There is something about space that evokes this feeling somewhere between fear and hope in everyone because there is just so much mystery about what exists outside our world. It will probably be a couple of millennia before humans see eye to eye with any life form outside our planet which is why all we can do is hope and imagine and the big screens help us do that perfectly. Space movies and TV shows are the best connection Sci-Fi fans have to the unknown. Whether you prefer comics, comedy, action or just drama, there is no limit to the number of space films and TV shows you can watch now and these 10 are a great way to get started.
Lost In Space
Netflix decided to introduce December 2021 in style by releasing the third and final season of Lost in Space. The Alpha Centauri Planetary System becomes the last hope for the survival of humanity after an extinction-level event hits the earth. The Robinson family is chosen to join the 24th colonist group headed there but before they arrive, an alien robot attacks the mothership causing their Jupiter to veer off course and land onto another planet whose name is not known. They are now forced to survive the many threat that space and other evil people that got their way into the colonist mission throw at them.
Most planets out there are thousands of light-years away and humans might need a faster ship to get there. In the year 2063, the earth is becoming inhabitable causing scientists to send a spaceship named Humanitas to a habitable exoplanet 86 years away. There is no chance of humans getting there alive so a group of pre-teens born via IVF and bred in isolation is sent into space with the hope that their grandchildren will finally colonize the planet. The mission is jeopardized when some members of the crew discover that a chemical substance was used to block their senses and hormones and hence stop taking the medication that kept them obedient to the rules.
What will happen if the earth gets too polluted to support human life? The biggest corporations in the world are likely to come up with a solution that will be expensive and not exactly favourable. In Space sweepers, that corporation is called the UTS Corporation which picks a select few people considered suitable and names them UTS citizens. Only citizens are allowed to enter the livable ecosystem created by the corporation in the Earth’s orbit.
The other way for non-citizens to survive is to work as space sweepers picking up debris left in the orbit and selling it back to the UTS corporation for a fee. The film follows the lives of one such group called the victory crew who take on the UTS corporation to try and save everyone rather than the few they consider suitable.
The Tomorrow War
While watching the world cup finals in 2022, a group of soldiers appear out of a wormhole onto the pitch and claim that they are from the year 2056 and that humanity is almost getting wiped out. The threat comes from an alien species known as Whitespikes that appeared in Northern Russia without having been detected by satellites in 2048. The man of the day in this movie is Dan Forester, a biology teacher and former Green Beret who is forced to draft among the other civilians that sign up to go to the future and try to save humanity. Forester is forced to fight under his daughter Mura in the future in a tough battle that threatens the existence of humanity.
Star Trek: Picard
This is one of the highest-rated modern Star Trek TV shows beating both Discovery and New Worlds. It follows the life of Captain Jean-Luc Picard after the events in Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002 and the destruction of Romulus in the 2009 movie Star Trek. Patrick Stewart still plays Picard in his nether years being forced on another trip through space to bring some justice into a broken universe.
Jason Momoa has become the new king of Sci-Fi and whenever he appears, he transforms a film into a big hit. Dune was one of the most anticipated films of 2020 but the pandemic pushed its release to 2021 and it was still epic. The film follows House Atreides which rules Caladan, the ocean planet and which is called upon by the emperor to topple the rulers of the desert planet Arrakis.
Arrakis is a tough place to live but it holds the key to interstellar travel and whoever controls it controls access to a special substance called the spice which is key to interstellar travel. It turns out that the emperor has ulterior motives and is only setting a trap for House Atreides which he considers too powerful for his comfort and now the Ocean Planet and Arrakis have to join hands and fight their real enemy who is very powerful. Momoa plays Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster defending Duke Leto, the leader of house Atreides.
Star Trek: Discovery
Discovery has won multiple awards and become a mainstay at the top of the best Star Trek series so far. It starts at least 10 years before the timeline of Star Trek: The Original Series which is why it caused record subscriptions for CBS when it was released. It follows the journey of the USS Discovery led by commander Michael Burnham as they seek out and combat threats in the universe. In the first season, the team works to stop The Kingdom War which was actually started by Burnham’s own mistakes.
When we imagine an alien invasion, we mostly think of tough man-eating creatures coming against human beings in a single formation but what if it happened differently? What if aliens tried to take out humanity using different forms of attack on different continents simultaneously? That is what Invasion is all about. It projects an alien attack on the planet from the views of different people on different continents at the same time and it is just as interesting as it is horrifying.
How will the international intelligence agencies handle an alien invasion? Well, in Debris, an alien spaceship breaks down and its pieces start falling onto the Earth in different places. The pieces make people behave abnormally and cause strange things to happen, forcing an international investigative unit to be formed. The investigators are led by CIA agent Bryan Beneventi and MI6 agent Finola Jones who later discover that there are other powerful operatives also collecting the pieces of alien debris for their own benefit.
Star Trek: Lower Decks
If you love animation and SCI-FI, then Star Trek: Lower Decks will be a huge catch for you. The first two seasons received great reviews causing CBS to order a third season as the animated series became one of the most viewed animated shows in 2021. The series follows the lower-class crew of spaceships called Starfleet which are set up by The United Federation of Planets which also includes the Earth. The lower deckers as they are called have the hard job of keeping the ships running and handling the tough job of interactions when the missions discover new alien races.