Ascension: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Ascension

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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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Sci-fi series about a century-long starship mission to populate a new world begins 51 years into the journey with the discovery of a murdered woman onboard.

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The murder mystery deepens, and the investigation threatens to expose secrets about Project Ascension.

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An explosion on Ascension is investigated, while Enzmann deals with a consultant hired to look into Stokes' death.

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Christa seems to be the focus of mysterious events on Ascension. Meanwhile, Krueger gets closer to the truth about the project.

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Lorelei reveals a secret from beyond the grave that disrupts Ostara and provokes a power struggle on Ascension.

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Christa's powers create chaos on Ascension and Globus, allowing Krueger and Stokes to escape.

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"Ascension," a six-part miniseries, follows the inhabitants of starship Ascension, launched in 1963 as part of a secret U.S. space mission meant to populate a new world. As passengers celebrate reaching the halfway mark of the ship's century-long voyage, a murder occurs. At the request of the Captain (Brian Van Holt), Executive Officer Aaron Gault (Brandon P. Bell) investigates the crime. As inquiries continue, tensions rise, raising questions aboard ship. Unbeknownst to the passengers, questions are also being raised on Earth.

Critic Reviews for Ascension Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (17)

All things considered, Ascension is a rather fun way to spend a few of my evenings.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…
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The problems presented in the show's first hour are fairly superficial, and -- barring a drastic midseries turn -- that's unlikely to change.

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…
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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.

Dec 15, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Syfy taps into a couple of resonant themes with Ascension, and tells the story well if not very subtly.

Dec 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ascension is hokey and hyper-staged. But there's a twist at the end of the first night that should have you coming back.

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…

The world of Ascension is rich, and a late twist folds in several storylines into one incredibly interesting premise.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Ascension was science fiction without science, character-driven narrative without characters and a story so lacking in interest that this could be the cure for insomnia.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

The way it's going, though, Ascension seems more interested in its characters' affairs than the strange, terrifying, miraculous world it's created.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

But some of the acting is questionable at best.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It is excellent science fiction, and I urge such minded individuals to watch it. And be patient with it.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

In perhaps the most surprising turn of the evening, the show completely betrays the audience's expectations for a space drama and gives us instead The Truman Show in space.

Apr 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ascension: Season 1

  • Apr 23, 2019
    I absolutely loved the series. Just found it on Netflix. The story has a lot of interesting characters with their own motivations. The sets are amazingly created.it has so much mystery that I was hooked with every episode. It's a must watch. Please watch one episode and think for yourself And don't let me or anyone stop you from giving this show a chance. Especially the idiots that rated it a bad score. I really hope this site gets taken down one day. With all these wannabe movie critics that can't enjoy anything because someone must have cut out part of their brain that holds any imaginations whatsoever, please don't read their bullcrap and give it one episode. Thanks and sorry for being four years late.
  • Feb 15, 2019
    The only tragedy is that it ended with just the mini series...
  • Feb 13, 2019
    good stuff. what a pity this doesn´t go on.
  • Nov 21, 2018
    Great idea, bad execution. Also, the marketing 'bait and switch' didn't do the show any favors. As the wikipedia article mentioned, the marketing and synopsis made it seem that the premise was one thing when in fact it was another. Also, I would like to stress that the actual plot of the show was far more interesting than what I thought the plot was in episode 1. But it took at least 3 episodes to give the audience something good. That's where the show failed to capture audience. Sadly, this will just be archived as another great idea that they dropped the ball on.
  • Oct 11, 2018
    I couldn't make it through episode 1. At first, I was intrigued. Before long, however, the 3rd grade-level expository dialogue made me wince and I had to stop watching. One and a half stars for holding my attention for more than 15 minutes.
  • Oct 03, 2018
    Good, but do not expect all the threads to be tied by the end.
  • May 21, 2018
    The twist that happens in Quentin Tarantino's "From Dusk Till Dawn" doesn't compare to the deceptive opening that this series provides. I give it a 10 out of 10 for creativity! The cast is phenomenal and the idea is pure genius!
  • May 01, 2018
    This is a great series. Some nice twists, and an incredible premise, though the story goes a little off the tracks (not wanting to give any spOiLERS) it holds things together well, ultimately. disappointed this didn't make it to a second season. Definitely worth a watch.
  • Feb 19, 2018
    Wondering why there was not another season.
  • Jan 09, 2018
    The big problem I had with the show was the science. There is no mention of how they are all experiencing gravity. The way the ship is configured they all should have been floating weightless like they do on the space station. If you over look that, I did watch the entire series. 3 out 5 stars for me. ;-)

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