The Omega Factor - The Complete Series [DVD]
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All ten episodes from the controversial sci-fi series which aired in the 1970s.
...an interesting early forerunner of The X-Files. --Fortean Times --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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So far so good. The production values here are as solid and dependable as the 1970s interiors depicted in the show. What lifts this program above any other show of the late 70s that ran for only one season, and has languished without a repeat for 32 years, is a pervasive sense of fear and dread that is genuinely chilling.
There's not much on the series on the Internet, but you will often find it being described as a precursor of The X-Files. This is undoubtedly true, with James Hazeldean's lead character discovering his own psychic abilities under the aegis of a shadowy government organisation known as Department 7. The male-female pairing of Tom Crane and Louise Jameson's character Ann Reynolds prefigures Mulder and Scully, and the series even has a story arc concerning the pursuit of the malign psychic Drexel, responsible for the death of Crane's wife Julia. The series has deeper ancestors, most tellingly the Richard Burton movie The Medusa Touch which supplied the theme of the misuse of telekinetic powers, and Nigel Kneale's 1972 drama The Stone Tape.
The series only ran for 10 episodes, and despite strong indications that a second series was being considered, the BBC ran foul again of Mary Whitehouse, and there are strong suggestions that the series was cancelled due to pressure from the National Viewers and Listeners Association.Read more ›
Some of the criticisms this show has received tend to come from those who are expecting the fast-paced high-octane thrillers that are churned out for modern audiences with short attention spans.
For more discerning viewers, this series will provoke thought, chill to the bone and achieve a sense of disquiet.
The casting is superb. James Hazeldine is mesmerising as Tom Crane, the man on a mission, battling the superior forces of both the supernatural and the higher organisations of people who desire control and the power to manipulate all.
Louise Jameson as Anne Reynolds provides a perfect foil to his angst with her scientific prowess and cool and calm exterior - a forerunner to Agent Scully of 'The X Files' if ever there was one.
The highlight of the series is the superb fifth episode entitled 'Powers of Darkness' which genuinely sent shivers down my spine. One can understand why Mary Whitehouse complained about the show being 'Thoroughly evil'.
The DVD includes a fascinating booklet about the series, a documentary (running at 25 minutes) with interviews with one of the writers, one of the directors, the producer and the man behind it all, Jack Gerson. Also interviewed is his daughter who played the terrifyingly enigmatic Morag.
Superb television drama. A must buy for fans of high-quality supernatural drama.
To the viewer in the USA who thought it was rubbish - the plots led from one episode to the next and they were all interwoven into a good, solid series, something that American scriptwriters don't seem to possess - they seem (even today) to rely on lots of gunfire and car chases when they seem at a loss as to what their characters should be doing.
Over in the US there are very few programmes which could ever hope to equal this piece of work. No, "Auntie" may not have had the huge budgets of her American counterparts back in the 1970s, but she did have brilliant scriptwriters and actors/actresses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well produced box set of a rather mediocre TV show.
The acting isn't too bad, some of the episodes have a decent story line but the sets and special effects really show... Read more
Great show from the end of era when the BBC made decent drama on a shoestring where acting, plot, and intellectual tone were more important than flash special effects and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MR T.
This a real treat. I bought the box set following an Amazon recommendation and enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex
oddly edited and sometimes homoerotic slice of 70's x files foreshadowerPublished 11 months ago by k say
The fortage from this series is over 30 years old, so beware the picture quality in places can be poor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David