“Play God. Pay The Price.” In early 2014, we will be treated to new science fiction TV shows such as Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams’ Believe on NBC and Ronald D. Moore’s Helix on Syfy. To get viewers ready for the new sci-fi outbreak series, Syfy has released a new poster that hints at the strange creature/disease/whatever menacing the show’s characters.
The new poster features a faceless scientist looking into a microscope, only to have the series’ strange black gooey substance blast out the back of his head. It’s actually a pretty disturbing image.
Recently, Syfy also released new trailers to get new fans ready for Helix‘s series premiere. Everything we’ve seen surrounding Helix really makes it look like the TV version of John Carpenter’s The Thing. However, this time around it looks like the inky-black creature or substance might be man-made rather than an alien lifeform from elsewhere. It also appears that the new series will also have elements of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, so the series can keep its audience on its feet with its mystery and secrets. Nevertheless, the body count on Helix should be high considering the “monster movie” element of the TV series.
Helix will mark Ron Moore’s return to Syfy after the Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica was canceled in 2010. While Moore changed the face of modern science fiction on television, he has yet to produce a worthy follow-up to BSG since its series finale in 2009. In 2014, Moore will hit the airwaves with two new TV series, with Helix and the TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s book series Outlander, which will premiere sometime in early 2014 for the premium cable network Starz. Outlander is historical fiction mixed with romance and time travel elements. The new series follows the war between two Scottish Clans and the love affair between a chivalrous Scottish warrior named Jamie Fraser and a World War II-era combat nurse named Claire Randall, who is mysteriously sent back in time to the year 1743. As long as Ron Moore’s name is attached to these series, it’s likely that both new TV shows will find a new audience.
Helix follows a group of CDC scientists stationed at a secret lab in a remote area of the Arctic. Sent to investigate a possible global outbreak, they soon discover something terrifying just beneath the icy surface.
Star Trek: Voyager actress Jeri Ryan was recently cast in a recurring role on Helix. She will play the beautiful and charismatic Constance Sutton, Chief Operating Officer of Ilaria Corporation, owner of Arctic Biosystems. Ryan will join Billy Campbell, AKA The Rocketeer, who plays Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team, as well as Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes, Meegwun Fairbrother, Catherine Lemieux, and Neil Napier.
Helix will debut on Friday, January 10, 2014 on Syfy at 10/9c.