Psycho in space: Nightflyers is one ship you don’t want to hitch a ride on

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Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other – and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) is set to star as Karl D’Branin alongside Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale, Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl, Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) as Agatha, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Auggie. (synopsis (c) Seat 42F)

Here’s the thing.

If anyone ever said to me, and granted this is a remotely-feasible “what if? since we can barely leave orbit these days let alone go deep into the galaxy, and said “Go on this spaceship, find a fabled alien race/lost spaceship/giant endless lollipop of sugary yumminess, there’s a very good chance I would laugh so loudly in their face they would suffer from hilarity shock waves.

As the adaptatation of George R. R. Martin’s 1985 novel (plus five short stories) Nightflyers makes all too horrifically clear, taking up that mission leads to madness, death and all sorts of nightmarish points in-between.

So don’t, just don’t … and yet people do, they just do, which is, I guess good news for people who like scary stories set in space (but no much for the people onboard the accursed ship in question).

Just how scary, and let’s be honest, it looks like hiding-under-the-blanket grade scary, will be determined come the northern spring when the show premieres on syfy.


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