And a third:
"Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators and the Secret of Phantom Lake" by William Arden.
Another classic IMO, and one of Arden's best episodes in the series.
It's a huge fun to revisit the series, this time in written form.
Exactly. It worked because it was just trying to tell the story. It never aimed to be some summer blockbuster or really aimed to be better than Alien.
Though I did find Ryan Reynolds was channeling Deadpool: The astronaut.
I enjoyed "Life" exactly in that capacity; I knew it wasn't going to be "The Martian" or "Interstellar," so I was okay with that.
A few of the space snafus had me giggling inside, but it was otherwise enjoyable.
One memorable little non-spoiler gaffe was the Russian spacesuit with the English/Russian lettering of the crewman's name, M. North. The Russian spelling of her name should've been phonetic, something like "Nort" (since it's a proper name), but instead they used the actual Russian word for north (as in the direction), which is "sever"; made me chuckle....
There were a lot of little mistakes like that littered throughout, but overall it the movie's relative lack of grandiose ambition that worked in its favor instead of against it. Sometimes it's nice to just sit back and enjoy the ride, much as I did with "Passengers" (another movie I similarly enjoyed).