Origin early buzz

The reviews are in for YouTube Premium’s next big original science fiction series Origin, and almost all of them include a variation of this line: “it’s like Lost, in space.” Puns aside, that’s some high praise – but does the comparison extend beyond the show’s use of flashbacks to explore the backstories of its characters? Read some excerpts from the reviews below to find out. Read More »

Origin - Tom Felton

YouTube Premium’s latest original series Origin premieres this week. The first series created by writer Mika Watkins is a sci-fi ensemble show. Paul W.S. Anderson directed the first two episodes and executive produces alongside Watkins.

In the series, the spaceship Origin is on its way to a new colony, but several of its passengers wake up early. As they explore the ship to try to figure out what went wrong, they also learn about each other as the audience sees their backstory in flashbacks. The cast includes Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder and Fraser James.

Anderson spoke with /Film by phone from the set of his next movie, Monster Hunter, based on the Capcom video game franchise. Origin premieres Wednesday, November 14 on YouTube Premium.

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Origin Trailer

The original programming from YouTube hasn’t quite made the kind of breakthrough that feels like it can compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Sure, Cobra Kai was a step in the right direction, and it turned a lot of heads towards the premium streaming service, but it still had a niche audience. But their next original series looks like it could raise the bar for YouTube programming.

Origin is a new series from the producers of The Crown and Lost which finds a group of passengers on a massive spaceship who were supposed to be on a voyage that allowed them to leave their old life behind for something new. But as we see in the first Origin trailer, suddenly they find themselves abandoned, and there’s something lurking that you don’t want to be trapped on a spaceship with. Read More »

YouTube Origin

If Cobra Kai didn’t convince you to check out YouTube Premium, how about a new science fiction horror series that feels as if Event Horizon and Lost were genetically spliced together? And that Event Horizon comparison isn’t a throwaway reference, either – the first two episodes of Origin were directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the filmmaker behind that 1997 B-movie gem and more than a few Resident Evil movies.

Appropriately, the footage from Origin that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International looked like Anderson at his best – slick, schlocky, and simultaneously straight-faced and silly. And while it’s leaning heavily on the Lost model for basic structure, there are far worse shows from which to steal. Think of Origin as Lost, but instead of a mysterious island, everyone is trapped on a labyrinthine spaceship filled with things that mean them harm.

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Inferno

With next month’s Inferno, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will have adapted three of the four existing novels in Dan Brown‘s Robert Langdon series, which hit peak popularity 2003’s The Da Vinci Code. But lest you worry they’ll run out of material, Brown has another Robert Langdon book is on the way. Origin, his fifth novel about Harvard symbologist Langdon, will hit shelves in fall 2017.  Read More »