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.
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.
#Nightflyers on Netflix... "from the mind of George R. R. Martin...." - SIGN ME UP.— Kelly Marie (@iMarieKelly) February 1, 2019
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.
This is weird #Nightflyers— N. (@nix356) February 1, 2019
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.
Starter watching #Nightflyers on Netflix. So far it's just a terrible re-imagining of Event Horizon minus Laurence Fishburne.— David Delve (@DavidDelve) February 1, 2019
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.
So far reminding me of Event Horizon #Nightflyers— Christina Taylor (@Chrissie72) February 1, 2019
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.
Watching #Nightflyers very event horizon— coldesign (@coldesign_ltd) February 1, 2019
I’m two episodes in & #nightflyers is suss,— steg68 (@Steg68) February 1, 2019
has the dumbest crew since Prometheus.
What could have been Event Horizon,
hellish dreams on television doesn’t cut it
on a TV budget.
The spaceship is lit like your dad’s basement, crewed with your dads ex-wife replacement,
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.
#Nightflyers gave me a headache. Not because it's cerebral or clever but because it's fucking hot trash.— jonathan (@JJKirbs) February 2, 2019
Is she-........Is she mining their sperm? I have officially seen it all #Nightflyers— Mina Scientia🍓 (@LuizBaeWolf) February 1, 2019
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.
I have a problem with #Nightflyers and so many sci-fi shows. Why are the ships so dark - that is not good for their mental health especially with the oppressive darkness of space. Also, why do they all wear such drab clothes. Has the colour orange been outlawed?! pic.twitter.com/oxGVq1qjiO— Laurie (@choiceIrregular) February 2, 2019
So frustrated with @NightflyersSYFY , the first 2 mins ruins any intrigue and tension the show could of had. A shame as otherwise it is great. Trust your audience, we don't need to be told excitement is to come. #nightflyers #Netflix #scifi— John Wright (@johnwright79) February 1, 2019
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.
Just watched the first 20 minutes of #Nightflyers. There's so much fucking mumbling I had to turn on subtitles.— dogulas (@lazysupper) February 1, 2019
#Nightflyers would be better without the opening scene of episode 1.— Peter Sono (@PeterSono13) February 1, 2019
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.
Just watched episode 1 of #Nightflyers Pretty poor effort. Ponderous and weighed down with pseudo intellectual self importance. Not a single interesting character. Also some "twists" that I can see coming a mile off.— James Casserly (@Casserly_Rock) February 1, 2019
Know what you mean! Just started ep 1 of #NightFlyers and my heart dropped when they pulled out the grossly overused “Six weeks before” / ‘in medias res’ trope.— John Freeman (@johnfreeman733) February 1, 2019
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.
Just finished #Nightflyers ☑️ and I'm so disappointed...thought it would be something original but the scenario is so messy and, I'm sorry to say that but, it was really badly filmed. The movie is only visual effects...Characters are not even interesting to watch and most of-— ele (@ElenaVg3) February 1, 2019
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?