Ascension Is Now Available On DVD
No, “Ascension” is not an adaptation of the popular board game. Instead, it’s a 3 part SyFy Channel mini-series.
The story revolves around a 600 crew member spaceship (Ascension) that is on a 100 year journey to another planet that is said to be inhabitable. In the 51st year, a murder occurs which creates all sorts of chaos on board. The story toggles between a storyline on Earth and the drama on board the ship. Obviously, I’m leaving out some major story developments, but that goes without saying really.
While an epic sci-fi murder mystery sounds intriguing on paper, “Ascension” is ruined by far too much soap opera drama involving characters you don’t care one iota about. Add in a plot twist that is straight out of “The Twilight Zone” and you will likely find yourself yearning for the days when SyFy was airing great shows such as “Battlestar Galactica” or the deeply underappreciated “Caprica.”
My opinion aside, “Ascension” has developed a small fanbase that appreciates the show’s story of humanity. As such, I’m sure there will be viewers out there who will want to give it a chance.
Presentation: 1.78:1 Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extras: Digital copy, Lionsgate trailers, and a short featurette (“Ascension: A Behind The Scenes Look”) which contains set footage, interviews, plot discussions, and more.
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