Picks and Pans Review: Mission Genesis
Sci-Fi Channel (Mondays, 7:30 p.m. ET)
You want to know what we’re doing here—six complete strangers with almost blank memories on a crippled ship in unknown space,” one crew member says to another in the second episode (July 28) of this Canadian-made sci-fi series. Frankly we would have expected such a basic question to be answered in the July 21 premiere, but the characters spend that half hour shaking the cobwebs off their brains after a 500-year cryogenic snooze, arguing over who’s in charge and dodging a hostile spacecraft. Once the premise is finally laid out, it’s fairly intriguing: The crew is on a mission to repopulate plague-devastated Earth.
Although the Sci-Fi Channel labels the crew members “20-somethings,” actors Gordon Michael Woolvett, Craig Kirkwood, Nicole deBoer, Jason Cadieux, Sara Sahr and Kelli Taylor look more like the Saved by the Bell kids in low-rent Star Trek costumes. It’s no shock that their characters turn out to be clones.