Yes, the comparisons to The Thing are obvious, and indeed, Ronald D. Moore did work on the sequel to John Carpenter‘s endlessly seminal horror movie before creating this show.
But Helix is going to have to create a personally all of its own to survive in the long run.
Judging from how Moore contributed to the reinvention of Battlestar Galactica I’d say that’s looking like a real possibility.
Helix will be bringing an unusually high level of polish to SyFy in January. Looks like a potential winner.