TV Show: Helix
Date and Time: Friday Nights, 10/9c
Leave it so SyFy for coming up with a twist on the zombie apocalypse fetish in entertainment these days. What with the Walking Dead being a HUGELY popular show, and zombie films having been a cult classic in the horror genre since 1932, it’s not surprising that someone has come along and made a series with zombie movie like attributes, but yet it’s NOT a zombie series.
Helix, is best described, I think, as Outbreak on steroids. And what I mean by that is in Outbreak, the virus just killed you, and fairly quickly. In Helix, the virus changes you. And I mean changes you on a genetic level. Your blood and mucus seem to turn black. The disease is not airborne, but rather passed through saliva so far. We haven’t seen any other modes of exposure so far, as in we haven’t seen a sick person and a healthy person do the dance with no pants, and then the healthy person get sick. The virus might also be transferred via blood, but without going over all four episodes again, I can’t say for sure.
Now, after 4 episodes (only three of which I’ve seen as my DVR screwed up and recorded episode 3 as a repeat of episode 1) I’m not sure I’m fully on board with the series yet, though I do keep watching. We have a main plot of the CDC going to a remote biotech research facility. And when I remote, I mean remote. The show takes place in the Arctic at a place called Arctic Biosystems. The place looks amazingly hi-tech which a privately funded research facility in today’s world would totally be. IPad’s that deliver doses of experimental anit-virals, clear screen consoles like we saw in The Avengers, the whole nine. And why does the CDC go to someplace like this? Because of a virus outbreak. There’s a guy from USAMRID with them, of course, because the military have to be involved in all outbreak scenarios to keep the government informed. The facility is run by a man named Dr. Hiroshi Hitake, and I tell ya, as bosses go? I’d rather knife him than work for him. But he’s managed to hire some of the best doctors and geneticists, biologists and researchers money can buy. And by episode 4 we are getting the distinct impression that most of the people working out in the middle of the icy nowhere, are all regretting their decisions to come out there. Not just because there is an unknown virus running around the facility, but because of Hitake.
As someone who’s totally into Sci-Fi, I love all the techy awesomeness, and as a horror fan I am hoping to really get into the scary aspect of the story. However, I’m not scared yet, but that could be that I am, and have been becoming, more and more desensitized to the goings on in horror flicks. But I know that there are some major plot points coming that they’ve only hinted at so far, and I’m hoping that takes the show in some unexpected directions.
So far, it’s been fairly predictable. CDC goes in with a team. The head of the facility is vague and only as cooperative as he feels he needs to be. The head guy’s right hand man lies about having monkeys to test on. The research specialist from the CDC finds out what happens to the monkeys. We find out that one of the many doctors working in the facility is the brother of the head of the CDC team. The Head of the CDC team brings a bright, young, cute doctor with him and of course, his ex. Who was sleeping with his brother. Sound like several shows you’ve seen? Yeah, me too. What we find out in episode 1 is that Hitake is aware of the virus and it’s weird mutation.
We also find out early on that the USAMRID guy is not all he seems to be. I won’t spoil it by saying what he IS, just that if you thought he was shady? You were right. I totally thought he was shady. So, yeah, it’s been pretty predictable.
But the premise is good, and I want to see where the show is going. I’m just hoping beyond hope that it’s not going to disappoint. But, as an optimist, we are only 4 episodes in. It could end up being a REALLY wild ride!
Dr. Bazingirl, Head of Blogging