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Helix - S02E09

Drama . Thriller . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Sci-Fi

Alan, Kyle and Winger search the woods for the tree with red sap that might be a cure for the pathogen.

Episode Title: Ectogenesis
Airs: 2015-03-13 at 10:00 pm
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller. Clues are dropped, but you never know what’s coming next.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there's a desire for more.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Created by Cameron Porsandeh, it’s a delicate balancing act [between science and thrills], but the two-episode premiere (airing with limited commercials) and a subsequent hour--enhanced by Campbell’s stiff-upper-lipped performance, and the clever promo slogan “Play God. Pay the price”--dangle enough DNA strands for a discerning audience to want to see where they might lead.

    Variety Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Hints of a deeper mythology are revealed, too, suggesting that Helix will move beyond its stop-the-virus story into something even more intriguing. In the meantime, it's a suspenseful, scary thriller.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Helix is very involving, giving us characters to care about even in the midst of so much necessary setup.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Billy Campbell anchors the cast admirably as Dr. Alan Farragut.... Mr. Sanada is always intriguing to watch. And some of the show’s support players bring welcome spunk to the claustrophobic world of the research center, especially Catherine Lemieux as Dr. Doreen Boyle, a smart pathologist with a smart mouth.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Helix doesn't reinvent the virus thriller, but it's a solid slice of genre entertainment that offers some creepy visuals and believable scares.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    If it doesn't match "Battlestar" for ambition or poetry or sparkling dialogue--to judge by the three hours available for review--it's well-made, solidly scary and disturbing all the same.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It may not be not the most original premise, and the supporting cast leaves much to be desired (with the exception of droll Catherine Lemieux as a feisty veterinary pathologist), but Helix creates an intense atmosphere of dread and fear in which a fade to snowy white can be as scary as the deepest black.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    The series still has several marks against it--particularly in the acting and dialogue columns--but good sci-fi shows are thin on the ground right now, and there’s just enough that works in Helix to make it worth following for now.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Viewers glimpse the fuller scope of the problem, in most cases, at the same time Alan does, giving Helix a nice sense of ominous building tension. It’s also not too geeky a story, so someone who just likes suspense drama can follow it.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Helix isn’t always laughable, though, and at times can be pretty gripping. The makeup and props departments also have done their jobs well. But can this story sustain itself for 13 hours within a claustrophobic frozen outpost? Crises and mini-revelations are dispensed with the frequency of commercial breaks.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    A sometimes intriguing sci-fi show from executive producer Ronald D. Moore about a viral outbreak at a desolate Arctic base. The bug isn’t airborne, but stupidity apparently is.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Perhaps in time Helix will develop into something more substantial but in its first two hours it sets up a lot of questions without providing answers or a compelling reason for viewers to stick with it.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    There's nothing all that original about Helix, but it works well enough. The script gets bogged down in soap opera suds from time to time, especially when it involves the love triangle.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review