The Omega Factor – The Complete Series
Sound: C+ Extras: C+ Episodes: C+
In the late 1970s, quality British genre television was
heading into the sunset. The New
Avengers and Return Of The Saint only lasted two seasons each, the Quatermass
revival was mixed and the brilliant Sapphire & Steel did not become
the next Dr. Who like it should have.
Some other shows gave it a go and BBC Scotland came up with The Omega
Factor in 1979. The series ran 10
episodes and involved a trio like The Champions who were tied to psychic
powers and the British Government.
Unfortunately for the trio, the government is up to no
good and there are confederates in among them.
Unfortunately for the series, Brian De Palma had already done this story
much better with the addition of telekinetic powers in his underrated The
Fury. To the show’s credit, it is
ambitious, intelligent enough to give it a look, cast well and is amusing as it
tried to go at it by being shot in all analog PAL video. It tries some amusing video tricks to
further the narrative, but they would be quickly surpassed by the better Music
Videos on the way soon after. Each show
runs about an hour.
The 1.33 X 1 image is softer than usual for a PAL
production of the time in ways that cannot be blamed on any manipulations of
the image for story purposes. This
could look a bit better and colors are in tact for the most part. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is basically
monophonic, though clear enough and you too will be amused as the main character
listens to tracks from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. You will not see that in any TV show hardly
ever today. Extras include a nice
16-page booklet and stills, audio commentary on the Powers Of Darkness
episode and Inside The Omega Factor documentary from a few years
- Nicholas Sheffo