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'Ascension' finale review: Lost in space, or 'Lost' in space?

The twists and turns of Ascension’s three-night mini-series flight landed the earthbound space ark’s most Right Stuffy space hero and the story itself in a mysterious place strewn with wreckage and reminders of other stories. And more mystery! In the final minutes of part three, we learned that Dr. Harris Enzmann (Gil Bellows) was using the decades-long psych experiment started by his father to trigger “punctuated” evolution and produce a next-gen X-Man—a “star child”—possessed with “morphic resonance” (i.e., telepathy, telekinesis, super-powers) capable of manipulating the vast energies located within the nuclear powered “Panopticon” to do even more amazing things, like… actually send someone across the universe! Why take a slooooooooow-boat generation ship when you can just grow a magic sea monkey in a skyscraper-sized fishbowl? NASA, you’ve been doing it wrong!

Enzmann found success in the form of young Christa (Ellie O’Brien), part Marvel Girl, part Firestarter, part Space Guild navigator from Dune. In the final moments, she used her abilities to channel the energies of a Glowglobe to produce a Holtzman effect and save Aaron Gault (Brandon P. Bell) from a baddie’s beat-down by instantaneously teleporting him to… a distant, dark planet? Another Enzmann simulation? The only thing we know for sure is that Ascension is perhaps best understood not as a response to the myth of the ’60, as I argued pretentiously on Monday (sorry). It is something very post-modern, a self-aware sci-fi saga born from an accumulation of sci-fi sagas over the past 50 years, and perhaps full of pining for better, more hopeful, more serious-minded sci-fi: I found something meaningful and provocative in the last image: Gault, a “space hero” with the Right Stuff, rising to his feet amid that trendiest, most dismal of things, a dystopian wasteland. A charitable read: Ascension was challenging a genre to dream better. More hope, less “No Future” cynicism. More big new ideas, fewer hyperlinks trapping us in old ones. More mind-expanding space odysseys, less self-absorbed geeking… like this review.

That’s what I got out of the interesting mess that was Ascension. How about you? READ FULL STORY

'Ascension' review: Back to the future again, but with a twist

In the first season of Mad Men, in the episode entitled “The Wheel,” pitchman poet Don Draper reframed a carousel slide projector as a time machine and defined the word “nostalgia” not as “a sentimental longing” or “wistful recollection of the past” but by the Greek meaning, “pain from an old wound.” Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner not only gave us a way of understanding his show and its haunted antihero but also a perspective on ’60s nostalgia in general, a genre of entertainment unto itself. It began in earnest in the 1980s, when the thirtysomethings who suffered the history of Platoon, Mississippi Burning, and JFK started grieving their Wonder Years and bemoaning The Big Chill and wishing they could Peggy Sue it all over again. Where oh where did all The Right Stuff go? The nostalgia was imprinted upon proceeding generations. Ferris Bueller on a float, lip-synching to “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”? Perfect metaphor for Gen X teens raised on the bittersweet symphony of Baby Boomer existential crisis. A myth was massaged into us by all of this Back to the Future cultural conditioning: Once upon a time, America the not-so-beautiful was on an ascending redemptive arc, then got shot down by assassinations, war, and Nixon. Our mission impossible: to recover the lost narrative and complete it. We could be Marty McFlys, fixing our fallen-and-can’t-get-up malaise infected culture, and we didn’t need time-traveling DeLorians to do it. We just needed to stand by me, lean on me, do the right thing. Because (sing it!) that’s the POWER of love! READ FULL STORY

Tricia Helfer to star in new Syfy space drama -- EXCLUSIVE

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Tricia Helfer is returning to Syfy to star in the network’s upcoming six-hour event series Ascension.

Helfer played the seductive cylon Six in Syfy’s acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. Here she’ll play a beautiful, manipulative and dangerous character named “Viondra Denniger,” who regards herself as a not-so-secret power broker aboard a starship with a mysterious mission.

The premise of Ascension: “In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.” READ FULL STORY

Syfy orders six-hour event series 'Ascension'

Syfy, returning to its long-form programming roots, has ordered six-hour event series Ascension from Smallville scribe and producer Philip Levens.

The space opera, according to Syfy, will focus on a covert space mission launched by the U.S. government in 1963, which sent hundreds of men, women, and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship called Ascension to populate a new world. Passengers aboard the spaceship begin to question the true nature of their mission after the mysterious murder of a young woman takes place nearly 50 years into their voyage, as they being to approach the point of no return.
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