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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 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 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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English

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15 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Trivia

A major character is named "James Toback" and is frequently called by his full name rather than first name like the other characters; presumably this is the series writers' in-joke homage to writer/director James Toback. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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Scifi that delivers... finally.
18 December 2014 | by mike-3181See all my reviews

As I read some of these other reviews I have to wonder if I watched the same miniseries as they did. This little series was a true gem. It delivered an actual story rather than relying on a ton of (bad) CGI. Something that doesn't happen in this genre much anymore.

The entire concept was fascinating. The shocking reveal at the end of hour 2 was perfectly played. The characters are believable. The 60's environment frozen it time is fantastic. The conspiracy theorists websites and people were spot on! Loved it.

This however, is a series for thinkers. If you need to turn your brain off to enjoy a series Ascension will not be for you. I'd suggest Transformers (gag).


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