Even if you're not a fan of robots or dogfights in space, there's no arguing that the recent “Battlestar Galactica” reboot was a show that did tension better than just about anything else on TV. And "BSG" mastermind Ronald D. Moore's latest project, “Helix,” looks to be no different; we've got an exclusive look at the extended trailer right here.
A team of scientists from the Center for Disease Control, led by Billy Campbell ("The Killing") and Hiroyuki Sanada ("The Wolverine"), launches what they believe to be a routine investigation at an Arctic research facility. But what they uncover is something much bigger.
The researchers are hiding secrets that, according to Moore, have “the potential to change the nature of humanity itself,” and the CDC team will be looking to uncover the truth in a facility intentionally built outside the legal reach of national governments. The tagline (“Play God. Pay the price.”) suggests the truth is more than just a superflu gone bad.
There are hints of “Outbreak” here, as well as John Carpenter's “The Thing” and the rage zombies of "28 Days Later." Each of "Helix's" first 13 episodes will take place over the length of a day, so there won't be much chance for the tension to let up.
What do you think? Syfy might be better known for its goofy “Sharknado”-type fare, but the people involved in "Helix" — including executive producers Lynda Obst (“Contact”) and Steven Maeda (“The X-Files”) — have a track record of grounded, realistic science fiction. Will you be watching the premiere January 10?
"Helix" premieres Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.