Created by filmmakers Tom R. Pike, Zack Wallnau, and Dana Luery Shaw, Personal Space is a 28-episode sci-fi dramedy web series about the crew of generation ship Overture, which is traveling to the closest star in our galaxy.
The 400+ crew members aboard the ship are in cryogenic stasis, with rotating rosters of command staff awakened to serve 25-year "shifts."
The show is set during the beginning of the second shift. Scientist Gail Gartner (Nicki Clyne, Battlestar Galactica) is preparing to take the reins of command from first shift captain Robert King ( Richard Hatch, Battlestar Galactica).
Unbeknownst to the ship's occupants, the space agency has sold the mission to a reality tv production company.
The studio has covertly taken control of Overture's therapy computer AMI (voiced by Alica Dane), and is broadcasting back to earth the crew's therapy sessions they believe are confidential.
Personal Space is told through the fixed perspective of AMI. In confessional style, viewers learn about the crew's hopes, fears, aspirations, insecurities, and interpersonal conflicts.
It is a ingenious narrative structure which allows for the most grand of plot developments to occur without needing to rely on budget-busting effects.
The result is a fascinating science fiction dramedy heavy on the science and character development.
Personal Space is also one of the final onscreen performances of the late Richard Hatch.
A gifted actor, his presence helps elevate this already ambitious project. His performance etches into stone his legacy as an actor of undeniable skill, gravitas, and depth.
He is dearly missed.
To get a feel for the tone and scope of Personal Space, check out this teaser...
Personal Space is available for viewing on Amazon Video, as well as other streaming services.
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