HELIX: Can A Virus Creating Immortals Be Stopped? (2014)


When HELIX first premiered it was easy to assume that the virus that had infected the Vectors was something destructive and must be cured. But as the series went on, viewers learned how the virus was carefully manufactured to create a crisis specific enough to lure Julia Walker (Kyra ZaorskY) along with the CDC team helmed by Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) to the remote Artic Bio Labs – all because the virus needed to be tested and Julia, as the biological child of Hatake (Hiroyuki Sanada), was selected to be the perfect test candidate.

So infecting Alan’s brother Peter (Neil Napier), one of the Artic Bio Labs researchers, was all just part of a master plan to help an already immortal group of people (known simply as “The 500”) find a way to infect the entire planet and weed out the undesirables; thereby expanding their race of immortals who would be the only remaining survivors.

Sounds a bit convoluted, but that is essentially how HELIX played out. It was not an uncontained virus run amuck, but rather a strategic plan to lure the necessary people to one location under the perfect testing conditions.

As recent episodes showed, Julia and Peter and now Sarah (Jordan Hayes) were all infected and then cured; or rather, the virus mutated into a controlled form that created the new level of human evolution. The silver eyes is a dead-giveaway of someone who was infected and survived. Hatake and the now departed Constance Sutton (Jeri Ryan) were the first to display the silver eyes, soon to be followed by Julia and Sarah. There is an assumption that Peter has those silver eyes too given his miraculous survival from the virus as well.

With one final episode remaining to HELIX’s first season, it remains to be seen if Alan will also be infected and cured as well. And just what role has Alan played in all this? He was instrumental in helping create the specific cure or ingredient to take the virus to the next level. He was just a pawn in this game of cultivating human evolution to immortality.

That is but one half of the HELIX story. The other half surprisingly involved one of Ilaria’s own security officers, Major Sergio Balleseros (Mark Ghanime) and his discovery that children from around the globe had been abducted and experimented on over the years by Ilaria – including himself. He along with a resourceful local, Anana (Luciana Carro) , piece together what happened and in the process reunited Anana with her long-lost brother Miksa aka Daniel (Meegwun Fairbrother), the adopted son of Hatake.

ow that many of the pieces have come together, Alan and Ballesero find themselves surprisingly aligned in wanting to destroy Artic Bio Labs and the virus before Ilaria and The 500 can infect the rest of the planet. Working with Peter, Julia, Sarah, Anana and even the secretive Hatake, they hope to make one last stand against Ilaria’s assassins, including the vicious killer known as The Scythe (Robert Naylor).

The question of the final episode will be: who survives? How far will each of these people go to ensure the safety of everyone else on the planet? Or will Ilaria’s plan to bring about a new global evolution finally come to fruition?

To see how the final battle comes together and who (if any) survives, be sure to tune in for the season one finale of HELIX on Friday, March 28th at 10:00 p.m. on Syfy.

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