In space, no one can hear deja vu

July 5, 2014 7:06 AM

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If you guide your hopes to a slightly lower orbit, CBS’ futuristic summer series “Extant,” starring Oscar-winner Halle Berry and premiering Wednesday night, isn’t the space disaster one might have feared — especially if you supply your own oxygen in the form of harmless mockery.

As with nearly every piece of sci-fi television programming that lands on my desk, “Extant” quickly runs up its credit cards when it comes to borrowing imagery and ideas from other classics. Some scenes are heavily aped (including more than one nod to “Extant” executive producer Steven Spielberg’s o...

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