Extant (TV series)
|Created by||Mickey Fisher|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||John Forrest Niss
P Todd Coe
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Cinematography||M. David Mullen|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original run||July 9, 2014– present|
Extant is an American science fiction television drama series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) 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. Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. Production began in Los Angeles on February 10, 2014.
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 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central.
On October 9, 2014, CBS renewed Extant for a second season, slated to air in 2015.
Molly Woods, an astronaut with International Space-Exploration Agency (ISEA) is assigned a 13-month 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 Molly mysteriously becomes 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.||”|
- Halle Berry as Molly Woods, an ISEA astronaut and scientist who mysteriously becomes 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, 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.
- 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 the underground group, led by Odin, that seeks to eradicate advanced technology from 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, in which he and Molly were involved years ago.
- Tessa Ferrer as Katie Sparks, an "over-achieving" astronaut and daughter of the director of ISEA, who died in space under mysterious circumstances.
- Tyler Hilton as Charlie Arthurs, the 'chief coder' on the Humanichs Project, who works alongside Julie.
- Louis Gossett Jr. as Quinn, a retired doctor and Molly's undependable, estranged father.
- Charlie Bewley as Gavin Hutchinson (alias Odin James), a man Julie begins dating. He secretly leads an underground organization dedicated to eradicating advanced technology, and has targeted the Humanichs project.
- Jeannetta Arnette as Anya Sparks, Alan's ex-wife.
- Adam O'Byrne as Ryan Jackson, an ISEA employee whom Kern says Molly can trust.
- Enver Gjokaj as Sean Glass, an ISEA astronaut.
- Jimmy Jean-Louis as Pierre Lyon, a French astronaut.
- Shannon Merrill Brown as the "Offspring".
- Eric Martsolf as the voice of B.E.N., the on-board, sentient computer aboard the Seraphim.
Extant has received generally favorable reviews. On Metacritic, the show holds a score of 68 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews. 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".
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.
In 2014, Extant was chosen, along with six others, for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
Season 1 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"Re-Entry"||Allen Coulter||Mickey Fisher||July 9, 2014||9.58|
|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 which John developed. Molly is shocked to learn that she is pregnant, despite prior infertility and having just returned from a long solo mission; however, she recalls a mystifying 'encounter' with her deceased boyfriend Marcus during the mission. Molly asks her friend, ISEA physician Sam Barton, to keep the pregnancy a secret for now. John seeks funding to continue his android project from Hideki Yasumoto, Molly's employer. Director Sparks is skeptical of Molly's explanation for several hours of video files being erased from the Seraphim 's database. Molly is contacted by Harmon Kryger, a fellow astronaut who supposedly committed suicide; he claims to know what happened during her mission.|
|2||2||"Extinct"||Matt Earl Beesley||Leslie Bohem||July 16, 2014||7.96|
|While at home, Molly falls unconscious 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 own "visitor" was during his 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 Yasumoto Corporation funding. Molly's ultrasound reveals that she is carrying a baby that appears 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||3||"Wish You Were Here"||Holly Dale||Mickey Fisher||July 23, 2014||6.48|
|Ethan starts his first day of elementary school. John and Molly try to convince a group of concerned parents that their son poses no threat. Sparks concocts 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. He intimates that her baby was hers and John's. Molly goes to Kryger's trailer, but he is not there. She sees a strange symbol, shaped as an Apollonian gasket, on the bedroom wall. John throws a birthday party for Molly to compensate for the one she missed while in space. Molly is surprised to see Marcus' brother Tim attends. 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 that while she was in space, the ISEA experimented on her without her consent and that she is 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 meets John, who had been tailing her out of concern. Later, Sparks and an ISEA assault team storm the Woods' home, but it is empty.|
|4||4||"Shelter"||Paris Barclay||Greg Walker||July 30, 2014||5.92|
|Molly and John escape to Molly's father Quinn's house, which is located on an island. They ask Quinn to take Ethan out for the evening while they perform a DNA test. Meanwhile Barton is in an interrogation room. Requesting to use the bathroom, she attempts to destroy a sample of Molly's blood, but Sparks notices. Sparks then threatens her brother in order to keep her silent and do his bidding. Quinn and Ethan visit a bar to gamble. As they are returning to Quinn's home, Quinn yells at Ethan. Quinn then gets out of the car to open his gate, and when he re-enters his vehicle, Ethan is absent. He, Molly and John search for Ethan, and Quinn is arrested with John after John punches the Sheriff. Molly finds Ethan, who had been deactivated by Sparks' men. She picks him up and tries to run, but they are abducted and awaken on a ship. She is about to have surgery ordered by Sparks and Yasumoto.|
|5||5||"What on Earth is Wrong?"||Dan Lerner||Peter Ocko||August 6, 2014||5.94|
|The fetus is removed from Molly and placed in a special chamber for study. John and his assistant 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 no longer is. When they go to Dr. Barton, she claims she never performed any tests on Molly and suggests Molly 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 Space Station Seraphim that appeared during Kryger's hallucinations. He applies the filter to the video feed from Molly's mission, and it reveals an energy field that was 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...maybe.|
|6||6||"Nightmares"||Adam Arkin||Eliza Clark||August 13, 2014||5.68|
|Ethan experiences his first nightmare, which puzzles John, because Ethan was not programmed to experience them. 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 technician 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 unable to decrypt it, but Ethan does. 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, and it looks like she was pregnant, also. 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||7||"More in Heaven and Earth"||Christine Moore||Vanessa Reisen||August 20, 2014||5.57|
|John is again confused over Ethan's rapid development, after hearing his son speak fluent Japanese to two schoolmates. 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 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, he is later shown in his basement torturing Kryger and asking for the location of the Aruna video drive. Kern's mother arrives for a visit, and Kryger overhears a conversation between Kern and his mother. Kryger uses that information to make Kern an ally in the fight against ISEA. Molly locates Pearce, a member of the Aruna team, and tries to meet with him at his penthouse apartment, but he refuses. With information provided by Sam, Molly learns what doctors treated Pearce and also finds that he has only paid one dollar for the apartment. Molly convinces Pearce to meet with her, but when Molly arrives, she finds that Pearce had fallen 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||8||"Incursion"||Paul McCrane||Gavin Johannsen||August 20, 2014||5.57|
|Ethan learns to ride a bike. He encounters two older boys in a park who destroy a sweeper (ro)bot, then try to steal the bike. The boys push Ethan into a mud puddle. When he stands, they see that part of his face is torn, revealing the mechanics inside, and they run off. Ethan identifies with the relatively primitive bot, and takes it home. When Julie tells him the bot has "served its purpose," Ethan asks what his own purpose is. John is alarmed at Ethan's rapid intellectual growth and wants to slow down his brain development, but John finds he has been locked out of the reprogramming mode. He blames Julie, who says she did not change the codes. She suggests that 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 offspring is kept, whereby Molly and Kryger can get past Sparks and the team. Unknown to them, however, the offspring is changing rapidly, and it has just killed a technician 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 technician's dead body inside.|
|9||9||"Care and Feeding"||Dan Attias||Mickey Fisher||August 27, 2014||5.67|
|Sparks takes the offspring to a campsite where he used to take Katie. Molly tries to escape the building where the offspring was housed, after Kryger had used Kern's fingerprint information to take the elevator, leaving her behind. As a team sent by Yasumoto descends on the building, Molly tries to get out through the elevator shaft. After she corners the lead attacker, he reveals the location of the offspring in exchange for his life. Kryger reconnects with Kern, who says he can locate Sparks using ISEA drones. Odin gets closer to Ethan, as John expresses concern over Molly's whereabouts. As the campground owner checks the nearby woods, thinking the sound she heard (made by the offspring) is wolves, Sparks shoots her. After "Young Katie" tells her father that the offspring needs to feed again, he disables a county sheriff who comes to the campground to investigate. The offspring uses the sheriff as a new host. Sparks contacts his ex-wife, Anya, telling her she'll be amazed at what she sees if she comes to the campground.|
|10||10||"A Pack of Cards"||Dan Lerner||Leslie Bohem||August 27, 2014||5.67|
|Anya meets the offspring and "Katie". Yasumoto offers to help Molly meet her child, sending her to the campground with a scientist named Dr. Mason. While en route, however, Molly sees a warning sign from the offspring and insists that Mason stop the vehicle. Following a crash, Molly escapes. Kern and Kryger also descend on the campground. Yasumoto restricts John and Ethan to one floor of his building, but John devises a plan to help Ethan escape. Ethan meets up with Odin, who gains Ethan's trust and convinces him that his parents aren't always right. Katie says the offspring needs another host, which Sparks provides by creating a problem with his car and contacting a road service person. Molly encounters the offspring and has visions of caring for the baby that she was carrying when she and Marcus were in his fatal car crash. As Kryger and Kern make it to the campground, Kryger shoots the new host, after which Sparks shoots and kills Kryger.|
|11||11||"A New World"||Kevin Dowling||Eliza Clark||September 3, 2014||5.78|
|Sparks has a change of heart following his shooting of Kryger, and regrets letting the offspring control him. But Anya will have none of it and takes the offspring away. Dr. Mason recaptures Molly, who then tells Yasumoto to back off. Yasumoto threatens Molly's family if she does not do his bidding. Kern talks with Molly, and he gives her a contact at ISEA that knows nothing of Sparks' deeds, Ryan Jackson, saying she can trust him. Jackson reviews the Aruna recordings and vows to get to the bottom of the issue. Sparks returns for a meeting, discussing his regrets, but his complicity is short-lived. Yasumoto discovers that Ethan is gone, and confronts John. Odin implants a detonation device inside Ethan. Molly contacts Yasumoto and says he can have the offspring in exchange for her family's safety. Yasumoto brings John to the rendezvous point, but realizes right away that the offspring is not present, knowing that he'd be harmed if it was. But John threatens to drop and break a vial of a mysterious substance he found in Yasumoto's safe, causing Yasumoto to back off and be captured by Kern. During a face-to-face with Yasumoto, Molly learns that he once worked for the mining company that sanctioned the recent ISEA missions. While trapped in a mine containing a meteorite, Yasumoto discovered the life-sustaining substance that he is now a slave to. He shares his beliefs that the Offspring represents an alternative path to immortality. Elsewhere, Sean, an ISEA astronaut aboard the Seraphim, receives a communication from a nearby French vessel wanting to dock. The vessel is towing in the escape pod from the Aruna, and claims they detected faint signs of life aboard. After the vessel docks, Katie Sparks boards the space station.|
|12||12||"Before the Blood"||David Solomon||Peter Ocko||September 10, 2014||4.64|
|Sean and Katie catch up aboard the Seraphim, with Katie telling him she put herself in a coma and left the Aruna via the escape pod 23 months ago. Sean reveals that the Seraphim is currently unable to communicate with earth, and he tries in vain to re-enable the antenna system. Molly and Ryan make contact with the French crew that found Katie, and give the news to Alan Sparks. Elsewhere, Odin gives Ethan a "cell phone", telling him to use it if he is in the lab and is worried that someone will shut him down. Molly receives a memory-boosting shot from Dr. Barton to help her identify the codes she entered while having the vision of her and Marcus' baby. It is revealed that the codes sent the Seraphim off course and hurling toward earth, where it will burn up in the atmosphere. Alan admits the offspring forced him to reveal the codes to Molly, but he now urges the group to do whatever it takes to save the Seraphim. Ryan feels that Molly is the only one who can go into space and intercept the space station, but she doesn't want to go. Molly meets her "son", who comes to her house. He looks human except for his eerily-glowing eyes. The offspring reveals that "the ones before the blood" and "without bodies" are coming to earth in order to survive, and he is powerless to stop them. This convinces Molly that she must go back into space. At the Humanichs lab, Charlie discovers an 87-minute gap in Ethan's programming, and Julie confirms it occurred while Odin was watching Ethan. Following up, she discovers Odin is actually Gavin Hutchinson, who was once arrested for suspicion of an anti-technology plot. She views Gavin's video diary, which he had planned to release after Ethan blew up the lab, and she rushes to the Woods home to disable Ethan. Aboard the Seraphim, Sean feels that he and Katie must leave the station via escape pod. While making preparations he finds Katie's corpse in the escape pod and realizes what he interacted with was not her. The door to the escape pod closes, and he sees "Katie" through a window. "Katie" tells the trapped Sean, "It's okay," as the Seraphim falls toward the earth.|
|13||13||"Ascension"||Miguel Sapochnik||Mickey Fisher||September 17, 2014||5.45|
|Molly agrees to take a shuttle to the Seraphim and attempt to re-establish communication with ground control, as well as install a replacement computer module to redirect the station back to its original orbit. Should this fail, Plan B is for Molly to use the stations thrusters to manually direct the station away from Earth. Should that also fail, Molly is to set timed explosives to destroy the Seraphim and quickly undock the shuttle to return Sean, Katie and herself to earth. She is also wearing a special suit to avoid contamination with the "spores" of the life form, with the facemask of the helmet having a special filter to view the spores. In the Humanichs lab, Ethan nearly presses the detonation button on Gavin's "cell phone" when he hears that John and the crew want to temporarily shut him down. John has to teach Ethan about the human quality of trust, until Ethan relinquishes the phone. Investigating the device inside Ethan, Kern identifies it as a somewhat primitive explosive that is highly volatile, and says removing it could set it off. Molly docks and boards the Seraphim, and Sean tells her that "Katie" was not real. While searching for the replacement module, "Katie" traps Molly in a room. Molly overcomes the being to escape, but her glove is dislodged and she sees that her hand is contaminated with spores. Sean sees an image of Molly trapped in the room, but Molly assures him that she is elsewhere on the ship. Sean also becomes contaminated. At ISEA ground control, the Offspring breaches the facility, leaving Ryan with no choice but to evacuate the crew. Though Molly is able to replace the module, the lack of ground control leaves her to use Plan B. She sets the explosives and tries to take off in the shuttle, but B.E.N. will not let her, citing ISEA protocol as she and Sean are contaminated and would endanger the earth. Molly tries a manual override, but B.E.N. has locked that out, too. At the lab, John wakes Ethan to tell him his fate. He has also learned about the ISEA evacuation, and tells Ethan that his mother may not return. Ethan volunteers to go to the ISEA control room, knowing that the Offspring's mind control will not affect his brain. Ethan manages to get manual override returned to Molly, but at a price: he had to heat up his body to simulate a human hand to enable override control, and the explosive is now in danger of detonating. By this time, the Offspring has made it to the control room. The doomed Ethan urges him to run away. At home five days later, Molly and Sam discuss whether the Offspring is alive, with Molly saying she is certain that he is. Molly and John lament the loss of Ethan, as do Julie and Charlie at the lab, only to have "Ethan" appear in a body-less form on their monitors and speak to them. Elsewhere, a passing couple see the Offspring walking down a city street. They ask if he is okay, and invite him into the car.|
The series is available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video devices the day after broadcast on CBS. In Canada, the series premiered on July 9, 2014, on Global Television Network. In Australia, the series premiered on July 13, 2014, on Network Ten  The series premiered in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2014, on Amazon Instant Video. It will make its television premiere on January 20, 2015 on Syfy. In South Africa, the series premiered on M-Net on July 23, 2014.
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