Katee Sackhoff, the star of Another Life, has proven she can do exceptional work on shows like Battlestar Galactica and Longmore. Her co-star Justin Chatwin has also done compelling acting work on Shameless. So it's not them that make Another Life so bad, says Tim Goodman. "There's really no other way around this — the work on Another Life is not good," he says. "The writing is atrocious, leaving the actors to follow a jumble of disconnected emotions or pointless journeys within their characters (or maybe they were just looking to escape) and the directing is... off." He adds: "In relatively short order — as in the first 30 minutes of the first hour — Another Life hits hyper-drive and heads dangerously close to becoming a spoof of a space series...That said, the budget looks to be a couple of hundred dollars per episode — the cast often look like they're performing in whatever they wore to the set — so there's not a lot to work with on that front, either (in the second episode, the iron-on patches of their space suits look to be coming undone). Then there's a very unfortunate series of special effects that make you forget the patches as the whole thing starts to spiral."