Helix "Aniqatiga" Review: A Whole New World

Helix S01E06: "Aniqatiga"


Six episodes in, I'm completely on board with Helix, even though I have barely any idea of what's going on. Watching these first six hours has been like listening to an eight-year-old boy tell you about his idea for a sci-fi show. And I insist that's not a slight on Helix or my eight-year-old readers; rather, it's respect for the show's out-of-control imagination and the thrill that comes from knowing it might careen out of orbit and into total nonsense at any moment. Helix is barely hanging on to its sanity, and the series not only knows that, but relishes what little pinky-strength grip it's using to keep logic in its tenuous grasp. And though "Aniqatiga" didn't reach the same level of psychotic-horror as last week's wonderfully strange "The White Room," it did continue the series' penchant for leaving viewers completely befuddled in fun new ways. And that's why we're all watching this show, right? We're masochists who just want to know what happens. 

But most importantly, "Aniqatiga"—did I miss the part where that episode title was explained?—broke open the world of Helix TWICE. The show's confinement to the Arctic Biosystems research facility and its limitation of only telling stories about the characters confined within the facility's labs are now long gone. Shoot, I thought all 14 seasons of Helix and both tie-in movies would take place in that setting, but nope! Balleseros got hauled off by a mystery peace officer to her barely-more-than-an-igloo home somewhere nearby, and at the end of the episode, a pair of choppers from the Ilaria Corporation—presumably the employers of both Balleseros and Hatake—landed at the site and will no doubt produce guest-star Jeri Ryan next week as some tough son-of-a-bitch who wants answers, dammit! It raises the question of how accessible the Arctic and Arctic Biosystems actually is, because I had it in my head that the place was smack in the middle of the furthest corner of the world, where no sane man dare tread. What else is near enough that peace officers can snatch up the unconscious who were left outside to die? Who else can chopper, snowmobile, hang-glide, or take some other mode of transportation right into this facility? This is like finding out that a Princess Cruise Lines vacation package stops by the island on Lost


We met one of the lab's new visitors in Anana. I don't exactly know why she was snowmobiling around the perimeter of Arctic Biosystems other than to be a nosy neighbor, but she informed her hostage/roommate Balleseros that 30-plus kids have gone missing within a 200-mile radius of Arctic Biosystems, and Balleseros pieced together that her brother was Daniel the Arctic Biosystems Security Guard (and that he's an identical twin). Stealing children from nearby towns to use as test subjects seems like an unsustainable model for any research project, but I'm not a scientist so maybe that's what scientists normally do. I'll be clutching my daughter extra tight next time a scientist comes around. Adding Anana and the case of the missing kiddos put a new stream of pressure on Hatake (if he is responsible for their disappearance), and the more madness the better, I say, so I approve. I'm also all for the Inuit people who are native to the area rising up against the nerdy science-freaks who brought death and sickness to their peaceful white backyard. 

Balleseros's unconsciousness-and-captured state meant he couldn't report back to his bosses with his mini-satellite, so his bosses decided to pop in unannounced, in two big choppers. Here it comes, guys! Next episode it's time to get some answers about what in the H-E-double-Helix-sticks is going on! (I bet we don't get answers.) Alan and his CDC comrades will probably be pretty excited to have these newcomers from the Ilaria Corporation stop by, but not Hatake. That guy is trying to sneakily make some immortality gene therapy (that's my theory, anyway!), and the last thing he needs are his hardass higher-ups looking over his shoulder.

Julia, meanwhile, spent "Aniqatiga" receiving personal care from Hatake, who I'm sure had no ulterior motives for making sure she was okay, mmm hmmm. I'm sure someone else guessed this a long time ago, but Julia has to be part of one of Hatake's mad trials that's gone as planned, right? While the other people infected with the virus have slowly devolve into monstrous vectors, Julia's been relatively welcoming of her viral intruders, suffering only minor effects from catching the designer cold. Like that dinner-party hallucination-dream scene—can we talk about how great that was? I have no idea what it meant, but it was fantastic, if only because we got to hear Hatake say, "Pass me the cranberry sauce," and "Would anyone like sweet potatoes?" Alan put his worry face away for a while, and all Balleseros wanted to do was chow down. And the black goo pouring out of the turkey was a nice touch, and a reminder that no turkey should ever be stuffed with black licorice. The whole thing was so fun and weird, I half expected the Log Lady or a backwards-talking little person to show up. 


Anyway, my guess is that Hatake's immortality gene therapy trial is going well with Julia, but that it's just taking a little while to completely change her. Evolution doesn't happen overnight. (Also: I watched a screener of this episode with unfinished effects, so I didn't get to see her eyes go silver at the end. How'd it look?) And maybe all those trips to Montana that Julia thought she took as a kid were actually trips to the Arctic Biosystems lab? Kids are notoriously bad with geography, so it wouldn't've been that difficult to put young Julia on a plane and tell her she was headed to Montana when in fact she was en route to the North Pole. And if I learned anything from Fringe, it's that the earlier you start performing scientific experiments on kids, the more likely they'll be all-powerful as an adult. Is it possible that Hatake let the virus loose on Peter (Farragut, not Bishop) because he knew it would bring Julia back to Arctic Biosystems? Sure! That's what I'm going with. And we can stop all this "Hatake is Julia's father" talk, I think, because Julia is clearly Hatake's little lab rat. Does that mean Daniel could also be a viable candidate for successful gene therapy? I'm sure Hatake's been slipping him some experimental super-juice here and there. But where are the rest of the kids who've gone missing? So many questions! 

But not a lot of answers, and I understand that could be frustrating for some viewers. I'm choosing to watch Helix with my brain in resting mode, and to just let the insanity wash over me. Are there plot holes? Probably. Do some parts not make any logical sense? Uh-huh. Does blood pour out of your ears after hearing some of the dialogue? Yep. But the show's still got a compelling core story that's moving forward with powerful momentum, and plowing through narrative obstacles without concern, so I'm more than happy to just sit back and watch. I'm excited to find out what happens in this crazy little show. 


LAB NOTES

 – I barely understood what was going on with Peter. So they put him in a cryo nap to slow the spread of the virus? And they filled a suit with blue liquid, but because it was oxygenated, Peter could still breathe? Can someone check the science on this?

– Let's run down the horror checklist for "Aniqatiga": Little girl with black goo on her face? Check. Arm sawed off? Check. Out-of-control virus growth? Check. Not bad!

– Sarah and Alan totally did it! It's nice to know that even though there's a potentially species-destroying virus on the loose, Alan still prioritizes tapping that ass. I feel safe knowing my fate is in their hands. When their hands aren't full of each other's genitals, that is. Also, that scene was about as unsexy as a sex scene could be.

– Sarah and Alan determining that the virus was designed as a means to deliver genetic code felt like the fifteenth time someone on this show has figured that out. 

– That scene with Sarah and Alan mixing viruses or whatever to the soundtrack of an upbeat tune was a straight rip-off/homage to Breaking Bad's meth-making scenes, and I loved it. 


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Feb 22, 2014
Fantastic review, and I agree with every word of it.
The dinner scene was definitely the best! This show is finally getting comfortable with its ridiculousness, and I'm in for the ride.
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Feb 15, 2014
Great review Tim,
The hallucinated dinner party!! Awesome Job people!!!
Surely most of the wierd stuffs going on are unexplainable but hell!the shows damn addictive!!!
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Feb 13, 2014
That breathable liquid was used in The Abyss because you can't compress a liquid and with the depths that Ed Harris' character needed to go to his lungs would have become pancakes in no time. I'm guessing the reason they used it in this scenario was because they needed to almost freeze his body but still keep him alive. I suppose the liquid is like anti-freeze, it gets really cold without freezing? His lungs probably wouldn't have lasted at those temperatures with normal air? Just my take on it :)
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Feb 10, 2014
I want to think the PA system at the base is giving out some clues or something. It keeps delivering announcements at least 3 times every episode, some I don't quite understand but the others seem pretty mundane, like "the cafeteria is now open", things like that. I refuse to think something so mundane is being given this much attention on the show. Anyone has any thoughts on this?
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Feb 10, 2014
I listen to it like the PA system in M.A.S.H. and think the messages are at least strange in the circumstances. But no special meaning for the fact that is is doing something.
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Feb 10, 2014
The troll music, combined with extreme stupidity, is killing the immersion of this show. Shame, it had a chance to be a real classic, now its just watchable.
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Feb 10, 2014
The idea of breathing oxygenated liquid was used in the 1989 movie "The Abyss".
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Feb 10, 2014
I have absolutely no idea what is happening on this show, but it's kind of addictive. While few episodes have answers, the questions they raise keep me invested in watching. Now let's just just hope they start answering things soon. I know that Alan is technically the "star" of the show, but I'd much rather spend time with Julia. Her storyline has been the most interesting so far.
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Feb 09, 2014
If they'd just passed on that horrendous sex scene (it was suppose to be a sex scene right?) between Alan and Brunette Jr then the episode would've been perfect. Agree that the thanksgiving dinner was brilliant. Julia continues to be my fave and now she got Hatake's glowing eyes too (like father like daughter? nah I don't think so either. Or?)
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Feb 09, 2014
Balleseros lays dying on the ice for several hours and survives without suffering hypothermia nor even the slightest touch of frostbite on his exposed nose, ears and face. He was low on blood and seriously injured. Well, maybe saying "seriously injured" is a stretch, given how he quickly recovered from that ice ax wound as if it were nothing more than a skinned knee.

Anyway, he gets randomly rescued by a law enforcement officer who apparently finds a man lying motionless on the ground in a blizzard a lot more perceptible than a field of burning monkeys or huge exploding satellite dishes.

This was by far the most eye roll inducing episode yet. The weird thing is, I think the writers do it on purpose. The fact that Anana stated he was "lucky to have all his fingers and toes" was like a subtle slap to everyone who knew he should have been dead ten times over. I think all this cheesiness is crafted, just like the deliberately cheesy music in the opening and throughout the show. Well, whatever it is, it's working. I can't stop watching. I just hope they don't go way overboard in ridiculousness and end up losing their way like Lost did.
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Feb 09, 2014
When Allan pushed Sara on the mirror, I so expected the next scene to be someone (Hatake) who was watching them from the other side of the (one way) mirror.
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Feb 09, 2014
I just hope they don't bring in aliens or something like that, that would ruin the show.
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Feb 09, 2014
this show is crazy and i am loving every minute of it and really looking forward to some Jeri Ryan on the side of this alreayd crazy buffet.
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Feb 09, 2014
I'm still not sure what to make of this show. It's intriguing, and at times very well done (mouse coming out of mouth!), but I still get an itchy feeling that it's trying to be more than it is.
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Feb 09, 2014
Meh, it wasn't that good. Next week's episode preview looked interesting though.
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Feb 08, 2014
Balleseros is still alive!!!!! Yaaayyyyy! And is he ever sexy with his shirt off!!!

Okay, I've cooled down now.

This was a cool episode. I'm guessing that the cold kept my fave character from bleeding out completely. But the shock and cold should really have affected him more and for much longer than it did. Oh well, at least his character is consistent, unlike any of the other CDC scientists. He's tough, brutal, professional and a total a-hole...I think I'm in love.

Once I heard about missing children, I immediately thought of Daniel and Julia. And what happened with her eyes, the quick flash I had seen in Daniel's eyes in the last episode, as well as the change in Hatake's eyes much earlier, it looks like Hatake's had the antidote for a while now. Especially since we saw Julia as both a child and a vector. I'm beginning to be convinced in the whole "alien" genetics now. Hatake's keeping, or at least luring back his success stories (Daniel and Julia), and letting the failures die.

The whole crazy tension of this show has me hooked! I just wish the dialogue was better, but I'll stay on this crazy ride for as long as I can hold on.
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Feb 08, 2014
I made a conscious effort to lower my "intelligence expectations" this week and enjoyed it much more. I have myself convimced the total stupidity of the characters is a part of the show's charm. That being said...

*When Hottie got between Hatake and Alan said saif "Cut it out, guys!" I nearly shat myself laughing.

*Convenient this is a supposed cure for cancer and Hottie has a TOOmah. I guess we know who is on the guinea pig list

*How does it turn out that this base is built, of all the thousands of square miles in the Arctic, in the back yard of where Daniel's twin sister is "The Law"?

I said I wouldn't do this. Sorry (turns smaht dial down)

Bring on 7 of 9!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Feb 10, 2014
I have to admit my eyes rolled a bit when Hatake claimed he was trying to cure cancer. And here we have a perfect patient. It's just too convenient.

Well, at least the big guns are coming in to get their agenda back on course...that, and find out what happened to Balleseros. I can't wait to hear that little bombshell when he shows back up.
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Feb 08, 2014
SuperJules is coming! She looked all kind of kick ass with the silver eyes. I'm into that show as if it's been airing or 5 seasons.
As for the sex, I hope it was actually meant to look unsexy & just an outburst of despair. Classic "overwhelmed with life instict when surrounded by death" Eros/Thanatos situation.
Can't wait for Jeri Ryan!
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Feb 08, 2014
That dinner scene was awesome. Everything else, eeehhhh. Again, middle of the road... not terrible, but nothing great. Except for that dinner scene. It was so ridiculous, I cried in laughter. Just the way Farragut pulled out that carving knife and fork out of nowhere... Emmy worthy scene right there.
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Feb 08, 2014
Is it just me, or does Daniel look & act like a former dorky tween who's on a power trip & finally feels how the bullies who picked on him felt?
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Feb 08, 2014
And my question is.. how the heck did "he" survive a crowbar into the guts and then spending all that time undressed on the ice?
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Feb 09, 2014
I don't think he was on the ice long; also, I don't think the stab wound itself was fatal because his attacker assumed the cold would finish him off.
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Feb 11, 2014
And that is a tricky topic.. time.. Each ep is one day. So when I saw the hit.. and then the "continuation" was next day.. my assumption was that he spent the night outside. Now I have no idea how long the time was between the moment.

In the end.. pretty interesting show, nice to see how it evolves.
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Feb 12, 2014
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the part where you see him get dragged away was before the intro and "Day 6" caption......it was confusing though. :P
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Feb 08, 2014
im so pissed off at myself. I forgot this was on and now I hear I missed shirtless balleseros
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Feb 08, 2014
"We met one of the lab's new visitors in Anana. I don't exactly know why she was snowmobiling around the perimeter of Arctic Biosystems other than to be a nosy neighbor..."

Anana introduced herself as the only law enforcement within a 400-mile radius. She picked up Balleseros whilst out on patrol. He's handcuffed because she does'nt know if he's friend or foe. She has not visited the lab but would very much like to. Keep up!
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Feb 09, 2014
Now if all police forces would do that: handcuff us when they do not know if we're good or bad. That would be a nice world :-)
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Feb 08, 2014
As utterly ridiculous this show is, and it is. I still can't stop watching. Half of this could have been already covered if Doreen/Pam wasn't a moron. The mourning of her felt empty because she might have been the dumbest scientist ever depicted on screen. The rest don't raise the bar that high. How is it the CDC numero uno scientist messes with the virus without a suit on. Come on people, did they already fire their science advisor? Do they have one?

The Sarah and Alan hook up felt tacked on. And I guess now the hand shaking is going to be used only when it is convenient to the plot. Because this was the first episode without it.

Hitaki and Walker were the hit of the show. This show really could just boil down to the two of them and it would be better.

I don't really know what to make with the town that is near the Lab. Mostly because there shouldn't be a town there. Since this is where Daniel came from. My guess is that this is also where Walker came from. But that Daniel has a twin brother isa bit much.

The cryo scientist is an asshole. What is with every scientist there? They are either cowards, morons, or assholes. How do you recruit for that? Also the science is sketchy. Granted they are having benefits from lowering the body temps of people who are recovering from a heart attack in order to help mitigate any neurological deficits. But that is only to in and around 26 (centigrade) Cryo is usually down to -78 and tissue at least now can't be brought back from that, especially the brain. But the problem is that we already know that the cold doesn't kill the disease, we learned that with the monkeys that briefly came back to life when they were on fire. My guess is that because of the new therapy it is going to change the virus and force it to evolve into something none of them, even Hitaki hasn't seen yet. Which could be fun.

Walker and the silver eyes is interesting. It makes me wonder if there is a mental aspect to the virus like we saw with Hitaki controlling the vector. Perhaps that is why she initially saw Peter. Though it doesn't explain the rest of the dinner party. And kudos to Sarah at the dinner party for looking something other than mousey.

I still can't stop watching the show.
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Feb 08, 2014
- Loved everything with Anana and Balleseros.
- The rest was pretty meh and felt gimmicky. They could have cooled Peter down without resorting to some experimental liquid.
- As everyone else pointed out the Alan/Sarah sex was weird and unnecessary.
- I guess Julia is probably a stolen child as well.
- I'm starting to agree with the people who think the virus is alien. The black oil seems a nod to X-files.
- Still not a great show, but it is entertaining.

Plus Balle with no shirt on, yes please.

P.S You can keep yours on Alan.
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Feb 09, 2014
I agree with everything. Except I no longer think the virus is alien.....
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Feb 09, 2014
The virus isn't alien. I think the virus is clearly manmade.

The PAYLOAD of the virus.... now that's a whole different story.
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Feb 08, 2014
Loved the dinner scene, the looks between Hatake and Balleseros were hilarious. Also liked the stronger version of Sarah in that scene. But I kind of missed Doreen at the table (before you argue that she’s dead, Julia doesn’t know that, she was locked down below with no communication)

After Alan and Sarah doing it, no mention of that big scar on her upper back. Is he just ignoring it or didn’t he see or feel it?

When the twin thing came up I just had to roll my eyes, I’m not a fan of separated twin stories.

But the series convinced me to keep watching.
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Feb 09, 2014
I wondered about her scar too....actually when we found out about it I was relieved because I assumed that meant that hadn't don't it.....gross.
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Feb 08, 2014
I'm beginning to wonder if maybe the head guy is cloning people or something
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Feb 08, 2014
What do i say? I can't stop watching Helix. It is the first show that doesn't let my imagination careen out of control, it does that itself and saves me the trouble. I'm more than happy to let it show me whatever they want now, they have totally earned it, and how good is that use of upbeat music as background. Lets me feel the crazy which by the way feels awesome. I have no idea what I'm sayin' now. Helix you're driving me crazy.
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Feb 08, 2014
The sex scene should have involved full sized condoms (like the Naked Gun). We don't want to go around spreading viruses, but we can't also give up on the love making.

This series is getting so bad or is it weird? I have no idea, but I have to keep watching.
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Feb 08, 2014
– I barely understood what was going on with Peter. So they put him in a cryo nap to slow the spread of the virus? And they filled a suit with blue liquid, but because it was oxygenated, Peter could still breathe? Can someone check the science on this?

The liquid was I guess somewhat like that fictional/hypothetical liquid from "The Abyss" So oxygenated that a person can breathe it in.

And in this case safely bring the body's core temperature down to insane degrees. I don't recall a technobabble explanation for WHY it works, just that it's what this scientist guy made.

As for checking the science on BOTH those parts... I'm going to guess both fail the "possibility" test. Then again when you have a virus that can multiple so fast it turns into anime tendrals anything goes.
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Feb 13, 2014
That breathable liquid was used in The Abyss because you can't compress a liquid and with the depths that Ed Harris' character needed to go to his lungs would have become pancakes in no time. I'm guessing the reason they used it in this scenario was because they needed to almost freeze his body but still keep him alive. I suppose the liquid is like anti-freeze, it gets really cold without freezing? His lungs probably wouldn't have lasted at those temperatures with normal air? Just my take on it :)
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Feb 08, 2014
Drat Kanniballl! Enough of your Insolence! I was about to post that about "The Abyss" (awesome movie, btw). BAck then the science was out there - a DARPA project I think, but decades away. I wonder if they are any closer? Guess I could use the new-fangled interwebs and find out.
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Feb 08, 2014
well, it's no exactly as sci-fi as you may think. WIKIPEDIA
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Feb 08, 2014
Cryo-guy tells Farragut that humans don't breathe for the first nine months in the liquid. The liquid is oxygenated, thereby oxygenating body tissue.
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Feb 08, 2014
I'm not half as puzzled about the impossible science as about the possible one. The liquid is just the fiction in science fiction. But how idiotic does a scientist (or even non-scientist) have to be to be mixing deadly viruses or whatnot outside of a biosafety hood. That's just plain ridiculous.
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Feb 08, 2014
"Stupidity" is a key plot point in this series. Over and over. I really hope we have smarter folks at the CDC
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Feb 08, 2014
Exactly. The Abyss was the first thing that came to my mind.

Also, the laboratory montage reminded me of CSI, not Breaking Bad. I guess it was because of the setting. No lousy trailer in the middle of the desert, you see. Pretty much the opposite.
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Feb 08, 2014
The really crazy thing is this:

Alan is suppose to be really concerned about the so called "patients", but he actually just took a saw and sawed that guy's hand off with no remorse..i mean, there wasnt any other way? come on.

And they ended up having sex? in that situation? U actually have the mood to Fxxx with Zombies all around and u have no freaking idea whats going on and you just put your brother in a ridiculous cryogenic sleep- which btw, unless they recreated the umbilical cord and stuck it in his belly button or however , its pretty much impossible.

This show is so insane, it makes the walking dead smart look smart. The scenarios are SO OUT of this world man.

Having said that, its still a pretty good show :D
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Feb 08, 2014
Julia's silver eyes looked great. I think it's official - she's an alien now.

Julia spent summers with her mom in Montana. As for the rest of the year - she shared a cage with a rat in Arctic's lab.

I hope Sarah and Alan catch some nasty STD.
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Feb 08, 2014
And the STD is the cure for the virus. Boom. Best series ever.
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Feb 09, 2014
Imagine explaining the cure to Julia...;)
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Feb 08, 2014
Oh and btw Tim - Julia's eyes transformation looked pretty good for SyFy VFX. What didn't look good at all was the virus growing/multiplying in the lab.
But yeah, Julia's is now part of the weird-grey eye club like Hatake!
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Feb 08, 2014
Yeah. That thing looked bad, 90's CGI bad.
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Feb 09, 2014
But not quite "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" bad.
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Feb 08, 2014
It looked almost exactly like the stuff that grew when they were friggin' around with the alien DNA in Species... which came out in '95 lol. I'm kinda surprised tho that while Doreen was smart enuff to at least attempt to grow that shit in a contained box that could easily be incinerated, Alan and Sarah just grow that shit right out in the open... I guess that was so that they could "stumble" onto the discovery that lowering the temp of the host cells slows the virus progression...
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Feb 09, 2014
Hehe, I know. It was exactly for that reason. Lol PLOT!
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Feb 08, 2014
Alan really should've known better. And of course Doreen did know better, but she never told Alan what she was doing. That's what made her going off on her own instead of staying with the rest of the team so unprofessional.
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Feb 09, 2014
Oh I know lol. Yeah Doreen, it sounds like a great idea to just trust the word of some shady government op you met 2 days ago who just happens to always know where to look next for answers instead of sharing pertinent info with your supervisor with whom you worked alongside for 15+ years...
All the ppl on this show could win awards in stupidity... like the sec guard Danny or whatever his name is.. when he tried to kill Balleseros my immediate thought was exactly what Hatake said this episode which is that if Balls doesn't check in or show up wherever he's supposed to be with that head, his "employers" were gunna show up. Lol I half expected the choppers to be from the Weyland-Yutani Corp. or Umbrella.
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Feb 08, 2014
Oh man!
I'm really enjoying this show! I loved the hallucination/dream sequence and YES it felt like something straight out of Twin Peaks' crazy cookbook - hopefully the log lady shows up soon!
So Hatake might also be experimenting on children? Yikes. Yeah, I think that's every crazy scientists dream come true. *Cortexiphan (TM)*
I still think that Julia is Hatakes daughter - just based of the info we're being given - I don't think Helix is smart enough (I <3 U Helix) to be throwing us off or to turn the Hatake/Julia thing into something more interesting.
Also, for a good chunk of the episode I wondered if Balleseros might also be hallucinating (thought maybe he was infected & the ice kept him alive like with Peter) his whole captivity by the peace/cop lady. I'm glad I was wrong. Too many trips to crazy town in one episode would be very annoying.

I have a feeling this show has absolutely no intentions in giving the audience tangible answers - and while I usually find that incredibly frustrating - I am completely enjoying it here.
My only worry is that, that kind of crazy can get annoying & stale really quick these days (a show like Twin Peaks worked in the 90's but I get the feeling that the must-know-right-now attitude of people today wouldn't go near a story as daring. Take it from LOST!) because so many shows have used this trope in the past that people have become weary and put off by too much crazy, too soon? One thing that really sticks out in Helix (even though we're only 6 episodes in) is that it seems like the writers don't have a definitive end game plan and that can become very problematic especially in the long-term.
So yeah, I can't help but feel that the ending will be a big frustrating mess - whether it happens after 2 or 10 seasons!

That's really my biggest quip with Helix, I get the feeling that I'm being taken on a journey that's very enjoyable episode to episode but once we reach "destination finale" - I won't understand the point of half of the information (or lack thereof) I received on the way.

Still! Regardless of my worries and complaints - I have to give Helix a big pat on the back for having the balls to bring on the kind of 90's crazy that seems to have all but disappeared from TV nowadays!
So yeah, I'm most likely being taken on a fools errand - but the fact that the show dared and successfully fooled/hooked me in - is kind of a big feat. I mean just look at what it's doing to Tim! That there speaks volumes of this little SyFy gem. Well done show!

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Feb 08, 2014
With all my complaints about it (and I have many)...there I was once again Friday at 10pm. Helix - 5 Edshrinker - 0. Helix wins again. DAMN YOU HELIX!!!!
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Feb 09, 2014
I know its like a train wreck u can't help but wanna watch it. My opinion is do what I did and stop over thinking the stupidity and just enjoy the ridiculousness of it all. I did the same with Hemlock Grove and I loved it. Can't wait for season 2, wish they'd announce when its premiering...
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Feb 09, 2014
It doesn't feel like real stupidity to me. UtD is really, really stupid, this feels different. A little uncertain, a little unhinged, a little unrealistic, a little many more things, but indeed I still watch. Don't know why.
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Feb 09, 2014
Nice strategy. Dazednconfused = irony for a screen name when it comes to this show!
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Feb 09, 2014
I don't know there's just something that I enjoy about it. I think the fact that the show is not taking itself too seriously helps. Also, the shows not trying to be something that it isn't and if it stays in that groove, it'll be better for it. I agree with @dazednconfuuzed. (Btw love the scree name & the movie)
Sometimes you just gotta throw logic out the window and just roll with it.
It takes a certain show to be able to pull that off and I think Helix is doing a good job of it.
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Feb 08, 2014
I've heard other references to this "log lady" who is that? I assume its a Twin Peaks reference? (I haven't watched the show)
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Feb 09, 2014
Lol. Yes she is from Twin Peaks. (As is the little man who walks and talks backwards that Tim mentioned.)
She's this local weirdo who always carries this log (in her arms, like it's a baby) with her. She also talks to it. So for example the cops will ask her "So can you tell us what you saw?" and she'll lean over and ask her log and then there'll be lots of awkward silence as she's supposedly listening to her logs answer.
You should really check out Twin Peaks - it's a TV marvel full of both amazing and just outright bizarre characters. There's a great balance of relatable (grounded in human emotion) and delightfully weird but it never feels forced. It's a absolute gem. One of my all-time favourite TV shows.

Here's a scene with The Log Lady to give you an idea of what we're talking about.

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Feb 10, 2014
That was great lol, I'll have to finally get around to watching Twin Peaks.. I almost started watching it a few months ago but got sidetracked with starting Once upon a time. I'm still not current on that show, I breezed thru the first 2 seasons and lost interest shortly into the 3rd. Didn't really dig the whole Neverland thing, and I deplore Pan. I'll get around to watching the rest of the episodes....after I watch Twin Peaks lol.
Also, your description of Helix above is spot on, it knows what it is and knows how to have fun with being a lil cheesy. Perfect example of Helix's delightfully twisted personality was the rat face scene... so ridiculous and awesome. I hope they have many more scenes like that and the dinner party, that was also just a pitch perfect scene. This is why I can get over the characters' horrible decisions, because some of the other elements (including the cinematography) are great.
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Feb 10, 2014
That's no prb for me Mirela, TP not having a "proper ending" cuz I've watched many shows like that, canceled prematurely. Roar immediately comes to mind, that was a good show.. And if we're being honest, Lost was on for a full 6 season run and they still acted all surprised and rushed in the 6th season and IMO mainly ruined this beautiful thing they'd built. Was the 6th season absolutely awful?..no.. was it a major letdown? Absolutely. I guess I'd rather watch a show that was cut off too soon and left cliffhangers then a show that just jumped thru its asshole to try and tie up every lil loose end it could and (mostly) failed. There were of course some good moments in there tho. Anyways jeez I've gone very far off the topic here, sorry.
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Feb 10, 2014
I completely sympathize regarding OUAT - it's struggling to stay afloat - it's just not a very good show. At least not anymore. But yeah, Twin Peaks is totally worth it - just know that it doesn't have a "proper ending" - it's got a frustrating one - because it got canceled prematurely.
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Feb 09, 2014
LOL! And don't forget the cherrie pie thta played a major part in this scene.
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Feb 09, 2014
Ah yes! Cooper and his cherrie pies - the best!
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Feb 09, 2014
Yes, she's a character on Twin Peaks. And you should watch immediately! It's on Netflix.
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Feb 08, 2014
Can anybody calculate exactly how many hours have Peter being laying down on a bed (with his eyes closed) during all these 6 episodes?
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Feb 08, 2014
I am done with this show, the scenes are just so ridiculous. That sex scene was the most feeble attempt at intimacy I have ever seen on TV. There obviously is zero chemistry between those charaters.
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Feb 08, 2014
The dinner scene was just great! I read they wouldn't do flashback scenes and these hallucinations are so much more fun. And I have absolutely no idea what it meant. For a quick sec I thought that little girl wasn't holding a doll, but one of these weird monkeys.

Everything Alan -> boring (dinner table exception). He shouldn't have divided his team, one after another makes the same discovery, with him being the last to the table. Very efficient work so far ;)... ok, the sawing off the arm was kinda cool, very The Walking Dead... And well done, Sarah, explaining your roommate's body.

And Hatake is totally a Milford man, spending like 80% of his screen time lurking behind something and just listens in.

And good thinking of Anana to not give Balleseros his shirt back. It made attending to his wound so much easier. However, with that long leash he could easily take a little walk outside the house. But who complains, loved the interaction between the two. How many times did they threaten each others' lives? 5 or 6 times? Good start..
You gotta love this insane show. Can't wait for Jery Ryan next week...
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Feb 08, 2014
Hi Tim the thing with Peter. The science is sound if only theoretically possible (if DARPA etc aren't hiding things from us). The blue liquid is likely perfluorocarbon which has molecularity absorb oxygen and small enough to transport oxygen around the body and past through lung membranes etc. This scifi trope has been used back as far 1970s with UFO from Jerry Anderson. Also used in the Abyss. Peter being cooled to slow down the virus may make sense. The virus does seem to dislike the cold. It certainly stopped the monkey until them got fried!

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Feb 08, 2014
Hi Tim just to finish my science/geek out! - liquid breathing if it ever worked would be used in space and deep sea work. Very small masses of liquid could hold very large amounts of oxygen compared to real air (remembering air is 80% nitrogen). Also in deep sea work it would theoretically get around the problem of decompression risk... Geek out finished.
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Feb 08, 2014
the liquid that allows you to oxygenate it's perfluorocarbon based.it has a limited use.if you check out the movie "the abiss"t hey use something similar (on Ed Harri's character).as for a liquid to induce hibernation i don't know.
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Feb 08, 2014
I think the writer(s) are extending the theoretical basis for the real life medical technique used at the moment "Induced Therapeutic Hypothermia". Lowering the body temperature to approximately 91F slowing tissue damage and many other metabolic processes. If you combined that with liquid breathing technology where there is lots of extra oxygen the body would survive ever though the blood flow would be much slower than normal possibly because of the higher oxygen concentrations. At least theoretically! I must remember it is scifi! LOL!
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Feb 09, 2014
It is an scifi show isn't it.....
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Feb 08, 2014
Hi Tim "Antiqatiga" is from the Inupiq (Inuit) language. It literally means my sibling ( my brother or my sister). Spoken by the original inhabitants of Northern Alaska. It maybe a refer to the theft of children for experimentation. Beyond that I have nothing!
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Feb 10, 2014
Thank you!!!
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Feb 10, 2014
You are very welcome.
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Feb 10, 2014
Or the possibility that all of the abductions were one of a pair of twins. (Or not.)
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Feb 10, 2014
At a certain level that makes sense. However that is a lot of twins in one region. Though blind and non blind testing makes sense. Part of a much larger experiment. Twins are the closest thing to clones we have at a human level. It also suggest there is a technical difficulty cloning hence using twins. This remembering whoever is behind this whole virus thing has no ethical/moral standards at all because of the virus work in the first place.
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Feb 10, 2014
Just for reference assuming my maths is right in Alaska there are possibly 14 set twins (28 children) in 300 square mile area. Theoretically there are 30148 set of twins in the whole of Alaska. I worked this statistic back from a real birth rate study for the USA you can download from the real CDC website. So in Helix possibly 10 times more twins for a given area than expected in real world.
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Feb 11, 2014
You're assuming that the abductions only occurred in Alaska. I mean, it's not like this is a believable universe, and that a trend of disappearances, twin or otherwise, would alert anyone :D. Impressive statistics!
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Feb 08, 2014
The episode didn't explain the title, but my research says "Aniqatiga is (probably) North Alaskan Inupiatun, and means "sibling" in English. You are welcome :)...
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Feb 10, 2014
Thanks! Makes a lot more sense now.
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Feb 08, 2014
Hi Anbis82 I must have been putting this up about the same time you were doing so. 2 positive sources so far...
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Feb 08, 2014
I enjoyed the ep, cept for the love scene...totally unsexy, borderline gross..I'm just glad they kept it brief and didn't try to show more...
So Julia was looking a lot better in the end, albeit with really flashy silver eyes but an improvement over the vein-y, bloodshot look I'd say..
As someone else mentioned, I also haven't discarded the idea of this having something to do with aliens.
I'm really excited about new ppl showing up at AB, and I liked that girl who kidnapped Balls. I'd like to see him hook up w someone, instead of Alan..I mean Alan's not a bad looking guy but esp in this show he has like zero sex appeal..
And LOLS to Sarah acting like it was NBD her finding a sick patient outside of the quarantine area, and that it was just "the right thing to do" to overdose a patient with morphine. It was without question the right thing to do, they should kill all the vectors..they're dangerous, like good-bye human race dangerous..But I still thought it was funny Sarah acting all cavalier about it.
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Feb 08, 2014
im just glad you were right and balleseros is alive. Im a little surprised though considering that he was stabbed and left out there wth no way to keep warm.
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Feb 09, 2014
Yeah I agree it made absolutely no sense that he'd have survived that, but when does anything on this show makes sense lol
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Feb 08, 2014
Sarah and Alan = yuckyuckyuck
Balleseros = totally hot

I actually thought this episode was kind of boring....a lot of the big "reveals" were either obvious or we already knew the info (ie the virus as a "delivery system" for genetic code). The only part that was really interesting to me was Balleseros and Anana (who is totally awesome and I love her - I hope she sticks around because right now she's the only female character I really like).

So, I guess Hatake isn't an alien, but somehow he has the magical silver eyes? What exactly are they creating - mind-control slaves? I don't understand the point. Maybe it is some sort of eternal life formula that they want to sell to the public but right now only Hatake (and now Julia) has survived the procedure and they need to make it more reliable? That would explain how fast his stab wound healed at least.....

And yes, oxygenated fluorocarbon liquid that people/animals can "breathe" is actually a real thing.
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Feb 08, 2014
Sooooo, it seems hatake as the cure to the virus... or something? He felt like he injected Julia with his blood. Maybe it wasn't but it sure looked like it. I feel like there is a lot of craziness coming in the next weeks. Super powered mutants anyone?

You are right. That was the unsexiest sex scene I ever saw. Felt quite awkward. Even though I was looking forward to seeing some skin.

Great episode, lot of stuff happened and it seems it's nit about to stop. Hatake seems crazier than Fringe's Dr Bell
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Feb 08, 2014
I also enjoyed that cheery music over the mixing scene (and then noticed we had cheesy music running in the background of most of the episode). I keep wondering if we are dropping the Sarah tumor thing because I have to think Alan noticed her scar. But yeah I snickered at their discovery...that was at least three days ago that Doreen figured that out but she was the only one not freaking out and actually working.

So...let's start Bellesarios redemption story huh?

I'm still holding onto an alien basis of whatever Hataki is doing. Guessing its not something he reported to Ilaria. I am going to come right out and recommend A.G. Riddle's Atlantis Gene stories. There are two books so far and you can make it through book one by next Friday though most of the answers are in book two.
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Feb 08, 2014
OMG Kate, I just started that book last night!!! LOL great minds, right? :)
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Feb 08, 2014
And let me tell you the first part (basically all Karl's stuff) is the hardest part to focus on but then the book picks up and never stops.
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