Ascension: Season 1 Reviews

April 8, 2020
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.
April 8, 2020
The way it's going, though, Ascension seems more interested in its characters' affairs than the strange, terrifying, miraculous world it's created.
April 8, 2020
But some of the acting is questionable at best.
July 16, 2018
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.
December 15, 2014
It's sad to watch Ascension lean so soon and so heavily on the easiest form of parallel storytelling, like a Love Boat episode without the laugh track (or the love).
December 15, 2014
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.
December 15, 2014
The problems presented in the show's first hour are fairly superficial, and -- barring a drastic midseries turn -- that's unlikely to change.
December 15, 2014
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.
December 15, 2014
The direction, at times, has a jerky feel. The dialogue is riddled with cliches. The metaphor to society at large is heavy handed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 11, 2014
The most serious flaw is that for all the drama surrounding the characters, relatively few resonate.