Meet the Core Crew of Characters on Syfy's 'Nightflyers' (PHOTOS)
Melantha Jhirl (Jodie Turner-Smith)
A genetically enhanced human, "Mel" has "spent her life basically training to be a super-astronaut," says Turner-Smith (The Last Ship
). So she’s faster, stronger — and a threat to whatever begins terrorizing the ship after takeoff.
Thale (Sam Strike)
He can be vulnerable, but "when I started out, I very much saw him as pretty evil," says the EastEnders
alum of his troubled, violence-prone telepath tasked with communicating with the Volcryn. "He can beat you up with his mind."
Dr. Agatha Matheson (Gretchen Mol)
As the caretaker in charge of keeping Thale in line, Matheson wants greater visibility for telepath rights. "She sees that they should not be feared completely — that they should be integrated in the society," says Mol (Boardwalk Empire
Auggie (Brían F. O’Byrne)
The chief engineer and captain’s right-hand man "runs the whole thing," notes the Irish actor (The Magicians
). Auggie has been with the Nightflyer
the longest, he says, "and his attachment to the ship is veering on 'That’s a little strange….'"
Capt. Roy Eris (David Ajala)
He appears initially as a hologram, but Ajala (Supergirl
) says the ship’s boss is looking to be seen — "to do something remarkable on the world stage" — to please his omnipresent mom.
Lommie (Maya Eshet)
Physical enhancements allow this gender-fluid crew member to port into and communicate with the ship itself. But Eshet hints of a past that "did not involve technology at all."
Rowan (Angus Sampson)
Let’s just say the ship’s xeno-biologist (he deals with synthetics) makes a lasting — and lethal — first impression. "From that point on," the Insidious
franchise actor notes, "everyone and everything is fair game."
Karl D'Branin (Eoin Macken)
This astrophysicist assembles the mission’s team to prove his theory of alien life in space. Says Macken (The Night Shift
), "He becomes obsessed with finding the Volcryn." For more reasons than one.…
A haunted spaceship, a plague and the race to contact a possible alien species known as the Volcryn collide in this trippy, terrifying adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s pre–Game of Thrones novella Nightflyers.
"You see people crumble mentally more than, like, endless blood…but there is blood!" supervising producer Sean Ryerson says.
Click through the gallery above to meet the drama’s core crew.
The series comes from the mind of 'Game of Thrones' writer George R.R. Martin.
Nightflyers, Series Premiere, Sunday, December 2, 10/9c, Syfy