Ascension: Season 1 Reviews

April 8, 2020
A charitable read: Ascension was challenging a genre to dream better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 8, 2020
The show looks bright and slick, expertly setting the scene and the culture of Ascension in a believable and detailed way.
April 8, 2020
All things considered, Ascension is a rather fun way to spend a few of my evenings.
April 8, 2020
"Ascension..." has an intriguing premise, lots of plot twists and high production values. If you're sick of sitcoms' holiday episodes, this alternative is worth a look.
February 9, 2015
Feast on it you will, especially if you're into the fun of the sexy soap-opera material. The sizzle is red-hot at times.
December 18, 2014
Ascension is just bonkers enough to follow further down its rabbit hole, if only because there's every possibility said rabbit hole will be revealed to be at least five other, completely different things before all is said and done.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
I like what I've seen, though there are more than a couple of moments where the only possible reaction is "Naaah." Still, whatever has been made or becomes of it... it has something a little different to show you.
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2014
Syfy taps into a couple of resonant themes with Ascension, and tells the story well if not very subtly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2014
Ascension is hokey and hyper-staged. But there's a twist at the end of the first night that should have you coming back.
December 15, 2014
Right out of the gate, it's not as well-written or acted as something like Thrones or Walking Dead, but it does have a little whiff of the early, finding-itself days of Battlestar Galactica to it. And that's something to build on.
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
Believe it or not, Ascension is smarter than it looks-the kind of B-TV escapism that often gets undervalued because it's somehow deemed lesser than programming that wears its intellectual aspirations on its sleeve.
December 11, 2014
The most serious flaw is that for all the drama surrounding the characters, relatively few resonate.