When a sci-fi series comes around that's not only better than average, but also "really, really good", it's sad when it's short-lived. "ODYSSEY 5" only lasted one season on Showtime, and even though a couple of episodes fall short of the mark, the majority are terrific, and when the last episode finishes, viewers will wish there were more.
The intriguing premise revolves around a US space Shuttle(ODYSSEY) on a mission to repair a satellite, when the crew witnesses the Earth exploding. While the crew awaits their pending demise due to the vanishing oxygen, an alien ship appears and rescues the crew. The alien known as "The Seeker" offers the crew to travel back in time five years, in the hope of preventing Earth's destruction. Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems. There are unique, innovative, sometimes confusing obstacles for the crew to overcome.
The writing is typically clever, and even humorous in spots, but for the most part, the show manages to be gripping and suspenseful, as we keep rooting for the various characters to come through in each episode, even in situations wherein it actually doesn't seem to be in the cards.
As the series was created for SHOWTIME, there's a fair amount of female nudity.
SONY has preserved the show's original 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and contrast is impressive, even in the darkest scenes.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's an impressive mix, however the bass is a little lacking when we'd expect it to be most involving. There are plenty of separation effects and dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Series creator Manny Coto and the series star, Peter Weller, offer a commentary for the pilot episode. Unfortunately, Coto doesn't take the opportunity to resolve some of the show's unanswered plotlines.