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Origin Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Review: In a nutshell, it is a good show. There is no original idea in it and it is hard to find anything that is scientifically realistic like FTL drive, artificial gravity, spinning spacecraft without Coriolis effect, people surviving vacuum without space suit, GM virus causing brain tumor in one person only, alien life form taking control of human brain, etc. Language barriers are also ignored.
However, social aspects are the opposite. There are about a dozen main characters, and they are built up one-by-one in every episode with a lot of flashbacks that are loosely connected to present time and break up the story line. The background stories describe various characters ending up as some sort of a criminal buying the promise of a fresh start on an other planet.
After they wake up on the spaceship, they slowly find out everything they were not told about the destination while struggling with bad decisions due to their ignorance. I think acting is OK, even if I knew none of the actors before. It is nothing like a cheap soap with really bad actors. If you like dramas concentrating on human behavior with some nice space CGI and not much explosions and laser fights, then it will be a good choice to watch it.
I guess you could enjoy this if you are not familiar with the SCIFI genre, and perhaps under 25 years old. I get the feeling that this series is aimed at a younger audience, hence the lazy writing and simple dialogue. The dialogue made me cringe way too often. Simplistic, over the top group dynamics, you could tell from the very start of the first episode what the producers were trying to do with the characters.
There is nothing wrong with the actors, the story has a lot of potential – but, this just still flopps on so many levels, it is just poorly executed. Also it lacks too much on the realism side, which so many SCIFI lovers do demand – at least to some level. At the very start, you notice that the gravitational wheels, or whatever they were trying to do, moves like they should… only that our characters stand with their feet towards the middle.
Small details like that are found throughout the series. I can tolerate a few derps, it is after all fictional. But some details are just way too lazy. Why is the whole friggin space station lit with lights, and lots of them? Oh, yeah, it looks cool. Nevermind that it takes up unbelievable amounts of energy. Watching a few episodes left me annoyed instead of entertained. I stopped after one too many character flashbacks.
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