Helix gets a second season added to its DNA

Helix 2014 PosterYou thought Helix wouldn’t have made it, right? Yeah, me too. But apparently Helix is getting a new season, and I sure do hope it’s going to get better than the first one!

Syfy EVP Bill McGoldrick announced on the 28th that Helix will get renewed with a new season of 13 episodes, and will start airing in the winter of 2015. I don’t know how much of a smart decision this big of a break is, because if you ask me SciFi is no Sherlock. Sure, it’s entertaining, but I don’t know if I will lose sleep at night over wanting to know how its plot unfolds in the next season.

Helix premiered on January 10 this year (2014), and it chose for itself a very smart time frame to air in, because it soon became the top program in that time period. Syfy ranked as the 2nd cable entertainment among adults 18-54, which we all have to admit is pretty impressive thanks to one show.

Syfy ranked as the #2 cable entertainment network among both Adults 25-54 (1.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3 million). Since its premiere, Helix has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1 million Adults 18-49. Helix’s DNA of production features executive producers Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galatica, Outlander),Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) and Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle).

This all sounds pretty impressive, so I am left with the impression that I’m a hater and a nitpicker? No matter, I will still be true to myself and call this show mediocre.

Helix features Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanime, Jordan Hayes, Meegwun Fairbrother and Neil Napier, all versus one hell of a virus. The show includes immortals, man-made plagues, sort-of zombies and Shyamaln-like plot twists all again the bleak white of the Arctic backdrop.

Helix poster with Alan Farragutt

McGoldrick said that “Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season.”

I hope McGoldrick is right and the second season will be better. Season one wasn’t bad, don’t get me wrong, but it was all over the place. Too many plotlines going on at once and weak character interactions made the show be not as strong as it could’ve. The main plot idea was great, but I felt it wasted a lot of its potential, drawing out the premise and drowning in subplots.

However, I have to say I am at least curious to see in what direction they are going to take this, and if it’s going to be better (or worse) than the first season.

What do you think? Did you like season one? Excited for season two?

(Wanna go out and fight virus-zombies a second time?)