‘Nightflyers’ Teaser Trailer Doesn’t Give Any Real Hints About the Show’s Plot

I dare you to explain the plot of Nightflyers after watching the 25 second teaser trailer. Fortunately, Syfy’s provided a synopsis that sort of lays out what’s going on in the upcoming science fiction series based on a novella by George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire books that inspire HBO’s Game of Thrones series.

Nightflyers stars Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Karl D’Branin, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale, and Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie. The cast also includes Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl, Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) as Agatha, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Auggie.

George R. R. Martin, who should be busy finishing up the long-awaited sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (The Winds Of Winter), is serving as an executive producer on the Syfy series. Universal Cable Productions is producing with Netflix co-producing. Jeff Buhler adapted Martin’s novella for television and is the season one showrunner. Buhler’s also executive producing along with Brian Nelson, Mike Cahill and Andrew McCarthy. Executive producers also include Gene Klein, David Bartis and Doug Liman from Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; and Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions.

Syfy hasn’t confirmed a premiere date but has stated the series is expected to be part of their fall 2018-2019 primetime schedule.

The Plot: In 2093, in hopes of making contact with a mysterious alien life at the edge of our solar system, a group of maverick scientists and a powerful telepath embark on an expedition aboard The Nightflyer. As they race towards first contact, terrifying and violent events begin to occur, causing the once tight-knit crew to mistrust each other. It’s not long before their main mission becomes survival.

Nightflyers Teaser Trailer
Executive Producer and Producing Director Andrew McCarthy, Leo Varadkar (Taoiseach), and Eoin Macken on the set of ‘Nightflyers’ (Photo by Alan Place/SYFY)