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That DNA Looks Human: 'Helix' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 6, 2013 | Comments ()


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I’m pretty sure that I used that headline for a previous article about Helix, but if I did then take it as a particularly subtle statement about how derivative the show seems to be. I do hate that word though, not because of the math connotations, because I love math. Because it’s this easy to throw down meaningless hipster critique of absolutely anything, but sounds like you’re actually giving an intellectual opinion.

Of course it’s derivative. Everything is derivative. The definition of genre could be rewritten as ‘a set of stories that are derivative of each other’. Shakespeare lifted most of his plots from existing plays and well-known stories, is he derivative too? Oh so now I’m comparing Helix to the Bard? No, jackass. You know what else is derivative? Using logical fallacies to win arguments on the Internet in your own head. Which I just did too. Meaning that your internal argument that being derivative is bad is true by virtue of being derivative of my argument that it doesn’t matter. Boom.

Simpson’s did it. Let’s move on to the trailer:

Honestly this trailer just made me hungry. I know the black ooze stuff is supposed to be grody, but I can’t help thinking that it looks exactly like chocolate syrup (which it probably is). So I’m not worried about strange alien human hybrids with black oil leaking from their orifices X-Files style so much as I’m worried about whether I could get an ice cream sundae this early in the morning.

It’s never too early for ice cream. My grandma used to bring me ice cream sundaes for breakfast in bed, and she was at least in the top five women who ever lived.



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  • BlackRabbit

    Why's it always "PLAY God"? Do you think people just fool around in Mad Scientist School? No! They work damn hard at being God! Have some respect.

  • logan

    My gramma threw my toy truck on the roof and laughed as i cried.

    Your gramma is better.

  • the_wakeful

    Just seeing Ron Moore's name on something gives me the chills.

  • Captain Ron Swanson

    Another of the co-executive producers (which means what I don't know) is Javier Grillo-Marxuach ("Lost", "Boomtown", "The Middleman", et al), which is another good sign.

  • I'm still trying to reconcile Ron Moore + Outlander.

  • Anna von Beav

    I thought about having some olives for breakfast.

    And ice cream sundae with hot fudge would be way better.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    So, Tooms had offspring?

  • John G.

    you know what else is derivative? Derivatives! like Credit Default Swaps.

  • manting

    it looks like John Carpenters The Thing. It takes place in the artic, there are scientists, and some kind of alien stuff takes over people.

  • emmelemm

    But... I LOVE The Thing. I love things set in snowy wastelands. I love alien stuff. By the power of transitive properties (or something), I will LOVE THIS!!

  • logan

    Whoa! Dont say its derivative they get mad about that!

  • BWeaves

    That was my first thought.

  • Thirty years ago, I heard someone fling out this refutation to a "derivative" critique: "Fuck you--cave paintings are derivative!" and I have never worried about that particular criticism since.

  • Helo

    Thank you so much for sharing that, because that will be my go to riposte from here on out for everything.

    "What'd you have for breakfast?"

    "Fuck you--cave paintings are derivative."

  • seth

    I'm in.

  • Bert_McGurt

    For the show, or for the ice cream sundaes?

  • Maguita NYC

    Can't we have both? I hear ice cream in the morning is better than late at night. You still have hours of activity to burn the calories...
    Wait. Scratch that.

  • And by the time you burn them off, you've earned a proper evening ice cream sundae. I think you're on to something.

  • Maguita NYC

    Now that is a vicious circle I might truly enjoy!

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