Helix Review: Missing Kids and Creepy Dolls

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Before this Helix episode even aired, the title struck me as quite interesting.

Perhaps I'm late to the party, but I've realized the episode titles are, in themselves, clues.

Day two introduced us to "Vectors." Day Four dealt with "The Single Strand." Last week, "The White Room" referenced the Arctic itself and we discovered Dr. Hvit's frozen head. Incidentally, cryogenic fluid is touched upon this episode, but more on that later.

Helix Season 1 Episode 6 is titled Aniqatiga, a quick search enlightens me. The word means "sibling" in Inupiaq (the Alaskan Inupiat people's language). Makes total sense, as we soon meet Daniel's sister and twin brother.

Day 6 opens with Balleseros, who was stabbed by Daniel with an ice axe being dragged away. We learn his masked savior is peace officer Anana (guest star Luciana Carro). The B-story introduced here, deals with missing children in the Arctic Biosystems area.

Anana's brother, Miksa, went missing at age four. That's right, it now seems Hatake kidnapped and raised Daniel as his own. I like this twist, and it adds yet another layer to Daniel Aerov, who at first seemed nothing more than a secuity officer.

Alan has a touching moment where he bids farewell to Doreen. It's amazing how quickly we get attached to a character and the Helix fandom mourns her as well. It took six days, but Alan finally starts to come front and center, showing more backbone this week.

He wants Balleseros to answer for his crimes, decides they need to get Julia out of Level R, and gets busy with Sarah. Of course, he also manages to hit the virus research hard and watches it "Hulk-out" like before.

The real meat of this episode, however, belongs to Julia, and her hallucinations. Yes, there's a little girl roaming her subconscious, complete with creepy doll. In this latest hallucination, Peter tells Julia that maybe the little girl is trying to remind her of something.

Julia wakes to find Hatake's wound has healed. Last week I wondered why such an extreme injury was necessary, well apparently, Hatake heals at a superhuman rate.

Julia asks what many fans were wondering, why Hatake didn't tell her Jaye wasn't real. He claims speaking to Jaye seemed to help Julia, so he didn't interfere. Is there any truth to this? With Hatake you never know what to believe.

Jules passes out and Hatake gives her a sedative. Was this red fluid really a sedative or did it somehow speed up Julia's transformation? After all, Peter has been going through this "change" for days now right?

Hatake ducks behind a yellow filing cabinet. Secret passageways for the win!

Alan confronts Hatake about the "delivery mechanism" spliced into the virus.

You put this place here so you wouldn't be regulated. So you could play God with people's lives.

Dr. Alan Farragut

Hatake finally confesses that, yes, Narvik is a delivery system. It was created to treat Cancer, all five classifications. In the bigger picture, this cure means a stop to the deadliest disease of our time. That said, because it hasn't been perfected, this gene-therapy is what's causing the vectors.

Daniel pleads with Hatake for answers and tells him he left Balleseros out in the cold to freeze. That earns him some serious backlash as Hatake slaps him, stating ominously "they will come." I'm now pretty sure the Ilaria corporation is the show's big bad, not Hatake.

We briefly meet Dr. Victor Adrian, who works in cryogenics. When Alan and Sarah were testing the virus and it hulked out, Alan used a fire extinguisher to slow the virus down. Alan makes a deal with Dr. Adrian, put Peter on ice in exchange for a ticket off the base when help arrives. There has to be more to Dr. Adrian, I'm sure we'll learn his story in the next few episodes.

Peter is placed in a special suit and it is flooded with cryogenic fluid. Dr. Adrian explains that Peter is not breathing, the fluid is keeping him oxygenated. This turn of events leads me to believe that Dr. Hvit's frozen head will come into play soon.

Hopefully, it doesn't wake up and start talking, that would completely ruin the show for me. The head obviously holds some importance to the Ilaria corporation.

I had a feeling the little girl in Julia's hallucinations would turn out to be Julia, herself. I think it's safe to say the clone theory is out the window. Little Julia informs her they are in their summer home, in Montana.    

During the turkey dinner sequence, the characters tell Julia this is all about her. As we've come to expect from Helix, for every mystery solved we get a new set of questions.

It's all about you Julia. It's always been about you.

Dr. Peter Farragut

In the dream sequence, Sarah tells Julia "you have all the answers, you just don't know it." What secret does the cabin in Montana where Julia grew up hold? Is the cabin even real at all or an implanted memory?

Yes Alan and Sarah finally hook up and just in time too, as Ilaria's CEO Constance Sutton (guest star Jeri Ryan) arrives to cause some trouble.

Julia wakes, seemingly healed, and wait for it... her eyes are silver.

What are your theories? Let's discuss the episode in even more detail in the comments. Have you missed an episode? Watch Helix online right here at TV Fanatic.

Additional thoughts...

  • Are other doctors on the base also kidnapped children? Were they the first human trials for Narvik and now Vectors?

With Narvik, the Ilaria Corporation is attempting to do what?

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Helix Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

You put this place here so you wouldn't be regulated. So you could play God with people's lives.

Dr. Alan Farragut

It's all about you Julia. It's always been about you.

Dr. Peter Farragut