Netflix’s Another Life starts as Arrival, then turns into Star Trek

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Netflix’s science fiction series Another Life, which premieres on July 25th, opens with a promising premise, but it isn’t a particularly original one: it mashes up plot points from Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Syfy’s Nightflyers, which was canceled after a single season. 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…

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