Critic Consensus: The characters in Ascension lack the depth that is necessary for its dramatic elements, but its premise may be smart enough to hold the interest of sci-fi fans.
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as Viondra Denniger
as William Denninger
as Dr. Juliet Bryce, Juliet Bryce
as Harris Enzmann
as Aaron Gault, First Officer Oren Gault
as Nora, Nora Bryce
as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Emily Vanderhaus
as James Toback
as Duke Vanderhaus
as Samantha Krueger
as Christa Valis
as Councilman Rose
as Lorelei Wright
An intriguing sci-fi premise becomes seriously less so. The first episode is worth watching for the buildup and the surprise, but many viewers will abandon spaceship at the end.
The problems presented in the show's first hour are fairly superficial, and -- barring a drastic midseries turn -- that's unlikely to change.
Clearly, there are lots of things to like about Ascension. The characters are well-enough developed in the early going that I could actually have done without the murder mystery - or, for that matter, the space strangeness.
Syfy taps into a couple of resonant themes with Ascension, and tells the story well if not very subtly.
Ascension is hokey and hyper-staged. But there's a twist at the end of the first night that should have you coming back.
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