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ReGenesis: Season 1
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Cloning, bioterrorism, genetic engineering, not since the atom bomb has science had such potential to change the world. Canada, Mexico and the United States have created a trilateral task force, The North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission, or NorBAC, to investigate questionable advances in the fields of biotechnology, bio-weaponry and nanotechnology.
The Toronto based organization struggles to understand the political, legal and personal underbrush in which new science has become entangled.
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Baby Bomb – Episode 1 It’s a race against time to identify the cause of a deadly virus, spreading rapidly and headed straight for the city. It’s up to NorBAC to identify patient zero and contain the outbreak. David must also deal with the unexpected arrival of his teenage daughter Lilith (Ellen Page). Spare Parts – Episode 2 Lilith befriends Mick, who is dying and desperate for David to help him discover if he really is a clone and possibly save his life. Meanwhile, NorBAC has managed to locate patient zero and must proceed with the interrogations at “Hazmat City”. Was this an act of Bioterrorism? The Face of God – Episode 3 Mick turns to Lilith, who helps him steal evidence from the scientist who apparently cloned him, his own father. Meanwhile, Caroline suggests that Hira has possible terrorist links and shuts her out of NorBAC. Prions – Episode 4 NorBAC investigates an outbreak of brain wasting prion disease (mad cow) in humans. The victims are spread out across North America. The most surprising is a 5 year old girl, since the disease normally takes 7 years to show. David suspects his old friend Danny, a major league hockey player, has undergone a process to have himself genetically modified. The Oldest Virus – Episode 5 As the search continues for the source of the deadly prions, NorBAC zeros in on a large agribusiness they suspect of selling infected chickens. David tries to convince Danny to stop gene therapy. Caroline insists that David interview Jill Langston for the vacated virologist position at NorBAC.
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It is a shame that this series is it not more widely available. Why this very good series was never picked up by American television is a mystery. Season 1 is the only season available in the USA on DVD and is difficult to find.
The show was on for 4 seasons but so far only this season is released, Too bad would love to see all of it.
I really wish this had run primetime in the US. I only found it because I was a nocturnal student.
I really wish more TV shows tried a fiction science (fictional stories about real science) bend instead of the traditional science fiction which is getting very stale.
Look, I liked the series. I liked the fact that they tried - not completely successfully in my view - to make the science only just beyond what is currently achievable. And I really liked that among the extras they included a snippet of educational material about genetic engineering etc. But it fell down for me in a couple of places.
The first was the lab itself. I've worked in microbiology research labs. I've never seen a lab so dark. It was clearly done for ambiance etc, but in reality labs just aren't like that. They're light airy places because lets face it, as someone handling any sort of culture or chemical you want to be able to see what you're doing. Second where was the biological containment? They're dealing with among other things the Spanish flu, that's not stuff you leave simply lying around on a work bench.
Never mind. That's probably just a pet peeve of mine. What let the series down as a drama for me was the lead actor. I found him so over the top - moody, arrogant, insensitive and basically insufferable that I didn't believe him. I certainly didn't believe him as a father. I get that they wanted him to fill the eccentric obsessed scientist role, but quite frankly I don't know any scientists like that. And to be honest someone who was that way wouldn't be hired and he would absolutely never be put in charge of other people.
However the stories were good, the rest of the cast were good, and a few did outstanding acting in some of the minor roles.
Video quality: 1 star (DVD), 3 stars (Blu-ray)
Season One was selling for an incredibly low $6 new on DVD, so I picked up a copy... and quickly discovered why it was only $6. The curse of the letterbox: if you don't mind watching a screen within a screen (this one is black bars at the top/bottom AND both sides, in a well intentioned attempt to retain the integrity of the aspect ratio and picture quality), then by all means, spend $6. I'm accustomed to left/right black bars on old TV shows (4:3) and likewise can also cope with the top/bottom bars of many widescreen films (like 2.35:1), but when confronted with 4 black bars you somehow feel betrayed (the first time I experienced this unfortunate scenario was with Birds of Prey). To retain my sanity, I abandoned the DVD set and subsequently purchased the German release of ReGenesis seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-ray (which is what you will receive if you order the Blu-ray) in hopes of seeing a reasonable presentation. While the picture quality doesn't live up to what we expect from Blu-ray (it's a bit snowy in the brighter scenes), it does discard the black bars (filling the entire screen), and is as good of a [presumably] remastered version as we will ever see.
* 5 stars >> if << you love science, less than that if you don't. ReGenesis is certainly full of fiction to keep it sensational for a broader audience (bioterrorism, human cloning, biological warfare, potential pandemics), but since the writers also assumed an audience can have an attention span longer than 10 seconds, there isn't an avoidance of portraying and talking about real science in ReGenesis. We can guess why less than three dozen reviews have been written for a season that was released on disc several years ago... intelligent scripts with college level discourse: we can't have that!!
That's not to say that there isn't soap opera drama. The Chief Scientist (David) sleeps with the new Lead Virologist (Jill) before she joins the research team. David's daughter, played by a very young looking [pre-Juno] Ellen Page, comes to stay with him for half the season. Page is by no means the only excellent actor in the season.
The music of ReGenesis is particularly engaging. Aside from HBO, the opening sequence is among the best produced for television; the music puts you in the mood fantastically, and I crank up the volume loud every time I watch the opening sequence.
Final thoughts: Although episodic, there is an overarching theme in the season. You would think the US Ebola scare of 2014 could draw people to watching ReGenesis, but apparently not, even when Ellen Page is added to the mix.