TV review: Oasis (pilot), Amazon Prime Video
- Henry Northmore
- 7 April 2017
Thoughtful sci-fi mixing science and religion starring Game of Thrones' Richard Madden
Oasis offers us a glimpse into what feels like a scarily possible near future. Deteriorating resources and a population explosion have left the world ravaged and overcrowded. The mega rich have come up with a solution: ignore the problem, abandon earth and start again on another planet, Oasis 'the most technically advanced socially conscious society ever devised.' However Chaplain Peter Lee's (Richard Madden) problems are far closer to home as he watches helplessly as his wife Bea (Flora Spencer-Longhurst) dies of cancer.
After receiving a personal invitation from founder David Morgan (Jonjo O'Neill) Lee braves the intergalactic voyage into the unknown. On arrival we learn Morgan has gone missing and Oasis is still a building site, an arid desolate planet with a small group of explorers, engineers and scientists eking out a meagre living as they develop a sustainable ecosystem.