As soon as it was announced, Syfy’s space opera miniseries Ascension became one of our most anticipated new shows of the upcoming television season. Though we have to wait until this late this fall to actually lay eyes on the series, we’re going to be excited the entire time. That much was a given, but once we laid eyes on this new trailer for the show, we got even more pumped up.
Of the wide array of shows Syfy currently has in development—we’re working on a group article that details them all—Ascension is one of the most exciting and promising, and this teaser fits that profile. Called a six-hour event series, this story begins in 1963, at the lead edge of the global space race. That’s where this video picks up. You start off with what seems like a slice of idyllic American life, complete with a JFK speech playing over the top. Then you start to notice things that are ever so slightly askew, just a little bit off, like that American flag with the stars in a different pattern. Eventually you realize that you’re not on Earth at all, that you’re on a starship hurtling through the depths of space.