9 July 2016 | roska-posti
The ship is lost but the crew isn't
This is the second best fan-made Star Trek production I have seen, and I have seen most of them, from animations to live actions. The best is Star Trek: New Voyages and none other come close. But of the rest, Odyssey climbs top of the heap.
Odyssey continues the story line started in Star Trek Deep Space Nine and continued by the fan-made series Star Trek: Hidden Frontier. The plot is simpler than in STHF and not quite as imaginative. But there are other reasons that lifts Odyssey a head taller.
STHF and Odyssey are made by the same production team and share some of the actors too. Fortunately for Odyssey, they got some of the best actors from STHF and some new good ones. The leading three - the captain (Brandon McConnell) the security officer (Julia Morizawa) and the Romulan first officer (Michelle Laurent) are all 1st class actors what comes to fan-made series. Since they are a crew thrown together by accident rather than design, they have internal conflicts and struggle to make a functioning crew. So it's a different set up than the usual happy smile one family Starfleet crew, and that's a good thing.
The ships' interiors, the space views and fleet battles are very well made computer graphics, can't have much better. However, some other computer created locations aren't well made and ruin the feeling of being there. The green canvas outline around the actors problem that plagued STHF is now gone.
STHF had very visible and frequent male gay love affairs theme, that could really disturb watching the series if you are disgusted by it (ruined much of STHF for me). This is also present in Odyssey, but fortunately much less so. It won't make watching Odyssey too difficult to almost anyone.