So this isn’t a recommendation per say, but more of a rant.
Nuri and I watched Another Life on Netflix. It’s a sci-fi show that, to be honest, mashes up a whole bunch of different established sci-fi tropes into one show. It’s basically a continuation of our “watch Katee Sackhoff in more shows” pasttime. It’s kind of middling - I don’t think it commits any particular sins, it’s got enough meat to keep it interesting, and it generally plays it mostly safe.
There’s an artifact from a mysterious alien race that lands on earth, nobody knows how to contact it, scientists are trying to speak its language, Earth sends a ship into space to find the homeworld, ship gets lost and careens off course, there’s a neckburster, a bunch of mishaps occur along the way, they eventually figure out what the aliens are really after (shock of shocks they’re not friendly), etc.
The show is not good so I’m not saying “go watch it” - it’s basically bad on the level of Star Trek or SG-1, with less good writing and acting and more overwrought drama. Imagine like, Riverdale but in space, and you might be somewhere in the ballpark. Relationship drama and secret agendas and brainjacking aliens. Boring normal sci-fi show. The first one or two episodes are particularly rough, and then it smooths out and finds something resembling a groove.
So I took to the internet to read reviews and was…surprised at the vitriol aimed at this show.
It’s got a 6% on RT, for example.
Did we watch the same show? Again, it’s not good, but it’s not actively bad. It rehashes some well-established sci-fi tropes from great franchises. It does nothing original, but that’s fine, not everything needs to be some new compelling masterpiece. Sometimes I just wanna watch space drama with Katee Sackhoff running the show, it’s cool.
So I dug into reviews and even to reddit, and I think this show is being brigaded by toxic sci-fi dudes. I noted a number of reviews that boiled down to “lol why are people so emotional,” “lol Millenials in space,” “a ship run by SJWs,” “the science wasn’t extremely accurate,” and “the script should’ve been tighter like in TNG or SG-1.”
I think there a bunch of dudes leveling disingenuous and inconsistent standards at this show because it’s not exactly the perfect science fiction they want because it dares to depict women (and even a woman of color) in charge of stuff. The cast is diverse, and it depicts emotional issues instead of cold hard logic problems. I also noted several people taking issue with the trans enby actor in the show (bunch of transphobic commentary), so I’m increasingly convinced there’s an agenda behind these reviews.
And I’m just like…why? Why spend your energy on hating on some mediocre sci-fi show? Is your life so fragile that watching a cisdude kiss an enby person sends you into a rage spiral? Because like, if it is, harden the fuck up.
I was slightly warm to the show - I’d call it 5 or 6 out of 10 - but now seeing all these shitty dudes mad at it, I’m going to watch season 2 and enjoy it even more knowing that somewhere out there some neckbeard is super mad that it exists. Die mad about it.