Picks and Pans Review: Odyssey 5
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One minute the Earth is a blue-and-green marble, sitting implacably in the deep indigo of the universe. The next minute, fiery smoke rolls across the continents. The entire planet collapses into a whirlpool of pulverized matter and vanishes. The only survivors are the five members of a shuttle crew who witness the cataclysm while floating above the stratosphere on a routine mission. Adrift in space, they are rescued by a sage old alien, who appears to them in the guise of a British gentleman named the Seeker.
That's the opening narrative chunk of Odyssey 5, and it's a beaut. But then the Seeker sends the crew, headed by soft-spoken, sunken-eyed Peter Weller, back in time to detect and prevent the disaster. The team picks up the trail of a vast conspiracy, something to do with genetics, the Internet and a surly creature being nursed in blue amniotic goo in an old warehouse. Odyssey suddenly feels like a return trip to The X-Files.
Bottom Line: The truth is already out there
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