Helix (Syfy): New Creepy Sci-fi Thriller About a Deadly Virus

Helix - Pilot

The channel that brought you Sharknado is coming up with a new, more serious show that looks part The Thing, part Andromeda Strain. There’s also a a zombie element in it, but it looks sufficiently different from The Walking Dead. It comes from Executive Producer Ron Moore, who was also behind the popular Battlestar Gallactica. Stephen Maeda will act as the showrunner. He has previously been on the writing staff of shows like X-Files, CSI: Miami, and Lost.

What’s it About

It all revolves around a mysterious virus that a group of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control are investigating at a high-tech facility in the Arctic. But during their research, they find themselves trapped around the deadly forces they’re trying to understand, as they stand between humanity and a disease outbreak that could lead to its annihilation. As they struggle for their survival, they find there’s a lot more to the threat than meets the eye.

Who’s in it?

Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut

Hiroyuki Sanada as Dr. Hiroshi Hitaki

Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Julia Walker

Mark Ghanime as Major Sergio Ballesero

Jordan Hayes as Dr. Sarah Jordan

Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov

Catherine Lemieux as Dr. Doreen Boyle

Neil Napier as Dr. Peter Farragut

Airing on

It premieres on January 10 next year.



Reasons to Watch

Virus-outbreak thrillers can be exciting if done right. If this series succeeds then Syfy will try to put out more ‘serious’ shows.

Reasons to Skip

I would’ve preferred a more subtle approach, like Contagion, but they’re going full zombies on us, which I’m not too sure about. A disease-outbreak thriller is interesting, a zombie apocalypse isn’t. Also, it seems too early to judge, but their seems to be an undercurrent of anti-science alarmism which we should’ve grown out of by now. Scientists and doctors aren’t your enemies, people. All human progress has been made possible because of “playing God”. Stop being ungrateful pricks.

Our Deadly Prediction

There doesn’t seem anything special about the show from the trailers, so I won’t bet on it being a hit.