Why Do Movie Scientists Keep Doing Research in Antarctica? "Helix" Teaser

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Why Do Movie Scientists Keep Doing Research in Antarctica? "Helix" Teaser

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 17, 2013 | Comments ()


Seriously, has any group of scientists in a movie ever been happy that they went and did research in Antarctica? No. They all come home in bodybags, if they come home at all. And they probably don't, because usually the loneliest continent is reserved for those things that eat your corpse, and then maybe dress up as it afterwards.

Here's the first teaser for Ron Moore's new series "Helix" which is notable because he's Ron Fucking Moore, and he's earned enough credibility with me that I'd watch him read the phone book if it was aired on SyFy. And I would enjoy it because I would spend endless hours on blogs trying to decipher what the code was in his cadence that would reveal the next level of secrets.

I might have a problem.

Ooh! Black slime and "the truth will spread"! This is an "X-Files" reboot isn't it?

I can't wait to find out which characters are secretly sexy apocalypse robots. Because Ron Moore always has secret sexy apocalypse robots.

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  • Buck Forty

    In reality the scientists do their research in the Antarctic because their countries send them there because each country wants to maintain their 'territory' because one day they'll allow drilling for oil and minerals and each country wants a piece of THAT pie.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Someone has to decide who's the Mary and who's the Rhoda between MacReady and Childs.

  • maydays

    It's all toboggan rides and snow cream until your brains liquefy and run out of your ears.
    When is this set to premiere?

  • cruzzercruz

    It's so good to see Ronald D. Moore back. Whatever this ends up being, I'm intrigued.

  • Mrcreosote

    Great. Another movie where scientists "WORKING IN SECRET!" can either unearth something they should leave alone, or create something that is horrible, or so something stupid. It's kind of a shame that the entertainment field is full of people who were apparently traumatized by the science classes they took because science is always a bad thing in movies. Scientists are stupid, or evil or stupid and evil or just plain incompetent. Is it any wonder that the movie industry treats its VFX people so badly? Obviously they treat technical issues as the least important and most misunderstood part of any enterprise.

  • Natalie

    Yes, I hate all the tropes about scientists. HATE. I've already ranted about that here.
    We can't just be working an 8-5 job creating better waste water recycling systems for industrial plants so that we have less waste and more efficient use of water resources, and then go home to a loving husband (also an engineer who isnt incompetent or plotting to take over the world) and to two little girls who we try to tell that scientists and engineers are women too. And gay. and black. And that a career as a scientist or engineer can be very rewarding, and not in the eureka save the world moments that movies would have you believe.
    Frickin secret to fusion stuffed into a bra.

  • NateMan

    Weeeeeell... Scientists working in secret do create terrible things. All the time. Nuclear weapons, chemical and biological agents, nerve toxins, etc. Advancement requires risk. And if you're going to create a show with dramatic tension about something new and scary, and you're not going to use magic, you're pretty much stuck with science.

    I don't think many people want to watch a thriller about the proper use of the scientific method and security protocols, is what I'm saying.

  • Mrcreosote

    Scientists working in secret is part of the trope. Aside from the scientists in secret who create great things (GPS, Tang, touchscreen technology) the idea that scientists go too far and "play God" is a Victorian idea, and is somewhat counteracted by much of the 20th century. It doesn't have to be protocols and methods, but like the evil industrialist, the scientist who isn't in touch with the everyman and is thus dangerous is just...bleh.

  • NateMan

    It can be. I think when done right it can still be great. And believe me: huuuuuge fan of science here. I'm not meant to do farm labor all day long. I just still find 'evil scientist' stories very entertaining.

  • Wednesday

    I say bring it on. I'm a little bit fascinated by Antarctica and love to watch things set there. It's our own little alien habitat right here on earth.

  • John G.

    I'm with you. I am strangely drawn to it. I want to go on a one-man trek through it, even though I'm the least outdoorsy type person there is, and probably wouldn't survive five minutes there.

  • BWeaves

    Don't worry. I know people who've worked in Antarctica. You don't spend any time outside in Antarctica. It's a bit like being on a submarine.

  • Dragonchild

    Looks more like "Prometheus: The TV Series" at first glance.

    It's not that Antarctica is a horrible place (at least if you don't stay too long), but that it's a thrilling place for monster movies since "The Thing". There is no cavalry. There is nowhere to run.

  • Batesian

    It's nice to see that the Fringe title cards are getting work.

  • Scully

    Penguins. They all go to watch adorable penguins waddle around.

    Or maybe it’s the frigid temperature that keeps the black slime from devouring its human host.

    Either/or, really.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Penguins are the real evil infesting Antarctica.

  • NateMan

    Anything that can fire its poop with that sort of velocity can't be trusted.

  • Rochelle

    Especially after Bender taught them to kill.

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