Ronald D. Moore, creator of one of my favorite science-fiction programs of all time, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, is back on SyFy with what seems like a similarly dark and claustrophobic series: Helix.
The trailer below is longer and more substantial than the previously released teaser. The Arctic setting is reminiscent of John Carpenter’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece The Thing, which is not surprising since Moore contributed to the recent remake.
Here’s the official synopsis from SyFy:
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.
Helix stars Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut, from the Centers For Disease Control’s Special Pathogens Branch, who heads to the Arctic Biosystems base to investigate a potential “Hot Zone”. And Hiroyuki Sanada as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, the affable but secretive head of the remote facility.
The show also co-stars Kyra Zargosky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Mark Ghanime, Meegwun Fairbrother, and Neil Napier.
Helix is scheduled to premiere on January 10, 2014 at 10/9 Central on SyFy.