Last night was the premiere of Extant, the new Steven Spielberg-produced, Malia Obama assisted, Halle Berry television vehicle about an astronaut's mysterious space pregnancy.
Full disclosure: I did not watch the premiere of Extant last night. This might be because I reside in the 18-49 demographic which Extant did not do well in, ratings-wise. The show "skewed older" doing well in the 25-54 demo, probably because it is on CBS, home of The Olds. (Sorry, Olds.)
However, what I did do was speed-watch the pilot this morning so I feel highly qualified to discuss. I found Extant entertaining in a because-I-wanted-to-figure-out-what-the-hell-was-happening kind of way, but mostly very, very odd. It's kind of like iRobot meets Contact. Halle Berry plays Molly Woods, an astronaut who recently returned from a space mission. She lives with her husband and their robot kid and she possibly had sex with an alien/her dead black husband while she was in space.
We here at Jezebel were a bit flummoxed by it all.
Regarding the audience
Hillary Crosley: Isn't CBS for old people though in general?
Dodai Stewart: Halle Berry Was on TV and Only Old People Cared
Kate Dries: I mean. She is not young... So that sorta makes sense. Also the show is about like pregnancy and space. Right?
Regarding the premise
Dodai: Invisible alien sperm?
Hillary: She got pregnant while in space and not having any sex I believe
Me: I don't know I'm trying to watch
Regarding Halle Berry's white cyborg child
Me: Ok a couple minutes in and she has a son but he looks very white
Kate: Isn't he like a cyborg? I feel like I saw that in the commercial. He doesn't have emotions I feel like.
Dodai: Halle Berry Went to Space and All She Got Was a Cyborg Baby
Kelly Faircloth: So it's Spore, or whatever that movie was from the 90s
Regarding her husband and alien lover
Me: At the moment she's very sad as she looks at old pictures of her cute black husband. She has a cute white husband now.
Kate: Is it Eric Benet?
Dodai: Halle Berry Went To Space And Learned About the Swirl
Me: I wonder how Mae Jemison would have felt about this? Yay black female astronauts!
Dodai: What is Olivier Martinez doing right now?
Me: Hey look! It's the mass shooter from Grey's Anatomy!
Did you watch Extant? Were you confused? Did you enjoy it? Do you know what Oliver Martinez is doing right now?
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