From up close, Nightflyers and Game of Thrones don’t seem to have much in common. Aside from the guy who wrote the source material, George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic turned HBO phenomenon couldn’t be more different from the upcoming SYFY network adaptation of his 1980s horror sci-fi novella.
But after watching the first episode of Nightflyers, the similarities start to reveal themselves. Both shows feature a large cast of three-dimensional characters — there are very few clear good guys and bad guys, just people. Both shows also drop you right in the middle of a messy, ongoing story; in Game of Thrones we begin during a brief moment of peace between one continent-wide struggle for power and another, while Nightflyers picks up in the year 2093 with the world on the brink of destruction as humanity’s last hope boards a spaceship in a risky attempt at survival.