CBS’s new show, Extant, revolves around a female astronaut known as Molly that goes on a 13-month solo space mission for the Yasumoto Corporation, a private sector company. She returns home to re-adjust to life with her temperamental Android son Ethan, and her Atheist and scientist husband John who works for the Humanichs Project which is an organization experimenting in the creation of human robots. Although she has made her return, something went terribly amiss in the space station she had spent the 13 months and it threatens her job as well as humankind.
As interesting as that sounds, I do, however, consider the premise a bit far-fetched. I mean, how does one lady get sent to outer space for a mission and spend 13 months by herself? And there, she deletes incriminating video footage of something happening to her in the space station that should realistically be wired with live feed for the private firm to supervise her safety and well-being up there. But hey, maybe that’s just me. Other than that, I actually like the rest of the plot set in a futuristic time, with advanced technology like smart mirrors, smart photos, smart projectors and android robots. Also coupled with the nice production values, it really gives off that cool, in-depth look into the prospects of the future of our world.
Halle Berry delivers a surprisingly good performance as astronaut and faithful wife, Molly Woods. Her glow and charm radiates on screen and I found myself captivated by her presence. She actually gives a solid performance in the lead role. One thing though, and it may be minor, when we see Molly (Berry) in the space station, why does she have perfectly styled hair and pristine make-up on? I think every person who knows that they’re alone wouldn’t really worry about these things. Right? For me, it takes me out of the world a bit and makes it seem less real. But again, that may be just a minor issue for me personally. Goran Visnjic plays her husband John Woods and his character has good depth with his science over religion theory, which is typical of a scientist, but also stands up for what he believes in, the latter which makes him likeable. Pierce Gagnon is quite good in his role playing the moody Android son, Ethan Woods, who is the center piece of John’s Humanichs Project and also taken in due to infertility problems between John and Molly. You also have Hiroyuki Sanada portraying Hideki Yasumoto, the Chairman of Yasumoto Corporation and Michael O’Neill as Alan Sparks, one of the top Board of Directors, both of which are very intriguing to watch.
Overall, I think this Extant has a decent amount of potential and I hope within the next few weeks that the show blossoms and gives us an interesting story which gets people talking. I don’t foresee anything outstanding, but the show is likeable for any sci-fi nut and maybe even some who aren’t (like myself). Give it a watch and see what you think!