Snowbound scares in Syfy’s “Helix”

Syfy calls its new series “Helix” “an intense thriller.” In other words, it wants you to jump out of your skin.

Premiering at 10 p.m. on Friday with two back-to-back episodes, the program recalls not only plague dramas but the scary confines of films like “The Thing” as it drops a team of scientists into an arctic research facility that has experienced a lethal outbreak of … well, that is to be determined. What is clear is that it is something nasty, and it may need to be contained before it spreads beyond the snow-surrounded operation.

And, even as early discoveries hint at an explanation of what has happened, it’s not enough to ease the feeling that something terrible lurks, inside and outside.


10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10



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