A Girl and an Astronaut Season 1 Review – A slow, laborious, boring slog

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 2 -|Review Score – 2/5
Episode 3 -|Review Score – 2/5
Episode 4 -|Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 5 -|Review Score – 2/5
Episode 6 -|Review Score – 2/5


A Girl and an Astronaut is like a bang average ride at a theme park with a 2 hour wait. You stand in line, patiently shuffling forward, hoping that the laborious slog through winding pathways and dull, repetitive scenery will be worth it in the end. Then you finally get on the ride and it breaks down.

Netflix’s new Polish sci-fi series is not just a bad science fiction show, it’s a bad TV show full stop. It’s a slow, laborious slog through uneventful mediocrity with the faint whisper of something more exciting on the horizon. Unfortunately, that never materializes and even worse, the ending actually damages the characters further, with not just a cliffhanger finish but an incredulous couple of character choices that belie belief

The story flits back and forth between 2022 and 2052. In the not-too-distant future, a Polish astronaut called Niko lost around the orbit of Earth, courtesy of brand new invisibility radar tech, suddenly regains consciousness after being in hibernation for 30 years. When he returns to Earth, officials scramble to work out exactly what happened to Niko and why he hasn’t aged a day.

With Niko unconscious and hooked up to machines, the second part of this story jumps back to 2022 as we follow an unconventional love triangle between three toxic characters that really should be doing something better with their free time. Marta bounces back and forth between Bogdan and Niko, two pilots playing them like a fiddle, jumping back and forth between the two guys whilst torn between who she really has affection for.

At the same time, this story also builds up to the inevitable space launch, with redundant scenes that show the two guys competing and trying to better the other. All of this, along with the love triangle itself, simply repeats information we already know because of the 2052 timeline.

There’s definitely potential here for an interesting tale akin to something like Glitch or The 4400, where characters return after an extended absence and try to pick up the pieces of their life. Unfortunately A Girl and an Astronaut has none of that. The plot not only flatlines into a dull humdrum of repetitive scenes and annoying contrivances, it also moves at an absolute snail’s pace. I wouldn’t be surprised if people reach for the fast forward button on this one but to be honest, even if you do, you won’t really miss very much.

Unlike a show like Velma, which is despicably bad to the point of morbidly tuning in to see what the show will regurgitate next, A Girl and an Astronaut is just flat out eye-wateringly boring. And that is, perhaps, even worse. The show is unlikely to be remembered for long and unfortunately will likely find its way onto a “worst TV shows of 2023” article too!

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  • Verdict - 2.5/10

4 thoughts on “A Girl and an Astronaut Season 1 Review – A slow, laborious, boring slog”

  1. Found myself yawning and looking for reviews partway through episode 5. Usually willing to put up with a lot for Sci-Fi with space travel but this one so dreary and slow….a SLOG indeed, will check here first next time!

  2. I enjoyed watching it. I’ve been watching sci-fi since 1985 and I’ve seen some bad stuff over the years (looking at 2000-2010). I liked the story and the special effects were well done. I guess tragic romance sci-fi just isn’t your thing.
    Move on along.

  3. Agreed
    Dull. Dull. Dull.
    Was forwarding through the first episode 20 minutes in.
    Have no interest in the other 5 episodes.

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