After conquering space with Battlestar Galactica and failing to find traction with either magic (in NBC’s 17th Precinct pilot) or westerns (in ABC’s Hangtown pilot), Ronald D. Moore is coming back to Syfy with Helix – and now we’ve got our first eerie look.
Sadly, the teaser trailer doesn’t show off much, transitioning from the Arctic white snow to a sterile white laboratory and a man in a white clean suit who should probably go see a doctor. That said, it does help to set the tone for what we will surely see when Helix premieres later this year.
Here’s a synopsis from Syfy for the show, which is being produced by Moore, Lynda Obst (Contact) and former Lost co-executive producer Steven Maeda, as well as Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the initial script:
When a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, they quickly find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.
Stranding a small group in a desolate place while they have to deal with an unspeakable terror isn’t exactly a fresh concept, especially not for Moore, who wrote an abandoned version of the 2011 remake of The Thing, but when it’s done right, it can be unnerving and entertaining. Besides that, pandemic concerns seem to pop up whenever a new virus or anti-biotic resistant super-bug is found, so a show about containing an outbreak seems well positioned to play on those fears.
With the success of Lost Girl, Being Human and premiere night results that make Syfy’s robust marketing campaign for Defiance seem like a smart gamble, the pressure is on for Moore and company to reward the network for its direct-to-series order leap of faith and deliver a show that generates buzz, critical adoration, and ratings in the way that Battlestar Galactica once did.
Helix premieres fall 2013 on Syfy