Helix (TV series)
|Created by||Cameron Porsandeh|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Production company(s)||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||January 10, 2014– present|
Helix is an American science fiction thriller television series that premiered on Syfy on January 10, 2014. The series follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who travel to a research facility in the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of disease. While there, they find themselves stuck in a life-or-death situation that could decide the future of mankind. The executive producers of Helix are Ronald D. Moore, Lynda Obst, Steven Maeda and Cameron Porsandeh, and will run for at least 13 episodes. Maeda serves as day-to-day showrunner.
Researchers investigate a viral outbreak at an arctic bioresearch station, only to discover that it has disastrous and wider implications for the entire world.
Proscribed genetic engineering research is being done, and the company running the research station seems more interested in containing knowledge of their activities than in resolving the outbreak. Attempts at quarantine result in mutiny and attempted escape, and communication with the outside is mysteriously cut off. It is unclear at first whether the goal is a bio-weapon or to transform humans in some way, and there are two variants of the virus. The first is immediately fatal with no cure. Those infected with the second virus become dangerously violent, spreading the infection to others, with a small percentage eventually regaining some normality if treated as it seems several characters have already been infected and cured. Those cured seem to have the ability to control the infected. The "outbreak" is revealed to have been a cover story for using Julia Walker as a test subject.
The series pitch idea was developed by Cameron Porsandeh, who then submitted it to Sony Pictures, where Lynda Obst revised the idea along with Porsandeh. Sony then asked if there was a major science fiction television writer he would like attached as executive producer, and he suggested Ronald D. Moore, who joined the production team and pitched several new major concepts. The pilot script was written by Porsandeh, and while Moore pitched several key ideas he did not write the script itself.
As Porsandeh explained:
So I took a stab at it and we sent it over to Sony [Pictures Television] and Lynda Obst, she takes a real interest in science, she did Contact and really sort of prides herself on the subject, and she saw something in it. So I developed it over at Sony for probably about six months. Then they said "if you could work with anyone on this project, who would you want to do it with?" And I said, "Ron Moore" sort of like it's a fantasy, sort of like "who would you want to date if you could date anyone," and I threw his name out the way you would throw a movie star's name out. They sent it over to him and he was interested so he got on board. Then together we came up with an overarching mythology that would extend over the course of the entire series, then he and I together pitched it to Syfy.
Porsandeh stated that a major feature of the series is that each episode represents the events of a single day within the story: thus the entire thirteen episode first season takes place in under two weeks of in-universe time.
According to Porsandeh, Helix will not make use of flashback scenes to give details about character backstories, the way the science fiction series Lost did. Instead, a key point is that viral infection will at times make characters feverish and hallucinate (which is a real-life symptom of several infections). Thus certain characters will at times experience hallucinations, i.e. reliving particularly traumatic past events. The distinction Porsandeh pointed out is that a flashback is presented as objectively true, while the hallucination scenes in Helix are presented from the characters' feverish hallucinatory states, and thus their unreliable narration will contain several errors which do not match events as they actually occurred.
- Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake
- Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Julia Walker
- Mark Ghanimé as Major Sergio Balleseros
- Jordan Hayes as Dr. Sarah Jordan
- Neil Napier as Dr. Peter Farragut
- Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov (Miksa)
- Luciana Carro as Anana
- Catherine Lemieux as Dr. Doreen Boyle
- Jeri Ryan as Constance Sutton
- Amber Goldfarb as Jaye
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Jeffrey Reiner||Cameron Porsandeh||January 10, 2014||1.82|
|Dr. Alan Farragut and his team of CDC scientists are called to a remote Arctic Research Base where his brother got infected with a deadly and unknown virus. Soon Alan and his team have to realize that there are secrets being kept.|
|2||"Vector"||Brad Turner||Keith Huff||January 10, 2014||1.82|
|The CDC team tries to find a treatment for the infected patients and contain the virus by hunting down the ones who were exposed to the virus. Meanwhile, panic rises amongst the people on the station.|
|3||"274"||Steven A. Adelson||Misha Green||January 17, 2014[n 1]||1.34|
|On day 3, Peter seeks Alan's help before he collapses, Sarah finds a rapid response test for infected patients, Julia begins to slowly feel the effects of Peter's attack while Balleseros helps Doreen get another monkey sample.|
|4||"Single Strand"||Duane Clark||Story by: Cameron Porsandeh
Teleplay by: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
|January 24, 2014||1.39|
|On day 4, the quarantined people on Level R force Dr. Hatake to re-etablish communication by cutting off the air supply. Meanwhile, Peter's condition worsens quickly, forcing Alan to try the untested universal treatment, Sarah has to question her rapid response test and Doreen gets closer to figuring out Balleseros.|
|5||"The White Room"||Duane Clark||Misha Green||January 31, 2014||1.13|
|On day 5, Alan tries to find out what happened to Doreen after discovering her body, Julia finds a helpful friend on Level R, Sarah keeps hiding an infected patient in her room and Balleseros tries to find the mysterious Dr. Hvit.|
|6||"Aniqatiga"||Mike Rohl||Adam Lash & Cori Uchida||February 7, 2014||1.33|
|Alan and Jordan's work on decoding the virus is seeing progress, while Julia is being cured by Hatake.|
|7||"Survivor Zero"||Mike Rohl||Sean Crouch||February 14, 2014||1.17|
|Constance Sutton of Ilaria Corporation arrives with mercenaries; Daniel makes a discovery; Julia learns something about herself and Hatake protects her from the mercenaries.|
|8||"Bloodline"||Bradley Walsh||Mark Thomas Haslett||February 21, 2014||1.48|
|The vectors attack and take Peter's body; Walker is held prisoner by Sutton after the true nature of Sutton's relationship with Hatake is revealed.|
|9||"Level X"||Bradley Walsh||Sean Crouch||February 28, 2014||1.28|
|Secrets come to the light and unlikely alliances are established; at the same time, Alan and Walker take on a dangerous mission to destroy what's left of the NARVIK virus. Walker learns something world shattering about her past.|
|10||"Fushigi"||TBA||TBA||March 7, 2014||TBA|
|11||"Black Rain"||TBA||TBA||March 14, 2014||TBA|
|12||"The Reaping"||TBA||TBA||March 21, 2014||TBA|
|13||"Dans L'ombre"||TBA||TBA||March 28, 2014||TBA|
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