***This review contains some spoilers***
While watching the first three episodes of Syfy’s new series ‘Helix’ I was pleasingly disturbed by some graphic scenes which would certainly be expected from Battlestar Galactica Producer Ronald D. Moore.
The frozen stiff ‘arctic monkeys’, the slow motion play where Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) must betray his own call for peace by blasting a hole in an infected, raging plague victim and Peter Farragut’s surrealistic reunion with his lover, Dr. Julia Walker, bring the creep factor to a fine boil. These scenes mimicked the tingle up one’s spine frequently experienced by the best of The X-Files episodes.
Dr. Hiroshi Hitake’s hand is revealed early when he seems pleased with the infection of Peter Farragut at a private testing facility in the barren, isolated confines of the Arctic. The good (probably evil) doctor confides in Alan (sent from the CDC to clean up Hitake’s lethal mess) claims he was about to introduce an anecdote for all the world’s most lethal viruses when an outbreak infected Peter and other researchers.
But the hook of this new series is that we really don’t know what Hitake is up to given his pensive stares and sadistic smiles he seems just able to contain. We also become wary of Dr. Walker who seems to have been ‘embraced’ by Peter in a shower scene but apparently loses memory of the incident after passing out.
The CDS concludes the infected have become brain-wired to pass on their contagion. The infection does not lead to complete demise but possibly a redo of the infected person or even animal, in case of some monkeys used horribly in transgenic experiments. In reality, scientists have produced an organism where one or more genes of another species have been incorporated such as fluorescent rabbits.
But it seems Dr. Hitake’s agenda may be a bit more dangerous than glow in the dark carrot consumers. Where this road leads may be as dangerous as any of the crawl spaces and corridors littered with the infected and murdered introduced in the series’ debut. Keep watching, with one eye in the rearview mirror.