TV Show Reviews
"Ascension" review by Suzanne
Premieres 12/15 on Syfy
Syfy sent me the first part of their 3-night miniseries.
After having watched it, I'm still not sure if I like it or
not. I don't love it, but I don't hate it...yet. I have to
see what happens in the other two episodes. So far, so good.
It's just a bit uneven.
The story is based on the idea that President Kennedy
wanted to send people out into space, and apparently there
was a Project Orion where they considered actually doing it,
using the force of atom bombs to send a large group of
people to another planet.
The people on the space ship "Ascension" have been on the
ship since 1963. Even though it's 2014 now, they have not
evolved too much past the 60's in terms of culture, music,
theater etc. Of course it makes sense, in a way, since this
is a small group, and they don't have the influences of the
things that happened to the rest of us since then. I'm not
quite sure I believe that they wouldn't have developed their
own culture a bit more. Leaving that aside, it does have a
sort of "Mad Men" feel to it, in some ways.
They do still have bigotry, but it's aimed at the people
on the "lower decks" (kind of like the Titanic, I guess?).
They somehow seem to have solved their bigotry towards other
races, though, since one of the main characters is a black
man (Gault), and they don't treat him much differently than
Anyway, a girl is murdered, which apparently has never
happened on the ship before. Gault is assigned by the ship's
captain to investigate her murder. Somehow, on this giant
ship, they have a fake beach and ocean, and she was murdered
It's most interesting when they talk about the social
stuff on the ship, such as the fact that everyone there has
no choice in where they're going or what they're doing.
Anyone who's born there knows they will live their whole
lives on the ship, probably (if they're lucky, they might be
still alive when it reaches its destination).
The captain on the ship is like your typical ship's
captain, and he seems to be somewhat more like a president
in their little society. His wife, Diondre (played by the
always-wonderful Tricia Helfer), is what we might call a
nasty piece of work. She seems to be the "head stewardess",
but in this case, that makes her a madame. She's cheating on
her husband with someone who wants to be captain instead.
There is lots of sex in this show, and lots of scheming,
lying, cheating, and some violence.
The relationships between the characters and how they
treat each other, and the secrets that come out during the
murder investigation, are standard soap opera and murder
mystery stuff. This is no "How to Get Away with Murder",
that's for sure.
Meanwhile, on Earth, the son of the man who created
"Ascension" is worried because a graduate student is
snooping around about the secret of the ship (apparently
they launched the ship with 600 people in secret - which
seems highly unlikely).
This is when the show gets really interesting. I can't
tell you what happens, but at the end, something really
shocking happens. However, there are hints before that, that
will tell you what is about to happen, that spoil the
surprise a little bit by the time they show it.
The problem with the surprise is that I'm not sure I like
how the story has taken this turn. It kind of, in a way,
invalidates the whole rest of the show thus far. That kind
of bothers me. I have to wait and see how it all turns out
to decide if it was good or not. I guess, if I'm not
sure, that means they succeeded somewhat in drawing me in.
If I just didn't care, that wouldn't be good.
The show has fine special effects and all that sort of
thing. Of course it does, because this is not a low-budget
miniseries. All I really ever care about, though, is the
story (and to a much lesser extent, the acting).
I very much liked Gault and this one little girl that's
kind of creepy, and the doctor, and the captain. The rest I
can take or leave.
You'll have to watch it yourself and make up your own
In less than a month, you’ll be launched into the world of
series event chronicling the experience of space pioneers 51
years into their journey.
Below, you’ll find three clips: the latest promo
for the series, and two behind-the-scenes clips that
provide striking detail about the creative set designs,
costumes and storytelling in Ascension.
Jump to Facebook and you’ll also find a timeline of
— The Three-Night Event Premieres
Monday, December 15 at 9/8c
1963 – Promo Clip
in 1963, a special mission was launched to save mankind. In
2014, the mission has gone too far.
Incredible Set Designs – Behind-the-Scenes Clip
The cast and crew of Ascension -
Brian Van Holt, Gil Bellows, Tricia Helfer, Brad Carter,
Brandon P Bell, Ryan Robbins, and David Brin - go behind the
scenes of building the massive sets for
Science vs. Reality – Behind-the-Scenes Clip
Executive Producer, Jason Blum, and Astrophysicist and
author, David Brin, take you behind the scenes through the
science and space travel, and 1960's cultural inspiration
for setting Ascension.
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