Ronald D. Moore is the geek icon that gave us the Battlestar Galactica reboot series in the mid-2000s. It was a hit for Syfy (then still the Sci-Fi Channel) and is considered one of the best science fiction TV series of all-time. Since Battlestar Galactica’s series finale in 2009, Moore fell on some hard times trying to create a new TV series as compelling and interesting as BSG. After a few bumps in the road, Moore is returning to Syfy with the science fiction thriller series Helix, which has the potential to have comparable staying power to Battlestar Galactica.
Production on Helix just began recently. The series follows a group of CDC scientists stationed at a secret laboratory in a remote area of the Arctic. There were sent to investigate a possible global outbreak, but they soon discover something mysterious and terrifying just beneath the icy surface. The series has been compared to John Carpenter’s The Thing, in terms of atmosphere and mystery.
Billy Campbell (The Rocketeer, The 4400) recently joined the cast in the lead role of Dr. Alan Farragut, “an emotionally troubled Centers for Disease Control pathologist whose marriage has recently fallen apart after his wife had an affair with his brother.” Syfy also released an extended plot synopsis and full cast list for Helix: