Ascension Recap: Night Three
“Ascension” aired as a miniseries special from Dec. 15-17, 2014 on SyFy. Previously in “Night Two,” it looked like Christa has become more aware of what’s really going on, and Samantha, the consultant the director has brought in, might be a bigger problem than originally thought. Next up, the culmination of the miniseries. Read below for the recap of “Night Three.”
It’s now slowly unraveling: Lorelei was killed because she knew that the Ascension mission was not an actual space mission. Christa’s (Ellie O’Brien) life may be in jeopardy as well, as she’s getting more and more perceptive and resourceful. It won’t be long before people inside the Ascension would learn about the truth. Or would they? Not if Harris Enzmann (Gil Bellows) can help it. He still can control what goes on inside.
Yet, he’s been taken off and reinstated back into the project by Director Warren (Wendy Crewson) quite a number of times too. When he could no longer take the meddling for a project that he and his father has dedicated their whole lives for, Enzmann literally shoved Warren off the scene. He then instructs one of his men to tell the TC Group that the director had an accident. She “fell” on the bridge.
Back in the ship, the big Birth List Ceremony is about to happen. This ceremony is a way for those on the Ascension to be with their rightful partners. By “rightful partners,” this means that they have to be genetically compatible with the person they choose to be with, to mate and to raise a family. The birth list is like a lottery. Some get lucky, while others, like Gault (Brandon P. Bell), have to be rejected three times in a row.
Gault is in love with Emily (Tiffany Lonsdale), but Emily is already betrothed, according to Ascension’s guidelines, to Duke Vanderhaus (Ryan Robbins). To make matters worse, Gault works with both of them, side by side, on the ship’s deck with the captain. There are some issues and tension between them, but Gault, fortunately, has been sidelined by all the investigations that he’s been doing for the captain. He doesn’t realize it yet, but there are bigger things coming to play.
Back on the outside world, Stokes (Brad Cooper) has escaped Harris Enzmann’s (Gil Bellows) facility along with Samantha Krueger (Lauren Lee Smith). They’re on the run, but Samantha is hurting and bleeding as they got into a gunfight with Enzmann’s men. She sends Stokes on a trip to a convenience store alone so he could get provisions and medicine for her wound. While there, the man becomes pretty psyched that this is how the real world is like! Thankfully, he doesn’t make a run for it but returns to the motel to help Samantha with her wound.
Sometime later, the conspiracy blogger Eva (Aliyah O'Brien) arrives at the motel, but something about what she said clued Samantha in. She’s no conspiracy blogger; she’s been working for someone who wants the Ascension conspiracy covered up! But before Samantha could do anything — like expose the truth — she’s shot in the head by Eva, because according to her, the star child must be born. Stokes, however, has escaped from Eval with no trace as to his whereabouts.
In political dirty tactics news, the powerplay between the Denningers and Councilman Rose (Al Sapienza) continues. But video blackmailing and bribing aside, Viondra (Tricia Helfer) has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with, as she gained the loyalty and respect of the people, despite Rose’s tricks. She also took control of the deck quite capably, while her husband, William (Brian Van Holt) took care of the situation downstairs during a surge. The Ascension was about to fall apart and chaos has ensued. They were ready to abandon it. But the Denningers saved the day. Order returned to the ship, much to the relief of Enzmann who thought that their secret will blow up too.
Finally, the star child is, of course, Christa, whose electrically charged powers (as a genetically altered human being) brought Gault into a whole new dimension. Christa is the very reason why Enzmann and his team are so determined to press on with Ascension, despite everything that has happened. Thus, her “birth” becomes the biggest scientific project in human history. Did she transport him to a different planet? A parallel plain? A different time? No one knows for sure as the miniseries ended with this cliffhanger.
There you have it for the details of “Night Three” of “Ascension,” which aired as a miniseries special from Dec. 15 to 17, 2014 on Syfy. What do you think about the show as a whole? Did you enjoy the science, politics, conspiracy and action in the series?
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