Academy Award -winning producer Steven Spielberg comes a sci-fi thriller that hinges on the meaning of family and the essence of humanity.
When astronaut Molly Woods (Academy Award winner Halle Berry) returned from a 13-month solo mission aboard a space station, she did not come back alone. Against all odds and explanation, she is pregnant.
Her doctor Sam Barton (Golden Globe winner Camryn Manheim) is baffled. While Molly acclimates to life back on earth, she struggles to make sense of the events surrounding her miraculous, mystery pregnancy and tries to balance life with her ambitious husband and increasingly enigmatic son.
After her husband John (Goran Visnjic) and she were unable to conceive, he used his skills as a robotics engineer to create their “son,” Ethan is a “humanich” – a humanoid robot who serves as the prototype for John’s career-defining project. Science and emotions collide as Molly tries to keep her family and life together.
As details of her space journey emerge, it becomes clear that one daring mission is poised to change human history.
What We Thought:
Why is it that Steven Spielberg makes such great movies, but then as soon as his name is attached to a TV show, it ends up being half as good as it could be? Terra Nova, Seaquest, Smash, Falling Skies… all these shows have their fan bases, but I didn’t love any of them, and none of them were out and out hits (with the exception of Falling Skies.)
Extant, unfortunately, falls into the same trap. It wants to be really smart sci-fi, and it is. But it’s too smart. Somewhere along the line, the show runners tread in all the smarts for any trace of emotion.
Extant is one of the coldest shows I’ve seen on TV in years. From the sets to the lighting to the characters to the acting, everything about this show is cold. There isn’t a trace of warmth to it.
And while I appreciate its trying to elevate some lofty ideas onto mainstream television, the end result is that it’s just… boring.
The show looks great, with high production values, but ultimately, I just couldn’t get interested in the “drama” at all. Probably because nothing that happens is very dramatic.