Extant Extinction Event
Wdealt with the sudden pregnancy of astronaut Molly Woods ( Halle Berry) after more than a year alone in space, it ended on something of a cliffhanger, with Molly’s alien child on the lam. “In the second season,” says executive producer Mickey Fisher, “we’re gonna find out that there are consequences that lead to a deeper mystery. We’ve got a lot of new cast, new worlds, new things that we’re exploring, and a big blockbuster movie told over 13 hours.”
The show’s two principal additions for this season are names very familiar to genre fans: Watchmen and Supernatural star Jeffrey Dean Morgan and The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey.
Morgan plays JD Richter, “who is our cop of the future,” explains Fisher’s fellow exec Greg Walker. “In the first episode of the season, he gets a call to respond to a murder investigation. He shows up and runs immediately into Molly. They end up together across a large portion of the season. He’s strong, tough, sexy, the classic rogue – there’s definitely some sparks.
“The other character we’re introducing is the head of the G lobal Security Commission – a little like Homeland Security, the NSA , the CIA – General Tobias Shepherd, played by David Morrissey. He has known Molly for years, and he’s always had a bit of a thing for her. So she’s caught between these two guys in a triangle.
“Beyond that we’ll be introducing some new aliens and some new robots. Battlestar Galactica is really a touchstone for us as far as what ethics are involved when you’re talking about synthetic life that is almost identical to us in every way, and what’s different in how we all treat each other. That goes all the way back to Asimov.”
Extant is back, but will it hold our interest this time?