Up until a few days ago that wasn’t information available to give is us an impression of what Ronald D. Moore’s new show Helix was all about. We got a few screens, some snippets of teasers that just announce the air date and nothing else. However, die-hard Battlestar Galactica fans were convinced that even a show they new little about would be a success because of the man at the helm.
After seeing the first 15 minutes of Helix’s pilot I can assure that when it comes to starting of a show on good footing this is about as good as it gets. It’s got suspense, but not too much to jump the shark. It also has drama but they are saving the best for later. It of course also has mystery; a secret base run by a corporation that has an outbreak of what can only be a weaponized virus is visited by a team of specialists from the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) who generally don’t have clue (and I mean it). Then again, if I gave you one sentence synopsis for lost it would read just as stupid, yet I did get that Lost vibe when I watched the first the 15 minute preview uploaded by Syfy a few days ago. Well, if that doesn’t float your boat I don’t know what will, better sit back and watch the video below I guess.
The cast consists of Billy Campbell (The 4400, The Killing) as Dr. Alan Farragut who is sent to Antarctica to save his brother who has become infected. The administrator for the secret base is Dr. Hiroshi Hatake who is played by Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost). Dr. Farragut’s ex-wife Dr. Walker is played by Kyra Zagorsky who accompanies him to Antarctica. They are of course joined by a more substantial team of specialist but you will get to know them soon enough. The base on Antarctica is occupied by over a hundred persons so there is plenty of people to act as the meat for a gore fest.
Helix will start airing coming Friday January 10th with a double episode for a 13 episode season. See you back after the premiere for the review!