(Brandon P. Bell, Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer, Tiffany Lonsdale, Jacqueline Byers, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: A young woman's murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return.
DVD Verdict: 'Ascension' is NOT what you think it is! I will not give away any details, but if you watch the first episode, thinking that this is about a space adventure, you may want to quit watching. Don't. Please, just don't!
The second episode will develop the story a bit more, and the third episode, if you are looking for a space adventure, will give you what you were looking for.
This show is a roller coaster ride, with multiple surprises, twists and turns. The acting is believable, the special effects are good. Just enough to make it realistic, although there are some iffy spots.
Indeed, if you look up some of the early American and Russian spaceship cockpit layouts you will see where the guys who put this together got their ideas from. It's so realistic, it makes what develops in front of your eyes just all the more powerful.
The cast is assembled with actors who are less well-known, with the exceptions of Gil Bellows, Andrea Roth and Battlestar Galactica alum, Tricia Helfer, who looks really hot in this! In truth, the acting is a little bit "sterile" of emotions, but come the third episode you have kind of "warmed up" to those - that are left!
This mini-series is really about what the project, as explained in the show, says it is. The future of the human race and finding a way into space. You will see for yourself, and understand just what is going on by the end of the third episode. You will get an idea of just how deep the rabbit hole goes. BUT, and AGAIN, you absolutely HAVE to watch through the first episode, especially if your one of the people who complain about the logic of it, as there's a lot more sense to it if you can finish that whole first episode! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
"Ascension": A Behind-the-Scenes Look
Own it on DVD & Digital October 13th, 2015!