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A disappointing new Syfy series, “Helix” generated a bit of excitement when it was first announced -- owing to the fact that one of its producers is Ron Moore, the longtime “Star Trek” writer who masterminded the acclaimed 21st century version of “Battlestar Galactica” on Syfy (when it was still known as SciFi).

But the pilot for “Helix,” which follows a team of scientists at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation, was scripted not by Moore but by someone named Cameron Porsandeh, and “Helix” turns out to be a long way from “Galactica” in terms of quality.

(A digression. Note that in 2009 Moore completed an early draft of what evolved into 2011’s “The Thing,” about a team of scientists at an Antarctic research facility who found themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation. End digression.)

The new series will remind some viewers of Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain.”

Billy Campbell (“The 4400,” “The Killing”) stars as a Center For Disease Control scientist named Alan Farragut, who is summoned to lead an investigative team – a team that includes his hot young protégé and his hot ex-wife – to the snow-shrouded, wheel-shaped Arctic Biosystems facility to deal with some sort of deadly disease outbreak – one that even afflicts Farragut’s scientist brother Peter. By the time Alan arrives, Peter has transformed into a veiny, savage talking animal who soon escapes into the air ducts.

At the same time, the investigating CDC team discovers other things, like hyperactive lab monkeys that aren’t supposed to be there. It all points to conspiracy and hidden agendas among the facility’s staff. I could be making this sound more interesting than it is.

With Syfy’s similarly disappointing “Defiance” -- originally overseen by Michael Taylor, another major “Galactica” scribe – I lasted three episodes. I doubt I’ll make it that far for this enterprise.

Those expecting characters as interesting as Bill Adama, Laura Roslin, Kara Thrace and Gaius Baltar are advised to circle back on Sunday, when “True Detective” hits HBO.

The Los Angeles Times says:

... if it doesn't match "Battlestar" for ambition or poetry or sparkling dialogue — to judge by the three hours available for review — it's well-made, solidly scary and disturbing all the same.

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... There's nothing all that original about "Helix," but it works well enough. The script gets bogged down in soap opera suds from time to time, especially when it involves the love triangle. There are also credibility problems with some of the characters, but again, that's where it's useful not to think too much. …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... It's executive produced by Ron Moore of Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica" reboot but plays more like a somewhat tiresome cross between "The Walking Dead" and "The Thing." … Perhaps in time "Helix" will develop into something more substantial but in its first two hours it sets up a lot of questions without providing answers or a compelling reason for viewers to stick with it.

The Boston Herald says:

… with such breath¬taking stupidity on display, “Helix” needs a script doctor, stat. …

USA Today says:

... The plot creaks, but for the most part, Helix is sufficiently scary. Unfortunately, outside of Campbell, it's insufficiently cast and performed. …

Variety says:

... If the remote, frigid location vaguely echoes the often-adapted “The Thing,” “Helix,” as the title implies, stays more closely rooted to the science, without completely skimping on the what’s-down-that-corridor thrills. Created by Cameron Porsandeh, it’s a delicate balancing act, but the two-episode premiere (airing with limited commercials) and a subsequent hour – enhanced by Campbell’s stiff-upper-lipped performance, and the clever promo slogan “Play God. Pay the price” – dangle enough DNA strands for a discerning audience to want to see where they might lead. …

 

 

TV-on-Disc Calendar

Last Week
Bewitched 3.x/4.x ($14.98)
The Boondocks 4.x
The Boondocks: The Complete Series
The Bridge 1.x
The Bridge 1.x (Blu-ray)
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2.x
Duck Dynasty 5.x
Duck Dynasty 5.x (Blu-ray)
I Spy: The Complete Series
The Larry Sanders Show 1.x/2.x ($14.98)
Lost Girl 4.x
Lost Girl 4.x (Blu-ray)
Mama's Family 4.x
Masters Of Sex 1.x
Masters Of Sex 1.x (Blu-ray)
My Favorite Martian 1.x
NYPD Blue 6.x
The Partridge Family 1.x/2.x ($14.98)
Party of Five 1.x ($14.98)
Star Trek: The Next Generation 6.x (Blu-ray)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Chain of Command (Blu-ray)
Unforgettable 2.x
Upright Citizens Brigade 3.x
The Witches Of East End 1.x

This Week


Helix 1.x


Helix 1.x (Blu-ray)


Legend of Korra: Book 2


Legend of Korra: Book 2 (Blu-ray)


My Brother and Me: The Complete Series NEW!!


Rocket Power 4.x NEW!!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 5


TUFF Puppy 1.x NEW!!


Wilfred 3.x NEW!!


A Young Doctor's Notebook : The Complete Miniseries

Next Week
The Big Valley 3.x


Doctor Who 3.x Vol. 2
Endeavour 2.x
Endeavour 2.x (Blu-ray)


Prisoners Of War 1.x
The Soul Man 1.x
Transformers: Roar Of The Dinobots
Vicious 1.x

July 15
Black Dynamite 1.x
Black Dynamite 1.x (Blu-ray)
Cedar Cove 1.x
Derek 1.x
Diff'rent Strokes 1.x/2.x
Hell On Wheels 3.x
Hell On Wheels 3.x (Blu-ray)
How The West Was Won 2.x
Last Tango in Halifax 2.x
Orphan Black 2.x
Orphan Black 2.x (Blu-ray)

July 22
Dalziel & Pascoe 10.x
Hercules 5.x


Shogun: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
Silent Witness 1.x
Wahlburgers 1.x
Xena 5.x

July 29
Adventure Time Vol. 7
Midsomer Murders Vol. 24
My Little Pony: The Keys Of Friendship


Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXX
TMNT: Cowabunga Classics
Teen Titans Go! 1.x Vol. 2


Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (Blu-ray)

August 5
Californication 7.x


Community 5.x


Dennis The Menace Vol. 3 NEW!!
Ja'ime Private School Girl
Mad About You 1.x/2.x
Naked City 1.x
Naked City 2.x
Naked City 3.x
Naked City 4.x
The Nanny 1.x ($9.98)
Ninjago 3.x Vol. 1
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: Turtle Power!
Perry Mason Movie Collection Vol. 3
Power Rangers In Space Vol. 1
Top Gear 21.x
Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series

August 12
Bitten 1.x
The Blacklist 1.x


The Blacklist 1.x (Blu-ray)


Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3 (Blu-ray)
Power Rangers Megaforce Vol. 5

August 19
Boardwalk Empire 4.x


Boardwalk Empire 4.x (Blu-ray)
The Goldbergs 1.x
The Good Wife 5.x
A Haunting 6.x
The Millers 1.x
The Mindy Project 2.x
NCIS 11.x
NCIS LA 5.x


Newhart 4.x


Once Upon A Time 3.x


Parenthood 5.x


Parks and Recreation 6.x


Revolution 2.x


Three's Company: The Complete Series NEW!!

August 26
Beast Machines: The Complete Series
Criminal Minds 9.x


Elementary 2.x
The Equalizer 2.x


Good Luck Charlie: So Long, Farewell! NEW!!


Gravity Falls: Even Stranger NEW!!


Haven 4.x
The Men From Shiloh: Special Edition (The Virginian 9.x)
The Musketeers 1.x
The Musketeers 1.x (Blu-ray)
Now and Again: The Complete Series


Portlandia 4.x
Revenge 3.x


Sons of Anarchy 6.x


Sons of Anarchy 6.x (Blu-ray)


Twilight Zone: The Complete 1985-1989 Series


Twilight Zone: The Essential Episodes
The Walking Dead 4.x


The Walking Dead 4.x (Blu-ray)


The Walking Dead 4.x Limited Edition (Blu-ray)


Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series

September 2
Chicago Fire 2.x
Chicago PD 1.x


Crossbones 1.x NEW!!


Doctor Who 4.x Vol. 2
Grey's Anatomy 10.x
The League 5.x


The League 5.x (Blu-ray)


New Girl 3.x NEW!!


The Originals 1.x (Blu-ray)
Person of Interest 3.x


Person of Interest 3.x (Blu-ray)

September 9
Blue Bloods 4.x
Curse of Oak Island 1.x


Little House on the Prairie 3.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Regular Show: Rigby Pack
Supernatural 9.x


Supernatural 9.x (Blu-ray)
The Vampire Diaries 5.x


The Vampire Diaries 5.x (Blu-ray)

September 16


About A Boy 1.x NEW!!


Arrow 2.x (Blu-ray)
Ben 10: Galactic Monsters


The Big Bang Theory 7.x
The Big Bang Theory 7.x (Blu-ray)
Castle 6.x


CSI 14.x NEW!!


Grimm 3.x NEW!!


Grimm 3.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Hawaii Five-0 4.x NEW!!


Hawaii Five-0 4.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!


Prisoners of War 2.x
The Roosevelts


The Roosevelts (Blu-ray)

September 23


L.A. Law 3.x NEW!!
Nashville 2.x
Reign 1.x
Scandal 3.x


State Trooper: The Complete Series
The Tom & Jerry Show 1.x Vol. 1

September 30
Beware The Batman 1.x Vol. 2


Beware The Batman 1.x Vol. 2 (Blu-ray) NEW!!
The Mentalist 6.x


Mike & Molly 4.x NEW!!
My Little Pony: The Complete Original Series


NYPD Blue 7.x
Zane Grey Theater 2.x

October 7


Adventure Time 4.x NEW!!


Adventure Time 4.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!


Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish NEW!!
Dick Van Dyke Show Halloween NEW!!


Mystery Incorporated 2.x NEW!!

October 14


Two and a Half Men 11.x NEW!!


2 Broke Girls 3.x NEW!!

November 14
Poirot 13.x

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