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Extant is an upcoming American science fiction drama television series that will air on CBS. It revolves around a female astronaut (Halle Berry) who returns home to her family after a year in outer space.
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Mar 1, 2016 6:41PM EST
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I'm going to say that my review contains ***spoilers*** because I do discuss a couple of small details of two of the characters that you may not want to read. So you can read to my **** asterisks but no further if you prefer.

I'm really torn in my feelings about Extant. It has all the right elements for a fascinating and taut sci-fi. Alien + the Asimov Robotics series with a bit of Arthur C Clarke's 2001 thrown in. I should love it, but there's something that just doesn't gel with me.
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I normally love Halle Berry, but there is something about her character that really grates on my nerves. The chemistry between her and her husband just doesn't seem to be there. Ethan, well, I honestly don't know about the way they are developing that story line whether I'm invested in it at all. However, on the subject of Ethan, I do think that the little actor playing the part is superb. Julie just annoys the hell out of me and now the new character of Odin, really? Another baddy with an English accent? Hasn't Hollywood done that one to death already?

I actually only seem to have any connection with the character of Yasumoto. I can understand his predicament and whilst his methods are morally suspect, there is the flawed humanity in his character that resonates with the ring of truth. The rest of the characters just make me want to shout at them to stop being so stupid.

When it comes to suspense, although where the story is ultimately leading isn't necessarily obvious, each twist along the way is so obvious to the naked eye that it's visible a mile away. I want the twist to seem to take me one way but then do something unexpected. The unexpected is what sci-fi should be about.

I've given it three stars because I do want to find out why the alien is there and what it wants. But unless the characters start instilling in me a little bit of sympathy, I don't know if I can continue, sorry guys!

I'm going to say that my review contains ***spoilers*** because I do discuss a couple of small details of two of the characters that you may not want to read. So you can read to my **** asterisks but no further if you prefer.

I'm really torn in my feelings about Extant. It has all the right elements for a fascinating and taut sci-fi. Alien + the Asimov Robotics series with a bit of Arthur C Clarke's 2001 thrown in. I should love it, but there's something that just doesn't gel with me.
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I normally love Halle Berry, but there is something about her character that really grates on my nerves. The chemistry between her and her husband just doesn't seem to be there. Ethan, well, I honestly don't know about the way they are developing that story line whether I'm invested in it at all. However, on the subject of Ethan, I do think that the little actor playing the part is superb. Julie just annoys the hell out of me and now the new character of Odin, really? Another baddy with an English accent? Hasn't Hollywood done that one to death already?

I actually only seem to have any connection with the character of Yasumoto. I can understand his predicament and whilst his methods are morally suspect, there is the flawed humanity in his character that resonates with the ring of truth. The rest of the characters just make me want to shout at them to stop being so stupid.

When it comes to suspense, although where the story is ultimately leading isn't necessarily obvious, each twist along the way is so obvious to the naked eye that it's visible a mile away. I want the twist to seem to take me one way but then do something unexpected. The unexpected is what sci-fi should be about.

I've given it three stars because I do want to find out why the alien is there and what it wants. But unless the characters start instilling in me a little bit of sympathy, I don't know if I can continue, sorry guys!

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Jul 17, 2015 12:17PM EDT
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I found this really difficult to get into but now that I hear the luscious Jeffery Dean Morgan is involved (season 2) I will give it another try. Yes, I really am that shallow. ;) #eyecandy

I found this really difficult to get into but now that I hear the luscious Jeffery Dean Morgan is involved (season 2) I will give it another try. Yes, I really am that shallow. ;) #eyecandy

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Jul 17, 2014 4:23AM EDT
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Honestly one of the most interesting shows on TV at the moment. I have a feeling it will get more interesting by the episode.

Honestly one of the most interesting shows on TV at the moment. I have a feeling it will get more interesting by the episode.

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Sep 25, 2016 11:49AM EDT
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I watched all of the first season. I really wanted to like it. The premise seemed unique and interesting, but I never got back to it for season 2. The more I watched it the less I liked it. I became more of a critical viewer. I wasn't sure if it was the writing or if Halle Berry just didn't gel with the character for me. I could never quite put my finger what was wrong with this one but it was disappointing.

I watched all of the first season. I really wanted to like it. The premise seemed unique and interesting, but I never got back to it for season 2. The more I watched it the less I liked it. I became more of a critical viewer. I wasn't sure if it was the writing or if Halle Berry just didn't gel with the character for me. I could never quite put my finger what was wrong with this one but it was disappointing.

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by JoP
Oct 9, 2015 2:56PM EDT
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Gutted it has been cancelled. Liked it more and more as it went along and thought it had so much potential.

Gutted it has been cancelled. Liked it more and more as it went along and thought it had so much potential.

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Mar 11, 2015 8:57AM EDT
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I hope season 2 brings more to the table

I hope season 2 brings more to the table

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Oct 28, 2014 9:04AM EDT
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Surprisingly good considering the story line is pretty unoriginal. It's like Alien meats (insert any AI robot movie here). It has good acting and a decent story. Slightly predictable at the end. Worth the watch if you're a syfy fan. Turn up the volume, as I found they were whispering most of the time.

Surprisingly good considering the story line is pretty unoriginal. It's like Alien meats (insert any AI robot movie here). It has good acting and a decent story. Slightly predictable at the end. Worth the watch if you're a syfy fan. Turn up the volume, as I found they were whispering most of the time.

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Sep 18, 2014 3:35PM EDT
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OK, now the shows finale has happened i'll review this.

The shows based on a family of three, a mother that's still hung up over a death of a previous boyfriend that happened a few years before her marriage, a father that's so obsessed with his work he has some serious issues, especially when it comes to his son, Ethan, that's not even human, he's an android, (NOT the phone app.). Then Ethan himself that has no human morals to start with but they eventually start to activate mysteriously as the show goes on and as he grows and learns.

Two of the shows main characters, the mother and father just makes you feel depressed every time they are on screen, where as Ethan has your attention throughout most of the show as he's the most interesting character of the WHOLE cast, he easily out acts Halle Berry, (NOT that i'm a fan of hers any hows).

As the show goes on it's pretty boring to be honest, I only watched it because I wanted to see what was happening with Ethan and what he would grow into in the sense of human feelings, learning, love, ect. Which did not disapoint throughout the show. The shows greatest flaw was the fact it was too hung up on Halle Berry, her past, her depression, her therapy.. shall I go on?.. it was just trying to be ALL ABOUT HER.. when the show was clearly dominated by Ethan's story, which was fantastic compared to H.B.'s.

Over all, the show was very slow paced and boring up until they bring in the anti-tech soldier guy who wants to destroy ethan, probably because he watched too much Matrix, and terminator growing up on some classic tv channel, (as it would be known as that far in the future.. lol). Unfortunatly, this characters brought into the show at a VERY late stage and by then most people would lose interest in the show.

As the show comes to an end, you see Ethan grown as being more human like, more human traits, which he makes the ultimate choice for what a human could make and totally surprises with his choice he makes. The show ends, with a few little feel good moments and a few sad moments but over all leaves you with the sense of the writers totally ripped off the classic animes and movies.. "ghost in the shell" and "ghost in the machine".

In all, if this show gets a season 2 I will be VERY Surprised. CBS has cancelled much better shows than this and with MUCH higher ratings, but a naughty part of me is hoping they will do a second season because of how they left the show with SO MANY open doors and unfinished side plots, but i'm NOT holding my breath. If I had to count how many episodes i enjoyed out of the 13.. I would probably say 3 episodes, that includes the finale.

OK, now the shows finale has happened i'll review this.

The shows based on a family of three, a mother that's still hung up over a death of a previous boyfriend that happened a few years before her marriage, a father that's so obsessed with his work he has some serious issues, especially when it comes to his son, Ethan, that's not even human, he's an android, (NOT the phone app.). Then Ethan himself that has no human morals to start with but they eventually start to activate mysteriously as the show goes on and as he grows and learns.

Two of the shows main characters, the mother and father just makes you feel depressed every time they are on screen, where as Ethan has your attention throughout most of the show as he's the most interesting character of the WHOLE cast, he easily out acts Halle Berry, (NOT that i'm a fan of hers any hows).

As the show goes on it's pretty boring to be honest, I only watched it because I wanted to see what was happening with Ethan and what he would grow into in the sense of human feelings, learning, love, ect. Which did not disapoint throughout the show. The shows greatest flaw was the fact it was too hung up on Halle Berry, her past, her depression, her therapy.. shall I go on?.. it was just trying to be ALL ABOUT HER.. when the show was clearly dominated by Ethan's story, which was fantastic compared to H.B.'s.

Over all, the show was very slow paced and boring up until they bring in the anti-tech soldier guy who wants to destroy ethan, probably because he watched too much Matrix, and terminator growing up on some classic tv channel, (as it would be known as that far in the future.. lol). Unfortunatly, this characters brought into the show at a VERY late stage and by then most people would lose interest in the show.

As the show comes to an end, you see Ethan grown as being more human like, more human traits, which he makes the ultimate choice for what a human could make and totally surprises with his choice he makes. The show ends, with a few little feel good moments and a few sad moments but over all leaves you with the sense of the writers totally ripped off the classic animes and movies.. "ghost in the shell" and "ghost in the machine".

In all, if this show gets a season 2 I will be VERY Surprised. CBS has cancelled much better shows than this and with MUCH higher ratings, but a naughty part of me is hoping they will do a second season because of how they left the show with SO MANY open doors and unfinished side plots, but i'm NOT holding my breath. If I had to count how many episodes i enjoyed out of the 13.. I would probably say 3 episodes, that includes the finale.

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Sep 18, 2014 3:06AM EDT
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Extant finished the season strong. After a very slow start, the last 4-5 weeks have stimulated my interest like a contagion. And that fantastic ending makes the curiosity heighten. I love Ethan, his is the glue and apparently the future of the franchise.

Extant finished the season strong. After a very slow start, the last 4-5 weeks have stimulated my interest like a contagion. And that fantastic ending makes the curiosity heighten. I love Ethan, his is the glue and apparently the future of the franchise.

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Very exciting new show !
Halle Berry is great, some of the people here say her relationship with her husband is odd and unbelievable and yes they are right, it's a bit off, but she has visions of her ex, who she loved deeply and lost, so i hope that's the reason why :)
Other than that, i don't want to spoil it, so i won't write more but i've been watching a few episodes so far and i just want to know more, there is still a lot to learn, i hope it keeps on evolving the way it did so far. The cast is great and they deserve a successful tv show.

Very exciting new show !
Halle Berry is great, some of the people here say her relationship with her husband is odd and unbelievable and yes they are right, it's a bit off, but she has visions of her ex, who she loved deeply and lost, so i hope that's the reason why :)
Other than that, i don't want to spoil it, so i won't write more but i've been watching a few episodes so far and i just want to know more, there is still a lot to learn, i hope it keeps on evolving the way it did so far. The cast is great and they deserve a successful tv show.