It is my understanding that as of today, there is still some question as to whether Helix will be renewed. The purpose of this letter is to urge you to please green-light a second season. For, after only nine episodes, it is quite clear that Helix is a science fiction masterpiece.
Here are the factors leading me to that conclusion:
1) Writing – Although the theme of scientists working with viruses in the arctic is not new to the realm of science fiction, Cameron Porsandeh and the entire writing team have brought new life to the paradigm. The sci-fi genre is rife with cliché, but the writers of Helix have taken us to new levels of originality and intrigue. From the overall plot-line to the most subtle of dialogue, I am consistently awestruck by what arises from the minds of those who write the scripts.
2) Acting – Many studios today seem to feel that all that is needed for a hit show is actors with fit bodies, sculpted faces and whitened teeth. Unfortunately, they’re quite often right. However, after nine episodes, it is readily apparent that the main players within Helix are exceptionally skilled at their craft. Each and every one could easily take on a role in Downton Abbey or a production of the Royal Shakespeare Company and do it well. It is such a joy to watch a series where not once have I thought, “How is this person even working? They must just have a good agent.”
3) Cinematography – Stephen McNutt clearly and consistently shows brilliance with the lens. A simple analysis of only two minutes from one episode shows the care, precision and inspiration that goes into camera use throughout the entire series. For me, every week is an exercise in visual bliss.
4) Music – Many series will either utilize generalized themes or simply insert a crowd-pleasing popular song into their soundtrack. But from my perspective, it feels like Reinhold Heil looks at every single minute of every episode and asks himself, “What would be perfect for just this moment?” From the elevator music to traditional scoring to the sledge-hammer distortion of a guitar, the use of music in Helix is unrivaled.
5) Producers – Any adult in any field that has ever been responsible for the overall outcome of a project can tell you how difficult it is to bring a team together that can produce something that is much greater than its individual parts. Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore and Steven Maeda have accomplished that. One can tell that Mr. Moore and Mr. Maeda care about what they do and that shows on all levels of the Helix creative process.
I believe I fall within the primary demographic of those whom you and your sponsors would want watching the show. Hopefully my words carry some weight and are representative of others that may not have the time to voice their opinions.
However, when deciding upon the renewal of Helix, consideration has to go beyond the immediate demographics-reach and short-term monetary goals. The continuance of a franchise that will one day rank on the same levels of importance as Alien (1979) and Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)will indicate that those with programming control at SyFy were not only concerned about money, but about promoting substance and creative brilliance as well.
Please renew the one show being broadcast today that is exceptionally crafted on all levels. It’s only a matter of time before millions and millions of people see the series for what it is: a masterpiece.
I can honestly and without reservation put forth that if Helix is not renewed, I would truly question keeping a cable subscription.
The world doesn’t need Sharknado 2. It needs a second season of Helix.
I thank you for your time.
Sincerely,Stephen Sumner Founder/Executive Editor OptimalHumanModulation.com
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