'Nightflyers' is as gory as 'Game of Thrones', tense as 'Jurassic Park' and murderous as 'The Shining'. Need we sell it more?
The initial five minutes of the show prove that with all the right amounts of gore, just like GoT is known to abound in, 'Nightflyers' too will be a must-watch.
SyFy released the first five minutes of its highly anticipated TV series, 'Nightflyers' - based on the novella by 'Game of Thrones' maestro, George R. R. Martin and safe to say, the show did not wait to establish whose brainchild it is. The original novella - of the same name - was initially turned into a film (same name) back in 1987, and now it is back again to shock and astound viewers, premiering as a series in less than two weeks on December 2. Previously it was decided that the show would be based on the book, but later, its adaptation was switched to follow more along the lines of the film. And the initial five minutes of the show is only further proof that with all the right amounts of gore that Martin's other famed brainchild, GoT, is known to abound in this too will be a must-watch. And oh, it also bears resemblance to scenes from 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Shining too' - making it the perfect Christmas treat to watch out for!
The snippet starts off with what seems like the titular spaceship - the Nightflyer - which as per the official synopsis on SyFy, is 'the most advanced ship ever built.' The synopsis further explains that "Set in the year 2093, 'Nightflyers' is a psychological thriller that follows a team of scientists aboard the spaceship, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the Solar System, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space—it’s already on their ship."
And it is this said horror on the ship that viewers are treated with, in the very first five minutes of the show. Agatha Matheson (Gretchen Mol) can be seen in distress, floating in zero gravity inside the spaceship as alarms keep blaring - indicating there's some kind of crisis on the horizon. We soon see patches of blood on her shirt and vest. She can be seen trying to flee from something, and soon the source of the madness becomes clear as a faint, whistling comes from the distance, adding to the eerie quotient of the scene.
The next few minutes would make anybody who grew up in the 90s reminisce the thrill, anxious anticipation, and faint excitement from the first 'Jurassic Park' movie - where the two kids tried hiding against and under the kitchen cabinets as the T-Rex's invaded the area and tried hunting them down. Agatha does the same, hiding under the cabinet, while her ax-wielding crewmate Rowan (Angus Sampson) walks in, looking for possible lives to murder. She almost escapes, as Rowan passes by her hiding spot - swinging the axe in the air, much like Jack Nicholson from the 1980's classic, 'The Shining.'
But soon as viewers start to feel relaxed about Agatha having escaped, Rowan brings the axe down on the cabinet right next to Agatha - in a scene that seems fresh out of a future 'Shining'. What follows for the next few minutes is Rowan trying to take Agatha down, until she manages to stab him with a screwdriver before pressing the 'purge initiation' button, having already alerted authorities with a warning over an SOS device, strictly asking them to not bring the Nightflyer back to earth.
As the video reaches the end, we finally see Rowan groaning in pain from being stabbed on his inner thigh, as Agatha takes a tool that resembles one of those electronic mini-saws and slits her throat, as she stares into the camera. The scene makes for perfect chills if you're a fan of blood and gore based horror, much like the scenes Martin's GoT abounds in!