American Odyssey (NBC 2015, Anna Friel, Pater Facinelli)

American Odyssey

Thriller series American Odyssey aimed to take the viewer on a complex journey through global politics, corporate espionage, and military secrets involving three strangers who only have one thing in common … the truth.

In this “Traffik”-like action drama, an international conspiracy explodes when the lives of a female Special Forces soldier, a disillusioned corporate lawyer and a political activist from a privileged family unexpectedly collide.

After a team of American soldiers battles jihadists in North Africa, they’re shocked to learn that they’ve stumbled upon and killed Al Qaeda’s top commander. Sgt. Odelle Ballard — a soldier, mother, wife and the unit’s only female member — discovers computer files that prove that a major U.S. corporation is funding the jihadists. But before she can tell anyone, her team is attacked and killed. The world is told that the unit was wiped out by enemy militants, but the truth is that Odelle survived and is the only witness to her unit’s true assassins: private military contractors Osela (think “Blackwater”).

As Odelle struggles to survive and find her way home, in New York former U.S. Attorney turned corporate litigator Peter Decker finds himself embroiled in a merger with the same company that funded the jihadists. As Peter begins to connect the corrupt dots of this company’s terrorist involvement, Harrison Walters, a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker, Bob Offer, who claims to have unearthed a massive military-industrial-complex conspiracy. Bob is right: He’s stumbled onto the same cover-up that Odelle discovered, which will soon become a national headline with lethal implications. The only way they’ll ever save their country, their families and themselves is by joining forces and exposing the people behind it.

Variety said “There is, admittedly, quite a lot going on in the handsomely mounted pilot… (which) can’t obscure the been-there, seen-that sensation.” But what is more interesting in general TV terms is that it is another example, or sign that the major network are starting to buy into the HBO/Netflix/Starz continuing serial drama vibe as opposed to the story of the week.

production details
USA / NBC – Universal – Fabrik Ent – Red Arrow Ent /13×45 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 April- 28 June 2015

Creators: Peter Horton, Adam Armus, Kay Foster / Music: John Debney / Executive Producers: Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin, Kristen Campo, Simon Maxwell, Peter Horton, Adam Armus and Kay Foster

Anna Friel as Sgt Odelle Ballard
Peter Facinelli as Peter Decker
Jake Robinson as Harrison Walters
Nate Mooney as Bob Offer
Jim True-Frost as Ron Ballard,
Sadie Sink as Suzanne Ballard,
Omar Ghazaoui as Aslam
Elena Kampouris as Maya Decker
Daniella Pineda as Ruby Simms
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Frank Majors
Treat Williams as Col. Stephen Glen