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The Odyssey 

Following an accident, young Jay Ziegler falls into a coma. While his family and friends must continue their lives in the Real World, Jay finds himself in the magical Downworld on a quest to return home.
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1994   1993   1992  
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Series cast summary:
Illya Woloshyn Illya Woloshyn ...  Jay Ziegler 39 episodes, 1992-1994
Ashleigh Aston Moore ...  Alpha / ... 39 episodes, 1992-1994
Tony Sampson Tony Sampson ...  Flash / ... 39 episodes, 1992-1994
Janet Hodgkinson Janet Hodgkinson ...  Val Ziegler 38 episodes, 1992-1994
Andrea Nemeth Andrea Nemeth ...  Medea / ... 28 episodes, 1992-1994
Mark Hildreth ...  Finger / ... 23 episodes, 1992-1994
Jeremy Radick Jeremy Radick ...  Fractal / ... 18 episodes, 1993-1994
Dwight Koss ...  Dr. Max Oswald 17 episodes, 1992-1994
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Following an accident, young Jay Ziegler falls into a coma. While his family and friends must continue their lives in the Real World, Jay finds himself in the magical Downworld on a quest to return home.

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Canada

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English

Release Date:

9 March 1992 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Den eventyrlige reisen See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Edgemont: Out of Control (2001) See more »

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The most original and thought provoking show that I watched as a kid.
13 January 2014 | by sean-bardgettSee all my reviews

I loved this show from the first moment I watched it. I had a hard time getting the chance to see it at first because I only had basic cable back then and it wasn't until YTV picked up the show that I was able to see it in its entirety.

This show focuses on a 13 year boy named Jay Ziegler who falls out of a tree house while trying to retrieve his father's telescope from Keith and a group of his friends that pretended to befriend him. As a result of the fall, he is knocked unconscious and ends up in a coma. This is only the start of Jay's problems, as he finds himself in an elevator that transports him into the "down world" a place where only kids exist and no one exceeds the age of 15. This world is comprised of Jay's subconscious and exaggerates a lot of the struggles that Jay eventually deals when he comes out of the coma. As the series goes on he tries to find ways to get back to his own world and eventually realizes that the key to doing so is to find his father who traumatized Jay by faking his own death and abandoning him.

The story overall was very original and well written. It was a shame that they didn't continue it because I think it would been interesting to see if his fathers past would have added on to the troubles that Jay already had trying to grow and adjust to the real world again. There was still enough meat on the bone that there was always new material that could have been found. You also have to give credit to the actors of the show as well, such as Tony Sampson, Ashleigh Moore, Andrea Nemeth, and of course Illya Woloshyn who played Jay to perfection. Considering that most of the cast members were kids they were very convincing in the roles they played.

Overall the show's theme was really good as it shows kids the consequences and challenges of growing up and how finding the truth can make you feel like a child.


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