Axed: Nightflyers

US space drama Nightflyers has been cancelled after just one season.

Based on the novella from George R.R. Martin the show was produced by Syfy in the US but screened in Australia via Netflix.

The series followed a crew of eight scientists, led by a reclusive captain, on a spaceship called The Nightflyer. The tight-knit group set out on an expedition to discover and make contact alien life, but when a series of horrifying and violent events occur, they begin to question each other and their camaraderie becomes a fight for survival.

Despite being the most expensive series Syfy had ever developed its finale drew only 420,000 live viewers, a drop-off from 623,000 for the premiere.

Source: Variety


  1. Even with a promising first episode, some good CGI and set design, Nightflyers couldn’t quite make up it’s mind how to handle the plot, the story increasingly was left up to the creative interpretation of the main actors to sort out with far too many painful expressions and quite a few scenarios that are overused and familiar to sci-fi fans, overall the show was a disappointment and unusually really didn’t tease much for more.

  2. We’re both sci-fi and Martin fans in this house but we couldn’t be bothered to finish the second episode. It had such potential but just didn’t grab us at all.

  3. When a series is associated with a book, and totally misses the mark, sometimes it is a good thing it is quickly dropped. —Martin wouldn’t be fazed.

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