Helix episode 10 review: Fushigi

Review Billy Grifter 10 Mar 2014 - 11:18

Julia and Alan take a ride in the wilderness to discover they still love each other. Here's Billy's review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.10 Fushigi

There’s a cardinal sin that a TV show should never commit, and Helix flirted with doing that this week. The unforgivable action was being tedious, because up to this point Helix hasn’t been utterly boring even if it’s not always made sense.

The first five minutes focused almost entirely on Sarah, trying desperately to drum up some sympathy for this character. Sorry, I didn’t feel it, as I nearly fell asleep. She’s annoyed me from the outset, and it’s patently obvious now that she’ll be given Narvik-A in an attempt to save her life at some point. Probably by Alan, who is also infected with poor judgement, the true virus of this show.

With some interludes where people have conversation where they ask questions, don’t get replies but walk out of the door anyway, the rest of Fushigi involved Julia and Alan talking a road trip to find the errant Dr. Adrian, and the missing samples. Luckily they don’t need to walk the 50 miles to the base he’s headed to, on a snowmobile.

And, this is where Helix managed to irritate the hell out of me, because those who write it just can’t be bothered to remember information that they’ve previously given us.

In the first episode we got told that the helicopters had to leave because they’d freeze outside without cover, suggesting that the base had no hanger or garage. But now they magic up a snow tractor that’s obviously been kept inside. We know that because later in the piece Daniel comments that the engine hadn’t frozen up after it was left for just a short time outside Echelon base.

Logically they go to the base to meet Doc Adrian, and see his snowmobile outside. Oops, sadly it is nowhere to be seen. In fact we only see one snowmobile there during the entire Echelon sequence, when we should see three. Because the soldier needed one to get there, and so did Daniel. Continuity - they’ve heard of it.
I should also mention the confused geography again, because Juneau is nowhere near Greenland, and it’s over 500 miles south of the Arctic Circle, a distance you’d never cover in 8 hours on a snowmobile. At some point we’ll probably discover that this is all set in the South Pole, and the person who wrote this uses a Sat Nav to navigate his ride-on mower.

But I’m getting distracted by details, because what goes on at Echelon is tripe of the highest order. I could see it all being silly the moment that the red dot appeared.

I wish US shows would stop using the laser red dot on guns, because it’s moronic. Not only does it warn anyone you’re shooting at where you’re aiming, but it also gives away your location too. That during this one-sided firefight that Julia and Alan decide it’s the perfect time to resolve their post-marriage difficulties seemed like a really poorly timed homage to Mr and Mrs Smith.

If redemption came, and I’m not sure it ever did, it was the discovery of Gunnar, chained beneath the station. From here we found out about the 500 special people, the immortals. That hints that Hitake broke the golden rule with Julia and made number 501, though he’s since addressed the imbalance with Constance.
According to Gunnar, and he was a bit loopy, he’d been there for 29 years. That information didn’t explain how he wasn’t frozen solid in all that time, even if he is immortal. And, if true, it also doesn’t provide any convincing theory as to why cutting his jugular with a set of bolt cutters would actually kill him.

What stops ‘rebirth’, as Gunnar puts it, is decapitation, but I’m yet to be convinced he’s dead and won’t regenerate eventually. With the sneaky reveal at the end where we see that Julia ended up with the strain, the possibility that it will get used on Sarah took a step closer.

I’m getting quite bored with Helix, and would rather like it to end soon, before the summer comes and all the ice in this wonky landscape melts.

Read Billy's review of the previous episode, Level X, here.

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It's interesting that the reviewer says that Helix has never been utterly boring, because I found the first 6 episodes to be just that...dull, dull, dull. I wasn't surprised C5 stopped showing it and was just about to give up myself but then episodes 7-9 happened and the show for me completely turned itself around, now episode 10 might not have been as good as the previous 3 it was still a damn site better than the first 6 episodes mind-numbing entries. Now I can't see it continuing the arctic base story beyond the end of the season but perhaps it will manage to expand on the 500 immortals idea to have the CDC team (probably just Julia and Alan) trying to fight whatever their plan turns out to be.

Id like to congratulate you on your perserverance. Im afraid episode 6 was my final outing with Helix for as you say it was just too dull, dull, dull. It was a shame as I really liked the premise and was looking forward to it. The same was true of The Following for me though im assuming it picked itself up as I see theyve just ordered a third series of that. Incredible.

I don't think that the "immortals" can survive a fatal injury (after all Constance was strangled to death), and so it didn't seem surprising to me that the guy was able to kill himself. I imagine he could have found a way to do it even chained up, but I will let that go for artistic license.

The silver eyed folk can heal themselves from any injury that does not kill them, and they can survive starvation and dehydration, and their cells do not age and die in the normal way, so they do not age. They cannot die, but they can be killed.

We don't definitively known that strangulation killed Constance, since she was beheaded soon after and then her head isolated from her body it's entirely possible that an Immortal would revive from strangulation and even be able to heal from beheading if the head wasn't completely separated from the body. We don't know enough about this brand of immortality to be sure what does or does not kill them.

Thank you, it was a challenge. In all honesty I didn't care much for the premise (too reminiscent of The Thing plus snow makes me sleepy) and if episode 7 hadn't been so much better (to me at least) then it would have been dropped. I'm still watching The Following, the show lost itself in the latter half of Season 1 but Season 2 so far has been alright but it's teetering on the edge of being dropped from my watchlist depending on where they go with the rest of this season.

I'm not smart but even trying to switch the brain off just to enjoy this is damn near impossible. I think writers are writing this off the hoof, where could it possibly go after this season, stay on the base or take it somewhere else where implausibility will be difficult to ignore?

That said I watch this three episodes at a time with some beer, hell of fun

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