Extant (TV series)

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Extant
Extant logo CBS.png
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Genre Science fiction
Mystery, Drama
Created by Mickey Fisher
Starring
Composer(s) Marcelo Zarvos
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) John Forrest Niss
Allen Coulter
P Todd Coe
Editor(s) Sidney Wolinsky
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Cinematography M. David Mullen
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09) – present
External links
Official website

Extant is an American science fiction television dramatic series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry)[1] who returns home to her family inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.

On August 7, 2013, CBS announced that it had placed a 13-episode straight-to-series order, bypassing the traditional pilot stage.[4] Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers.[3][5] Production began in Los Angeles on February 10, 2014.[6]

The series is broadcast in the United States on the CBS television network, and is a production of Amblin Entertainment. It premiered on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central.

Premise[edit]

Molly Woods, an astronaut with ISEA (International Space Exploration Agency) is assigned a 13-month-long solo mission aboard space station Seraphim. She returns home to her husband John, a robotics engineer who created their son Ethan, a prototype android called a "humanich". When she finds herself mysteriously pregnant, she begins a search for answers.

Opening introduction: (voice-over by Halle Berry):

I went to space on a 13-month solo mission. I didn't come home alone. My husband created a life-like android called a "Humanich". His name is Ethan: he's the prototype. This is a story about Earth. A story about family. A story about surviving.

Cast[edit]

Main cast
  • Halle Berry as Molly Woods, an ISEA astronaut and scientist who mysteriously returns home pregnant after seeing her dead former lover while on the Seraphim space station.
  • Goran Visnjic as Dr. John Woods, Molly's husband who is a robotics engineer heading the Humanichs Project.
  • Pierce Gagnon as Ethan Woods, the Woods' "son", who is a humanoid robot and the prototype for the Humanichs Project.
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Hideki Yasumoto, owner of the Yasumoto Corporation.
  • Michael O'Neill as Alan Sparks, the director of ISEA.
  • Grace Gummer as Julie Gelineau, John Woods' assistant on the Humanichs Project.
  • Camryn Manheim as Dr. Sam Barton, a physician employed by ISEA, and Molly's friend.
Recurring
  • Annie Wersching as Femi Dodd, a member of the Yasumoto Corporation board of directors, who is highly skeptical about the Humanichs project. She is later revealed to be part of an underground group, led by Odin, that seeks to eradicate advanced technology from the earth.
  • Brad Beyer as Harmon Kryger, an ISEA astronaut who saw his dead mother while on the Seraphim; he faked his own suicide and now lives in isolation.
  • Maury Sterling as Gordon Kern, the new deputy director of ISEA.
  • Sergio Harford as Marcus Dawkins, a young astronaut and Molly's former boyfriend who died in a car accident he and Molly were involved in years ago. [7]
  • Tessa Ferrer as Katie Sparks, an "over-achieving" astronaut and daughter of the director of ISEA, who died in space under mysterious circumstances. [8]
  • Tyler Hilton as Charlie Arthurs, the 'chief coder' on the Humanichs Project, who works alongside Julie.[9]
  • Louis Gossett Jr. as Quinn, a retired doctor and Molly's undependable, estranged father.[10]
  • Charlie Bewley as Odin, a man that Julie begins dating. He secretly leads an underground organization dedicated to eradicating advanced technology, and has targeted the Humanichs project.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Extant has received favorable reviews. On Metacritic, the show holds a score of 68 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[11] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a "certified fresh" rating of 83% based on 40 reviews, with the consensus reading: "While many of its ideas are clearly borrowed from other sources, Extant benefits from a unique approach to some familiar stories and a strong lead in Halle Berry".[12]

Ratings[edit]

Including Live + 3 day (DVR) viewing, the series premiere was watched by 11.88 million viewers and attained an 18-49 rating of 2.2.[13]

Accolades[edit]

In 2014, Extant was chosen, along with six others, for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.[14]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Re-Entry" Allen Coulter Mickey Fisher July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09) 9.58[15]
Returning from a thirteen-month solo mission aboard the space station Seraphim, astronaut Molly Woods tries to reconnect with her husband John and their "son" Ethan, an artificially intelligent android. Molly is shocked to learn she is pregnant despite prior infertility and claiming no sexual contact occurred during her mission; however, she recalls a mystifying encounter with a deceased friend during the mission. She asks her friend, ISEA physician Sam, to keep the pregnancy a secret, for now. John, who developed Ethan, seeks funding to continue his project from Hideki Yasumoto, Molly's employer. Director Sparks is skeptical of Molly's explanation for several hours of video files being erased from Seraphim's database. Molly is contacted by Harmon Kryger, a fellow astronaut who supposedly committed suicide and claims to know what happened during her mission.
2 "Extinct" Matt Earl Beesley Leslie Bohem July 16, 2014 (2014-07-16) 7.96[16]
While at home, Molly passes out and experiences a vision of her encounter on the Seraphim, leading Dr. Barton to give her an off-the-books ultrasound so she can learn more about her mysterious pregnancy. Meanwhile, Kryger reveals to Molly who his "visitor" was during his own solo mission, a disturbing detail Director Sparks and the rest of ISEA are going to great measures to keep a secret. Ethan discovers what the word "extinct" means from an information robot during a field trip to the natural history museum. Also, John's Humanichs Project gets a new base of operations, thanks to the Yasumoto Corporation's funding. Molly's ultrasound reveals she is carrying a baby that looks human. Molly confronts Sparks with the news, but he offers no explanation. Sparks tells Yasumoto and asks if the pregnancy means they have found "them", and Yasumoto replies, "I think they are already here."
3 "Wish You Were Here" Holly Dale Mickey Fisher July 23, 2014 (2014-07-23) 6.48[17]
Ethan starts his first day of elementary school and John and Molly try to convince a group of concerned parents that their son poses no threat. Sparks makes up a story to explain Molly's pregnancy, with the goal of getting her to come to a contained ISEA area for testing over a couple of days. Molly goes to Kryger's trailer, but finds him gone and sees a strange symbol, shaped as an Apollonian gasket, on the bedroom wall. John throws a birthday party for Molly to make up for the one she missed while in space, and Molly is surprised to see Marcus' brother Tim show up. After talking with Tim throughout the party, Molly discovers, in view of John, that she was the only one who could see him. Molly finally tells John while she was in space, the ISEA experimented on her without her consent and she's pregnant. Dr. Barton stops by the party and takes a sample of Molly's blood to test for DNA at ISEA, but is prohibited by security from entering her office to perform the test. While walking around, Barton sees an ISEA team gutting Molly's office, and calls her at home. She is told by John that Molly is on her way to ISEA with Sparks. Barton sends an urgent text to Molly, telling her to get out of Sparks' car. Molly escapes by jumping out of the car and runs into John who was tailing her. Later, Sparks and an ISEA assault team are shown storming into the Woods' home, but find it empty.
4 "Shelter" Paris Barclay Greg Walker July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30) 5.92[18]
Molly and John escape to Molly's dad's house, which is on an island off of the mainland. There they decide to perform a DNA test and ask Molly's dad, Quinn, to take Ethan out to town for the night while they do so. Meanwhile Barton is in the interrogation room. She asks the guard if she can go to the bathroom and attempts to destroy a sample of Molly's blood, but is caught by Sparks. Sparks then threatens her brother in order to keep her silent. Quinn takes Ethan to a bar to gamble and on the way home yells at Ethan. Quinn then gets out of the car to open his gate and when he gets back he can't find Ethan. He, Molly and John search for Ethan, and Molly's Dad gets arrested with John after John punches the Sheriff. Molly finds Ethan, who had been kidnapped and deactivated by Sparks, and is in turn kidnapped herself. She wakes up on a ship and is about to have surgery ordered by Sparks and Yasumoto.
5 "What on Earth is Wrong?" Dan Lerner Peter Ocko August 6, 2014 (2014-08-06) 5.94[19]
The fetus is removed from Molly, and is placed in a special chamber for study. John and Julie try to recover Ethan's memory, which appears to have been lost when he was deactivated. Molly tries to convince John that she really was pregnant, though she is no longer. When they go to Dr. Barton, she claims she never performed any tests on Molly and suggests she is suffering from delusions. Molly convinces Sparks that the best thing for her is to return to work. Sparks agrees, but informs Molly that she will be under close scrutiny. While in her work space, Molly intentionally obscures the audio feed to Sparks. She converses with a co-worker, who reveals a filter he created to decode a mysterious energy field on the Seraphim that appeared during Kryger's hallucinations. He applies the filter to the video feed from Molly's mission, and the energy field is there when she saw Marcus. Molly shows the recording to John, who now sees the truth about her pregnancy and realizes that the baby is not theirs. After an aborted attempt by John to revive Ethan too soon, Julie and Charlie are able to restore Ethan to his old self.
6 "Nightmares" Adam Arkin Eliza Clark August 13, 2014 (2014-08-13) 5.68[20]
Ethan has his first nightmare, which puzzles John. Ethan tells Molly that she was in danger in his dream. Julie meets a man named Odin in an amputee gym, and they flirt with each other. John gives Molly a small patch of fake skin that, if applied to Dr. Barton, will allow Molly to monitor Dr. Barton's conversations. Molly learns that Sparks has threatened Sam's brother. In the containment area, Molly's fetus grows while a tech goes crazy and kills a co-worker shortly after the Apollonian Gasket shape appears on his bald head. Kryger attempts to contact Molly, with Sparks and Kern discovering Kryger is alive. They are able to learn from Sam (under the threat of her brother being harmed) the place where Molly and Kryger will meet. Sparks sends Kern to intercept Kryger, but Molly is able to secretly change the rendezvous point. Kryger gives Molly and John a data stick with encrypted data on it. John is not able to decrypt it, but Ethan can. It shows video from the Aruna ISEA mission, in which Katie Sparks, Director Sparks' daughter, says the crew is doomed because a mysterious force has taken over the ship, causing the other crew members to kill each other. In the video, Katie urges the ISEA control team to not recover the ship. The video convinces Molly that Sparks knew what dangers she and Kryger would be facing on the Seraphim, and sent them anyway. On his way out, Kryger is knocked out and captured by Kern.
7 "More in Heaven and Earth"[21] Christine Moore Vanessa Reisen August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20) TBA
John is again confused over Ethan's rapid development, after hearing his son speak fluent Japanese to two other students at his school. The Woods family, including Ethan, have dinner with Yasumoto, where Femi is revealed to be his romantic partner. Julie has an official first date with Odin, who is later shown leading an underground group that is dedicated to eradicating advanced technology from the earth due to its effects on humanity. After a few moments, Femi walks in and joins the meeting. Kern tells Sparks that Kryger has been "eliminated", but is later shown in his basement torturing Kryger and asking for the location of the Aruna video drive. Kryger hears a conversation between Kern and his mother, and uses that information to make Kern an ally in the fight against ISEA. Molly locates a member of the Aruna team named Pearce and tries to meet with him, but Pearce turns her away. With information provided by Sam, Molly learns what doctors treated Pearce, and also finds that he is living in a penthouse apartment for which he paid only a dollar. Molly sends an email to Pearce about the mining company that sold him the apartment, and he now agrees to meet with her. But when Molly arrives, she finds that Pearce "fell" to his death. Molly confronts Sparks with all she knows, and a rattled Sparks then goes to see Molly's offspring which allows him to talk to Katie's image.
8 "Incursion" Paul McCrane Gavin Johannsen August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20) 5.57[22]
Ethan learns to ride a bike, and encounters two older boys in a park who destroy a communication bot, then try to steal the bike. Ethan identifies with the relatively primitive bot as Julie tells him the bot has "served its purpose". Ethan asks what his own purpose is. John wants to slow down Ethan's brain development, but finds he has been locked out of the reprogramming mode. He blames Julie, who says she did not change the codes. She suggests Ethan did it himself, based on his newly developed survival instinct. Sparks meets with Yasumoto to discuss his concerns about Molly, but Yasumoto reminds him that Molly is the offspring's mother and they must keep her alive until they know the "boy" can thrive without its parent. Yasumoto also says he is dying, revealing his motivations for bringing the offspring to earth. Despite Yasumoto's directive, Sparks later orders Kern to kill Molly. Kern, now aligned with Kryger and Molly, wants to help Molly see her child. He devises a plan to disable security systems in the building where the offpring is kept, whereby Molly and Kryger can get past Sparks and the team. Unknown to them, however, the offspring is changing rapidly, and has just taken the life of a tech that was sent into the chamber to investigate. Finally making it into the chamber, Molly approaches the box, only to have Kryger shoot it full of holes, saying they are all better off with the offspring dead. A concerned Molly removes the box lid, finding only the tech's dead body inside.
9 "Care and Feeding"[23] Dan Attias Mickey Fisher August 27, 2014 (2014-08-27) TBA
10 "A Pack of Cards"[24] Dan Lerner Leslie Bohem August 27, 2014 (2014-08-27) TBA
11 "A New World"[25] TBA TBA September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) TBA

Broadcast[edit]

The series is available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video devices four days after broadcast on CBS. In Canada, the series premiered on July 9, 2014 on Global Television Network.[26] In Australia, the series premiered on July 13, 2014 on Network Ten [27] The series premiered in the UK on July 10, 2014 on Amazon Instant Video.[28] In South Africa, the series premiered on M-Net on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and broadcasts at 9.30pm.[29]

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