'Nightflyers': Could Angus Sampson's Rowan be the evil hologram AI from the 1987 movie?
The whole run and chase between Rowan and Agatha sounds a lot like the AI from the movie adaptation hunting down the female passenger, and thus going on a homicidal binge.
With the release of the first five minutes of SyFy's upcoming show 'Nightflyers' - based on George R. R. Martin's novella of the same name - fans had a lot of question to ask. Those who have followed the novella right from the start would know about the spaceship adventure set in the future, where crew members of the ship are fronted with a horror inside their ship. And fans got a glimpse of the same horror in the form of Angus Sampson's character Rowan, who was shown to be an axe murderer hunting down crewmembers for some unknown reason as of yet. That has made us wonder who he really is, and why - or rather how - he ended up on this gruesome homicidal spree.
Fans of the franchise will know that in the 1987 film adaptation of 'Nightflyers' - which the upcoming TV series releasing this December 2 will be based on - the horror residing within the walls of the ship was the mothership itself. Aka, the artificial intelligence starts acting out of jealousy induced aggression involving a love triangle of sorts. For the lack of a better, more detailed synopsis online, here's how IMDb's synopsis of the film describes the scenario: "Professor hires a spaceship to get to the source of weird signals from deep space. The trip is cut short however when the ship’s computer gets jealous because the captain is in love with one of the female passengers and it gets homicidal."
And this brings us to the Gretchen Mol embodied character of Agatha, who is one of the chiefs aboard the upcoming show's spaceship. In the five minutes released, Agatha can be seen hunting down by Rowan, the latter wielding an axe, as Agatha desperately tries to initiate purge action on the ship. After a good three minutes of bloody hunt and chase, she finally manages to succeed after stabbing Rowan in the inner thigh with a screwdriver, and then, finally, alerts the planet not to call back the spaceship into Earth, before she grabs an electronic saw and slashes her throat with it.
This whole run and chase between Rowan and Agatha sounds a lot like the AI from the movie adaptation hunting down the female passenger, and thus going on a homicidal binge. In simpler terms, Rowan could possibly be the evil hologram man from the cheesy-space adventure slash psychological thriller that was based loosely on the novella by Martin. Of course, no official information about the characters and their personalities has been divulged so far by the network, except their names, but this seems like a plausible reason why a decent looking man would go on a murder binge, when crewmates out in deeper space could have the peripheral horror of having to fight aliens.