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Friday, January 10, 2014: Helix

by Ethan Alter January 10, 2014 6:05 am
Friday, January 10, 2014: <i>Helix</i>

Four years after the decline and fall of Caprica, Ronald D. Moore returns to Syfy as one of the executive producers behind the viral thriller Helix, which is basically like The Andromeda Strain Goes to the Arctic.

Following the outbreak of a deadly disease in a high-tech lab situated on the frozen tundra of the North Pole, a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control -- led by the Rocketeer himself, Billy Campbell -- is brought in to investigate the situation and discovers all sorts of crazy stuff going down. His ally/adversary up North is Dr. Hiroshi Hitaki (played by Hiroyuki Sanada, no stranger to prolonged stints in confined environments after his time on Lost), who cooperates with the CDC… until it behooves him to do otherwise. In a potentially cool (and potentially limiting) twist, Helix will unfold in almost real-time, with each episode taking place over a single day, which means the entire 13-episode season spans only two weeks before arriving at a definite conclusion. Sounds like Moore, unlike those Cylons, have an actual plan.

The 90-minute series of premiere of Helix airs tonight at 10 PM on Syfy, opposite the Season 2 premiere of Banshee on Cinemax. Earlier in the evening, CBS offers the winter premiers of Undercover Boss and Hawaii Five-0 at 8 PM and 9 PM respectively.

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