Ascension: Season 1 (2014)


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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"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.


Tricia Helfer
as Viondra Denniger
Brian Van Holt
as William Denninger
Andrea Roth
as Dr. Juliet Bryce
Gil Bellows
as Harris Enzmann
Brandon Bell
as Aaron Gault
Tiffany Lonsdale
as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus
P.J. Boudousqué
as James Toback
Ryan Robbins
as Duke Vanderhaus
Lauren Lee Smith
as Samantha Krueger
Ellie O'Brien
as Christa Valis
Al Sapienza
as Councilman Rose
Amanda Thomson
as Lorelei Wright
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Critic Reviews for Ascension Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Ascension aspires to be a cautionary tale on a grand scale. But its cardboard characters and a paint-by-the-numbers script just aren't up to the task.

Dec 12, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The story of the crusading space ship and the need to form a new world is compressed in this first episode and becomes a standard murder mystery which just happens to be taking place on a space ship.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

SyFy's ambitious new mini-series event, entitled Ascension, will either leave you with a sense of bewilderment and frustration by the end of its two-hour premiere, or have you salivating at the mouth for a taste of what's to come.

Dec 16, 2014 | Full Review…

The more we discover about the nature of the mission the juicier and more surprising Ascension gets, with its unsettling detours into social Darwinism. The less revealed about the story the better.

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…

There are several intriguing concepts built into Syfy's Ascension, but the execution is not quite up to snuff in the first episode and infuriating by the conclusion.

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…

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