Nightflyers: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Unsettling without being particularly scary, Nightflyers's low-budget aesthetics and over-reliance on homage betray its intriguing philosophical pondering and impressive creative pedigree.



Critic Ratings: 31


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Gretchen Mol
as Dr. Agatha Matheson
Eoin Macken
as Karl D'Branin
David Ajala
as Roy Eris
Sam Strike
as Thale
Maya Eshet
as Lommie
Jodie Turner-Smith
as Melantha Jhirl
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Critic Reviews for Nightflyers Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7)

Hopefully the big surprise with Nightflyers is that it gets better as it goes along.

Dec 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Nightflyers quickly pivots from an intriguing foray into hard sci-fi to a confounding slog through the most boring blackness of space.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The way Syfy has chosen to air ['Nightflyers'] is one of the very few interesting aspects of this high-budget misfire.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

While the pace is slow, there's something gripping about Nightflyers.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The novella is at least fun, if messy and forgettable. The TV show on the other hand is dry, dark and disappointing. Avoid.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Don't even test out Nightflyers. Let it die as early and as inevitably as its entire cast.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A solidly done saga that takes Martin's brand of nihilistic realism and applies it to the world of science fiction.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Way too many overused tropes, and not nearly enough charm in this blend of science fiction and horror. There's potential here, but only if the problems are fixed.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Much of what makes the show confusing and tedious is the work of series creator and chief writer Jeff Buhler, who has introduced a lot of needless malarkey into what Martin created as a relatively straightforward narrative.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Tense, scary sci-fi thriller reminiscent of genre classics.

Dec 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nightflyers: Season 1

  • Apr 25, 2019
    Best sci-fi horror show.
  • Apr 20, 2019
    The typical US Hyper-box script, Everyone Dies horribly, Crewed by the loony tunes cast, these people would never be let near a fairground ride without being cuffed and gagged, as a result, the series was an utter bust for me, watched it, canned it before they canceled it and rightly so, filed under the 'Could do a lot better if they fired the scriptwriters' label
  • Apr 13, 2019
    Overall this is a great show with some exciting concepts. Pacing through some of the early episodes would make for a better viewing experience but I cannot understand why this would rate so low. There are many similarities between this series and the film Event Horizon, both of which are fantastic entries in the Scifi horror genre.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    To be honest the beginning, like the first three episodes, converted me to watch all of it. But having bingewatched all of it, it kinda dissapoints me. Especially the ending. Warning, what I am about to tell right now contains non detailed spoilers. The series started okay. After the opening sequence you suddenly meet everyone in a fast tempo which makes it a bit hard to settle in. The actors are decent to even good at points with exclusion of the main protagonist. The storyline started okay as well. Somewhat promising even. But after the first episodes the storyline starts to have its own life and goes all over the place. At some point there is too much happening at the same time. For a horror genre this is not really good as it is not allowing you to be genuinely scared, because of all the distractions. The protagonist irritated me. All he wanted was to get his family back, but as the story progessed, it was all okay for him that his wife was doing some futuristic treatment that made her totally forget her daughter to bare her pain of loss. (who wants to do that?!) Eventually the protagonist even agreed to let her know he accepted that she was allowed to forget him as well, as part of her treatment. It was a good excuse for him to get back with his ex girlfriend who was also on board the ship... While he cheated on his wife, the depth of his desire to be back with his family was gone. Yet the writers still decided that he was chasing to get back to his family. In the end, he managed to get back to his family, leaving everyone behind or killed. No one knows what happened with them, but it was obvious the writers wanted to tell me the protagonist had a happy end, when in fact he was the only one that shouldnt deserved one... The serie promised alot, but failed to deliver in the end. When I completed the binge, I got left with an hollow/empty feeling and felt that someone rushed the story upon me. Very anti climax.
  • Mar 29, 2019
    Just boring. As hell
  • Mar 25, 2019
    I think it's quite decent. All the reviews I've read don't add up in my opinion
  • Mar 24, 2019
    Loved it. First contact, drama, horror, gore, suspense, great space and hi-tech visuals. Loved the bee woman. Did it for me. I think the critics don't get sci-fi, or at least the sci-fi i like. Seems to be a common theme.
  • Mar 22, 2019
    A piece of George R.R. Martin died. This show should never be shown again, LET IT DIE.
  • Mar 20, 2019
    Felt like a really good version of what Event Horizon could have been. Several threads of backstory that I can't wait to see explored
  • Mar 14, 2019
    I personally loved it, though my taste has been soured by the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger, and isn't getting another season... Yet another entertaining series syfy has given birth to only to beat into a paste with a hammer, before it could take its first steps. Disappointing to see another series with such promise be massacred by the likes of the syfy channel. it had a slow start.. But ultimately shined near the end, as a rather original science fiction show. My only real complaint was a small handful of holes in the plot. Basically, people died when "in my opinion" they might not of needed to.

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