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NOT ASCENDING

I just wasted an hour and a half watching the first episode of Ascension, the latest Canadian offering being run on the SYFY Channel.

For a little while, I thought I was seeing the prelude to something worthwhile: a ship to the stars which started in 1963 (before Nov 22nd.) For a while I thought it was going to be a ship off course, which would make it Aniara, a nifty atonal post-modern Opera by Karl-Birger Blomdahl. But it wasn't that.

Somebody gets murdered. So, I thought it might be a neat film noire, like The Maltese Falcon which starred the inimitable Humphrey Bogart. But, no, it wasn't that well acted, and there was no John Huston, back from the dead, to make the proper directing choices.

But it turns out that it was just a repeat of an original Star Trek Plot, only it's meaner. It's an elaborate experiment that's been going on for over 50 years to see if the people can tough it out for the 100 year trip to the planet. Oh, and there's a kid, born on the "ship" who is psychic, and the canton of the US flag is laid out wrong - those might make things more interesting in one or two more episodes, but I'm not holding my breath.

Also there's - Bad military! Bad, Bad military. Get the idea?

Lots of technical boo boos, like, the .22 short bullet from the wound is pristine, and a guy gets sucked out into space where there is no vacuum (because it's not in outer space, but back on Earth).

I might look in on it, just to find out if Kennedy was killed because he found out about the operation, but other than that, it's just another movie that you want to bang your head against a concrete wall, after seeing it. One more thing - the Captain did it.