Netflix is an incredible platform for innovative, experimental sci-fi stories.
This is becoming even more apparent as time goes on. The streaming service keeps adding more and more original shows that focus on the wonders (and horrors) of science fiction.
“Stranger Things” and “Sense8” are among the bigger names within Netflix’s collection, but there are plenty more.
Very recently, we got “Lost in Space”. Several of the Netflix Original movies have fallen into this category too, such as “Okja” and “The Cloverfield Paradox”.
Now, Netflix seems to be doubling down on its sci-fi content by creating “Another Life”, a show about an astronaut, who is played by Katee Sackhoff.
Sackhoff is best known for her role as Starbuck in “Battlestar Galactica”. This is a role that she apparently will never escape as she’s still now typecast as a space explorer.
Slotting Sackhoff into this project is a smart move considering Netflix’s typical strategy with its original content. The best shows on the platform revolve around nostalgia. Bringing a classic sci-fi actor back to the genre will probably help draw in “Battlestar” fans who are looking for something akin to the popular show.
Beam Me Up, Netflix
There’s a reason why Netflix seems so enamored of the sci-fi genre. The platform is inherently suited to niche content, allowing an audience for weird and wonderful shows that might otherwise fly under the radar.
The general public, by and large, is interested in sci-fi storytelling. Check out the latest movie releases in any given week to see this trend in action. Even so, TV networks always get antsy around longrunning shows that are set on faraway planets, in case audiences think the stories are too nerdy.
Netflix knows that nerd culture is fashionable. Alas, the platform isn’t too interested in cultivating niche shows (see the demise of “Sense8” for proof of this). But, by pushing their sci-fi content to the widest possible audience, Netflix is giving viewers the big budget movie experience within their own homes.
I look forward to seeing how “Another Life” will shake out. I’m eager to see what other sci-fi content Netflix produces in the near future.
Now, if the platform could just line up a good “Game of Thrones” style fantasy piece, I’d never need to watch regular TV ever again!