By: Kaila Sept, Contributor
CBS’s EXTANT brings a feature film feel to the small screen, bringing together talented actors, stunning cinematography, and a cast with great chemistry.
Halle Berry made her television debut last night as Molly Woods, an astronaut returning home after a year of conducting random experiments in space. An eerie mood was set from the start, as we saw the immediate effects that her mission had on her. She is also desperately trying to re-connect with her husband John Woods (Goran Visnjic), a scientist who is attempting to create a new breed of humanoid artificial intelligence. One of his creations is their son, Ethan, who is starting to go through changes, noticed mostly by Molly, as the years go on. These changes are not necessarily positive, and showcase the negative effects of creating this type of artificial intelligence, and the ramifications of creating intelligence that only showcases a behavior that resembles love, but is not actually love. John’s project isn’t well received by his peers, and they dismiss it from the start. Businessman Hideki Yasumoto (Hiroyuki Sanada) takes a chance on it, and we are left to tune in next week, and all season most likely, to see how his project will effect his family, and the world.
During the hour long drama, we are told Molly is infertile, which is why her husband created Ethan. Early on, it is revealed that somehow she came back from her solo trip pregnant.This will play a huge part in Molly’s story, and affect all of those around her. We are also left with more questions than answers about Ethan, who will most definitely play a huge part in driving the plot of the show forward.
“Extant” has the potential to be very successful, and last night we were given a taste of something that pulled the audience into a world of conspiracy, mystery, and sci-fi. Its debut provided the viewer with a refreshing idea that will keep people coming back for more.
Tune in to CBS next Wednesday at 9 PM ET/PT for the next episode of “Extant.”
Kaila is a Canadian writer who loves connecting with the entertainment community. Currently, she is making her way down to Los Angeles to live her dreams of doing yoga on the beach, writing for film and TV, and working hard in an industry she is passionate about.