and mayhem, and characters also engage in fistfights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect romantic complications, kissing, and references to sex, as much of the cast is single, young, and interested. Cast members are largely clad in brief, tight clothing, and the camera moves to track sculpted abs and backsides.
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Language includes "f--k, "s--t," "goddamn," "hell," "prick," "balls."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Another Life is a sci-fi drama series about an alien craft that suddenly lands on Earth -- and the scientists who try to figure out why. Violence is less intense here than in some other shows with similar tone and settings, but expect sci-fi weapons and dangers from space travel, sudden deaths, and fights. Sexual content is infrequent, but many characters are single and interested -- kissing, dating, and references to sex are likely. Both male and female characters wear brief, tight costumes, and the camera lingers on body parts. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k, "s--t," "goddamn," and "hell." Strong women are at the center of the action and show courage and teamwork in solving tough, dangerous problems; another character has atypical gender presentation, which isn't remarked on. Katee Sackhoff and Justin Chatwin star.
Is It Any Good?
Get your science fiction cliche bingo cards ready, because this mashup of plot points from other, better stories will give you plenty to check off. Another Life starts with a promising Arrival-like premise, as an infinity-symbol-shaped alien "artifact" lands on earth for unknown reasons. So the aliens have arrived, and no one knows why. Cool! Viewers are ready to work backwards to get their answers. But what could be an intriguing puzzle is quickly squandered as Niko and her crew head out into space to check out the star the artifact's sending signals to, and the whole thing turns into what feels very much like a riff on Star Trek. The original.
You can expect a lot of "it's a crazy plan but it just might work" setups in deep space; meanwhile, Erik pokes around the artifact back on earth, trying to prod some sort of reaction out of it. He eventually does, in a sequence lifted fairly directly from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It just all feels rather lifeless, and though Sackhoff is as vital a presence as she was when sci-fi fans first got to know her in Battlestar Galactica, here she's wasted. Yes, she looks amazing -- the crew of the faster-than-light Salvare for some reason wear yoga clothes instead of uniforms, and seem to have been chosen for their sculpted abs rather than acting chops -- but the dialogue and her storyline are blah.
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