Helix Finale - To Live and Die in L.A. (Or in this case, the Arctic.)
It's been a few days since the season finale of Helix but the reverberations are still being felt across the TV viewing world like chasms cracking open the Arctic surface. (And swallowing Ilaria henchmen.) (Or is it henchwomen?)
When Spencer flipped the switch that led to the destruction of the Arctic Biosystems station it seemed to seal the fate of many of our Helix acting faithful. However, in the short and stunning epilogue we witnessed three of the characters that survived the carnage.
As noted in my previous post Dr. Julia Walker (Kyra Zagorsky) was plainly seen along with Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) and Dr. Peter Farragut (Neil Napier). One could safely assume we will see all three in the next season of Helix that was recently announced.
But not so fast.
Helix showrunner, Steve Maeda, has recently stated only two of the aforementioned three are signed to reprise their roles leaving Neil Napier out in the cold and wandering the streets of Paris. (That doesn't sound that bad.)
Yes, Billy Campbell and Kyra Zagorsky will be back but they will be joined by the shirtless wonder himself, Major Sergio Balleseros played by Mark Ghanime. Sergio returned to Arctic Biosystems in the company of Anana and Tulok in search of Daniel "Miksa" Aerov. I'd like to think Sergio did this out of fealty or, dare I say it, love for Anana. But it seems he had an ulterior motive as well and that was the retrieval of the list of kidnapped Inuit kids that Hatake was keeping in his head.
Why is this important to the Major? Has he turned over a new leaf and is about to right the wrong he is complicit in for the children's disappearance? Maybe his love for Anana has compelled him to do so.
Or is it something else?
Finding the location of the missing kids, now presumably adults like Miksa, and securing their safety (read kidnap them all over again) would ensure his safety from any reprisal from Ilaria since he didn't always play nice with them. The "kidnapped" would also serve as useful chits as trade with Ilaria or perhaps Hatake in order to further Hiroshi's own research. Or for that matter, any research the CDC may want to conduct on them. (Although it was hinted at the CDC doesn't buy Alan's story.)
What of Anana and Tulok? As characters I fear for them. Tulok wasn't nearly as fully formed a character as Miksa. I think everyone had a lot of affection for the character of Daniel Aerov. I for one certainly did. Especially after his tragic sacrifice. Can this affection easily be transferred to Tulok? I'm leaning towards no but you never can tell. The character's saving grace may have been the reaction of Hatake upon seeing Tulok and he alternately sputtered out both "Daniel" and "Miksa." So Hatake may make it his life's work to either adopting Tulok or at least treating him like the son he just lost. Tulok was Miksa's brother! That's good news for Meegwun Fairbrother.
Luciana Carro's, "Anana" has a much steeper hill to climb in her survival chances. Let's face it, she may be more important dead. If Sergio truly had affection for her then her death would make a great motivator for him against Ilaria and Spencer. All the more reason to re-kidnap the surviving Inuits and hold them as bargaining chips. Anana's death would make powerful motivator for Tulok also. Can you picture this, Sergio and Tulok canvassing the world together, the perfect odd couple, united in their hate for Ilaria? I'd love it, Tulok's muscle and Sergio's guile. Woe to Ilaria and anyone that stands in their way.
Did Hiroyuki Sanada sign off on Hatake's death? It's possible. He's not signed for the following season and he already has a gig in the upcoming "Extant" with Halle Berry this summer. But if I was Steve Maeda I would lock this guy up toute suite. Despite his treachery Hatake proved to be a very popular character. As an example, check out the marvelous artwork submitted by Ingrid K. V. Hardy on her web page Rabid Horse. It is truly brilliant and it is testimony to the affection Hatake's character garnered throught the TV viewing public.
Sanada is the master of emotion also. His grief over losing Daniel was palpable and his passionate kiss for the now enfeebled Jane was touching to say the least. And let's not forget his devotion towards Julia. Will this be enough save his character? He did give up that list so that won't make Ilaria happy so there goes that leverage. Plus, let's not forget he betrayed Ilaria numerous times to begin with. So there is some good back story there especially in terms of revenge, both for Ilaria and Hatake. What would make Hatake's survival sweeter? Him having to act against the new head of Ilaria, his daughter Julia. The person he devoted his life to protecting.
Please, Steve Maeda, you can't pass up that juicy story line!
Would anyone be disappointed if we didn't see Robert Naylor's "The Scythe"? I sense not. But I could be wrong. As the helicopter took off he certainly survived and he would make a more than tempting target for Hatake, Alan, Sergio and Tulok. (And dozens of others I'm sure.) Still, he didn't strike me as that popular to bring back. Maybe in a guest role just to kill him off. Or, better yet, bring him back for an episode to kill off one of the aforementioned. That would really tick viewers off.
Hey, Spencer, you're useful after all.
Another juicy story line Steve Maeda.
Okay I'm running long her and I still need to cover what is up with with the impending Julia/Alan reunion. I need to talk about the new bad ass Bond, Alan Bond the equal to 007. And what about Neil Napier's role? We did see him, lots of questions there.
Yes, Candace Sutton too.
See you next blog!