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"American Odyssey" review by Suzanne 4/2/15
Premieres April 5, Airs Sundays  on NBC

This is a really good show. It's intense and moves quickly, drawing you in. There's action, adventure, political intrigue and more.

The show is about a political conspiracy that seems to reach to the highest levels of American business and military. Some soldiers kill a high profile terrorist in Northern Africa, and then a private paramilitary group kills most of them. One woman, Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel) gets away. Meanwhile, others start to find clues about what happened. The plot moves quickly between what Balalrd goes through when she's captured and then escapes, and the lawyer, Peter Deckker (Peter Facinelli) that's searching for proof about what happened (involving his own company and clients), and an activist, Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson) that wants to find the truth and prove that she's alive. Treat Williams, one of my favorite actors, plays an Army general.

It's tempting to compare it to "24", but it's not quite as high-octane as that show. It's not a roller-coaster ride. It's more realistic and intelligent than that. You might say it's the thinking person's "24."  It's a very good drama, with very fine acting.  You don't want to miss this one! It's well worth watching. I watched two episodes and I was riveted.

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From writer-director Peter Horton ("Grey's Anatomy") and writers Adam Armus & Kay Foster (“The Following”) comes “American Odyssey,” 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 “Traffic"-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 (Anna Friel, “Pushing Daisies”) — 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 (Peter Facinelli, “Nurse Jackie”) 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 (Jake Robinson, “The Carrie Diaries”), a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker, Bob Offer (Nate Mooney, “The Riches”), 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.

The series also stars Jim True-Frost (“The Wire”), Sadie Sink, Omar Ghazaoui, Elena Kampouris (“Men, Women & Children”), Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”) and Treat Williams (“Everwood”.)

“American Odyssey” is a Universal Television, Fabrik Entertainment, and Red Arrow Entertainment production. The series was created by Peter Horton (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Adam Armus (“Heroes”), and Kay Foster (“The Following”). Mikkel Bondesen (“The Killing), Henrik Bastin (“Bosch”), Kristen Campo (“The Killing”) and Simon Maxwell (“Off the Hook”) serve as executive producers along with Horton, Armus and Foster.

Interview with actor Yousef Sweid (Shakira) and Executive Producer Peter Horton 5/28/15


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