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American Odyssey 

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Three families are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.
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Series cast summary:
 Ron Ballard 11 episodes, 2015
 Suzanne Ballard 11 episodes, 2015
 Colonel Stephen Glen 10 episodes, 2015
 Joe Abrams 10 episodes, 2015
 Luc Girard 10 episodes, 2015
 Maya Decker 9 episodes, 2015
 Rose Offer 8 episodes, 2015
 Anna Stone 7 episodes, 2015
 Shakir Khan 7 episodes, 2015
 Frank MacDonald 6 episodes, 2015


Three families are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.

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The world thinks she's dead. The truth will change everything. See more »


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5 April 2015 (USA)  »

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Colonel Glen mentions in a phone conversation with Odelle (while she is in the CIA safe house in Bamako) that he was in the waiting room with her father when she was born on July 12, 1976. This is Anna Friel's (Odelle) real date of birth. See more »

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Spaced-out odyssey
6 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

I waded through this 13-part US import which like so many of these latter-day mega-series, as opposed to mini-series, has to fill a lot of minutes and didn't really do so very successfully in my view.

The connections between the various stories just never rang true, like US soldier Anna Friel's tortuous journey home where she somehow avoids serious harm at every turn, her motherly relationship with a young local boy, the straight-arrow clean-cut corporate accountant who uncovers and then seeks to make known the plot to silence Friel's story, his connection with of all people, the new female Greek Prime Minister, the geeky youngsters who also can scent the big cover-up and the female inside agent who inveigled herself into the hackers little gang of truth-tellers only to be revealed later as an assassin with a heart of pure mush...is that enough for you?

Coincidence follows coincidence with succeeding regularity, the viewer meant to recognise the topicality of military actions in the war against ISIS / Al Quaeda, the black-ops of multi-million multinational companies which put dollars over lives, with enough clout to get a three-star general in their pocket, the timely tie-in of the Greek debt crisis and the treatment of Western hostages by insurgents.

This was all just too much to believe and though I watched it all the way through, I never remotely believed any of it. The acting was no great shakes either, particularly the two teenage American children, who somehow talk like they're 10 going on 25. Anna Friel just doesn't convince as a multi-lingual, battle-hardened soldier and Peter Falconelli has no personality at all as the whistle-blower Peter Decker.

There was some good cinematography, especially Friel's escape through the desert but in the main, I found the cross-cutting between one plot strand and another somewhat contrived and even confusing. The theme of big-business corruption, a complicit US armed forces and techy-nerds able to hack into the most secure official filing systems just piled on the clichés as did the turned-out-all-right ending although the mystifying final shots of Friel re-entering the country under a newspaper reporter's name were obviously inserted as a teaser for a hoped-for second series that didn't materialise.

Which I think is about right. With its army of strange and unusual characters (I haven't mentioned the Muslim transvestite TV personality, the hulking, can't-be-killed paid mercenary and the homosexual uber-geek with his housebound mother), for me it just never gelled, never felt remotely real plus the addition of the word "American" to the title by the producers just smacks of desperation, trying to capture the homeland patriot audience.

This is one 12 hour tour-of-duty it's really not worth soldiering all the way through.

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