• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Web Series: Star Trek: Osiris

TITLE: Star Trek: Osiris

YEAR: 2009-present

GENRE: Science Fiction

WEBSITE: www.stosiris.com

When one decides to create a fan-based film product based on a world famous series it creates certain standards that a low budget production may not be able to meet. Star Trek is one of those series that has spawned a certain amount of internet series that have varying degrees of success. One of the best known series would be “Star Trek: Osiris”, an internet web series out of Detroit. Although not a perfect production, “Star Trek” Osiris” is one of the better productions coming out that salutes the grandfather of sci-fi fandom.

“Star Trek” Osiris” happens during the same timeline as “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. There is a civil war in the Federation’s borders and the crew of the Starship Osiris has spent their maiden voyage in the middle of the battle. In the episode “Penumbra”, the Osiris is parked in space port receiving repairs from the previous battle. Several storylines are happening in the aftermath of the attempted coup: Lieutenant Tanara Eban (played by Joy Huh) is a Trill who has been requested to take on a symbiote much to her dismay; several of the mutineers are being interrogated in efforts to find the kidnapped President of the Federation; and fresh-faced and recently graduated Ensign Kara Donovan (Mary Gibbs) is dealing with her conflicting emotions on how such a revolt could happen to the great and glorious Federation. Osiris Captain Kieran Bale (Jay Miller) holds his crew together during the rest in space port, but no song or revelry is happening with a crew dealing with repairs, rebellion and personal conflicts.

As fans know Star Trek is more of a true drama than a shoot em up science fiction adventure such as Star Wars, so the selection of actors and actresses is more crucial in a production that is used to selecting Shakespearean actors for their captains rater than the biggest stars available. “Star Trek: Osiris” fortunately knows this and has brought together a pretty good set of thespians, especially Gibbs who is an undiscovered gem of an actress. She plays her multi-dimensional character quite well and gives a stirring performance, especially at the end of “Penumbra” where she laments about some of her actions to Captain Bale which were forced at phaser point; this presentation takes out the speaking and superimposes an emotional muasical score (written by Matt Milne) which is quite powerful and memorable. The multiple storylines also flow together well, and at an episode length of 50 minutes the viewer can enjoy the tales in a fulfilling manner. The major criticism for “Star Trek: Osiris” is that its matting with green screen shots is absolutely terrible and there is an obvious electronic line around the actors throughout the production. This needs to be fixed in future productions as it detracts from the decent set construction and CGI effects. The immature side of me is saying this, but there also needs to be more action scenes incorporated into the writing as a limited spaceship battle is all this episode of “Star Trek: Osiris” offers up. I also like the fact that ‘Star Trek: Osiris” follows the tradition of using minority people into positions of strong leadship as the Hollywood series has done throughout its history, in this case having a homosexual captain.

There will be many fans who will instantly criticize this series becaused it does not have the budget or technical expertise of the Hollywood franchise, but “Star Trek: Osiris” is better done than I anticipated and deserves its spot in fandom. It may not be the special effects or visual extravaganza of the more acclaimed web series “Vexika”, but the producers understand that it is the writing and storyline that will make this series more interesting and timeless. I am pleased that ‘Star Trek: Osiris” has followed the tradition of quality storylines and character development, and fandom will be better because of their mature decisions. There currently are three full length episodes online with a fourth launching next month, plus the website also has blooper reels and pictures of the production.

* * * 1/2

–Mark

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2 Responses

  1. I loved it keep up the good work!

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