It's been over a decade since Tricia Helfer's Number Six sauntered onto our television screens, ringing in fear and humanity-ending chaos with every click of her sky-high heels. The icy beauty broke hearts, necks, and spaceships on Battlestar Galactica, but even though it's been years since the critically-acclaimed show ended, she's never forgotten her sci-fi roots. She's lent her voice to Mass Effect and StarCraft, and now she's returning to the small screen for SyFy's Ascension. Take a walk down sci-fi memory lane before checking out the first trailer for Helfer's brand new space opera.
In the beginning... "Are you alive?" Helfer's first line (also, the first spoken line of Battlestar Galactica) is strange and alien — but not quiet as strange and alien as the scene of seduction and then destruction that follows.
Helfer played a number of humanoid Cylons on BSG who, among other things, wiped out most of humanity. That is the face of an intelligent robotic being who is not sorry for what she has done.
Helfer's Six wasn't just about ending humanity. Sometimes she was downright helpful.
And while she sort of tormented her sometimes-boyfriend Gaius, she also could be quite motivational.
No, seriously, she was a big fan of slow clapping.
Sometimes she would wear clothes while talking to people.
...And sometimes she didn't.
But Helfer wasn't just "that blonde in the red dress" on BSG — she busted out multiple nuanced performances, including several Cylon copies (each with varying degrees of loyalty to the Cylon cause) and "Head Six", a figment of Gaius' imagination. (Okay though, yes, Helfer did wear that red dress like 99% of the time.)
She was also someone you did NOT want to mess with.
After BSG ended, Helfer went on to land roles on Burn Notice, Two and Half Men, and more, but she also threw in a few fun sci-fi gems with video game voiceover work. Here's some of her most memorable quotes as Confederate ghost Sarah Kerrigan on StarCraft II.
She also voiced EDI, the Enhanced Defense Intelligence AI aboard the Normandy SR-2, on Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
For her next upcoming project, Helfer will play Viondra Denninger on SyFy's Ascension. Ascension tells the story of a self-sustaining generation ship sent to assure the survival of the human race in an alternate universe (a universe inspired by JFK's real-life Project Orion). Helfer's character wields a lot of authority on the ship as its Chief Steward. She's also a manipulative power broker who just happens to be married to the ship's captain. Is that all up Helfer's alley or what?
Check out the first trailer for Ascension!
Ascension will premiere on SyFy on November 24, 2014. Will you be tuning in?