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Ron Moore’s Syfy Series Helix Gets Ambiguous Teaser Trailer

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Beyond his Virtuality pilot/movie that went nowhere, there hasn’t been a lot of Ron D. Moore for sci-fi fans to be interested in of late. Sure, there’s that Outlander adaptation going to Starz, but that’s a mixed bag of genres. What about something that hits closer to home?

Well, if you happen to live in an Arctic research facility, you were probably taken by the above teaser trailer for Moore’s upcoming Syfy series, Helix. Without much of a color palate, the teaser sets the proper tone for a series like this, one that will probably be minimal in set direction but expansive in atmosphere. The tagline itself is kind of corny, but its possible repercussions make Helix one of Syfy’s most realistically consequential shows.

“A team of scientists working in secret are about to change the world…or end it.”

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Syfy Options A Slew Of New Sci-Fi Series

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McCallEven though Syfy’s original movies are more creature features than actual science fiction, and their reality shows are almost all about the paranormal, and their actual name is just a made-up word, the original series Syfy puts out, regardless of quality, usually do fall within the realm of actual sci-fi. They’ve just kicked it up a notch, adding seven more original series to their upcoming roster, which already includes the highly anticipated Defiance, the Blake’s 7 reboot, and Ron Moore’s Helix. From space operas to space mysteries to meteorite crashes, this will be a year in which Syfy leaves our planet behind and takes viewers all over the universe. At least, through a TV screen. Let’s go over some of them, shall we?

Sojourn: From screenwriter Phil Levens (Smallville) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) comes this mystery set aboard a starship heading to colonize another planet. For the first time ever, a space detective is needed to investigate a murder that ends up leading to a conspiracy involving a crime that happened back when the ship launched. Drama!

Shelter: As a massive meteorite heads toward Earth, 30,000 people are chosen to begin a new society in an underground government facility. But perhaps not all is as it seems. This will be written by Bruce Joel Rubin (Deep Impact) and Ari Rubin.

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Defiance Trailer Features Interspecies Fisticuffs

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Syfy’s Defiance is an ambitious project. Not only does it involve the TV series that premieres on Monday, April 15th, but the action also unfolds across an online multiplayer game where the world changes according to what goes down on your TV. We’re less than a week out, and the network has released another new trailer to pique your interest.

Defiance is set in the year 2046, after an alien invasion, and this latest video really plays up the frontier Western vibe of the show, as well as the immigrant drama nature of the story. St. Louis, now known as Defiance, has become a new kind of melting pot. Instead of settlers from all over the world, the residents of Defiance are a hodge-podge of races and species from all over the universe. It’s the kind of place where you occasionally need to fight a big, shirtless blue dude in an underground arena.

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Defiance Game Launch Trailer Brings The Action

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Defiance is one of the more ambitious science fiction projects to come along in a while. The Syfy TV series launches on April 15th, with Farscape’s Rockne S. O’Bannon as an executive producer and a cast that includes Dexter/Angel’s Julie Benz and Warehouse 13’s Jaime Murray. But Defiance is also an MMO, with the game existing in the same universe as the series, each feeding into the other. You don’t have to play Defiance the game to enjoy Defiance the show, but if you do get involved in both, the interplay between the two could be a lot of fun. And based on the action-packed launch trailer up above, Defiance the game looks like it might be worth checking out.

A third-person shooter MMO, the Defiance game casts players as an “Ark Hunter,” a mercenary sort who is always on the look for alien technology that occasionally crash to the Earth’s surface. See, Defiance is set in the aftermath of a long war between humanity and an invading species who had come to our homeworld to colonize after fleeing their own system. Between the war and some runaway terraforming tech, Earth is a very different place than it once was, with humans and aliens now forced to live and work with each other. Or, in the case of Ark Hunters, occasionally shoot each other in the face so they can’t steal your haul.

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Play Defiance The Game Early In Beta Events

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Defiance

Syfy’s Defiance is worth a spot on your radar for several reasons. First, it’s an actual, honest-to-gosh science fiction series on Syfy, which is a rarity these days. Second, it’s the baby of Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon. And then there’s the game angle. Defiance the TV series will exist alongside, and interact with, Defiance the video game. Now comes word of how you can sample the game side of things ahead of its April 2nd release date.

Trion, the developers of the Defiance game, have announced when players on each of the game’s three release platforms can join in with the early beta events. If you’re already planning on pre-ordering the game, you’ll automatically get to participate. If you’d rather sample the game before you lay down your hard-earned cash, you can click over to Trion’s website and sign up for the beta. Here are the dates in question:

  • PC: March 22 – March 24
  • PS3 – March 19 – March 25
  • Xbox 360: March 25 – March 26

Defiance is a massively multiplayer online shooter game. As with the series, it takes place in the not-too-distant future, after Earth has been through the arrival of multiple alien species, a ensuing war, and terraforming technology that has fundamentally altered the landscape of our homeworld. While the TV series is set in the town of Defiance, a new settlement located in the ruins of St. Louis, the game is set in the San Francisco Bay area. Players take on the role of an “Ark Hunter,” scavenging the landscape to salvage alien tech.

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Ron Moore’s Helix Is Coming To Syfy Later This Year

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Moore

Ron Moore is one of those guys whose names are unfamiliar to those outside of science fiction fandom, and is also one of those guys who is loved by many and abhorred by some, without much room for middle ground. His work on the Star Trek series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, as well as the resurgence of Battlestar Galactica, have cemented him into sci-fi history, and now we’ll get a new show to judge him by.

Moore’s latest project, the germophobe’s nightmare Helix, has finalized a deal with Syfy for a straight-to-series order of 13 episodes, and has also found a showrunner in Steven Maeda (Lost). Going straight-to-series saves the show’s initial fanbase from having to get excited about a pilot being filmed, only to have the network inevitably drop it. But going to Syfy also saves the fanbase from being relevant to the rest of the world.

Helix, to be written by newcomer Cameron Porsandeh, centers on a team of scientists living in an Arctic research base where a possible disease outbreak has occurred, and the team must then investigate the problem and figure out a way to protect the rest of the world from certain doom. Somebody get these guys some Purell!