April 21, 2021

Helix, SyFy’s Bio-thriller

I don’t know about you but I love science fiction movies and television shows and my new guilty pleasure is cable tv network Syfy’s “Helix.” A virus is running rampant at the isolated Arctic Biosystems research facility amid snow, darkness and paranoia. Dr. Alan Farragut from Centers for Disease Control (played by “The Killing’s” Billy Campbell) arrives to assess the threat and treat his brother, a scientist at the base who is also infected with this mysterious illness. Throw in characters of dubious intent like the base commander Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, his henchman sidekick Meegwun Fairbrother (yes, there are some Inuit characters) and shadowy military visitor Major Sergio Balleseros. Add zombie-like patients who want to violently infect all of the other people and some very scary villains like corporate baddie Constance Sutton played by Jeri Ryan, the ex-wife of Illinois politician Jack Ryan and you have a show that keeps the adrenaline pumping.

The tv program has a good pedigree with the show runner being none other than Ron Moore of “Battlestar Galactica” fame.

As of May 2014, one could buy Season 1 episodes one through eight on Amazon or itunes and catch nine through thirteen on Hulu Plus.

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