The Basic Plot of The Osiris Chronicles
2391 is not a good year to be alive in the Milky Way. For over three hundred years, mankind has spread out beyond their dying homeworld to colonize the stars and form the Galactic Republic. For centuries this republic ruled the worlds of man fairly, until boredom...yes, boredom and other petty issues cause a galactic civil war, and the end of the Galactic Republic, along with the high living standard enjoyed. When the pilot opens, the Galactic Republic has been gone for nearly a lifetime, and a new generation grows up in a era of lawlessness and technological breakdown. John Corbett played Jason Thorpe, a sort-of-Han-Solo character who has a brilliant ten-year old sister named Nova, and they live on Caliban 5.
Both were orphaned and forced to fend for themselves. Word spreads of Nova's superior intelligence, and one day, she is abducted in a cloaked spaceship. Spaceships in the 24th century are a rare thing, and only one is fully functional on Caliban 5. That old Republic warship, the Daedalus, and is under the control of a local warlord named Heenoc Xian, and he refused to help Thorpe search for his sister. Now we have a quest, ladies and gentlemen. To get off-world, Nova best friend, Maggie Sorenson is not only a ace space pilot, but her father is an old General of the Grand Army of the Republic, and happens to have an old Republic warship, called the Osiris. The only issue is that Osiris's Tachyon engines are off-line, and only one race, the Engineers (who could be human...like the Navigators from DUNE), can fix it...for a price. To find the repairs, Thorpe steals jewelry fro Xian's crib, and hits up the Engineers. Once the Osiris is working again, a nice crew forms, and they are off to rescue Nova.
The Buzz Behind The Osiris Chronicles...in 1995/1996
What Happened to The Osiris Chronicles?
Due to Paramount being the producing company, hopes were high for another mainstream TV sci-fi series, however, nothing of the TV pilot was seen after a big spread and article in the January 20-26th, 1996 issue of TV Guide. It would take two years until The Osiris Chronicles would be seen in the form of a TV-movie-of-the-week on the old UPN network, retitled: The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy. It would air only once on January 27th, 1998, and then be issued in limited release on VHS, mainly on rental shelves. It has seen disappeared, and some site have it for download. Much like Earth Star Voyager and Virtuality, The Osiris Chronicles would only been seen as a pilot-transformed-into-TV-movie, leaving some to wonder what could have been.
Why Was The Osiris Chronicles Shelved?
The Andromeda/Osiris Chronicles Connection
Has Time Been Kind to The Osiris Chronicles? Or Was It a Good Death?
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The STARLOG #225 Article Scans (Finally!)
At one time, Starlog Magazine was the finest printed word in sci-fi, and in issue #225, Starlog profiled The Osiris Chronicles. Finally, after months of waiting, here we are!