The docuseries details extraterrestrial – what’s the word – encounters over the last 50 years, and uses eyewitness accounts, interviews with experts and new evidence to uncover the world of what happens when life beyond the stars comes to live in your backyard.
And be warned; not all of them come in peace.
Here’s what you need to know...
What is Encounters actually about?
A non-fiction docuseries, Encounters takes a case-per-episode approach to claims and reports of extraterrestrial occurrences, here on Earth.
The incidents in the series range from reports of submersible spacecraft off the coast of a small Welsh fishing village, to an encounter in rural Zimbabwe witnessed by an entire class of children and their teacher in 1994.
Another episode moves to the States to focus on a strange set of lights in the Texan sky in 2008, and the final instalment follows a similar claim in Fukushima, 2011.
Each episode interviews eye-witness accounts and experts to try and get to the bottom of what happened from these ‘true’ stories.
Encounters is streaming on Netflix now
Who appears in Encounters?
Because the series is a documentary, the cast doesn’t boast any of your favourite A-Listers. What it does boast, however, is a host of experts and fanatics dedicated to the incidents reported on.
Via Netflix’s TUDUM, here are the notable cast members:
Dr. Kevin Knuth, astrophysicist and former NASA research scientist
David Clarke, journalist
Tony Cowan, former RAF officer
Eric MacLeish, attorney
Matthew Roberts, naval intelligence cryptologist
Sara Vanden Berge, managing editor, Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Lee Roy Gaitan, a constable in Erath County, Texas
Robert Powell, nanotechnology engineer and co-founder of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies
Who made Encounters?
Encounters was directed by Yon Motksin, who has had a severe shakeup in the way he thinks about aliens since helming the doc.
“UFOs, UAPs, nonhuman intelligence, whatever we might call it… I didn’t before, but now I think it exists,” he told Netflix.
“It’s out there. People are just now starting to accept it as something that’s acceptable to talk about.”
The four-episode series was executive produced by the Steven Spielberg-owned Amblin Television, Emmy-winning Boardwalk Pictures and Vice Studios.
Where can I watch Encounters?
The four part series Encounters is out now on Netflix.
What are viewers saying about Encounters?
While critics and viewers seem fairly split on the docuseries, the documentary has generated a lot of chatter.
Decider wrote that the series is “a relatively dull docuseries that won’t persuade you to change your mind about the source of the unexplained phenomena featured in the series, no matter what you believe about them.”
Chicago Times reviewer Richard Roeper added that the programme “won’t sway any skeptics.”
Som viewers, however, had been far more favourable towards Encounters.
watching encounters on netflix and i may be a tad freaked out rn lmaooo
— britt♡ (@brittibabyyy) September 30, 2023
starting encounters on Netflix no one talk to me unless ur an alien
— maybe: adam (@AdamRHawthorne) October 3, 2023
I'm watching "Encounters" on Netflix, and this show is absolutely fascinating and very well made.
— Charlotte Clymer 🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) September 29, 2023
#Encounters on Netflix is binge worthy! 🛸 👽
— Michelle Joy Phelps (@MichellePhelps) September 30, 2023
Are aliens real?
Maaaaaaybe. We’re not sure. Watch Encounters and make your own mind up.