- Network: SyFy
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 2014
Season #: 2, 1
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Viewers glimpse the fuller scope of the problem, in most cases, at the same time Alan does, giving Helix a nice sense of ominous building tension. It’s also not too geeky a story, so someone who just likes suspense drama can follow it.
Helix isn’t always laughable, though, and at times can be pretty gripping. The makeup and props departments also have done their jobs well. But can this story sustain itself for 13 hours within a claustrophobic frozen outpost? Crises and mini-revelations are dispensed with the frequency of commercial breaks.
A sometimes intriguing sci-fi show from executive producer Ronald D. Moore about a viral outbreak at a desolate Arctic base. The bug isn’t airborne, but stupidity apparently is.
Perhaps in time Helix will develop into something more substantial but in its first two hours it sets up a lot of questions without providing answers or a compelling reason for viewers to stick with it.
There's nothing all that original about Helix, but it works well enough. The script gets bogged down in soap opera suds from time to time, especially when it involves the love triangle.
Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 184 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 108 out of 184
Mixed: 38 out of 184
Negative: 38 out of 184
Jan 12, 2014Show has a real sense of mystery and suspense that really hooks you early in the first 3 episodes. Makes you want to stick around and see whatShow has a real sense of mystery and suspense that really hooks you early in the first 3 episodes. Makes you want to stick around and see what happens. Really looking forward to see what the writers come up with next.… Full Review »
Jan 10, 2014Expectations are let down, met, and exceeded in SyFy's new sci-fi thriller Helix. It definitely oscillates. There are many disappointingExpectations are let down, met, and exceeded in SyFy's new sci-fi thriller Helix. It definitely oscillates. There are many disappointing moments that involve any and all combinations of stiff acting, hackneyed dialogue, and contrived plot points (then again, it IS television). However, it's the savory moments of unbridled suspense and scientific curiosity that make this show enjoyable, and possibly even worth watching. Diseased super-humans crawl through air ducts while the CDC slowly unravels the twisted research that is going on in the Arctic. Technicians are violently infected to the beat of ditzy elevator soundtracks. There are also smaller story lines, such as Dr. Farragut and Dr. Walker's distant romantic pasts, and whatever the hell conspiracies Major Balleseros is running. But trust me, you won't give a second thought to those.
The show's all science fiction fun, playing off the notions and fears that modern science and genetics present in the pursuit of a more perfect human being (haven't we seen that premise before). And yes, you'll roll your eyes at least five times an episode. But I would give at least the first two episodes a shot. This spiffy and safely produced approach towards biogenetics gone wrong may appeal to you.
FINAL SCORE: 70 (pretty good)… Full Review »
Jan 16, 2014Helix is disappointing ...
'Visually' the series has a realistic look to it ... but that is it for realism ... the CDC scientists and otherHelix is disappointing ...
'Visually' the series has a realistic look to it ... but that is it for realism ... the CDC scientists and other medical professionals behave as amateurs ... it's a joke ...
It seems to me that this is a Horror/Sci-fi show with the usual suspense and thrills expected of this genre so for those interested in this type of program it's OK ... but there is little accuracy /realism ...
I enjoy science fiction so I was disappointment in the first episode .. I may or may not continue watching the rest ...… Full Review »