1-Up on Wall Street: Comcast Looks to Cure Syfy With "Helix," While Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Suffers Its First Failure

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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  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 12:56 PM, PsiKick wrote:

    SyFy is a pox on the name science fiction. Not only is little of the actual content science fiction but with the vast amount of ads and late hour infomercials the content is barely even 50% of the air time. And most of the content is really bad.

    Worse, I'm sure they retained the rights to sci-fi when they changed their name so they'll prevent a real sci-fi channel from ever appearing.

    I remember when it was first announced and everyone was hoping the channel would at least be dedicated to all the sci-fi movies that have been made, maybe with late night airings of all the old B-grade stuff. Instead they have infomercials. What a complete letdown that channel has been. I am a sci-fi nut and I never watch that channel, Fox news has more sci-fi content.

  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 5:37 PM, Dolo wrote:

    I will absolutely not see days of future past. I'm a film buff, that is to say I know a little more than the average. Trust me, the movie will be a huge disappointment. The reason is Bryan Singer. The best x-man movie to date is x-man: first class. The one he did not direct. He has a string a failures and for the life of me I don't understand why studios still fund his movies.

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