Ronald D. Moore rejoining SyFy with Helix

This is all just an excuse to gaze at that lustrous mane.

This is all just an excuse to gaze at that lustrous mane.

“Syfy is giving a 13-episode greenlight to “Helix” (working title), its newest original scripted series for 2013, it was announced by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. […] “Helix” is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.”

It’s been an awfully long time since we’ve seen anything from Moore – four years, in fact, since his work on the first episode of ill-fated Caprica. Since then, he’s produced a slate of neglected pilots and unused screenplays. If the above plot synopsis sounds like a retread of John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing, that’s because it very well may be; Moore wrote the first draft of the 2011 remake, but it was ultimately unused. One must assume that the project was salvaged and reborn as Helix.

This is pretty exciting news for science fiction fans. Battlestar Galactica wasn’t perfect, and skewed toward near-risible seriousness at times, but as far as thematically compelling space opera goes it hits all the right spots. I’m not sure how much momentum Helix‘s premise allows it, since static settings are often poisonous to a television show. Remember spending nearly all of The Walking Dead‘s second season on a farm, waiting for someone to do something interesting? Of course, there’s not much you can infer from one sentence worth of plot, so I suppose we BSG goons will have to wait until “later this year” to see how it all pans out.

Drew Byrd-Smith –