When I heard about Halle Berry being part of the Extant cast, it made me very excited. She is a great actress and I figured that the TV series would be pretty good. Then I took a look at the rest of the cast and I thought, ”Hmmm … this TV series just might have a chance.”
Who’s in the cast?
Berry’s character, Molly Woods, is an astronaut married to inventor John Woods, played by Goran Visnjic. They have a child named Ethan, played by Pierce Gagnon, who is a humanoid robot and the prototype of the Humanichs Project, which John heads up.
Additional main characters include: Camryn Manheim as Sam Barton, a doctor and good friend of Molly Woods; Hiroyuki Sanada as Hideki Yasumoto, who is the head of the Yasumoto Corporation; Grace Gummer as Julie Gelineau, who is the psychiatrist assigned to assess Molly upon her return to earth; Michael O’Neill as Alan Sparks, who is the Director of the organization that Molly works for and assigned Molly to the solo project.
What’s all the fuss about at Molly’s job?
One of the first things I noticed is that Halle Berry has to make us believe that she has been on a ship by herself for a year on a solo mission. During her time on this ship, she meets a being that looked like Marcus, her ex-boyfriend. Through a series of flashbacks, it is revealed that she thought they had a one-time interaction. It is later revealed to Molly, by Sam, that she is pregnant.
The interesting thing is, she and her husband had been trying for a while to conceive, however, they weren’t able to. So you can imagine the surprise when Sam told her that she was married. You could see the angst she was experiencing as she remembered back to her encounter with the being on the ship.
Yet, later on in the show, it is revealed during one of Molly’s flashbacks that there wasn’t anyone captured on camera during the time she thought she had seen Marcus. However, the camera showed that she was going through the motions she felt were happening. All of this had happened right after there was a solar flare in Molly’s solo station’s vicinity.
Right after the solar flare occurred, Molly experience an interaction with the being and then woke from sleep about 13 hours later. In another flashback, it is revealed that Molly deleted the camera footage of all 13 hours. Thus, the big question that Molly was asked by Alan was “What happened to the 13 hours of footage that was erased after the solar flare?”
Molly trying to reconnect with her family life …
Concurrent to Molly experiencing issues with the results of being on the solo project, she’s dealing with readjusting to being back home with her husband and humanoid child. Molly is trying to reconnect with living with her husband and raising Ethan. However, there’s something amiss with the way Ethan reacts to Molly and she knows it.
On an outing to get ice cream with Ethan, Molly received a mysterious note that says, “I know what happened to you. Contact soon.”After reading it, Molly felt that they needed to leave. While grabbing Ethan’s hand to leave, she accidently knocked Ethan’s ice cream to the ground. Ethan got upset and ran away. When Molly finally caught up with him, she sees Ethan standing by a dead bird. “It was like this when I found it,” Ethan said. Molly was both surprised and confused.
Later, Molly and John had a discussion about Ethan’s recent behavior. Molly feels that something is truly wrong with Ethan, but John thinks Molly is overacting. Through John’s feelings, it is revealed that he sees Ethan as a real boy, while Molly can only see him as a Humanichs (humanoid).
Readjusting and realigning home and work
In the final scenes, we actually see part of what happened on the ship where Molly was stationed. Even though it showed that she made contact with a being that looked like Marcus, it also showed she was alone. At the very end of the show, Molly is taking out the trash and is approached by a man who just happened to be Hamon, the man who was supposed to have committed suicide. He gave her a warning before departing: “Don’t trust them.” My question and Molly’s is “Who?”
My final thoughts…
So after watching the first episode, my decision about this series is still not made. I will be watching it over the next few weeks and giving my opinion about each show. I would love to know what your thoughts are about this episode so please feel free to share your comments below.
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