Odyssey 5 (2002–2004)
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Five astronauts are sole survivors of an inexplicable apocalyptic event that caused Earth to suddenly blow up. An alien AI construct that's investigating similar incidents arrives and sends them five years into the past to stop the event.




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Episode credited cast:
Angela Perry (as Tamara Craig Thomas)
Gina Clayton ...
Marc Taggart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shuttle Pilot
Richard Blackburn ...
Daneen Boone ...
Holly Culverson


The astronaut crew of a space shuttle looks on in horror as they witness the violent destruction of the Earth. However, they are given a chance to change humanity's fate when a sympathetic alien sends them five years into the past. Their mission--find out who's responsible for the plot to destroy the planet. Can they deal with their own pasts while saving the world from the mysterious organism known only as "Leviathan?" Written by kechara420

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Earth can be darker than space.






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21 June 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chuck Taggart decodes a word before passing out: LEVIATHAN. Peter Weller (Chuck Taggart) Stars in a deap sea thriller titled "Leviathan". See more »


When the crew are attempting to rescue Angela from her spacewalk, the flight director says he's going to order the shuttle Discovery to intercept her. However, the displays at NASA all indicate that the shuttle is the Odyssey. See more »


Chuck Taggart: Where are you? Are you okay?
Neil Taggart: [into phone over noise:] Ye - I'm okay. I - I - I'm okay, I'm at a *party*.
Chuck Taggart: A party?
Paige Taggart: [to Chuck] A *party*?
Neil Taggart: Dad, we're back. We're *really* back. This is *incredible*.
Chuck Taggart: Yeah, I know, Neil. Where's this party?
Neil Taggart: Uh, I don't know... um.
[looks around]
Neil Taggart: Oh my God, it's at the Fischers.
Chuck Taggart: Okay, stay right there. I'll be right over.
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Followed by Odyssey 5 (2002) See more »


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Written by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
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Wow! Shockingly good!
16 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Previews of this show left me with a bad taste in my mouth, but I was totally wrong. The first half of the pilot has been the weakest segment so far, but stick with it.

Just gets more interesting with every episode. Heavy on plot and characters. The promos compared it to the xfiles -- really a quite inaccurate comparison in so many ways (stylisticly and thematically). This is no vague "oh the truth is out there", but a gritty desperate attempt to prevent a concrete disaster.

Even commerical-free pay channels shows often feel like they have spaces for the future insertion of commericials (ie, they tend to be broken up in 5 mini acts or whatever) but O5 don't play like that. The pacing and style are real breath of fresh air. Resolutions to episodes feel like a natural progression forward of the show instead of a deus-ex machina reset button -- they play right into an overall meta-narrative.

There are places you can nitpick a few technical details (ex. the midi 'code' or the 'feeding on waste code' explanation of the ai organisms) but the fundamental concepts are sound, and very interesting. Check it out. From the beginning if possible, with digital cable showtime shows things a million times on one of the 6 or 7 channels.

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