Helix: Season 2 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
July 23, 2015 by Dennis Amith
If you enjoyed the first season of “Helix”, you’re in for a treat with a much more twisted, dark and enjoyable second season. Recommended!
TITLE: Helix: Season 2
YEAR OF AIR-DATE: 2014
DURATION: 536 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English, French and German 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Turkish
COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: Not Rated
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Directed by Brad Turner, Jeremiah S. Chechik, Duane Clark, Mike Rohl, Bradley Walsh, Steven A. Adelson, Jeffrey Reiner
Written by Cameron Porsandeh (Creator), Misha Green, Sean Crouch, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Adam Lash, Cori Uchida, Ed Decter, Tiffany Greshler, Mark Haslett, Keith Huff
Executive Producer: Steven Maeda, Ronald D. Moore, Brad Turner
Co-Executive Producer: Maril Davis, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Cameron Porsandeh
Produced by Sandrine Gros d’Aillon
Co-Producer: Misha Green
Associate Producer: Stephen Welke
Music by Reinhold Heil
Cinematography by Stephen McNutt, Pierre Jodoin
Edited by Randy Bricker, Elena Maganini, Blake Maniquis, Marta Evry, Todd Desrosiers
Production Design by Guy Lalande
Art Direction by Louis-Rene Landry, David Gaucher, Charlotte Rouleau
Set Decoration by Suzanne Cloutier, Ginette Robitaille
Costume Design by Mariane Carter
Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut
Hiroyuki Sanada as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake
Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Julia Walker
Mark Ghanime as Major Sergio Balleseros
Jordan Hayes as Dr. Sarah Jordan
Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov
Neil Napier as Dr. Peter Farragut
Matt Long as Dr. Kyle Sommer
Severn Thompson as Sister Anne
Alison Louder as Sister Amy
Sean Tucker as Landry
Luciana Carro as Anana
Steven Weber as Brother Michael
Sarah Booth as Sister Olivia
Catherine Lemieux as Dr. Doreen Boyle
Chimwemwe Miller as Dr. Haven
Cameron Brodeur as Soren
Patricia Summersett as Lt. Commander Winger
Jim Thorburn as Caleb
After barely escaping with their lives, the survivors of Season One attempt to move on from the horrors that took place at Arctic BioSystems. But when their work takes them to a mysterious and remote wooded island, they quickly discover the Ilaria Corporation’s reach is deeper and darker than anyone imagined, and a deadly new virus presents a threat that no one thought possible.
In 2014, the American sci-fi series “Helix” premiered on SyFy. Created by Cameron Porsandeh and executive produced by Ron Moore (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “Roswell”), the second season of “Helix” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in July 2015 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The series would star Billy Campbell (“The Rocketeer”, “Dracula”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine”, “47 Ronin”, “Sunshine”), Kyra Zagorsky (“Toxin”, “Green Season”), Neil Napier (“300″, “Immortals”), Jordan Hayes (“House at the End of the Street”, “10 Speed”) and Matt Long (“Jack and Bobby”, “Ghost Rider”, “Sydney White”).
What is “Helix” about?
In season 1, far out at an arctic bioresearch station, a few employees were infected by an unknown virus.
Because of the sensitivity of what is taking place at the bioresearch station and worry of a potential outbreak, top CDC scientist Dr. Alan Farragut (portrayed by Billy Campbell), Dr. Julia Walker (portrayed by Kyra Zagorsky) and Dr. Sarah Jordan (portrayed by Jordan Hayes) are assigned to the lab do their research on the infected individuals.
One of those infected is Dr. Peter Farragut (portrayed by Neil Napier), brother of Dr. Alan Farragut but as they try to learn more about the virus and hunt down those who may have been exposed to the virus, panic starts to grow in the station and to make things worse, Julia is attacked by Peter and becomes infected.
But as Dr. Alan Farragut and his team start to learn more about the virus, he starts to uncover secrets that Dr. Hiroshi Hatake (portrayed by Hiroyuki Sanada) is hiding and why has the Ilea Corporation have major interest in the virus?
Which leads us to “Helix: Season 2”:
When “Helix” season one ended, the show fast forward to Day 235, eight months later and a massive outbreak of the virus has hit the world. Alan is unaware that Peter is working for Ilaria and that Julia has become a member of Ilaria’s Immortal Board of Directors.
A lot was revealed as director Hiroshi Hatake is a quasi-immortal and over 500-years-old and he was the one that was responsible for creating the Vector virus and that Ilaria is after the virus in order to have control of the world.
So, many are wondering why Dr. Julia Walker would side with the immortals, what has happened to Dr. Alan Farragut, Dr. Sarah Jordan and more.
When season two kicks in, the setting has now changed. The bulk of the story is set in a remote island of St. Germain and Dr. Peter Farragut, Dr. Kyle Sommers and Dr. Sarah Jordan have traveled to the location to look for the cure of the virus, but things change when they come in contact with members of a religious community but for some reason, human skeleton and skulls are scattered throughout. Meanwhile, Dr. Alan Farragut is wanted for the murders of immortals and to Dr. Sarah Jordan’s surprise, one of the members of the religious cult happens to be Dr. Alan Farragut. But also discovering a new outbreak on the island.
Meanwhile, a second storyline features Dr. Julia Walker being captured by a man, who may have some major importance to the world.
“Helix: Season 2” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Shot digitally, picture quality is wonderful and there is a good amount of detail, especially on the faces of those who are suffering from the virus outbreak. Close-up details are wonderful and black levels are nice and deep. Skin tones look natural and for the most part, the series looks great on Blu-ray. I didn’t notice any artifacts or major banding issues during my viewing of the series.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Helix: Season 2” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and dialogue and music is crystal clear. While the film is shot in an island, there is good ambiance with the surroundings but in terms of action, there is good use of the surround channels, especially for the final two episodes.
“Helix: Season 2” comes with the following special features:
- Deleted Scenes – Featuring 11 deleted scenes
- Outtakes – (3:11) A short clip featuring outtakes from season 2.
“Helix: Season 2” comes with an UltraViolet code.
When I first watched “Helix”, it had the feeling of “Resident Evil” (the movie) in terms of virus outbreaks and also its full sheer of violence.
With the second season of “Helix”, it was a much more enjoyable season as the main characters are now in an island inhabited by religious cult and there was no denying that the TV series “Lost” came to mind, with inhabitants of an island shut out from the world.
With a new direction, new characters and not getting to heavily entrenched with the world of the immortals but more becoming a series about three scientists trying to stop a virus outbreak, you also have your horror element as people exposed to the virus are killing people in wicked ways and we also see the main protagonists also put into horrific situations.
Once again, the series does not allow one to get to captivated with a character because chances are, they may die. No one is safe in the series and the wicked and violent scenes do not disappoint at all.
If there was one thing that some may not like are the two storylines that happen throughout the series, as they are from two different timelines. Once again, another situations that was featured on “LOST” and also confused many viewers, the same could happen with this series if it becomes to convoluted with flashbacks and storylines in the future.
But still, I can’t help but say that I enjoyed the second season because of its twisted, dark storyline and then leaving us with another season finale that leaves us with more questions but also giving viewers something to chew on and anticipate for the third season.
As for the Blu-ray release, the season is helped by allowing the main characters to explore outdoors and also to interact with so many other characters in the island. Picture quality for the most part is very well-done, with great detail and no signs of major banding or noise. The lossless soundtrack is crystal clear with crisp dialogue and music, while ambiance of the island and the numerous action sequences do sound very good. As for special features, you are treated with deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Overall, if you enjoyed the first season of “Helix”, you’re in for a treat with a much more twisted, dark and enjoyable second season. Recommended!
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