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This Creepy Helix Season 2 Trailer Has Cults, Zombies, Islands, And More

Season 1 of Syfy’s bio-thriller Helix was, by almost all accounts, an up and down affair. Still, it was strong enough that the cable network gave the Ronald Moore-produced series a season 2, which kicks off early next year, and to hype their original content, they released this action heavy new trailer.

If you’re caught up on Helix, you know that the narrative eschewed the ice cold confinement of an arctic research base for a less snow-bound locale, an island in the middle of the sea, which offers a different kind of solitude and isolation. After discovering what is best described as a death boat, the intrepid CDC team investigates, but they’re not going to like what they find.

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Syfy’s Space Adventure Dark Matter Announces Cast, Get The Details Here

Dark MatterOf the near endless supply of projects that Syfy is working to bring to the small screen, Dark Matter is one that we haven’t heard too much about in recent days. The upcoming series, which already has an order for a 13-episode first season, hails from Stargate producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who also created the comic book series the show is based on. It also just revealed it’s core cast, a list full of names that you vaguely know, and faces that you will definitely see and recognize from somewhere, though you may not be entirely certain where.

The cast features Broadway actress Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Alex Mallari Jr. (RoboCop), Anthony Lemke (Lost Girl, Warehouse 13), Jodelle Ferland (Cabin in the Woods), Roger Cross (The Strain), and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl). Like I said, no one super exciting, but a lot of genre vets, a fair number of relatively recognizable faces, and some folks who have been around the block.

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Syfy’s Ascension Left Us Wanting More (In Good And Bad Ways)

AscensionAscension was a big deal for Syfy. It was the vanguard of their stated goals to return to the business of crafting serious science fiction, rather than focusing on paranormal “reality” shows and lighter-hearted fare such as Eureka and Warehouse 13. Well, now we’ve seen all three nights of the epic mini-series. Was it worth the wait? Did it maintain the excitement we’ve built up for future Syfy productions such as The Expanse and Childhood’s End?

Yes and no. Over the course of its three-night run, Ascension enthralled, frustrated, jumped the shark, recovered its footing, and then slammed headfirst into an abrupt climax that simultaneously has us eager to see the story continued and also kind of miffed at how little actual closure it provided.

If you haven’t finished watching Ascension yet, click away — If you haven’t finished watching Ascension yet, click away — there be spoilers here!

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Ascension Post-Game: Night One Delivers Thrills And A Huge Climax

ascensionTonight, Syfy took to the stars for the first installment of the twisty space thriller Ascension, the network’s first miniseries in quite a few years. The bad news? This isn’t going to become the next Battlestar Galactica. The good news? It’s telling a good enough story that it doesn’t need to. Mostly. For now.

If you sat out night one of Ascension, stop reading now as there are huge SPOILERS below.

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Ascension Kicks Off Syfy’s Return To Serious Science Fiction: This Week’s TV Picks

Syfy’s Ascension imagines that, in the year 1963, the United States launched a top-secret space mission — a 100-year voyage aboard a “generation ship” designed to establish mankind’s first colony in a distant star system. Society has evolved aboard the ship into a weird echo of ‘Sixties culture — think Mad Men, not hippies — but has also stratified sharply along class lines. As the ship reaches the halfway point of its trip, the passengers and crew are rocked by a murder, the first ever to occur during the mission, which throws the true nature of the Ascension project into question.

Ascension is the vanguard of Syfy’s attempts to redirect their focus toward serious, ambitious science fiction programming and a stated goal of competing on the same level as HBO, AMC, and Netflix. While we were initially skeptical, Syfy just keeps putting its money where its mouth is, following Ascension up with crazy-exciting projects such as The Expanse, Ghost Brigades, and Childhood’s End. Hell, I’m even looking forward to the 12 Monkeys show, as surprised as I am to find myself admitting that. We’re actually excited about Syfy’s future for the first time in ages, so hopefully Ascension will prove to be a bold step forward for the network, and a promising sing of things to come.

Ascension will air in three parts: Monday – Wednesday at 9/8c on Syfy.

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Watching This 12 Monkeys Featurette Is Your Fate

In just over a month, Syfy finally unveils their serialized adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel mind-bender 12 Monkeys, and though we’re still a ways out, the network is pushing their new series hard. Just the other day we saw a featurette that digs into the relationship between the two main characters, and now they’re back with another that explores the idea of fate, morality, sacrifice, and shows off a bunch of new footage.

On the surface, the series resembles Gilliam’s film, at least in the details. After a vicious plague wipes out most of the human population, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) is sent back in time from the year 2043 using an untested method of time travel to try to put a stop to this disaster. Once there, he enlists the help of Doctor Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) in his quest, and goes about trying to save humanity as well as redeem himself.

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