This is a great premise with shades of Planet of the Apes. I was going to criticise it for being almost exactly the same as Threshold, until I realised this came first. It's shocking that the other show is so derivative of such an unusual and central plot theme (aliens reprogramming humans on a genetic level to do their bidding - now who's reprogrammed and who isn't).
Odyssey started with such fantastic promise and a real visceral scene as the Earth gets destroyed.
But within minutes of that real high point, things start to fall apart. The characters discover that they have 3 hours air left - they struggle to extend that to 9 hours, then do absolutely nothing with those 9 hours.
This is a perfect example of the kind of shockingly lazy writing that is only interested in getting from a to b without any care about the gaping plot holes that the journey creates.
As the only 5 people on the planet who know that it will be destroyed in 5 years, do these intrepid and reputable heroes start by trying to alert anyone? Amazing though their story is, it's actually pretty easy to prove - all they have to do is predict a few events and people will start paying attention fast. Do they try to bring in the big guns at the FBI, CIA, national government or even NASA? Nope, they run around trying to figure it all out themselves, arguing with family, trying to make money by betting, and generally being a bunch of selfish idiots.
And wouldn't you know it, the gene reprogramming lab happens to be within a few minutes easy drive from their houses. And conveniently, important key events all start to happen very visibly mere days after their arrival.
This degree of laziness makes it challenging to endure, and knowing that things have not been resolved, or the earth saved by the end of the series, which was not picked up for a second season, makes watching it a pointless and uniquely frustrating experience.
The actors do a great job with a lousy, cheesy, badly written script.
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