Sackhoff, great at playing this exact type of character, is great in this show, bringing a special earnestness and strength to a part that could easily become way too one-dimensional. Teen Wolf's Tyler Hoechlin, who appears as an early crew member, is unfortunately saddled with a minor antagonist role that's quickly dispatched, the aftermath of which dies down oddly quickly. Jake Abel, seemingly doomed to have villain-face for the rest of his career (see: Supernatural, the Percy Jackson movie series), manages to have some fun with it, wallowing in his hapless idiot persona before things take a turn and he becomes a bloodthirsty alien pawn with drills that come out of his eyes who growls things like, "This is the part where they put up a fight."
The plot is twisty and compelling enough, with small clues about the aliens' nature sprinkled in to keep your interest from waning, but, given the plodding nature of a few of its episodes and the eventual cliffhanger ending, it's difficult to tell whether Another Life actually knows what to do with what it has. It's the kind of show where you can't really tell if it's good or going anywhere interesting until it gets a second season, and by that time, your patience may have run its course. The entire first 10 episodes feel like they would have been better served compressed into the first half of a season instead, as there are a few plotlines that fall by the wayside in favor of getting back to the main arc. But that's not to say there aren't a few outliers: The first few episodes are genuinely very good, and there's a fun one later in the season where a villain serves all the other crew members a salad laced with "space weed," and everyone decides to have a disco party to sober up. It's like the show can't decide whether it wants to be one episode of Star Trek, or an entire season.