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Odyssey 5 - The Complete Series

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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?"

While flying under the ratings radar on Showtime, Odyssey 5 drew loyal fans with a premise that could have yielded fascinating developments beyond its 19-episode run. Before taking show-runner jobs on UPN's ill-fated Star Trek: Enterprise and Fox's 24, creator-writer-producer Manny Coto dreamed up this provocative pastiche of sci-fi ideas, connecting an end-of-the-world scenario with a time-travel twist and an alien invasion plot with X-Files overtones. You could argue that Coto's reach exceeded his grasp, since none of these elements combine to form a fully satisfying whole (especially since the series was cancelled before it reached its intended conclusion), but there's something to be said for the show's entertaining tangents and unexpected complications. It all begins when the five-member crew of the space shuttle Odyssey witnesses the shocking implosion of the Earth, leaving them stranded and doomed to suffocate when their air supply is depleted. Instead, they are rescued by the Seeker (John Neville), a crystalline alien in human form, who sends them (or at least, their mental and spiritual essence) five years back in time, reunited with their physical bodies with a mission to discover what went wrong and save Earth from oblivion.

Peter Weller stars as the brash, foul-mouthed Commander Chuck Taggart, a seasoned flyboy whose 22-year-old computer-whiz son Neil (Christopher Gorham) must now cope with being physically 17 again, reliving high-school (including his first serious relationship) while investigating possible causes of Earth's destruction. Along with geneticist Kurt Mendel (Sebastian Roché), shuttle pilot Angela Perry (Tamara Craig Thomas), and TV news reporter Sarah Forbes (Leslie Silva), their quest leads to the discovery of sentient nano-bots, synthetic humans, and a far-reaching conspiracy masterminded by a NASA splinter group secretly known as "the Cadre." In his pilot episode commentary recorded with Weller in 2005, Coto outlines some of the ideas he would've developed had the series run longer, and these 19 episodes serve up plenty of surprises that hint at the series' untapped potential. That makes Odyssey 5 both fun and frustrating--we're left dangling with an unresolved cliffhanger--but the ensemble cast makes it worthwhile. While the writing skews toward juvenile silliness on some occasions (and veers into full-on comedy with guest star Ted Raimi in the entertaining episode "The Trouble with Harry"), it's clear that Odyssey 5 was pushing conventional boundaries of TV science fiction. For that reason alone, it's a shame it lacked the audience that would've warranted additional episodes. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Commentary on pilot episode by creator Manny Coto and actor Peter Weller

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Weller, Sebastian Roché, Christopher Gorham, Leslie Silva, Tamara Marie Watson
  • Directors: Adam J. Shully, David Carson, Jim Michaels
  • Writers: Manny Coto
  • Producers: Jim Michaels, Gary Mueller, Jonathan Glassner, Larry Gross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, Japanese
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 935 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ELL1QC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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159 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2006
Format: DVD
An intelligent well written series that was cancelled too soon "Odyssey 5" only ran one season on Showtime before the network in its infinite wisdom (much as the Sci-Fi Channel did with "Farscape") to pull the plug before writer/creator/producer Manny Coto had a chance to resolve the story. Coto went on to revive "Star Trek: Enterprise" surprising the best two seasons of that show and providing one of the most compelling story arcs "Enterprise" had. He's since gone on to co-producer and writer "24". Even without its resolution "Odyssey 5" is a worthwhile show to watch. Working on a shoestring budget compared to most shows Coto managed to produce a number of intelligent episodes with some outstanding acting and effects work. Although the DVD set lacks the powerhouse extras we see on some releases it does include a terrific commentary track on the pilot episode with Manny Cotto and Peter Weller providing the play-by-play on the shooting of the show and unshot episodes.

While completing a routine mission to service a satellite the crew of the Space Shuttle Odyssey 5 Commander Chuck Taggart (Peter Well), biologist Kurt Mendel (Sebastian Roch?), Neil Taggart (Christopher Gorham), astronaut Angela Perry (Tamara Craig Thomas) and TV newscaster Sara Forbes witness the implosion of the Earth. Suddenly the human race with the exception of these five individuals has been wiped out. Running out of oxygen and with no options the crew wait for their end aboard the Space Shuttle. They're saved by an alien who calls himself the Seeker (John Neville "Baron Munchausen" and "The X-Files") whose own world was also wiped out by a mysterious force referred to as Leviathan.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By V. Heath on February 18, 2006
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This series is quite possibly my alltime favourite, Manny Coto is somewhat of a genius.

The five main characters (Chuck Taggart, Neil Taggart, Kurt Mendel, Angela Perry and Sarah Forbes) are played by great actors, and are deep interesting and the series explores each background.

The overall plot has been well thought out and is unpredictable so the audience doesn't get bored. The action doesn't ever stop, and there is a fair amount of humour between the characters too, especially in the episode featuring Ted Raimi.

It is definitely a show designed for a more mature audience, as the slightly excessive swearing and naked women make it unsuitable for children.

Seriously worth getting.

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Danny G. on August 20, 2006
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This is absolutley one of the best series I have ever seen in my 40 years of watching television! It's obvious why the executives at Showtime paniced: The show was way too subversive for a politically conservative medium like cable t.v.! The political and philosphical statements Odyssey 5 were literally making in each episode were just too much for the spineless creatures that rule the cable airwaves!

My favorite genre is science fiction & fantasy. I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly over the years. Nothing, except for Star Trek, Farscape and Babylon 5 comes close to the genius and passion of Odyssey 5! I can think of few television series where I cared so much for each main character, or the extensive range of emotions felt. The series was like theater! There's no other way to describe it!

Had those responsible at Showtime kept Corporate at bay, instead of canceling the series literally in mid-sentence, the eventual controversey Odyssey 5 might have generated would've been good for business!

The only drawback the series had was the importance of watching each episode in sequence. But with all the recording technology now available, this minor obstacle would not have been very difficult to overcome!

The loss to science fiction was incalcuable by the obnoxious cancelation of this unique series. Perhaps, someone soon will have the courage to pick up the pieces and write a book, or make a movie, and finish the series with the same amount of passion and subversiveness as the creators of Odyssey 5 did! One can only hope!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By cearl52 on March 7, 2006
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Reviews usually aren't my thing, but I couldn't pass this up. Odyssey 5 was probably the most intelligent sci-fi show to ever be aired on tv. Extremely well written, the mix of science, paranoia, humor and pathos always gave the viewer something to think about until the next episode. This is not a series for the strictly ray-guns and rocketship set or for kids. No neat package of happy endings was ever offered throughout the series, and some real human tragedies were handled with seemingly heartfelt emotion. There was plenty of action, and more real science than most fictional tv offers, however, the soul of the show was real people balancing their altered lives with the burden of an impossible situation and an awesome responsibility. I highly recommend this series for any sci-fi buff or anyone who enjoys a really good drama and won't be put off by the science/techie talk.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Lisa Costello on April 19, 2006
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I didn't really know what to expect from this series. I bought it for one reason and one reason only - Peter Weller. I was hooked in the first five minutes. This series will seriously blow your emotional circuitry! It is beyond me why Peter Weller is NOT a superstar, he is phenomenally talented! Stunning special effects, apparently the pilot was made on a budget that resembles a shoe string! The stories compel, confuse, rattle, move and inspire. My heart breaks in "The choices we make" the scene where Peter (Chuck) talks about his tumultuous relationship with his father. I am furiously livid that this series was cancelled. I turn on the TV and 90% of it is utter and total tripe. Peter is pushing onto the big 60, so I hope Manny Coto gets it sorted soon and brings this series back cause no-one will be able to fill Professor Weller's shoes!
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