The first trailer for Syfy's Helix has debuted, which you can watch embedded above. I'm only really interested in this because it's the brainchild of Ronald D. Moore, who blew most people away with the phenomenal Battlestar Galactica remake. It's been four years since that show ended, amazingly, so another RDM project has been a long time coming. This trailer looks okay, but there's nothing about it that really excites me. I think I've seen too many viral outbreak/contagion movies, and I'm not sure what bringing that concept to a weekly TV series will achieve. Even in an Arctic setting that evokes The Thing.
It could come to feel like a two-hour movie spread out over months, unless this trailer's hiding some big developments that give the show its 'legs'. But if this is expected to run for more than a season, how will that possibly work? Everything about the Helix trailer feels like longevity could be a problem. Mind you, RDM has surprised us before. Who would have thought a 're-imagining' of a cheesy Star Wars knock-off from the late-'70s would have been so successful, and a prime slice of post-millennial sci-fi? Maybe Helix will do likewise? What do YOU think?
HELIX premieres 10 January 2014 on Syfy in the US.