- Angst? What Angst?: Barely an episode goes by without a named character dying a horrible death, yet nobody ever seems to care much about it. Most are essentially forgotten about mere hours after their demise. This is especially weird because the initial crew is implied to be a tight-knit group that has been working together for quite some time under Yerxa's command. Kinda makes you wonder if it's just bad writing or if everyone in this universe is Conditioned to Accept Horror.
- Cliché Storm: Many critics have found the series to be a collection of standard sci-fi tropes, which is why the series has been panned so much.
- Eight Deadly Words: A lot of critical and viewer reviews of the show have found the characters to be flat and unsympathetic.
- One True Threesome: August, Oliver and Javier. Why choose one hot dude when you can have both?
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Ian Yerxa's death by electrocution at Niko's hands is treated as a sort of Moral Event Horizon by the crew and by the narrative, and by Niko herself. This is somewhat confusing for several reasons. Yerxa comes off as a ticking, egotistical time-bomb resentful of Niko's position of command. He already staged a violent mutiny against her, which resulted in the exact scenario Niko was attempting to prevent by refusing his plan in the first place. She gives him a second chance, and he tells her he wouldn't have been so lenient if their positions were reversed. This leads to possibly the most important factor: Niko is clearly acting in self-defense when she kills him, as he'd just approached her from behind with a screwdriver in his hand and was about to stab her. Yet the crew all treat her as if she's just looking for some excuse to kill them all, even after she saves their lives multiple times. Even William, who is explicitly loyal to Niko, can't comprehend why she killed the man who was about to shank her to death.
- It does serve as a perfect demonstration as to how unsuitable all crewmembers are to their jobs, something that comes up time and again throughout the series, but it seems doubtful that this was the writers' intent.
- What an Idiot!: In Episode 5, half the crew apparently tries to outdo their counterparts on the Prometheus in sheer idiocy. They recently detected a pleasantly Earth-like planet with green forests, lakes and blue sky that also happens to host one of the alien crystal spires, so they touch down to stock up on supplies and have a look at the artifact.
You'd expect: The crew of trained astronauts to observe basic EVA safety protocols on their foray to an unknown world.
Instead: They act like stereotypical tourists arriving at an exotic location. The planet's air is breathable, so no-one but Bernie bothers wearing a sealed suit, and he gets ridiculed for it immediately until he takes it off like everyone else. Nevermind there might be countless unknown/undetectable pathogens in the atmosphere, plus the fact that only a few days before the crew had already had a run-in with a deadly alien virus that killed two of their number due to inefficient decontamination protocols. The group then splits up into three smaller groups, with Sasha attempting to establish First Contact with the alien artifact alone, Bernie and Zayn looking for edible plants, and Niko and Cas going off investigating an anomaly. Nobody notices the big-ass Worm Sign that appeared as soon as they landed, Bernie and Zayn quickly proceed to taste-test everything they find, and Niko and Cas end up in a forest thick with hallucinogenic spores that also act like a Truth Serum.
The result: Niko and Cas are so stoned by the spores that they hold nothing back from each other, which leads to some very awkward moments later on. Bernie and Zayn find out the hard way that nothing on the planet is edible to humans, that the world has very aggressive flora, and that there's a nasty breed of space bugs around. Sasha gets pulled into the artifact and develops a split personality of sorts, with the sinister half quickly taking over once they're back aboard. He also barely escapes being eaten by the monstrous critters responsible for the Worm Sign, and nobody notices that a smaller version of these bugs hitched a ride back up to the Salvare where it proceeds to wreak havoc on the ship's systems, nearly killing everyone and ultimately costing Michelle's life.
YMMV / Another Life (2019)