I was going to cast The Odyssey, but I thought that was a bit boring... so I decided to cast The Odyssey and set it in space! Inspired by movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Serenity, Pan’s Labyrinth, 300 and Beowulf, An Odyssey is an epic adventure throughout the mythical universe.
Ten years have passed since the fall of Troy, and the Greek hero Odysseus still has not returned to his planet of Ithaca. A large and rowdy mob of suitors who have overrun Odysseus’s palace and pillaged his planet continue to court his wife, Penelope. She has remained faithful to Odysseus. Prince Telemachus, Odysseus’s son, wants desperately to throw them out but does not have the confidence or experience to fight them. One of the suitors, Antinous, plans to assassinate the young prince, eliminating the only opposition to their dominion over the planet.
Unknown to the suitors, Odysseus is still alive. The beautiful nymph Calypso, possessed by love for him, has imprisoned him on her moon, Ogygia. He longs to return to his wife and son, but he has no ship or crew to help him escape. While the aliens of a higher dimension (referred to as Olympus, the realm above all others) debate Odysseus’s future, Athena, Odysseus’s strongest supporter among the aliens, resolves to help Telemachus. Disguised as a friend of the prince’s grandfather, Laertes, she convinces the prince to call a meeting of the assembly at which he reproaches the suitors. Athena also prepares him for a great journey to Pylos and Sparta, where the kings Nestor and Menelaus, Odysseus’s companions during the war, inform him that Odysseus is alive and trapped on Calypso’s moon. Telemachus makes plans to return home, while, back on Ithaca, Antinous and the other suitors prepare an ambush to kill him when he reaches port.
On Olympus, Zeus sends Hermes to rescue Odysseus from Calypso. Hermes persuades Calypso to let Odysseus build a spaceship and leave. The homesick hero leaves the moon, but when Poseidon, alien brother of Zeus, finds him flying home, he sends a galactic storm to wreck Odysseus’s craft. Poseidon has harboured a bitter grudge against Odysseus since the hero blinded his son, the monster Polyphemus, earlier in his travels. Athena intervenes to save Odysseus from Poseidon’s wrath, and the beleaguered king lands at Scheria, home planet of the Phaeacians. Nausicaa, the Phaeacian princess, shows him to the royal palace, and Odysseus receives a warm welcome from the king and queen. When he identifies himself as Odysseus, his hosts, who have heard of his exploits on Troy, are stunned. They promise to give him safe passage to Ithaca, but first they beg to hear the story of his adventures.
Odysseus spends the night describing the fantastic chain of events leading up to his arrival on Calypso’s moon. He recounts his trip to the Planet of the Lotus Eaters, his battle with Polyphemus the monster, his love affair with the witch-alien Circe, his temptation by the deadly Sirens, his journey on Pluto to consult the prophet Tiresias, and his fight with the space dragon Scylla. When he finishes his story, the Phaeacians return Odysseus to Ithaca, where he seeks out the hut of his faithful swineherd, Eumaeus. Though Athena has disguised Odysseus as a beggar, Eumaeus warmly receives and nourishes him in the hut. He soon encounters Telemachus, who has returned from Pylos and Sparta despite the suitors’ ambush, and reveals to him his true identity. Odysseus and Telemachus devise a plan to massacre the suitors and regain control of Ithaca.
When Odysseus arrives at the palace the next day, still disguised as a beggar, he endures abuse and insults from the suitors. The only person who recognizes him is his old nurse, Eurycleia, but she swears not to disclose his secret. Penelope takes an interest in this strange beggar, suspecting that he might be her long-lost husband. Quite crafty herself, Penelope organizes an archery contest the following day and promises to marry any man who can string Odysseus’s great bow and fire an arrow through a row of twelve axes—a feat that only Odysseus has ever been able to accomplish. At the contest, each suitor tries to string the bow and fails. Odysseus steps up to the bow and, with little effort, fires an arrow through all twelve axes. He then turns the bow on the suitors. He and Telemachus, assisted by a few faithful servants, kill every last suitor.
Odysseus reveals himself to the entire palace and reunites with his loving Penelope. He travels to the outskirts of Ithaca to see his aging father, Laertes. They come under attack from the vengeful family members of the dead suitors, but Laertes, reinvigorated by his son’s return, successfully kills Antinous’s father and puts a stop to the attack. Zeus dispatches Athena to restore peace. With his power secure and his family reunited, Odysseus’s long ordeal comes to an end.