Helix – Season 1 Episode 11 – Black Rain Review

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Turns out Sarah isn’t dead, and Peter’s visits around the facility are not at random. The Peter Army is assembling and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them! With Ilaria coming from the outside, and the inside full of infected people, it’s time to make a decision about how to proceed. Continue reading

Helix – Season 1 Episode 10 – Fushigi Review

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Say what?!

Another day goes by in the facility, and so do the trouble and the secrets. After Jules got slammed with the hard truth, it’s hard for her to cope with her own existence. Hatake, being a normal father has been documenting all of his daughter’s accomplishments (awards, etc) but everyone sees it as harassment.  Continue reading

Helix – Season 1 Episode 8 – Bloodline Review

ImageIt’s secrets galore at our favourite arctic facility. Hidden stories keep piling up, and with no cure in sight, the place is now a crazy house. Constance Sutton is on full force this episode, asserting her power in what she considers to be her project. The rest of the crew members are at the point where they would rather risk it all than let her continue her reign of terror.

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Helix – Season 1 Episode 7 – Survivor Zero Review

ImageThis is definitely not a drill. Things are finally heating up and more trouble arrives to the facility from hell. ‘Survivor Zero’ was about survival for sure, and every character is fighting to either find answers, a cure or a glimpse of what they all used to be.

It’s only day 7 since the CDC arrived to the facility, and there is already so much mystery and conflict that Hatake’s corporate patrons have stopped by for a visit. More specifically, Constance Sutton (hiya Jeri Ryan), is a woman who works for Ilaria Co. but who clearly has a hidden agenda just like everybody else.

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Her entrance was a bit ‘storm troopers in the snow’, and it instantly made the point that she is here to stay. The attempt to find a cure and contain the disease is now in her hands, and she makes it very clear that she wants to stay updated on everything that is happening. She had a private chat with Hetake, and it went from awkward business chat to ‘perhaps you’re full of shit’. Damn, that escalated quickly…

As it was predicted last week, Hetake is not really the bad guy here. There is a much bigger picture and it involves Constance, her silver eyes (just like Hetake and Jules) and the missing children we learned about last episode.

Constance’s arrival has Alan quite nervous, and he insists that she must not be trusted. He will still try to find a cure, but first he needs to get Jules back from level R. Connie , lol, agrees and gathers a team so they can all go down and find her. We all know that Hetake is not going to let that happen, or that would mean death for Dr Jules.

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Anana (i just can’t it’s too funny) and Balleseros make it back to the facility. Call me skeptical, but why kidnap him and drag him all the way to her house only to return to the same place? Surely you go prepared and strike then and there. Oh well, this is Helix so things are not really always what they seem.

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In the depths of level R, Jules is trying to train herself to move around the facility with a band over her eyes and the help of Peter the ghost. If she opens them, huge pain strikes, like a mega migraine. Things go tits when a vector (infected patient) came out of nowhere and tried to attack her. However, she was quickly scared off by the sight of Jules’ bright eyes.

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After some teeth filing of her own (creepy), Constance goes back to bitching about in the office. She finds Daniel and tells him that Hetake cannot be trusted. She also pulled out the sexy card by making out with Balleseros. Now we know who was sending him all those texts and instructions! Connie ‘Silver Eyes’.

ImageThe whole point was for Balleseros to find out if Hetake had gone off the rails with his projects. Clearly, he has. However, he does have some sort of a good heart, because he helps Jules again and brings her to his office. Only to be confronted by Daniel and Anana who already spent some time catching up.

ImageHaving Constance and Alan going down with backup to try and find Jules was a total rip off of Left 4 Dead. That scene was taken from the video game, or at least inspired by it. It was identical.

The trip downtown to level R must have gone wrong, because now there are three new infected vectors walking around the ‘safe’ side of the facility. Although Alan finally gets to see Jules (and healthy), this happiness won’t last long.

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So, if you think you’ve had a bad week, think of those 7 days inside the Helix facility.

It looked like the fire was extinguishing, but now it feels like they are pumping coal to it at full speed!

Notes

Silver eyes are awesome

Anything that makes me have to file my teeth is a big no no! What kind of ability does Constance have?

The place is very antiseptic, however Hetake’s office is like a freakin’ Zen garden.

Balleseros you are a fool.

The Ninja’s Assistant

Helix – Season One Episode Three – 274 Review

We found a few more things out this week about the guys up in the Arctic. We learned that firstly, all the infected will now be known as Vectors. Alan and the crew test everyone and separate the Vectors from the people that aren’t infected.

Balleseros is as dodgy as ever, too. He went out with Dr Boyle and showed her the frozen monkeys, and they take a cheeky biopsy of one of the monkeys to find out what they’re dealing with.

ImageThe original sample went missing from the lab (duh, duh, duhhh), and this time, when they actually managed to get things moving, it went CRAZY!

ImageBalleseros and his peeps back at base think the outbreak was intentional.

Hitaki tells Alan a bit more about what they do in the facility up there. They’ve been growing all kinds of deadly viruses in a bid to get some cures. Hitaki also tells him that they’ve cultivated something that cures 100% of all viruses, but it only has about a 25% success rate (Not sure how much you wanna throw that out there, bro). Alan has a mini nerdgasm and runs through a list of all the badass viruses out there that could be stopped.

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Balleseros blows up the satellites (not really sure why), and in a final twist to the episode, it seems that the test didn’t really work, and that Vectors and the other guys are all mixed up (there goes the Quarantine).

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Again, I’ve got the same issues this week that I did last time around. They’re giving things away pretty quickly and I can’t see Helix going for too long unless there’s a huge switch up (Homeland style).

Check in for more Helix next week,

The Ninja

Notes

– No shiz the monkeys were scared, think we got that already!

– Who’s more dodgy, Hitaki or Balleseros?

Helix – Episodes 1 and 2 – Pilot and Vector Review

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Over the weekend I caught the first two episodes of Helix, and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve been keeping an eye on the project since I heard it was coming out; it caught my interest based on the tagline, and I wondered how they’d handle setting a show in the friggin’ arctic!

Helix is a show about a team of CDC agents, who head off to a scientific research facility in the middle of nowhere to track what looks like an outbreak of an unknown virus. The one catch? The only surviving infected scientist is the brother of the lead CDC agent.

The arctic aspect of the show, I love. From the minute their chopper lands and they shuffle inside I was already feeling uneasy. The facility itself is cold, and antiseptic, which kept me on edge and made me uncomfortable. Okay, i’ll admit, I dropped a couple espressos just to stay awake in the first twenty five minutes, but after the exposition was done, I was loving it (maybe I was just bouncing from the caffeine).

Alan, the head CDC agent understandably wants to see his brother Peter, and try and get ahead of the virus. The head of the facility, and all of his scientists are just a bit shady, and don’t seem to like people asking questions about what they do there (even if it is about to kill them all). Not to mention already having seen Dr Hitaki give the infected Peter water, before declaring that it was “progress.” Are you creeped out yet?

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By now it’s not looking great for the team. Alan and Dr Jordan unzip a body bag to find a whole lot of that Black ooze. Dr Jordan’s the most pussy of the team, because she puked all over the inside of her helmet.

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Not the right move to make in front of the new boss.

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Crazy Pete as he will now always be know got out of his cell. How, you ask? He just ripped a whole right through the solid metal roof and burrowed his way into the air ducts. At this point, I’m feeling pretty edgy, and have just cancelled that ski-holiday I booked (who knows, right?). The pilot hour wraps up with Dr Boyle wondering where all the monkeys were. Alan thinks that what ever’s happening to Crazy Pete is changing his DNA. The last scene of it, Crazy Pete swoops down, with the arm of a guard he’d ripped off before and uses it to access another part of the facility.

Once, Vector started everything felt a bit different. The nice, open shots we’d had before had changed, and were now at more awkward angles. The once thing the shot changes did were they drove home how small this space felt for the team. It already felt claustrophobic when we travelled deep down into the facility, well below the surface. Now I feel like I’m in a sinking submarine that’s creaking with all the pressure, and I’m bricking it.

Crazy Pete comes in a mouth attacks some scientists, and tells Dr Walker that she’s there for a reason. Dr Jordan sets about helping the newly infected scientists, until they turn on her and Alan is forced to take over. Terms like unregulated research are thrown around, and we see a bunch of frozen monkeys outside the facility. Pretty sure those guys had the right idea!

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It’s safe to say that Helix won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a lot going for it. The dialogue is dicey, and at times becomes downright ridiculous, but the tension and mystery did enough to pull me through. I enjoyed this double header, and am excited about seeing what happens next week. I’m just not sure how long this one can go for, and with the amount already given away, I can’t see it going more than two seasons.

There was just enough time for Crazy Pete to join Dr Walker for the worst shower make-out scene ever!

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Notes

– A virus that forces it’s host to spread it – No thanks

– Keep your suit on next time Alan. That’s CDC 101, bro!

– Keep those funky elevator tunes coming!

 

Hope you’re having a good Monday,

 

The Ninja