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Helix premieres on SyFy tomorrow ...

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by gweempose, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Jan 19, 2014 #61 of 188
    Rob Helmerichs

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    That said, it's clearly on land, since the sea ice melts annually.

    Maybe Greenland is further north on the Earth where this is set?
     
  2. Jan 19, 2014 #62 of 188
    lpwcomp

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    Clearly, I had a senior moment since 83°40'N is obviously north of 83°. However, I doubt very seriously if any land contiguous to national holdings is outside the control of that nation just because it is north of 83°.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2014 #63 of 188
    smbaker

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    It didn't even occur to me. I guess I wasn't paying that close attention to it. Maybe I was more bothered by why a high tech biological research facility seems to have a huge unrestricted duct system that connects to every room.

    This does demonstrate why biometrics (or embedded rfid tags) alone are a bad idea. They should always be paired with an access code.

    Despite the flaws, I am really enjoying this series. I do have to wonder if they can keep it going for more than a season. BSG was excellent for the first season too, then it fell apart.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2014 #64 of 188
    BlueMerle

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    While I'm in complete agreement with you about this show, I will say that an issue like that wouldn't ever register with me if all other aspects of this show were reasonable.

    I didn't watch the movie Alien and question the fact that they couldn't possibly have had gravity on that ship.

    The problem here, for me anyways, is this show is death by a thousand paper cuts. It's one thing after another, in rapid succession, to the point that my head explodes and I give up.

    It's nothing more than a character driven soap opera masquerading as a Hi Tech Sci/Fi thriller. They just missed the boat on all the Hi Tech and the Sci. And that ruins the thriller part for me.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2014 #65 of 188
    Vendikarr

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    I enjoyed this show by imagining I was Gibbs from NCIS, and every time someone said or did something stupid I gave them a slap to the back of the head. It was a very rewarding mental exercise, but I would have probably broken my hand by the end of the pilot.
     
  6. Jan 20, 2014 #66 of 188
    thewebgal

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    Absolutely done with this one. Set up a season pass and grabbed the first two episodes, but after we watched decided its just another badly-written SciFi channel cheapo show trying to grab an audience ... I saw the Thing, Andromeda Strain and a couple other films badly "quoted" here - I won't watch again ...

    Every time I give another show on SciFi channel a chance, I am disappointed, and realize there is just a lot of crap on the SciFi channel! Whew ...



     
  7. Jan 21, 2014 #67 of 188
    Jonathan_S

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    I'm still only about 30 minutes in, and was skimming the thread to see if I should bother finishing. (And don't think it's going to be for me)

    But yeah, that weapons things struck me as dumb. How it is any less bland to respond "only on the training range" rather than "not since basic"?

    It still gets across that you're saying you're not using guns in combat, but isn't as blatently wrong.
     
  8. Jan 21, 2014 #68 of 188
    Ment

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    I can forgive a Sci-Fi shows technical deficits if it have good character development, many favorite Sci-fi series have been niggled to death and I still enjoy them. Thus far I have no reason to care for anyone in Helix thus it will be relegated to 'burn thru' status. I'll record the season and if it gets renewed I'll watch the series all at once.
     
  9. Jan 22, 2014 #69 of 188
    TAsunder

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    A few episodes in, my opinion of Helix is that it is better than most SyFy but nowhere near the level of even the worst BSG episode. I still would rather watch it than SHIELD, which makes me think maybe I should just cancel my season pass to SHIELD.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2014 #70 of 188
    Bierboy

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    I assume you mean S.H.I.E.L.D.? :D
     
  11. Jan 22, 2014 #71 of 188
    philw1776

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    Unlike BSG, Helix the character development is poor. And it's hard to believe that several seasoned CDC top level doctors would withhold critical information from each other in a really threatening situation. I know, it's a TV show. Still it's annoying.

    This is the kind of show where the fast forward control helps in getting through the slow developing scenes, something you'd NEVER do while watching really good shows with great character & dialog, q.v. Justified, et. al. I'd expected better.
     
  12. Jan 22, 2014 #72 of 188
    BlueMerle

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    I can too, up to a point anyways. This show just exceeded my threshold very quickly. Much faster than Revolution, I got through 5 episodes of that before my head exploded.
     
  13. Jan 22, 2014 #73 of 188
    rich

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    I'm sticking with Helix for now. It's annoying how unscientifically these supposedly 'top' scientists are acting, but if they strictly went 'by the book' it wouldn't be much fun.
     
  14. Jan 22, 2014 #74 of 188
    Ment

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    Yeah I can't FF in new shows. I always end up asking questions that have already been answered.

    Right now I care about the monkey mystery more than the CDC peeps. :)
     
  15. Jan 22, 2014 #75 of 188
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I kinda sorta agree with you. But BG pissed me off because it SHOULD have been better, whereas I have no real expectation that Helix is one good writer away from greatness, so I let it roll off me more.

    Better shows can be less enjoyable under the right (wrong) circumstances.
     
  16. Jan 22, 2014 #76 of 188
    TAsunder

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    Yeah... perhaps that's why I am so hard on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (happy, Bierboy?) -- it should be so much better than it is.
     
  17. Jan 22, 2014 #77 of 188
    philw1776

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    I'm with you there.
     
  18. Jan 22, 2014 #78 of 188
    Bierboy

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    Ecstatic!.....when I first saw your post, all I could think of was Vic Mackey...
     
  19. Jan 25, 2014 #79 of 188
    cheesesteak

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    I just watched episode 4 and
    I want to throw my shoe at this show. So now Dr. Beautiful has a secret tumor and a secret infected patient and she shot herself up with morphine. And somehow Dr. Ex-Wife carved her initials in a wall apparently years ago. Then Dr. Hitake (or whatever this show's Capt. Adama clone's name is) convinces three mutineers to not kill everybody and then he shoots them. Arrrgh. I want to like this show. Heck, I want every science fiction show to be successful but come on Helix, be plausible.
     
  20. Jan 26, 2014 #80 of 188
    Timbeau

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    I watched about half of it and I couldn't take it any more. I wanted sooo much for this to be a good show but I couldn't stay with it any longer.
     

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