Origin is a science fiction series that follows a group of strangers stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be.
On October 26, 2017, it was announced that YouTube had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes set to premiere in 2018. The series was created by Mika Watkins who was also expected to serve as a writer and executive producer alongside Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie from Left Bank and Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Midnight Radio, Left Bank Pictures, CiTVC, and Sony Pictures Television.
On January 24, 2018, it was reported that the series would premiere sometime around the end of 2018. On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Paul W. S. Anderson would direct the series' first two episodes. On August 27, 2018, it was announced on the show's official Twitter account that the series would premiere on November 14, 2018.
On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder, Fraser James, Philipp Christopher, Madalyn Horcher, and Siobhán Cullen had been cast as series regulars and that Adelayo Adedayo, Nina Wadia, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Wil Coban, and Tara Fitzgerald would also appear in the series.
Principal photography for the series took place in 2018 in South Africa.
- On November 14, 2018, the first season of Origin became available to stream instantly on YouTube Premium.
The first season received positive reviews from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 69% approval rating with an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 based on 16 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Origin's overstuffed space drama mimics many genre classics to varying degrees of success; thankfully, its stellar cast and withholding premise are intriguing enough to encourage exploring its mysterious -- if familiar -- corridors."
|Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|1||10||November 14, 2018||November 14, 2018|
|No.||Ep.||Title||Original air date|
|1||1||The Road Not Taken||November 14, 2018|
|The passengers wake up on board the Origin, abandoned in space. They search for other survivors, but find something else entirely.|
|2||2||Lost On Both Sides||November 14, 2018|
|A tense showdown prompts a difficult decision. Shun and Lana realize that the threat could be nearer than any of them thought.|
|3||3||Bright Star||November 14, 2018|
|A survivor’s life hangs in the balance – and they hold the key. A new discovery threatens to tear the group apart.|
|4||4||God's Grandeur||November 14, 2018|
|Weakness leads to danger, as our passengers truly begin to understand what they’re up against. But who can they trust?|
|5||5||Remember Me||November 14, 2018|
|An object from Earth threatens to blow SIREN’s mission wide open, while suspicion boils over into full blown paranoia.|
|6||6||Fire and Ice||November 14, 2018|
|An unexpected find prompts a life or death dilemma, while reminders of home lead to a brutal revelation.|
|7||7||The Wasteland||November 14, 2018|
|The stakes are raised when the ship takes control, and our passengers are forced to attempt the impossible.|
|8||8||Funeral Blues||November 14, 2018|
|Tension and paranoia abounds in the wake of a shocking discovery. Anyone could be a suspect.|
|9||9||A Total Stranger||November 14, 2018|
|A surprise visitor threatens to plunge the ship into chaos. Drastic measures are taken, but death continues to haunt the Origin.|
|10||10||I Am||November 14, 2018|
|A chilling revelation changes everything, while SIREN itself is called into question.|