The newest trailer for Syfy’s Nightflyers series confirms a December premiere date for the George R.R. Martin sci-fi creepfest. After the wild success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the fantasy series based on Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels, Syfy hopes lightning will strike again with another Martin work. This time, Martin’s imagination takes the audience into the deep, dark reaches of the universe for a tale described as a “haunted house story on a starship.”
Based on Martin’s early novella of the same name, Nightflyers follows the crew of the titular space ship as they embark on a dangerous mission to make contact with an alien race. Soon however, the crew learns that the true danger is right on the ship with them as strange happenings push them to the brink of insanity. The series stars Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Jodie Turner-Smith (Neon Demon), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), David Ajala (Doctor Who), Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road), Sam Strike (Mindhunter), Maya Eshet (To the Bone), Brían F. O’Byrne (The Magicians) and Phillip Rhys (The Adventures of Tintin).
The newest Nightflyers trailer from Syfy doesn’t offer a lot more than previous clips when it comes to teasing the plot, but once again there’s lots of creepiness and atmosphere as the clip previews the show’s sci-fi/horror happenings. More importantly, the new trailer gives a premiere date for the series, revealing that all episodes of the show will debut across all Syfy platforms in December. The exact premiere dates are Sunday, December 2nd through Thursday, December 6th for episodes 1-5, and Sunday, December 9th through Thursday, December 13th for episodes 6-10. There will also be weekend catch-up marathons. A few lucky folks will get a sneak peak at an exclusive world premiere screening today at NYCC followed by a Q&A.
“Our mission was clear,” Gretchen Mol’s character intones as the trailer begins. “Make contact. Bring back solutions for our dying planet.” Mol’s voiceover then explains that each of the characters had their own reasons for boarding the ship. “We were all running from something,” she says. “But on the Nightflyer there is no place to hide.” As in previous trailers, the exact nature of the danger on board the ship is kept secret, but it’s clear the crew is dealing with something psychological as well as physical.
Of course, in many ways this feels like a very familiar horror set-up: a group of characters are put in a tense and dangerous situation that causes them to slowly unravel. The most obvious prior example of such a story is the original Alien, which was itself basically a haunted house story in space. This time around though, it seems the alien threat is a lot more subtle than just a big scary bug picking people off one-by-one. It seems The Thing might be a more proper comparison for Nightflyers, but everyone will have to wait until December to find out for sure.