Television

Futuristic and Dystopian Shows You May Have Forgotten About, But Shouldn’t

Ascension

Premise:

Inspired by the real Project OrionAscension looks at an alternate reality where in the 1960s, fear of the Cold War sent 600 volunteers into space to colonize a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. Now, 51 years later, the group is halfway through their mission and during a celebration, the first murder ever occurs.

Over the duration of the three-part miniseries, questions arise as to the true nature of the mission and is full of twists and turns you never see coming.

Why It Was So Good:

If you like Mad Men, the creators of this miniseries try to vaguely replicate that 60s feel…on a space ship.

Tricia Helfer (Battlestar GalacticaLucifer) plays the captain’s wife in a overtly sexual way that has you question what parts of the 1960s these children and grandchildren of the original volunteers were taught. The murder mystery is a nice backdrop to what this mission really entails…

…and the actual reveal of what’s going on will hook you, guaranteed. The science fiction that comes into play in the latter act isn’t bad and honestly, makes you wish it got renewed for a second season. Or at least one more episode.

Where Can I Watch It?:

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