Helix: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1

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Effectively creepy and oozing with chills, Helix unexpectedly digs deep into its world and its characters, with a suspenseful plot that continues to pique interest as it advances.



Critic Ratings: 28


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User Ratings: 398

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Air date: Jan 10, 2014

Feature-length pilot of the sci-fi drama series. Dr Alan Farragut and his team from the Center for Disease Control arrive at the top secret Arctic Biosystems base to investigate a possible disease outbreak, where they uncover a secretive research project that could threaten the future of humankind. Soon people begin to become infected, including Farragut's brother Peter, but will quarantine be enough to stop the virus from spreading?

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Air date: Jan 10, 2014

Dr. Alan Farragut and his team work to treat the outbreak patients and contain the virus, while at the same time a rebellion erupts at the Arctic Biosystems base.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2014

The team have every hope that the virus is contained, but unfortunately it continues to spread at an alarming rate; at the same time, some of the secrets the docs are keeping prove to be deadly.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2014

Alan and the team deal with secrets and suspicion as the crisis heightens and deadly consequences follow. Meanwhile, Walker tries to survive on Level R.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2014

Alan finds out that he might have been trusting the wrong person as he sets out to find out the White Room is and discover what it holds.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2014

In this episode, Alan and Sarah have their way blocked by Daniel, Julia goes from being Hatake's doctor to his patient and a tank full of rats appear to have been the given ability to breathe while submerged in exceedingly cold water.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Daniel makes a discovery; Hatake protects Walker from Sutton's mercenaries.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2014

The vectors attack and take Peter's body; Walker is held prisoner by Sutton after the true nature of Sutton's relationship with Hatake is revealed.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2014

Secrets come to the light and unlikely alliances are established; at the same time, Alan and Walker take on a dangerous mission to destroy what's left of the NARVIK virus.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2014

Alan and Julia travel to an abandoned satellite station in a last-ditch effort to call for help. Once there, they come across the truth behind Hatake's plan and Julia's condition. Meanwhile, Dr. Jordan makes a startling discovery of her own, which could mean a cure for cancer.

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The first season of this sci-fi thriller follows a team of CDC scientists who are headed by Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) and thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation after being deployed to a privately run research base in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak. They quickly discover that the black-gooey virus they are dealing with is spreading like wildfire—and Alan's brother Peter (Neil Napier) and ex-wife Julia (Kyra Zagorsky) are among the sick and dying.

Cast & Crew

Hiroyuki Sanada
Dr. Hiroshi Hatake
Bill Campbell
Dr. Alan Farragut
Jordan Hayes
Dr. Sarah Jordan
Kyra Zagorsky
Dr. Julia Walker
Meegwun Fairbrother
Daniel Aerov
Catherine Lemieux
Dr. Doreen Boyle
Mark Ghanimé
Major Sergio Balleseros
Neil Napier
Dr. Peter Farragut
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Critic Reviews for Helix Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Helix is initially involving, but it gradually loses energy as we realize we have a long slog ahead before all the secrets are revealed and the plot resolved.

Jan 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You like this kind of thing or you don't, and I don't, particularly, but Helix is very involving, giving us characters to care about even in the midst of so much necessary setup.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's definitely some fraying at the edges along with all of those odd fluids oozing from various orifices of the afflicted.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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It's not too geeky a story, so someone who just likes suspense drama can follow it.

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a delicate balancing act, but the premiere dangles enough DNA strands for a discerning audience to want to see where they might lead.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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Perhaps in time Helix will develop into something more substantial but in its first two hours it sets up a lot of questions without providing answers or a compelling reason for viewers to stick with it.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Everyone loves a good outbreak drama... and Helix delivers.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

It is thoroughly creepy and made even more so by upbeat counterpoints like a sound system playing Dionne Warwick's "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" over and over.

Jan 7, 2014 | Full Review…

If Helix continues to build on the momentum set in its first few hours, we're in for a truly suspenseful and thrilling ride.

Jan 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Has one of the most compelling and confident openings since Battlestar Galactica, but goes hilariously off the rails around the mid-season mark.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fans of The Walking Dead are sure to love Helix as well, and vice versa. These are the two best horror dramas TV has to offer at the moment.

Feb 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Medical horror is too scary for tweens, sensitive teens.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Helix: Season 1

  • Jan 30, 2019
    Dumb and boring. Avoid at al costs!
  • Jan 24, 2019
    What originally started off as an interesting series rapidly deteriorated into something I could barely tolerate. The science was accurate -- which was surprising, but the doctors did not behave in the "ethical" or scientifically logical way. For those with no scientific background it provides decent entertainment, and for those who do. You are left severely irritated at the stupidity and irrational (and illogical behaviour) of the scientists present.
  • Nov 11, 2018
    Badly acted, unrealistic portrayals. Lots of expense on special effects, so its a pity a bit more care wasn't taken with other aspects of the show.
  • Oct 18, 2018
    Only saw 3 episodes and hated it... felt like a crappy PG cable TV show. Nothing dark or scary about it.
  • Feb 11, 2018
    Entertaining and addictive, but a little predictable at times. Definitely worth watching!
  • Jan 27, 2018
    So bad. Bad acting, messy script, trivial story and really bad acting. I know I already said that.
  • Jan 22, 2018
    One tired TV trope after another, this was anything but fresh and original. They even have a good old fashioned love triangle, because what would a sci-fi show about an outbreak be without one? This show had me saying, "kill it with fire!" Too bad I wasn't talking about the contagion.
  • Oct 21, 2017
    Don’t even bother, you have seen this a thousand times. I wasn’t sure about the tv series. It sat on my Netflix queue for awhile, waiting for me to decide. Finally I pulled the trigger and started watching, and at first I was pleasantly surprised. Sadly, this surprise only lasted two episodes and then it began to bog down. I wasn’t sure how the pretext of CDC investigating a disease would work or how long the premise would last. I thought maybe it was about a legitimate CDC team and we would see them go to fight Ebola, Bubonic Plague, something man-made. I thought even if they made each season about a specific outbreak I would be good with that as well. So when the first episode revealed zombie like disease I was interested, but more wary. Sadly, the actual show seems to be about a group of “immortals” (approximately 500) who control a corporation and they want to either control or cleanse the world. Honestly the show never made it clear what exactly the consequences of those 500 immortals was, and by episode 10 I didn’t care to know anymore. This would explain why it only had a two season run. I have seen this in many many incarnations whether it was aliens, vampires, demons, or some super secret cabal of non-humans. Totally not worth it. The acting was good, I didn’t have a problem with the cast at all. I found some of the characters interesting and if they had kept with the CDC investigating worldwide outbreaks I would have been ok with that, at the very least I would have finished watching both seasons. Pros: The acting and the characters were interesting. Cons: The show itself is something we have seen in different incarnations a thousand times already. A small group of aliens/immortals/vampires and those struggling against them to stop their control. Just move on, don’t do it.
  • Apr 22, 2017
    Starts out promising but quickly degrades into a fuckfest oft cliche 90s plot twists and stupid character behaviour.
  • Mar 02, 2016
    Its intresting if you going round in round with a plot that make litle if no sense, its a good rush till the end.

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