It is the year 2099, and mankind has taken great advances in its development of space travel: people sail through space in ships powered by photon-laser engines, and parts of the solar system have been colonized. The newly-built space schooner the Starlight is launched on a maiden voyage to venture beyond the boundaries of the system. The ship comes across a wrecked spacecraft, holding one lone member: a mysterious young woman named Sara Cyanbaker. The crew later discovers a series of artifacts on a lonely asteroid, which when examined, point to an ancient Norwegian mariner's folk song which mentions the Norse god Odin. Sara starts to have strange dreams of a place called Odin; with these facts, the crew deduces that Odin may actually exist as a planet, the place of paradise that is so often spoken of in mythology. And so a perilous journey begins towards the Canopus system in search of the planet Odin, which could be the possible cradle of life in the universe... Written by
Q. Leo Rahman
This picture has a great mid-80s anime space opera look to it, reminiscent of the Captain Harlock series. The ship is a star sailor, pushed through space by streams of photons given off by suns, and the early scenes showing it getting underway are truly magnificent to watch, and give the viewer that awestruck sense of wonder to which science fiction aspires but does not always achieve. Once moving, the craft soon encounters a castaway girl, the crew decide to extend what is only supposed to be a shakedown cruise to explore a mystery that goes to the core of human existence and origins.
Be warned, however, that like a true interstellar voyage, this picture has a very long and slow middle part where nothing much happens. This is intended to give the impression of what such a voyage would actually be like and succeeds, but it also causes the film to drag heavily in the middle while still trying to keep the viewer mesmerized by images of outer space in all of its uniqueness. The action picks up when the ship finally makes its destination, a full two hours later.
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