Despite all the gore, blood, and horror in his tales, any piece of literary work associated with the name George R. R. Martin spurs a force of excitement and thrill among many. So, naturally, when it was announced Jeff Buhler was going to present the 'Game of Thrones' maestro's 80's novella 'Nightflyers' as a tv-adaptation, speculation and anticipation peaked.
Would he be able to deliver the entirety of the Thousand Worlds with its characters both terrestrial and extraterrestrial in its rightful manner? Or would it be as disappointing as the cheesy film adaptation of the same name that came out in 1987? Almost at the brink of the show's end, fans will have you assured that this 'Nightflyers' is every bit the portrayal they had yearned for all this while.
The story is your classic space adventure with underlying elements of psychological horror. Set in the Earth's near future (2093, as opposed to the book's far distant future of our planet) a crew of scientists, experts, artificial intelligence, and telepaths are aboard the titular spaceship to seek out life in outer space, in the hopes they would be able to help human life survive back on Earth. Horror ensues as the crew discovers not everyone onboard is an ally, and ends with a gory, axe-murdering spree, including a pivotal character slicing her own throat with an electronic saw.
With significant differences from the novella's original story sprinkled throughout Buhler's adaptation of the tale, critics believed somewhere down the line, the series lacked the authenticity of Martin - his signature touch, to be precise. Going by reviews from eminent critics of both the sci-fi genre, and the novella, the show didn't quite come off as impressive. But fans don't seem to mind it one bit.
For starters, they are deeply content the character of Melantha Jhirl (Jodie Turner-Smith) is finally being represented correctly - a bold, towering black woman. And, the resemblances with classic space-films like '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Aliens,' and 'Solaris,' and even with other slasher-psychological horrors like 'The Shining,' were extremely welcomed by fans, it seems.
Making this sentiment of satisfaction and excitement vocally known, fans did what they do best and took it to social media to gush about just how epic Buhler's rendition of 'Nightflyers' is. Here's what they had to say.