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Ascension 

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A young woman's murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return.
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Series cast summary:
Tricia Helfer ...  Viondra Denniger 3 episodes, 2014
Gil Bellows ...  Harris Enzmann 3 episodes, 2014
Brian Van Holt ...  Captain William Denninger 3 episodes, 2014
Andrea Roth ...  Dr. Juliet Bryce 3 episodes, 2014
Brandon P Bell ...  Aaron Gault 3 episodes, 2014
Jacqueline Byers ...  Nora Bryce 3 episodes, 2014
Tiffany Lonsdale ...  Emily Vanderhaus 3 episodes, 2014
P.J. Boudousqué ...  James Toback 3 episodes, 2014
Brad Carter ...  John Stokes 3 episodes, 2014
Ryan Robbins ...  Duke Vanderhaus 3 episodes, 2014
Wendy Crewson ...  Katherine Warren 3 episodes, 2014
Lauren Lee Smith ...  Samantha Krueger 3 episodes, 2014
Al Sapienza ...  Councilman Rose 3 episodes, 2014
Ellie O'Brien ...  Christa Valis 3 episodes, 2014
John Ralston ...  Robert Bryce 3 episodes, 2014
Amanda Thomson ...  Lorelei Wright 3 episodes, 2014
Jessica Sipos ...  Jackie 3 episodes, 2014
Aliyah O'Brien ...  Eva Marceau 3 episodes, 2014
Rachael Crawford ...  Ophelia 3 episodes, 2014
Mark Camacho ...  Martin Carillo 3 episodes, 2014
Michelle Mylett ...  Presley Delon 3 episodes, 2014
Hannah Saunders Hannah Saunders ...  New Stewardess 3 episodes, 2014
Sebastian Pigott ...  Rawles 2 episodes, 2014
Taylor St. Pierre ...  Dwight Crouch 2 episodes, 2014
Sandi Ross 2 episodes, 2014
Cynthia Preston ...  Laura Enzmann 2 episodes, 2014
Jason Cavalier ...  Safety Officer / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Moe Jeudy-Lamour ...  Orderly 2 episodes, 2014
Martin Thibaudeau ...  Machine Shop Foreman 2 episodes, 2014
Isaiah Gero-Marsman ...  Young Gault 2 episodes, 2014
Sylvia Stewart ...  Young Gault's Mom / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Eric Davis ...  Dr. Enzmann (Young) 2 episodes, 2014
Yvanna-Rose Leblanc ...  Young Opelia / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Michael Nangreaves ...  Mitchell Egland 2 episodes, 2014
Vanessa Grimaldi ...  New Stewardess 2 episodes, 2014
Hilary Hilaire Hilary Hilaire ...  Student #2 2 episodes, 2014
Olivia Winston ...  Student #3 2 episodes, 2014
Victor Zhao Victor Zhao ...  Student #4 2 episodes, 2014
Adam Bernett ...  Ike Messmer 2 episodes, 2014
Ryan Ali ...  Mid-Level Student / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Damien Marques Damien Marques ...  Doug Bodwin 2 episodes, 2014
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Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960's that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship's population to question the true nature of their mission. The series features the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, the eponymous ship's Captain William Denninger, and Viondra Denninger, the captain's beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship's Chief Steward). Also included are Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, the ship's head doctor Juliet Bryce, the doctor's daughter, Nora Bryce, and Nora's love interest, James Toback. Written by ahmetkozan

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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

15 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Christa's last name is Valis. Valis is the name of one of Philip K. Dick's last novels, the first of an unfinished trilogy, and stands for Vast Active Living Intelligence System, Dick's gnostic vision of one aspect of God. See more »

Goofs

While the uniform protocols aboard the ship may differ from the US standards they're based on -- which means officers may wear both rank insignia pins and US Navy-style shoulderboards, which would not happen in the US military -- Gault's rank pin and shoulderboard stripes do not match. He wears the rank pin of Lt. Colonel or Navy Commander, but the shoulderboards of a US Navy Lieutenant (two full stripes). Contrast this with Capt. Deninger, who wears the rank pin of a full Colonel or US Navy Captain, and the matching shoulderboards (four full stripes). See more »

Alternate Versions

Syfy Channel originally aired the show as three 2-hour episodes (with commercials). But Netflix has divided the series into six 43-minute episodes. See more »

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Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.43 (2015) See more »

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Better than expected
21 December 2014 | by Dances with WerewolvesSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Ascension a lot more than I thought I would, and am genuinely surprised by the negative and lukewarm reviews it has received - and yet, I do have to acknowledge that most of the actual critiques are correct.

The first installment is slow, and not particularly interesting until you get to the final twist. From there, the next two installments move quicker. Also, the ending doesn't feel like an ending. Even BSG, which of course had been setting up for a series, let the initial miniseries end on a note that at least felt like an ending. There are a number of characters in Ascension who don't have satisfying arcs, and a number of subplots that aren't resolved at all. And yes, the show does have a very soap opera-ish feel to it, but not without reason: the laws of the ship restrict procreation, so sex became a currency like drugs in a prison.

The series is compelling in a way that not a lot of new shows are. The central idea, while highly implausible, is nonetheless fascinating, and opens the door to a lot of possibilities. SyFy has been introducing mostly fluff over the last few years so this had a much more mature feel to it.

I hope this does become a series, though I am skeptical as to how long the premise can hold before it gets old. The writers should have tried a bit harder to make the miniseries feel more self-contained. Still, the unique premise of the show and the complexity of the plot warrants a view, especially for science fiction fans.


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