Another Life season 2: Everything you need to know

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Note: contains major spoilers for Another Life season one.

The big dogs at Netflix have revealed (October 30) that sci-fi drama Another Life will be back for season two.

Katee Sackhoff, who stars in the series as Niko and is also a producer, says that the story could run for three seasons at least.

"We had the outline of what the show was going be, but I was in the writers' room and I got to really put what I feel is my fingerprint on the show, which is something that I was really looking forward to," she told Collider.

"So, we know where the show potentially will go for the first three seasons. As an actor, that was new for me. To really be a part of those conversations and to have an opinion was really cool."

She added: "I love this character, and I love the cast and the crew, and I want to do everything in my power to see it come back, for many years."

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Though reviews for season one were less than glittering, it's positive that the streaming giant has committed to another season. Not only will this satisfy fans left hanging by that cliffhanger, it will also provide everyone involved with a chance to take on board the critiques and deliver a new and improved show for season two.

Here's everything you need to know.

Another Life season 2 release date: When will Another Life season 2 air?

Production will begin in Vancouver in 2020, and it's safe to assume that the shooting schedule will take roughly around three to four months. On top of that, there's also the extensive special effects needed to create the show's aesthetic.

What this all means is that while Another Life could technically return in 2020, we wouldn't be surprised if season two doesn't hit screens until 2021.

Another Life season 2 cast: Who's in Another Life season 2?

One person who won't be returning is the Salvare's pilot Ian (Supergirl's Tyler Hoechlin) after he was killed by Niko (Sackhoff).

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Bernie (AJ Rivera) was also forced to kill Sasha (Jake Abel) after he attacked Zayn (JayR Tinaco), so don't expect him to return either.

As for everyone else, we'll have to wait and see who's game for round two. Expect casting announcements in early 2020, around the time filming is supposed to start.

During her chat with Collider, Sackhoff discussed what it was like to work on the show behind the scenes as well as starring in it.

"It's one thing to know how things are going to go, on paper, but it's a completely different thing, as an actor, to actually be taking them there," she said. "That, for me, was really interesting.

"I had a lot of struggles with this character, throughout, because there are moments where, morally, you realise that, at her core, she is a soldier. That's part of why she was sent to lead this mission. She is unwavering in her ability to do what she was told to do, and stay on mission."

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She added: "What's so great about Niko is that the mission aligns with her heart, which is to protect her family, back home. She'll do anything to stay on mission and protect your family, including sacrifice some crew members.

"Nobody is safe on this show. That's one of the things that Aaron, Noreen and I really wanted to hammer home, from the very beginning. Just because you think a crew member is gonna be there the whole time, that's absolutely probably not the case. Just when you fall in love with them, they're probably gonna die."

So brace yourselves for some tragic moments along the way.

To offset this downbeat tone, the showrunners should consider bringing in some of Sackhoff's fellow Battlestar Galactica alum if they haven't already. Any further links to this fan-favourite franchise are bound to generate strong buzz around season two, and that's something this show sure could use following season one's less than stellar critical reception.

And Sackhoff definitely listens to her audience. "One of the things that I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed is interaction with the fans. I have a career because of a loyal fan base that has appreciated the work that I’ve done, but also continues to follow me, from job to job. I interact quite a bit, on social media, with them, ad I asked them, almost a year ago now, what they wanted from me, and the answer was very, very clear. So, I sat down and figured out how I could best facilitate that for them, and also be in control of it."

Another Life season 2 plot: What will happen in Another Life season 2?

For the majority of season one, Another Life followed the two separate lives of Niko travelling through space and her husband Erik, who's left behind to raise their child and lead his own expedition back on Earth. As we jump back and forth between them both, viewers eventually discover that the aliens they encounter aren't quite as friendly as everyone first hoped.

During her interview with Collider, Sackhoff revealed that during shooting she was worried the plot would move too quickly for viewers.

"It was a fear of mine, when we were filming, that it was so fast-paced that people wouldn't have a chance to breathe when they were watching it," she said. "So, that was intentionally done, but it far exceeded my expectations, in the pacing. It's a race car that never lets up."

She was also worried about the aliens themselves.

"It’s a very daunting and scary task, when you decide to actually show the aliens on a science fiction show. It’s something that Aaron and Noreen and the people at Netflix really wanted, but it’s a scary thing."

"It’s like, ‘Okay, how do you do this in a different way, on a limited budget?’ Our show does not have the budget of Altered Carbon, in no way, shape or form, so how do we exceed people’s expectations and give them something that they haven’t seen before, that’s very cool and very tonally right for this show, on a limited budget. I’ve seen them, and they exceeded my expectations. I was like, ‘Oh, my god, that’s so cool!’ It got me, and I’m a really tough judge."

At the end of season one, media influencer/journalist Harper Glass (Selma Blair) told the people of earth that those aliens, called the Achaia, aren't dangerous at all but peaceful beings who want to be friends.

But her mind isn't her own, under the control of the Achaia, and we discover that their endgame is pure destruction – we saw evidence of that on Zakir, another planet whose inhabitants had all been killed by the aliens, before Zakir itself was blown up.

The fallout from that will continue in the second chapter, and it's likely we'll see the Salvare and its crew return to earth, on a mission to avoid extermination and spread the word about the Achaia's true intentions.

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There's also the fact that Erik (Justin Chatwin) doesn't yet know about the Achaia's threat and has taken his daughter Jana (Lina Renna), who has leukaemia, to them in the hope that they will cure her.

We're not hopeful about that outcome but perhaps they will surprise us.

Another Life's season one audience wasn't exactly massive, which led to some doubt that season two would even happen. Let's hope that they bring in some Star Wars vibes, to expand that audience. Sackhoff would certainly be up for it. In fact, Another Life had better be careful it doesn't lose her to The Mandalorian.

"I love the Star Wars universe. It’s one of the coolest things that I’ve ever been able to be a part of. I was so excited. To be able to play Bo-Katan is just awesome. I’m the first female Mandalorian warrior. It’s my Star Wars version of Starbuck. Now, I’m just hoping that there’s some room for her, over in the live-action version of this world because that would just be insane. There are some fans out there that seem to want that, and then there are fans out there that don’t seem to not want that. Ultimately, it’s up to [Jon] Favreau and Dave [Filoni]. Dave would have to decide that, as well. That would be really cool."

Another Life season 2 trailer: When can I watch Another Life season 2's trailer?

Just like Niko lives far from home, we too are currently light years away from seeing a season two trailer. Production kicks off in 2020, so expect our first glimpse of the new season to drop towards the end of the year at the very earliest and perhaps not even until 2021.

While we wait for new footage to land, watch the first season trailer again in the clip above and make sure to keep watching this space for all your Another Life updates.

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