Critic Consensus: Unsettling without being particularly scary, Nightflyers's low-budget aesthetics and over-reliance on homage betray its intriguing philosophical pondering and impressive creative pedigree.
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When the show focuses on the dynamics between its characters and the impressive scope of its setting, it shines, but future installments need to find the balance between emotion and scares.
Hopefully the big surprise with Nightflyers is that it gets better as it goes along.
Nightflyers quickly pivots from an intriguing foray into hard sci-fi to a confounding slog through the most boring blackness of space.
The way Syfy has chosen to air ['Nightflyers'] is one of the very few interesting aspects of this high-budget misfire.
The deliberately insane-making series could have done with less of an ongoing homage to Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining and other masters of horror.
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