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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. (more…)

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Just as Superhero movies have taken over the big screen, now our nerdy favorites are making a huge dent in the world of television. What’s even better news? Most of these new shows look great! No more horribly stiff and embarrassing shows. Yeah, I’m looking at you The Cape. Wondering what television shows will be attending SDCC 2014? We’ve got the entire list here! (more…)

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When I heard that Ron Moore was putting together another series, I was fairly excited. When I heard that it was a “viral outbreak” show, I was a bit despondent. I had no desire to sit down and watch what looks like – from the trailer I’d seen – a mixture of every crappy outbreak movie I’d ever seen and every bad suspense film to grace the small screen. As it turns out, the premiere for Helix was much more than I had expected. (more…)

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SyFy has released the first teaser trailer for Ron Moore‘s new series Helix and I’m feeling a great disturbance in the force. We’ll get back to that feeling in a minute. What is Helix?

A team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

Although it sounds a lot like Carpenter’s The Thing at first glance, Helix looks more like a cross between The Andromeda Strain and The Abyss. We don’t get too much in this first look, but the general clean room style we see is interesting. What’s that oozing at the end? We’ll have to tune in to find out.

What is really interesting to me is that suddenly, as Bill and Ted would say:

“There’s strange things afoot at SyFy.”

Actual science fiction . . . I’ll let that sink in. The Defiance pilot was a good start for a series that could gain a steady following. Throw in Helix and one could almost say that the SyFy channel is a place to find good scifi. Whatever might be driving this movement has my full blessings.

What do you think?

 

Via: Blastr

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Ron Moore is no scifi television virgin. The man has taken his knocks and earned his stripes while writing and producing episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, rebooting Battlestar Galactica to critical acclaim, the not so well received BSG spinoff Caprica (Which I enjoyed), and his upcoming show Helix.  Throw in his work on two Trek movies, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact and anyone can see this guy can back up his opinions with hard learned lessons.

In a recent interview with Star Trek.com Moore was asked by a fan if he missed Star Trek being on television. Moore responded and then elaborated on his opinion of the differences between the television shows and the movies.

I do. I think that Star Trek, in its DNA, is a television show. The features are great. They’re a lot of fun and they’ve certainly opened it up to a lot of different audiences, but the features all are basically atypical episodes, if you think about it. The features are very big action-adventure movies, lots of spectacle, run and jump, shoot-em-up and blowing things up. The fate of the Earth, or the universe itself, is always at stake. It’s always about the captain, and one other character has a strong B-story, and everyone else sort of has very small roles beyond that. But Star Trek, as originally conceived, and as you saw play out in all the other series, was really a morality play every week, and it was about an ensemble of players. They were exploring science fiction ideas, sociological ideas and moral ideas. That’s really what the shows are about, and the movies are just pitched in a different way and at a different audience.

The [TV show] will do a story where the captain is split in two by a transporter accident and one half is evil and one half is good, and the whole story is about where does the nature of a man’s strength come from? What makes a man a man? Is it his good side? His bad side? Or how the two come together to make something greater than the sum of its parts? The movies will never do that. They’ll never do a day-in-the-life story with Data [the excellent season 4 episode “Data’s Day”] or something like “Lower Decks,” where you go explore the other characters. They’ll never do all the things that all of us who are fans fell in love with this franchise for. So I think, at some point, Star Trek will return to television, and that would be great. I’d love to watch the weekly adventures again just because it gives you an opportunity to explore lots of other things besides the action-adventure component.

What do you think? Many fans that I know held the opinion that the franchise needed a bit of a rest after Enterprise. Is it time to bring it back? Can it ever go back to television with the core cast considering the costs involved?

Do you agree with Moore? Let us know in the comments section below.

Via: Blastr

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Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) has finalized the deal to bring 13 episodes of his dark thriller Helix to SyFy later this year. I have to say that when I first saw this news I got excited about seeing a series about Raptor pilot Helo . . . then I figured out I read it wrong. Word about Moore’s new project first started to spread earlier this year and fans hoped to see the deal go through.

Helix is a story about:

A team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

SyFy‘s President of Original Content Mark Stern said:

“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life.”

Moore is great at creating tension in a series and although many were disappointed in the Battlestar Galactica series ending, the man knows how to create gripping television. What do you think? will you be tuning in to check out Moore’s latest project when it hits the small screen?

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We pretty much all recognize the name Ronald Moore by now – the mastermind who rebooted the Battlestar Galactica television show and turned it into one of the biggest science-fiction hits in years.  But what has old Moore been doing lately?  Well, it looks like he’s trying his hands at some more sci-fi in the form of a show titled Helix and, if sources are to be believed, the SfFy channel is about ready to pick it up for a first season run.

Helix is, according to the generic blurb:

About a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

The deal isn’t set in stone quite yet, but chances are looking pretty good for Moore and his new brainchild.  If it’s in the cards, then the 13-episode season will likely be hitting the small screen sometime later this year.

 

Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.