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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:
...  Viondra Denniger 3 episodes, 2014
...  Harris Enzmann 3 episodes, 2014
...  Captain William Denninger 3 episodes, 2014
...  Dr. Juliet Bryce 3 episodes, 2014
...  Aaron Gault 3 episodes, 2014
...  Nora Bryce 3 episodes, 2014
...  Emily Vanderhaus 3 episodes, 2014
...  James Toback 3 episodes, 2014
...  John Stokes 3 episodes, 2014
...  Duke Vanderhaus 3 episodes, 2014
...  Katherine Warren 3 episodes, 2014
...  Samantha Krueger 3 episodes, 2014
...  Councilman Rose 3 episodes, 2014
...  Christa Valis 3 episodes, 2014
...  Robert Bryce 3 episodes, 2014
...  Lorelei Wright 3 episodes, 2014
...  Jackie 3 episodes, 2014
...  Eva Marceau 3 episodes, 2014
...  Ophelia 3 episodes, 2014
...  Martin Carillo 3 episodes, 2014
...  Presley Delon 3 episodes, 2014
Hannah Saunders ...  New Stewardess 3 episodes, 2014
...  Rawles 2 episodes, 2014
...  Dwight Crouch 2 episodes, 2014
2 episodes, 2014
...  Laura Enzmann 2 episodes, 2014
...  Safety Officer / ... 2 episodes, 2014
...  Orderly 2 episodes, 2014
...  Machine Shop Foreman 2 episodes, 2014
...  Young Gault 2 episodes, 2014
...  Young Gault's Mom / ... 2 episodes, 2014
...  Dr. Enzmann (Young) 2 episodes, 2014
...  Young Opelia / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Michael Nangreaves ...  Mitchell Egland 2 episodes, 2014
...  New Stewardess 2 episodes, 2014
Hilary Hilaire ...  Student #2 2 episodes, 2014
Olivia Winston ...  Student #3 2 episodes, 2014
Victor Zhao ...  Student #4 2 episodes, 2014
...  Ike Messmer 2 episodes, 2014
...  Mid-Level Student / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Damien Marques ...  Doug Bodwin 2 episodes, 2014


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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15 December 2014 (USA)  »

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Two of the 'abducted' scientists revealed as members of the 63/70 are named Alfred Bester and Fritz Leiber, also the names of influential science fiction writers of the era the Ascension was supposed to have launched. Alfred Bester is also the name of the psi cop on the show Babylon 5. See more »


Throughout the series we see the occupants of Ascension apparently experiencing normal Earth gravity. In deep space there are only two ways to simulate the effects of gravity; either you build a ship that rotates around a central axis, where centrifugal force gives the appearance of gravity at the rim, or you rely upon thrust from the engines. Since Ascension is clearly not cylindrical (all through the series we see flat floors and a deck layout along the axis), the apparent force of gravity must therefore be provided by thrust from the engines.

To approximate the gravity of Earth, the engines would need to provide a constant acceleration of 9.81m/s2. At this acceleration, the ship would reach 97% of the speed of light in just 2 years and the journey to Proxima Centauri (Ascension's quoted destination) would take roughly 5.2 years. In the show, the ship has apparently been en route for over 50 years, almost 10 times as long as the journey should take.

Such a speed would not be possible for a ship of this type in any case, as it would need a huge shield against interstellar material and an impossibly large fuel load.

All of this is simple math and physics and could be questioned by any reasonably well-educated person in the 1960s; it's inconceivable that none of the crew or other people on board would not have questioned this inconsistency. See more »


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

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I liked it, I liked it a lot. Best thing SiFi has had on in memory!
18 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

I liked it a lot. The story is far fetched, however most good science fiction is. Getting you to believe that, HEY this could be done is part of the fun. The special effects were very good for the most part, great in other parts. The cast was strong I thought and kept it together. In a couple of places the story was jaw dropping. I don't know what some of the folks were seeing that did not like it. Once again I LIKED it a lot and I have been watching science fiction for over fifty years. I need ten lines. O.K., I DO NOT place spoilers in reviews, that is dumb. The fans should see it for themselves and enjoy the show with out knowing what is coming. This series in particular has some sharp twists and turns and add to the enjoyment of the piece. Is this enough said? Oh yeah, I do not misspell. Grammar can be a problem. Good night.

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