Fandom Pitch: Odyssey 5!
Odyssey 5. One of Showtimes highest rated shows in 2002. Five astronauts are sent back in time five years to try and stop the end of the world. On top of that, they struggle to keep their mission from screwing up their lives.
To try and tempt folk: If you're into Balthazar from Supernatural, or Auggie from Covert Affairs, you might like this to see the actors in something else!
Why I love this show? There are some flaws in the Pilot (but certainly no more than any of the fandoms I share with everyone here!) and after that - the characters are rounded and well written. These aren't standard heroes, they're all flawed in some way. Some characters fight desperately to change their past (now their future), some just try to stop life from going off the rails. Hell, they don't all even like each other but they work well together and change the future of the earth, but for the better or worse? Everyone in this has a motive that you can understand. At the end of episode 20 there isn't anyone who I didn't understand why they'd done what they had. Even the 'bad guys'.
And if folk start watching then the fandom can start writing more fic!
Manny Coto said in an interview after the show that when he started writing he decided to think about the worst thing that could possibly happen. The world could end. So he started with that. The early scenes of the show have our heroes in orbit around where the earth used to be in space shuttle 'The Odyssey'. Before the air runs out they are rescued by the Seeker (a being from another planet) who can download their consciousness into their bodies from five years ago and gives the five of them five years to find out who destroyed the earth and stop it from happening...again.
There were fights, struggles to keep what they doing a secret, and investigation of potential conspiracies with NASA. Oh, and lots of meetings at the Canary because it does good chilli.
Chuck Taggart (Played by Peter Weller - Robocop, 24, The Poseiden Adventure)
Commander Chuck Taggart was the man in charge of the Odyssey mission. An old school NASA man he pushes his older son, Marc (Ken Mitchell - Jericho) to follow his footsteps which eventually leads to Marc running away. He fails to see the similarities between his failed relationship with his father and his failing relationship with his youngest son, Neil, due to their stubborn natures. The most important person in his life, is his wife Paige whom he married 25 years ago. She takes none of his shit and it's part of what makes them work.
Angela Perry (Played by Tamara Craig Thomas - Cold Squad, NCIS)
Flight operator and Chuck's second in command. Angela has always strived to get out of the influence of her father, who in his running for Senator (of Texas), is not afraid to meddle in her life despite its affect on her reputation. Angela had a fleeting relationship with Kurt prior to the start of the series but broke it off for reasons Kurt doesn't discover until later.
Dr. Kurt Mendel (Played by Sebastian Roche - Fringe, Supernatural, Beowulf)
Kurt is a world renowned geneticist and bestselling author, in the Pilot he is hitching a ride to the International Space Station for research. He is British but breaks the American sterotype by being crude and very much the ladies man, charming a whole string of women into his bed over the course of the series. Despite this he still harbours feelings for Angela.
Neil Taggart (Played by Christopher Gorham - Jake 2.0, Harper's Island, Ugly Betty, Covert Affairs, Popular)
In the original timeline, Neil had been a layabout metalhead who spent Saturday nights smoking pot until Marc left when he studied and showed his aptitude for NASA so that at 22, Neil was the youngest man in space. The five year jump puts in him back in junior year of high school contending with deadlines, his Mom's disapproval and his old relationship with Holly Culverson (Lindy Booth - The 4400, Cry Wolf). Neil more than the others struggles with the change of returning to the previous timeline and tries to stop his family falling apart.
Sarah Forbes (Played by Leslie Silva - Numb3rs, The Agency, CSI)
A news reporter for CNN, Sarah had taken a ride on the Odyssey in order to be closer to her son, who had died of cancer. She finds herself back as the news anchor for the local KNBS news station, with her first husband - Paul Forbes. Sarah's main motives are to prevent the old timeline from taking its natural course to save her son, and to hide the feelings for Troy Johnson, her second from before.
Fics in this fandom are few and far between *sob* but they are there! Good places to check are the old Yuletide archive and Loony Archivist. There are some on the ff.net and WWOMB as well if you're prepared to dig!
December 23rd, 2002 by taraljc.
Set after "Follow the Leader." Both times December 23rd, 2002 had rolled around for Neil Taggart, it had rained like a sonofabitch. (R rated).
This fic has Neil directly comparing the repeat of one day with it's predecessor. Neither are overwhelmingly brilliant. It's full of angst and really sums up beautifully Neil's feelings on the way his life is turning out (again).
Scientific Method by Tiriel
Set after "Half-Life". Neil has a lot on his mind. (Kurt/Neil. R rated.)
The Random Frantic Action that We Take by shift
"I wish you could remind me of who I was / because every day I'm a little further off." (Kurt/Neil, Angela/Kurt. NC-17 rated).
This was my gifted fic from Yuletide last year and I am convinced it is the best fic in the fandom. Set after the series finale (with spoilers), and set from Neil's POV you have him trying to seek comfort in Kurt but being screwed over and his attempts to deal with being in a seventeen year old's body again.
Living in Yesterday by Kira
Kurt reflects on the mission's success so far and what sacrifices might have to be made in the future. (Kurt/Neil. NC-17 rated).
I'm not normally a big fan of first person fic, but this one really does work. Again it's heavy and angsty but I do still love it. :) Set after the end of the series and his scientifically-minded way Kurt watches everyone else and analyses the situation.
This is me Breathing by estrella
Angela had been missing for over three years when she walked into the diner one late September afternoon. (Angela/Kurt. R rated).
There's a lot of Kurt in these fics - he seems to feature heavily in the very small fandom. But he's also fun to explore. Set after the end of the series (spoilers), Angela has been missing and returns. Kurt is delighted to have her back but is everything as it seems?
Fated by Konstantine.
In the end they don't win. (Kurt/Sarah. R rated).
One thing about a smaller fandom is you'll try pairings that you won't normally. This isn't one I would have ever considered in a bigger fandom but it really works! Kurt and Sarah turn to each other because there's no-one else around that understands what they're going through.
Formica Bubble by Suz
The day the world ended. Only not. (R rated).
The Kurt voice in this is perfect. I will give you a non-spoilery extract.
The day the world ended, Kurt had paté on toast for breakfast.
Not just any paté, of course. It was the rarest, most expensive paté he could find within a twelve-block area of his apartment. It didn't matter if it was an orgasmic experience against his tongue, or made his taste buds want to commit harakiri—the fact was that he was still Kurt Mendel, and there were certain expectations that came with that.
Set after the series (and has spoilers for the whole of it) but this is Kurt and Chuck in the diner on the day the world was supposed to explode. A very melancholy tone and gives a satisfying conclusion to where each of the characters may have ended up.
Finding this show. :)
In a shady way: I have an upload of the feature length pilot and Shatterer (the following episode) that I am happy to share if you would like a taster and PM me. :)
A couple of quick warnings. Odyssey 5 is a cable show and is not light on all the things that come with that. Also? It ends on a major cliffhanger. Which personally, I think is worth it. I have never seen a show I loved like this one. Which I can (and will) ramble on about at length.