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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Michael O'Neill, Goran Visnjic, Camryn Manheim
  • Summary: Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) returns from a 13-month solo mission to her husband (Goran Visnjic) and son (Pierce Gagnon).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 7, 2014
    100
    The opener is absolutely superlative--a thing of real beauty, even elegance.... Berry delivers a performance that's surprisingly layered and nuanced.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jul 7, 2014
    80
    If the rest of the 13-episode Extant remains as compelling as its first episode, this will be the standout show of the summer season.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Lynch
    Jul 9, 2014
    80
    Extant is laying some intriguing groundwork and doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations about humanity and artificial intelligence, particularly in John’s heated debate with a board that is considering financing his android work.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 9, 2014
    70
    I am not yet sold, but I will stick around a while to see what this future holds.
  5. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jul 7, 2014
    63
    The mostly intriguing premiere raises many questions, not least of which is: Will the story be too out there for a mainstream audience?
  6. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Jul 8, 2014
    60
    You’re left to wonder about what she sees, or whether she believes what she sees, a set of questions that might be intriguing (watching her distraught face as she watches herself) or annoying (watching her vaguely worried face as she spots a stranger at the end of her driveway in the dead of night).
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 3, 2014
    40
    Extant is a hodgepodge that serves up some creepy moments but gets bogged down by the inelegance of its copycat nature. It rumbles when it should roar. It stumbles when it should soar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 39
  2. Negative: 14 out of 39
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    Excellent start to a great new show. This is a great mix of sci-fi and drama. This is a homerun for the shows creator Mickey Fisher, and theExcellent start to a great new show. This is a great mix of sci-fi and drama. This is a homerun for the shows creator Mickey Fisher, and the writting, acting and direction are superb for a summer show (this would also give most fall premiers a run for their money). The premier hits the ground running while at the same time allows good character development. Halle Berry really adds dimension and personality to the lead role. I liked that its sci-fi without being obvious. I am excited to see where the casts takes us, but if it continues where the pilot left off, we are all in for a wild ride. Expand
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    Sep 4, 2014
    10
    This show is awesome and it's good to see that the kids in this show are very good actors too, Shree Crook "Young Katie", Pierce Gagnon "EthanThis show is awesome and it's good to see that the kids in this show are very good actors too, Shree Crook "Young Katie", Pierce Gagnon "Ethan Woods", and Cheyenne Nguyen "Little". Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    9
    I will say this. For a summer show, this has brains, heart AND "soul" (regardless of the patriarch John Woods' opinion...which was ironicallyI will say this. For a summer show, this has brains, heart AND "soul" (regardless of the patriarch John Woods' opinion...which was ironically my favorite scene by a mile). Oh, and I can watch it with the entire family in the room. I'm getting too old to outlast the kids and/ or sneak away to watch True Blood, The Leftovers, etc. Good shows don't have to push the envelope for content to be good, IMO. I'll dock it a single point for the derivative factor, but I'm not looking for someone to invent pizza. Just make a darn good one. And that it is. Roll on, episode 2!!! Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2014
    5
    A new suspense sci-fi series and it's with Halle Berry.
    That made me want to look into it.
    The series starts out interesting but there's
    A new suspense sci-fi series and it's with Halle Berry.
    That made me want to look into it.

    The series starts out interesting but there's one question right at the beginning:

    Why is this a series with a woman having something strange happened to her in a space mission
    while her husband has developed an android boy that lives with them as their son at home?

    These are two themes that absolutely warrant their own shows, respectively.
    Why put them into one show with them having apparently nothing to do with each other, storywise?

    I immediately got the suspicion, that they don't have enough material for either storyline so they put
    both into one show.
    If I don't learn soon enough what the space theme and the artificial life form theme have to do with each other,
    I'll stick to my suspicion.

    The plot itself feels stretched out. It relies heavily on suspense and atmosphere while things
    really take time to get going.
    Honestly, the first three episodes I saw would have taken half an hour if that were a movie.
    I wonder if the android boy is only there because you want to have 'family issues' in the show.

    All in all the show is acceptable, but not compelling.
    It gives itself a lot of time to develop, maybe too much for some people to stick with it.

    I'll give it a couple of episodes more, but if the pace doesn't pick up, I'm out.
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  5. Aug 22, 2014
    4
    I'm good with Halle's part about the weird pregnancy, ghost of old boyfriend, evil gov't men, etc. Decent srotyline. Don't need the batteryI'm good with Halle's part about the weird pregnancy, ghost of old boyfriend, evil gov't men, etc. Decent srotyline. Don't need the battery kid and her husband. It's a robot for Pete's sake. All that tucking him in & the husband's behavior is lame. I may not last because of that. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2014
    3
    Extant tries to act like its something its not, using well-known actors to camouflage its hollow and perplexing narrative. And despite itExtant tries to act like its something its not, using well-known actors to camouflage its hollow and perplexing narrative. And despite it trying to come off as if its innovative, the whole show feels very hackneyed . Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2014
    0
    Awful...really a horror movie and not a science fiction movie. Entirely too drawn out... Should have been a 4 hr miniseries at most. TheyAwful...really a horror movie and not a science fiction movie. Entirely too drawn out... Should have been a 4 hr miniseries at most. They clearly stretched and stretched to make this 13 hrs. Expand

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