Have you seen Helix, the new Syfy show that pits a team of doctors against an apocalyptic disease? What about the new costumes for the principal players in 21st Century Fox's (NASDAQ:FOXA) X-Men: Days of Future Past? Each is a disaster in its own way.

To sort out what these introductions mean, host Ellen Bowman turns to analysts Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers in this week's episode of 1-Up On Wall Street, The Motley Fool's Web show in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.

Tim says Helix borrows from popular tropes to deliver an experience that's at least reminiscent of The Walking Dead with a dose of longtime Fox thriller 24 thrown in. Ratings are climbing again after a post-pilot drop-off -- from 1.34 million viewers in Episode 2 to 1.39 million in Episode 3 -- a good sign for Syfy parent Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA).

Nathan isn't as sure about Helix, yet both he and Tim agree that Empire magazine's recent reveal of costume designs for X-Men: Days of Future Past are disappointing. They also agree it shouldn't matter at the box office. Singer's earlier efforts with the franchise -- X-Men and X2: X-Men United -- were unqualified hits.

Now it's your turn to weigh in using the comments box below. What do you think of Helix? Are you planning to see Days of Future Past? Please watch the video as Ellen puts Tim and Nathan on the spot, and be sure to check back here often for more 1-Up On Wall Street segments.

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