Last night CBS aired the premiere of the highly anticipated summer series, Extant starring the beautifully talented, Halle Berry. Extant begins with the return of Molly Woods from a solo mission in space which lasted for 13 months.
Berry’s character obviously needs readjustment time to blend back into the daily routine after being in isolation for so long. The tension begins to mount when Sam Barton, played by Camryn Manheim (from The Ghost Whisperer), confronts her friend and colleague after getting back the test results of Wood’s examination upon returning to Earth. Mystery unfolds when the viewers learn that even though Wood’s was alone on a solo mission, the astronaut returned pregnant.
As the show continues, questions arise about what is exactly going on with Berry’s character and her husband, John Woods, played by Goran Visnjic , formerly from ER. Viewers begin to unravel the story of how Wood’s was previously married or in love with someone else, Marcus Dawkins, played by Sergio Harford.
As Wood’s begins to have flashbacks and tries to piece together what really happened out there in space, viewers get a glimpse of when and how Wood’s becomes pregnant.
After a solar flare messes with the spaceships electronics, Woods finds herself in what seems to be a hallucination when she is faced with the presence of Marcus, who has supposed to have died. Unaffected by the lack of gravity, Dawkins walks up to a floating Berry who struggles’ trying to make sense of what is going on.
Another side plot that is very interesting is the son Molly and John have, Ethan. Ethan turns out to be a prototype robot that has become their son, because the couple were having a very hard time getting pregnant on their own.
However, even in the first episode, seeds are planted in the viewer’s mind that something is not all right with this robot boy and they are left with a sense that Ethan is or will be an antagonist to Wood’s.
The entrance of character Hideki Yasumoto, played by Hiroyuki Sanada from Lost, adds yet another intriguing twist. Yasumoto who himself was “awakened” from some kind of cyber sleep has a rather peculiar interest in Wood’s and appears to already be aware of her situation. In order to keep a close eye on Wood’s condition, Yasumoto funds her husband’s robot project.
For lovers of science fiction or shows like Lost, Under the Dome, Extant starts its season off with a bang. With an incredible cast and with Berry leading the show, audiences this summer can rely on Extant to give some thrills. Steven Spielberg is executive producer and was created by Mickey Fisher.
The show began with pretty good ratings, pulling in a total of 9.4 million viewers. Time will only tell if the Halle Berry’s new series, Extant will have what it takes not to go extinct. Extant airs Wednesdays on CBS 9/8c. CBS is also doing something different with Extant, joining up with Amazon Prime, with Prime releasing episodes a mere four days after the network airs them.
Extant, starring Halle Berry is a must see TV series promising twists and turns. Check out Amazon Prime for episodes missed. The question on all audiences minds that have watched the first episode is, “ Just what is this baby going to look like?” Hopefully, it takes after Berry/Wood’s.
By Derik L. Bradshaw