Another Life

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Another Life, season 1. Halfire Entertainment, distributed by Netflix, 2019.[1] Aaron Martin, creator.[2]

See Wikipedia for (60-minute) episodes'[3] their synopsis follows.

An unidentified flying object, shaped like a Möbius strip, lands on Earth and grows a crystalline tower above it. Erik Wallace, a scientist employed by the United States Interstellar Command, attempts to communicate with the alien structure. Wallace's wife, Captain Niko Breckinridge, takes the spaceship Salvare and its young crew to determine the origin of the artifact and establish first contact with the species who sent it. The Salvare is capable of faster-than-light (FTL) travel, and carries most of its crew asleep in hibernation pods, to be awakened as and when needed.[4]

Note pods as in the ALIEN (film) series and the large, small "a," alien artifact.

Reviewed by Marta F. Suarez, SFRA Review 50.2-3 (Spring-Summer 2020), who calls attention to the allusiveness, or intertextuality, of various episodes.[5][6]

Whereas the overall plot has striking similarities with the decoding plot of Contact (1997), Interstellar (2014), and Arrival (2016), the individual episodes approach a variety of styles, narratives, and sub-genres. For example, nods to sci-fi horror take inspiration from the aesthetics of Nightflyers (2018)[7] and Prometheus (2012), including arachnids reminiscent of those in Starship Troopers (1997) or Lost in Space (1998). Alien (1979) is echoed several times throughout the series. [...] As it turns out, the ship is not where it should be and the events will only take it further from Earth in a plot reminiscent of Event Horizon (1997), Star Trek: Voyager[8] (1995-2001), Stargate Universe (2009-2010),[9] or Lost in Space (2018-). By the end of the season, Niko discovers that the alien race who sent the artifact, the Achaia, are decimating civilizations and implanting chips into hosts, connecting with core elements of The Mind Snatchers (1972) and the Goa’uld in the Stargate universes. The references are many and varied, making the series a kind of kaleidoscope where well-known tropes change shape but are still recognizable.

As the numerous blue links indicate, those tropes are significant for the theme of this wiki; see also for an interesting character in the ship's AI (managing artificial intelligence), for which cf. and contrast the theme in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (film) and novel, 1968, on.

RDE, finishing, 30Oct21