Osiris

My name is Osiris.  I might not look it, but I'm actually over 300 years old.  I don't age; I can't die.  If I get shot, I come back.  If I get stabbed, I come back - in exactly 37 minutes, every time.  I hold 23 degrees, I speak 16 different languages, I'm immune to all diseases, and I can make you come in 14 seconds from doing just one of these three things...."

~ Osiris, S1E1: "My Name is Osiris"

I posted a notice for Osiris (2011) on my Facebook many moons ago, but I failed to start watching it until today.  Big ups to Neo-Prodigy for bringing it to my attention again.

I'll start with the good.

Actor Brad James stars as the good-looking titular character in a show with a clever premise.  Honestly, that's pretty much where the good ends for me.

Because this is a webseries filmed on a tight budget, and likely an even tighter schedule, I'm not going to gripe about the production; obviously the quality is going to be low.  That's all right by me.  I just need good quality writing and a cast dominated by POC.

Which brings me to the bad.

When I first heard about Osiris, I thought it would be more mystical in origin, with a potential to educate folks about Ancient African history and mythology.  That would've been so awesome.  Turns out, there's a more scientific tinge to the show.  Which is okay too, but...meh.

I first thought the character Osiris would be this wise, grave, strong silent type of hero.  Turns out, he's a selfish, womanizing jerk with a serious Becky fetish.


Erica Page has "some" Mexican and Native American
...and Irish...and German...(one of those).


So once again, all a Black man with a whole lotta book-learnin' wants to do is to hook up with white chicks from the club.  Keep in mind, we have references to his encounters with Black women...but we don't actually see him doing it.  Not yet anyway.  We still have at least 5 more eps to go.  We do get to meet his granddaughter, a Black detective who has the ability to straighten him out (somewhat).  He says she has her mama's attitude.  *nods*  Mm-hm.

Moving on...when Osiris was first sent to me, fans of color were excited about a show focusing on POC, starring POC. There's an awful lot of white folks on Osiris, y'all.  I'll be honest: when I watch a show starring POC and supposedly meant to give POC more exposure, I expect to see less white actors, not the usual or more. Why?  It's quite simple, actually: There's no shortage of opportunities for white people in Hollywood. We call it "Hollywhite" for a reason.  White actors aren't being turned away strictly because of their race.  Racebending occurs more often in favor of white actors; in fact, benefiting white actors was the main reason racebending was invented in the first place.  In my humble opinion, the whole point of supporting the POC online revolution is to see more POC.

Final verdict on Osiris?  I'm not entirely sure yet.  We still have 5 eps to go, but so far, I kinda feel let down.

Comments

  1. Girl, when you sent me that email, I had just watched the scene in the restaurant with the two blondes. I just started shaking my head. On the one hand, I'm inclined to to cut some slack because he's supposed to be an arrogant asshole who fails on all fronts.

    That being said, your points still stand.

    I haven't decided how I ultimately feel about the series but I think I'm going to wait and see how it plays out before rendering a verdict.

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  2. I haven't decided how I ultimately feel about the series but I think I'm going to wait and see how it plays out before rendering a verdict.

    I feel you. I'm getting a "white dude dipped in chocolate" feel with Osiris. I mean, we've seen the white guy who's a jerk with special powers...and a destiny...and who uses lot (often blond) women as sperm depositories.

    Been there, done that...burned the T-shirt.

    Words cannot express the letdown I feel. I wanted so much more. I was so excited. And I actually felt the theme song (and credits) were perfect.

    *sigh*

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  3. Oh dear. Neo sent me the link as well and I was going to make an effort to watch the existing eps sometime this week...but I will wait to hear from you guys on whether I should. My patience with regular TV is extraordinarily short...I certainly don't want to waste my time on a show with a brilliant premise, but fails to see it through.

    *sigh* I await your verdicts.

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  4. Have you seen 12 Steps to Recovery? It is another web series with a mostly black cast. It is about a heartbroken man whose two best friends, one male and one female, set him up on dates. It scored a point for me because the woman that broke his heart is a professional deep brown skinned woman. The web series has flaws but it was interesting enough to maintain my interest. Anyway, I would like to hear your thoughts about it.

    Here is a link:
    http://blip.tv/12stepswebseries/12-steps-to-recovery-official-trailer-2011-4844581

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  5. @Ama,

    Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

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  6. @ Ama

    Yeah, thanks! I think I've heard of it once before. I really do need to check it out now.

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  7. This seems interesting! I will check out Osiris and 12 Steps To Recovery.
    Thanks for the info!

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  8. Actually, 12 Steps turned out to be a transphobic bust.

    *sigh*

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  9. Seriously, though...when are the next eps of Osiris coming out? We've been on Chapter 5 for forever!

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  10. Ep 5 was the mid season finale. New eps are supposed to becoming in January.

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  11. The fact that these young brothers were able to pull Osiris off is amazing in itself. I can appreciate the usage of other races in this series. If you pay attention, the white girls were used in the same manor that our ladies of color would have been used on the other
    side. I am happy that they did not make the ladies of color the usual stereotype.
    One fact about the entertainment business is that they can do a piece without us, but if we do a project without them our work won't cross over. From a marketing and planning position, what the Osiris camp is doing is smart and relevant to the success of Osiris: the series.
    Shot out to them Osiris boys,
    -leaf

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  12. One fact about the entertainment business is that they can do a piece without us

    All the more reason to simply boycott and spend our money on ourselves in projects that are about us.

    but if we do a project without them our work won't cross over.

    Which brings me back to my main: why do we need to cross over? Why can't we just have our own industry? Why should white people be the only ones who get to basically have their own industry?

    If you pay attention, the white girls were used in the same manor that our ladies of color would have been used on the other side.

    That's not a good thing.

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