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Helix S01E03: "274" 

The first three stages of a viral outbreak in a television show or movie are:

  1. Determine that you're dealing with a virus
  2. Freak out!
  3. Really, really freak out!

And with Episode 3, "274," Syfy's Helix entered the third stage as everyone really, really freaked out. The series is still covering all the basics of viral-outbreak tales at a slow trot (and "274" was probably the slowest of the three episodes, despite the spread of the Black Goo) but the deliberate pace does come with steadily increasing tension and suspense instead of boring side stories about love triangles that no one cares about. So let's give Helix credit for doing that right.

But we've all seen Outbreak and Contagion and The Andromeda Strain, so I'm still waiting for Helix to show me that it's evolving into some superstrain of a virulent thriller rather than the same old "scary sickness" story we're all immune to. "274" was full of science jibberish about catalyzing, enzymes, pathogens, and control groups, and maybe the specifics that Helix went into really tickled the virologists in the audience. But to a dumb-dumb layman like me, all I hear is, "Yep, it's still a virus." If Helix wants to get to that next level, it should start unlocking some of its mysteries—specifically the mysteries about what the virus is doing and why, I'm guessing, that Dr. Hatake created it; the series needs to prove that it will involve more than just running around corridors chasing sick people and containing the infected. Right now, Helix is banking on its spook factor to keep us entertained. That works for a two-hour horror movie, but for a television series, it's like, "C'mon, let's get on with it," you know? Because the characters, dialogue, and acting alone aren't doing it. 

"274" was mostly about finding a new place to stash the sick people while the healthy people worked on finding a cure, and Alan located just the spot in the basement. It's unfortunate that the newly appointed sick ward, which looks just like the basement of any school or apartment complex, subtracts from the awesome "creepy space station"/"horror hospital" atmosphere of the rest of the Arctic Biosystems facility, but a basement is a basement, I guess. And naturally, confining a bunch of maybe-sick people within a small space does wonders for group morale. As Helix recycled its "an infected person is on the loose" plot with Dr. Sulemani, some French-ish scientist screamed, "She's killing everyone!" which sent everybody into a state of panic. It was on a bigger scale than what we saw last week, but it was more or less the same thing as the three doctors in isolation. Basically, people were freaking out last week, and more people were freaking out this week. 

I just wish that these scientists who were working in a lab on viruses understood that quarantines are part of the risk that comes with working on viruses. If anyone is going to understand the importance of containment, shouldn't it be these people? Didn't they sign a waiver before putting on a HazMat suit and handling smallpox? C'mon, guys. Panic should be reserved for non-scientists. Show a little backbone and respect for your field! Is Alan the only REAL scientist here? And why must every group on television form an angry mob whenever something goes wrong? What happened to free will and individuality?

Elsewhere, Dr. Hatake (probs my favorite character for creepiness) continued to be awfully coy about what was actually going on in the labs, and he better start talking or this will get even older than it already is. He was apparently working on a supercure for all viruses that had a near 100-percent death count for H1N1 and HIV. Just a slight problem: it killed 75 percent of the hosts, too. Oops. Doreen and Balleseros have formed a flimsy alliance after some missing monkey business, and someone should smack Doreen with a newspaper for agreeing not to tell anyone about the virus growing like a weed mainlining Miracle-Gro when something something growth factor something something critical mass (like I said, I'm a dumb-dumb layman). Is now really the time to keep your mouth shut on important information regarding the virus? Obviously Balleseros is here for bad reasons (he blew up the satellite link that big jerk), possibly to see that this virus does escape, but Doreen should at least tell Alan what she knows. Isn't there some sort of honor code between virologists? Whatever! It fits Helix's story better, say the writers of Helix. Sarah had a shaky hand and a weird scar on her back, and huh? What? Okay. That's what's going on with her, I guess. Julia is infected, because that's what happens when you shower with people who have black crap spilling out of their mouths. But the big news here was that the tests Sarah crafted that supposedly indentified the infected DIDN'T WORK. So all that research and containment that we spent a lot of the episode establishing? Pretty useless. That's two parts, "Oh good! These people are all screwed!" and one part, "I guess Sarah is pretty bad at this science thing." Maybe this supervirus outsmarted the test? I demand an answer next week.

Yet for all the headway "274" didn't make with the overall mystery, Helix is still juuuuuust fun enough to continue watching. And that has everything to do with what I gushed about last week, which is the mood and look of the show. I love those humming machines in the background and the odes to 2001 with the lights reflecting on the face shields. Even if Helix is still a virus story the likes of which we've seen before, it at least looks good doing it. However, there comes a point when you can see potential fading away into the "been there, seen that," and I reached that point in "274." I'm worried, and that sucks because there are lots of things to like about Helix. Next week is the all-important TV.com 4-Episode Test (intergalactic copyright), so let's hope Helix figures out what makes it worth watching.



NOTES

– All I see when I look at Doreen now is the real-life version of Archer's Pam. In fact, "Where the hell is my monkey," is just the sort of thing Pam would say!

– Security guy Daniel shot Sulemani when she was begging for help, but he didn't even draw on that crazy scientist who was swinging an axe at them? Are we to believe that Daniel, who's obviously part of Hatake's big conspiracy, is taking Alan's advice? 

– On the flip side, good for Alan for shooting Sulemani. It's nice to know he isn't entirely spineless. 

– Those jumpy cuts from last week's series debut were back this week, and they worked great when the show needed to condense the depiction of lab work (like when Doreen was using a centrifuge and pipettes), but not when Julia was talking to herself about her boring relationship problems over a sedated Peter. Stylize it all you want, it's still not going to make this love triangle garbage any easier to swallow.


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AIRED ON 4/10/2015

Season 2 : Episode 13

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OK so I said I like this show and I do. But I have to admit it has some dopey moments. Like for example, they develop this vaccine and then after they test everyone, the two female scientists get into a tiff and then the one tests herself? I mean shouldn't testing the people doing the testing be the first thing you do? Or people walking around alone and with no weapons (frequently turning their backs to doors) when they know there is an infected madman on the loose?

Sometimes I can take some of that, sometimes I can't, it's a fine line. For example, they did stupid things like that on 24 all the time, but I still liked the show. But on Terra Nova, they were just too unforgivably stupid, too often and I couldn't keep watching it. So far in Helix it's not bugging me enough to stop watching, but they really do need to bring in someone competent to comb over these scripts before they go out.
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Digging it so far. Some people are knocking it for the acting, but I think it's pretty good, especially the actor who plays Julia. Sci-fi horror is pretty difficult to pull off in a weekly show, but I think they do a pretty good job, there were a few moments this week that had my pulse quickening a little. The show also looks good, and relatively high budget. The sets, cinematography, effects, and music/sound are all very well done (except a few times where they use a stop-frame animation technique that looks odd). Lots of shallow depth of field, if that's your thing.

Still trying to figure out how this gets a run as a multi-year show because right now it seems more like a miniseries type of thing. Or maybe the are going the 24 route where it's not continuous, they have the same characters but a totally new outbreak plot every year.

No idea where it's going, but interesting enough for me to keep watching, for now.
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I cant decide where this show is heading. A totally super enhanced new virus outbreak or a typical zombie outbreak? I mean this episodes really could be a prequel to Resident Evil back where all of this is still in a lab. About Dr Hatake, I think the reason for his creepiness is that he still works for the Dharma Initiative!
Pardon my bitching, I am still watching this episode because i am looking for where is this show heading.
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I'm pretty impressed so far, but I'll judge it completely at the point of the big inevitable reveal of what this virus is. Hope they don't build the tension so high and then its something lame.
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I've been enjoying it so far. I understand it might be a bit on the slow-side for some folks, but it's what I expect from a storyline like this, so I'm willing to go slow. I would prefer a tense, slower pace, rather than faster, more action-oriented one.
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Acting has left a little to be desired but I am enjoying the show so far. It definitely has some major potential.
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I don't mind this show. It's not that my opinion matters it's just that it seems to me that most of you want to get to the juicy bits quicker. Instant gratification is masturbation. No foreplay, no nipple sucking or tender massaging of genitalia and absolutely no going down, just fap, fap, goop. I mean it's episode 3 and already there's a demand for answers. Someone compared this to Under the Dome, a show that is so bad the process of food turning to shit would be more entertaining in comparison. Helix isn't that bad. It reminds me of an episode of The X-files (when it was at it's peak,) when an intelligent virus was trying to escape, releasing spores by ripping through the infected persons throat. In truth, that single episode would smack the shit out of Helix but that's like holding on to a long lost love when she's married and knocked up. Sometimes you have to trade down. She may not be as svelte as your first but maybe she can cook and give good head.
In any event I'll reserve judgement until episode 6 or 7.

BANSHEE!!!!!
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I have to say the cinematography and score are freaking outstanding in this show now only if they could get the writing and acting in line. I thought Ron Moore was supposed to be involved in this project. Please bring back BSG: Blood and Chrome!! Stupid SyFy!
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All in all, this episode wasn't a four-star affair, but it wasn't that bad either. It was the little things that made it a good watch... Julia being all guilty about using exhaustion as an excuse for passing out leading to her accusing Sarah of being infected when she claimed exhaustion, proving once more that those harboring guilt for something are the first to point the finger at other people. The special effects when she saw herself going all virulent were pretty neat, too. And Doreen can make all the deals with the devil she wants, whether its good intentioned -to keep Hatake from scrubbing their discoveries under a rug- or plain stupidity, because I really enjoy her character! Dunno why, but dammit, she's fun to watch.

As for all those scientists acting like idiots when they understand the science of an outbreak better than anyone, it's easy to forget herd mentality. Someone else said it best, "a person is smart, logical, but people..." The show went above and beyond to showcase just how isolated this base is, how that isolation can affect people, and these smarty-pants have been down in a bunker for how long, and now there is this virus going around turning people into black goo sprinklers? Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson would probably be running around like chickens with their heads cut off too, if they were trapped in LITERALLY the middle of nowhere with this particular virus... but because of all that bad acting, dramatizing this mentality for the show just makes it a TAD too much.

But, going forward -should the show continue to be watchable- and I'd like to know why half those test tubes were still glowing and the others weren't. They were all taken within the same time frame, why were some still glowing and the others weren't? Are the results reversed, with a non-glowing tube meaning you're infected or was it just a "look, they're still all glow-y!" gag?
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Color me disappointed, this episode only had about 6 minutes that weren't "wait and see, something's gonna happen". As always, I'll blame the writers, because the camera and art design are great, the acting is passable in the main roles, and I'll give Billy some slack cause he's got a vibe I like. But they need to get some better pacing of the suspense, because this is becoming a yawn fest and we really did fall asleep multiple times in this episode.
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The only reason am watching this show is to see if they top the stupidity of Under The Dome and The Following.
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Mmm I am not sure if there was an Ep 1 & 2 review... maybe missed it...

Anyway, has anybody mentioned the weird contact glasses that Dr. Hatake was wearing and why did his eyes glow, and why at the very beginning when Peter was convulsing "in the throes of death" and the soldier asked "what's that?" Dr. Hatake said "Progress", mmmm?

And by the way I do not want to sound more snotty (than I really am) but the last name of the very attractive Sergio's character is Ballesteros with a T. I know they spelled it that way on the IMDb.com site page but trust me: if Sergio has a Spanish last name then it is spelled with a T... (Spanish is my first language, English my third.)

I like the series so far (is it a mini-series?) and yes I did watch Outbreak and Contagion and The Andromeda Strain. I also watched Omega Man the original with Charlton Heston (also read the book) not the remake with atrocious CGI...
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I'm still on the fence about this but one thing sticks out straight away. The bloody MUMBLING. There's a microphone hovering inches above their heads and they act like the NSA is in the next room. I doubt if the other actor in a two-shot can hear what's being said and just comes in on his/her cue when the other actor's lips stop moving. Either that or they've learnt to lip-read. Billy Campbell is the worst of them but he's by no means alone (except when he talks in which case he might as well be outside those triple-glazed windows).
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I don't understand how people can think that watching supposedly smart people do stupid things is fun. I mean, to each his/her own, obviously, but imo the show is incredibly annoying and maybe even a little infuriating.
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I agree. I think the worst was when the "real-life version of Archer's Pam" approached the monkey the first time. I mean, who wrote this? Damon Lindelof?
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I guess, you're referring to one of the incredibly stupid scenes that ruined "Prometheus". ^^
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That's right. I was wondering if people would understand that it was a Prometheus reference and not a Lost reference. But I see that you did. My faith in mankind has been restored. :)
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I almost left the movie, when the alleged "very smart expert for extra-terrestrial life" - who feared for his life a few moments ago - saw that extra-terrestrial life form for the first time, became suddenly stupidly "brave"... and tried to touch it and talk to it like it was a puppy.
No real person is THAT stupid - especially not an expert for E.T. life. ^^
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There is a weekly Helix review,but nothing for Boardwalk Empire.On a website dedicated to tv that really shouldn't be the case.
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I tried to like this show. I really did. It had alot of the ingredients to make for a likeable program even if it sucked. Problem is, in spite of my high tolerance for TV stupidity & my ability to gain at least some enjoyment from even the most asinine things on it, this show just continued to insult my intelligence at such a rapid pace, I simply just can't tolerate trying anymore.

I do give credit to the way it's shot. the show looks good, but that's the only thing it has going for it. A highly polished turd is still nothing but a piece of shit...Sitting through three episodes of this killed soooo many of my brain cells & Damnt!! I want those brain cells back so they can die properly watching some other show that actually sucks in a good way.
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I enjoyed this episode more than the first two. Maybe it's because there was less Peter(who is grotesque to look at) and less crazy music.

Alan is still a lousy team leader. Did he really just accept that Julia fainted while taking a shower because she's overworked? And he was prepared to let Sulemani back into the general population without even looking at her first? The only thing going for him at this point is that he's honest.

About Sarah...is it possible she has some sort of undisclosed neurological disorder? That would explain the tremors and her need for medication(who knows, she could be stealing drugs from the storage area). I didn't get a good look at the thing on her back...but I thought it could be a scar from spinal surgery perhaps. If she does have a neurological disorder this plays into that old plot trope of a person being unsuitable for infection. Remember, Peter had his chance to infect her and chose not to.

I wish they would ditch those jumpy edits too. It's not stylish, just distracting.
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I don't really know when and why I came up with this but how cool would it be if this turns out to be a Stargate series. What a way to revive a franchise!
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The premise of a large solar & wind powered research facility in such a cold, isolated location is ridiculous. Getting all the materials there & building the facility would be incredibly daunting. Solar panels would not be worth the investment with such little sunlight. It would be wiser to have several helical, vertical-shaft wind turbines that cannot overspeed & can be mounted in any orientation than a few horizontal-shaft turbines which need to face the wind & must be rendered immobile when wind speeds get too high. Also, why do they have an entire level that's hasn't been used in years & is presumably still heated? It's make more sense to be on a remote tropical island.

The possibly-infected scientists should be logical & rational, not prone to panic & resorting to a mob mentality. The satellite communications link works only one hour a day, so there are no sat phones that work anywhere above ground, all the time? With no real cooperation & so much secrecy from the head of the facility & the head of security, the CDC team should have called for a ride home, notified international authorities of the situation, quarantined the place, and blocked any further attempts to travel to the facility. Let them kill each other off, starve, and/or freeze to death, them blow the place up.
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I don't think it's possible to add any reason to this series, it's speck-full of plot-holes. It's better to just relax and enjoy the madness.
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OMG Doreen IS the real-life version of Archer's Pam.
"Where the hell is my monkey!" LOL
*still giggling*
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This show is so fun, yet so stupid. Its like beans, when you eat it its tasty, but later you regret it when the farts come, when you are in the elevator with your coworkers.
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It still has a lot of problems, a lot. But the other stories are coming along pretty well. Like who Julia actually is to Hatake and why she was infected by Peter and nothing happened to her. My guess is that this is all Alien and Hatake is older than he appears and Julia is somehow related to him and is the end game for the virus. But really the stupidity that the characters exhibit, specifically Doreen is just annoying. These people are professionals for crying out loud and they are running around with their heads cut off.

My hope is that it gets better when another team comes up to help. And the story between Julia and Hatake goes deeper. Because that is all that is currently keeping my interest. One of them goes down and I doubt I will keep with the show.
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Not bad, but not great.
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My biggest problem with this show is that the characters don't have an iota of common sense. Not one of them. They are supposed to be disease outbreak experts but they are flailing around like a bunch of amateurs. I've already made my complaints about the "science" of this show, so I won't repeat myself on that point, but they aren't even using the isolated facility effectively. This show could be so much more claustrophobic than it is, much scarier and a lot more tense. Annoyingly, none of the key plot points have been surprising, it's as if they are following a recipe book, like the show is a B-movie posing as a high-concept TV series. If episode four doesn't improve considerably I'll be leaving this one in a toxic waste bin.
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I cannot drum up enough interest to keep watching.
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Doreen is my favorite. I wouldn't mind if everyone dies and she walks out and hops on a helicopter at the end.
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Can I just say? I HATE sarah. How dare the little bitch play the ethics card on Julia when she's walking arounf and obviously has something wrong with her.She's come up with a test that doesn't work and is in general annoying and useless.


Julia is such a great character. she proved how much better she is than sarah by admitting herself to quarantine, something its clear at this point that sarah would never do. I really hope they find a way to save her because she's without doubt one of the best characters this show's got(and not just because of the one scene I disgussed).

is it possible that hatake and Julia are somehow related? there's got to be a reason he cares so much more about her than everyone else, he was visibly upset(for what emotion he shows) when he found she was infected.

Doreen continues to be a moron. she doesn't trust the guy and yet continues to go along with what he wants

Im torn about balesteros. On the one hand he's obviously a bad guy. he murdered the scientist who tried to escape last week and blew up the satellite this week(by the way that explosion better be addressed.). He will have to be dealt with eventually..and that probably means killing him(he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who will go away any other way). that depresses me because..well he's the eye candy on the show

I hope we get some more progress with this show. This virus appears to be very inconsistent. peter was still articulate, seemingly able to think while seulemani(spelling?) seemingly became a wild killing machine at one point. The amount of time one has before showing signs of infection also seems to vary.





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the virus is an entity the entity is the child ??? strange twist, needs something to test our gray matter
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You know I really like Julia as well. But she was a complete idiot last week. She only told the truth about her exposure because Sarah basically shamed her into it.

Sarah is annoying, but Julia should know better. In fact it's one of the biggest problems I have with the show. All of the scientists and "doctors" are putting their own petty bullshit above the safety of everyone at the base and potentially tons more if the virus gets out. It's f'ing annoying.

There is definitely something going on between Hatake and Julia and I think it has something to do with Peter. The question about children was so weirdly placed that it must mean something.

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I think it was more seeing what would eventually become of her and watching the doctor attack that guard was what scared her into confessing. I think she was in denial and hoping against hope that she wasn't infected. The point is she eventually did confess and I doubt sarah would ever do the same.
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I guess that could be part of it, but I really think that Sarah saying

"I would never risk spreading an infectious disease, it's completely unethical, what kind of doctor do you think I am?"

Is a very important line. Julia has been working in the field for years, she has dealt with virus's and outbreaks before, what Sarah said is the truth. She should have been upfront about her exposure immediately.

I also don't think Sarah is infected. She is dealing with something else that she has kept hidden, something that required the surgery that left the scar they showed us.

Sarah is annoying and arrogant and a little naive, but I think she'd fess up if she thought she was infected.


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Hmm I didn't really think much about the random children question having more significance, good catch.
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See I disagree quite a bit about Julia and Sarah.. Julia didn't tell anyone about her lil midnight rendezvous (or mouth raping whatever u want to call it) til she was absolutely certain she had the virus.. thats unethical... I realize she passed out in the shower after and came to not knowing whether she was hallucinating what had happened...but she still should have said something...
Sarah, having a hand tremble after days without sleep in a facility with ppl going batshit cray left n right...and no other symptoms whatsoever, plus never getting slimed on... equals her having a right to be pissed bout Julia's insinuation... fuck Julia, she only said that shit to Sarah cuz she was feeling guilty herself. Yes, she did the right thing in the end, but only after starting to cough up that black shit... I don't think shes a bad character or anything, but to make it sound like she had any right to be chastising Sarah or anyone else given her actions is ludicrous.
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but for sarah to sit there and act like she's all high and might and that she'd do the right thing right away?..this show so far has led us to believe that sarah would have to be dragged kicking and screaming into isolation.
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The best acting and dialogue in this show has been provided by the frozen monkeys.
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This comment is the best series review I've ever read.
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I don't care what silly decisions Doreen made this week, if this show kills her I'm out. Conversely, hook her up with Ballesteros and I'll watch all the way through to the end, I promise.

The Pam connection only makes this more true, by the way, not less.
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I don't know if it's actually the case because I have no reasoning as to why, but I feel like I enjoyed this one a bit more than previous episodes.

And thanks. Now I'm gonna keep seeing Pam Poovey too. Holy shit-snacks!
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Poor Julia :( - if they kill her I'll stop watching this show.

"..virus growing like a weed mainlining Miracle-Gro when something something growth factor something something critical mass" - I've seen such thing before - it was in the movie called "Species".
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Frak Julia! If you have a problem with your spouse, if you are in an unhappy marriage, you leave. You don't cheat. You certainly don't sleep with your spouse's sibling. And yes his brother is no better.
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Good one ...
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Well didn't really like the first 2 episodes and commented as such, but watched this one last week and something seemed to clicked much more with me... I'll keep watching the show on an episode by episode basis for the moment

Maybe it was because less love triangle and more who is doing what to who and why. Still stupid stuff happening but seems to not as annoying now.

Pam - well not much you can say unless it's "I don't think it's going to end well for her in the end" - but maybe she will actually turn out to be a bad guy and this was all a ploy to trick army guy and not her being total idiot.

Also did the last dead monkey that was removed outside to the monkey graveyard by army guy (i am assuming he was the one who sanitised the room) open it's eyes or was that just my imagination ?

Anyone else think for a moment that Pam was going to get a blood sample from the dead scientist (army guy killed) instead of the monkey when they were at the monkey graveyard ?

Was actually tense when ex-wife dr realized the test was wrong and then the cutting between the race for the phone and the army guy blowing up their only source of communication with the outside world (apart from his mini directional radio/satelitte phone ?) And of course it cuts the phone and seems to have cut the lift access before she could get the word out.

Young intern has now moved from camera shots of twitching hands getting annoying to probable alien wearing a human suit ala Men In Black.

Seriously what is the game plan army guy is working from ?
He wants to stop the call for backup from the CDC - fine, but did he really need to blow up the whole satelitte uplink thing how about just cutting the cable/causing a system fault to delay the call or something that could perhaps be attributed to the roaming infected people.

I think blowing up something sort of suggests that any crazy/paranoid thoughts the CDC team or anyone else had about the situation AREN'T crazy or paranoid ENOUGH !! But maybe the CDC team will be just "meh - what can you do, these things happen all the time" and shrug it off..

What else can I say except it's got me infected ( please help me )
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The dead monkey definitely had an eye moment there. I thought it was a white glint, kind of like Hatake's real eyes.
Are we sure the army guy is really from the army? Alan wanted to call in the military and army guy immediately blows up the satellite. Wouldn't a real military guy want professional back up in a situation like this?
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Darn it - just realized I've been calling Doreen Pam after reading this review and will keep on calling her Pam !
Damn you Surette !!
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I have no major issues with this show. I'm a science fiction fan and a sucker for virus storylines (I think that CDC episode of The Walking Dead is still my favourite TWD episode and I sooo wish they did more with the virus angle of the story).
Helix is entertaining enough for me to keep watching. Ofcourse the acting and dialogue aren't the best but for a SyFy show? So far so good.
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I agree about wishing they'd done more with the CDC storyline on TWD, however as it stands, def not my favorite...that belongs to Better Angels.. I was SO thrilled Rick finally grew a pair and did what needed to b done. Altho there have def been times since that I miss Shane.
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I agree. More science and fewer zombies would add depth to the Walking Dead series. Unless the zombification is explained rationally I can't see where this story is going.
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Oh I love your comment! You have no idea how much I would love TWD to start getting into the actual virus story in the future. It would just add so much to the show. You're right! How long can they keep the "we kill and run" thing interesting? For me, it got boring in Season 2. The only reason I still watch is for the character development - which is also very weak. Sigh. One can hope :-/
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Yeah the Rick and Shane stand off was pretty damn satisfying. Shane was a loose cannon that probably would've ended in the Governors throne or at least in his camp by the end of S3. I miss him sometimes but then I re-watch S2 and I go: "Thank f*** this douche is gone!" Lol It's a love-hate relationship. "I killed my best friend for YOU PEOPLE!"
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Let me list the ways, this is ridiculous... no, wait, that would fill a book.

I wonder if it has anything to do with them changing their name from Sci-Fi to Syfy. Things seem to have been going wrong since then. At least, with Sharknado they were doing it on purpose.

Normally we say four episodes to give a show a chance. This time I think it will have to make do with three.

It's a shame really. The basic storyline has a lot of potential, it could have been good. But it's just bad.
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This show is SO good!! Mostly because it's just so beautiful.....
Doreen is an idiot.
Balleseros is clearly up to no good, BUT I'm hoping he has redeeming qualities because his FACE. Side note: if we have to have a romance storyline, I want him and Sarah to be a thing because Alan is too old for her (ew).
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First basically because this fits my alien (and I've read the prehistoric thing too but I still say that is aliens) theory is that it initially heightens the immune system and if tested at that point the test works. However if it had settled in calmly the test doesn't register anything wrong. But I guess we maybe should be suspicious of Sarah?

I have an issue. Some of the best of these stories I have read are not the virus outbreak ones but when the investigation team rushes in there are maybe one or two patients left, a missing patient zero, and the creeping bad guys. Because yes Tim these people are idiots and what the hell...I mean the show had the responsibility conversation between Jules and Sarah.

Did anyone else vaguely expect when Jules held up her hand she would be able to control Dr. Saliumon. Like that the virus for lack of a better term is looking for a good host and Peter was not it and Jules is. Or that the twenty five percent who survived the cure well this happened to them?
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I actually enjoyed this ep more than the other 2. I can't really pinpoint why. Maybe less talk about The Sex and more about the current circumstances. And Dr Creepy McHataki didn't do near as much mustache twisting (Muhahaha) than last week and was even a little helpful. I don't like the show. But I am giving another couple episodes because, as Tim said, it is just good enough to have me curious (unlike Intelligence, which I actually had to shut off during the second ep).

But one thing. I live in the SE US. That AWFUL attempt at a southern accent "Pam" is throwing out... I really cringe every time she speaks. She has a very important roll in this show, but all I hear is "blah blah blah" because I am so distracted by that lousy attempt at a southern accent. I swear - the producers must have told her to really lay on the redneck, because it is Dog Awful. A few times I almost shut it down just because of her... which is a shame.
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That's supposed to be a southern accent...wow. I just figured she was channeling California trailer trash. I like her spunk, but she's making me a bit crazy trusting the Army guy.

BTW, I'm down the road in Pinebluff, NC.
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YOU ARE!! I just had my car in to a body shop out there. Williams?
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I actually don't mind the show. It's better then a lot of stuff on TV. But you're right, that accent is soooo awful, I can't! It's cringe-worthy! I'm Australian and I could probably do a better US southern accent then a professional actress who gets PAID to do it. Why would they do this? Why not jus hire.....ummm.....anyone who can do a southern accent...or a Southerner!? Or why not let the actress speak with her natural accent!? I don't get it. Yeah, she's supposed to be "the quirky/funny one" but that accent makes her bad acting even more apparent.
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I believe she is Canadian. That is a loooong way from the southeastern US! It might be ok except she really hams it up. Like someone's interpretation of the stereotype of a southerner. I really hate it something like that effects me so much, but it's almost like when something reallybugs me (even the small stuff) I can't block it out of my head.
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Yeah I hear you. Her accent is like an awful exaggeration you'd do in a drama-improv class in some lame community theatre.
Some of the terrible Australian accents that make it onto US television also drive me bonkers. Like Sam Toomeys wife in LOST, the lady that Hurley visits in the outback!? Ugh. Exaggeration overload!
It's weird though, I grew up here in Australia but I actually have a Canadian-sounding accent (I moved here from Switzerland when I was 12) so I'm all over the place too! With me it's natural though.

But yeah, I always notice bad accents in TV shows, regardless of what they are. A bad accent just sticks out and diminishes the acting even more. That or when they get an actor to speak in a foreign language which they usually don't speak. That's pretty bad too.

Btw..Have you heard Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Dracula? *Cringe*
Or Rebel Wilson's American accent in "Super Fun Night"? Oh boy!

Oh and I don't know if you've seen the S3 Sherlock premiere but (without spoiling it) a guy speaks Serbian in it and its just awful. I speak Serbian and when I heard this guy I just thought: Get outta here!
But yeah shows do it all the time and it's true, it takes the viewer out of it.
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I threw you a shout out on the io9 article about Helix, Mirela. Duck Lips. LOL!
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I am a bittorrent freak - I almost never watch live TV. I used to be the one "tasked" to get L O S T and Fringe up on the Pirate bay as quickly as possible. SO - I absolutely have watched Sherlock. Just fantastic. And sad - after waiting all year - it's over in less than 2 weeks.

That is so strange re: L O S T - they filmed in Australia some and with all the awesome Aussie actors plying their trade in the US - why wouldn't you pick someone native to the country? If I didn't live in North Carolina, I may not even notice it, but it is like they told her (the character is a brilliant scientist!) to sound like trailer trash. So silly.
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I'm still on the fence about this show. There is no way that professionals would break so many protocols, at least I hope they wouldn't. Doreen aka Pam is an idiot, off doing things on her own and not reporting to her boss but trusting the hot, shifty military dude. You are right about her accent edshrinker, I live in NC and I cringe at the accent but even more over her awful over-acting. So much wrong in general about the researchers behavior in general. Still have enough interest in whether it's alien or something else to hang in a few more episodes.
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Yeah. Pam vs Virus - I'm rooting for the virus.

The show has to get smarter, doesn't it? First, in the pilot, all they wanted to do is talk about The Sex while a strange virus is on the loose. Billy Campbell's new squeeze is literally a quarter century younger than him (not saying it's a bad thing, hell - you go, old fart. But it's a little distracting) I want Julia to go out in an awful, violent way as well. I had this discussion on another site... they need to nuke that base from orbit. Only way to be sure. :) Then start with the same concept and a whole new cast - because thus far they are all unlikeable.

One more thing - did you ever watch L O S T? Or Revolution? Julia has the exact same mannerisms as Elizabeth Mitchell (mainly mouth stuff/pouty lips). No one else has picked up on it. Maybe I am nuts. BTW I'd take Juliet over Julia any day.

I live over in Pinehurst, NC We are in the same neighborhood! Small world.
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Lol. Yes Elizabeth Mitchell looovees to do those duck lips and dead stares. I liked Juliet a lot though. Julia does it too but Julia has more of a face for it. You know who she reminds me of? Michelle Forbes!
I don't know about Julia, as a character but at least she's better then the young one.
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Duck lips. LOL
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Yes. Yes, And YES!
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The worst thing about this episode was that I saw it last week on syfy.com so I have to wait an extra week to see a new episode. DAMN IT!!!! I like the show and with Being Human coming back firing on all cylynders I think SyFy is doing a good job programming; I'm already watching Lost Girl SYFY is so far behind on the new season, and I have Bitten cued up to watch in my spare time, does anyone know if it's any good?
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Will syfy be showing every episode a week early or just this one?
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Just this one since I didn't see any new ones online.
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