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I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

‘Helix’ is Creepy Good Fun

(L-R) Mark Ghanime, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Kyra Zagorsky,
Billy Campbell, Neil Napier, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux Photo: Syfy

 TV SERIES REVIEW 

If you’ve ever seen an “Original Syfy Channel Movie” like say Sharknado or 12 Disasters of Christmas, cheesy movies that are so bad that they are good, you might be leery to try out one of their original shows. Truth is, Syfy shows are either hits or misses, you never really know what you’re going to get unless you try them out.

If you like a storyline that is scary, but not too gory, Helix just might fit the bill. Helix is what you get when you mix some of the biggest names in genre television together including Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Executive Producers Lynda Obst (Contact) and Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files). It’s sort of a morality tale told in the extreme. It’s quirky, creepy and mysterious. It’s certainly not for everyone and not a show you would like to gather the family around, but besides some swearing (that’s allowed on cable channels you know) there isn’t much to take offense with as a Christian (so far!). It’s pretty addicting too.
The never-aging Billy Campbell plays Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Control which is located in Atlanta. We only see a glimpse of this facility during the pilot episode before he is whisked away to an Artic research lab to investigate an outbreak. It just so happens that the privately run lab is where his brother Peter (Neil Napier) works and is an apparent victim of the virus. Alan brings with him his ex-wife, Dr. Julia Walker (Kyra Zagorsky), his assistant Dr. Sarah Jordan (Jordan Hayes), the tough Dr. Doreen Boyle (Catherine Lemieux) and Army man Major Sergio Balleseros (Mark Ghanime). Once arriving at the circle-shaped building, they are “greeted” by Dr. Hiroshi Hatake (Hiroyuki Sanada) and the emotionless head of security Daniel Aerov (Meegwun Fairbrother). Here, they learn three things:
  1. Peter’s health is not good.
  2. The virus isn't airborne.
  3. The low temperatures mess with helicopters, so there's no easy way off the base.
The show is sort of like a haunted house with creaks, moans and groans and it becomes evident that not everyone is telling the truth and for different reasons. That’s the start of this twisted tale that gets eerier and stranger as it goes on beginning with the odd theme song, happy-sounding elevator music. To tell you more would ruin the surprises that show has in store. Just know that this team needs to find a solution to their problem or our whole world could be infected!

Helix airs on Fridays at 10:00 on Syfy.


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