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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 2, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: Eight scientists and a telepath traveling on The Nightflyer space ship to make contact with alien life begin experiences strange and violent occurrences in this adaptation of George R.R. Martin's novella (which also was made into a 1987 film).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 30, 2018
    60
    Decently cast, interestingly claustrophobic and boasting occasional tiny bursts of inspiration, Nightflyers isn't going to suddenly hook those broad Game of Thrones demos, but there's an audience out there that's always thirsty for hard sci-fi and this is for them.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 29, 2018
    58
    Nightflyers, like YouTube Premium’s “Origin,” features a wholly impractical spaceship design, one that is expansive and minimalist, with long corridors and plenty of convenient places for something to hide. What starts intriguingly turns sillier the deeper you go.
  3. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Nov 30, 2018
    58
    There’s a sense all of this has been done before, and showrunner Jeff Buhler doesn’t quite know how to make it feel new again. It’s a testament to the pulpy dramatics of the source material that Nightflyers remains enjoyable to watch despite these weaknesses.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 28, 2018
    42
    Not scary enough to be good horror and too simple-minded to be grand sci-fi, Nightflyers is just another schlocky TV show pretending to be more than it is.
  5. 40
    Unfortunately, the show never alchemizes these touchstones into a fresh, distinctive aesthetic. And when projects like this aren’t capable of knocking you out with style, they’d better have vivid characters and a riveting story to fall back on, and that’s not the case here, either.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 30, 2018
    40
    A tediously generic haunted-house-in-space odyssey, one that Syfy is either (charitably) experimenting with or (more likely) rapidly exhausting by making all 10 episodes available simultaneously with its linear-TV debut.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Nov 30, 2018
    20
    The constant, clumsy back-and-forth story line is not [Buhler]'s only annoying affectation. He's also larded Nightflyer with references to other, better, works, from Star Trek to The Shining, probably intended in homage but really serving just to remind you how much better all of them were. And the abundant gore, no doubt a confused nod to Martin's original premise that horror and sci-fi can coexist in the same vehicle, serves no purpose at all. [Buhler] may think he's speaking in some advanced new artistic argot, but really, it's just a lot of outer-space jabberwocky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    Well written with a great cast. Genuinely scary and suspenseful. Nice insight from GRRM cast and crew on the inside interviews. When is Season 2 ?
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    I found it to be a lot of fun! Spider Bot rules! The first 3 episodes are just the beginning -- once you get deeper into the series theI found it to be a lot of fun! Spider Bot rules! The first 3 episodes are just the beginning -- once you get deeper into the series the concepts and characters really take off. The show is compelling and there's some of the most mind bending effects at play. Don't be discouraged by whiny Sci-Fi purists who don't know how to enjoy themselves! Give it a shot (at least through first 5 eps) and then decide for yourself! Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    Been watching the show from the start, great science fiction and really enjoy the suspense and horror. Well thought out, adult scienceBeen watching the show from the start, great science fiction and really enjoy the suspense and horror. Well thought out, adult science fiction. Don't understand all the negative reviews. Expand
  4. Dec 10, 2018
    9
    I'm digging it! Love the homages to classic horror films in the "container" of a space show. And it only gets better the deeper you get intoI'm digging it! Love the homages to classic horror films in the "container" of a space show. And it only gets better the deeper you get into the series. It's fun and scary! Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2018
    9
    Totally dig this show. For the average viewer it may take a minute to dig in but it's been worth it so far! Lot's of subtle Alien/Shining/2001Totally dig this show. For the average viewer it may take a minute to dig in but it's been worth it so far! Lot's of subtle Alien/Shining/2001 vibes which are great as well. Great writing...great cast....well done! Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2018
    3
    A series is fundamentally flawed when you know more about the plot from the two sentence plot summary on Imdb for the 1987 film (or the blurbA series is fundamentally flawed when you know more about the plot from the two sentence plot summary on Imdb for the 1987 film (or the blurb on the back cover of the book) than in the first 3 episodes.
    Glacial.
    Edit: Having seen the whole season, I want my time back.
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  7. Dec 5, 2018
    0
    The original story might have been great with overarching themes and filled with internal struggles, but this adaptation fails on every levelThe original story might have been great with overarching themes and filled with internal struggles, but this adaptation fails on every level to deliver any semblance of competent storytelling. The direction, choices in editing and cinematography, and stiff 'acting' from the entire cast renders this a dumpster fire. Expand

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