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Season 1

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot
Shown 10 Jan 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 2] Vector
Shown 10 Jan 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 3] 274
Shown 17 Jan 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 4] Single Strand
Shown 24 Jan 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 5] The White Room
Shown 31 Jan 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 6] Aniqatiga
Shown 07 Feb 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 7] Survivor Zero
Shown 14 Feb 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 8] Bloodline
Shown 21 Feb 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 9] Level X
Shown 28 Feb 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 10] Fushigi
Shown 07 Mar 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 11] Black Rain
Shown 14 Mar 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 12] The Reaping
Shown 21 Mar 14

Helix Helix [Season 1, Episode 13] Dans L'Ombre
Shown 28 Mar 14






Helix Helix [Season 2 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th October 2016 [Wednesday]

Reviewed in our special supplement Helix

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    Season 2

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 1] San Jose
    Shown 16 Jan 15

    Much like the TV show Zoo , this is a show that is based on a science fiction concept but is marketed in a non-SciFi way. Basically, it is science fiction for people who do not like scifi.

    A year after the events of the previous Season, the young female survivor of a new team. They investigate a mass fatality incident aboard a yacht, reminiscent of the opening scene of Zombie Flesh Eaters . The victims recently stopped off at a supposedly uninhabited island, The Coastguard reluctantly leaves the team off at the island. It is a clear and present danger because it is only twenty hours sailing to Seattle, but it is so remote it is out of helicopter range and the next ship in the area will arrive in two weeks time.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) lands on the island to investigate an epidemic. Her journey mirrors the others', including an encounter with the mysterious inhabitants of the island. Yes, this is the creepiest island since Lost !

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 2] Reunion
    Shown 23 Jan 15

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) has been hiding out as one of the Cult members on the island. This is soon deduced by the investigators, so it seems a pity that this major twist is blown so quickly.

    A couple of people in the Cult's compound fall sick from a mysterious illness. The CDC crew investigate.

    The parallel investigation involves Dr. Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) digging up a dead body. It turns out that bones can be quite informative.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 3] Scion
    Shown 30 Jan 15

    A couple of locals think the CDC team are getting too nosy, so they take steps to make certain something unpleasant happens.

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) is still doing manual labour among the peasants. He gets suspicious of some barrels being rolled into a locked barn.

    Dr. Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) discovers that Dr. Hiroshi Hataki (Hiroyuki Sanada - Arrow ) is also on the island. His wife and adult son are also around. However, his mental state seems severely damaged.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 4] Densho
    Shown 06 Feb 15

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) is delayed in his secret investigation into the cult. Now he has bigger problems. The illness spreads among the cultists. It turns out that the bees and their honey may be spreading it.

    In the other investigation, Dr. Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) is held prisoner by Dr. Hiroshi Hataki (Hiroyuki Sanada - Sunshine ). He came to a bad end on the islands in Lost and Arrow , what are his odds here?

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 5] Oubliette
    Shown 13 Feb 15

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) gets locked in a dungeon.

    The new guy discovers the source of the tainted honey.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 6] M. Domestica
    Shown 20 Feb 15

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) suggests that the new source of contamination is the apples.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) has a flashback that provides a lot of exposition. Illaria, the conspiracy of Immortals, wanted to destroy the mundanes of humanity. This is obviously an idiotic plan - much like Atlas Shrugged it means destroying the world and rebuilding it almost from scratch. Julia is the only one to openly challenge the suicidal, genocidal plan. However, she discovers that there are renegade Immortals who operate completely outside Illaria and its rules. One of them lives on the mysterious island ...

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 7] Cross-Pollination
    Shown 27 Feb 15

    It turns out that Illaria has a secret plan for world conquest. The Immortals have a secret board-room conference, and Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) is the only one who opposes their master-plan. They are like a vampiric council, but they do not need humans as a food source. However, their plan smacks of Atlas Shrugged ...

    Julia tries to find an alternative to the master-plan, and discovers there is an anti-Illaria faction of Immortals. She gets further exposition on Michael's background. We catch a glimpse of him before he started the She's my sister, she's my daughter Cult.

    The sick have been concealed somewhere. The CDC team try looking for them, but they have bigger problems. What could be a bigger problem than a bunch of highly contagious fast zombies?

    Michael decides it is time to move on. However, this gives all the other factions a good reason to team up against him.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 8] Vade in Pace
    Shown 06 Mar 15

    Michael gets his come-uppance. He really should not have underestimated his youngest daughter.

    The Coastguard SWAT team pops up, just not in time to save everyone. However, a bit of muscle will be useful to save the world.

    The girl doctor goes looking for her foetus. It is unkillable, because it has the Illaria virus, but she still wants to know where it is. After all, someone removed it from her while she was unconscious.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 9] Ectogenesis
    Shown 13 Mar 15

    It seems that some of the infected may have become immune, through consumption of a certain type of tree sap. The Texan doctor helps the Coastguard SWAT team to explore the island in the hope of finding the special tree. Unfortunately there are a couple of cannibals living in the woods. They are infected by the virus, but are not Fast Zombies like the others because they are capable of speach. So ... did the virus make them cannibals, or have they just been living in the woods for too long?

    The girl doctor agrees to help the new dictator, in exchange for the return of her foetus. The dictator wants to become immortal, like Michael. But this will require a spinal tap, and there is no guarantee the operation will be successful.

    Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) arrives on the island. However, we have no idea at the start what date she arrives on. It becomes apparent later how this fits into the main storyline, when she comes face to face with a familiar character.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 10] Mother
    Shown 20 Mar 15

    The team has split into two groups. Half are in the woods, looking for the magic tree. The others are in the mansion, looking for a severed root of the tree.

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) and the Coastguard need to find the tree before the Texan guy deteriorates beyond hope. Unfortunately the Texan is already dangerously delusional.

    Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) and the girl scientist try to deal with the new Cult leader.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 11] Plan B
    Shown 27 Mar 15

    The US Military begins its next stage of containing the plague. Their ships are no longer on a rescue mission. Instead they deploy a stockpile of nerve gas.

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) comes face to face with Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ). They both want the same thing, sort of. But will they actually team up for the greater good? He might be a mentally unhinged spree-killer, but she is the one who originally put him up to it.

    Despite the fact that the island is about to be violently depopulated, the matriarchs engage in a power struggle. One of them extorts the other women into implanting the bottle-baby into her womb. The other persuades the men around her to serve her interests.

    The coastguard team discover one of their own has been murdered. The body is strung up (like in Silence of the Lambs ) and disembowelled (like in Hannibal ). Strong stuff for a TV show that does not have much nudity or swearing.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 12] The Ascendant
    Shown 03 Apr 15

    The US military's nerve gas attack has made quite a mess of things. Peter is now King of the Coven, so he has to take responsibility and hack up the bodies. Afterwards he gets a hot shower - like a normal shower but with some sex in it.

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) and Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) team up to find the original source tree. They take an oil-painting from three centuries ago and use astronomy to estimate the location.

    The girl doctor goes looking for a new jar for her foetus. In order to get one, she has to find out where the birthing chamber is.

    Helix Helix [Season 2, Episode 13] O Brave New World
    Shown 10 Apr 15

    Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell - The 4400 ) has the mother root. Julia Walker ( Kyra Zagorsky ) tries to get it back, so she can give it to her superiors.

    This is the end of the show, but it is a bit of an anti-climax. The loose ends are hurriedly tied up, although a couple of threads are created for another Season's worth of story. Of course, that Season never came so those threads are left to dangle.