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The Osiris chronicles

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A new war is on the horizon.

The time is the 21st century [Sic], after the fall of the Galactic Republic. Technology is at a standstill, families have been dismantled, and those who have survived the destruction now live in a savage age ruled by evil warlords. When the young sister of an outlaw is kidnapped and held captive in another galaxy [Sic], an interplanetary scheme is hatched - one that threatens the future [Sic].

Starring John Corbett, Carolyn McCormick, John Pyper Ferguson, Elisabeth Harnois, J Madison Wright, Darryl Theirse, Marjorie Monaghan, Joel Swetow, Philip Moon and Rob Taylor as General Sorenson. Written by Caleb Carr.

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report



You know, I really do try very hard to appreciate everything that I see on your behalf, but they don't make it any easier when the blurb on the video cover is Wrong.

The Osiris chronicles is the pilot for a TV series that has never been made. Like all science fiction pilots (there is probably a handbook for the things which have to be included because this one is as reminiscent of Babylon 5 as it is of Star trek and even Battlestar Galactica) there is a special new ship (Babylon 5, USS EnterpriseD, Battlestar Galactica), a whole bunch of people introduced over the first hour, family tensions, non-human technological baddies threatening the nature of society (Borg anyone? Cylons?) baddies turned good, goodies turned bad, technobabble, amazing inventions and so on and so forth.

This is not to say it's bad: clichés aside, it's quite good. Certainly better than the Babylon 5 pilot (the effects are more special for one thing). There are some great hokey bits, some good action bits, some utterly unbelievable bits (where do these child geniuses keep coming from?) and an inexhaustible supply of good Aryan breeding stock.

The story roles along, some interesting things happen, some... er... other things happen... oh, who doI think I'm kidding? This is the pilot for a TV series that never got made. It's fine for a dose of SF when there's nothing new on the shelf but you wouldn't wanna make a whole series out of it.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

23 July 1999

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(Their mistake, not mine):
  1. The time is actually the 24th century as the hero was born in the 2300s.
  2. She is in another sector, not another galaxy.
  3. The interplanetary scheme is a hope for the future, one which is created in response to an ongoing scheme by baddies who are already threatening the future.

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