The Signal is a thought-provoking miniseries that runs too long

by Ed Blackadder

“The Signal,” the Netflix miniseries is an interesting blend of science fiction, thriller, and mystery that captures viewers with its intriguing concept. The series successfully navigates the delicate balance between these genres, creating an immersive and suspenseful narrative that keeps audiences hooked from the very beginning.

With its exploration of the possibility of an alien encounter, “The Signal” raises thought-provoking questions about humanity’s response to the unknown, adding depth to the overall storyline.

While “The Signal” boasts a captivating premise, there is a lingering feeling that a truncated version might have served the series better. The miniseries occasionally stretches itself thin, feeling forced to fill in unnecessary content that detracts from the overall pacing. Certain plot points and scenes seem drawn out, making it apparent that the narrative could have been more impactful with a tighter, more focused approach. Despite this, the series manages to redeem itself through moments of suspense and intrigue that keep viewers invested in the unfolding mystery.

Opting for the English language dubbing proves to be a fine choice in “The Signal,” as the quality of the dub is commendable. The voice acting effectively conveys the emotions and nuances of the characters, allowing for a seamless viewing experience. While subtitles are often the preferred method for foreign-language content, the English dubbing in this case is well-executed, making it accessible to a broader audience. However, viewers who appreciate the original language may find additional layers of authenticity and depth by watching the series in its native tongue.

“The Signal” occasionally falls into predictability, with some plot twists and turns that discerning viewers may see coming. However, the series manages to maintain its grip on audience attention through its overall compelling narrative and well-executed moments of tension.

Despite its occasional predictability, “The Signal” remains a thought-provoking and well-made series that effectively explores the hypothetical scenario of Earth’s response to the potential of an alien encounter. As it grapples with questions of humanity and the unknown, the series leaves viewers with plenty to contemplate long after the final episode.

Ed’s Grade: B-