So if you didn't catch Extant on weds or thurs--here's a summary below. I thought it looked promising. Halle's same old hair style was blah, but liked her clothing on the show.
Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) is a woman on a mission. Well, rather, she was
on a mission. Now that she's back from space and pregnant with what we
assume is some sort of alien baby, she's a little confused — erm, more
than a little.
As are we, actually. But that's the delight of Extant, a
wonderful trifle of weirdness with layers of WTF-ery. We expected
nothing less, though, as the show is executive produced Steven
Spielberg. A gorgeous pilot with vivid and sharp space scenes that could have easily been directly ripped from a big-budget film.
Speaking of the out-of-this-world elements, it was in Molly's space
flashbacks that we got a better sense of what's cooking inside Molly's
lady oven. The gist? Early in the episode we learned that Molly's former
lover Marcus died many years ago, and she still thinks about him. He is black
Then, while she was in orbit, we found out she saw Marcus
and had an encounter/possible kiss/possibly more with him. Or something
that looked like him, at least. Then, boom, she came back to Earth after
13 months in space and learned she was preggo.
The problem is she's going to have a pretty hard time logically
explaining her encounter to anyone, as she erased on the on-board tapes
that recorded her interactions with this familiar-yet-unfamiliar being.
(WHY DID SHE DO THAT?!) Also, you couldn't see him in the videos,
anyway. So, actually, having the tapes wouldn't have mattered.
Normally, this much would be enough oddness to power a few seasons on
a show, but Molly has problems on Earth, too. One of them is named
Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). He's a robo-boy. Well, technically he's something
called humanich and was designed by Molly's husband John (Goran Visnjic, aka Dr. Kovac from ER). He is cute, swirlers would be proud, lol.
These kid-bots are designed to respond to emotions and mimic the human
experience — except viewers are led to believe that Ethan is anything
but a happy-go-lucky droid.
The kid is freaking creepy, and Molly senses it. Definately most creepy!
In one scene, she reminded John that a battery pack isn't a heart and
the fight got intense. It's clear John doesn't see it the same way.
(Internet time-waster alert: CBS made a site where you can design your
Molly isn't the only one with doubts about battery-powered boy. When
John did a presentation about his project, he was met with questions
about robot uprisings and so forth. Rude, considering the boy was in the
room with them. But also fair questions. Once again, John was insulted
by this skepticism, and stormed off, leaving his potential investors in
the dust. (John, can't wait to see you get empaled by a robot.)
One investor, however, did see potential in John's project. He's a
man named Yasumoto, who agreed to privately back the project. Except
John doesn't know that Yasumoto is into super shady business of some
sort with Molly's bosses and was once preserved in jelly. Or something.
Why and how are not immediately clear.
The episode leaves off on one more note of creepy: A former coworker
of Molly's — not the one she saw in space — returned from the dead to
warn her about potential threats all around her. Does he mean the boy?
Does he mean John? Does he mean her bosses? Does he mean her fabulous
casual wear? WE DON'T KNOW.