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Syfy releases first trailer for 'Helix,' new series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator

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helix trailer screengrab
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Syfy has released a haunting new trailer for Helix — the highly anticipated TV series from Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore. The series, which was officially greenlit last month, revolves around a group of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak in the Arctic. Their research eventually leads them down a more dystopian path, culminating in what the network describes as "a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation."

The show's first trailer, embedded below, doesn't offer many more plot details, though it certainly gives a clearer idea of its tone. Set against a snowy white backdrop, the camera slowly pans across the Arctic before cutting to a shot inside the team's lab. The clip's Lost-like sound effects reach a crescendo as the camera passes through each white door, before reaching an enigmatic, and undeniably creepy climax.

In addition to Moore, the show's executive producers include Lynda Obst, who produced Contact in 1997, and Steven Maeda, who served as co-executive producer on Lost. Syfy has yet to announce the show's cast members, though its first season is scheduled to air by the end of this year.