After suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, the Sci-Fi channel (…or the SyFy channel as it was stupidly re-branded) is trying to redefine itself as a channel that actually offers good quality, original science fiction fare; as opposed to lazily relying on myriad repeats of old shows, Roger Corman’s back-catalogue of monster b-movies, and the stark-raving-mad decision to air Wrestling on the channel. Subsequently, we have seen an improvement (or at least a step in the right direction) with new shows such as Helix, Ascension and the movie-inspired series 12 Monkeys, which have all been moderately successful. SyFy have now released two trailers for the upcoming second season of Helix, and it looks like the team is leaving the confined, isolating environment of the Arctic circle in the first season and on to a Lost-esque remote Island.
However, although taking place in completely different settings, the story appears to be sticking pretty close to premise of the first season: with the isolated location, the viral outbreak and the obscure corporate figures and their vague, unknown motives. Consequently, with some of the characters returning from the first season, it will be interesting to see how the show develops in its new direction whilst remaining close to the original premise. Also, as the ending of the first season was a rather slap-dash and poorly executed affair, it will curious to find out how the series producers are planning on tying up some of those loose ends as coherently as possible.
Here is the official synopsis released by SyFy to coincide with the release of the trailers:
“After barely escaping with their lives, the survivors of Season One attempt to move on from the horrors that took place at Arctic Biosystems. But when their work takes them to a mysterious and remote wooded island, they quickly discover the Ilaria Corporation’s reach is deeper and darker than anyone imagined, and a deadly new virus will present a threat that no one thought possible.”
We are certainly not going to find out answers by viewing the trailers, but they will give you an idea of what direction the series is heading in, including the change of environment. You can view the two trailers below:
It’s hard to say much about the first season without giving too much away. However, if you merely want to play catch-up and jump straight into the second season (then luckily for you), SyFy have offered a five-minute recap of the first season which you can view below:
What do you think folks? Did anyone enjoy the first season? …and is anyone willing to give the second season a shot?
Helix season 2 premieres Friday, January 16 at 10/9c.
Via – Film