The new sci-fi space series from Syfy in the United States and distributed by Netflix in Canada is based on a novella of the same name written by George R. R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame.

So of course, people had pretty high expectations for the show, as well as assuming all of their favourite characters were bound to die sooner or later.

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TL;DR The new Netflix Canada series 'Nightflyers' is based on a novella written by George R. R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. Obviously, fans of GoT had very high expectations, but apparently, the series is a bit of a letdown and is just making everyone nostalgic for the 1997 film Event Horizon, instead.

Fans of Game of Thrones were of course all over the idea of a new show with George R. R. Martin at the helm. 

The science-horror novella was released in 1980 and there was a film adaptation done in 1987. 

The novella takes place in the same "Thousand Worlds" universe that many of Martin's science fiction works take place.

Some of his other works in this universe include A Song for Lya, Sandkings, and Dying of the Light.

The original film sounds like a twist on the Stanley Kubrick space classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which the ship's computer takes over and begins victimizing the crew.

However, the biggest comparison viewers are making is between the Netflix series and the 1997 film Event Horizon, directed Paul W. S. Anderson.

The film Event Horizon centres on a ship that is on a rescue mission after hearing distress calls from a missing ship also called the Event Horizon.

When the crew finds and boards the ship, they begin to realize that a hostile entity has possessed the ship, causing the crew to begin having hallucinations and eventually go insane. 

While the novella did come out before Event Horizon, many fans had critiques outside of the series just reminding them of the Andersen film.

I guess that's one of the problems of having an amazing, HBO-level television show: people are going to have pretty high expectations.

Several of the issues viewers had with the show were issues that many science-fiction shows and films fall victim to.

Many new series and films rely on the canon of space stories and lean heavily on tropes to convey the essence of space, but end up re-creating things we've seen before.

Many viewers also felt that the opening scene does a disservice to the show. 

Sci-fi shows can often forget to give their audience some credit and get caught up world-building that they give too much away too soon.

One of the great things about Game of Thrones is that the audience is kept in the dark when it comes to a lot of the details about the crazy world of Westeros.

While I don't know how the novella reads, clearly fans who were watching the show were a little disappointed with the approach Netflix took. 

It will be interesting to see if the show gets picked up for a second season or if the season will be a standalone adaptation of the novella. 

I'm usually very hopeful to see a story or novella get an adaptation because it means the creators have a clear start and finish line, so there's less risk of the show going off the rails and become sad and repetitive. 

If the Rotten Tomatoes is any indication, the show will likely only be the 10 episodes in this first season.

The Tomato-meter currently reads 36%, though the audience score is a little higher, at a 65%.

Will you watch it?


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