"Beyond the Aquila rift" is a short film in the Netflix series "Love, Death and Robots".
The obvious question after you watch the film is "what the heck is going on". We know there is this spider that is feeding a simulated reality to the crew of the ship. Why is she doing this?
The most common explanation you'll see is that she isn't a malevolent creature and the ship ended up there due to some error and she is now trying to ease the people's pain before they die.
This explanation is hard to digest for me in the context of the show in specific. Here is my case for this - first, we clearly see that the creature is a spider and the ship is trapped in a web. When you see a fly trapped in a spiders web, do you consider it got there "by accident"? The symbolism is similarly clear here. We see the ships trapped in a web. The whole relationship would seem to be quite clearly malevolent.
Is there any further information from outside the film to explain the relationship between the Spider and those caught in the web?