'Origin': Watch out for some dark, gripping revelations in the upcoming YouTube Original
They are deserted on an alien spaceship and one of them is not who they seem - is there a way out? Find out on Youtube Original 'Origin' this November 14
The worst part about any show is officially spoilers; but if there's anything slightly less sinister, it's the synopsis of the show. And especially when it comes to science fiction thrillers like YouTube Originals latest series 'Origin' - set to debut on the platform on November 14 - things take a rather twisted approach because the synopsis has already revealed that one of the main characters is not what they seem. That is, there's more than they let on, of course in the negative sense.
Created by writer/executive producer Mika Watkins, 'Origin' packs a heavy load of names when it comes to its cast, including the likes of 'Harry Potter' franchise actors, Tom Felton and Natalia Tena, and alongside them, there's Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder, Fraser James, Philipp Christopher, Nina Wadia, Madalyn Horcher, Siobhan Cullen, Adelayo Adedayo and Wil Coban.
Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, Rob Bullock, Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Paul W.S. Anderson from 'Resident Evil' serve as executive producers for the show.
The plot is nothing that hasn't been done before - think of a group of deserted individuals in a distant, dystopian land that requires them all to engage in a daily fight for survival. Very 'Lost' meets 'Black Mirror' because if you cast a closer look to the first few seconds of the trailer, it's not that difficult to draw a parallel between 'Origin', and 'Black Mirror' season four episode one 'USS Callister'. The fact that these people are lost in space only amps up all the Nolan masterpiece 'Interstellar' vies, so in terms of expectations, think along the lines of a strange planet, failed landings, and of course, time lapses hopefully - aka a sci-fi fanatic's perfect triangle.
But while all of the 10 episodes of the show will drop together, the lead up to it has been pretty interesting so far. With so many similarities between the upcoming show and pre-existing stellar examples of science fiction in films and TV series - take its whole extraterrestrial aspect for example, which resembles the original 'Aliens' movie - it's not that difficult to deduce what can be expected of it. So far, here is what fans already know:
From the producers of The Crown & producers of Lost comes Origin, a chilling new original series that follows a group of troubled passengers as they wake up on a damaged spaceship abandoned in deep space. Each having left behind a dark past in search of a fresh start on a newly colonized planet, they’re determined to survive at all costs. But as their terrifying situation spirals into paranoia, they come to realize that the greatest threat to their dream of starting over – and indeed their lives – is something far darker than the pasts they were so desperate to escape.
And then comes the biggest reveal of all: "The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be." Knowing this is what alerts the fans as they watch out, extra careful, for signs of hidden snares and sinister auras throughout the show, trying to figure out which one of these people isn't what they seem. Of course, it promises a dish seasoned with action and drama, but the intensity of the trailer was enough to assure that there won't be much scope for comedy in the show that arrives in the form of 47-minutes each episode.
But while it will be interesting to try and put together the pieces of the puzzle that 'Origin' has already established itself to be, the whole analyzing and breaking down of all the main characters might be a little distracting - in a manner that most multi-character shows often seem to sway. But as of now, 'Origin' is every bit as dark and gripping as the concept of the big bang that all life is supposed to have originated from.