Warning: Spoilers Ahead
There is a new mini-series titledÂ AscensionÂ coming to Syfy in November that we all should be excited about. The premise is a ship (named Ascension, thus the title) is sent in 1963 on a century-long mission to seed a new space colony with a group of men, women and children to insure the survival of the human race. But, when a woman is mysteriously murdered on the ship, everyone begins to seriously question the true nature of their mission.
The stars of the series areÂ Brian Van HoltÂ (Cougar Town, The Bridge)Â as the ship’s captain William Denninger; Tricia HelferÂ (Battlestar Galactica)Â as the captain’s very manipulative wife; Viondra Denninger, Al Sapienza (The Sopranos, Person of Interest);Â and Andrea Roth (Rescue Me)Â as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce. Van Holt and Helfer are joined byÂ Tiffany LonsdaleÂ as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus;Â Jacqueline ByersÂ as her daughter Nora Bryce;Â PJÂ BoudousqueÂ as Noraâ€™s love interest; James Toback andÂ Ryan RobbinsÂ as Safety Officer (and Emilyâ€™s husband) Duke Vanderhaus.
We wereÂ able to chatÂ with EP Levens and the cast this weekend at SDCC to learn more about the series andÂ we areÂ even more excited now. This isn’t just a group of people on their way to a new space colony. This is a century-long trip, and so, the ship is essentially transformed into a mini-society. The ship itself is massive with the set piece itself five stories high. All of the cast said that the set is more elaborate than those one would expect for a feature film. All aspects of the ship were designed to mimic real cities and there is even a real beach on the vessel. There are societal classes on the ship, with the elite/assholes (as Levens put it himself!) on the upper deck and the ordinary, working-class people on the lower deck. All marriages are arranged and you are allowed to have children only when the “birth computer program” says you can. This is all done to insure the population on the ship stays under control and it is enforced with birth control. Â This truly sounds like an amazing show.
But, don’t take my word for it! Â Check out our press room interviews, and see for yourself!
AscensionÂ premieres November 14th on Syfy.
Executive Producer Philip Levens
Tricia Helfer as Viondra Dellinger
Brian Van Holt as Captain William Dellinger, the leader of the ship but one with a dark past
Al Sapienza as Councilman Rose, a man who is having an affair with the Captain’s wife in hopes of taking over the ship
All photos credited to Mary Powers/TV Goodness.
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