Odyssey 5 – Sci-Fi has another good show!??!!?
Just watched Sci-Fi’s new Odyssey 5 on the old DVR. How on Earth did sci-fi make another good show? It was well thought out, technically accurate (mostly) and the acting was pretty good.
I’m really pleased to see Peter Weller in a good role. He’s probably most famous for the original Robocop, but I remember him back as Buckaroo Banzai (yes, I have the DVD!). The other acting was a little wooden, but it’s a first episode. you have to develop gross character first, then get into the deep characterization.
Peter Weller plays Chuck Taggart, commander of the shuttle crew. Taggart must again try to repair fissures in his family. Of course, now he knows that they will be torn apart unless he can find new ways to resolve things.
The rest of the crew-members are in similar situations.
Christopher Gorham plays Neil Taggart, Chuck’s son, the only one of the group who must deal with returning to his teen years. Tamara Craig Thomas portrays Angela Perry, who must watch her father sink into the blackness of corruption while serving as a U.S. senator.
Sebastian Roche′ plays pessimist Kurt Mendel, a scientist who would rather coast to the end; and Leslie Silva plays reporter Sara Forbes, trying to save her young son from a fatal cancer.
The show opens with Weller and the crew of the space shuttle Odyssey 5. While they are doing a live TV spot, the Earth is destroyed. Looks vaguely like a temporary black hole. The shuttle is damaged and they lose one of the crew when the hab module in the shuttle bay breaks free. And one is knocked unconscious. The remaining four fight a fire, then slowly lose a battle to O2 deprivation.
Then, the deus ex machina (and the whole point behind the show) comes in to save them. A large alien vessel appears and brings the shuttle to a safe landing. The sentient aboard (some kind of quasi-crystalline entity called (not named) The Seeker) tells them that the Earth and many other worlds (including his own) have been destroyed. Since they are the only survivors that he has ever discovered in 300 years of following the destroyed worlds, he has a plan. He will send their information back in time five years. It is impossible to send physical structures back five years, but he can send their memories and give them that time to figure out what is happening and stop it.
Taggart quickly agrees since the unconscious crew member is dying. The crew wake up, five years ago. Taggart and the journalist are in bed. Neil is at party. And…. Angela Perry is on a spacewalk in LEO.
All-in-all, this seems like a good cast. If the writers continue to do good things, then this will be a very interesting show. I’ve already got my DVR set.