‘Extant’ Trailer: Halle Berry Brings Something Back from Space

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Zoe Saldana in the upcoming Rosemary’s Baby mini-series isn’t the only one concerned about her unborn child; on this summer’s new TV series premiere, Extant, Halle Berry is likewise worried about her latest pregnancy.

However, in the case of Berry as the astronaut Molly Woods, that’s because she encountered… well, something during a 13-month solo mission in space and doesn’t remember what happened – a bit disconcerting, when she returns to Earth and finds that her experience left her pregnant.

We now have a 30-second trailer for Extant, which you can watch above; fortunately, while there are elements of the footage that feel a bit like “Rosemary’s Baby in space” (a la the Johnny Depp/Charlize Theron sci-fi thriller The Astronaut’s Wife), there appears to be more at play here than a body horror story disguised as science-fiction.

This preview contain hints of a larger conspiracy at work, in addition to a glimpse at the domestic drama that involves Molly’s attempts to reconnect with her husband (Goran Visnjic) and young son (Pierce Gagnon, a.k.a. the kid from Looper) after being isolated on a space station for so long.

Indeed, the trailer’s unnerving final line of dialogue, as uttered by Gagnon, calls back to the show’s teaser trailer, which emphasizes how the word “extant” means “the opposite of extinction” – thus, raising questions like: Is Molly’s unborn child the beginning of a new stage in human evolution? Might the human race suddenly be in a more immediate danger of going extinct on the show? And can we go an entire article without cracking either a Jurassic Park joke about the series’ tagline (“Life always finds a way”) or a reference to Gravity? (Well, it appears we’ve answered one of those questions already…)

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While Extant was created by Mickey Fisher – a newcomer to the world of television show-running – it also has the weight of both Berry and Steven Spielberg as executive producers behind it. Not that every genre TV series with Spielberg producing manages to become either a critical and/or ratings success story – both the Spielberg-backed sci-fi program Terra Nova and the horror show The River didn’t survive very long.

However, if Extant manages to put an intriguing spin on its mix of familiar tropes, then it could become a new popular summer offering, to join the ranks of shows like the Spielberg-produced Stephen King series Under the Dome. Be sure and let us know if you already plan on giving Extant a look, based on the talent involved and what’s been shown from the series during early marketing.


Extant premieres on CBS on July 9th, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. I’ll probably give this a watch. I like Halle Berry.

  2. I’m of the opinion that we need more sci-fi shows on TV, but I’m not sure about this one. The premise sounds kinda boring – woman becomes pregnant in space (it sounds too much like aforementioned astronaut’s wife with some bland conspiracy twist). Anyway, I will wait for reviews and based on that maybe I will give it a shot…

  3. Halle Berry sucks, she can’t act to save her life…

    • Agreed. She’s pretty bad, and she was horrible in Monsters Ball, and that Oscar she got was well deserved…. They only give those to bad actresses right?

    • Holds up her OSCAR, GOLDEN GLOBE, 2 SAG AWARDS, EMMY and 6 IMAGE awards, rolls my eyes in laughter at your comment and walks away.

      • Yes because hollywood only hands out awards based on ability.
        But to be honest, she does quit well considering she only has two facial exspressions.

      • I don’t see what the problem is with Halle but honestly, using awards she won isn’t really a good argument. I mean, it’s not as if awards bodies have given out awards to the wrong people, right?

        • Maybe if it was a singular occasion, but it’s really hard to argue something like ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’, which won her an Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe and NAACP Award. Did all four voting committees get it wrong? I think not!

    • Halle Berry is an excellent actor — reflected by her many film awards. Just because her image doesn’t fit your idea of earned respect probably has more to do with your personal bigotry than her actual acting talents

  4. looks good. will watch first episode for sure, hope its good and I end watching the full season

    • Hell yeah. Who could ever forget that horrendous delivery of a line?

  5. I hate shows with sci-fi dressing. What’s wrong with a full blown sci-fi show? Grrr… Freaking CBS needs to hand over the Star Trek rights to someone, and not to Syfy which has gone full on sci-fi dressing as of late.

    • Theres nothing wrong with full on scifi, the problem is it costs a fortune to make.

      • I really wished they had produced another Star Trek Series, Voyager was the only Series that i really enjoyed and no.. i didnt like the Star Trek Series that came afterwards..

  6. I’m that baby’s daddy.

  7. I find Halle Berry to be an all-right actress (just my opinion); however, as Hiroyuki Sanada’s slated to be in this series, I’ll definitely be checking it out. ^_^ That guy, no matter what he’s been in, is just amazing (again, my opinion).

    Here’s hoping the series has some decent writing behind it.

    mac :]

  8. Can’t wait to see this every thing that woman plays in has been interesting I mean enough to watch all of it even if its a long series ,and Steven Spielberg, enough said!!!!

  9. I will for sure be checking this out, I just had to see Halle Berry was involved. Now that I know Steven Spielberg is as well it is gonna be PVRed, I really liked Terra Nova though so I may not be a good judge!

  10. Has it become the newest trend for Hollywood producers to insist on paring Black women with White men? Example: “Guess who” (2005), “Cloud Atlas”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, and now, “Extant”. Are they pandering to the old belief of public acceptance,– and by extension — fantasies of White men dominating Black women? Are they afraid of White backlash of paring Black men with White women or can they not find roles for Black men with Black women that does not involve crime? Why don’t film makers show more reflections of real society where far more interracial couples of Black men with White women?

  11. I am certainly going to give this one a go. Might be interesting, might be a flop, but I will watch with an open mind to start lol

  12. We are hooked well put together show. We can’t wait till we see the next issue.