With so many sci-fi options to choose from these days, there’s something rather comforting about Another Life, the new Netflix show that draws inspiration from all of your favorite genre actors and sci-fi tropes to create something new. Perhaps best of all? Season 2 is officially confirmed, as announced by lead actress Katee Sackhoff in October 2019.
Created by showrunner Aaron Martin, Another Life follows Katee Sackhoff’s Niko Breckenridge as she ventures into space on a dangerous mission to save humanity. A strange alien artifact has appeared on Earth and while scientists investigate its origins, Breckenridge is sent out into space with a crew to investigate the artifact’s origins.
While Battlestar Galactica alum Sackhoff goes looking for answers, we’re on a mission to share everything you need to know about Another Life Season 2, so grab your space helmet and join us as we set off for the cosmos.
Spoilers for the first season of Another Life below.
Is Another Life renewed for Season 2?
Despite abysmal ratings from critics, Another Life was good enough for the fans — and for viewership numbers — that Netflix officially renewed the series for a 10-episode Season 2. The Hollywood Reporter reported the news in late October 2019, writing that production would resume in Vancouver at some point in 2020.
Actor and producer Katee Sackhoff always remained hopeful, telling Collider in July 2019 that she had plans for Another Life if it’s renewed in the future: “So, we know where the show potentially will go for the first three seasons,” she said. “I love this character, and I love the cast and the crew, and I want to do everything in my power to see it come back, for many years.” So far, it seems like her dreams are coming true.
When Is the Another Life Season 2 release date?
Even though Another Life has been reneweed for a second season already, it could still take light years to reach us.
The show was originally announced in April 2018 and production ran from August to November of the same year, and Season 1 wasn’t released until seven months later. If Season 2 runs a similar course, then production might start in February or March 2020 and end in May or June; Season 2 would then theoretically be released seven months later in December 2020 or January 2021.
Impatient fans should just pop into the nearest Soma tube and hibernate until the second season arrives.
What happened at the end of Another Life Season 1?
For most of Season 1, the action is split between Niko in space and her husband Erik (Justin Chatwin), who leads the scientific expedition on Earth. Through their investigations, we eventually learn that the aliens who have shown an interest in humanity aren’t peaceful at all.
The Achaia — as they’ve come to be known — are hellbent on our destruction, but with the help of social influencer Harper Glass (Selma Blair), the aliens convince everyone on earth that their intentions are peaceful. Unfortunately, Erik doesn’t realize that Glass is being controlled by the Achaia. In fact he believes that the aliens might be his daughter’s last hope. Jana (Lina Renna) has leukemia, so at the end of Season 1, he brings her to them in hope of a cure.
Meanwhile, Niko fights to return home in time to warn everyone about the devastation soon heading their way.
What’s the plot of Another Life Season 2?
Season 2 will presumably pick up right where Season 1 left off, following Niko as she rushes back to Earth so she can warn humanity about the Achaia and their true intentions.
As far as she knows, the aliens intend to destroy earth, but their plans might turn out to be more complicated than that. Instead of killing off the human race, the Achaia might try to subjugate them. This was hinted at in the Season 1 finale when the aliens mind-controlled Glass, using her to manipulate the population and keep humanity unaware of what’s really going on.
If control is their endgame, then it’s likely that Erik will also be hypnotized given that he was last seen heading into the Artifact for help. That might put further strain on his marriage to Niko once she eventually makes it back to Earth.
Who will be in Another Life Season 2?
Two people who almost certainly won’t be back are Sasha (Jake Abel) and the Salvare’s original captain, Ian (Tyler Hoechlin), although you should never say never in the world of sci-fi.
It seems likely that the rest of the main cast will return and that we’ll see some new additions to the ship’s crew as well. As the show points out early on, there are plenty more potential characters sleeping in the soma tubes, and any one of them could be woken up and join the cast if needed.
If the producers are smart, they’ll try to book in some more fan favorite stars from Battlestar Galactica to join Sackhoff again in space.
Another Life Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.