Syfy’s Helix took a cool story – an outbreak scenario – and turned it on its head in its season. For Season 2, Dr. Alan Farragut’s team is going to learn that there’s even more weirdness lying in wait as Ilaria, the company that owned Arctic Biosystems has tentacles that reach further than anyone could have expected.
Helix, Season 2 premieres on SyFy on Friday, January 16 at 10/9c. For more, follow the jump
Syfy’s Helix is spreading its contagion – currently shooting Season Two in Montreal, the how has added Steven Weber (Falling Skies, Dallas) and Matt Long (Jack & Bobby, Mad Men) to its cast.
In Season Two Dr. Alan Farragut’s team investigation of a new disease on a Windjammer cruise ship leads them to cult that hopes to create a utopian society. Weber will recure as Brother Michael, the cult’s charismatic leader while Long plays the newest member of the CDC team, Dr. Kyle Sommer. for further details, check out the press release after the jump.
Syfy’s Helix (Fridays, 10/9C) started out as an outbreak show – some kind of new virus struck members of an isolated research lab above the Arctic Circle and the CDC sent in a crack team to contain and cure it. Since then it has evolved – much like a virus does – into something similar but not quite the same. Now there are elements that suggest all manner of strangeness and, with this week’s new episode, Survivor One, there are new players and more layers coming to light.
After its successful premiere, Helix (Syfy, Fridays, 10/9C) has made a good impression. A large part of that is due to its cast, including Billy Campbell (as Dr. Alan Farragut) and Jordan Hayes (Dr. Sarah Jordan).
Earlier this week, Campbell and Hayes spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about such topics as favorite set, the show’s biggest prankster and even a bit about what’s ahead.
There have been enough movies and television shows built around the idea of epidemic outbreaks hat it has pretty much become a trope. Helix (Syfy, Fridays, 10/9C) may the latest effort to use the idea, but it succeeds through a combination of terrific writing, mostly excellent casting, critical pacing and an unexpected use of music.
AMC’s The Killing debuted to rave reviews and hit us with four or five amazing episodes of television before seeming to wander off and devolve into self-indulgence for four episodes before roaring back with three amazing episodes to finish its first season. The season finale puzzled some, infuriated others and intriguing just as many. The extras on the first season DVD set go a long way toward explaining the series plan in a way that should win back the most frustrated and infuriated viewers – they’ve certainly got me anticipating season two.
If you missed out on the series premiere of AMC’s The Killing [Sundays, 10/9C], you can now view the two hour debut online, or on AMC, this evening, at 8/7C [followed immediately by episode three]. Shot at a very measured pace, The Killing follows the investigation of the murder of Rosie Larson. Each episode represents one day in the investigation – and the series follows three through lines: the actual investigation of the murder; the effect of the murder on the girl’s family, and the effect of the investigation on a political campaign that is tangentially connected to the murder.
AMC has quickly become a go-to network for original drama. Shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead are considered to be among the absolute best series on television – even the net’s one early cancelation, Rubicon, got rave reviews and garnered a fanatical [if a hair too small] audience.
On April 3rd, 2011, AMC premieres The Killing – a series about the investigation of the murder of a young girl in Seattle. Each episode will cover one day in the investigation. The official press release follows the jump.