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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
2009 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
Eight astronauts living aboard an international spacecraft on a mission through the Solar System, as the world watches from billions of kilometers away. Full summary »
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Great cast, good production values, okay direction...painful scripts See more (139 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 28)

Ron Livingston ... Maddux Donner (13 episodes, 2009)

Malik Yoba ... Ted Shaw (13 episodes, 2009)

Andrew Airlie ... Mike Goss (13 episodes, 2009)

Paula Garcés ... Paula Morales (13 episodes, 2009)
Florentine Lahme ... Nadia Schilling (13 episodes, 2009)

Karen LeBlanc ... Eve Weller-Shaw (13 episodes, 2009)

Eyal Podell ... Dr. Evram Mintz (13 episodes, 2009)

Dylan Taylor ... Steve Wassenfelder (13 episodes, 2009)

Christina Cox ... Jen Crane (13 episodes, 2009)

Laura Harris ... Zoe Barnes (13 episodes, 2009)

Ty Olsson ... Rollie Crane (12 episodes, 2009)

Zahf Paroo ... Ajay Sharma (11 episodes, 2009)

Maxim Roy ... Claire Dereux (11 episodes, 2009)

William C. Vaughan ... Arnel Poe (11 episodes, 2009)

Peter Howitt ... Trevor Williams (8 episodes, 2009)

Lara Gilchrist ... Sharon Lewis (6 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Fred Gerber (3 episodes, 2009)
Sturla Gunnarsson (3 episodes, 2009)
Peter Howitt (3 episodes, 2009)
David Straiton (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
James D. Parriott (10 episodes, 2009)
Sheri Elwood (2 episodes, 2009)
Meredith Lavender (2 episodes, 2009)
Marcie Ulin (2 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
Ben Brafman .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Michael Chechik .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Michael Edelstein .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Sheri Elwood .... producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Craig Forrest .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Ron French .... producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Tim Haines .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Brian Hamilton .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
James D. Parriott .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Original Music by
Shawn Pierce (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Stephen McNutt (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Alison Grace (4 episodes, 2009)
Stein Myhrstad (4 episodes, 2009)
Peter Forslund (3 episodes, 2009)
Allan Lee (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting by
Heike Brandstatter (unknown episodes, 2009)
Coreen Mayrs (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Design by
Stephen Geaghan (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Direction by
Susan Parker (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jonathan Lancaster (10 episodes, 2009)
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ceilidh Dunn .... assistant makeup artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Patricia Murray .... key make-up artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Pauline L. Tremblay .... key hair stylist (7 episodes, 2009)
Sandy Monesmith .... key hair stylist (6 episodes, 2009)
Matthew Aebig .... special makeup effects artist (3 episodes, 2009)

Bill Terezakis .... special makeup effects designer (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Management
Craig Forrest .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 2009)
Robert Hardy .... executive in charge of production: CTV and SPACE (13 episodes, 2009)
Anne Marie McGinn .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
Fraser Robinson .... executive in charge of production: CTV and SPACE (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Riley Walsh .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 2009)
Bobby Bastarache .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2009)
Jack Hardy .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2009)
David Markowitz .... first assistant director: second unit / first assistant director (3 episodes, 2009)

Paula S. Kyan .... third assistant director (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Gavin De West .... assistant property master (13 episodes, 2009)
Lisle Fehlauer .... set dresser (13 episodes, 2009)
John Gallagher .... illustrator (13 episodes, 2009)
Harry Griffin-Beale .... construction coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Bill Morrill .... lead carpenter (13 episodes, 2009)
Mark Prior .... lead dresser (13 episodes, 2009)
Norm Spence .... paint coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Brendan Taylor .... set dresser (13 episodes, 2009)
Terry Weaver .... property master (13 episodes, 2009)
Matthew Wilson .... props (13 episodes, 2009)
Charlie Schrodt .... set dresser (11 episodes, 2009)
Tamara Gauthier .... set dresser (10 episodes, 2009)
Tiara Motem .... property buyer (10 episodes, 2009)
Jerry Staar .... props (9 episodes, 2009)
Michael Hall .... set dresser (7 episodes, 2009)
Crystal Strode .... graphics (7 episodes, 2009)
Timothy Oakley .... prop fabricator (6 episodes, 2009)

Dave Asling .... specialty props (unknown episodes, 2009)
Peter Ochotta .... set designer (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Rick Bal .... production sound mixer (13 episodes, 2009)
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Kris Casavant .... sound effects editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Glen Noseworthy .... foley recordist (13 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Nowak .... supervising sound editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Kelly Cole .... re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2009)
Greg Hewett .... boom operator (12 episodes, 2009)
Bill Mellow .... re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2009)
Joe Watts .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2009)
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer (7 episodes, 2009)
Christopher M. Ray .... assistant re-recording mixer / foley mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Belen .... adr mixer (2 episodes, 2009)

Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Special Effects by
Andrew Chamberlayne .... special effects supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Brent Boulet .... visual effects artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Jess Brown .... visual effects artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Marco Cantaluppi .... digital compositor (13 episodes, 2009)
Dale Fay .... visual effects supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
Gavin Jung .... visual effects artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Jason Korber .... digital compositor (13 episodes, 2009)
Christopher D. Martin .... supervising digital compositor (13 episodes, 2009)
Henry Peng .... visual effects artist / digital artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Chris Pettigrew .... digital compositor (13 episodes, 2009)
Chris Roff .... visual effects producer (12 episodes, 2009)
Shelley Maclean .... visual effects editor (11 episodes, 2009)
Mike Leeming .... associate visual effects producer / associate vfx producer / ... (10 episodes, 2009)
Shannon Caldwell .... digital compositor (9 episodes, 2009)
Perry Hyunwoo Sohn .... visual effects artist (8 episodes, 2009)
Steve J. McLeod .... digital compositor (7 episodes, 2009)
Brett Dowler .... visual effects producer (5 episodes, 2009)
Jon Rhinehardt .... digital compositor (5 episodes, 2009)
Brenda Li .... digital compositor (4 episodes, 2009)
Michael Lemon .... visual effects artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Bruce Woloshyn .... digital compositing artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Shaun Martin .... visual effects technical support (2 episodes, 2009)
Brent A. Steinberg .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2009)

Matthias Lowry .... digital compositor (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Stunts
Mike Mitchell .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 2009)
Maja Stace-Smith .... stunt double / stunt double: Laura Harris (6 episodes, 2009)
Rick Pearce .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 2009)

Chad Sayn .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes, 2009)
Lani Gelera .... stunt double: Paula Garces (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Akehurst .... lightboard operator (13 episodes, 2009)
Glen A. Dickson .... camera operator: "b" camera (13 episodes, 2009)
Lee Mills .... rigging electric (13 episodes, 2009)
Guy Paterson .... rigging gaffer (13 episodes, 2009)
Dylan Paul .... balloon light technician (13 episodes, 2009)
Mike Sankey .... digital imaging technician (13 episodes, 2009)
Brian Daniel Smith .... key grip (13 episodes, 2009)
Tim Spencer .... camera operator: "a" camera (13 episodes, 2009)
Jay Stroburg .... set wireman (13 episodes, 2009)
Jeff Trebenski .... gaffer (13 episodes, 2009)
Moni El Batrik .... camera trainee (6 episodes, 2009)
Jan Klompje .... camera trainee (5 episodes, 2009)
Rusty Deluce .... first assistant camera "a" camera: second unit (3 episodes, 2009)
Lee Gibeau .... dolly grip / grip (2 episodes, 2009)
Lennart Nilsson .... microscopic cinematography (2 episodes, 2009)

Tom Chen .... computer and video playback operator (unknown episodes, 2009)
Herb DeWaal .... rigging key grip (unknown episodes, 2009)
Pauline Heaton .... underwater cinematographer (unknown episodes, 2009)
Jason Tidsbury .... light balloon technician (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada (13 episodes, 2009)
Steve Brooksbank .... original casting / casting (13 episodes, 2009)
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada (13 episodes, 2009)
Amy Nygaard .... casting assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Laura Obenaus .... casting assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Outcast .... casting: Germany (13 episodes, 2009)
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting (13 episodes, 2009)
Mary Jo Slater .... original casting / casting (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Armstrong .... costumer (13 episodes, 2009)
Summer Eves .... truck costumer (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Andrea Dixon .... colorist (13 episodes, 2009)
Heather Nevin .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Wes Irwin .... associate director of post-production (12 episodes, 2009)
James Lawson .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2009)
Jennifer Pearson .... first assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)

Peter Forslund .... first assistant editor (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Music Department
Natasha Duprey .... music supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
Adam Lastiwka .... composer assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Shawn Pierce .... composer: theme music (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Transportation Department
Bill Janssen .... transportation coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Barrie Poirier .... unit driver (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Chris Anderson .... assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Rey Astronomo .... computer/video playback coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Corey Bramall .... computer playback designer (13 episodes, 2009)
Brett Conrad .... story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Dave Erickson .... creative consultant (13 episodes, 2009)
Stephen Harmaty .... head of production: Omni Film Productions (13 episodes, 2009)
Susan Nirah Jaffe .... creative consultant (13 episodes, 2009)
Corey Jones .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
Adam Lash .... assistant to writer (13 episodes, 2009)
Meredith Lavender .... story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Roberta Mayer .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2009)
Jennifer Osborne .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Lewis J. Peach Jr. .... technical consultant (13 episodes, 2009)
Karen Pelrine .... assistant production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Chris Provenzano .... story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Jessica Sawaf .... assistant to producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Kent Sponagle .... location manager (13 episodes, 2009)
Simon Cavan Taylor .... assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Marcie Ulin .... story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Mark Van Ee .... key production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Nicole Marostica .... publicist (12 episodes, 2009)
Vivien Pfeffer .... key production assistant (12 episodes, 2009)
Andrew Buziak .... payroll accountant (8 episodes, 2009)
Temple Rohl-Burdekin .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2009)
Faria Khan .... production office assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Ross Framo .... computer playback supervisor (4 episodes, 2009)
Larie Stoley .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
Colleen Reid .... assistant to director (2 episodes, 2009)

Devin Senft .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes, 2009)
Matthew Tingey .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2009)
D. Aubrey White .... key production assistant (unknown episodes, 2009)
Lee Jeffery .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Nicole Stojkovich .... second assistant coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min
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Certification:
Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Singapore:PG

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43 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Great cast, good production values, okay direction...painful scripts, 20 November 2009
Author: Turambar-3 from United States

The first things I noticed about this series, of course, were the good acting and great CG effects. Then the funny stuff started happening - contemporary clothing and cars over forty years in the future, astronauts who wouldn't have made it past a preliminary interview, trite dialogue, made-up technical details like faster-than-light instant communication from Venus, and General-Hospital plots.

I feel badly for everybody involved with this series other than James Parriott. The people and the sets are very pretty. The music cues us to laugh when the comic relief arrives. We get long music videos twice an episode. For the most part sexual innuendo is completely skipped because it's too subtle - the characters talk constantly about sex because the writers don't know what else astronauts would talk about. The editors gave us lots of long, pregnant moments to give us time to consider the incredible implications of every emotionally charged moment. We're even given lots of "Let's do this" and "when you do this thing that we do" dialogue to remind us that we're watching true heroes, in case we've forgotten. And every episode ends with an honest-to-god "You see, Timmy..." eternal lifetruth.

Admittedly, the plot holes are sometimes pretty large, but that's normal for TV, right?

The whole problem here is that audiences are sometimes too smart. This series should be a rich emotional and philosophical stew but it's really a bowl of thin watery gruel. The "Grey's Anatomy" female demographic doesn't get enough to satisfy, and the sci-fi crowd gets what's left over after the bowl has been licked clean. Without women and sci-fi fans there weren't enough people left to watch this series, and that's too bad for everybody. It's especially bad for anybody who wants to make a sci-fi series for a major network in the near future, because this one will make it tough.

There's a quote from James Parriott that I think is worth including here. "I was reading in The New Yorker how stock market swings follow Pi, the fractal equation. And that's sort of a scary thing, that it just moves. You can plot the right dips and curves that it does indeed move fractally, and that just blows me away. There's just tons of stuff we don't know."

This quote explained loads to me. The problem is that Parriott didn't understand what he was reading, and he got it completely garbled, *and then, being a TV guy, he based a new TV series on his garbled version of what he thought he'd read.* Oh no.

Now, for those who haven't seen Parriott's reveal of where the series would have gone next season, I'll summarize (and no, I'm not making this up):

- Nadia turns into a man. - Donner's vasectomy reverses itself for the second time, so does Zoe's hysterectomy, and he gets her pregnant. - Wassenfelder becomes autistic, making him extra, extra smart, because everybody knows autistic guys are extra, extra smart. - Arnel loses his leg in training, forcing them(?) to recall Zoe. - Jen is forced to kill her bunny in order to have the guilt necessary to see the "fractal objects". - Eve realizes she's supposed to be on the ship, so they put her on a "resupply mission". - Rollie goes to jail again, but when it's necessary to get Eve to Mars Rollie leaves town in a big way. - Goss realizes the "fractal objects" made him a bad guy. - We never find out what the "fractal objects" are, or in fact, what makes them "fractal objects", because frankly, I'm a math guy, and I didn't see no "fractal objects". - Sharon and Walker may still be alive on Mars, but that wasn't completely decided.

There's some good news about all of this that means a lot to me, even though it probably won't mean much to most people. This series has cured me of television for a while. And, as the script writers say, that's a Good Thing.

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