TV Series Review
After years of trying, Molly Woods finally got pregnant. Cause for celebration, right?
Well, not so much. See, she'd been away from her husband, John, for 13 months.
On a solo mission.
In the vacuum of space.
If just one of those factors had been in play during Molly's conception, the whole situation would've been, at the very least, awkward. But all three? Houston, we have a problem.
Extant, a CBS summer sci-fi series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, is a surprisingly daring show for a network that has thrived for years on a regimen of crime procedurals and salacious comedies. Starring Oscar-winner Halle Berry, it has the flavor of Lost in space—a freaky, futuristic vision that contemplates nothing less than the meaning of life, both human and otherwise.
The Strong-Willed Child
Really, the fate of humankind all seems to be connected to Molly's progeny. Her space baby was born and grew incredibly fast. Now it appears to be wandering around the world getting other human women pregnant. And because the resulting babies grow so disturbingly fast even while still womb-bound, the mothers all die—turning the miracle of birth into a very disturbing alien invasion.
Meanwhile, Molly's other unnatural child—a boy-android named Ethan who "suffers" from a memory-wipe—has been transferred to the care of Julie Gelineau, head of a program that's designing ever better and more lethal human-robot hybrids.
Focus on the Alien Family
All this makes Molly and her kin some of the most interesting folks on the TV block. Nearly every new episode seems to tinker with another ethical conundrum, and Halle Berry's Molly gives the show quite a lot of emotional resonance.
But given Extant's love for dabbling in alien-human hookups, sex is a big and bad theme. The show has aired sexually charged scenes, and sometimes the pairings we see, given all the humans and aliens and androids running around, can be rather discomforting. Violence and peril are part of the mix, too.
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Halle Berry as Molly Woods; Goran Visnjic as John Woods; Pierce Gagnon as Ethan Woods; Brad Beyer as Harmon Kryger; Camryn Manheim as Sam Barton; Tyler Hilton as Charlie Arthurs; Sergio Harford as Marcus Dawkins; Grace Gummer as Julie Gelineau; Michael O'Neill as Alan Sparks
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